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In celebration of iTunes' 13th birthday, has the software/service gotten better or worse over the years?

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In celebration of iTunes' 13th birthday, has the software/service gotten better or worse over the years? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Carl Icahn explains to CNBC why he pulled out of Apple entirely highlighting concern that the Chinese goverment is meddling too much, reference the recent shutdown of iTunes movies and iBooks—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Jason Snell imagines Apple without the iPhone, and Jonny Evans argues there more than six reasons the iPhone no longer matters, but what you do with it does; Racked looks at the relationship between Apple and Vogue; Glenn Fleishman answers reader question as to using Keychain rather than a third part password app; TMO tip says you can change the channel of your Wi-Fi router to see improved speed; iDownload Blog says speed can be increased by changing router DNS settings; TrendForce on fall of global tablet sales; US Supreme Court approves change in Rule 41 which woudl allow judges "to issue warrants for remote electronic searches outside of their district"; TiVo gobbled up for $1.1 billion by Rovi.

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  • "Why Apple's China problem is likely to get much, much worse" ["Earlier this month, China shut down iTunes Movies and iBooks just six months after Apple introduced the services there. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his Apple shares because, 'You worry a little bit — and maybe more than a little — about China's attitude.'"]  CNBC 8:13 AM
  • "Carl Icahn sold his Apple stake because he is worried about China's 'dictatorship' government" Quartz 7:28 AM
  • "Carl Icahn dumps Apple shares over China fears" BBC 7:25 AM
  • "Icahn's Apple Dump Illustrates Risk Of Chinese Government Meddling" Forbes 10:41 AM
  • "What does Apple look like without the iPhone?"  iMore 9:53 AM
  • "6+ reasons iPhones don't matter anymore"  Computerworld 8:31 AM
  • "Vogue and Apple: A Love Story Unraveling the powerhouse brands' self-serving relationship"  Racked 9:54 AM
  • "Why not pick Keychain instead of 1Password or LastPass? Keychain has a number of excellent features, but it's not as easy to invoke nor as diverse as 1Password, LastPass, and other third-party password ecosystems." Macworld 6:59 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Missing apps, accessing your Wish List, and duplicate playlists" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "Changing your router's DNS settings to increase speed and security" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "How to disable Chrome notifications" Mashable 9:53 AM
  • "Does The Mac Need Another Browser?" Mac360 8:17 AM
  • "How To Scan, Find, Track, And Fix A Wi-Fi Network On A Mac" TeraTalks 8:18 AM
  • "How To Clean Dirty, Dirty Text On Your Mac" NoodleMac 8:18 AM
  • "Apple discussion continues on limited hardware choices vs. longevity, Linux alternatives, changes in the personal computer market, iOS devices vs. Macs, benefits of retina displays, digital asset management (DAM) and Apple's abandonment of QuickTime on Windows." MacInTouch 8:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "iMovie for Mac Gets Some Update Love" MacTrast 8:32 AM
  • "Apple updates iMovie for Mac with various visual and speed improvements" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Global Tablet Shipments Fell 35% in First Quarter but Sales of Amazon's Fire Tablet Remained Strong, According to TrendForce" ["Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 are the main contributors to the shipment growth of large-size tablets."] Business Wire 8:45 AM
  • "Apple beats Microsoft at their own game while Amazon primes the low end of tablet market, says IDC" DigiTimes 6:59 AM
  • "Apple Beats Microsoft at Own Game; Amazon Primes Tablet Market Low End – IDC" MacPrices 8:52 AM
  • "FBI director doesn't even know who created the $1M iPhone-hacking device" BGR 7:00 AM
  • "FBI coughed up less than you thought for iPhone unlock" Cult of Mac 7:00 AM
  • "FBI paid less than $1M for iPhone hack -- and doesn't know how it works" CNET 8:57 AM
  • "The FBI might soon be allowed to hack any computer in the world: The US Supreme Court has approved a change in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, so judges across the country now have the authority to issue warrants for remote electronic searches outside their district."  The Next Web 7:28 AM
  • "U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power" Reuters 8:04 AM
  • "Apple's marketing chief reveals you've been saying its product names all wrong" Business Insider 10:56 AM
  • "Rule 41 would make it easier for the government to carry out hacks" Ars Technica 8:05 AM
  • "Apple employee died from self-inflicted gunshot wound" CNBC Videos 8:16 AM
