Apple’s iTunes Store set a new record with 25 billion songs purchased. The 25 billionth song came from an Apple user in Germany who downloaded “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) and that lucky fan received an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros ($13,537 U.S dollars).
“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”
Apple has over 26 millions songs in iTunes and is available in 119 countries.
The long awaited jailbreak for iOS devices running iOS 6 and 6.1 is expected to release Sunday. The jailbreak site states that it will take 5 minutes and is easy to use. Please avoid all the scam sites wanting to charge for a jailbreak. Check back here for an update on Sunday and also bookmark the official jailbreak site at evasi0n.com.
Windows PC running at least Windows XP
Mac running at least 10.5
iPhone, iPod or iPad running iOS 6 or 6.1
USB connector from computer to device
Facebook for iOS has a new update Version 5.1, which has added a number of new features making it easier for users to chat with their Facebook friends and share multiple pictures at a time.
Your even able to send gifts; I mean real gifts to your friends on Facebook using the new Facebook Gifts option. This feature is only available for users in the U.S. currently.
- Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message
- Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites
- Share multiple photos fast
- Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only)
- When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply.
Follow this link to download your update if you haven’t already.
All right Foursquare fans, I’m sure you noticed there was an update for iOS users as Foursquare updated the app to be more iPhone 5 and iOS 6 friendly. If you’re a hardcore Foursquare user, you will notice that the app has a new simpler design and quite a few new search options.
Foursquare touts, “It improves one of the best things about Foursquare – it’s a personalized map made just for you.”
Personalize is differently a good way to explain some of the changes that were made. Foursquare shows how well it knows you, your friends, what’s popular in the area. Foursquare is harvesting data from millions of tips, over 2.5 billion check-ins to give you personalized suggestions instead of generalized search results.
New search categories allow you to find places you haven’t been yet and find places your friends enjoy. This makes it a lot easier to explore with guidance from people you know and trust.
You can download or update Foursquare for iOS via this link.
Just in time for iOS 6, the official YouTube app is now available for download in the Apple App Store for the iPod Touch and iPhone. In case you haven’t heard yet, Apple did not pre-install a YouTube application with iOS 6 so Google released their own. The YouTube engineers are working on an optimized version of the application for Apple’s iPad to arrive in the coming months, which is a let down.
The new application seems to work faster than the native YouTube app provided by Apple and the searches seem to be much more refined delivering you exactly what you are looking for without all the extra clutter.
You can follow this link to download the new YouTube app and give it a try yourself.
Samsung maybe busy in court, but that isn’t stopping the company from announcing new devices as they have announced the new Galaxy Player 5.8. To bring everyone up to speed the Galaxy Player is a media device. Dare I say it, like the iPod Touch?
If you love Android and want a dedicated media device this is a great choice. The screen size of 5.8″ lends well to watching videos but I do feel it is a little big for a portable music player.
The Player is running Android 4.0, contains a 2,500-mAh battery, microSD card for storage expansion, 802. 11b/g/n wireless networking, GPS, front-facing camera and will come with either16 or 32 gigabytes of built in storage.
Facebook for iOS received an update today. This update brings a faster experience and a streamlined interface. So far in our testing the speed have been greatly improved. Working with photos is much easier and problems posting seem to have been fixed.
Below is a list of documented improvements:
- Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
- New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
- Photos open fast and close with no downward swipe
- Instant access to your notifications
Lets us know if your find anything new in comments.
Veister, a company that specializes in USB cables tweeted a photo of what looks to be the sync cable for the next generation of iOS devices from Apple. With Apple’s announcement less than a month away we have already seen pictures of an 8-pin dock connector and 4-inch display which all tie into Apple’s new iPhone.
As always we don’t believe anything until Tim Cook says it is so. But even if this is just concept based off the leaked iPhone parts it is still interesting to see. I sure hope Apple has made more than enough dock adapters.
Apple’s iTunes Match is now out of beta and available to users for $25 a year.
If you haven’t heard about iTunes Match it’s a cloud based music service similar to Amazon’s Cloud Player and Google’s Music Beta, but with iTunes Match it will scan a user’s iTunes music library and find the matching song on iTunes giving you a license copy. This means if you have a library full or torrented music, Apple will swap that music with a licensed copy.
Users are able to upload up to 25,000 tracks to their iTunes Match account and if iTunes Match doesn’t find a copy of one of your songs it will copy the version of the song from iTunes. This is great for remixes.
In order to take advantage of iTunes Match you’ll need to download iTunes 10.5.1. To learn more on iTunes Match follow this link.
Apple is being sued for infringing on three U.S patents for microprocessors used in their smartphones and tablets. The company behind the lawsuit is Taiwans Via Technologies Inc. who filed this suit yesterday in the federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. Via is looking for a jury trial and an order to forbid Apple from selling their devices that contain those patented inventions in the U.S.
The products at issue generally concern microprocessors included in a variety of electronic products such as certain smartphones, tablet computers, portable media players and other computing devices, Via said in the complaint.
Granted Via didnt mention exactly what infringing products, we can assume the issue points to the A4 and A5 chips being used in Apples iPhone, iPod and iPod Touch devices.
Google is bringing their music service to Apple iOS users regardless of what Apple feels about it. Google has got around all the iTunes App Store requirements by releasing an HTML 5 powered web-application designed for iOS 4.0 and above users. Meaning iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users can now play Google Music right from their devices.
The iOS version has some nice features, like the ability to have music playing in the background while searching through the other parts of the app and even if you exit Safari your music will work in the background. Youre even able to control playback with the standard iOS music controls in the multitasking bar. Read more