Posts tagged with: iTunes

Apple will stream Paul McCartney Concert live to iTunes and Apple TV on Feb 9!

Apple will be streaming Paul McCartney’s Concert Live via iTunes and Apple TV on February 9 2012. You will be able to view the concert via iTunes on your Mac/PC or on your Apple TV on your TV.

Paul McCartney will commemorate the release of his new album, Kisses On The Bottom, with a free streaming performance that takes place 7 p.m. PST Thursday, February 9, from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, where much of the new album was recorded.

Kisses on the Bottom, which comes out Tuesday, February 7, via Hear Music/Concord, is a collection of standards McCartney grew up listening to, plus two new McCartney compositions — “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts” (which feature guest turns, respectively, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder).

Recorded with the aid of Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and her band — who will back McCartney for the Capitol live-stream event — Kisses On The Bottom is a personal journey through songs that, in some cases, a young McCartney first heard his father perform on the family piano.

The February 9 Capitol Studios streaming event will be the first time ever that the reverent and adventurous performances of Kisses On The Bottom will be brought to life in a live setting

I think it is pretty cool. You can check out this concert here.

 


Apple promotes Eddy Cue to SVP of Internet Software and Services

Apple promoted Eddy to the “i-Man”

Tim Cook have just promoted Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Eddy Cue is no newbie, he is the key man for iTunes, App Store and iBookstore. These few products are very successful and I feel is the key to the success of iPhone and iPad.

So what’s new for him as SVP of Internet Software and Service? iCloud and iAds. Both of the 2 services are fairly new, and haven’t really taken off. I’m sure this 2 services are also the key services that Apple will be focusing on for the next few years.

Here a email from Tim Cook to Apple’s employee obtained by 9to5mac:

Dear team,

It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Eddy Cue to Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. Eddy will report to me and will serve on Apple’s executive management team. Eddy oversees Apple’s industry-leading content stores including the iTunes Store, the revolutionary App Store and the iBookstore, as well as iAd and Apple’s innovative iCloud services. He is a 22-year Apple veteran and leads a large organization of amazing people. He played a major role in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Music Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008.

Apple is a company and culture unlike any other in the world and leaders like Eddy get that. Apple is in their blood. Eddy and the entire executive management team are dedicated to making the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do. Please join me in congratulating Eddy on this significant and well-deserved promotion. I have worked with Eddy for many years and look forward to working with him even closer in the future.

Tim

 

 

 


EA Back to School Sales for iOS Games

Yes, Back to School Sales from EA.

I’m not too sure why is it called back to school promotion, as we all know parents hate their kids to play games, and worse if schools are back! Of course, EA is putting up sales because they don’t want kids to be overstressed due to school reopen. A little sale can be good, as you can let your kids play abit of games, while studying hard.

Remember, All work no Play will bring you no where! So, check out EA’s Back to School Sales here. iPad and iPhone Games are discounted up to 80%, a pretty good deal.


Download The Straits Times for iPad App now!

The Straits Times, Singapore’s 166 years old Newspaper company have finally launch their new newspaper app for iPad. You can say that Straits Times is abit late in the iPad game, as they only release their iPad App today. But after using the app for a day or so, man it is pretty sweet and neat.

For a first version app, it only crashed on me once, but is smooth like a butter for rest of the time. You will be able to download The Straits Times for iPad App now for Free, and enjoy free content from now till 7th September 2011.

The Straits Times App features the Print Edition and latest News, Stocks, Weather and Photos now available in your hands with just a touch of your finger.

The Straits Times App is designed and developed exclusively for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Subscribers get full access to:

• The Straits Times as published every morning (Singapore Time) via the iPad PDF edition and via the “Full Edition” in the iPhone/iPod Touch
• Updated news throughout the day with the “Breaking News” section
• 7 day archive for both the iPhone and iPad Edition
• Push Notifications for the “Breaking News” on the iPhone based on users keywords

• Subscribers can choose to subscribe for 7 days or for 1 month
• Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
• Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
• Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase
• No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication.”

Stop wait, download this app to indulge on your daily Singapore and worldwide News!


Apple TV is slowly becoming a serious hobby for Apple

Steve Jobs used to say that Apple TV is a hobby for him. Something that he is still exploring, something there will not make him big bucks if you want to put it in a business sense. But I feel that Apple is slowly treating Apple TV  as a serious hobby, not just a hobby.

Reasons why Apple TV is a serious hobby now:

  1. Mirroring/AirPlay – iPhone and iPad has been 2 very successful product in recent years, and I think almost every house hold should at least have an iPad or iPhone. Having the ability to mirror whatever that is on your iPhone or iPad is going to be a big deal. Imagine the shows that you watch during your bus ride, or the photo you took on your way home. You can just flash it on the big screen TV you have in your living room!
  2. iTunes rental – Having the ability to rent any movie on your crouch is a very temping thing to have on your TV. You have that on your Apple TV
  3. Netflix – Although Netflix is only available in US now.
  4. Bluetooth support – Although it has yet to be announced, but having bluetooth supports, means you will be able to hook up keyboard and mouse/trackpad. You might be able to use Apple TV as a browser in future.
  5. FaceTime HD Support via iPad/iPhone – Guys over at 9to5mac and TiPb did a FaceTime and AirPlay it over to their big screen TV. How awesome is that?
  6. Price – Apple TV pricing at just USD$99 is a impulse buy product, although the features and function it has now are limited, but for just $99. You now can stream movies, rent drama series, see photo from your iPhone and continue the show you are watching on your iPad on your big screen TV. It is a must have product!