  • "Apple HQ suicide victim has been identified" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Everything we know about the suicide at Apple's headquarters this week" BGR 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Music App Now Lets Users Play Music Videos On Android" Forbes 7:01 AM
  • "LeEco moves its headquarters closer to Apple" CNBC Videos 8:16 AM
  • "Why does Apple's App Store use 'Get' for free apps?" Macworld 7:26 AM
  • "Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture: Readers share retro-computing rebuilds, plus a Microsoft CD fit only to be used as a coaster" The Register 7:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Boys aspire to work in IT, girls find it boring" BetaNews 8:28 AM
  • "HP Chromebook 13 has MacBook specs for a fraction of the price" Pocket-lint 8:18 AM
  • "Rovi to Buy TiVo in $1.1 Billion Deal: Rovi to pay $10.70 a share in cash and stock, which is a premium of about 40%" [Paid Membership Required] 8:28 AM
  • "TiVo is getting acquired by Rovi for $1.1 billion" TechCrunch 7:02 AM
  • "TiVo will be acquired by patent giant Rovi for $1.1 billion" Engadget 7:02 AM
  • "Meet Rep. Ted Lieu, a Congressman who says encryption is a 'national security priority'" BGR 11:45 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-29: Kicking Off a New Apple Conference" The Mac Observer 11:08 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 12" MacBook, talks earnings, Smart Connector, 'iPhone 7' and more" AppleInsider 8:05 AM
  • "Autocorrect fail? Apple has a solution" Telegraph 7:00 AM
  • "Apple's Latest Patent Hopes To Put An End To Autocorrect Fails" Digital Trends 9:58 AM
  • "How Apple Could End Embarrassing Autocorrect Mistakes Forever" Time 10:16 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:48 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/28
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/27

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  • "Review: Kito+, the iPhone case that doubles as a portable ECG machine and more" 9to5Mac 9:54 AM
  • "Griffin BreakSafe Breakaway Power Cable review: A MagSafe-like power plug for Apple's MacBook" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "Casio Smart Outdoor Watch review: Android Wear climbs a mountain" The Verge 9:54 AM
  • "Kindle Oasis Video Review: Up Close With the Luxury E-Reader/With a starting price of $290, Amazon's latest isn't for everyone, but it's the best e-reader money can buy" [Paid Membership Required] 9:54 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to Deal With Your Inbox, According to Science" Gizmodo 11:45 AM
  • "How to improve iOS 8 performance on your iPhone or iPad" About Apple TV 10:58 AM
  • "How to use Activation Lock on Apple Watch" iMore 10:16 AM
  • "How to tweak audio and video settings on Apple TV" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "How to share your location and directions in Maps for iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:00 AM
  • "Tip: find tons of messages you didn't know existed inside Messenger's secret folder" iDownload Blog 10:14 AM
  • "Tip: how to add a new email to your iMessage account in iOS" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "A New Windows PC for an Old iTunes Library: Q. I want to move my iTunes library from my old Windows computer to my new computer, which runs Windows 10. Which method is the easiest?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7:02 AM
  • "Imagining a totally wireless MacBook or iPhone: Someday one port will seem like one port too many." Macworld 11:27 AM
  • "Why Apple needs more hardware hits – And, has Tim Cook lost his focus?" MacDailyNews 9:37 AM
  • "How Apple Is Phoning It In" Mac360 8:31 AM
  • "What Apple can learn from Dyson" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:16 AM
  • "CarMax's Brand Is Like Apple's 10 Years Ago" Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Who said it: Steve Jobs or Anna Wintour?" Quartz 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Should Make a Smart Camera Case for the 'iPhone 7'" AppAdvice 8:05 AM
  • "First Click: Have we reached peak Apple?" The Verge 7:02 AM
  • "Yahoo is an antique for sale...on Craigslist (sorta)" CNNMoney 9:07 AM
  • "Unpacked: Opinions on Facebook" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 8:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "FCA Offers Apple Siri Eyes Free Feature to Nearly Two Million Vehicles Through Uconnect® Software" PRNewswire 11:23 AM
  • "9 of the best iPhone and iPad apps from April" The Next Web 10:41 AM
  • "The top games Apple thinks everyone should have on their iPhone" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Armenian Keyboard 2.5 for iPad and iPhone Now Available in App Store" prMac 8:20 AM
  • "FotoJet Adds All-New DESIGN Mode for Making Professional Creations" prMac 8:20 AM
  • "ESPN Classic on-demand videos head to Roku and Apple TV" Engadget 7:29 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft & Google alleviate cloud fears with data privacy and security certifications" Computer Business Review 9:30 AM
