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Apple to Replace iTunes With 3 Media Apps

Apple TV for desktop will mimic the experience of the app on other devices, offering third-party subscription channels and over 100,000 movies and TV shows to buy or rent. And when Apple’s TV+ subscription for original shows launches this fall, it will also be available through the Apple TV app. – Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter » http://bit.ly/2wTbA7b

Apple only allows streaming, not downloading, of upgraded 4K movies

However, some HD files will still include HDR and Dolby Vision. Apple says, “You can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can’t download a 4K version.” And if your Internet speed isn’t fast enough, the quality of video will be downgraded to what your connection can support. – Swapna Krishna, Engadget http://ift.tt/2xzwqKn

Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows

There’s no word yet on how Apple will spend its budget, though. A cool $1 billion sounds like a lot but programming costs can easily run into the millions for an episode of a high-end show — Game of Thrones episodes regularly top $10 million apiece. And after Apple’s initial and extremely lackluster original show attempts in the form of Planet of the Appsand Carpool Karaoke, it’ll need at least one quality standout hit to make itself relevant in a market crowded by companies with much bigger budgets: Netflix is expected to spend more than $6 billion on its content this year. – Rachel England, Engadget http://ift.tt/2i6uDGs

Apple may kill off iTunes music downloads entirely

It’s not a question of if but when Apple will phase out its online music store in favor of Apple Music, the company’s year-old streaming-music service, Paul Resnikoff for Digital Music News reports, citing sources with active business relationships with Apple. Apple subsequently told Recode that the Digital Music News report was “not true,” but would not eleaborate. – Business Insider via Digital Journal

I hate iTunes. And I think Apple does, too

iTunes went from being a svelte piece of software to an octopus of an application—and with that, an array of problems began popping up. iTunes 7, for instance, saw 18 updates in less than 12 months. Likewise, iTunes 10 (with Ping!) had 19 updates in a year. iTunes 11, meanwhile, needed 17 patches in its 11 month life. On the bright side, things are looking better for iTunes 12—with only three releases since its rollout in October […], it’s fair to ask if iTunes is any better. All this history sidesteps the injection of the App Store into iTunes. With the launch of iOS 2, iPhone owners needed somewhere to download their various digital goodies from, and someone in Cupertino thought it would be a great idea to make iTunes that place. – John Patrick Pullen, Quartz

Think Apple’s come too late to the music streaming party?

800 million. That’s how many iTunes accounts Apple has gathered in 14 years, each of them attached to a credit card. Pandora and Spotify have less than one tenth as many, and most of their customers are free-loading on an ad-supported account. Can Apple persuade a generation raised on free streamed music to pay $9.99 per month for Apple Music? They don’t have get everybody on board to make success of it. – Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune Magazine

What is FLAC? The high-def MP3 explained

Until recently, the music format FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) enjoyed a similar “pirates-only” reputation to MP3 because of its lack of DRM, but it has the potential to reach a larger audience than just audiophiles and tech enthusiasts. Currently, record labels like Merge and Warner are on board with the format, and consumers can buy music from acts such as M. Ward and the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire — for the same price as the iTunes Store. – Ty Pendlebury, CNET
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