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TechnoBuffalo iPod Touch with 3G Leaked on Apple’s Site?

Did Apple just accidentally reveal on its site that the next iPod Touch will have 3G, or will this day go down in history as the one where art departments lost their minds?  First we had a Target ad showing what could be the iPhone 5, or it could just be someone being funny in their advertising crew, and now Apple is showing off what could be a huge rumor of what is happening with the next iPod Touch?  Someone stop the madness! An eagle-eyed reader named Michael Smith dropped by the iTunes page on Apple’s site today and happen to notice that the iPod Touch shown in the picture had a very tiny “3G” up in the top left corner.  We admit it’s tiny as heck, but if you get close enough to your monitor you can see it.  And when you blow it up, it does become pixelated, but you can still distinctly make out that it says “3G.” This would not mark the first time that Apple has used iPhone screen shots for the iPod Touch if that is the case here.

WOOT – iTunes’ New Rival

iTunes’ New Rival Spotify isn’t the only company doing this. There are others like Rdio, Pandora, and Last.fm in the space. But …

How Spotify Can Challenge Apple iTunes’ Market Dominance

Within the United States, Spotify also enjoys another unique advantage: Spotify’s music streaming service is integrated with Facebook , which means users can easily share songs with friends.
Operating in only seven European countries, Spotify has 1.6 million paid subscribers and more than 10 million registered users. Spotify is seen as the future of digital music business and is billed to eclipse pioneer Apple iTunes.
Instead of selling individual downloadable tracks, Spotify will offer a three-tiered subscription model that lets customers choose between a free, ad-supported service, an ad-free subscription for $5 and a premium service available on mobile devices for $10.

Mondays breaking news Apple’s iTunes Store, App Store now cost roughly $1.3 billion a year to operate

By Josh Ong Published: 08:10 PM EST The costs associated with maintaining the iTunes Store and App Store have grown to more than $1.3 billion a year, according to one estimate.
Asymco blogger Horace Dediu crunched the numbers using data published by Apple at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Dediu assumes that Apple continues to run the stores at “just above break even.”
The company has said for years that the iTunes Store and App Store do not generate much profit, as most of the it is invested back into supporting the stores.
According to Apple, the digital storefronts have reached 15 billion song downloads, 130 million book downloads and 14 billion app downloads.

Metro – Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud UK launch date ‘won’t be this year’

Steve Jobs launched Apple’s new free iCloud service, including its iTunes in the Cloud music features, on Monday – with a beta version of iTunes in the Cloud being made available to US users immediately. But The Telegraph reports that music industry insiders have said that there’s effectively no chance that the service will launch in the UK before the first quarter of 2012 at the earliest, as Apple is only in the beginning stages of negotiations with the major music labels. Apple’s service, while similar in concept to those recently launched by Google and Amazon, had the major advantage of gaving signed deals with the major record labels (which its rivals did not)/ This allows them to scan and ‘mirror’ a user’s music library without the need for a lengthy upload process, with their (paid-for) iTunes Match feature. A spokesman for the UK music industry’s Performing Rights Society told the Telegraph: ‘The licensing team at the PRS have started talks with Apple, but are a long way off from any deals being signed…It is very much the early stages of the negotiations and is similar to the launch of iTunes – which began in the US and took a while to roll out to other countries. And Mark Mulligan of Forrester Research added: ‘Apple’s cloud music service will not launch in the UK until at least quarter one of 2012.

Gripping apple itunes rumors: Apple’s iTunes In The iCloud Not Coming To UK Until 2012

Apple introduced the iCloud recently and among many other useful features the iCloud will offer backup services for purchased music. The full iCloud is coming this fall to the U.S. but how about other regions?
It will not come for sure until quarter one of 2012, according to U.K.’s The Telegraph. The publication cites a spokesman for the Performing Right Society who allegedly said that “The licensing team at the PRS have started talks with Apple, but are a long way off from any deals being signedIt is very much the early stages of the negotiations and is similar to the launch of iTunes which began in the US and took a while to roll out to other countries”.
Of course there are copyrights and intellectual property issues involved and Apple will have to fight the same war Microsoft is fighting for a couple of years now trying to bring Zune to more markets but artists and their labels (plus lawyers and laws) appear to be standing in the way.
An executive (who wished to remain anonymous) with a record label also told The Telegraph that “tentative talks have begun between the major labels and Apple in the UK

New Details About Apple’s iCloud Music Locker Service Emerge (I’m not even making this up)

Tweet Email Apple ’s iTunes truly revolutionized the digital music industry and now it seems that they are ready to take it to the next level with ‘iCloud’ music streaming service. We recently reported that Apple has closed licensing deals with three out of the four major music labels for their soon to be announced digital music locker service. This gives Apple great advantage over its competitors, Google and Amazon , who launched similar service without the license deals. Music labels are always looking for new revenue streams and it’s possible that Apple probably had to pay a huge amount in-order to secure the rights for its new music streaming service. Apple’s iCloud service is widely believed to be tied to MobileMe ($99/year) which already allows users to keep their Mail, Safari Bookmarks, Documents etc.

