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Recording Industry Ass. says vinyl and CD sales beat digital downloads

For the first time in seven years, Americans spent more on CDs and records than digital downloads. This according to the Recording Industry Ass. of America, who says in its 2017 music revenues report [PDF] that sales from vinyl and CD recordings accounted for 17 per cent of revenues last year, compared to a 15 per cent share …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2018

WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

Review After El Reg covered the My Cloud Home file server announcement in August, WDC kindly sent me a Duo unit to try out in my home office. What I received was a superbly engineered unit that was much better integrated with my Mac OS/iPhone environment than I thought it would be, but also exposed the limitations imposed by iTunes on …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2017
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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

A song that consists entirely of ten minutes of silence has cracked the top 50 on Apple's iTunes charts. The smash-hit, "A a a a Very Good Song" by New York-based reporter Samir Mezrahi, is in fact a rather clever trick to get around one of the more annoying bugs in the way iTunes syncs up with cars via Bluetooth. Drivers and …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2017

Apple hurls out patches for dozens of security holes in iOS, macOS

Apple has today released patches addressing roughly four dozen exploitable security vulnerabilities in iOS, macOS, and WatchOS. The iOS 10.3.3 update resolves 47 flaws for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, including multiple remote code execution holes in the WebKit browser engine. Fixes were also posted for the Apple Watch's …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2017
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Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

Apple is trying to kill off an attempt by Smartflash to reverse a patent panel's ruling and thereby force Cupertino to hand it $533m in a Federal Circuit dispute. Smartflash owns three patents at issue, and had initially won $533m in damages from Apple, on the basis that it infringed these patents in its iTunes product. …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017

UK cops arrest 20-year-old on suspicion of blackmail and hacking

UK cops have arrested a man they suspect of extortion and Computer Misuse Act offences – and an email from the "Turkish Crime Family" claims it was linked to a cop probe of its claimed Apple iCloud megahack. Motherboard reports that someone using the email account of the self-styled Turkish Crime Family had contacted it …
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2017

DROWN-ing Xcode developer? Apple's thrown you a lifebelt

Apple has published security updates for Xcode, iCloud for Windows, and iTunes for Windows. Xcode 8.1 plugs holes the Xcode server inherited from Chrome, OpenSSL and node.js. Apple's announcement is here. There's a bunch of OpenSSL patches to start with: CVE-2016-0705 in OpenSSL is better known as the DROWN bug that let …

Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

Apple has again been hit with a relatively small bill for skirting tax laws, this time in Japan. A report from national broadcaster NHK World claims that the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has told Apple to cough up $120m (12.3bn Yen) to cover back taxes that the Cupertino giant failed to pay. The report notes that Apple has …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2016
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Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime

Apple has released a bundle of patches to fix security holes in OS X, iOS, iTunes and Safari. The bevy of updates also includes fixes for a number of issues in Apple's iCloud and iTunes for Windows software. Among the most startling vulnerabilities addressed in the updates is a man-in-the-middle flaw discovered in FaceTime by …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016
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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Apple Music users are being warned after one fella says the streaming service deleted more than 100GB of files from his computer. Studio director James Pinkstone said Apple's subscription-based service stripped approximately 122GB worth of music, including his own original compositions, from his machine seemingly without …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2016
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China leaves Apple books, movies on the cutting room floor

Apple has reportedly been banned from offering movies and books through its iTunes and iBooks portals in China. The New York Times cited anonymous sources in reporting that Beijing has decided that the Cupertino giant will no longer be able to offer the movie and book download services on the mainland. The reason for the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2016

Apple faces €48.5m fine from furious French

Apple is reportedly facing a €48.5m (US$55.3m) suit claiming it violated anti-trust rules in France. A report from the local BFM Business [in French] claims that the Cupertino electronics giant leveraged French mobile phone carriers into deals that were unfairly weighted in Apple's favor. The report claims the nation's …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Apr 2016
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Streaming now outsells downloads – Recording Industry Ass. of America

Last year, revenues from streaming music topped those of paid downloads for the first time ever. This according to a fresh report [PDF] from the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA), tracking revenues reported by US record labels. The RIAA says that during the year, streaming music revenues accounted for just over one- …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2016
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Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard

Apple has issued a new build of iOS that restores iPhones bricked after having third-party repairs. The Cupertino goliath said a new version of iOS 9.2.1, available over iTunes, will restore mobiles frozen with an 'Error 53' message. Earlier this month, people became super upset that iPhones could be rendered inoperable while …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2016
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Got an Apple Mac, iThing? Update it right now – there's a shedload of security holes fixed

Apple has posted security updates and feature improvements for its desktop, mobile, and developer gear. The Cupertino giant today issued updates for iOS, OS X, and watchOS, plus iTunes on Windows, Safari on OS X, and Mac firmware. The OS X El Capitan update also "improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016," so if you' …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2015
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Spotify updates hated privacy policy ... with exact same policy

Music-streaming service Spotify has finished editing its controversial privacy policy – to better explain why it's slurping people's private information, rather than taking an axe to the document. Writing on the Spotify blog, CEO Daniel Ek said the new policy will kick in over the next few days: it will use some new wordings …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Sep 2015

Virtually no one is using Apple Music even though it is utterly free

The 11 million people who signed up for Apple Music have two months to cancel their subscriptions or start paying. The streaming service went live in early July, is free for the first three months, and completely dwarfed by Spotify. Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue dropped the 11 million …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Aug 2015

Bug hunter reveals Apple iTunes, Mac app store receipt deceit

Vulnerability Lab founder Benjamin Kunz Mejri says he's found a security bug in Apple's Mac and iOS app stores that could be exploited to inject malicious JavaScript code into victims' web browsers. Mejri reported the "application-side input validation web vulnerability" to Apple in early June, and went public with details of …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2015

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