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Apple reportedly planning to buy Beats for $3.2B

Apple is planning on buying Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, according to reports from Bloomberg and the Financial Times. Beats, which was started by music legends Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, is responsible for a popular line of headphones, as well as its recently-launched Beats Music service. According to anonymous sources familiar with the deal, the… Read More

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Amazon Cloud Player enables iOS update, allows music streaming in Ford vehicles

Good news for Ford and iPhone owners wanting to blast their tunes with Amazon’s Cloud Player: Amazon’s streaming music service updated its iOS app today to allow iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad devices to play music in Ford Sync AppLink-enabled vehicles. Last February, Amazon is brought its Cloud Player music service to vehicles equipped with Ford Sync AppLink, including new Mustangs,… Read More

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Amazon MP3 courts iPhone and iPod users, sidesteps Apple

Amazon released a new mobile version of its Amazon MP3 store for iPhone and iPod touch this morning — targeting users of those popular Apple devices while sidestepping Apple itself. The revamp is a mobile website, developed in HTML5, that works in Apple’s Safari browser. By avoiding the Apple App Store and sticking to the… Read More

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Amazon videos come to iPhone with Instant Video update

Amazon.com this morning released an update for its Instant Video app for iOS that expands its footprint beyond the iPad to the iPhone and iPod touch. The free app works via a standard Amazon account. Amazon Prime subscribers can use the app to watch the library of Prime Instant Video content (movies and television shows… Read More

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Nokia reviving Zune device? Nope, it’s just a name badge

Given all the twists and turns in the story of Microsoft’s Zune music devices, a series of posts about a mysterious device from a recent Nokia/T-Mobile news conference piqued our interest this morning. It was a three-inch device, without buttons, described by My Nokia Blog as a “pocket tablet” without a cellular connection, just Wi-Fi. Over the… Read More

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Nordstrom testing iPods, other devices for checkout

Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom mentioned during its annual shareholders meeting yesterday that it has been testing mobile point-of-sale devices at its Bellevue and Seattle stores, to reduce wait times for customers checking out with credit cards. It’s not a new concept in retailing, of course, but when the customer-service icon adopts a new technology, it’s worth… Read More

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Goodbye from Seattle: Microsoft ending Zune device

Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on its dedicated Zune hardware but planing to keep the Zune music software running on Windows Phone and other devices, according to a source quoted this afternoon by Bloomberg News. Microsoft is expected to continue selling the existing Zune devices but won’t create or sell new ones, according to… Read More