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30 per cent of your subs revenue belong to us

Apple has formally booted the Financial Times newspaper app out of the iTunes store for the newspaper’s refusal to hand over 30 per cent of subscription revenues to the Mac maker.

That said, FT devotees with suitable iTunes accounts can still obtain the app from iTunes Slovakia:

We suspect it won’t be there for long. Not that the FT cares – it transitioned to an HTML 5 coded alternative that runs on top of the browser techology built into all iOS devices – and a few others besides.

The FT released the new app in June, prompting Apple to relax its rules. A little. But not enough for the FT.

Now, the paper doesn’t have to give Apple a cut of subscription revenue and it can more easily support multiple smartphone and tablet platforms.

It’s not the only one. Amazon recently released an HTML 5 version of its Kindle e-book reader app, this time to bypass Apple restrictions on implementing links to external content sales sites in iOS apps.

Some China-oriented FT apps are still available on iTunes.

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Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store – a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter. Apple executives contend that on-demand music services have begun to cannibalize download sales, and its representatives are demanding the labels create a period reserved for digital purchasing. Music industry insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the industry’s dominant retailer, said Apple’s push for a new release window – similar to the one that some Hollywood studios impose for films newly released for home viewing – shows the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is scrambling to retain its competitive advantage in an evolving digital music market.

Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.

Apple has already launched iOS 5 with the iCloud and the iPhone 4S, but the iTunes Match feature that was promised to also be in tow, still isn’t here. However, today, an on/off toggle for iTunes Match appeared in the iOS 5 Settings app, signaling that the feature is getting closer to launch.

Many users have reported seeing the iTunes Match toggle appear in the Music section under the Settings app. That toggle had been available to developers for testing but had disappeared recently only to reappear again today for both developers as well as the general public.

But if you’re not a developer and you attempt to toggle-on the service, you’ll receive a message to subscribe via iTunes on your computer. And you’ll then find that the service is labeled “coming soon” on your iTunes.

iTunes Match will likely roll out with iTunes 10.5.1, which is still under going beta testing by developers. The service costs $24.99 a year and allows you to sync all your music, including songs not purchased from iTunes. It will likely roll out by the end of this month in the US, followed by releases in other parts of the world later on.

E-Reader vs. iPad

Q:

My wife started reading e-books downloaded from the library on her iPad 2. Indoors the print is very readable, but it loses some of the sharpness in bright light. Some of her friends suggested the Kindle Paperwhite as a better reader in all types of light. What is your opinion?

A:

All current color tablets use a screen technology that washes out in sunlight and can become almost unreadable in direct, bright sunlight. The Kindle monochrome e-readers, including the Paperwhite, use a different technology that does well in all kinds of light. However, I have never noticed any degradation of screen readability on iPads or other quality color tablets in bright indoor light.

Q:

Is it fair to say that the iPad Air, like its predecessors, is designed more for content consumption than content creation, and that someone who really needs a computer but also wants a tablet (and can’t afford both) would do better with something like the new Surface?

A:

The iPad can be a fine productivity and creativity tool, with or without an accessory keyboard, depending on the app you are using. Business email and calendars, or the editing of office documents, work fine on the iPad, as do many drawing applications. You can even sign legal documents on it electronically. However, if you are looking for all the functions of a PC, a full Windows 8 tablet like the Surface 2 Pro would be a better choice, because it runs all the programs a Windows computer does.

Q:

In the new Mac OS X operating system, Mavericks, it appears it is not possible to sync Notes, Contacts and other data using iTunes via a cable connection. Is this true?

A:

Yes. Apple says: “In Mavericks, OS X syncs Contacts, Calendars and Notes using iCloud.” (That’s Apple’s Internet cloud service.) The company adds that, if you make changes to your data and don’t have access to the Internet, OS X will sync the data the next time an Internet connection is available.

Email Walt at mossberg@wsj.com.

Best Apps for Preschoolers

As many preschoolers today are younger than the iPad itself (which debuted in April 2010), educational apps to them are as commonplace as pencils, crayons and building blocks were to their parents. Here are five of our favorite apps for the preschool set.

Learn with Homer (free)

Designed with parents in mind, Learn With Homer is a fantastic app for teaching foundational reading skills to children. If you’re looking to prepare your youngsters for the rigor of the Common Core Learning Standards, this is a must-have app! The target audience is children ages 3-to-6. Right off the bat, it’s easy to see that the bright and colorful graphics will grab their attention, while the fun characters and easy-to-use interface will keep them focused. For context, Learn with Homer is made for children with little to no foundational skills who are just starting off their reading adventures. Instead of practicing skills they already have, children will learn how to read by learning letters and sounds.

(Curated by: Monica Burns)

Toy Store Delivery Truck (99 cents)

There are toddlers and preschoolers who will stop everything just to watch a delivery truck park, unload and deliver its cargo. This app is for those children. The gentle, methodical pace does not rush as child players have time to imagine themselves as the one in charge of this color coded and inventoried cargo. In this truck company, the inventory is only 0-10 and comes in the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow to ensure clarity. It’s a self-contained kids app with separate online access for interested parents. We would suggest that developers refine one set of illustrations showing inside the loading truck (midway into the game), since these do not offer complete precision, but the rest of this app is “10-4 good buddy”!

