Apple New Music Streaming

Leak: Apple’s new streaming music service will resurrect the biggest Apple flop in years

By on May 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Leak: Apple’s new streaming music service will resurrect the biggest Apple flop in years

With music streaming well on its way towards overtaking digital downloads, all eyes this June will be on Apple as the company is set to unveil its highly anticipated music streaming service at WWDC. While most rumors regarding Apple’s Beats Music reboot have thus far focused on price (expect a $9.99/month pricepoint), Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac just published the most detailed look yet into the type of features that will help differentiate Apple’s streaming music service from the pack.

First off, we can say goodbye to Beats Streaming. Gurman, who has a nearly impeccable record when it comes to Apple rumors, relays that Apple will be calling its new streaming service Apple Music. Not the most original name, but if the service delivers, it won’t matter all that much.

But onto some of the cooler features Apple has been working on.

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Apple Beats Music Vs. Spotify Free Trials

More details emerge on how Apple plans to steal you away from Spotify

By on May 8, 2015 at 4:12 PM.

More details emerge on how Apple plans to steal you away from Spotify

Apple really wants Beats Music to succeed, which inevitably means it will have to go head-to-head with Spotify, the music service that is now the king of the mobile streaming world. A new report in Re/code gives us some fresh details about how Apple plans to take on Spotify and get music lovers to make the switch to Beats Music. More →

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Spotify Premium Discount

With Beats Music relaunch looming, Spotify offers a killer deal with a 97% discount

By on May 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

With Beats Music relaunch looming, Spotify offers a killer deal with a 97% discount

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch a new and improved Beats Music service, and the impact could be felt throughout the industry. In fact, there have been rumblings for months now that Apple is trying to convince music labels to eliminate the free streaming tier on services like Spotify.

It indeed feels as though we’re on the cusp of some serious change in the streaming music market, but Spotify is apparently going to do everything it can to attract new business before Apple unveils its revamped streaming service next month. And to help move things along, the company is now offering a killer deal. More →

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Beats Music vs Spotify

Apple wants to ruin Spotify in order to give Beats Music a better shot at success

By on May 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Apple wants to ruin Spotify in order to give Beats Music a better shot at success

When Apple finally relaunches Beats Music later this year, it’s going to have to compete with some of the most popular streaming services on the market, including the seemingly omnipresent Spotify. But Apple knows it’s going to be an uphill battle, which is why we’re inclined to believe a report from The Verge claiming that Apple is trying to convince music labels to force Spotify to drop its free streaming tiers altogether prior to the debut of Beats Music. More →

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Did Apple try to sabotage the Tidal launch?

By on April 27, 2015 at 9:41 AM.

Did Apple try to sabotage the Tidal launch?

There’s a strange war brewing between Apple and Tidal, the Jay-Z run music streaming site which, as we covered in great detail before, was quickly ushered out of the U.S. iPhone top 20 download chart before plummeting out of the top 700. Put simply, the Tidal launch was nothing short of a spectacular failure.

Now comes a report via the NY Post alleging that Apple may have taken deliberate steps to cripple the Tidal launch in order to weaken the competitive landscape ahead of Apple’s soon-to-be-unveiled Beats Music service. The allegation, naturally, stems from an anonymous source from within the music industry.

According to the source, Apple purposefully took a longer time than usual to approve updates to Tidal’s iOS app. So while Tidal’s Android app was updated on April 15, the company’s revamped iOS app “still hasn’t received approval for Apple’s iOS app store.”

