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Tuesday, March 6
Apple confirms it will stop accepting new iTunes LP album submissions at the end of March: Apple says existing LP albums will not be removed and will remain available to download via iTunes on Mac or PC.
Commentary: iTunes LPs, introduced in 2009, are interactive albums with multimedia such as lyrics, liner notes, artist and band photos, performance videos, and more. A lot of this content can now be found in Apple Music, so it’s no surprise that Apple is beginning to phase out this long-forgotten feature.
Get up to six months of free Apple Music with the purchase of a new Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, or Ram: The offer is available between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. CarPlay is a standard feature in all of those vehicle brands, while some models include built-in BeatsAudio speakers.
Commentary: The six-month offer only applies to first-time Apple Music subscribers. If you’ve already taken advantage of Apple Music’s standard three-month trial period, you’ll only receive an additional three months of complimentary service. Volkswagen is also offering a similar deal in Europe.
Microsoft begins accepting pre-orders of new Surface Pro with LTE Advanced: The new Surface Pro gains cellular connectivity, with support for 20 LTE bands, but it’s otherwise the same as the previous generation. The tablet-notebook hybrid starts at $1,149, but only a higher-end $1,449 model is available currently.
Commentary: While the Surface Pro isn’t part of Apple’s ecosystem, the tablet has received favorable reviews from The Verge and CNET, and some customers may prefer its versatility over the cellular-enabled iPad Pro.
House near Apple Park smashes Sunnyvale real estate record: A two-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Sunnyvale, near Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, recently sold for $2 million in cash. At $2,358 per square foot, it’s reportedly the highest price per square foot for a home in Sunnyvale ever.
Commentary: Sunnyvale is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, where companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook are headquartered. With these tech giants often offering six-figure salaries, it’s no surprise that real estate prices continue to rise in the area. The previous record was $2,175 per square foot, according to the MLS.
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