Apple TV is “probably profitable” and 4 other Apple stories to read today

AppleTVWith so many people writing about Apple(s AAPL), finding the best stories and reports isn’t easy. Here’s our daily pick of stories about the company from around the Web that you shouldn’t miss:

  • After Apple CEO Tim Cook gave some concrete numbers Tuesday night about how many Apple TV set-top boxes his company has sold last year and so far this fiscal year, Asymco used the numbers to calculate how much money Apple is likely making off of its so-called hobby. Turns out, it’s not a lot — compared to, say, the iPad — but it’s “probably profitable.”
  • It’s not confirmed, but it’s certainly interesting to think about: Will Apple reveal more of its thinking about television at WWDC? BGR says it’s heard Apple will show a “more feature-complete” Apple TV operating system at the show. The report also claims the company is testing a new API that will make third-party accessories compatible with the Apple set-top box.
  • Apple looks to be improving its music software capabilities. Eagle-eyed Italian blog Fanpage found Italian regulatory documents that seem to show Apple has purchased digital music-editing software maker Redmatica. TechCrunch notes it could be an acqui-hire situation for Apple to improve its digital music offerings — either Logic Pro or GarageBand.
  • Cook explained why Apple will never own a U.S. carrier, which you can read at SplatF.
  • If you’d prefer not dig through the hundreds of blog post that came out of Cook’s appearance at the D10 conference Tuesday night, you can always get up to speed via video. Clips of his appearance are online at ATD now.