|The week that was -- an iTunes update. The Apple App Store in iTunes is close to the download of 25 billion apps, there’s iTunes privacy issues for iOS users on iPad and iPhone along with a price hike on Whitney Houston albums. Oh, and Steve Jobs won a Grammy Award, can you match that?
The iTunes store countdown to 25 billion iTunes downloads of apps in the App Store is underway, and the person responsible for the iTunes download of app number 25 billion will receive a $10,000 iTunes Store gift card. More information on iTunes app download contest at MacRumors. If you don’t already have an iTunes account, this is a good time to start!
"As of today, nearly 25 billion apps have been downloaded worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 25 billionth app, and you could win a US$10,000 App Store Gift Card. Just visit the App Store and download your best app yet."
Also, apps from the iTunes App Store were found to be collecting private information this week, and as a result Apple promises to be better on privacy of contacts harvesting from mobile apps like Path, after they were collecting contacts from iPad and iPhone users without advance permission. Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare were part of this as well and will now have to receive permission to collect contacts before doing so. You can use iTunes to delete iOS apps that you want to get rid of.
"How many iOS apps in the U.S. iTunes Store transmit information from the address book? How many of those ask for the user's consent before transmitting their contacts' information," asked a letter sent by Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. G.K. Butterfield from the U.S. congress. "Apps that collect or transmit a user's contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines," said Tom Neumayr in an email from Apple.
There was a price hike on Whitney Houston albums in iTunes after the Whitney Houston’s death (the funeral is today), resulting in higher prices on iTunes downloads of albums like Houston's Greatest Hits ($12.50 hiked to $25.67 and The Ultimate Collection hiked from $7.85 to $12.50) Sony Music took responsibility and apologized for the price hike The albums were top selling albums in the iTunes store Monday Morning.
Even after his passing, Steve Jobs gets props from people ... strange but true. The Grammy Awards show offered the Grammy Trustees Award to Jobs for innovations like iTunes, the iPod, and then obviously onwards to the iPhone and iPad for the impact they've had on the music industry. The Grammy Trustees Award is for “individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording.”
A new HTC / Beats music service could compete with iTunes ... GigaOm said HTC and Beats could compete with iTunes and Spotify on a new music streaming service that could edge out iTunes due to the possibility of it being offered as the standard music service on HTC mobile phones and tablets. HTC Beats was started by Jimmy Iovine (Interscope Records) and Dr. Dre. Also ... now you can now sync a jailbroken iPad or iPhone with multiple iTunes libraries with a new app called MultiTunes, according to both Lifehacker and Cult of Mac. It doesn't require iTunes Match or iCloud, just an iOS device and iTunes.
So that’s the iTunes update for a busy week in iTunes with iCloud, iPad and iPhone all weighing in on privacy issues, iTunes apps and iTunes Match.
Find out more about iTunes and iTunes Match in the Spacelab Guide to Streaming Music Services.