Apple is very late to the party when it comes to offering a music streaming service that’s capable of taking on Spotify. However, Apple does have one advantage over Spotify that could really help it catch up in terms of subscriber numbers: It’s got a ton of cash that it can throw at artists to produce exclusive content. Per The Verge, Beats Music this week is offering an exclusive remix of X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons’ hit song “Jungle” that features a guest appearance by Jay-Z. More →
Amazon quietly took the wraps off of its new streaming music service earlier this week, and the reception thus far has been mixed. Some see Prime Music as a nice value-add for Amazon Prime users who now have yet another unlimited digital service to enjoy for their annual $99 subscription. Others see it as a half-baked product that doesn’t compete at all with established leaders in the market. Wherever you stand on the matter, the launch of Amazon’s new streaming music service marks a terrific time to revisit all of the top options out there and see how they stack up. More →
Apple is buying Beats Electronics. Maybe. Some day. News of the deal broke nearly two weeks ago and at that time, an announcement was supposedly imminent. Then a video of Dr. Dre’s drunken celebration seemingly confirmed the news alongside additional reports from several big papers. But Apple and Beats have yet to make any announcement. More →
Apple has a lot of work to do if it hopes to turn Beats Music into a music streaming powerhouse in the same league as Pandora or Spotify. The Guardian reports that newly leaked documents show that Beats Music had only 111,000 paying subscribers at the end of March, which needless to say puts it far, far, far behind other popular music streaming services. Spotify, in contrast, has 6 million paying subscribers and 24 million monthly active users while a survey conducted earlier this year showed that Pandora is still by far the most used music streaming service on the web. Obviously, integrating Beats Music into Apple’s iTunes Store and giving it a default app on the iPhone and iPad will greatly help raise its profile and give it more subscribers. But from the looks of things, it seems as though Apple will be practically be building a subscriber base from scratch when it comes to Beats’ music streaming business.
Beats Music launched on Tuesday, and while it appears to already be popular with consumers, the music streaming service is also plagued by some launch issues. Beats Music CEO Ian C. Rogers said in a blog post that the company will stop letting new subscribers in, as it fixes the current issues. “Due to the extremely high volume of interest in our service some users are experiencing issues,” Rogers said. “Most people are unaffected but our priority is to give everyone a great experience. We prepared for issues like these, have a plan, and are going to hold off on letting more people in while we put this plan in action.” More →
Beats Music on Tuesday launched its streaming service in the U.S., with iPhone users being the first to get access to a mobile application – the iOS application is already available for download from the App Store. Beats Music will offer users unlimited access to more than 20 million tracks as well as support for online and offline playback, and social network integration for $9.99 per month after a 7-day free trial period. More →