According to Microsoft Windows CFO Tami Reller, the company will support the most popular apps in the Apple App Store within their own app store. However, Microsoft believes that the actual Apple iTunes software is not coming anytime soon. There are now over 60,000 apps in the Windows Store with about 250 million downloads.
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Apple Inc. has hit 25 billion songs sold on iTunes. The 25 billionth song is called “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch. The song was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany. Phillip will receive a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card as a reward for downloading the 25 billionth song.
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Apple has launched the new version of iTunes, known as iTunes 11. Apple redesigned the user interface of iTunes and it looks sleeker. It has more whitespace and the default view is a grid of album covers. When you click on the album covers, you will see the song listings. The left-side column is no longer around. You can switch to Artist/Album/Song/Playlists/Radio column view by clicking on the corresponding buttons.
AC/DC, the rock behind hit songs like “Back In Black,” “Thunderstruck,” “Highway To Hell,” “T.N.T.,” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” has added all of their songs to the Apple iTunes catalog. AC/DC joins Kid Rock in ceasing a boycott against Apple iTunes. Sixteen studio albums by AC/DC will be added to iTunes. Tomorrow AC/DC will be adding their first live album in 20 years called “Live At River Plate.”
Yesterday I drove to Clarkston, Michigan to eat at one of rock artist Kid Rock’s favorite restaurants called the Union Woodshop. As I stuffed myself with a burger called The Porker, I was just thinking about how Kid Rock’s newest album “Rebel Soul,” due on November 19th, was added to iTunes.
The Microsoft Xbox Music service is expected to launch tomorrow on October 16th. Xbox Music users will be able to choose from 30 million songs. Xbox Music users will be able to stream free music and download tunes. Microsoft Xbox Music is rumored to compete against services like Spotify and Apple iTunes.
For those of you that use iTunes a lot just like me, you will be pleased to know that Apple has added search to the mini-player in iTunes 11. Up until now, the mini-player just had the option to control the volume, play/pause, go to the previous track, and go to the next track. Generally I do not like my music player consuming up a lot of desktop space on my monitor so I thought this was worth pointing out. The search is split between Songs, Albums, and Artists. You can click on + and it will add the song next on the queue… then it goes back to the playlist and picks up where it left off.
Apple has created a new category for apps that are related to “Food and Drink.” Many of the apps were moved automatically and now there are currently 3,000 apps in this category. Some of the top apps were created by Food Network and AllRecipes.com. This category does not include apps that are related to dieting, shopping, and cooking.