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Apple's iTunes Music Store now available in 119 countries

Continuing with an aggressive expansion plan kicked off earlier this year, Apple announced the launch of its iTunes Store in a total of 56 countries today, bringing the number of supported markets up to 119. The announcement almost doubles its…

Microsoft at War: Keeping Score of Redmond's Success and Fail Stories

Microsoft sits on the edge of a product launch that is plainly among the most important in the company’s history. It comes at a time when the company’s traditional hardware partners are facing ferocious market pressure from the commoditization of their products, and of course, the juggernaut known as the iPad.

As can be expected, the company’s many cheerleaders and haters are out in full force. Pundits can and will pontificate on Windows 8’s chances. However, what might be more useful is looking at Microsoft’s other make or break moments. The upcoming launch is far from the first time that Redmond has fought with its back against a wall. A backward glance at these moments, and careful evaluation of them, may provide a better, ahem, window into the company’s chances this Winter.

VLC 2.0 hits RC, brings new UI and Blu-ray support for OS X

Everyone's favorite open-source media player has reached a new milestone, delivering a bevy of new tweaks and features. The jump from v1.1.13 to v2.0.0 represents a drastic overhaul and the changelog contains nearly 17,000 characters -- more ground than we can cover here, naturally.

Apple expands iTunes Match support in Europe, Latin America

Apple has completed its second major international rollout for iTunes Match since its U.S. launch in November. The service is now available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Latvia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Panama,…

Black Friday iTunes email scam doing the rounds

Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas shopping period for many. Among the endless offers available to consumers is lurking the latest email scam in the form of a would-be offer from Apple. The email titled "iTunes Gift Certificate" purportedly claims...

Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match

After a brief delay from the original "end of October" launch window, Apple has finally flipped the switch on iTunes Match today. The $25-a-year subscription service, announced during Apple's WWDC 2011 in June, scans your entire music library and compares…