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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Apple iTunes Beats Music

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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Apple Semetric Acquisition

Apple’s latest acquisition could make Beats Music even better

By on January 21, 2015 at 7:30 AM.

Apple’s latest acquisition could make Beats Music even better

Apple revolutionized the music industry with the iPod and iTunes, but leadership is cyclical and the company fell behind the times as streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify grew more popular. iTunes Radio was Apple’s first real attempt to bring music streamers back to the Apple camp, but it apparently didn’t have quite the impact Apple was looking for… so it bought Beats for $3 billion.

Now, Apple has made a new acquisition — a much smaller one, this time — that will reportedly become an important part of the company’s Beats Music streaming service. More →

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Beats Music on iPhone

Beats Music will reportedly come bundled on every iPhone starting next year

By on November 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Beats Music will reportedly come bundled on every iPhone starting next year

It’s been hinted at repeatedly ever since Apple acquired Beats Electronics earlier this year, but it looks like the Beats Music paid subscription service is finally going to become an inseparable part of iOS devices in 2015. Financial Times reports that the service could make its way into an iOS software update as early as next March, according to those familiar with the matter. More →

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Apple Beats Music Vs. Spotify

This could be Apple’s secret plan to rule the music industry with Beats Music

By on November 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

This could be Apple’s secret plan to rule the music industry with Beats Music

It’s safe to say that Apple didn’t buy Beats primarily for its overpriced and overrated headphones. Instead, it’s more likely that Apple bought Beats because many of its executives — most notably Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Trent Reznor — all have extensive connections and influence in the music industry. With these influential music industry figures on board, argues Neil Cybart, Apple can create a music streaming service around Beats Music that will offer artists significantly more value than what they’re getting from Spotify. More →

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iTunes Beats Music Integration

This is the future of iTunes

By on October 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

This is the future of iTunes

It’s been a few months since Apple acquired Beats Electronics, but the merging of products and services has only just begun. One of the first questions many of us asked when the acquisition was announced was what would happen to the relatively new Beats Music streaming service. Apple hasn’t provided an answer yet, but The Wall Street Journal is the latest publication to report that Beats Music will eventually merge with Apple’s own music service. More →

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Spotify Vs. Beats Music Prices

The streaming price wars are coming – and they’re a music fan’s dream come true

By on October 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM.

The streaming price wars are coming – and they’re a music fan’s dream come true

There really has never been a better time to be a music fan — particularly if you’re a music fan who loves exploring vast catalogs of music that you won’t find on any top 40 radio stations. Pandora and Spotify have proven to be the two most popular music streaming services so far but there are plenty of competitors that are lining up to take the crown, led by Apple and its newly acquired Spotify rival Beats Music. All this added competition can only mean one thing: Streaming price wars are coming. More →

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Apple Beats Music Subscription

This is how Apple plans to beat Spotify

By on October 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM.

This is how Apple plans to beat Spotify

Apple has a new plan for its most recent music business initiative, hoping to undercut Spotify and other rivals by making its own Beats Music streaming subscription more affordable for users. Re/code has found out that Apple is already negotiating with music labels to cut its costs for streaming music licenses. More →

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Apple Beats Music Streaming App

New report claims Apple is already planning to shut down Beats Music

By on September 22, 2014 at 4:06 PM.

New report claims Apple is already planning to shut down Beats Music

Well, this is somewhat unexpected — TechCrunch’s sources are saying that Apple is planning to shut down the Beats Music streaming app that it acquired when it bought Beats for $3 billion earlier this year. The only way that this report would make any kind of sense would be if Apple were simply folding Beats Music into iTunes — there is simply no way that Apple would consider abandoning a music streaming service at a time when it’s working to regain some of the influence over the music industry that it’s lost ever since the rise of Pandora, Spotify and other popular streaming services. More →

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Apple Beats Music Subscribers

Beats Music is about to get a lot more users

By on August 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Beats Music is about to get a lot more users

What do you want to bet Beats Music is going to see its subscribers increase significantly in the near future? 9to5Mac points out that Apple has started featuring the Beats Music app prominently in “Apple Apps” popup window new users get when they first log into the App Store, alongside such iOS staples as Pages, GarageBand and Find My iPhone. This is the first indication we’ve seen that Apple is going to start aggressively promoting Beats’ music streaming service to its users, who can download the app onto their device easily when they click the “Download All” option on the Apple Apps popup window. More →

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Apple Beats Music Exclusive Tracks

This might be Apple’s best bet for getting you hooked on Beats Music

By on June 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

This might be Apple’s best bet for getting you hooked on Beats Music

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 →

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Spotify Vs Beats

Showdown: Everything you need to know about the top streaming music services

By on June 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Showdown: Everything you need to know about the top streaming music services

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 →

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