(Curated by: Frances Judd)

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week (free)

BrainPop has great videos on topics in many curricular areas, including life science. The video content is very engaging, and the follow-up quizzes provide great feedback on the content. Each week, a free video is provided along with quizzes of different levels. The content stimulates critical thinking skills and provides great topics for discussion. Students are able to make connections between the videos and the related concepts in the real world. Students can enter their names in the quiz results to keep a record of their success.

(Curated by: Julene Reed)

Toca Band ($2.99)

This app is a delight. Children are presented with a stage, and a whole cast of characters appear across the bottom of the screen. When a child places a character onto the stage, the character begins their part of the act. Stage placements higher on the band platform have the character playing at an increased tempo. The starring role is the top center spot. Any character placed here is made into a solo act, which the child can experiment with and control: changing pitch, playing new notes, etc. Children get to play with music and sound in a very fun and engaging way.

(Curated by: Gail Lovely)

Photo Safari! HD ($1.99)

Children adore animals and are especially curious about animals they don’t see very often (or at all). This app gives children a quick introduction to familiar and unfamiliar animals which will lead to hours of great conversation and rich language with you. Having background knowledge and an interest in animals will allow children to make connections to books being read to them and will inspire lots of creative play away from the screen.

(Curated by: Audrey O’Clair)

(This content was originally posted at appoLearning.com.)

iPhone For Dummies: Includes iPhone 3GS

A full-color guide to the iPhone, including the new iPhone 3G SWith its new 3G S model, the iPhone is definitely the must-have mobile device. This fully updated guide covers all the cool features of the fastest iPhone ever, including the Spotlight search feature, voice control, and video camera capability.iPhone For Dummies, 3rd Edition also covers the basics of using the multitouch interface, setting up iTunes, browsing the Internet, sending and receiving e-mail, and more.The iPhone 3G S is the

Apple seems to be on a roll. Hot on the heels of releasing iOS 6.1.2 to fix the Exchange Calendar bug and Java update to fix vulnerabilities along with the malware removal tool, they have released an update for iTunes.

Here’s what’s new in iTunes 11.0.2:

This update adds a new Composers view for music, improves responsiveness when syncing playlists with a large number of songs, and fixes an issue where purchases may not show up in your iTunes library. This update also includes other stability and performance improvements.

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The update is available via Software Update (54.2 MB). You can also download it from Apple’s support website.

Via: 9to5Mac, MacRumors

An innocent Russian tween: he’s saved up his rubles and was just able afford his first (iPod). And now that Russia has iTunes, he can finally upload some t.A.T.u onto his new MP3 player. But surprise! Unsolicited tits! Because apparently the launch of iTunes.ru was plagued by porn.

A Russian blog called iPhones.ru said the porn bomb affected a section called “more films in different languages,” and it was probably due to some temporary placeholder links. They were entered as xx.xx.xx, which is, apparently a real porn site. Reports on Twitter suggest that iTunes Russia is currently down, so Apple might be fixing the bug but there’s also a chance iTunes is just not available to everyone yet. And that is how Russian tweens learned about sex. [iPhone.ru via 9to5Mac]

“I don’t understand why Apple would do this, but I hear it’s only a matter of time before it unleashes a Pandora competitor called iRadio or something of the sort,” Rocco Pendola writes for TheStreet.

“I bounced the idea off Albert Fried and Company analyst Richard Tullo, who covers Pandora and is a frequent Bloomberg TV contributor,” Pendola writes. “Tullo thinks iRadio ends up a bigger threat to Spotify than Pandora: ‘We think Apple will adopt some Spotify-like features if it can in its iTunes platform as it’s really Spotify which is the direct threat.’ So, not a full-blown streaming Pandora competitor.”

Pendola writes, “That makes more sense. It gets ignored by the largely bearish financial media, but iTunes and Pandora are complementary services; iTunes and Spotify are clearly competitive.”

Read more in the full article here.

“Apple says it needs a little longer to finish up work on iTunes 11,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET. “The software, which adds a handful of new features and a facelift, was previewed at an event last month, and was originally due by the end of October.”

MacDailyNews Take: iTunes 11 is more than a mere “facelift.” It is a completely redesigned player and a newly remodeled iTunes Store.

“Apple now says the software will be out before the end of next month,” Lowensohn reports. “‘The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,’ Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET. ‘We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.’”

Lowensohn reports, “As of last month, Apple said it had more than 435 million iTunes accounts set up with 1-Click purchasing, meaning accounts with credit cards or other payment options attached. The storefront itself has a catalog of 26 million songs available for purchase, of which there have been 20 billion purchased by consumers during the past nine years. Apple’s last major iteration of iTunes, version 10, was released in September 2010.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, by all means, from now on get it right; don’t ship anything until is worthy of the Apple brand.

Have fun stripping off skeuomorphs, Jony!

Related articles:
Revamped new iTunes 11 user interface hints at future of OS X – October 22, 2012
Apple’s new iTunes 11: Everything you need to know (with video) – September 13, 2012
Apple expected to reveal all new, built-from-the-ground-up iTunes 11 today – September 12, 2012

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