Apple is putting iTunes and AirPlay on Samsung TVs

Samsung has announced that their 2018 and 2019 TVs will be gaining an Apple iTunes app as well as support for AirPlay 2, the latest version of Apple’s proprietary casting protocol. This marks the first time that Apple iTunes content has ever been available on non-Apple hardware, outside of Windows PCs. If there ever has been an indicator that content is king and hardware is a distant second when it comes to streaming media, it is this new partnership. Read more ›

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Apple Music is now supported on Amazon Alexa and Echo devices

As promised last month, support for Apple Music has arrived on Amazon Echo and other compatible Alexa devices. Apple has put up a help page to get you started, but essentially you just need to open the Alexa app, select Music from the Settings area, and select the Link New Service option. Read more ›

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Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo and Alexa devices next month

Amazon has announced that Apple Music will be available on Alexa devices, such as Echos and Fire TVs, on December 17th. Apple’s subscription streaming music offering is among the most popular services, thanks to the popularity of Apple’s mobile devices. This isn’t the first time Apple Music has been made available on non-Apple devices, since there is an Apple Music Android app, but Echo devices will be the first non-Apple smart speaker platform to natively support the service. Once an Apple Music Alexa skill is released, customers will only need to enable the skill and link their account to begin streaming Apple music through Alexa. All 50 million Apple Music tracks, including radio stations, like Apple’s live Beats 1 station, will be available through standard Alexa voice commands.

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Apple will reportedly launch a new streaming TV service next year

A few years ago, Apple was rumored to be working on its own streaming TV service until the whole thing was reportedly shelved. Those rumors have spun back up with The Information now reporting that Apple’s streaming TV service will launch next year to compete with Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Read more ›

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Apple TV is getting Dolby Atmos and Zero Sign-On with tvOS 12

Apple took the stage today at WWDC, their annual developer conference, and discussed updates coming to their various platforms. Among the keynote was a brief section talking about changes coming to the Apple TV and tvOS. The main points of interest are that the Apple TV 4K is gaining support for Dolby Atmos surround sound and Apple is making activating TV everywhere apps even easier with something called zero sign-on. Read more ›

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You can now put Amazon’s Alexa on an Apple Watch

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is making its way into all sorts of products and now you can put it on an Apple Watch. Developer Damian Mehers just released Voice in a Can, which is an Apple Watch app that lets you talk to Alexa from your wrist. Once the app is installed it’s a standalone app so it does not need the watch to be teathered to a phone to access Alexa. To use the app you tap a button for Alexa to begin listening and then tap again to send off your request, as demonstrated in this video. Read more ›

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Amazon to once again sell the Google Chromecast and Apple TV

Amazon has re-listed the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV, as first spotted by CNET. This is significant since Amazon removed both devices from their website two years ago after being unhappy with the state of Amazon Video on both platforms. This should relieve tension between Amazon, Google, and Apple, which may be the first step to avoiding the upcoming ban of YouTube on the Fire TV by Google. Read more ›

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Amazon Prime Video app arrives on the Apple TV

As promised earlier this year, Amazon has released a Prime Video app for the Apple TV. The app is available in the app store for 4th and 5th generation Apple TVs and will also be added to the pre-app store 3rd generation model. Read more ›

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Apple announces new Apple TV 4K with HDR

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at a special event to announce new Apple products. Among them was the announcement of a new Apple TV capable of 4K video playback at 60 frames per second, as well as HDR video. The new Apple TV supports both of the two most popular HDR standards, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The new hardware looks exactly like the existing Apple TV and uses the same Siri remote. Read more ›

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Apple fighting Hollywood to cap 4K movie prices at $19.99

With a new 4K Apple TV expected to be announced on September 12, Apple is reportedly scrambling to lock down deals on 4K content for the new device, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sources close to the matter say the hangup is on pricing because Apple wants to charge $19.99 for all major titles, which is around what they charge for 1080p movies, while Hollywood studios want to charge $5 to $10 more for higher resolution movies. Read more ›

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