September 8, 2013 |
Almost 18 months ago, my family made what felt like an epic decision in our lives: We canceled our cable TV package. I started reflecting on our cord cutting adventures recently amid all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the CBS-Time Warner dispute that left the Los Angeles region unable to watch reruns of "Two and a Half Men" for a whole month. Oh, the humanity. One topic that got a lot of attention was the supposed increase in people cutting the cord, and how that might be a good way to stick it to those greedy bosses who run these media and cable goliaths. Dream on. I've learned two big things in my post-cable TV life.
October 2, 2008 |
Royalties that digital music companies, including Apple Inc. and record labels, pay songwriters for selling their music as ring tones, CDs and permanent digital downloads are to be set today by a federal agency. This is the first time in nearly three decades that the industry has been unable to decide the fee for sales of recorded music on its own. Apple has so strongly opposed increasing the rate, now 9.
June 29, 2005 |
Verizon Wireless will unveil a music-playing phone and online music service to compete with Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store and phone to be launched with Motorola Inc. A Verizon Wireless-branded LG Electronics Inc. handset will be available by August, as much as a month before Motorola and Apple are due to unveil an iTunes phone. Verizon Wireless' music service is expected to be up and running in six to eight months, Chief Executive Dennis Strigl said.
December 9, 2007
I just want to express how much I enjoyed Michelle Quinn's story on iPod University ("The iPod lecture circuit," Nov. 24). I was in Florence, Italy, last week and read the article online. Not looking forward to the 15-hour travel time back to Los Angeles, I immediately went to the iTunes store and downloaded some of the most wonderful lectures from Stanford, MIT and several others. And all of them are absolutely free. Steve Dworman Brentwood
July 22, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp. confirmed plans to release a new music and entertainment player and accompanying software under the "Zune" brand this year. The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker faces an uphill climb in closing the gap on Apple's iPod media player and iTunes Music Store, the runaway leaders in their respective areas.
September 12, 2012 |
Apple announced a new version of iTunes on Wednesday. The Cupertino tech company said its music program and the iTunes Store have both been redesigned and given new features. Now users can click on albums to expand them in place, and artists can now also share photos with users. A new feature called "Up Next" that lets users see a pop-up window with a list of songs coming up on their playlist has also been added. The new iTunes will launch next month. The store itself will look more like the new version of the iOS iTunes Store, which is set to launch with iOS 6 later this month.
June 23, 2010 |
Peter Deliso has never written a computer program in his life. But after a brainstorming session last year with his son and two daughters, ages 11, 9 and 5, respectively, he came up with the idea for an iPhone application that would turn the phone into a virtual blender. Users could pick a fruit like strawberries, watch the phone's screen appear to fill up with milk, and witness the ingredients get pureed into a smoothie. Armed with the idea for iFruity, Deliso contacted A-1 Technology Inc., an app design firm based in New York.
February 26, 2013 |
Apple has agreed to hand out more than $100 million in iTunes store credits to settle a lawsuit alleging that its iPhone and iPad apps allowed children to make purchases without their parent's knowledge or consent. The lawsuit, which was filed by five parents two years ago, alleged that Apple did not create parental controls to keep children from buying extra features sold within a video games app. The parents who filed the lawsuit said they didn't realize their children were charging their accounts until they were billed.
November 2, 2006 |
ENTERTAINMENT Apple Computer Inc. said it would dedicate space within its iTunes Store for Spanish-language music, music videos, TV shows and podcasts. Telemundo, NBC Universal's Spanish-language TV network, also signed a deal with Apple to offer downloads of its shows, including "Pasion de Gavilanes." Los Angeles-based Univision Communications Inc.
May 14, 2008 |
Apple Inc. has scooped up Time Warner Inc.'s HBO to feed television shows to its online iTunes store, reeling in one of the last holdouts among major channels and agreeing to a rare pricing concession to land hit shows such as "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City." Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said HBO programming began appearing Tuesday on iTunes. The shows cost $1.99 or $2.99 per episode, making HBO the only channel allowed to charge more than the standard $1.99 for its episodes on iTunes.