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Apple and Samsung team up on iTunes for Samsung 2019 TVs

Apple and Samsung team up on iTunes for Samsung 2019 TVs

It may involve teaming up with some bitter rivals.

The AirPlay 2 support isn't Samsung's only Apple-focused announcement at CES, however.

Samsung dropped heavy news over the weekend when it announced that iTunes and AirPlay 2 was coming over to their Smart TV lineup. Samsung said the new iTunes app will be integrated with its smart TV features including Universal Guide, Bixby and Search.

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But on the digital sales side, be that through App Store transactions or movie content, business is booming - and these new partnerships will allow the Cupertino company to capitalise on the digital-first content market that we now live in.

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Rumors of another visit came late Monday night as a North Korean train passed into the Chinese city of Dandong under heavy security.

Samsung revealed during CES 2019 The Wall 2019, a new 219-inch modular Micro LED screen that can be modified and customized for each user.

iTunes and AirPlay 2 will also come to 2018-model Samsung smart TVs, via a firmware update.

Starting in spring 2019, Samsung's smart TVs will support AirPlay 2 streaming, meaning iPhone, iPad, and Mac users will be able to stream audio and video from their devices to compatible 2019 Samsung TVs.

Apart from AirPlay 2 support, Apple is also bringing HomeKit support to television sets.

"Bringing more content, value and open platform functionality to Samsung TV owners and Apple customers through iTunes and AirPlay is ideal for everyone", he added in a statement.

Taiwanese president calls for safeguarding of democracy
He also reiterated China's willingness to use force if necessary, especially if Taiwan ever declares full independence. Huang added that the low turnout reflected a lack of interest among DPP members after last year's election defeat.

As top-tier TV competition continues to heat up, Samsung has unveiled its largest QLED 8K TV yet - a whopping 98 inches, joining its existing stable of 85-inch, 82-inch, 75-inch and 65-inch models.

"If it's not an app on Roku/Fire TV/smart TVs, no one is going to bother to figure out how to watch it", Wolk said.

The Samsung deal could be a step toward Apple distributing content to devices made by others. The app will appear in a carousel along with other services including Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video.

It's also been implied that we may be seeing even smaller TVs with Micro LED displays in the near future.

Traditionally Apple does not even acknowledge CES let alone attend, but the iPhone maker is surprisingly present at the 2019 show.

Apple and Samsung bring iTunes and AirPlay to smart TVs
Samsung is the first TV brand to benefit from the iTunes app integration but we wouldn't be surprised to see others follow suit. AirPlay 2 support includes compatibility with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform.


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