No longer need you hunt around for a "secret" way to access the iTunes App Store. About an hour or so ago, iTunes finally made it official by promoting the App Store right on the iTunes Store home screen. You might have to sit tight to get a new iPhone 3G, but those of you with existing iPhones can have at it. Which iPhone app are you most looking forward to?
Although Apple has not yet updated the iTunes Store front page to link directly to the desktop version of the iPhone App Store, it can still be accessed with a little trickery. To access the desktop App Store, follow these steps:Download and install iTunes 7.7, if you haven't already Click on the iTunes Store in the left-hand panel Search for current iPhone application, such as Super Monkey Ball Click small gray arrow next to Super Monkey Ball in the search results to go to the app's download page In the top navigation bar in iTunes, click &… Read more
Apple has launched the latest version of its iTunes Store a day earlier than anticipated.
iTunes version 7.7, available now for Windows and Mac, includes the App Store, a method for delivering third-party iPhone applications.
The download appears to have some quirks: for this user, the version number remained at 7.6.2, and no direct link to the App Store was available, but it could still be reached by linking here.
Apple isn't the only game in town when it comes to AAC-compatible MP3 players. Advanced Audio Coding files may be the default iTunes option for ripping CDs into your music collection, but Apple holds no exclusive claim to the format the way they do with Apple Lossless or the iTunes store's FairPlay DRM.
So what portable devices are out there for folks who appreciate the benefits of AAC audio, but want to steer clear of the iPod? I've put together a product roundup of my top six non-iPod AAC players, along with an Insider Secret video that … Read more
The story originally stated that Verizon's over-the-air music service downloaded DRM-free MP3 files directly to the user's handset. It was later learned that Verizon's direct-to-phone music download is not in the MP3 format. The copy delivered to the user's computer, however, is in the MP3 format.
Read the updated story here.
iTunes has dominated the music distributing market, but three new services are hoping to make a name for themselves. Verizon Wireless and Rhapsody are pairing up to offer DRM-free music through Verizon's V-Cast store. Also, clothing store Hot Topic will start its music subscription and band apparel service through ShockHound. And Project Red, a charity foundation, will deliver music to subscribers and donate half the proceeds to charity.
Plus, Monday marks the last day for broad sales of Windows XP. CNET News.com reporter Ina Fried talks with Leslie Katz about what it means Windows users.Listen now: Download today's podcast … Read more
Watch out, AmazonMP3: Rhapsody just joined the DRM-free MP3 club. The music-subscription service's new MP3 store sells individual tracks for 99 cents and albums for $9.99. And if you're one of the first 100,000 folks to create an account by July 4, you can get a free album.
Strings? You do have to provide a credit card when you set up your account, and you have to install Rhapsody's MP3 Download Manager (Windows only), which can automatically add downloaded songs to your iTunes library. With that done, you'll immediately find a $10 credit in … Read more
To unseat iTunes as lord of digital music, challengers are falling over themselves to strip copy protections off music.
Apple's iTunes still wraps most of its music in digital rights management software, and the latest to try to exploit this perceived vulnerability is RealNetwork's Rhapsody. The music service, which has up to now focused on renting music through subscriptions, is expected to announce Monday that it will start selling DRM-free songs.
This means that Rhapsody's music will play on iPods and many other digital players. In addition, Rhapsody has teamed with Verizon Wireless and will offer customers … Read more
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RealNetworks on Sunday announced several improvements to its Rhapsody music service, including a new online music store and integration with Verizon's V Cast mobile phone music service.
Taking a cue from competitors such as Amazon and Napster, Rhapsody's new Web-based music store sells a catalog of universally compatible (DRM-free) MP3 files from all four major music labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner, and EMI), as well as a selection of independents.
The new Rhapsody store represents a departure from the strictly software-based music subscription model on which … Read more
Verizon Wireless has upped the ante in its efforts to take on Apple's iTunes store in the digital music market by offering DRM-free music for all purchased music plus a new subscription service. But will it be enough to make a dent in Apple's dominance?
On Monday, Verizon Wireless will announce the revamped V Cast music store, which will be loaded with digital music that is free of the pesky digital rights management encryption on all songs that are purchased through the store. Verizon is joining Amazon as the only other digital music distributor that will be selling … Read more