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Apple’s music service iTunes is being replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV, the tech giant has announced at the WWDC conference.

There had been speculation that Apple was planning to shutter the music service it launched in 2001.

Apple also revealed a number of new privacy measures at its annual developer conference in San Jose.

A new sign-in will be an alternative to logging into apps using social media accounts, hiding the user’s email address and data.

iTunes will remain unchanged on Windows platforms.

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The announcements were made at the WWDC conference, where the tech giant outlines its software plans for the months ahead.

The tech giant announced several new privacy measures, building on last year’s event where it pledged to jam Facebook’s tracking tools.

Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi: “Privacy is a fundamental human right.”

The company is also launching a sign-in-with-Apple login, as an alternative to logging in to a service using a social media account.

Using this login, users can choose to hide their email address, with Apple creating a random alternative address which will forward to the real mailbox.

The next iteration of the iPhone’s operating system – iOS 13 – includes a range of changes to its interface, as well as new functions.

The new Dark Mode enables iPhone apps to be viewed with a black background, while the Apple Maps app will come with a virtual tour experience similar to Google’s Street View.

Other key features include the option to silence unknown callers and block senders within the Mail app, improved search in messages, and optimized battery charging.

Apple has also made improvements to its language keyboards, including the introduction of new bilingual keyboards and typing predictions for Arabic, Hindi, Thai, Cantonese, Vietnamese and the 22 official Indian languages.


Duck Dynasty’s Reed Robertson has launched his new single Catching Light EP on iTunes and Spotify.

Jase and Missy Robertson’s eldest son tweeted: “Catching Light EP is officially LIVE on iTunes. Go check it out! Very grateful for all the support so…”Reed Robertson Catching Light EP

Reed Robertson, 20, who is a talented musician, first appeared on Duck Dynasty in 2012 in the episode called High Tech Redneck.

He graduated from high school in West Monroe, Louisiana and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to follow his dreams as a musician.

Reed Robertson’s siblings are Cole and Mia.


Drake has surprised fans by releasing a new album on iTunes with no advance notice.

The Canadian rapper dropped If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late on February 13.

There are 17 tracks in total featuring artists like Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

It comes just over a year after Drake was featured on Beyonce’s self-titled fifth studio album which was released in the same way.If You're Reading This It's Too Late Drake

On Friday morning Drake posted a link to the iTunes page on his Twitter account.

The hashtag #IfYoureReadingThisItsTooLate has also been trending.

More and more artists are choosing to release new music this way, including Kid Cudi, Wolfmother and G-Unit.

Drake’s last album Nothing Was The Same came out in 2013.

It was the rapper’s third studio album and went straight to the top of the American Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 650,000 copies in its first week.


Bjork has decided to rush out her eighth album Vulnicura onto iTunes, days after the music leaked online.

Vulnicura release was intended to accompany a retrospective of Bjork’s career at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in March.

But, after the record appeared on file-sharing sites last weekend, Bjork decided to put it on sale immediately.

“I am so grateful you are still interested in my work,” the singer said.Vulnicura Bjork

“I appreciate every little bit!”

Writing on Facebook, Bjork described the nine-track album as “a complete heartbreak album” with an “emotional chronology” to it.

Bjork’s fast turnaround echoes that of Madonna, who raced to get tracks from her Rebel Heart album onto iTunes over Christmas after early demos and unfinished mixes appeared online.

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Frozen has become iTunes’ biggest-selling movie of all time, while the soundtrack has sold more than any other album in the US this year.

Game of Thrones was the best-selling TV show, with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars iTunes’ top book.Frozen iTunes

No figures have been released by iTunes to accompany their charts of the year.

The Wolf of Wall Street was the second biggest film of the year on iTunes.

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Bono has said sorry after U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world.

Speaking in a session on Facebook, Bono said the move was a “drop of megalomania, [a] touch of generosity”.

In response to a questioner who told him it was “rude” to impose their music upon everyone, Bono said: “Oops, I’m sorry about that.”

Apple later released a one-click tool enabling iTunes customers to remove it.

Some users complained that the 11-track Songs of Innocence had been added to their music library without permission and that it was not clear how to delete it.

The questioner on the Facebook session said: “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples playlists ever again? It’s really rude.”

U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world

U2’s latest album Songs of Innocence was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world

Bono replied: “I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing.

“Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.

“There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it,” he said.

The music was made available for free to more than 500 million iTunes customers in 119 countries last month. It has been reported that around 5% of those have downloaded U2’s latest opus.

At the time, Bono acknowledged that not everyone would appreciate the move.

