Jason Adams

Apple Exec Reveals Plan for iTunes' Global Domination

September was a busy month in the iTunes universe. Headliners Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, respectively, opened and closed the 30-day iTunes Festival in London (other acts included Kendrick Lamar, Robin Thicke, and Justin Timberlake). Then, as part of the sleek iOS 7 software update on Sept. 18, the company unveiled its long-rumored “Pandora killer”: iTunes Radio, Apple’s first foray into streaming music. According to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, the link between the festival and the radio service will get tighter next year.

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Apple's iTunes chief Eddy Cue on the iTunes Festival and iTunes Radio -- EXCLUSIVE

Justin Timberlake

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Some things end with a bang—others end with a “Roar.” And after a solid month of free shows beamed around the world from London’s Roundhouse via Apple TV, the iTunes Store, or iPhone and iPad app—with big-ticket performances from artists including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, and Elton John—the seventh annual iTunes Festival will do just that after day-30 headliner Katy Perry exits the stage.

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How we chose our 100 All-Time Greatest Albums


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Hey, “LOL” and “NerdyGirl55”—we heard you. Nonetheless, here comes an explanation of how (and why) we picked our 100 Greatest Albums of All-Time list. Hopefully, Nerdy—do you mind if I call you Nerdy? Your comment condemning our list suggests some level of comfort and familiarity—you don’t throw your laptop against the wall, like you say you did your All-Time Greatest issue of the magazine, after reading this.

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Who I Am

OPEN BOOK What Townshend's memoir lacks in depth and substance it makes up for in emotional honesty

Anyone familiar with the Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy, about a boy who overcomes a childhood trauma that renders him ”deaf, dumb, and blind” and goes on to become a messianic figure, already has a pretty good handle on its composer’s life story. Like Tommy, the young Pete Townshend experienced family drama, suffered sexual abuse, took drugs to gain enlightenment, and went on to become his generation’s equivalent of a god — a rock star.

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Norah Jones: Soundtrack of my life

The platinum sweetheart of jazzy piano pop — she’s sold some 40 million albums worldwide and has nine Grammys in her trophy case — recently teamed with Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) on her fifth album, Little Broken Hearts (out now). ”I know in my head what I want sometimes, but I’m not a gearhead, I’m not a knob turner, so I kind of needed somebody who was a partner to help me with that stuff,” says Jones, 33, of working with the Gnarls Barkley member–turned–go-to producer for the likes of Beck and the Black Keys. ”Brian ended up being way perfect for that.

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'Gish' and 'Siamese Dream' Deluxe Reissues

PLAY IT AGAIN The Pumpkins' reissues are rich with fan candy, including B sides and demos

If your ”grunge at 20” celebrations still feel incomplete after the Pearl Jam Twenty doc and a Nevermind anniversary set, here’s another dose of ’90s nostalgia in The Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish and Siamese Dream Deluxe Reissues. The main discs seem a little less brilliant with time; Billy Corgan’s loud-quiet-loud dynamics play like sludgy metal riffs offset by a few clever hooks. But fans will adore the numerous B sides and demos, and the concert DVDs provide a fun, flannelly time capsule. Both: B

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