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Free music streaming comes under fire at Grammys

Sonos Apple Music Commercial

Sonos officially rolled out Apple Music to all its current connected speakers on February 10, but the Apple Sonos collaboration didn't stop there. The two companies last night launched a new commercial promoting the Apple streaming service during the Grammys. The commercial promoting both Sonos speakers and Apple Music aired during the awards show where Recording Academy President Neil Portnow took the stage to attack free music streaming services like Spotify, according to The Verge.

"Isn't a song worth more than a penny?" Portnow said in refrence to the low payments artists receive from free tier streaming services. "Listen, we all love the convenience, and we support technologies like streaming, which connect us to that music. But we also have to make sure that artists grow up in a world where music is a viable career."

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: The Electric Company Prankster Planet and more

The Electric Company Prankster Planet

PBS KIDS has released The Electric Company Prankster Planet for the iPad. The 2D side-scrolling game includes eight quests with math curriculum woven throughout, an avatar creator and collectible rewards. The game was designed to meet U.S. Department of Education guidelines and aims to teach kids math, graphs, charts and data analysis. The Electric Company Prankster Planet is available for free on the App Store.

Board game Forbidden Desert comes to iPad

Forbidden Desert

There's been a real lack of iPad-only apps being released to the App Store the last few weeks, but some developers are still porting physical board games to Apple's tablet. Eagle-Gryphon Games recently brought its futuristic card game Baseball Highlights 2045 to the iPad, and today Button Mash Games has released Forbidden Desert to the App Store. Forbidden Desert is based on the best selling adventure game by Matt Leacock. It is a follow-up to Forbidden Island which is also available on the App Store.

The Walking Dead: Michonne announced for February 23

The Walking Dead: Michonne

Telltale Games today announced The Walking Dead: Michonne will launch for PC/Mac, Steam and other digital platforms on February 23rd. The PC/Mac release will then be followed by a mobile release on February 25th. The first episode of the three episode miniseries will be titled "In Too Deep," and the second episode, launching in March, will be called "Give No Shelter," followed by "What We Deserve" in April. All three episodes will be available for $14.99 when the game is released.

Final Fantasy IX now available on Apple App Store

Final Fantasy IX

Square Enix has followed up its release of Adventures of Mana to the Apple App Store with the launch of Final Fantasy IX for iOS and Android devices. The ninth-game in the Final Fantasy series follows Princess Garnet, who is captured by Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe. Garnet and her personal guard, Steiner, team up with Zidane and other characters as they embark on an adventure to stop a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Kosunin: Costume Ninja Dash and more

Kosunin

It was another nonexistent week for iPad games and apps. As we discussed last week, it seems like developers are opting to make more universal titles as the size of iPhones have increased and interest in tablets has decreased. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is preparing to launch its third-generation 9.7-inch iPad on March 15. Hopefully a new iPad Air will help boost some interest in iOS-powered tablets once again and encourage developers to make more high quality titles for the iPad.

Marvel's Avengers Academy now available for the iPad

MARVEL Avengers Academy

Marvel Avengers Academy has officially landed on the App Store for iOS devices. The game re-imagines Earth's Mightiest Heroes as young students in S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury's new school. Players must recruit and train new heroes while trying to solve a mysterious "timefog" affecting the academy.

The game offers an interesting twist on Marvel's most popular characters by forcing them to deal with the dangerous task of navigating campus life. Players must not only develop their students' powers but help them go on dates and deal with rival cliques.

New iPad Games and Apps of the Week: Baseball Highlights 2045

Baseball Highlights 2045

The amount of iPad-only apps released to the App Store has steadily been on a decline. More and more developers seem to be opting for universal releases as the demand for tablets slows and the size and power of the iPhone increases. Even Big Fish Games has started making its weekly hidden object games available on both the iPod touch and iPhone. Big Fish was one of the last developers who regularly made and released games solely for the iPad.

Apple’s Q1 2016 earnings: iPad sales continue to tumble

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple on Tuesday released its official Q1 2016 earnings report which ended on December 26, 2015. The company announced a "record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly net income of $18.4 billion." That's a large increase from the previous quarter when Apple posted $51.5 billion in revenue and $11.1 billion in profit. Apple also announced that it sold 74.8m iPhones, 16.1m iPads and 5.3m Macs over the holidays. Individual Apple Watch sales were once again not announced due to "competitive reasons."

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FNaF World now available on Steam

FNaF World

Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon surprised fans again by releasing FNaF World a few weeks early. The RPG, set in the FNaF universe, was originally slated for a February release, but it is now available on Steam. The official game descriptions reads:

"Featuring the entire cast from the Five Nights at Freddy's series, this fantasy RPG will let players control their favorite animatronics in a an epic animated adventure!"

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