Apple iTunes Is Coming To Samsung Smart TVs; Alongside AirPlay 2 Support

CREDIT Courtesy of Samsung

CREDIT Courtesy of Samsung

The world's largest technology trade show begins when the doors of CES open on Tuesday, where thousands of new devices and technologies will be on display to the public for the first time.

"Apple services set new all-time records in multiple categories, including the App Store, Apple Music, Cloud Services, Apple Pay and the App Store's search ad business", it said.

Still, a deal with Samsung is even more interesting, as the giant smartphone makers have a complicated history. After multiple trials and Apple being awarded millions of dollars, the two companies eventually settled in June 2018, ending litigation. The Korean giant has showcased an upgrade to its "The Wall" which was announced at CES a year ago. And as The Verge pointed out, this might discourage owners from purchasing Apple TV streaming devices, and thus hurt Apple's bottom line a bit.

Controlling the volume of a TV via AirPlay 2 would be new, and perhaps there's something coming related to Apple's reference to "built-in controls.in apps, ' but playback controls on the Lock screen and in Control Center already exist. Or the enemy of my enemy is my friend". The support would allow users to wirelessly stream content from their Apple products to Samsung Smart TVs with much ease. The app is due to launch in Spring 2019.

If Apple does bring iTunes to other TVs, it will likely take some time. Hopefully, this means at least with AirPlay LG TVs will support Apple's new streaming services. Mint analyses how the services will work and how this will impact Apple.

Here's hoping we will see more affordable iterations of the technology sometime this year. About one year ago, Apple finally allowed Amazon's Prime Video app onto its Apple TV. This includes models from Samsung, Sony, LG and Vizio for now.

The AirPlay 2 support isn't Samsung's only Apple-focused announcement at CES, however. "AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide", the company announced on Sunday at the CES 2019 here. Watching content on iTunes requires some form of Apple device, whether it's an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

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