App Store prices set to increase in South Africa

Apple have sent an email to developers informing them that there will be a price increase in four countries including South Africa. Below is the email Apple sent out. 

“Hi [Developer],

We sometimes need to update prices on the App Store whenever taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Within the next 36 hours, prices will increase in the following App Store territories:

  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Turkey

Because of the price increases, customers with auto-renewable subscriptions on the South African, South Korean, and Turkish App Store will need to resubscribe. However, although the prices are also changing for subscriptions on the Mexican App Store, we won’t interrupt those.

We’ll send an email to your subscribers in these territories shortly before their subscription renews to let them know that the price of their existing subscription will increase. The email also has a link that will let customers resubscribe, or in Mexico, turn their subscription off.

In addition, we’re also adding two new low-price tiers, Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B, for the Indian, Indonesian, Mexican, Russian, South African, and Turkish App Store. We’ll update prices for existing apps and In-App Purchases that already use the Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B price tiers on the Chinese App Store.

You’ll be able to review the new prices in the updated price-tier matrix in Rights and Pricing in My Apps within the next 36 hours.

The App Store team

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Apple Launches Apple Music and Beats1 Radio

Apple has released iOS 8.4 update with the launch of Apple Music and Beats1 Radio in over 100 countries.

People with a South Africa iTunes account can get Apple Music for R59.99 per month.

A Family plan is also available for R89.99 per month, offering access to the streaming service for up to 6 people.

iTunes users on Windows or Mac will have to ensure that they are running the latest version of Apple’s software to access the new music streaming service. An update is expected later today.

Android support for Apple Music will be coming “this fall” (September – November 2015).

iTunes Radio is still available under the radio tab in the music app.

iTunes Match is still a service offered by Apple for customers who aren’t interested in Apple Music. 

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Apple sends out invites for 16 October event

Apple will be holding a media event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino headquarters campus, with the company today sending out media invitations for the event. The event begins at 10:00 AM Pacific, and the invitations carry the tagline “It’s been way too long”.

We’re expecting new versions of the iPad Air and the iPad mini. The new Air will be slightly thinner, but come with theA8 processor, new M8 chip from the iPhone 6, Touch ID, enhanced camera features, an improved screen design, and, of course, a gold color option. It’s likely that the new Mini will pick up some (if not all) of the Air’s new features. Hopefully at least the gold.

Apple has been racing to finish up the redesigned OS X Yosemite alongside new laptops and desktops with higher-resolution screens. It’s likely that Yosemite will be released for free on the Mac App Store on the day of the event, as this will follow patterns of previous years. Along with the launch of Yosemite their will be updates to iTunes, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and iPhoto which will be renamed Photos.

In terms of hardware, sources say that Apple is preparing both a new iMac and a 12-inch MacBook with Retina displays. The latest indicators point to, at least, the MacBook being short on supply, so perhaps the MacBook discussion will be saved for a later date. Another Mac potentially to be updated next week: the Mac mini.

How to Remove U2 Album, Songs of Innocence, from iTunes Account

During Apple’s keynote announcement, the company announced plans to provide U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence,” to all iTunes customers for free. Rather than letting customers choose to download the album on their own, however, Apple pushed it to iTunes accounts, causing some devices to automatically download the album without explicit user permission. The move upset users who did not want to have U2’s album listed on their devices, which has now prompted Apple to create a process for removing the album from user’s devices.

To remove this album:

    1    Go to https://itunes.com/soi-remove.

    2    Click Remove Album to confirm you’d like to remove the album from your account.

    3    Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.

    4    You’ll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.

If you downloaded the songs to iTunes on your Mac or PC or to the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll need to delete them manually.

Apple warns that once the album has been removed from an iTunes account that it will no longer be available as a previously purchased album. Users have until October 13, 2014 to manually reinstall the album for free.

How to get U2 – Songs of Innocence Free on iTunes

Music

On your iOS device, go to the Music app and select the Albums tab. Select Songs of Innocence. Tap a track to listen or tap the iCloud icon to download.

iTunes

On your Mac or PC, open iTunes, then select the Albums tab. Select Songs of Innocence. Select a track to listen or click the iCloud icon to download.

iTunes Radio

On any of your devices, go to Featured Stations and select Songs of Innocence to listen. Starting September 10.

Beats Music

Songs of Innocence will be available to stream on September 10.

iTunes: The Lego Movie Available For Pre-Order

The Lego Movie is now available for Pre-Order in South Africa and will become available on the 7 July 2014.

The first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

The Lego Movie Purchase Price:

HD – R149.99 (3.41GB)

SD – R129.99 (1.57GB)

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iTunes: Prime Circle – “Let The Night In” Available For Pre-Order

Prime Circles new album “Let the Night In” is now available for pre-order on the iTunes Music Store. The album will become available on the 13 June 2014 and costs R89.99.

Let the Night In will be their 6th studio album. The first single “Gone” was released 21 May 2014 and can be purchase for R8.99.

Track List:

  1. Let the Night In
  2. Gone
  3. My City
  4. Doors
  5. Before the Fire Burns Out
  6. The Fallout
  7. Yeah
  8. Bastards
  9. On Top of the World
  10. Blame It On Me
  11. Not Alone
  12. I Am
  13. Batten Down the Hatches

Previous Albums

iTunes Gift Cards South Africa

Last year South Africa received access to almost all content on the iTunes Store and iTunes Gift Cards became available for South Africa.

However there are a number of people who still wish to make use of the US and UK iTunes Store. If you are one of those people we are here to serve you by providing you with the widest range of iTunes Gift Cards available on the internet.

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