  • "Microsoft's heavy-handed Windows 10 tactics may be its undoing" The Inquirer 9:28 AM
  • "Windows 10 FINALLY gets some apps that people actually want" Express 9:16 AM
  • "Infosys, Microsoft strengthen linkages: Top 5 points to note" Financial Express 9:15 AM
  • "Microsoft takes just 7 hours to patch colossal Office 365 vulnerability that exposed companies' data" BetaNews 9:22 AM
  • "Serious Flaw Exposed Microsoft Office 365 Accounts" SecurityWeek 9:11 AM
  • "Office 365 Flaw Exposed Files And Emails On Federated Accounts" TechWeekEurope 9:09 AM
  • "Here's why Microsoft is so focused on fighting education inequality" WinBeta 8:48 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Helps Create Marchesa Met Gala Gown" WWD 8:32 AM
  • "IBM raises its game in blockchain with secure cloud services and Docker integration" TechCrunch 8:31 AM
  • "IBM Defines Security Standards For Running Blockchain In The Cloud" Forbes 8:30 AM
  • "IBM Australia bottom line takes 60% plunge - Software - News - CRN Australia" CRN 8:30 AM
  • "HP And Google Band Together To Make $499 Chromebook 13, Replace Pixel" Tech Times 8:29 AM
  • "HP Chromebook 13 Designed For Cloud-Based Enterprises" InformationWeek 8:29 AM
  • "HP Releases New Chromebook for Home and Office" CDR Info 8:28 AM
  • "Move over MacBook: HP's Chromebook 13 will impress for less" Stuff Magazine 8:28 AM
  • "HP Chromebook 13 hands-on: It isn't cheap, but the hardware is high-quality" ars technica 8:26 AM
  • "HP Chromebook 13 hands-on: It isn't cheap, but the hardware is high-quality" ars technica 8:26 AM
  • "VMware: Dell's purchase and the spoils of war" ZDNet 7:56 AM
  • "UK-based Entroware launches 14 inch Ubuntu laptop with Intel Skylake" Liliputing 7:55 AM
  • "Intel Iris and HD Graphics Is Up for Grabs - Download Now" Softpedia 7:55 AM
  • "AMD and Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Close on Semiconductor Assembly and Test Joint Venture" CDR Info 7:53 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Crimson Graphics Driver 16.4.2 Is Out - Download Now" Softpedia 7:53 AM
  • "AMD reveals Radeon Pro Duo record-fast graphics cards, Polaris 10 and 11 positioning for mainstream devices" International Business Times 7:53 AM
  • "Textura Corp. (TXTR) Jumped After Acquired By Oracle" RTTNews 7:52 AM
  • "Oracle buys specialist cloud software firm Textura for $663m" V3 7:52 AM
  • "Oracle To Acquire Cloud Company -- WSJ" Nasdaq 7:51 AM
  • "Cisco: 12 Million Computers Infected By Tuto4PC Malware" TechWeekEurope 7:49 AM
  • "Cisco NFV Infrastructure: Delivering Business Value" Light Reading 7:48 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "The rise and decline of Apple in one chart" MarketWatch 8:16 AM
  • "Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?" The Register 7:29 AM
  • "As Apple Falters, This Little-Known Tech Giant Is Set to Take Off" TheStreet 10:16 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow off 100 points as stocks struggle to hold April gains: The Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 100 points Friday as shares struggled to hold on to their monthly gains with sour earnings reports and weak economic data weighing on sentiment." MarketWatch 9:36 AM
  • "Stocks Slip as Consumer Spending Falls Short of Estimates: Stocks remained slightly lower on Friday morning after a monthly reading on consumer activity in the U.S. showed a tendency to save instead of spend." TheStreet 9:35 AM
  • "Stocks: 5 things to know before the open/It's shaping up to be downbeat end to the week." CNNMoney 6:54 AM
  • "Stocks Open Slightly Lower; Expedia, Amazon, LinkedIn Climb: The stock market opened slightly lower Friday, with Tech Stocks punching out some dramatic early moves." Investor's Business Daily 9:34 AM
  • "Stocks hit after BofJ doesn't boost stimulus, GDP slows, Icahn sells Apple: U.S. stocks turned sharply lower Thursday after investors were disappointed by both the Bank of Japan's decision not to take further steps to jump-start its ailing economy and a weaker-than-expected reading on first-quarter economic growth in the U.S." USA Today 6:53 AM
  • "Rovi to Buy DVR Maker TiVo in $1.1B Deal: Digital entertainment guide provider Rovi said on Friday it would buy TiVo, which makes digital-video recorders, in a deal valued at about $1.1 billion." Reuters 6:51 AM
  • "Asia Currencies Strengthen as Japan's Yen Extends Surge: Yen hits 18-month high against U.S. dollar; China makes biggest daily increase to yuan since 2005" [Paid Membership Required] 9:33 AM
  • "Hong Kong ends down 1.5% as most Asian markets keep sliding: MarketWatch" MarketWatch 6:49 AM
  • "European stocks slide as GDP data, earnings stream in: European stocks dropped Friday, with investors tackling a raft of economic data and a fresh batch of corporate results as the week and month draw to a close." MarketWatch 6:48 AM

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