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The End of an Era: Apple is Preparing to Break Up iTunes

According to both noted developer Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac, both of whom are known for spelunking through iOS and macOS betas for all kinds of goodies, iTunes is about to get busted up. Considering the mass market success of the iPod went hand-in-hand with the arrival of iTunes, this is pretty big news.

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Apple Hits Back at Spotify in Pointed Press Release

Apple doesn’t always respond immediately to situations where they are attacked or criticized. They don’t usually make pointed public responses, either. However, Tim Cook and company have made an exception in the case of Spotify, releasing a detailed and aggressively worded press release that not only answers each of their competitor’s complaints, but also takes shots for them for some of their own recent activities.

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Apple’s iCloud Outage Shows They Still Have Plenty of Work to Do in Services

From mid morning until around 3 PM EST on Thursday, most of Apple’s iCloud services, including Mail, Calendar, and Find My iPhone were offline in some regions.  Apple wasn’t the only company with cloud service outages this week, but yesterday’s major iCloud outage couldn’t have come at a worse time for the company.

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Spotify Cries to the EU that Apple is Bullying Them, but is Really Just After More Money

Spotify has decided that running to the EU and crying in public on their blog (which I refuse to link here. If you want to see it, use Google) is the best course of action to protect themselves from the big, bad Apple. In case you can’t tell, I do not care for their arguments or any that currently relate to Apple and anti-trust laws as they stand today. As you can also probably tell, I won’t be voting for Elizabeth Warren in 2020, either. I’ll have more on her insanity in a future post.

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Apple-Goldman Sachs Credit Card Rumor Could Point to Apple’s Real Killer Services Play

As we close in on Apple’s next event, there are tons of stories bouncing around about the company’s future growth being in services. Right now, everything is centered around their coming subscription services in video and news, but a smaller story from earlier this week points to another service that could dwarf all others. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Goldman Sachs are getting ready to team up on a credit card.

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Apple Music Arriving on the Echo is An Interesting Win-Lose for Apple

It was big news last week when Amazon surprised everyone with an announcement that Apple Music is coming to their Echo products. A year ago this would have sounded unthinkable, but Apple and Amazon have been slowly drawing closer over that time. Prime Video showed up on Apple TV and then Amazon started selling new Apple devices after driving unlicensed refurbished sellers out of their Marketplace. And now this.

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Is Apple Really Planning to Give Away its New Streaming Shows?

Apple working on its own original shows and video content is one of the worst kept secrets in both tech and Hollywood right now. Their intentions were revealed with the mediocre Planet of the Apps and the somewhat better longer-form version of Carpool Karaoke, which is still alive and kicking. However, while these two trial balloons have been out there for all to see, all of Hollywood has been hearing the names of well-known actors, producers, and show-runners attached to projects that Apple has secured for future release and taking notice of just how serious they are about this new venture.

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Spotify’s Partnership with Samsung is Smart, But Also Shows How Much They Fear Apple

Spotify is currently the darling of the music industry, and for good reason. They staked their claim in streaming music ahead of the mainstream competition, especially overseas, and they have reaped the rewards. Well, at least in terms of subscriber base, because they still aren’t making money. More on that in a moment.

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Evidence for an Apple Unified Subscription is Mounting

Before WWDC, I predicted that Apple would start talking about subscription unification during the Keynote. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but it turned out to not be the right time. No one expected any of Apple’s new video content to be ready or announced then, but there was speculation that we might hear something about their Texture acquisition and plans to integrate it with Apple News. Adding a third subscription to Apple Music and iCloud (with a fourth for Video obviously on the way in the next year or so) would have made WWDC the perfect opportunity for such an announcement. I guess Apple has a lot more patience than fans like myself do.

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Tips and Tricks: Apple Music Now Playing Navigation

One bit of frustration I have had with the Apple Music app on my iPhone is navigation. While the basics of finding music actually work fine for me, it is the process of backtracking later on where I run into problems. If I search for music, I often find myself back at the Library screen and having to perform the same search again to get back to my results.

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Apple is Making Serious Moves with Apple News

It has been quite a two month run for Apple News. The app has already gained increasing traction and popularity since Apple made several upgrades in year two. I can see this from direct experience, as iPad Insight routinely sees a higher number of views on Apple News than we do from the web or Flipboard. And as we have gained followers, those numbers have progressively increased. It is a very good publishing platform with a lot of forward momentum right now.

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