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Apple meeting with UK ad agencies in preparation for iTunes Radio rollout

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Apple appears to be readying for an UK iTunes Radio launch in the near future. As indicated by this tweet, Apple’s director of iAd Paul Wright has recently been visiting media marketing agencies to discuss iAd in relation to iTunes Radio.

Bloomberg said that Apple was planning to launch in the UK in ‘early 2014′ last October, but so far this has not happened several months into 2014. Although many people have seen iTunes Radio sporadically appear on their devices in recent months, it is has only officially expanded to Australia beyond the US launch alongside iOS 7.

Paul Wright is currently a lead iAd director for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Being based in London, it makes sense that he would be leading discussions about iTunes Radio advertising for the UK region. Wright also used to be OMD’s chief digital officer so it is likely that he would leverage these relationships in his role at Apple.

OMD are already known to be linked closely to Apple’s advertising teams, having previously been in talks with the company to negotiate advertising campaigns for iTunes Radio’s launch. We asked OMD on the matter, but the company has not been available for comment.

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On Friday, it was reported that Apple was blocking a UK-based iTunes Radio competitor from the iAd network, giving even more credence to an imminent launch in the region.

The expansion of iTunes Radio comes as Apple reportedly faces pressure to overhaul its iTunes offerings, after music labels were underwhelmed by iTunes Radio’s performance. 9to5Mac has previously reported that Apple is considering promoting its iTunes Radio app to a dedicated app in iOS 8.


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Rovio’s next Angry Birds game is a turn-based RPG, called Angry Birds Epic

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Rovio has announced details of its latest game in the Angry Birds series(Via Kotaku). The game is a turn-based role player, a significant departure from the mobile mini-game physics puzzler Angry Birds is known for. The game will feature turn-based combat and a crafting system — players can craft armor, potions and weapons. This item system will apparently be funded through a game currency, or via in-app purchases.

The game is launching in Australia and Canada this week (likely tomorrow), with more countries to follow. Rovio is touting it as the most ‘epic’ soft launch ever.


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Apple under fire for Australian profit-shifting scheme that moved $9 billion in untaxed profit to Ireland

Image of CFO Oppenheimer and CEO Cook

Image of CFO Oppenheimer and CEO Cook

Following the announcement that Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer will be retiring in September, the Australian Financial Review has uncovered evidence of a scheme that it says has allowed Apple to move around $9 billion in untaxed Aussie profit to Ireland. The program has allowed Apple to get away with paying only $200 million in taxes on $8.9 billion in profit over the past ten years or so.

Here’s how the whole thing works: Apple has created an Ireland-based company known as Apple Sales International which contributes money toward the research and development budget in Cupertino. This allows the company to legally claim an economic stake in these products and gives ASI partial ownership of the intellectual properties that comprise Apple’s products.

Most of the profits for international sales of these products are then routed to Apple Sales International under the guise of intellectual property licenses. As noted above, this figure comes out to around $8.9 billion over the course of about a decade. This money is paid out bt Apple Australian before taxes, allowing the Australian branch of the company to report much lower profits (and thus pay much lower taxes) while ASI redistributes the money back into Cupertino’s budget.

It should be noted that nothing here is actually illegal according to Australian government officials. Shifting money overseas to avoid taxation isn’t an incredibly rare practice. Many large international companies use tricks and loopholes to minimize the impact of taxes. Despite that, the Australian government has said that it plans to attempt to recover the taxes that Apple and others have avoided.


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Apple under fire for Australian profit-shifting scheme that moved $9 billion in untaxed profit to Ireland

Image of CFO Oppenheimer and CEO Cook

Image of CFO Oppenheimer and CEO Cook

Following the announcement that Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer will be retiring in September, the Australian Financial Review has uncovered evidence of a scheme that it says has allowed Apple to move around $9 billion in untaxed Aussie profit to Ireland. The program has allowed Apple to get away with paying only $200 million in taxes on $8.9 billion in profit over the past ten years or so.

Here’s how the whole thing works: Apple has created an Ireland-based company known as Apple Sales International which contributes money toward the research and development budget in Cupertino. This allows the company to legally claim an economic stake in these products and gives ASI partial ownership of the intellectual properties that comprise Apple’s products.

Most of the profits for international sales of these products are then routed to Apple Sales International under the guise of intellectual property licenses. As noted above, this figure comes out to around $8.9 billion over the course of about a decade. This money is paid out bt Apple Australian before taxes, allowing the Australian branch of the company to report much lower profits (and thus pay much lower taxes) while ASI redistributes the money back into Cupertino’s budget.

It should be noted that nothing here is actually illegal according to Australian government officials. Shifting money overseas to avoid taxation isn’t an incredibly rare practice. Many large international companies use tricks and loopholes to minimize the impact of taxes. Despite that, the Australian government has said that it plans to attempt to recover the taxes that Apple and others have avoided.


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Apple’s iTunes Radio launches internationally, starting with Australia

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Apple has finally taken its iTunes Radio streaming music service internationally: starting with Australia. The service, which launched in the United States late last year, works on iPads, iPhones, iPods running iOS 7, the Apple TV, and on iTunes 11 on the Mac or PC.

Apple® today announced iTunes Radio™ is now available to music fans in Australia. iTunes Radio is a free Internet radio service featuring over 100 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store®, combined with features only iTunes® can deliver. When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac®, PC or Apple TV®, you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive “First Play” premieres from top selling artists, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.

Like in the United States, iTunes Radio in Australia is supported by advertisements. However, iTunes Match subscribers can listen to iTunes Radio without ads. Apple is yet to announce any other international iTunes Radio countries, but evidence and reports suggest that Canada, New Zealand, and some European countries will be gaining the feature soon.

SYDNEY—February 11, 2014—Apple® today announced iTunes Radio™ is now available to music fans in Australia. iTunes Radio is a free Internet radio service featuring over 100 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store®, combined with features only iTunes® can deliver. When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac®, PC or Apple TV®, you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive “First Play” premieres from top selling artists, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.iTunes Radio offers music fans access to thousands of new songs every week, as well as serving up exclusive music from new and popular artists before you hear them anywhere else. Whether it’s an exclusive single from an up-and-coming band or a pre-release stream of an entire album, iTunes Radio has it all. iTunes Radio is home to special events including live streams direct from the iTunes Festival in London and other exclusive iTunes Sessions.

iTunes Radio is ad-supported and free for everyone. iTunes Match® users get iTunes Radio ad-free, so instead of hearing the occasional ad on iTunes Radio, iTunes Match makes your listening completely ad-free. With iTunes Match, all your music—even songs you’ve imported from CDs—are stored in iCloud®. iTunes Radio can use information about your entire music collection to make your stations even more personalized. iTunes Match costs AU$34.99 for a year.

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.


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