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Music Site Settles Beatles Suit for $1 Million

BlueBeat, a site that sells streaming music by a range of artists, just settled a federal lawsuit that a bunch of pissed-off record labels had brought against it for selling and streaming Beatles songs. The songs were posted about a year before Apple released them on iTunes and were sold for just $0.25 each. By the time BlueBeat was forced to pull them, more than 67,000 songs had been sold. The...

Royal Wedding to Be Released, Classily, Through iTunes

Got to hand it to those British Royals. In their own way, they're pretty cutting edge. In 1960, for instance, they were the first to televise a royal wedding service. (Blame them for the countless horrific wedding-related reality shows.) The royals are again acting oh-so-cutting-edge (not to mention classy) by planning a digital release of Kate and William's entire ceremony, mere hours after...

Censorship Goes Both Ways: The Case for an Ex-Gay App

Perhaps you've heard of this Exodus International iPhone app fracas? The leading organization behind the ex-gay movement (the belief that religious counseling can help LGBT people "struggling" with their sexualities to reorient themselves to heterosexuality) recently had its official app approved by Apple, and gay rights groups are now in an uproar. Surprise? Despite the fact that Apple deemed...

Bon Jovi Blames Steve Jobs For Ruining Music

Was it rampant pirating that killed the music industry? The ease of sharing digital files? DRM limitations? If you thought it was any of those, you are clearly a mere mortal. Superstar Jon Bon Jovi has been mulling this over, and finally came to the conclusion that Steve Jobs is "personally responsible for killing the music business." Bon Jovi's bizarre comment is from an interview with Britain's...

Steven Tyler's New App Will Take You on an 'Intimate Journey'

'American Idol' judge Steven Tyler has just released his very own iPhone/iPad app, designed exclusively for the seven people who want more Steven Tyler in their lives. Titled 'AppSoLewdly,' Tyler's application reportedly offers "exclusive, unpredictable, and uncensored content including self-made videos, never before seen photos and other noises from his head." All that can be yours for just...

FTC, DOJ Eyeing Apple's Subscription Policy for Antitrust Violations

Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its new App Store subscription plan, and immediately caught flak from journalists, developers, and even some consumers. The policy requires that companies offering subscriptions through the app store offer the same service, at the same price they do elsewhere -- but Apple skims 30-percent off the top for itself. Of course, this could force some developers to...

8-Year-Old Girl Racks Up $1,400 Bill After Playing 'Smurfs' Village' iPad Game

What do you get when you give an iPad to an 8-year-old girl? A bunch of Smurfberries, and a $1,400 bill from iTunes. That's what Stephanie Kay received, after her daughter Madison spent her winter break playing the 'Smurfs' Village' game on her family's iPad. The second-grader from Maryland apparently wasn't aware that the Smurfberries she collected cost real money -- a detail that, according...

iTunes Monthly Gift Scam Drains $1,600 From U.K. Man's Bank Account

A U.K. man's iTunes account was compromised last week, leading to about £1,000 (around $1,600) in fraudulent monthly gift purchases made from his bank account. According to the Register, the man awoke to an e-mail confirming he'd purchased an iTunes monthly gift -- a way to give somebody an allowance to use in the online store. Since Peter didn't remember making the purchase or recognize...

Apple Awards $10K to Lucky Winner, Lucky Winner Hangs Up on the Call

On Saturday, iTunes VP Eddy Cue called a woman named Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, U.K., to congratulate her on winning Apple's 10 billionth app download sweepstakes, and to award her with a $10,000 prize. Davis, however, politely declined the offer, and hung up. "I thought it was a prank call," Davis told Cult of Mac. "I said, 'Thank you very much, I'm not interested' and I hung up." But one...

Hackers Steal Thousands of iTunes Accounts, Sell Them in China

Thousands of iTunes accounts have been stolen, and are now for sale in China. According to the BBC, up to 50,000 fraudulent accounts are being sold on taobao.com, a Chinese version of eBay, at prices ranging from 1 yuan ($0.15) to 200 yuan ($30). Many listings for the accounts guarantee that buyers will enjoy unlimited downloads, including "software, games, movies, music and so on." Free...

'Word Lens' Translate Real World Text in Real-Time with iPhone Camera

Speaking a foreign language in a foreign land can sometimes be fun, but every now and then, it just gets annoying -- especially when you're tired, hungry, and don't feel like decoding an entire tapas menu, or worrying about whether you should order in the subjunctive. From now on, though, you may never have to, thanks to a new app called 'Word Lens' from QuestVisual As TechCrunch explains,...

The Beatles Now Available on iTunes

Update: Well, look at that. Just moments after we hit "Publish," Apple decided to go ahead and update iTunes before today's Apple event. The Beatles are there in full force, with everything from 'Please Please Me' and 'Let it Be' to 'Revolver' and the full box set (in iTunes LP format). The rumor mill kicked into high gear yesterday, first with an Apple iTunes event teaser, and then the Wall...

Take Control of Your iPod and iPhone's Playlists (With an Ironlike Grip)

This week we've primarily covered iTunes as it exists on your computer, but we've left out an essential component of the iTunes system: mobile devices. Of course, managing music on your iPhone and iPod opens up a brand new set of problems and issues. By default, your iDevice is set to automatically sync with your iTunes Library; if you've got an extremely small media library and rarely listen to...

How To Turn Your iTunes Into a Work of (Album) Art

Since album art practically defines music (e.g., Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures,' Nirvana's 'Nevermind', even Britney Spears's 'Britney'), no collection is complete with covers in disarray. Artwork is a key component to any obsessively organized music library, and the latest version of iTunes makes it a breeze to sort and add art. While most downloads from the iTunes Store come with artwork,...

How to Move Your iTunes Library to a New Computer

Share Here at Switched, we've been through countless hard drives over the years. That trusty ol' 400-gigabyte drive is going to fail sooner or later, swallowing your precious, carefully crafted music library as it goes -- unless you've prepared yourself. Fortunately, transferring your fully intact iTunes library to a new drive or computer is a cinch. You can, of course, grab the music files...