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iTunes turns 13 (and still needs work)

iTunes is celebrating its 13th birthday. You'd think in 13 years Apple would have improved iTunes more than they have, but of course they haven't. Quartz has a history lesson on iTunes and why it's still awful.

Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores—and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. The addition of the online store to the iTunes media player (which debuted in 2001) completely altered the way people bought, sold, and made music around the globe.

AMDs Big E3 Announcements

E3 is about video games and video game hardware and AMD took this opportunity to show off what they've been working on. There has been a lot of rumor and excitement about their new RX 400 series products in terms of cost for performance on the mid-range and AMD showed off just what to expect in terms of performance, price and release dates for their upcoming line. Will this be enough to take NVIDIA down a notch? I doubt it - but competition is always good.

Advanced Micro Devices says the Radeon RX 480 is expected to deliver “smooth AAA gaming experiences to gamers at 1440p resolutions”. This means that AMD expects this card to perform fairly well compared to the high-end of the previous generation, roughly falling somewhere around a GTX 970.

Source: Forbes

12 Things You Should Know About the Xbox One S

The Xbox One S is much more than a smaller take on the original Xbox One. The One S has a few new features, a new controller, some extra power and more tricks up its sleeve that I knew - until I checked out this article. One thing I didn't realize is that Microsoft killed the Kinect port - showcasing that the Kinect is pretty much dead.

Maybe you'd rather not have an external hard drive running all the time, sitting in your media center — totally understandable. You'll have to shell out a bit more cash, but there's now an option in the Xbox One S to get a 2TB internal hard drive. If you're filling up that thing, well, bless all your free time.

Source: BusinessInsider

WTU Episode #362 - Spotify Breaks the Magic 100 Million

We have just posted up Episode #362 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing free games that aren't free, more rumors on the iPhone 7 and Nintendo is content with third place. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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Netflix users don't want ads

Netflix is like any other company on the planet and is looking at how to increase profits. Hulu has gone the route of offering ads instead of increasing prices but apparently according to a new survey Netflix users aren't so receptive. Of the people polled, 90% said they'd rather pay more than see ads. 74% of people polled said that they'd rather cancel their subscription than see ads. It's interesting to see the numbers as high as they are as typically internet users like cheap or free and will put up with a fair amount of hassle. Seeing as Netflix has raised their prices recently it appears that their surveys have suggested the same. AllFlicks has the full story.

In its early days as a streaming service, Netflix wasn’t just the biggest and best company on the block – it was the only one. In those heady days, Netflix was able to charge low subscription rates and still provide a catalog that included just about everything.

As we’ve seen, that’s been changing. With new competition from companies like Hulu and Amazon, Netflix has seen streaming deals get pricier and customers get antsier. For a few years now, Netflix’s catalog has been shrinking while its prices have been rising.

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