Los Angeles – Having failed
to reach an agreement with Apple over access, Facebook blocked a link to
Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) new Ping music-focused social network that would let users
automatically add Facebook friends to their Ping contacts, sources told All Things D. As TechCrunch and
others reported, Facebook Connect was indeed connected with Ping for a brief
while before and even after the service was officially launched yesterday.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs told All Things D that Facebook was seeking "onerous
terms" from Apple in exchange [...]. 2 comments
Port Washington, N.Y. - More than a quarter of Apple (NASD: AAPL) iTunes,
iPod and iPhone users in the U.S. surveyed recently expressed "strong
interest" in a free, cloud-based music streaming service, while
"between seven and eight million" people reported strong interest in
a paid subscription version of such a service. Market research firm NPD Group asked iTunes users –
estimated to total 50 million in the U.S. — about free and unlimited streaming
of their iTunes libraries over the Internet, as well as subscription options.
Calif. – Despite speculation that
Apple (NASD: AAPL) acquired streaming music service Lala so that it could launch a
subscription plan alongside outright sales at its iTunes Store, digital music
veteran Michael Robertson postulated in a guest post on TechCrunch that the company
is actually planning a cloud-based service. Among Lala’s assets is a personal
storage service, which loads a user’s personal music library into an online
locker, so that users can stream their collection from any Web-connected
"This technology plus the engineering and management team [...].
- Apple (NASD: AAPL) has been pitching TV networks a plan to offer an iTunes-based TV
subscription service that would cost about $30 a month, All Things D reported,
citing multiple unnamed sources.
Apple is keen to launch such a service early
next year, but has not received firm commitments from networks, the report
Disney (NYSE: DIS), which owns networks including ABC and ESPN, is said to be a
potential first partner.
The company was first to sign on to sell programming
on iTunes, and Apple CEO [...]. one comment
- Apple (NASD: AAPL) has broken the Palm (NASD: PALM) Pre’s ability to sync directly with iTunes, as if
it were an iPhone, for the third time. The new 9.0.2 iTunes software update
removes the feature. Palm had complained to the USB Implementers Forum that
Apple was misusing the technology to lock out competitors back in August, but
the standards body ruled in Apple’s favor, and said that Palm may in fact be in
violation of its terms.