Apple brings iTunes Store to Brazil, Latin America

Apple is extending its sphere of influence south of the equator today, with the launch of the iTunes Store in Brazil and a whole slew of Latin American countries. According to Cupertino, the platform will launch with a catalog of over 20 million songs, from both Brazilian and international artists, as well as a selection of more than 1,000 films for rent or purchase. Also included in today’s release are users in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. Find more details in the full PR, after the break.

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Apple brings iTunes Store to Brazil, Latin America originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ask Engadget: best streaming music solution?

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is coming to us from Katie, who is totally down with the stream. The radio stream. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody — there are way too many streaming music services out there begging for my money. Which is the one I should spring for? I live in the US, but would love for whatever I choose to work when I travel internationally, if that’s possible. Trying to keep it up under $10 per month, and looking for a large library and nice mobile compatibility. Thanks!”

So, streamers — what’s your go-to service? Tried a few of ’em? Let us know which you prefer, and why, down in comments below.

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Happy 5th Birthday iTunes Music Store!

This article was written on April 28, 2008 by CyberNet.

happy birthday itunes music.pngOn this day five years ago, the Apple iTunes Music Store launched. The date was April 28, 2003, and ever since the launch, the store has managed to become more successful than I think anyone ever imagined. By early this year in 2008, over 4 billion songs have been sold through the store.

Taking a look back to 2003, it’s interesting to note that when the iTunes music store first launched, it was for Mac users only. It took several months for them to expand further and launch the iTunes Music store for Windows users in October, 2003. Had they not expanded and offered the store for Windows users, it would have taken them much, much longer before they would have been able to reach the 4 billion songs milestone that we mentioned earlier. They’ve got Windows users to thank for much of their success.

We decided to go back and find the original Press Release from Apple to checkout some of the original stats. At the time of launch, here’s what the iTunes Music Store was able to offer and some of the requirements:

  • 200,000 songs
  • exclusive tracks from over 20 artists
  • iTunes 4 was required
  • Users had to have Mac OS X version 10.1.5 or later

Now the iTunes Music Store has over 10 million songs! To go from 200,000 songs to 10 million songs in five years is pretty impressive and shows the growth that iTunes has experienced. Another interesting article we came across was from when they were writing in October of 2003 about how the iTunes Music Store for Windows was coming. They mentioned how much revenue would be generated from the store and predicted that Apple could claim 20 percent of the market share. Then they went on to say, “Still, even those optimistic about the market don’t see Apple getting a major boost to the bottom line.”

Certainly Apple doesn’t make much money per song, but iTunes has exploded into popularity and has likely influenced more people to buy iPods which does boost Apple’s bottom line. Notice they also said that Apple could claim about 20 percent of the online market share? Well, they’ve now managed to secure their place as the number one largest music retailer in the United States. This includes online sales and those from brick and mortar stores, which is pretty impressive.

Happy Birthday iTunes Music Store, and here’s to another five great years!

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Facebook as an iTunes Competitor?

This article was written on October 05, 2007 by CyberNet.

facebook music It was just a few days ago that Amazon launched their DRM-Free music store which left many wondering if iTunes will be able to remain the top digital music store for long.  Now rumor has it that Facebook is in the process of putting together their own iTunes competitor. AllFacebook – the unofficial Facebook Blog is the one to report the news and says that “an extremely reliable anonymous source” provided the information. According to their source, Facebook has been working on the project since March, and they’re currently searching for a CEO to lead the new music sector.

Think about it for a minute… a digital music store on Facebook – oh the possibilities that could come from this one! Whether or not it’s true, it sounds like a great idea to me.  I don’t have statistics, but I’d be willing to guess that the average age of Facebook users is probably around 18-25, the same crowd that is likely to own some type of portable music device, and the same crowd that’s likely to purchase music online. And because Facebook already has the social thing going on, they could incorporate a “socialness” to buying music like displaying something in the mini-feed when a user has purchased a song, or showing a list of songs that a user has bought on their profile and allow their friends to listen to a clip.

A digital music store could potentially provide Facebook with a good stream of revenue if they do it right and their millions of users decide to choose the Facebook store as their source of music.  They’re in need of a way to make revenue, and this could be it. While it all sounds positive, points out that starting a music business is no easy task. It would be a “massive operation for a company that has heretofore been strictly a social-networking service– even one that’s as hot as Facebook is now.”

With Amazon already labeled as an iTunes competitor and possibly Facebook appearing into the scene as well, I imagine Steve Jobs will be getting a little uncomfortable should this prove to be true…

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Google Voice app returns to iTunes, iOS 5 crash bug fixed

Less than a week after it disappeared from iTunes, the Apple-friendly Google Voice app is back and declared iOS 5 friendly, per its official Twitter account. Also improved is operation sans-internet connection, since now there’s no data required to dial numbers you’ve previously called. Hit the source link below for v1.3.1.1891 — we’ll never go back to the dark days of v1.3.0.1771.

