The past 12 months has seen the first decline in digital music sales, since the iTunes Store was launched back in 2003. Digital track sales took the biggest hit, but a decline in album sales was a little more surprising reports Billboard:
Overall for the full year 2013, digital track sales fell 5.7% from 1.34 billion units to 1.26 billion units while digital album sales fell 0.1% to 117.6 million units from the previous year’s total of 117.7 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As streaming music services continue to grow – including Apple’s own iTunes Radio – it was perhaps inevitable that we’d begin to see such a change at some point. Numbers for streaming services aren’t so easy to find, but with the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and Google to name but a few getting in on the action, there are some heavy hitters giving you access to more music for less money.
If you want to listen to the absolute best of The Beatles, iTunes is possibly the best place to go. Pretty soon, the already extensive collection will get even larger with the release of some material in digital form for the very first time. Live at the BBC Volume 1 and Volume 2 will be available to download from mid-November at $19.99 a piece.
Between March 1962 and June 1965, The Beatles became a familiar presence on BBC airwaves, performing more than 80 songs during dozens of appearances on national radio. The first compilation of these sessions, Live at the BBC – originally issued in 1994, but now available digitally for the first time – is joined by a previously unreleased second volume of music from this exhilarating period in the band’s history.
iTunes famously finally got The Beatles’ collection into the store back in 2010, and is something yet to be matched by digital music competitors. It’s also not the first batch of BBC content to hit the store in recent weeks, with some previously lost episodes of Doctor Who being remastered and released to iTunes.
We’ve seen a few readers complaining that after upgrading to iOS 7 the iTunes Store app on their iPhone or iPad won’t launch and just crashes immediately after trying to open it. From what we’ve managed to dig up, you aren’t alone in having the issue but fortunately, there are a few solutions that seem to be working for people.
Here they are:
Quit the iTunes Store app and try relaunching it
Double tap the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to bring up the multitasking section.
Find the iTunes Store app and swipe up in order to quit it.
Now relaunch the app and see if it still crashes.
If the app is still crashing, keep reading. If the iTunes Store app now works, that’s it.
Enter iTunes through the Music app instead
Launch the Music app on your iPhone or iPad that’s having the problem.
In the upper left hand corner, tap on Store.
You should be re-routed to the iTunes Store app. This time, it should load just fine. You should only have to do this one time and find that after loading it through the Music app, the iTunes Store app loads fine on its own. If it doesn’t or it’s still crashing, continue on.
Change your Cookie settings
Launch the Settings app from your iPhone or iPad.
Scroll down and tap on Safari.
Under the Privacy & Security section, tap on Block Cookies.
Make sure that From third parties and advertisers is selected.
People that have it set to Always seem to be the ones having trouble connecting to the iTunes Store app for some reason.
When the final season episodes of Breaking Bad appeared on iTunes with a new season pass, and a new price, there were some customers who felt a little outraged. The final season of the hit AMC show has been split in two parts, and many thought that purchasing a pass for the first part would also entitle them to the final eight episodes airing this year. This wasn’t the case, but now, in an email obtained by 9to5Mac Apple is informing customers of a refund:
Dear Customer, We apologize for any confusion the naming of “Season 5″ and “The Final Season” of Breaking Bad might have caused you. While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes, we’d like to offer you “The Final Season” on us by providing you with the iTunes code below in the amount of $22.99. This credit can also be used for any other content on the iTunes Store. Thank you for your purchase.
The decision to split the series wasn’t Apple’s, but the decision to refund certainly is. Affected customers should look out for an email similar to that above, and a credit of $22.99 on their iTunes account. For everyone else, “The Final Season” episodes remain on sale in the iTunes Store at the same price as before.
It’s been expected, but now anAppleTV update has arrived. The new 6.0 firmware adds support foriTunes Radio and purchases from the iTunes Music Store. In addition, updating adds podcast syncing, viewing of shared photo streams and AirPlay from iCloud. This update gets the AppleTV feature parity with iOS 7.
The new firmware also upgrades the AirPlay wireless streaming feature, so you can now play iTunes store purchased content on other AppleTVs.
The download and install was very slow for me today, likely because Apple servers are slammed with all the other updates people are doing with new iPhones and in upgrading devices to iOS 7.
Apple has been enhancing the AppleTV software recently, and has added new apps for Vevo, The Weather Channel, the Disney Channel and other content sources.
To get the update on your AppleTV, go to Settings > General and select ‘Update Software’. This update works on the second and third generation Apple TVs.
In addition to a $7.99 back to school collection, Apple has sent out an email to U.S. iTunes customers to let them know of some $6.99 specials also available for a limited time – now through September 5th.
Nine Inch Nails’ new album Hesitation Marks doesn’t come out until September but you can already stream it for free through iTunes.
Nine Inch Nails (NIN) is the creation of Trent Reznor. Ever since Reznor debuted NIN in 1989, he’s been at the vanguard of what some critics call “industrial rock.” NIN has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and released eight studio albums.
Things looked bleak for NiN fans in 2009, when Reznor announced that it was “time to make NIN disappear for a while.” He made it clear that he wasn’t done making music as Nine Inch Nails, but felt that the 2008 “Lights In the Sky” tour was a creative and technical peak. Reznor continued to make music including movie and video game soundtracks and collaborations with other artists.
Hesitation Marks is the first new music from Nine Inch Nails in five years, and it’s being supported by an international concert tour.