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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Disney launches new movie app with help from Apple

Disney moved further into the mobile era with the announcement today of the new Disney Movies Anywhere app, available for iOS and on the web. The app’s streaming catalog of 420 movies includes Pixar’s offerings and the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like The Avengers and Thor. The launch of the app coincides with the digital release of Disney’s… Read More


Microsoft in hot water over Amy Winehouse tweet, but is backlash really fair?

A tweet by Microsoft UK caused an uproar today by suggesting its followers remember the late singer Amy Winehouse by downloading her “Back to Black” album on the company’s Zune music service. The company was roundly criticized for trying to capitalize commercially on the singer’s death, and in a follow-up tweet Microsoft apologized to anyone who… Read More


RealNetworks plans new digital photo and video utilities, too

Turns out RealNetworks isn’t just getting into the business of cleaning up iTunes music libraries. The digital media pioneer, trying to turn around its broader business, also plans new photo and video tools as part of its effort to reinvent itself for the age of cloud computing. The new $39 “Rinse” music cleanup program from… Read More


RealNetworks plans new ‘Rinse’ clean-up tool for iTunes

RealNetworks has developed a new program called Rinse for cleaning up and organizing Apple iTunes libraries on Windows PCs and Macs — automatically adding album artwork, fixing song names, organizing music libraries by genre, and finding and removing duplicate tracks. The official Rinse product site touts the software as “smarter than other programs,” including iTunes… Read More