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.

Exciting Announcement For iTunes Tomorrow From Apple

Close on the heels of a huge  announcement today, which is getting more and more obvious with regards to it being about Facebook email, Apple has updated their website to say that something exciting about iTunes will be dropping tomorrow.

Apple's Exciting iTunes Announcement

When you visit you see a message as seen in the screenshot above. It says that "Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget". So what could be so exciting about iTunes, maybe cloud storage, apps sync or more? Well, there is no point in speculating what it could be, so we’ll tune in tomorrow at 10AM ET / 7AM PT to see what this hoopla is all about.

Source: Mac Stories

Fix “View In iTunes” Link Not Working In Google Chrome For Apple App Store

I have been using primarily for everything these days. However, I have had a peculiar problem with it where I could not load iTunes links in iTunes from the browser. This was causing me lot of headaches since I then had to manually open the links in another browser like or Internet Explorer to download the app or manually copy and paste the name in iTunes or the device itself to download it.

Considering that I download 30-40 apps a week, this was getting to be quite a pain for me, and for several other people too who have been complaining about this since a long time at this Google Chrome bug thread.

If you want to know whose fault this is? Well this is certainly not Google Chrome’s fault but a problem in a browser detection script from Apple. So that aside, how do you fix this? Well, I have quite a few solutions for you here, so you can pick and choose whatever you want.

Solution 1: Apple Browser Detection Fix Chrome Extension

This is the simplest fix that you can use. Just download this called iTunes Detection Fix and store it on your computer. The reason I asked you to download it to your computer is because Chrome will not directly install it. Once you have downloaded the file, either drag it and drop it on a Chrome window and install it or use the File – Open menu to open the file in Chrome.

Hint: Press "Ctrl + O" in Chrome and browse to the file you downloaded to open and install it.


Once you have installed the extension, don’t click on the "View in iTunes" button, instead you will see a new option above the app which will ask you to verify whether you have iTunes installed or not. Click on the "I Have iTunes" button and Chrome will prompt you to launch iTunes to open the app.

From next time onwards you will be able to open the app in iTunes by simply clicking on the "View in iTunes" button. If it stops working again, click on the "I Have iTunes" button to launch the app.

Tip: You might want to turn on iTunes Detection Fix extension to work in "incognito mode" so that you will be able to launch apps while you are in incognito mode.

Solution 2 – Changing User Agent for Chrome

If you are not comfortable with the previous solution here is the second one which works too. For this one you will have to change the user agent of Google Chrome to Firefox, Internet Explorer or something else.

To do that download the User-Agent Switch extension for Chrome. Once you have downloaded that, there are two ways in which you can fix the "View in iTunes" link not working.

User Agent Switcher iTunes Fix for Chrome

The first one is temporary and will require you to choose "Mac Safari 4" from the available user agent list whenever you are browsing iTunes. Once you do that refresh the browser and the "View in iTunes" link will work properly and prompt you to open iTunes.

Permanent User Agent for iTunes on Chrome

To make this fix permanent, just click on the "Add permanently" option under the User-Agent Switcher options and the extension will always send "Mac Safari 4" as the user-agent when you are browsing the iTunes web app store.

Tip: You might want to turn on User-Agent Switcher extension to work in "incognito mode" so that you will be able to launch apps while you are in incognito mode.

Solution 3: Use IE Tab Extension

Not satisfied with the above solutions? There is another solution for that.

As I had told you earlier iTunes properly detects the browser and works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. So a workaround would be to use the IE tab extension and browse the iTunes store using it.


If you want to permanently fix this with the IE tab extension, open it and click on the settings icon as shown above and add to the Auto URLs section. This will ensure that the iTunes site always opens in IE Tab.


As I told you earlier, the "View in iTunes" link not launching the iTunes application is not a problem with Google Chrome. It is a problem with how Apple detects browsers. users face a similar problem and I will write a separate post detailing how to fix it for Opera. However, one of these solutions will definitely fix your problem with Google Chrome. If it does not, feel free to leave a comment about it and I will try to find another solution for you.

