The iTunes Store has now sold more than 25 billion songs, making it the world's most popular online music store. The press release from Apple PR says the 25th billion song was a remix of MOnkey Drums by Chase Buch, purchased by one Phillip Lupke from Germany, who receives a €10,000 iTunes gift card for his trouble. It's crazy to see how far the iTunes Store has come — it's now has over 26 million songs and is available in 119 countries.
A French reseller supposedly has the inside info on the next Mac Pro. France Systémes was reportedly told by Apple that a Mac Pro replacement will be ready to ship within months, and that the new Mac Pro range will be released in Spring 2013 (that's March 20th for us southern hemisphere folks).
The latest OS X 10.8.3 beta for developers fixes the strange File:/// bug. Apple seeded the 12D65 developer beta build earlier today, and the good news is, it seems to fix the widely-publicised File:/// bug that would crash any app when typed into it. Fun if you like making Messages crash and then crash again upon reopen, but less fun otherwise.
Apple's first beta of iOS 6.1.1 has been released to developers, and the only thing we know about it so far is that it contains improvements for Maps in Japan. There's little else known about the release thus far, but this is just the first build of iOS 6.1.1 — a minor point release in the grand scheme of things.
An Apple job postings hints at Siri for OS X. The job description for a Siri UI Engineer specifically states familiarity with Mac OS X and a passion for the Macintosh platform and writing simple, elegant software. Granted, that could just mean the development platform and not the platform Siri is being developed for, but with Apple's continued push to bring iOS back to the Mac, anything is possible.
Facebook wants you to find your friends, and rumour has it they'll be releasing a "Find my Friends" type app next month. Of course, Apple has already beaten them to that punch —*but when it comes to harvesting even more location data about people you're already friends with, that would be a massive opportunity for Facebook.
ProCutX is an app that streamlines your Final Cut Pro X editing from your iPad. To be clear, it's an app that runs on your iPad that gives you an alternate UI to use. There's actually a few useful features, such as the precision scrubber, colour grading, and timeline zooming controls built-in to the app.
Shawn Blanc posts about setting up a basic Mac media server. He runs Printopia to allow AirPrinting to his non-AirPrint compatible printer, Mail to fetch and sort emails, act as a quasi media server for streaming to the Apple TV, and also act as a Dropbox and Hazel output machine for easy uploads to Amazon's S3.
"Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad." But that isn't always how they've described themselves in PR releases, as a post from Alex Goliner describes.