AWT News Update: June 9, 2015

Eddy Cue in front of a LOT of the iTunes Library...

Eddy Cue in front of a LOT of the iTunes Library...

Another day, another AWT News Update. Today we look at some Watch stats and apps, an acquisition, a CarPlay story, and discuss whether or not every song in the world will really be available on Apple Music.

  • Thanks to Marketcircle, our sponsor this week!
  • The Apple Watch now has over 6,350 apps available
  • eBay delivers an Apple Watch app
  • 2016 Cadillacs are coming with CarPlay compatibility
  • Incipio acquires ClamCase
  • Guess who's missing from the Apple Music service?

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 9, 2015.

I want to start off today’s podcast with a short thank you to our sponsor this week, Marketcircle. I’ve used and supported the company’s products, Daylite and Billings Pro, in the past, and I know just how useful these apps are for keeping your small business running and profitable. Marketcircle has recently released Billings Pro for Apple Watch, providing a way to track your professional billing time with a tap on the wrist.

And speaking of the Apple Watch, the newest member of Apple’s family has over 6,350 apps available. Information provided by App Annie shows that Utilities are the most popular type of app, followed by games — there are almost 300 new gaming apps for the platform in less than two months — productivity, lifestyle, and health and fitness apps.

One of those apps is going to make eBay buyers and sellers very happy. The latest update to eBay for iPhone adds an Apple Watch companion for tracking your activity on the auction site, including notifications, items you’re watching, your bids and what you’re selling. The app update to version 3.6 also adds full support — finally — for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

If you have your eyes set on a 2016 Cadillac, you’ll be happy to know that the entire Caddy line is gaining CarPlay support. CarPlay will launch on the 2016 models that feature the CUE (that stands for Cadillac User Experience) 8-inch multi-touch screen. The system takes iPhone features you might want to access while driving, then puts them onto the car’s infotainment screen in a easy to access manner. Drivers can make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music by tapping the touchscreen or by using Siri. Current CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, and compatible third-party apps.

Incipio is a large accessory manufacturer, and the company just got larger as it has acquired ClamCase. ClamCase makes some rather amazing iPad keyboard cases, and it appears that the acquisition should improve the distribution of those cases to select retailers. In 2013, Incipio purchased speaker manufacturer Braven, whose products are still sold under their own name and brand.

The iTunes library is huge, and many people have assumed that you’ll be able to stream the entire library using the upcoming Apple Music app. Well, that’s a bad assumption, since some artists and labels have pulled their catalogs from other streaming services based on concern about free tiers that are available on those services. While some of those artists, like Taylor Swift, have come on board to the service, others are still staying away. Probably the most famous omission is the entire discography of the Beatles. So out of the 30 million songs that are allegedly in the iTunes Library, just remember that a few names might be missing.

We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon for another edition of the AWT News Update.