Import/Copy Music & Playlists From iPhone, iPod or iPad to Your Computer or iTunes

Have you ever come across a situation where you have had to wipe out your OS or buy a new one because the old one has crashed and have had a headache to sync your , or back to iTunes.

Import iPod Music and Playlists to iTunes

Well GizmoRip is a software which will allow you to import your music and playlists from your iPhone, iPod or iPad back to your computer or even import it directly to your iTunes.

GizmoRip will help you to recover all of your favorite music and videos in just a few quick steps, import your playlists directly into iTunes. It supports the latest version of iTunes (10.0.1) and is absolutely free to use.

Another good use of this software would be to copy music from another iDevice to your computer and then sync it with another device.

Techie Buzz Verdict


GizmoRip takes away a major headache of synching your iDevice with your computer or iTunes and is a definite download. It supports the iPhone, iPod Touch and other variants and also the iPad.

To top it GizmoRip is absolutely free, which makes this a must download and one of our highly recommended software.

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iTunes Ping Removes Facebook After Facebook Blocks API Access

Yesterday, Apple introduced iTunes Ping a new social networking platform for music lovers introduced with iTunes 10 (Read iTunes 10 and iTunes Ping Review). However, after a while Apple removed Connect from Ping.

iTunes Ping

There have been several reasoning as to why that happened, however, Boomtown has confirmed news that Apple pulled the plug on Facebook Connect after Facebook blocked API Access because they could not reach an agreement with Apple.

The major reason behind Facebook blocking Ping’s API requests is not because of it being a competitor, but because of the amount of users iTunes currently has, 160 million to be precise. So even though Facebook’s Connect API is free to use, however, if someone wants to use it a lot, which is the case with iTunes, they have to have an agreement with Facebook.

It seems like both Apple and Facebook were negotiating on it, but they could not finalize anything and the Facebook Connect feature was introduced even though both did not have an agreement. This is when Facebook started blocking API requests by Ping. Now Apple suggests users to use the email invites feature to connect with your friends or use the search feature.

So will this problem between Facebook and Apple turn out to be bigger in the future? Only time will tell.

First Look At iTunes 10

Apple announced the iTunes 10 today at the special music event, and I was able to download it just before 10PM Eastern Time. As compared to earlier version of iTunes, iTunes 10 is only about 72.2MB in size.

The installation of iTunes went fairly well, and it was up and running in a few minutes. The new interface in iTunes 10 is almost similar to iTunes 9.2, however, Apple has used a pretty weird looking icon for iTunes 10 and has also changed the buttons and other icons. Overall, I did not like  the new look for iTunes 10.

After downloading and installing iTunes 10, I spent some time looking at it and found it to be pretty OK as compared to what was expected of it. Here are some of my views about the new features in iTunes 10.

TV Show Rentals

iTunes 10 TV Shows Rental

iTunes 10 has added a new feature where users could rent out TV shows for 99c. They offer episodes from the latest TV shows and also some classic TV shows. Shows include the usual suspects like Family Guy, Glee, The Cleveland Show, Prison Break, Bones and so on. However, you will also find similar shows for free on

iTunes 10 TV Show Rentals Download

I tried to watch a free TV show, 30 Rock Recap Special and the download in itself was set to take 20-30 minutes, so it could not be done in time for the review. This is particularly annoying on an high speed network. I will update this review with my views on the quality of the videos.

iTunes TV Show Rental Quality

Update: The TV Show finally downloaded and the quality is pretty good and definitely on par with Hulu.

iTunes TV rentals will allow you to watch the TV shows within 30 days of you renting it, however, once you start watching a show, you have to finish it within 48 hours or else you will not be able to watch it again. The TV shows can be watched on either you PC, or . There is no option for users, but iPad users will also get the ability with iOS 4.2 for iPad and AirPlay.

