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The iPod is dead! Long live the iPod touch! While Apple is dressing its 2015 iPod product line in five fresh new colors, only the 2015 iPod touch has been truly upgraded. With its A8 processor and M8 graphics coprocessor, Apple”s updated flagship media player is much faster than than its predecessor, yet artificially slower than the iPhone 6. It”s here — the 2015 iPod touch in five fancy new colors. And, according to the…

The Apple Music free three month trial is very generous — it’s full service at zero cost for three months. However, you should take note it’s a “free trial (credit card required)”. In other words, if you forgot to turn off automatic renewal feature, Apple Music will automatically start charging your credit when three months are up — here’s how to turn Apple Music Automatic Renewal. 1. Open Apple Music and tap the Account icon…

While the media player category has been in apparent terminal decline (table below) since 2009, Apple hasn’t given up, at least not entirely, on the iPod. The company has updated colors, designs and pricing as recently as 2012. That said, perhaps as early as mid-July, Apple will once again release updated iPod colors if not completely updated 2015 iPod line. Tapscape told you about a rumored 2015 iPod touch. Now, a fresh discovery deep within…

As with anything involving Hollywood, the question “Can I listen to Apple Music, Beats 1 Radio and/or use the associated services?” comes down to where you live. Interestingly enough, Apple Music available, at least to some degree, in most countries and territories. Of course, having said that, your mileage could vary, especially if you live in Angola, Puerto Rico, Israel, Taiwan and Turkey. Apple Music hasn’t launch in those places at all. Apple has published…

Apple’s answer to Spotify is finally here! iOS 8.4 not only delivers a bunch o’ bug fixes and feature tweaks, but also Apple Music — Cupertino’s most recent if not definitive play in the streaming music space. Is Apple Music biggest thing in digital music since the original iPod and iTunes? Probably not, but Apple has a strong track record of redefining entire industries and streaming music distinctly lacks a viable business model, aka leadership.…

During the WWDC 2015 keynote address, we learned that Apple Music would launch on Tuesday, June 30. Until now, however, we didn’t know the precise timing. Thanks to a Tweet from senior director Ian Rogers, we have the Apple Music launch dish, including details on that awesome three month free trial. The new version of Apple’s mobile Music app is coming to market on Tuesday, June 30 as part of iOS 8.4. Also, look for…

Taylor Swift dissed Apple Music, with much love and admiration, and Apple senior iTunes VP Eddy Cue quickly capitulated. America’s perky pop princess complained and Apple listened, changing its policy to pay artists! Now, Taylor Swift says she will allow her chart topping 1989 album will free on Apple Music. A single tear rolls down my cheek. Washington Post is reporting that Taylor Swift has made it official, tweeting the good news to her legions…

As you may know, Taylor Swift has said she wouldn’t allow Apple Music play her latest album, 1989. Her move is a protest over Apple and its major label partners’ decision not to pay artists during Apple Music’s three-month demo period. Well, consider this mess cleared. Last night, Apple music chief Eddy Cue popped up on Twitter to publicly announce an about face. That is, Apple Music will pay artists royalties racked up by users’…

New York, London, Paris, Munich. Everybody talk about… smart cities? Politicians and business leaders love to talk about smart cities, but getting everyone to agree on what the words, “smart city,” mean is a difficult if not impossible. That said, here is Tapscape’s World Top 10 Smart City list, which cribs heavily from IESE Business School’s. However, we have taken many liberties in highlighting a range of services, technologies, amenities and just plain fun attributes…

Just heard the hottest new EDM dance mix? Ever wondered how Jimi Hendrix’s Fire would sound if it were actually on fire? Well, a group of Danish designers and music aficionados have created the Sound Torch, a soon to be real shipping product that will light up your music collection. Some ideas are just so dumb they are brilliant and then there is the The Sound Torch flaming speaker, which is based on the Pyroboard…

The iPod is dead! Long live the iPod touch! While no one doubts that the iPod phenomenon has nearly run its course, Apple looks set to refresh the best-selling product in that category. Although details are sparse, an unnamed source is saying 2015 iPod touch will be very different than the 2012 (fifth generation) model Apple’s selling today. AppleInsider’s Neil Hughes, quoting a “source familiar with Apple future product plans,” writes that the iPod touch…

The speederbike chase sequence on the Endor Moon (ie Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) is one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever created. While we can’t fly you Endor, we can deliver the next best thing — DIY plans for creating your own scale model speederbike. Actually, Makezine is the source for the über cool speederbike plans and Adam Woodworth, a guy who’s built scale model yet functional jet aircraft, the author: “…

Sunday, sunDAY, SUNDAY! The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will this Sunday, February 8, starting at 8pm (EST). Even if you don’t have cable or an antenna, it is still possible for many if not everyone to stream the Grammy’s to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and/or Apple TV! The easiest way to stream the Grammy Awards is on your Mac by extension via Apple Play on your Apple TV — point your browser to…