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Apple Beats Music Vs. Tidal

How Apple and Beats Music could succeed where Tidal has so far failed

By on April 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

How Apple and Beats Music could succeed where Tidal has so far failed

OK, so I have a confession: I really like the idea behind Tidal. I think many artists are being perfectly reasonable when they say that streaming services such as Spotify are giving them a raw deal and that they would love to have a streaming service that pays them more for their work. Unfortunately, as we all know by now, Jay-Z’s Tidal service went about marketing itself in the worst way imaginable by having Kanye, Madonna, Nicki Minaj and other extremely rich artists come on stage and talk about how much other streaming services have been doing them wrong. More →

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Apple Beats Music Vs. iTunes Radio

Why Apple desperately needs to launch the new Beats Music: iTunes Radio is godawful

By on April 15, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Why Apple desperately needs to launch the new Beats Music: iTunes Radio is godawful

Remember when we thought iTunes Radio would be a legitimate competitor to Pandora? Well that was foolish of us because iTunes Radio hasn’t done anything to disrupt, let alone “kill,” music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.  More →

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Apple Beats Taylor Swift

Apple’s secret weapon to battle Spotify: Taylor Swift?

By on April 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Apple’s secret weapon to battle Spotify: Taylor Swift?

Because Apple wasn’t able to secure cheaper pricing for its upcoming Beats Music streaming service, the company will instead try to strike exclusive deals with big time artists to help differentiate the service from competitors like Spotify.

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Beats Music Pricing

You must be kidding: European regulators are already ‘concerned’ about Apple’s new music streaming service

By on April 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

You must be kidding: European regulators are already ‘concerned’ about Apple’s new music streaming service

Apple today is more wildly successful and popular than ever before. One might even reasonably say that Apple, for a variety of reasons, is the most influential tech company on the planet today. But sometimes, being the top dog brings with it a whole new host of problems.

The latest chapter from Apple’s “heavy is the head that wears the crown” saga is that European regulators are already looking into Apple’s discussions with record labels as it pertains to the company’s upcoming Beats streaming service. Apparently, Apple can somehow attract the attention of regulatory agencies for a service that doesn’t even officially exist yet.

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Beats Music Vs Spotify

How Beats Music can dethrone Spotify

By on March 31, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

How Beats Music can dethrone Spotify

When Apple acquired Beats Music for $3 billion last May, it instantly became the company’s most expensive purchase ever. While the dollar amount involved in the deal might have raised some eyebrows, the acquisition target certainly did not.

With streaming music sites like Pandora and Spotify still gaining in popularity, Apple’s need to get into the streaming music business abundantly clear. And given the tepid product that was iTunes Radio, Apple arguably had no other choice but to go big and bring on an established music-brand if it ever wanted to truly compete with the likes of Spotify.

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Apple Beats Music

You’ll never guess whose job it is to make sure Apple’s streaming music service doesn’t suck

By on March 26, 2015 at 8:31 AM.

You’ll never guess whose job it is to make sure Apple’s streaming music service doesn’t suck

It’s fair to say that Apple completely missed the boat on music streaming. Content with healthy downloads from the iTunes Music Store, Apple gave plenty of breathing room to crafty upstarts like Pandora and Spotify who slowly but surely started putting large dents into the traditional digital download business.

These days, digital downloads are on the decline as consumers are increasingly showing less of an interest in owning their music. Apple, of course, has plans to get into the streaming business thanks to its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music last year.

That said, Apple’s 2013 rollout of iTunes Radio doesn’t exactly instill confidence that Apple gets music. Which, not surprisingly, is part and parcel why Apple bought Beats in the first place — music industry talent and savvy.

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Beats Music Vs. Spotify Pricing

Apple’s Spotify killer won’t be as cheap as we hoped

By on March 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM.

Apple’s Spotify killer won’t be as cheap as we hoped

With Apple reportedly planning to roll out an iTunes-integrated and revamped version of Beats’ music streaming service at WWDC later this year, a new report from Billboard suggests that Apple’s on-demand music service won’t be as cheap as many initially hoped.

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How Apple plans to retake its place at the top of the music business

By on February 24, 2015 at 11:15 PM.

How Apple plans to retake its place at the top of the music business

Apple is developing it’s own iTunes music streaming service, and that’s not exactly a secret considering that it already owns Beats Music. But Business Insider has learned more details about this secret music project and suggests the company is preparing a massive overhaul for its iconic iTunes service in the process. More →

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