iTunes Ping

Apple introduced iTunes Ping today, a social networking for music lovers and probably a rival. I tried out Ping and found it to be pretty decent. Ping can be accessed from the left sidebar of iTunes and requires you to use your Apple account to login.

iTunes Ping Welcome Screen

Once you have logged in, you will be shown a series of screens that ask for your profile information. Once you have logged in, you will see a list of people to follow, which is something typical to what you will see with Facebook and .

iTunes Ping Recent Activity

iTunes Ping also allows you to connect with your Facebook friends who are using Ping. Just like any other social networking, the key to Ping is people. So you will have to start following people to see their activity, music recommendations and more.

One thing I noticed is that Ping is quite buggy and you will notice quite a few problems while using different features with it. For example, I had to try several times before I could connect my Facebook account with Ping. Also the navigation is buggy, sometimes clicking on page numbers will do nothing and so on. However, this service is quite new and will be polished with time.

Another downside to Ping is that, since it has launched today, I could not find many people to find or follow. I will leave it at it and see how it works when I have more people to follow and recommend music to.

Faster Synching With Devices

Apple promised faster synching and more real-time storage indicators with iTunes 10. I tried synching my device by adding some music and sync was definitely more faster than what I have seen on earlier version of iTunes. However, I had some problems with iTunes recognizing my device and it took unplugs and iTunes restarts to see the device in iTunes.

These are just some of the new features I have toured in iTunes 10, of course might be several more enhancements in it, but these are the core features that you should be looking at if you want to upgrade to iTunes 10. Also Apple might require users to upgrade to iTunes 10 to install future updates. So go ahead and give it a try, you can download iTunes 10 by visiting

Download iTunes 10 with iTunes Ping Support

At the Apple Special Event today, Steve Jobs announced the introduction of a new social networking platform for music lovers called iTunes Ping.

iTunes Ping

iTunes Ping is a social networking site for music lovers, where you can follow your favorite artists and friends and discover music they’re listening to and downloading.


iTunes 10 also introduces new TV show rentals at 99c per episode. It also adds a new feature called AirPlay which allows you to play your favorite music anywhere in your house without having to be connected through wires.

Learn more on what is new about iTunes 10 here. You can also find out more information about iTunes Ping here and download iTunes 10 with iTunes Ping from here.

Large Scale iTunes Fraud Underway, Once Again

iTunes Back in July, we reported that several iTunes accounts were compromised by hackers who went on to make fraudulent purchases on the user’s behalf. Although Apple clamped down on the hackers, and promised security improvements after widespread criticism from bloggers, hackers seem to have one-upped them once again.

TechCrunch is reporting that another large-scale iTunes scam is underway, and several iTunes account holders have already lost thousands of dollars. The problem seems to be due to a security hole in iTunes accounts linked to PayPal. One affected user, Joey Bruce tweeted, “Someone hacked my iTunes/PayPal acct and drained everything from my bank account. Life is kicking me in the balls while I’m down”.

Given iTunes’ abysmal security track record, we strongly recommend against permanently storing any financial information (i.e. linking with your credit card or PayPal). PayPal is aware of the issue; however, none of the involved parties have issued a statement.

In related news, 12 people have been charged with fraud and money laundering offences related to iTunes. Apparently, this gang uploaded tracks to Amazon and iTunes and used stolen credit cards to purchase them.

11 Favorite iPad Apps from 2 Friendly Geeks

image Two of my online buddies have an iPad. I asked both of them to recommend a few iPad apps so that I could share them with you. If you have an iPad, you might want to take a few seconds to check these out.

