The iPod has had a good run since Apple first introduced it a decade and half ago. But apparently, the tech giant is now discontinuing specific iPod models for good. The company has recently and quietly removed the iPod nano and the iPod shuffle from its official website, with their respective product pages nowhere to be seen. Sure, iPod nano and iPod shuffle units are still made available in various retail outlets everywhere, but Apple fans may get the feeling that, sooner or later, these iPod models will be completely biting the dust soon.
4:44 is the title of Jay Z’s 13th album, and it is launching exclusively on Tidal at 12 AM ET. For fans of the rap superstar who have not been able to subscriber to Tidal before that time, they will not be able to gain access to the album. According to a report recently published by The Verge, only those who are subscribers of Sprint will be able to sign up for Tidal after 12 AM ET, and accordingly enjoy access to the Grammy award winning rapper’s latest effort.
Twitter has recently revealed that it is joining forces with Live Nation in order to start exclusively live streaming video of concert events. The social media giant is reportedly already lining up a formidable lineup of recording artists, including Train, Portugal The Man, August Alsina, and Marian Hill. This coming May 13th, Zac Brown Band is said to be scheduled to air a live musical performance.
Some may remember that back in December of last year, Apple had started to make its wireless AirPods available for ordering (for a price of $159). As listed in the tech giant’s official online store, the ship time indicated was six weeks. Fast forwarding to April of this year, the headphones are still listed with a ship time of six weeks, not only in the company’s online store, but also in other online retailers authorized by Apple, like Best Buy for instance.
When Apple announced that their iPhone 7 smartphone would not have a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack included, many wondered what they would use with the new smartphone. It did not take long for manufacturers, however, to come up with wireless headphones compatible with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple's own Beats by Dr. Dre headphones have been pretty busy focusing on developing headphones for use on both devices.
Yet another major wireless carrier in the United States is making a move to expand into digital media. Sprint has recently announced this week that it has purchased one third of Tidal, the music streaming subscription service owned by rap superstar Jay Z and other music recording stars. Sure, Sprint’s move may not be as big as Verizon Wireless’ and AT&T’s, but it is a significant one nonetheless.
Here is some good news for iOS mobile users, especially those who already own the headphone jack-less iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and are looking to get hold of wireless earphones -- Apple’s AirPods are made available to order from the tech giant’s Online Store. One can also purchase AirPods from Apple and Best Buy, with shipping dates expected some time next year.
This should be welcome news to Apple fans. The tech giant’s might be releasing its wireless AirPods during the holiday shopping season after all -- at least, as suggested by an updated AirPod listing found in the website of Alza, an official Apple retailer based in the Czech Republic. The listing also mentioned an expected December ship date. Tech website Letem Svetem Applem was the first to get wind of the listing.
Major US wireless carrier Sprint has struck a music streaming partnership with Napster (formerly known as Rhapsody). The partnership, however, does not mean that subscribers of the fourth biggest mobile operator in America will be able to enjoy exclusive access to delicious Napster deals or even get to preinstall the official Napster mobile app on their handsets. But it does combine billing unto the customer’s smartphone plan.
According to Apple, it needs a little more time in order to get its AirPod wireless headphones ready for general release. This means that we can not probably expect the headphones to become widely available within this month. As explained by a spokesperson for the iPhone maker, the initial demand for the AirPods has been remarkable (more on that later), and in order to meet that demand, the company will have to make sure that when the AirPods roll out, every interested customer will be able to purchase a pair.
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