Apple, Starbucks Team Up To Give Away Free iPhone Apps

Since April 2008, Starbucks has partnered with Apple for the “Pick of the Week” program. The “Pick of the Week” program provides users with iTunes Music Store content via cards. Previously, the promotion only allowed ¬†customers access to a free song each week, with tracks priced up to $1.29. Now, CNET reports that these cards are now also offering free downloads of paid iOS applications.

Shazam Encore, the first Starbucks Pick of the Week App

The first application made available for free is Shazam Encore, which usually sells for $5.99 in the App Store. Starbucks has not commented on whether the free applications offer will replace music tracks for good, or if both will be offered in the future. Judging by the first free app offering, it seems they’re serious about providing quality apps because Shazam Encore is a very popular music app costing $5.99.

Customers who visit Starbucks can pick up the free “Pick of the Week” cards at the register that contain codes ¬†redeemable in the App Store towards the purchase of iOS apps. ¬†Last year, Starbucks also did something similar by partnering with Apple and Yahoo to offer digital content to in-store customers.

Android owners, are you jealous yet? Anyways, Apple’s evil.

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iTunes Store Goes Down While Apple Announces 2nd Quarter Results

Apple has had a great second quarter of 2011 where they made $24.76 billion in revenue selling 3.7 million Macs, 18.65 million   9.02 million iPod (including ) and 4.69 million .

iTunes Store Down

However, it looks like someone pushed a wrong button on the iTunes store which incidentally accounted for over $1 billion in revenue for Apple. For the past half hour or so the iTunes Store has been down and several users are complaining about it.

I have been trying to purchase an app for past 30 minutes but am hit with the above error every time. The error says that the network connection timed out, but I can access all websites properly without issues.

Several other users are facing a similar problem which can be seen by visiting this Twitter search page. I am able to access the iTunes store online, however, purchases are not going through.

Are you facing a similar problem while making purchase with the iTunes Store?

Apple Sells 2 Million Beatles Songs, 450K Albums In a Week

Apple recently had an exciting announcement to make which turned out to be the addition of the Beatles catalog to the iTunes store. Though many users were disappointed with the announcement; as they were expecting something else; Apple is the one running happily to the bank.

Beatles iTunes Catalog

All Things D reports that within a week of the introduction of the Beatles catalog in the iTunes store, Apple has sold over 2 million Beatles songs and 450,000 Beatles albums. That is some ravishing success for Apple and Beatles alike who have been missing on all the dough for so long.

The top selling Beatles album is "Abbey Road" and the Top single song is "Here Comes the Sun". Apple is late to the Beatles party, but it will definitely make more money in the long run. Are you a Beatles fan? Did you purchase a Beatles song or album from the iTunes store? Do let me know through your comments.

Beatles Catalog Now Available In iTunes Store

As we had told you yesterday, the entire Beatles catalog is now available in the iTunes Store. Apple today announced a deal with EMI that the Beatles are now available for the first time in the iTunes store.

Beatles iTunes Catalog

Starting today, 13 remastered Beatles album will be available in the iTunes store. The Beatles catalog is available for downloads as full albums as well as individual songs. Fans can also get a special digital "Beatles Box Set" featuring the "Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964" concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures the Beatles’ very first US concert.

However, the songs and albums are a bit pricier that the rest of the catalog with individual songs selling at $1.29 a piece and albums selling at $12.99 each. Users can also buy a special "Beatles Box Set" for $149 which contains all 13 remastered studio albums and mini documentaries.

So go ahead and download the Beatles catalog from the iTunes store right away at http://www.itunes.com.

Apple’s Exciting iTunes Announcement: Beatles Catalog iTunes Store?

Apple posted a mysterious message on their site today about an impending "exciting announcement" to come tomorrow. The speculations on what they will announce has ranged from "iTunes in the cloud" to possibly making download updates easier. However, WSJ has some scoop that the announcement tomorrow will be about Apple including the Beatles collection in the iTunes store.

Apple iTunes Beatles

Apple and Beatles along with their record label EMI Group has had several feuds in the past, which is why music from Beatles has not been available in the world’s largest music store as of yet.

The agreement would represent a watershed in a fraught, decades-long relationship between two of the biggest icons in their respective fields.

However, according to WSJ, Apple has finalized a deal with Beatles and the EMI Group to bring their songs to the iTunes store. WSJ has always been able to predict correctly as to what Apple will be announcing. However, don’t keep your fingers crossed on this unless you hear it from Steve Jobs himself.