“For the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail,” he wrote on the band’s website.

Bono’s apology comes after rock legend Iggy Pop criticized U2 for “giving away music before it can flop, in an effort to stay huge”.

The physical version of Songs of Innocence, including a six-track acoustic session, went on sale on October 13.

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U2’s first album in five years has been offered for free to the 500 million users of Apple’s iTunes service.

The surprise announcement was made at a California event where Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the firm’s latest iPhone and new smartwatch Apple Watch.

U2 also performed live at the event.

The band’s lead singer Bono described the release of the 11-track album, Songs of Innocence, as “kind of mindblowing”.

“The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people – by hitting send,” Bono said.

“If only songwriting was that easy.”

U2 performed live at Apple event in California

U2 performed live at Apple event in California

U2’s last album, No Line on the Horizon, hit the top spot in the UK charts in 2009 and eventually surpassed the five-million-sales mark worldwide.

The Irish band is famed for producing some of the landmark albums of the 1980s and early 1990s, including The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby.

There had been some speculation this year that U2 was planning a new album. However, the free release at the Apple event had not been anticipated.

Several prominent artists – including Beyonce – have released surprise albums recently, although the practice remains a novelty.

Free album releases by major artists are a rarity.

Radiohead initially released In Rainbows in 2007 as a pay-what-you-want download.

The same year, Prince’s album Planet Earth was given away free to readers of the Mail on Sunday in the UK.

U2 have collaborated with Apple in the past. The terms of the deal for the iTunes release are not known.

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Beyonce’s fifth album has broken iTunes sales records, with 828,773 copies sold in just three days.

The majority of those sales came in the US, where it has racked up 617,213 sales since its release on Friday.

The tally broke Beyonce’s own first-week sales record, set by her second album B’day in 2006, which sold 541,000 copies across a full seven days.

Beyonce stealth-released the record exclusively on iTunes last Friday, surprising fans by unveiling 14 new songs and 17 videos without the usual build-up of radio play, marketing and magazine interviews.

Its success has been fuelled by a number of factors: By keeping the project secret, the star avoided leaks; while the inability to purchase individual tracks online meant fans had no choice but to pay for the whole album.

Beyonce's fifth album has broken iTunes sales records, with 828,773 copies sold in just three days

Beyonce’s fifth album has broken iTunes sales records, with 828,773 copies sold in just three days

Beyonce, 31, said the “visual album” was inspired by her memories of watching Michael Jackson’s Thriller video premiere in 1983.

The album was codenamed “Lily” by staff at her record label, Columbia, to avoid rumors spreading, and even key creative staff were kept in the dark about the release plans.

Reviews for the album were largely positive, with Billboard magazine praising Beyonce’s “creative audacity”.

Apple, which runs the iTunes store, said the album had broken its previous first-week sales record, set by Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience when it sold 580,000 in March.

The company has exclusive access to the album for a short period – thought to be a week. Physical copies of the record are expected in shops before Christmas.

Beyonce also went to number one in 104 countries, it reported.

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Beyonce has surprised her fans by unexpectedly releasing her fifth album on iTunes overnight, with 14 new songs and 17 music videos.

The self-titled record is the follow-up to 2011’s 4, and features guest spots from her husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy.

“Surprise!” wrote Beyonce in a press release, adding she was “bored” of releasing music the traditional way.

“I am able to speak directly to my fans,” she continued.

Beyonce’s record is one of the few major releases of recent years not to leak in advance.

Many records are leaked during the manufacturing and distribution stage – but Beyonce’s record is currently exclusive to iTunes.

Beyonce has surprised her fans by unexpectedly releasing her fifth album on iTunes overnight

Beyonce has surprised her fans by unexpectedly releasing her fifth album on iTunes overnight

Physical copies only started pressing on Friday morning, and are expected in shops on December 21.

The instantaneous release follows a precedent set by David Bowie who, in January this year, came out of retirement by releasing a single with no prior warning.

However, Beyonce’s project is on a much larger scale, with every track on the album accompanied by its own music video.

Beyonce, 32, explained she had been inspired by her memories of watching Michael Jackson’s Thriller video premiere in 1983.

“I miss that immersive experience,” she said.

“Now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods and they don’t really invest in the whole experience.

“It’s all about the single, and the hype. I felt like, I don’t want anybody to get the message when my record is coming out.

“I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

However, the album has had a troubled gestation period. It was widely expected to debut after Beyonce’s performance at the SuperBowl last February, but never appeared.

Beyonce’s Standing On The Sun, which previewed on tour and in an advertisement for H&M, failed to make the final cut. Grown Woman, which was heard in a Pepsi commercial earlier this year, only appears as a video.

