Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn



iTunes Store

The iTunes Store is Big Business


Apple had an earnings call yesterday, and, as often, they’ve been printing money. $7.7 billion in profit in the last quarter; the iTunes Store generated $4.5 billion in revenue. As MacRumors says: For the first fiscal nine months of the year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said iTunes software and services were the fastest growing part […]

Is iTunes About to Start Selling Hi-Res Music, or Is a Record Label Confused?


I came across a curious announcement from Warner Classics this morning. They say that they will be releasing some music in high definition on iTunes. Talking about some remastered albums by Herbert van Karajan, they say: This treasure trove has been painstakingly remastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios in 24-bit/96kHz from the original tapes, available […]

New iTunes Store Share Button?


Maybe I just never noticed it before, but yesterday, I spotted a sharing button on artist pages in the iTunes Store. It looks like this: It’s at the top-right of the page, and it’s tiny. Click it, and you can choose Copy Link, Share on Twitter, Share on Facebook or Alert Me. This only shows […]

When Will Apple Start Selling Lossless Files on the iTunes Store?


Update: I posted this article in January, 2014. Recently, there are new rumors around the possibility that Apple would be selling high-resolution audio files in the iTunes Store. Notwithstanding the fact that high-resolution music is a marketing ploy, I consider it highly unlikely that Apple will sell such files in the near future. This rumor […]

Do You “Own” Movies You Buy from the iTunes Store?


Apparently not. In spite of what Apple’s graphics say: You don’t really own them. Because, as Apple’s terms and conditions say: You agree that your Account is non-transferable and that any rights to your Apple ID or Content within your Account terminate upon your death. So be aware that, when Apple says you can “own” […]

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