Google Voice app returns to iTunes, iOS 5 crash bug fixed originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Steve Jobs was initially opposed to apps, new biography reveals

Walter Isaacson’s new book on late Apple CEO Steve Jobs has yet to be released, but the Huffington Post recently obtained an advanced copy of the authorized biography, and highlighted some of its most salient revelations. Throughout the course of the 656-page book, Isaacson provides fascinating and often intimate insight into Jobs’ life and times, including details on his childhood, his Bob Dylan-drenched iPod and, perhaps most notably, his curious philosophy on apps. Strange as it may seem, Jobs was initially opposed to the very concept of an app-based environment, for fear that his company may not be up to the task. According to Isaacson, Apple board member Art Levinson called the CEO “half a dozen times to lobby for the potential of the apps,” but Jobs was initially reluctant. “Jobs at first quashed the discussion,” Isaacson writes, “partly because he felt his team did not have the bandwidth to figure out all the complexities that would be involved in policing third-party app developers.” Needless to say, Jobs and his team eventually figured it out. Walter Isaacson’s book, “Steve Jobs,” will be released on October 24th, but you can pre-order it from Amazon, at the link below.

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iTunes Sells Over Five Billion Songs!

This article was written on June 19, 2008 by CyberNet.

iTunes five billion milestone.pngApple has good reason to celebrate today after iTunes reached its five billion songs sold milestone. Five billion songs is a lot if you think about it. To put it into perspective, here are a few examples involving the number five billion…

  • Five billion seconds translates out to about 158.5 years
  • Five billion minutes translates out to about 9,505 years
  • Five billion feet translates out to about 946,969 miles
  • Five billion pints translates out to about 625,000,000 gallons
  • As of June 2008, the world’s population is estimated to be just under 6.7 billion, which means the number of songs downloaded from iTunes isn’t THAT far off from the World’s population

What’s interesting to note is that in early 2008, over 4 billion songs had been sold when they were celebrating their 5th birthday. If they’ve already reached over five billion, they’ve experienced quite a bit of growth over the last several months.

Aside from celebrating the five billion songs milestone, Apple is also celebrating the fact that they rent and sell over 50,000 movies each day. Clearly they sell more songs than they do movies, but that’ an area where there is plenty of room to grow. We have yet to try out iTunes for renting or buying movies, but those who do seem to be satisfied.

Congrats to Apple and iTunes. 7 years ago when iTunes first launched, who would have thought that it would have become so popular? Five Billion is definitely a big milestone and helps explain why it is that they are the largest music retailer in the United States.

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Audyssey’s Lower East Side Audio Dock Air: square to be cool

Not enamored by any upcoming AirPlay-enabled HiFi systems? Audyssey’s curiously square Lower East Side Audio Dock Air could be worth a shot. This is the second wireless speaker from the company, which last year used its audio know-how for the South of Market Bluetooth Dock. The LESADA’s light on features, but utilizes “Smart Speaker technology” to offer what Audyssey claims is best-in-class audio quality. The unit itself is loaded with two 1-inch tweeters, a duo of 3-inch midrange drivers and two thumping 4-inch passive bass radiators. Up top there’s a single volume wheel, while on the front and back you’ll find a headphone jack and a 3.5mm input (if you’d prefer the vintage experience of plugging in). The Lower East Side Audio Dock Air — in all its cubey goodness — is slated to hit shelves in November for about $400. Full PR past the break.

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“Complete My Album” with iTunes

This article was written on March 29, 2007 by CyberNet.

CompletemyalbumToday Apple iTunes introduced a new feature to the iTunes store called “Complete my Album.” This is for those times when you’ve purchased individual songs, and then later on you decide to buy the entire album which the song(s) came from.  For each song that you’ve bought that’s on an album that you end up buying, you’ll get a 99 cent credit.

That means that you will no longer have to pay for the same song twice! And because songs are typically 99 cents to begin with (albums are usually $9.99), you’re essentially getting a refund in the form of credit for the purchase that you made. 

After reading several comments, I’ve seen a few people say that this is pretty much useless and they won’t use it. However, often times only certain songs from an album are released, and then months later the full album is available for purchase.

iTunes will give you 180 days after purchasing an individual song to get the credit for songs that are on an album that you purchase. And don’t worry, they’re not leaving out the millions of people who have purchased songs previously, and want the full album now because of this new offer. During this initial introduction, you will have until June 26th to “complete albums” for songs that you have already purchased at any point from iTunes and get the “discount”.

When you go to the “Complete My Albums” page at the iTunes store, you’ll see the songs that you’ve purchased, the albums that they correspond with, and what the cost of the album would be with the credit applied for your previous a-la-carte purchases. Nice move Apple, I can see a boost in Album sales coming already!

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Animoog takes the synth keyboard stylings to the iPad, DIY electronica lives to see another day

Mention music apps and our minds immediately conjure up images of a certain Icelandic songstress’ interactive iPad album. Well, folks the high-art bleeps and bloops don’t have to belong to the aurally experimental, as you, too, can make synthy music to doze off to. Fans of Moog’s synthesizers looking to mobilize the analog noise art now have a 99¢ iOS option for the iPad. Dubbed Animoog, this virtual instrument shrinks the keyboard synth experience down to 10-inches, running on the company’s Anisotropic Synth Engine and bringing with it polyphonic modulation and pitch shifting, various modules for effects, a timbre page and MIDI in / out. Fancy yourself a folktronic tablet technician? Then hit up the source to download the bargain-priced goods.

Animoog takes the synth keyboard stylings to the iPad, DIY electronica lives to see another day originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 Oct 2011 07:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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