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Here you can find some of the best tips, tricks and ghoulish tools for this year’s Halloween.


According to Yahoo Search stats, Zombies are back at the top of the list of pop culture costumes. Look no further than your own smartphone for the start of a skin-puppet-palooza that puts you at the very center of this craze. Check out free apps Walking Dead (iTunes, Google Play), Zombiematic Camera (iTunes) and ZombieBooth (iTunes, Google Play). Each app uses chilling photo effects to transform you, your friends, even your pets, into a truly gruesome headshot that you can share with the (living) world.

If you want to bring even more undead action to life, take a look at Zombie apocalypse extravaganza World War Z. The newly released Blu-ray combo pack (around $20 on Amazon) includes an unrated version that was “too intense” for theaters — plus awesome behind-the-scenes footage that shows just how the blockbuster plague of corpse characters were made. You can leave it playing in the background of your Halloween happenings to create a “restless dead” effect, or use it to just get inspired.

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Halloween 2013

Get all the Pin-spiration you need for everything else, from makeup tips, printable décor and even to braiinnnnn food on Pinterest. But if the edible eyeballs aren’t quite gory enough, just shuffle on back to your mobile device to add a pair of creepy peepers to just about anything via the Digital Dudz app (iTunes, Android). The animated 3-D gore this app brings to fright night is gut-rippingly great. You can make your costume to display the animation, or buy a Morphsuit (around $30) that comes with a special pouch to display the grisly scenes. There’s everything from an open-heart zipper wound exposing a still-beating heart to a scary clown face with moving eyes.


Moving on from the stuff of nightmares to the stuff that can give parents nightmares – kids costumes. Here’s how to make sure they’re both stellar and safe. Electronics retailer RadioShack is demonstrating just how simple it is to make costumes stand out from the crowd, and in the dark, with a few simple DIY designs. Just follow the directions on this Hacky-Halloween how-to using EL Wire to make simple fairy wings appear to take flight, or set your little wizard aglow with some LEDs and a Battery Powered Inverter.


A brand new combination of a QR coded bracelet and smartphone app called Scan Me Kidz helps you track down kids in seconds. With GPS, you can keep kids in sight on the app, while the QR code contains information that when scanned can get youngsters back home or even alert people of allergies and medical conditions.

Even without a bracelet, there are a handful of free smartphone tracking apps such as Mamabear (iTunes, Google Play) and Trick or Tracker (Amazon, Google Play, typically $4.99 but free on Halloween) that help keep a watchful eye on kids. Both apps let you see where your kids are at any time, and they both let parents create a digital fence to get alerts if kids go out of a pre-set area.

Apple has unveiled iOS7 revamp, a new look for the user interface of its smart device operating system, the first to be overseen by its design chief Jony Ive.

Jony Ive said the aim was to make the system look “cleaner” to help “elevate” users’ content.

It involves a shift away from skeuomorphism – the use of leather, wood and other real-world inspired textures and artifacts in apps.

A similar change has also been made to its OS X system for Mac computers.

Highlighting the new look of the firm’s Game Center app, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi joked: “We just completely ran out of green felt and wood – this has got to be good for the environment.”

Craig Federighi also showed off a parallax effect which means icons shift against the background image as an iPhone-user tilts their handset one way and another, based on feedback from the device’s accelerometer sensor.

“The new version is almost unrecognizable, which will make it polarizing,” said Jan Dawson, chief telecoms analyst at the consultancy Ovum.

“Some people will love that their phone feels new and different, while others will be disoriented by the newness.

“Finding your Settings app is hard when the icon has totally changed, and the many people who easily get disoriented by their gadgets may well have a negative experience.

“On the other hand, this is a clear statement from Apple that it acknowledges the need to refresh the user interface and is willing to do something pretty dramatic.”

Apple has unveiled iOS7 revamp

Apple has unveiled iOS7 revamp

Apple also announced iTunes Radio – a streaming music service offering access to themed stations which can be tailored according to a person’s listening history on iTunes, as well as tracks from specific bands – including unreleased exclusives – which they do not own.

The firm suggested it was a way for users to “discover new music”, and Apple will promote the ability to buy songs that a user likes via its store.

The feature is accessible via iOS 7’s music app and poses a challenge to LastFm, Pandora, Spotify and other similar products.

It comes a month after Google unveiled Play Music All Access, a similar facility for Android devices. But unlike the search firm’s pay-to-use model, Apple is making iRadio accessible without charge if users are willing to listen to adverts, as well as an ad-free option to users buying an iTunes Match subscription.