I’m very excited for the coming Apple TV generation 3, I’m sure it will support 1080p and who knows what will be install for us!


Mac Developers: If you did not attend WWDC2011, you can now download the videos.

As usual, Apple will hold their World Wide Developer Conference every year, and without fail, they will post the videos records during the conference up for download. Although the videos are only made available for Mac Developers, but this is greatly helpful, especially those developers we did not make it to the conference itself.

I’m sure with all the videos, developers can learn more about the up coming iOS 5 and Lion OS with ease. So check out the videos from WWDC 2011 here. Videos can be either downloaded to iTunes, or stream via Safari and I’m sure you can watch them via iPad or iPhones.


Apple back to School is not giving out iPod Touch but $100 iTunes Gift Card

Apple’s Back to School Promo

Apple support students by having Back to School Promotion yearly, giving special discounts to all Mac Hardwares like iMac, Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. Of course not just discount, but Apple used to give out free iPod Touches, but this year they are not giving out any. But don’t feel disappointed, Apple are giving out $100 iTunes Gift Cards to all students. Yes, you might feel you are short-changed as we used to get $200+ iPod Touches for free, but now only getting $100 iTunes Gift Cards.

Why iTunes Gift Cards?

I think that Apple’s decision to give out iTunes Gift Cards is good, although many people will argue otherwise. But from my point of view, which student don’t have iPod or iPhone already? Those that yet to have, might not be interested to have one. That aside, to help students with their school, iPod Touch might not be that useful. But do you know that iTunes Gift Card can be use not only to buy music from iTunes, but Apps from App Store, yes Mac App Store too. So students can buy useful Apps from Mac App Store for note taking, mind mapping or software like iWorks for documentations. Other than App Store and iTunes, students can buy iBooks from iBookStore which is pretty useful.

How about $150?

So overall, I feel that iTunes Gift Cards as a giveaway for Back to School Promotion, I feel is a very very good idea. But I hope Apple can increase the amount from $100 to $150! Yes, $50 might not seems alot, but to a student, he/she can buy the whole iWorks suite of softwares, or other cool apps. We are not sure if students in Singapore are getting iTunes Gift Cards too, as nothing has been announced. We will post a update once we got any news.

 


iCloud – Free, Calendar, Documents, Photo Stream and iTunes for iOS and Macs

iCloud is free

iCloud is free. This is the greatest news I have heard so far in WWDC 2011. Why? Because it is free for both iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even your Macs. Now we have a fully integrated cloud system running through all our iOS Devices and Macs.

Calendar on iCloud

Calendar will be sync to iCloud, so all your calendar data on your Macs, iPad or iPhone will be sync to the same data, and can be access via any devices.

Now data on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch will be backup daily to iCloud, so you won’t need to backup them via any PC/Macs. Data like purchased music, apps, books, camera rolls(photo & video), device settings and app data will be backup to icloud. So if we get a new iPhone, we can just key in our iTunes account ID and password, everything will be sync back to the new iPhone.

Documents on iOS devices and Macs will be able to be stored on iCloud. Not only documents can be stored on iCloud, it will be pushed to all iOS devices on the same account. It works like dropbox.

Photo Stream for all iOS and Macs!

Photo Stream is one of my favorite addition. Now everytime when I take a photo on my iPhone or iPad, it will be automatically uploaded to iCloud, which you can view on any iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Macs!

The cool thing is we not only can view, we also can save it down to the devices, like Macs. So we don’t need sync-ing virtually! Which save alot of effort! Pretty sweet. I love it! iCloud will store all photos for 30 days, and for the last 1000 photos. Of course, the copy in your devices will not be deleted.

Music can be downloaded via iTunes on up to 10 devices. So you can purchase 1 song, and redownload it up to 10 devices over the wifi. So you won’t have to sync up to copy the songs over. Pretty neat, although we in Singapore don’t really get to buy music over iTunes.

iTunes Match for iCloud

iTunes Match is a service that will “backup” your iTunes music into iCloud for all the music in your iTunes library. Of course you will think that it will take weeks to upload. No iTunes Match uses a very unique service and software that will scan your library and match all the music Apple already have in their store. They will only upload those songs that are not in their library, so it will only take minutes to upload your whole library! Pretty cool! But it is a paid service at $24.99 per year for iTunes Match.

 

 


$0.99 iPhone/iPad games from EA and Gameloft for Memorial Day Sale!

EA Games and Gameloft are holding Memorial Day Sales for iPhone and iPad games. Games will range from $0.99 to $4.99, so it is a great chance for you to grab your favorite games if you have been waiting to get it!

Some of the games are:

  • The Sims – $0.99
  • Draw Jump – $0.99
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2 – $0.99
  • NBA Jam – $0.99
  • Fast Five the Movie: Official Game HD
  • Assassin’s Creed: Atlair’s Chronicles HD
  • Iron Man 2
  • and more!

This are not the full list of discounted games, so do check out EA Games and Gameloft.


iTunes 10.2.2 released by Apple!

Apple released iTunes 10.2.2 today!

This version of iTunes contains some very good bugs fixes which you might be interested, especially if you own an iPad. Fixes includes:

• Addresses an issue where iTunes may become unresponsive when syncing an iPad.
• Resolves an issue which may cause syncing photos with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to take longer than necessary.
• Fixes a problem where video previews on the iTunes Store may skip while playing.
• Addresses other issues that improve stability and performance.

iTunes 10.2 came with several new features and improvements, including:

• Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

• Improved Home Sharing. Browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Please update your iTunes, or just download iTunes here.

 


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