Apple’s iTunes App Now Available Through Microsoft’s Windows 10 Store

iTunes, Apple’s software for downloading, purchasing, and managing content on iOS devices and playing Apple content on Macs and PCs, is now available for download through Microsoft’s Windows 10 Store.

Microsoft first announced plans to bring the iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store in May 2017, and said at the time that the app would be available by the end of 2017. In December, though, an Apple spokesperson said that the two companies would not hit that deadline.



“We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right,” Apple said.

iTunes has been available on the Windows platform for many years as a standalone download for most Windows users, but its addition to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software. Windows 10 S users have not

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Apple’s iTunes software comes to the Windows Store

Nearly a year after it was originally announced and several months later than planned, iTunes is finally available via the Windows Store. While functionally it’s the same as installing from a regular download the way Windows users always have used the Apple software, its inclusion in the store means it will also work on PCs running Windows 10 S (soon to be S mode). It won’t use any less RAM or become any more suited for modern state of media management, but at least it’s there. Now, how about Google Chrome?

Via: Windows Central

Source: Microsoft, Windows Blog

Apple Music’s Oliver Schusser has deep history in digital music

Alicia Keys appeared at one of the final iTunes Festival events.

With 40 million paying subscribers worldwide and another few million trying it out, Apple Music has a new boss, with the promotionof Oliver Schusser to vice president of Apple Music & International Content.

Deeply connected

Schusser has deep connections way back to the pre-iTunes dawn of digital music distribution.

He was Napster’s marketing VP even before Bertelsmann’s ill-fated 2002 purchase of the music-sharing firm, and has also had stints at Universal and Vodafone.

That means he’s one of the music industry folks who first had the vision of a celestial jukebox for music retail – and now runs the Apple version of that very same jukebox.

Schusser was instrumental to the launch of the iTunes Festival in 2007, where the great Amy Winehouse wowed the crowd at the ICA.

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iTunes 12.6.4 Released as Minor Update to Version With Built-In App Store

Apple has updated its special enterprise-focused version of iTunes that still has a built-in App Store for those who need it.



Download links for iTunes 12.6.4.3 have been quietly made available in an Apple support document related to deploying iPhone and iPad apps in a business environment with iTunes on Mac or Windows PCs.

The update was prepared on March 20 and released on Tuesday, according to German blog iFun.de. The version doesn’t include new release notes, so it is likely a minor update with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Apple removed the App Store in iTunes 12.7 last September, but it released iTunes 12.6.3 shortly afterwards for business customers or anyone who might still need to use the desktop software to install iOS apps.

Those who have already downloaded iTunes 12.6.3 will likely not be prompted about the iTunes 12.

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The latest macOS update brings support for external GPUs

With the latest release of macOS High Sierra, Apple has officially delivered on a couple of items in the works since WWDC 2017 last June. macOS 10.13.4 brings the external GPU (eGPU) support that lets developers, VR users gamers and anyone else in need of some extra oomph to plug in a more powerful graphics card via Thunderbolt 3. While that may not make every underpowered laptop VR ready, it certainly makes staying macOS-only more palatable for some power users.

Another notable addition is Business Chat in Messages for users in the US. Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and others have tweaked their services to enable customer service linkups and now Apple has its version available on the desktop. With it, you can interact with business representatives or even make purchases. Other tweaks include waiting for the user to select login fields before autofilling Continue reading “The latest macOS update brings support for external GPUs”

Apple Releases iTunes 12.7.4 With New Music Video Features for Apple Music

Apple today released an updated version of iTunes, iTunes 12.7.4, which introduces a new music video experience for Apple Music. A music video section lets users discover new and popular music videos in the Browse section of Apple Music, and there’s an option to create Apple Music playlists for videos.



Apple’s full release notes for iTunes 12.7.4 are below:

iTunes now includes a new music video experience for Apple Music. Find what’s new and popular in Music Videos within Browse, and play videos back-to-back with music video playlists.

Today’s iTunes update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Software Update function.

iTunes 12.7.4 follows iTunes 12.7.3, a January update that introduced support for HomePod. iTunes 12.7, released last September, was the last major update to iTunes, eliminating the built-in App Store to focus solely

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macOS 101: Reduce Data Usage, Increase Speed with Content Caching

Content Caching is one of the new services available in macOS High Sierra. Designed to reduce Internet data usage and increase the speed of updating Macs, iOS devices, and Apple TVs, Content Caching can also speed up iCloud storage by keeping a local copy of the iCloud data on your local area network.

Content Caching: History
Content Caching was originally one of the services included with Mac OS Server. By using the caching service, a system administrator could designate local storage as a repository for all of the software updates distributed by Apple for its various product families.

This allowed all devices connected to the local network to access the stored information without having to re-download the data from the Internet every time a device needed an update.

Caching was an effective way for administrators to reduce the Internet bandwidth used, while actually increasing overall system update performance

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Apple’s Services Category Set to Be the Company’s Main Revenue Driver Over the Next Five Years

Apple’s services revenue is growing at a rapid pace and is on track to be the company’s primary revenue driver in the future, according to a note Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shared with investors this morning (via Business Insider).

Huberty believes that over the course of the next five years, services revenue growth will contribute more than 50 percent of Apple’s total revenue growth. The iPhone, meanwhile, will make up just 22 percent of revenue growth during the same time period, despite the fact that it’s contributed 86 percent of Apple’s revenue growth over the past five years.

Although “over the last five years, the vast majority (86%) of Apple’s 8% annual revenue growth was driven by iPhone sales, it is through monetization of Apple’s Services business that we see the company still generating mid single digit revenue growth,” she said.

Huberty estimated that roughly 60% of revenue

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How to Move Your iTunes Library to an External Drive

Space, the final frontier. It may seem like an astronomically difficult problem, trying to keep enough free space on your Mac’s startup drive, especially if you have a Mac with a small SSD.

Space is precious, and one of the largest users of your drive’s space is likely to be your various media libraries. You likely have one or more photo libraries, as well as all the music, videos, podcasts, audiobooks, and mobile apps that are managed by your iTunes app. In many cases, your iTunes library is one of the main users of drive space.

One of the best ways to increase the amount of free space on your startup drive, and better manage your media libraries, is to move them from their usual home to an external drive. This allows you to use a large but relatively inexpensive drive to house all the data.

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After nearly 10 years, Apple will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions

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A small yet colorful part of the iTunes Store will be history by year’s end. According to an internal Apple email obtained by Metro, Apple will stop taking iTunes LP submissions this month. Apple confirmed the plans to The Verge, signaling the impending end of the paid multimedia album experience on iTunes.

The leaked email reportedly stated: “Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPs after March 2018,” and “existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018. Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match.”

According to the Verge’s report, customers who purchased LPs will continue to have access to them, and they will be able to download previous and new LP purchases via iTunes. Customers won’t see any newly added LPs available

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