iTunes sales hit 200m

iTunes sales hit 200m

Apple’s iTunes Music Store has sold over 200 million songs, the company announced today, and the velocity of sales is increasing.

The 200 millionth song was part of ‘The Complete U2’, which was purchased in the US by a Ryan Alekman. The company reached its 150 millionth sale just two months ago on October 14.

At that time, Apple was sellling 4 million songs per week. This rate appears to have climbed in the last 10.5 weeks, as the company appears now to be selling music at approximately 4,761,904.7 songs each week, a rate of sale that is approximately 18 per cent up on October’s figures.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: “”iTunes has now sold over 200 million songs, making it the world’s number one online music store by far.

“We’re thrilled to be making music an even more popular gift this holiday season with iTunes and iPod.”

6 Day Riot play Apple store 1 August

6 Day Riot play Apple store 1 August

Apple will host a live performance from UK act 6 Day Riot at its Regent Street retail store in London on 1 August.

The band will perform an acoustic set downstairs at 1pm. It’s thought the decision to play downstairs is caused by renovation work taking place at the store at present.

Discovered by producer Steve Levine, the band is presently promoting its debut EP The Maybe EP.

The 6 Day Riot official website is here. You can also check the band’s MySpace page here.

Steve Jobs is King of the Hill

Steve Jobs is King of the Hill

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is the new Steven Spielberg, a report explains.

Through an unusual confluence of factors, not least the recent Pixar/Disney deal, Apple’s success in digital music and his leadership of Apple (and shared invention of personal computing), Jobs is the “king of new entertainment”.

The director of the Institute for the Future, Paul Saffo, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitutiion: “This guy comes down to a mix of three things: pragmatism, idealism and sheer drive.”

“Entertainment, technology and communication are melding at an unprecedented rate. Everybody in the affected businesses is trying to figure out how to capitalise on the transformation,” the report observes.

And Jobs has all the pieces to solve the puzzle, the report adds, with industry analysts fully expecting the visionary business leader will produce yet another “one more thing” to solve the emerging entertainment conundrum for consumers.

Author Justin Menkes describes Jobs as “skilled at questioning the underlying assumptions of any industry and using that insight to take advantage of ever-changing realities.”

Another reality is that Apple’s success in digital media means the company now holds the mind of the consumer market, leaving Microsoft in an increasingly marginalised constituency.

“The tables are turning” in Apple’s favour, said ‘Inside Digital Media’ analyst Phil Leigh.

Apple confirms more UK retail stores

Apple confirms more UK retail stores

Apple today confirmed it plans new retail outlets across the UK and Europe.

Launching the first European retail outlet in London, Apple’s senior vice president of retail Ron Johnson confirmed the company’s plans.

Johnson showed a short video of the opening of the company’s first international retail outlet in Tokyo’s trendy Ginza shopping district. “The Ginza line was three-quarters of a mile long in a rainstorm,” he said.

Apple hopes to repeat this success in London this Saturday, November 20, when it throws open the doors of its newest outlet to this city’s Mac-hungry public.

Company plans don’t end there: “We will be opening two new stores in the UK next year,” Johnson said.

The new outlets will be situated at Birmingham’s Bullring and Kent’s huge Bluewater shopping centre. “We want to open as soon as possible,” Johnson said, confirming the company to be “working closely in Europe” to open additional outlets there.

Apple chose to launch in the UK’s busiest street, Regent Street, the Bullring and Bluewater, because, “we wanted to be where the people go to be part of their lives.”

He could only confirm the Birmingham and Kent stores will open “sometime in 2005”, though his manner implied that Apple hopes to open in the new locations early in 2005.

Macworld has a gallery of images from the store.

New WWE 2K14 Screens Show Rock, Ultimate Warrior and Others In Action

New WWE 2K14 Screens Show Rock, Ultimate Warrior and Others In Action

2K Games has just shared latest batch of WWE 2K14 screenshots showcasing character model of Macho Man Randy Savage, The Rock, The Ultimate Warrior and more.

WWE 2K14Going by the details in these latest WWE 2K14 screenshots, graphics and visuals looks identical to WWE 13. Check out the screens below.

WWE 2K14 is schedule to launch on October 29 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Foursquare launches major redesign

Foursquare launches major redesign

Foursquare on Thursday launched a major redesign of its app for the iPhone and Android devices, incorporating features from social discovery and local search applications, as well as the “like” feature made famous by Facebook.

Foursquare, which launched in 2009 and has 20 million users, lets users “check in” to shops and other locations to share their whereabouts with social contacts.

Foursquare described the redesign as “a whole new app.” The app’s “explore” function will now allow users to browse locations by category or conduct a specific search like “free wi-fi” or “dumplings,” a company blog post announcing the launch said.

