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Report: iTunes Store to Offer 90-Second Clips, Labels Be Damned

It's befallen us several times: we'll hear a kickass, unfamiliar song, or remember pieces of a long-forgotten one, and search for it on iTunes. We're pretty sure it's James Carr singing, and we think we have a handle on the title, but we listen to a few song samples just to be sure. So, we pick a song in the iTunes Store, click play, and listen to a 30-second clip of an organ ride and improvised...

How to Consolidate Your iTunes Library and Keep It Organized

For years, we chose to organize our music files by hand -- curating with an obsessive, Rob Gordon-esque eye towards genre, then era, then back to a year/artist/album format. Unfortunately, the pleasures of organizing your CD and vinyl collections simply don't transfer to MP3s and M4As. We finally convinced ourselves to just let iTunes do the organizing and spend our time creating mixes and...

Martha Stewart Floods iTunes With Tempting Cookies

Be careful, iTunes shoppers. A new arrival to the App Store could gorge consumers with third-party cookies -- although the distributor in this particular situation is only Martha Stewart, and the cookies are actually tangible. The Martha Stewart Makes Cookies App for iPad serves up "a mouthwatering assortment of Martha's favorite cookies," by mixing "cutting-edge technology with beautiful design...

Take Control of iTunes and Mix Things Up With Smart Playlists

As we slowly move away from physical media, our digital music libraries continue to expand with music blog downloads, digital purchases and rips of our increasingly dusty CD collection. Libraries expanding past 10,000 songs are pretty common these days, and, much like e-mail and Web searching, smart filters can help you sort your tunes and manage your library. Arguing with friends over the best...

France to Offer Government Subsidies for Music Purchased Online

There are very few things this writer loves about France, but here are two: government-subsidized healthcare, and, now, government-subsidized music. That's right, the country of Debussy and Gainsbourg will now (partially) pay for its young citizens' digital music. As the BBC reports, the new program is aimed at encouraging French youth to get in the habit of actually paying for music. From now...

PayPal iPhone App Lets Users Deposit Checks by Taking a Photo

A new update to the PayPal iPhone app now allows users to deposit money into their online accounts simply by taking a photo of a check. The new check-capture feature was first unveiled at TechCrunch Disrupt, and made its iTunes Store debut yesterday as a free update for the PayPal app. With the update, users will be able to deposit a check by using their iPhone to take photos of its front and...

Ping Shares Your iTunes Library, Now Almost Useful

We were pretty skeptical about Ping's usefulness, and, after a short time playing with Apple's iTunes-based social network, our skepticism was borne out. Apple made sharing and liking music through Ping much harder than necessary, and failed to put any serious spam control in place. The result: within days of launch, activity on Ping had slowed to a trickle. The latest update to iTunes 10.0.1...

15-Year-Old Stephen Ou Develops iTunes Instant Search Engine

Last week, Google launched Instant Search, which supposedly shaves off seconds while searching for stuff on the Web. Now, a 15-year-old named Stephen Ou has developed a twist on Apple's iTunes that makes finding music quicker and easier. iTunes Instant is a Web-based search engine featuring (nearly) instant song and albums results with links to the music in the iTunes Store. On his Tumblr, Ou...

iTunes Costs $1 Billion to Run, YouTube Still Struggling With Profit

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines... According to Fast Company, a new report from Asymco claims that running iTunes costs Apple $1 billion a year. [From: Fast Company] Despite what must be a critical mass of cat videos (and an even higher viewing rate), YouTube still isn't in the black, Google says. [Form: All Things D] Space shuttle Discovery was wheeled out of its...

Google Prepping iTunes Competitor, Reuters Reports

It should come as no shock that Google wants to take on the iTunes ecosystem directly. As our portable devices continue to converge, smartphones are increasingly performing music playback duties. Whereas Apple has a tightly integrated iTunes store and app package, Google has... well, nothing really. There's an Amazon music store app on most Android phones, but Google wants in on some of the hot...

How to Fix iTunes 10's Vertical Close/Minimize/Maximize Buttons

If you're scratching your head over the new vertical orientation of iTunes 10's close/minimize/maximize 'traffic light' buttons -- which diverts from years of Apple design history -- there's a quick fix on the Mac (sorry, Windows users). Boot up the Terminal app (in your Applications folder), and paste in the following single line: defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -1 and press Return....

Apple's Ping Is 'Drowning' in Spam and Plagued With Celebrity Imitators

"Ping is drowning in scams and spams." Or, at least that's the claim from security firm Sophos, which has been monitoring Apple's new social network closely since it launched on Wednesday. According to Sophos, Ping has no spam or URL filtering tools in place, giving ne'er-do-wells free rein of the service. The only requirement for joining Ping is an iTunes account, which has no screening in place...

Apple and Facebook Tangle Over Ping

The key to ensuring our computing future is a pleasant one is based on interoperability and cooperation between varying platforms and products. But, rather than come together (right now), it seems that companies are intent on further fragmenting our digital existence. Facebook is battling Google, Google is at war with Apple and everyone is throwing rocks at the throne of Microsoft. So you'd think...

The Future of Touchscreens, RickRolling Slowed Down and Visualized

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. In the future, as visualized by TATMobile, touchscreens will accompany us from the bedroom to the office, and apparently, the mouse lives on. Fortunately, this looks...

iTunes 10 Finally Out for Download, 'Angry Birds' Dive-Bombing to Android

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines The Ping social network-infused iTunes 10 finally landed last night, and it's available for download. [From: Apple] The ever popular 'Angry Birds' game has been confirmed as being released to Android phones this Friday. [From: TalkAndroid] Also late last night, Twitter launched its official free app for iPad, bringing multiple account...