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SXSW 2014: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, more to play Austin's first iTunes Festival

Apple is looking for its own bite out of SXSW. The company just announced the first-ever iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, running for five nights during the city’s South by Southwest music, film, and interactive conference.

The first announced performers are Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and Zedd, who will take the stage March 11-15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, where Austin City Limits is also held.

Not heading to Austin? You can stream all five nights of music through the iTunes Store.

While this is the first iTunes Festival in the U.S., a U.K. fest of the same name has been held annually at London’s Roundhouse theater since 2007, this past fall boasting headliners like Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. More performers and concert details for the Austin incarnation will be announced over the next few weeks.

Apple keeps the iPod Classic around: Do you still use yours?

If you own an iPhone 5, throw it in the garbage right now, because it’s suddenly become irrelevant.

Apple today unveiled two new phone models and announced that it would discontinue the iPhone 5, which existed for approximately one year. However, to the surprise of many, there is one aging gadget that the company is keeping on its shelves (at least for now): the humble ol’ iPod Classic.

Many tech-watchers had written early obituaries for the iPod, that old-school, non-Twittering, MP3-playing device that turned so many people into Apple users in the first place. The thought went that with the new focus on super-speedy iPhones and Spotify and Pandora, as well as the upcoming iTunes Radio, Apple would discontinue the iPod with today’s announcement. Wired went as far as to say that “this is the year the iPod Classic will die.”

Yet it lives! The Apple event has ended, and a trip to the company’s online store still allows you to buy the machine in all its bulky, 160-GB, 40,000-song glory. This is good news for all those diehard fans who still consider the iPod the most efficient, reliable means of portable music consumption.


Justin Timberlake to headline iTunes festival

Justin Timberlake will be the headliner when the iTunes festival kicks off in September in London.

The superstar is among the acts slated for the annual music series, which will be held each night that month and streamed on Apple devices like the iPad, iPhone and Apple TV.

Fans can see it in person by winning tickets.

Others tapped to appear at the London festival include Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J.

The festival, which has included acts such as Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Coldplay and Adele, is entering its sixth year.

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