The company touts the “explore” function as a better local search than Google or Yelp. While users of those apps all get roughly the same results, Foursquare users get “a very personalized set of search results,” based on prior check-ins, friends’ check-ins and a given location’s popularity across Foursquare, Holger Luedorf, Foursquare’s vice president of business development, said at a conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Reinforcing the point, the blog post Thursday noted, “It’s not the one-size-fits-all approach to local discovery you’re used to.”

Thursday’s redesign debuted a Top Picks feature, or a set of recommendations that appear without requiring a query, a representative said. The existing feature that allows users to find friends who may be nearby has also been relocated to the “explore” tab.

The redesign introduced a “friends” tab featuring “tips, lists, and places your friends have saved,” the company said. Foursquare also claims to have made the app faster.

A BlackBerry version of the app will come soon, the company said. Foursquare does not build apps for Windows Phone “in-house,” a representative said in an email, but according to Luedorf, the company is working with Microsoft to create an app for the Windows Phone.

The blog post announcing the changes promised more updates in the “weeks ahead.”

iPod video in October?

iPod video in October?

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu believes Apple will release a video-capable iPod in October.

Portal Player this week revealed net income of $6.3 million on $44.6 million in revenue.

Discussing these results, Wu wrote: “We believe new iPods including colour iPod minis, higher capacity flash, and a video-capable iPod will not likely ship until the October timeframe in the December quarter.”

Wu also expects Apple will ship 7.1 million iPods in its current quarter, 3.1 million of which will be flash memory-based iPod shuffles.

He also “believes” Portal Player to have “secured the design win in a new 2GB iPod mini using flash”. He also predicts Apple will dump its 4Gb iPod mini.

Announcing Portal Player’s results, company president and CEO Gary Johnson said: “We have completed the design win activity for our customers’ exciting new models intended to ship in the second half of 2005.”

Next-Gen Xbox is called X720?, Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV confirmed for X720 by Ubi Employees

Next-Gen Xbox is called X720?, Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV confirmed for X720 by Ubi Employees

It seems like the next-generation Xbox console from Microsoft will be called “X720”.

Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is coming to Microsoft’s unannounced next-gen Xbox console (X720), according to details revealed in the LinkedIn profiles of two Ubisoft employees.

Watch Dogs LinkedIn profiles of Ubisoft gameplay programmer Paolo Maninetti and marketing artist Phil Brolles states that both Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4 is heading to Xbox 720.

Phil Brolles profile reveal that Watch Dogs is “work in progress for next generation consoles (PS4/X720)”, whereas Maninetti profile states that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is arriving on “PC, PS3, X360, PS4, X720, [and] WiiU”.

This shouldn’t surprise any one of you, isn’t it?.

SuperDrive iMac Firmware update posted

SuperDrive iMac Firmware update posted

Apple has released its update for the SuperDrive iMac Firmware.

The software is available through the Software Update utility. This update repairs a previously reported incompatibility with 4x DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW media used in iMac SuperDrives.

In September, Pioneer warned that some of its DVD recorders could overheat when using the new high-speed DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW media. The company warned this could damage the DVD recorder units, and potentially harm the host machine. Pioneer also said Apple would release an update to fix the problem.

Apple’s update also fixes a problem found ejecting copy-protected audio CDs.

Sony Responds To #BetterPSN Petition and PS4 Players Feedback

Sony Responds To #BetterPSN Petition and PS4 Players Feedback

NeoGaf Users have launched the hashtag #BetterPSN and organized a petition to let Sony know how much they’re unsatisfied with the current PlayStation Network. They have submitted a few suggestions to the Japanese company to let it know how to fix PSN and get it to the levels of Xbox Live and Steam.

Here are the propositions from fans to Sony to get finally PSN to work at decent levels, apart from the recent issues to download speed and server/services offline.

Two-factor authentication for better security
An online-status option to make it appear you are offline or invisible even when you are playing PSN games.
Notifications for when people come online and offline.
The capability to send video gameplay clips to friends through PSN.
Better organization and browsing options for downloads and library.
Other bug fixes.

Sony has already responded to these suggestions, letting players know that it appreciates the positive way they’re trying to make the PlayStation Network better and better. This is its statement sent to GamesBeat:

“Feedback from our community is very important to us and helps guide our ongoing commitment toward making PlayStation the best place to play. We encourage users to submit ideas on ways to improve PlayStation products and services here.  We appreciate the dialogue we have with our gamers and have built and improved features based directly on their input.”

Have you signed the petition? Do you really think PlayStation Network needs some polish to get to Steam and Xbox Live level of quality, or think it is good as it currently is?