Apple’s iTunes ‘iCloud’ is amnesty for file-sharers: I’m sure we must all feel fearful

We’ve spent a lot of time mulling over what the Apple AAPL iTunes ‘iCloud’ service might be like . We now learn it is a music locker with an added file-sharing amnesty that also upgrades all your low-quality tracks to higher bit-rates stored on the iTunes servers . Some people think the company will launch an iPhone. ] Music in the sky In recent days, EMI, Sony and Warners have all signed-up to the new system . Universal hasn’t agreed a deal yet, but is expected to do so soon

Fridays madness: Report: Apple music cloud service to auto-add iTunes Store tracks

The cloud music service Apple is widely believed to unveil at WWDC next month may have an important feature that the competition lacks. Instead of forcing users to upload their entire multi-gigabyte music collections, Apple’s ” iCloud ” service will automatically add tracks that are in Apple’s extensive iTunes Store library. According to sources speaking to  Business Week , Apple’s service will “scan customers’ digital music libraries in iTunes and quickly mirror their collections on its own servers.” Tracks not available via the iTunes Store would still need to be uploaded, but the feature would significantly reduce the amount of data that would need to be uploaded for the average user. A side benefit of the feature is that users will be able to stream iTunes Plus versions of the songs, even if the user originally encoded the tracks as lower quality AAC or MP3 files. Such a feature was also a benefit of Lala, the streaming music service Apple bought in late 2009.

Wednesdays latest development – Look out Apple: Spotify is coming after iTunes users

Music streaming service Spotify has a major announcement… The company announced Wednesday morning that it would begin offering iTunes and iPod integration to premium subscribers, with a bonus MP3 store for those who want to purchase the songs they have been streaming. With this move, Spotify is aggressively courting Apple’s vast user base, possibly in preparation for its long-anticipated launch in the US. The first part of Spotify’s announcement involves integration with “classic” style iPods, such as the iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. Normally, users can only manage the playlists for those devices through iTunes software on the Mac or Windows, but Spotify says that users can now plug in their devices and have them appear in the Spotify sidebar for song management.

apple itunes once again on the front page Apple releases an update to fix Itunes on the Macbook Air

MAKER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has released a supplemental update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 for the 13-inch Macbook Air.
Apple’s original Mac OS X 10.6.7 update had left many Macbook Air users complaining that their machines became unresponsive after launching Itunes. It led to a large number of posts on Apple’s forums from users trying to work out fixes that even Heath Robinson would be proud of, however now Apple has come to the rescue of its followers by releasing an update to address the issue.
Unlike with most of its software updates, Apple has kept the description of this OS X 10.6.7 supplemental update pretty short, simply saying, “This update addresses an issue that makes the system unresponsive when using Itunes.”
Apple’s update seems to have done the trick, with one forum user reporting, “Minutes ago I got an OS X 10.6.7 additional update for my MacBook Air 13-inch through the software update function. Itunes is now working normal and the system is stable

TIME – LizaMoon Malware Spreads Through iTunes, Infects 500000+ Pages

Music lovers and Apple fanatics, beware: There’s a new malware campaign out there, and it’s using iTunes to get to you. The malware, nicknamed “LizaMoon” by security firm WebSense, was first discovered on March 28th on 28,000 webpages, many of them associated with RSS and XML feeds for iTunes podcast updates. A more recent update claims that upwards of 500,000 pages are now affected (Google claims 1.5 million pages, although WebSense is unsure about the veracity of that number ). According to WebSense, Lizamoon tries to convince users that they need to download software to remove an existing virus, although the warning can appear on pages unaffected by Lizamoon, the infection having happened earlier without any visible sign for the user. The security firm even made a video to explain more: There is one benefit for iTunes users – Apple says that it prevents the code from automatically executing even on affected feeds – but if you’ve downloaded any podcasts from iTunes lately, you might want to update your antivirus systems, just to be on the safe side.

Apple Pushing ‘Great AirPlay Apps’ via iTunes Instantly I feel cautious

iOS 4.3 brought many great features to iPhone and iPad users, from personal hotspot, to a brand new, ultra-fast JavaScript engine . One of the new – yet less known – feature offered by the new version of the operating system is AirPlay support for third party apps. Third-party developers can now use the AirPlay API to stream content from their apps, to any AirPlay compatible devices such as Apple TVs – a feat only reserved to Apple-branded apps thus far. For the occasion, Apple has opened a specific AirPlay-compatible apps section in iTunes to showcase the best apps that leverage the technology.

E Canada Now: Apple Considering Unlimited iTunes Downloads

Apple has initiated discussions with four major record labels to allow customers to download songs purchased through iTunes an unlimited number of times. The record labels contacted by Apple are EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group Corp. According to unnamed sources, if negotiations are successful, Apple plans to begin offering the new service this summer. This move if successful would allow iTunes customers to permanently back up purchases made through the store and download them to multiple devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod as well as a home computer or laptop.

Interesting apple itunes article – Thursday’s Apple Rumors — Google’s Coming for iTunes

Here are your Apple rumors and news items for Thursday: Motorola Hints at Google iTunes Battle: According to The Guardian , Motorola (NYSE: MMI ) CEO Sanjay Jha may have accidentally confirmed the existence of a new Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) music service that will compete with Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL ) iTunes service. While speaking at the Mobile World Conference, Jha said that Google’s Android 3.0 platform, called Honeycomb, would make the tablet equal to Apple’s services because it “adds video services and music services.” He then elaborated on his point saying, “If you look at Google Mobile services today, there’s a video service, there’s a music service… that is, there will be a music service.” Google has tried to match Apple in each digital retail category — both companies opened e-bookstores last year, Apple’s iBookstore and Google Editions. Google’s music service would be a serious threat to Apple’s iTunes if it followed the Google Editions model of linking purchases to a Google account and being accessible via a web browser, which would make it available to Apple handset users. Apple Corners Panel Supply Market: Taiwanese tech newspaper DigiTimes says that the flood of new contenders for the tablet crown held by Apple’s iPad are going to face serious supply issues as they come to market this year.