Category Archives: iTunes


10 Minute Song Of Silence Is In The Top 50 Of Apple’s iTunes Charts

Tyler Lee August 11, 2017

2016 Honda Accord with Apple CarPlay®

Most of the time the songs we store on our phones are usually songs we want to hear. However when plugging our phones into our cars, most of the time it usually ends up playing the very first song at the top of the list based on alphabetical order, which means that it is possible that some of your favorite songs could be ruined by incessantly repeating it.

However this problem might have been solved by a certain Samir Mezrahi who recently uploaded a 10 minute track onto iTunes (via AppleInsider) dubbed “A a a a a Very Good Song” that basically gives users 10 minutes worth of silence (9 minutes 58 seconds to be exact) so that they can select their own playlist before the song starts blasting in their car.

hey I released a blank song that will play 1st so that *one* song won’t play every time u plug ur phone into ur car https://t.co/FL83YUOOcz

— #1 samir (@samir) August 9, 2017

It might seem silly but apparently it is a highly-appreciated track because it appears to have broken into the iTunes Top 50 charts, and has actually beaten out more popular artists. The track costs $0.99 which isn’t too bad of a price to pay for a workaround. We’re not sure if Apple plans to remove the track, but given that Apple does take a cut from iTunes sales, it is an interesting conundrum.

This is actually not the first time silent songs have been used to game the system. For example a few years ago, a band uploaded an album consisting of silent songs onto Spotify and managed to rake in $20,000 in “royalties” before the album was pulled from the music streaming platform.

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News: Receipts in UK, Canada hint at 4K and HDR options coming to iTunes

Dan Pye July 31, 2017

Some iTunes receipts in the UK and Canada are showing movies listed as 4K and HDR, hinting at Apple adding those viewing options in the near future, MacRumors reports. Apple currently only offers movies in SD and HD, which tops out at a maximum 1080p, and even users who are seeing 4K and HDR options on their bills say the movies are still only available for download in HD. The change also hasn’t appeared in the US yet. The current Apple TV can…


4K iTunes Listings Hints At Possible Revamped Apple TV

Tyler Lee July 28, 2017

With 4K eventually becoming the standard resolution in which we watch our shows, how we play games, and consume media content on the internet, it is actually a little disappointing that the Apple TV never quite supported media content at that resolution, but that could soon be changing thanks to recent iTunes listings.

Initially reported on the MacRumors forums (via AppleInsider), it seems that some users have spotted recent films like Passenger and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them had “4K” and “HDR” mentions in both owned and rented copies of either film. This led to other users checking their iTunes purchase history and confirming this listing.

However given that there is no actual 4K support on iTunes just yet, it seems that 4K and HDR are only mentioned in name, and that files downloaded are still in standard high-definition. However we have heard rumors that Apple could be preparing a 4K Apple TV for launch later this year.

There have also been signs to suggest that a new Apple TV device is in the works, thanks to developer logs, but whether or not this will bring 4K and HDR support remains to be seen, but given the listing in the iTunes purchase history, perhaps it will. We’re not sure when Apple will announce these changes, but the company does have an iPhone event coming up so perhaps we will learn more then.

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PayPal Can Now Be Used To Pay For iTunes Content

Tyler Lee July 12, 2017

If you wanted to purchase something from the iTunes App Store or basically any of Apple’s online services and platforms, your options are either credit/debit cards or purchasing gift cards with credit in them. However soon it seems that Apple users will have another option, and this comes in the form of PayPal.

It is a rather surprising announcement given that Apple is notorious for being closed off to third-party services, but we guess by giving users more options, they might be hoping to encourage them to spend. “PayPal customers will be able to pay for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases across iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices using their PayPal account. This provides a secure and versatile payment method to meet the growing demand for digital entertainment.”

However we should point out that the service isn’t fully live yet. According to PayPal’s announcement, it is only available in Canada and Mexico starting today, but there are plans to eventually roll it out to the US and other parts of the world in the future. In a way we suppose this is convenient especially for those who prefer to consolidate their purchases using one service. Details about the service and how to set it up (when it becomes available) can be found on PayPal’s website.

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News: Apple releases iTunes 12.7 for macOS High Sierra beta, with added Apple Music sharing features

Dan Pye July 11, 2017

Apple has rolled out iTunes 12.7 for users running the macOS High Siera beta, adding in new Apple Music sharing capabilities. Clicking on your profile picture in “For You” in iTunes 12.7 now takes you to a personal profile page showing your username, whichever playlists you want to share, and an “Edit” button that lets you adjust your profile and privacy settings (mostly to determine who can follow you). Once the update is available to the…


Apple Wants Music Labels To Settle For Less Money

Adnan Farooqui June 22, 2017

Apple is reportedly holding talks with music labels to get them to agree to a reduction in the revenue rate that it has to pay out for its music streaming service. Apple is said to be renegotiating its licensing deals for Apple Music and iTunes with the three biggest music labels that collectively own most of the music that’s out there. Apple’s deals with the labels are said to expire by the end of this month.

Reports suggest that these negotiations haven’t been as contentious as they have been in the past or how Spotify’s recent negotiations with the music labels were.

However, the deal is said to be more complex as iTunes is included as well, but both sides are said to be happy about the rapid increase in Apple Music’s popularity and the relatively slow decline of digital downloads via iTunes.

It’s unclear at this point in time exactly what the figures are and how music Apple stands to save if the labels agree to a reduced revenue rate. These details haven’t become public as yet and may never be.

Apple will be looking to close the deals by the end of this month but even if no middle ground is reached, it’s not like all music will disappear from iTunes and Apple Music. It’s common industry practice to extend previously negotiated deals for such time necessary in which a new deal is being negotiated.

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Tip of the Day: Opening a Playlist in a separate window in iTunes 12.6

Jesse Hollington May 11, 2017

If you’re a long-time iTunes power user, you’ll probably remember the good old days when you could open a playlist in a second iTunes window — a feature that Apple in its infinite wisdom decided to callously discard alongside the whole new user interface in iTunes 11. Even after iTunes resurrected the sidebar in iTunes 12.4 last year, the ability to open playlists in a new window still remained conspicuously absent. Until iTunes 12.6…


iTunes Will Be Released On Windows Store

Adnan Farooqui May 11, 2017

Microsoft made a surprise announcement at its Build developer conference today. The company revealed that it has been working with Apple to get iTunes listed on the Windows Store. It’s not like you can’t already install iTunes on Windows. Just head over to Apple’s website and download the package. However, having iTunes on the Windows Store is going to make the entire process a whole lot easier for users.

Microsoft announced during the Build conference today that the iTunes desktop app will soon be listed on the Windows Store. While it may not sound like an important addition to the Windows Store on the face of it, consider the fact that iTunes is one of the most frequently searched apps on the Windows Store, where it has never been listed.

It has also been confirmed that the app that will be listed on the Windows Store is going to have full iPhone support. Users will get an experience that’s similar to what they get from the existing iTunes for Windows app.

Microsoft hasn’t revealed any more details about this arrangement that it has reached with Apple, neither did the company show any screenshots of the upcoming app during the conference.

No word as yet on precisely when iTunes is going to be available for download from the Windows Store.

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