Apple’s new podcast metadata rules ban episode numbers, threaten removal [u: episode numbers permitted]


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Apple has contacted the makers of podcasts hosted on iTunes and details how they should write the metadata that details the show, episode and so on, with the biggest changes forbidding podcast show names in titles as well as banning episode numbers.

Some Apple Music Users Unable to Load ‘For You’ Tab in iTunes Recently: ‘An Error Occurred’


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Over the past few weeks, a handful of users have reported receiving the message “an error occurred” when attempting to load the “For You” tab in iTunes, which provides personalized recommendations for Apple Music. When clicking the “OK” button to reload, affected users are instead redirected to the “Browse” tab.



MacRumors has been able to reproduce this issue in iTunes version 12.9.2.5 on macOS Mojave version 10.14.3, although based on comments across the MacRumors forums and Apple Support Communities, the error message does not appear to be limited to specific versions of iTunes or macOS or any other parameters.

Many users are able to access the “For You” tab as usual, but others have been seeing this error message persist since early February. Affected users are still able to access “For You” on an iPhone, iPad, or other device with Apple Music.

While

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Samsung’s 2019 AirPlay 2-Compatible QLED TVs Now Available for Purchase


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Samsung today announced that its 2019 TV lineup with QLED 4K and 8K options, can now be pre-ordered or purchased from the Samsung website or from select retailers across the United States.

Available in sizes ranging from 43 inches to 98 inches, the QLED lineup works with AirPlay 2, thanks to Apple’s move to expand AirPlay 2 availability to many television manufacturers. AirPlay 2 will allow Apple users to stream music, podcasts, and more directly to Samsung TVs.



Samsung’s 2019 TVs will also feature a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app, allowing iTunes content like movies and TV shows to be accessed directly on a Samsung television set.

Existing 2018 smart Samsung TV sets will also get AirPlay 2 support and the iTunes app through an upcoming firmware update. Samsung plans to debut the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app in more than 100 countries, while AirPlay 2

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Samsung’s first iTunes-ready TVs are here


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Samsung’s 2019 QLED TVs are rolling out in earnest, and they’re widening Apple’s ecosystem in the process. You can either purchase or pre-order the 8K Q900 as well as a host of 4K sets (the high-end Q series, the fashionable Lifestyle series or the budget RU line), and all of them will support the promised iTunes Movies & Videos app. You won’t have to buy an Apple TV or otherwise jump through hoops to watch iTunes purchases and rentals in the living room. AirPlay 2 casting support is still coming “soon,” and will reach 2018 TVs through a firmware update.

Source: Business Wire

Apple’s Samsung TV deal huge boost to streaming service reach


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With Apple’s movie and TV service now expected for announcement as soon as April and launch a few weeks later, the latest Futuresource Consulting analysis makes interesting reading.

Meanwhile, Apple watchers note a series of deep movie sales discounts all across iTunes as Apple boosts sales income.

Apple: A new hope

“Apple is embarking on major shift in strategy as it looks to diversify its revenue streams, with an increasingly open mind to collaboration key to executing this strategy,” Fuuresource says.

Apple astonished everyone earlier this year when it announced new partnerships with TV manufacturers to offer support for AirPlay 2 and the iTunes Movie and TV service in current top brand TVs.

The analysts estimate there will be over 60 million Samsung Smart TVs that can offer the iTunes app by the end of 2019, but this figure does not include any possible firmware upgrades to pre-2018 models,

These

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Shuffle Music Players with Five iTunes Alternatives for Macs


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If you’ve been using iTunes for a long time, you may have noticed how it changed from a good music player into a strong multimedia player, became a music, video, and app store, as well as a file and device manager for syncing, backing up, and restoring iOS devices.

Lost in all the changes was its original strength: simply playing and managing media on a Mac.

If iTunes now seems a bit unwieldy to you, there are alternatives available that can likely meet most of your needs. The key word here is “most” of your needs. As far as I’ve seen, there’s no single iTunes replacement that can do everything iTunes does. But if your main interest is playing media, or organizing your multimedia library, there are quite a few alternatives available. If you’re looking for an app to manage your devices, perform backups, and transfer files between devices, there

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Apple doesn’t need to buy Netflix to build a global movie service


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Meanwhile, outside America

A lot of people seem to think that the way Apple can thrive and survive the looming economic collapse is to buy firms like Netflix or Disney in order to build its TV and movie services offer.

I’m not convinced.

Where is the market?

Think about the way markets are changing. In the mature developed economies we are spoilt for choice when it comes to content.

In the U.S. there is Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime, and a plethora of additional services from a wide number of providers.

In fact, there are so many U.S. services that we must surely be heading for market consolidation at some point in future.

