Smashing line-up for September iTunes Festival 2014

iTunes Festival 2014 signFor many, September means back-to-school, but for others, it’s iTunes Festival time and it’s back again for an 8th year, with 30 incredible nights of live performances from London’s historic Roundup stage. If you can’t be there, you can still experience the event by streaming it over iTunes or Apple TV. And best of all, it’s still free.

Apple announced today some of the biggest artists that will be headlining this year, including; Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde & many others.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”


iTunes Festival to hit SXSW for five amazing nights

iTunes Festival SXSW


This year’s SXSW will feature the first iTunes Festival in the US. It will take place from March 11th to 15th at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, home of Austin City Limits.

The music festival’s US debut will run for five nights and like all the previous iTunes Festivals, it will feature an incredible lineup of chart-topping performers including Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD, Willie Nelson and others still to be announced.  READ MORE at CANOE TECH BLOG



Gosling’s new flick hits theatres, iTunes same time


As far as I can remember, major theatrical releases first went out to the big screen and the high-priced popcorn-eating crowd. Then, they eventually were pressed to DVD and or Blu-ray disc, for purchase or rental as well as through video on demand, iTunes and then perhaps Netflix and other on-line services. However, for Gosling’s latest flick, this is not the case.


Apple offers “Download Later” option on select purchases

DownloadNowWhen you make an iTunes purchase like a movie or TV series, don’t you want to download it now? But sometimes it’s a big file; maybe you’re on the road, have poor bandwidth or perhaps have a promo code that expires at midnight and hate lose out. Apple has a solution for that.


25th billion download earns German man a €10,000 iTunes card

giftcards_music1EDMONTON, AB, Feb. 6, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Phillip Lüpke from Germany is €10,000 richer for purchasing a song from the Apple iTunes Store. It’s not just any song, it’s “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch. But what’s particularly special is that it’s the 25 billionth download from the world’s most popular music download site.

Apple announced the record setting milestone today, singling out Lüpke. He’ll be awarded a €10,000 iTunes card, about C$13,500 in addition to the recognition and bragging rights. The €10K should allow him to multiply his collection and then some.

Twenty-five billion is a lot of songs. To put it into perspective, if every person in the world were to download three to four songs from the iTunes store, that would be roughly the same number of songs that have been actually downloaded to date.

Fans continue to download songs from iTunes at a record pace. After its inaugural launch in April 2003, it took until February 2006 to reach one billion. About four years later, on February 24, 2010 – Steve Jobs’ 55thbirthday – that number hit 10 billion. It only took just over two and a half years for that number to double yet again.

There seems to be no end in sight to the growth.

“(We’re) averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute,” according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

iPad_iTunesThe ability to purchase from the iTunes store is more than just a convenience to music purchasers.

“In a lot of ways, iTunes has leveled the playing field for musicians. Whether you’re unsigned, indie, major, whatever – it’s the place most people go to buy digital music,” said Wesley Schultz, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Lumineers. “iTunes doesn’t exclude any musicians simply because they’re not yet established or popular.”

Greg Gazin is a Tech Columnist, Small Business and Technology Speaker and Senior Editor at Troy Media. He can be reached at  Gadgetguy.CA on Twitter @gadgetgreg or you can find him on Empire Avenue at(e)GADGET1.

Digital delights for Friday the 13th


In each calendar year one to three Fridays actually fall on the 13th. In fact this year, in 2012, there are 3, with today being the last one for the year. Do you need to know when the next Friday the 13th is? Do you need to make special plans? You need to ensure your insurance is paid up? Well, I’m sure you’re not surprised that for Friday the 13th, there is an app for that!


Win a $10K iTunes gift card in 25 billionth app countdown


When the App Store was unveiled to the world in July 2008, it only took 2 1/2 years for the App Store to reach 10 Billion downloads and with a current pace of 1 Billion per month less than 11 months later, it’s ready to reach yet another significant milestone – 25 Billion. And once again to commemorate this incredible feat, Apple has launched the “Countdown to 25 Billion Apps” a world-wide promotion in which one lucky person will be eligible to receive an iTunes Gift Card valued at US$10,000 if they are the one to download the 25 billionth app.


Free iTunes 5-song festive holiday pack

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After buying all your holiday gifts, isn’t it nice to know you can actually get something for free? Now there is always the old adage of you get what you pay for, but here, this is certainly not the case.


Set up an iTunes allowance for your kids


Want to give your kids a gift of iTunes without having to keeping buying them cards on an ongoing basis or having to let them use your credit card?  The answer is to give them an iTunes Allowance.


Mac App store downloads surpass 100 million


There’s an app for that, really!  Apple has just announced that In less than a year over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac App store and that’s keeping their servers very busy.