• The first list comes from my friend Zia, who authors the blog CyberNirvana. Here’s what he told me about the apps he uses:

I have over 50 apps on the device which I use to a varying degree. The 5 apps below are almost used daily. I consider them as a must have and treat them as the essence of using an iPad over the use of laptop/netbook, that is: convenience, speed and usefulness.

air-video 1. Air Video – An amazing program which allows you to access and view all your videos (all major formats supported including DivX) stored on your PC (even USB hard drives) from the iPad. The streaming quality is excellent depending on the Wi-fi access. I decided to purchase the full version (a few bucks) As soon as I realised I was able to watch The Dark Knight in HD in the living room on the iPad.

cinexplayer 2. CineXplayer – An app which is only 2 weeks old and which has shocked a lot of people. How did Apple allow an app to bypass its own self-imposed restriction of video formats playable on the device? This app allows you to load all DivX and Mpg movies (via iTunes) into the iPad for offline viewing. The quality is unaffected and conversion is seamless.

instapaper 3. Instapaper – The ability to read text in the right format on the iPad is literaly a pleasure. This app allows me to read all the articles captured from the net in a neat and easily readable format.

flipboard 4. Flipboard – This app is the talk of the net right now. People are surprised at how good it is and wonder how long it will last as a free product. This one pulls news and content (not RSS feeds) from the web, including Twitter and Facebook, in a beautiful and slick format.

early-edition 5. Early Edition – A simple RSS aggregator which displays all my feeds in a newspaper-like format with the option to send stories to my Instapaper account.

• The next list comes from my friend and fellow author, Rajesh. Here’s what he told me:

These are the apps I use on a day-to-day basis on my iPad, and I enjoy using them.

evernote 1. Evernote – Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop. (quote from the website)

dropbox 2. Dropbox – Dropbox is the easiest way to sync and share your files online and across computers. (quote from the website)

quick-office 3. QuickOffice – ACCESS. VIEW. EDIT. SHARE. Quickoffice Connectâ„¢ Mobile Suite is the FIRST and ONLY full-featured Microsoft ® Office productivity suite for iPhone ® or iPod ® touch with integrated access to multiple cloud services. (quote from the website)


4. Pulse – Catch up on all your news in this highly acclaimed reader – so good it was featured by Steve Jobs himself in the WWDC keynote! (quote from the website)

osfoora 5. OsfooraHD – Osfoora for Twitter is a fast and clean twitter client that gives you easy access to all of twitter’s functionalities. Osfoora features an elegant and clean Home screen that lets you access most functionalities in a single touch. (quote from the website)

im-plus 6. IM+ – All-in-One app for GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Jabber and Skype chat.   (quote from the website)

• If you have your own tips about good iPad apps, be sure to comment below or email me.

More iTunes Accounts Being Hacked For Fraudulent Purchases

Earlier this week, several users iTunes accounts were hacked to make app purchases. The hack turned out to be by a rogue developer who purchased his own apps from other users account to push it up the top rated apps section. If you thought that it was an isolated case, you are wrong since more users are now complaining of unwarranted purchases through their iTunes account.

iTunes WiiSHii Network Hacked Receipt

According to Ars Technica, a reader contacted them saying that fraudulent app purchases were made through his account to the tune of $168.89. However, only apps from a single developer WiiSHii Network were purchased. The apps in question are travel guides for Chinese cities.

Due to the fraudulent purchases the apps from WiiSHii Network are now gaining numbers in the travel category. Now the question here is how the hackers in question got hold of the passwords for users account, and if their passwords were so easy to guess, why didn’t Apple trigger an alert when a single user was purchasing the same apps over and over again?

So is this a case where any developers can go and access iTunes accounts for users who download their apps and make frivolous purchases. Why isn’t Apple acknowledging a problem at their end and continuing to blame users for having easy guessable passwords?

Even you iTunes account could be hacked, to ensure that nothing is wrong or no weird purchases have been made, open iTunes and Click on the "Account" link under the Quick Links section in the right hand side. You will be prompted to enter your password, do the needful and hit enter. In your account page, first check your purchase history, if you see some weird transactions, report the problem to Apple. Make sure to change your iTunes password even if you don’t see any problems with your account.

(Ars Technica via TechMeme)