Which services will make it? More importantly, when consumers find they can only afford one streaming movie service subscription, which one will they stick with?

I believe that quality of service, breadth of content, integration

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Lady Gaga pulls her song with R. Kelly from iTunes, Apple Music


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In a somewhat unprecedented move, Lady Gaga has removed a single song from her 2013 album Artpop on iTunes and Apple Music. The song in question, “Do What U Want,” features a performance from disgraced hip-hop performer / monster R. Kelly and can no longer be streamed or purchased from Apple’s music services. Artpop is still available on both, but the album just moves from track six to track eight, as if the song never existed. The only clue is the missing track seven.

CES: Vizio adds AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to SmartCast


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VIZIO Reveals SmartCast™ 3.0 at CES 2019, Adding Support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit (PRNewsfoto/VIZIO, Inc.)

No sooner had we gotten used to Apple’s decision to make nice with Samsung for smart TV, than Vizio confirms the latest iteration of SmartCast 3.0 will support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

(Incidentally, these moves mean Apple’s services will be available across 57 percent of all the televisions sold in the US.)

Apple gets smart

“By adding support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, users can play content from their iPhone, iPad and Mac directly to SmartCast TVs, and enable TV controls through the Home app and Siri,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO

Support will be made available to Vizio beta testers in th U.S. and Canada starting in Q1 2019, the company said.

Once complete, SmartCast 3.0 will roll out via

ABOX 2.1 Channel Soundbar & Subwoofer Surround Sound, 120W RMS, Bluetooth 4.2 Device Streaming + EDR Speaker System, Optical, Coaxial, AUX, USB, Wall Mountable (Optical cable Included)

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Apple Originals tunes in to Samsung TV


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Does Samsung’s PR image really reveal the name of Apple’s future service?

Apple’s iTunes and AirPlay 2 will work with smart televisions from Samsung and others starting this spring, Apple and Samsung have confirmed.

Apple Originals tunes in to Samsung TV

The move comes as Apple gets ready to expand its media-related services with its own film/TV subscription service (Apple Originals?) to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Apple has also quietly confirmed that future smart televisions will recognise your iPhone as a smart remote control out of the box and that you will also be able to ask Siri on your iPhone to play content on any of your connected TV sets. (“Hey Siri, play Game of Thrones on the kitchen TV.”)

These important moves demonstrate that Apple is thinking strategically about media services.

It will be widening the availability (and popularity) of its billion dollar plus original

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Samsung’s 2019 smart TVs will support iTunes and AirPlay 2


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Until now, using Apple’s services on your TV has meant… well, buying an Apple TV. No more: Samsung has revealed that its 2019 smart TVs (plus updated 2018 sets) will offer both iTunes Movies and TV shows as well as AirPlay 2 casting. Yes, you can buy or rent videos from iTunes and watch them in 4K HDR glory without buying extra Apple hardware or otherwise bending over backward. The iTunes app will even play nicely with Samsung’s ecosystem, too, supporting the Universal Guide, search features and the latest version of Bixby.

Source: Samsung Newsroom

Tips: How to load content and get your iPhone ready for travel for the holidays


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You’re only going away for Christmas, it’s not completely as if you’re going into battle. Take a few steps now to make sure that you’re going to be able to keep working with your hardware if you need to — and will have some entertainment to enjoy if you don’t.

Still Running OS X Yosemite? Beware, iTunes 12.8.1 Breaks Safari


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Apple this week released iTunes 12.8.1 for OS X Yosemite up to macOS High Sierra. The minor update resolves an issue that prevented iTunes from streaming media to third-party AirPlay speakers, and contains other minor improvements.



However, anyone running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 specifically should avoid updating to iTunes 12.8.1 for now, as users across the MacRumors Forums, Twitter, Reddit, and Stack Exchange report that the update somehow breaks Safari 10.1.2, the latest version of the browser for OS X Yosemite.

After updating to iTunes 12.8.1, some users have encountered the following error message when opening Safari on OS X Yosemite:

Safari cannot be opened because of a problem.

Check with the developer to make sure Safari works with this version of Mac OS X. You may have to reinstall the application. Be sure to sure to

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Epic pulls its ‘Infinity Blade’ mobile games from the App Store


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Ever since being introduced as Project Sword alongside iOS 4.1 back in 2010, the Infinity Blade games have shown the kind of graphics and action that are possible on Apple’s mobile devices — until now. At the same time owner Epic Games is launching its own game store and pricking Apple over App Store policies that impact its Fortnite juggernaut, the company has decided to pull all three games without warning. In a post the company said “it has become increasingly difficult for our team to support the Infinity Blade series at a level that meets our standards.”

Via: Touch Arcade

Source: Epic Games