One music industry watcher suggested Apple’s move could prove disruptive in light of the fact the firm has 575 million iTunes accounts.

Other new features to iOS 7 include:

  • Automatic app updates
  • A swipe-up Control Center feature which brings together frequently used functions such as turning on Wi-Fi or bluetooth, and using a phone as a “flashlight”
  • The ability to carry out searches via Microsoft’s Bing service within the voice-controlled Siri app, which also features new voices
  • An anti-theft measure which requires a user to enter an associated ID and password before being able to deactivate a device’s Find My iPhone feature
  • Redesigned fonts to create the appearance of sharper text

About 37.4 million iPhones shipped worldwide in the January-to-March quarter according to market intelligence firm IDC, confirming its status as Apple’s biggest source of revenue.

Although that was a rise on the same period in 2012, the study indicates the firm’s smartphone market share slipped to 17.3% while Android’s grew to 75%, thanks in large part to Samsung’s success. It also indicated Apple is facing a similar trend in the tablet sector.

Apple’s products might still be more profitable, but IDC suggested it needed the refresh.

“People were getting a bit bored with the old design so Apple needed to make significant changes,” said IDC’s mobile device research director Francisco Jeronimo.

Apple said iOS 7 would be released to the public in the autumn.

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AC/DC has released their music on Apple music store iTunes.

The rock band had previously voiced strong opposition to the digital service.

Until now AC/DC maintained their songs should not be made available for individual download because they were all integral parts of various albums.

But the Australian band’s 16 studio albums, four live albums and three compilations, which have sold more than 150 million physical copies worldwide, are now available in the iTunes store.

AC/DC’s music videos were already viewed about 600,000 times a week online, their record label, Columbia Records, said.

“This iTunes, God bless ’em, it’s going to kill music if they’re not careful,” lead singer Brian Johnson told Reuters on the release of their last album, Black Ice, in 2008.

“It just worries me. And I’m sure they’re just doing it all in the interest of making as much… cash as possible. Let’s put it this way, it’s certainly not for the… love.”

AC/DC has released their music on Apple music store iTunes

AC/DC has released their music on Apple music store iTunes

Alice Enders, from media analysts Enders Analysis, said she believed the band’s decision was ultimately a commercial one.

“AC/DC probably now understand that their future sales reside on iTunes given the steep decline of the CD in the US, long its top market,” she said.

“If you can’t get your music in front of people in the retail outlet, then you have no choice but to embrace digital sales.”

AC/DC has just released their first live album in 20 years and have a 40th anniversary tour planned for 2013.

But Alice Enders pointed out the band’s recordings were still not available on Spotify.

“It’s not embraced access services yet,” she said.

AC/DC is among the last of the high profile “refuseniks” to make themselves available on iTunes.

The Beatles back catalogue was released for download in 2010 after years of disputes between rights holders.

Some musicians are taking legal action against their record labels over the royalties they earn from download sales.

James Taylor, Eminem and Sister Sledge are among those who have filed complaints.


Skyfall, the new James Bond theme sung by Adele, has topped the iTunes chart after being released online in the early hours of Friday morning.

It was number one within 10 hours of being released, overtaking last week’s official UK number one Gangnam Style.

The full single was released at 00:07 BST, after a 90 second clip was apparently leaked online this week.

The 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall – Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 – is released in UK cinemas on 26 October.

Adele ended months of speculation over her involvement on Monday, when she posted a picture on Twitter, featuring the cover page of the sheet music for the Skyfall theme, bearing her name alongside that of longtime producer and co-writer Paul Epworth.

The “dark and moody” theme was intended to echo the narrative of the film.

Skyfall was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, and features a 77-piece orchestra.

Adele broke her silence on the track in an official message on the James Bond website on Monday: “When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life.

“I’ll be back-combing my hair when I’m 60, telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day, I’m sure!”

Adele admitted she was a “little hesitant” about accepting the challenge because of the “instant spotlight and pressure” that came with a Bond song.

But, she said it ended up being a “no-brainer” after she fell in love with the script.

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Angry Birds Space, the new version of the most downloaded game in history, has been launched on iTunes, Android, PC and Mac.

Angry Birds Space’s launch has been accompanied by a level of fanfare normally only seen around big Hollywood releases – including T-shirts, toys, TV shows on Nickelodeon, a companion book by National Geographic, and a tie-up with Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer.

Angry Birds has been downloaded 700 million times, and parent company Rovio is now estimated to be worth $8.8 billion, just two years after the game first launched.

Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, will stock limited-edition T-shirts, plush toys and snacks containing clues that unlock bonus levels of Angry Birds Space, which will be available beginning on Thursday in app stores, from where users download software applications.

The iTunes version is priced between $1 and $3 for an HD iPad version. The Android version is available free, supported by in-app adverts.

Peter Vesterbacka, marketing chief of the company behind the world’s most downloaded game said that Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds, sees itself as an entertainment brand, not just a games company.

“We want to make Angry Birds a permanent part of pop culture,” he said, comparing the brand to Nintendo’s Mario and Sanrio’s Hello Kitty. “We’re just getting started.”

Angry Birds Space, the new version of the most downloaded game in history, has been launched on iTunes, Android, PC and Mac

Angry Birds Space, the new version of the most downloaded game in history, has been launched on iTunes, Android, PC and Mac

Angry Birds, in which the player uses a slingshot to catapult birds to destroy green pigs hidden in fortresses, has been downloaded more than 700 million times, and is the fastest-growing game on Facebook.

Rovio raised its profile hugely last year by hitching a game to the hit animated movie Rio, made by News Corp’s 20th Century Fox, even burying a clue to the game in the movie studio’s Super Bowl ad.

Rovio’s value has been estimated in recent media reports at up to $8.8 billion, little more than two years after it first released Angry Birds for the iPhone.

“It’s as good a guess as any,” said Peter Vesterbacka, comparing Rovio to Facebook games maker Zynga, which went public in December and has a market value of $9.5 billion.

Rovio has also signed up a top U.S. retailer to put its branded toys, books and T-shirts in dedicated areas of thousands of stores nationwide, timed to coincide with the launch of its new Angry Birds Space game this week.

The company also plans to open branded retail stores in China soon.

Rovio has about 300 staff, up from 50 a year ago, and has had to move out of central Helsinki to new, bigger headquarters next to mobile phone maker Nokia.

Peter Vesterbacka reiterated that Rovio was in no hurry for a public listing. Its last funding round was last year, when it raised $42 million from venture capital firms Accel, Atomico and Felicis Ventures.

He said Rovio had not needed the money and had raised the capital primarily to attract onto its board investors such as Atomico’s founder Niklas Zennstrom, a co-founder of Skype.

“This year we’ll be very busy, like we were last year, with building up the infrastructure,” said Peter Vesterbacka.

“We can fund our own growth.”

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Apple has been accused by Whitney Houston fans of exploiting the late singer’s death by increasing the cost of her in-demand albums on iTunes.

Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection album, released in 2007, has increased by $4.70 to $12.60, according to Digital Spy.

It comes after Whitney Houston, whose most famous hits include I Will Always Love You and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday afternoon at the age of 48.

Users reportedly complained they were unable to download the Ultimate Collection while it was given the new price.

Some music fans accused Apple of “cashing in” on the singer’s death, while others said the company should be “ashamed”, Digital Spy reported.

One customer said: “To say I am angry is an understatement and I feel it is just a case of iTunes cashing in on the singer’s death, which in my opinion is totally parasitic.

“The album itself is great so please don’t be put off purchasing it, just [know] that you will merely be lining some fatcat’s pocket before Whitney’s lifeless body is cold.”

Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection album, released in 2007, has increased by $4.70 to $12.60 on iTunes after the singer’s death, according to Digital Spy

Whitney Houston’s Ultimate Collection album, released in 2007, has increased by $4.70 to $12.60 on iTunes after the singer’s death, according to Digital Spy

Despite the increase in cost of her albums, Whitney Houston is expected to dominate the singles and album charts next week.

Whitney Houston is currently top of the iTunes’ chart, with her 1992 smash hit I Will Always Love You.

The spring release was a massive worldwide success, and a tie in with her hugely successful film with Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard.

Whitney Houston’s albums also dominated Amazon’s CD best seller chart on Sunday, with The Greatest Hits at No. 1 and seven other Houston-related albums – including the soundtracks to The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale – in the top ten.

The Greatest Hits’ also topped Amazon’s MP3 sales chart, and several of Whitney Houston’s other releases filled the digital top 40.

On iTunes, eight of Whitney Houston’s albums were listed on the top 100 album sales chart, with The Greatest Hits once again taking the No. 1 slot and both the original and deluxe versions of her eponymous 1985 debut charting.

Whitney Houston sold more than 170 million albums and singles worldwide over the course of her career, winning two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards and 22 American Music Awards along the way.

According to the latest reports, Whitney Houston’s body was found in the bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Whitney Houston was allegedly in possession of prescription pills such as Xanax.

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