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Spotify’s free streaming tier may be getting a shakeup

By on August 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Spotify’s free streaming tier may be getting a shakeup

A new report claims that Spotify may be adjusting its business model in the near future. While the popular streaming music site currently offers both premium and ad-supported tiers, DigitalMusicNews relays that Spotify may soon be shifting its focus towards its premium business.

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Apple Music Just Landed a Ton of Big-Name Artists

By on June 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM.

Apple Music Just Landed a Ton of Big-Name Artists

In the wake of Taylor Swift convincing Apple to dole out royalty payments during Apple Music’s three-month trial period, Apple has been quick to leverage the accompanying good will and sign crucial deals with two massive music rights organizations, Beggars Group and Merlin Network.

According to Billboard, Merlin alone represents over 20,000 labels and distributors across the globe. Together, both groups oversee members who own the musical rights to a vast number of big name artists, including Adele, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Neko Case, The Strokes, Social Distortion, The National, Tom Waits, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, DJ Khaled, and Martin Solveig & Dragonette.

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Taylor Swift Blasts Apple In Open Letter Over Apple Music’s ‘Shocking’ Trial Period

By on June 21, 2015 at 7:33 PM.

Taylor Swift Blasts Apple In Open Letter Over Apple Music’s ‘Shocking’ Trial Period

Taylor Swift over the weekend penned a brutal critique of Apple Music, calling the upcoming streaming service’s free three-month trial period both shocking and disappointing.

In an open letter posted to Tumblr, Swift took umbrage with the fact that Apple, during the aforementioned trial period, will not be making any royalty payments to music owners. This has of course rubbed many artists the wrong way as they’ll effectively be giving their music away for free for three months.

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Sorry, Haters: Apple Isn’t Bullying Artists Into Signing Up for Apple Music

By on June 19, 2015 at 1:09 PM.

Sorry, Haters: Apple Isn’t Bullying Artists Into Signing Up for Apple Music

In an effort to get as many people as possible signed up for Apple Music, Apple will be giving users a free three-month trial period when the service launches on June 30. During this three-month window, Apple will not be handing over any royalty payments to music labels; and in exchange for this generous grace period, Apple has agreed to pay labels a royalty rate that’s a tad higher than the industry norm once the trial period closes.

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Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud Mall Performance

Video: That moment when you sing a song in public and the actual singer rolls up to join in

By on June 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Video: That moment when you sing a song in public and the actual singer rolls up to join in

We all have favorite songs that we humming all day long, and some people go ahead and sing them in front of an actual audience rather than enjoying the privacy of a shower. That’s exactly what one teenager did in a shopping mall during a singing-based fund-raiser of sorts. But little did she know that the artist who actually sings the song she chose would happen to walk by and jump on stage unannounced to help her. More →

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Apple Music will allow users to download songs for offline listening

By on June 9, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Apple Music will allow users to download songs for offline listening

Following yesterday’s WWDC event, Apple confirmed to Re/Code that it’s upcoming Apple Music service will let users download songs and videos for offline listening and viewing.

Though not an entirely new or revolutionary feature, it does help Apple Music reach feature parity with Spotify as the company hopes to make an immediate and impactful dent in the music streaming market.

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Sony Music CEO explains how Apple Music can compete with Spotify

By on June 8, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

Sony Music CEO explains how Apple Music can compete with Spotify

Over the weekend, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris effectively confirmed that Apple later today will finally take the wraps off of Apple Music, the company’s own on-demand streaming music service.

While the impending launch of Apple Music is hardly breaking news in and of itself, Morris did articulate why he thinks Apple Music is poised to succeed, even in the face of strong competition from the likes of Spotify. Though Spotify currently boasts over 60 million active users, Morris believes Apple can make up a lot of ground quickly because they’ll actually be able to advertise.

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For Apple Music to succeed, iTunes must be sacrificed

By on June 2, 2015 at 2:24 PM.

For Apple Music to succeed, iTunes must be sacrificed

One of the business tenets that has led to Apple’s incredible success is that the company isn’t afraid to cannibalize its own products. If anything, Apple tends to embrace such scenarios, with Tim Cook once explaining that Apple views “cannibalization as a huge opportunity.”

“Our core philosophy is to never fear cannibalization,” Cook said during an earnings conference call two years ago. “If we don’t do it, someone else will. We know that iPhone has cannibalized some of our iPod business. That doesn’t worry us.”

With that said, one can only hope that Apple will take steps to actively cannibalize its own iTunes business. If they don’t, some other company will, and it may happen sooner than anyone thinks.

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Sorry, Tidal: Kanye West’s new album may be an Apple Music exclusive

By on May 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Sorry, Tidal: Kanye West’s new album may be an Apple Music exclusive

An intriguing rumor from the music industry publication HITS Daily Double claims that the release date for Kanye West’s upcoming album, titled Swish, might be timed to coincide in some way with the upcoming launch of Apple Music. If this is indeed the case, it stands to reason that Kanye’s new album may very well be an Apple Music exclusive at launch.

“Kanye West is making changes, distancing himself from Tidal, firing Roc Nation and managing himself, with an unofficial assist from the Jenner-Kardashian clan,” the report claims. “As for Kanye’s long-delayed album, there’s some chatter that the release will be connected to Apple Music’s launch.”

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Rdio Select Vs. Spotify Vs. Beats Music

Rdio’s plan to compete with Apple and Spotify: The cheapest music subscription service we’ve seen yet

By on May 14, 2015 at 5:55 PM.

Rdio’s plan to compete with Apple and Spotify: The cheapest music subscription service we’ve seen yet

With an already packed music streaming field poised to get even more crowded once Apple enters the fray, Rdio is planning to introduce a new music streaming service for just $3.99/month.

Dubbed Rdio Select, the new music streaming service will offer subscribers three main options. One will be a Pandora style music recommendation service, albeit without any pesky ads. Two, Rdio Select will allow users listen to any 25 songs of their choosing on-demand. And third, Rdio Select will offer users curated playlists from artists like Mumford & Sons along with “tastemakers like NPR Music and Rolling Stone.” To top it all off, Rdio notes that its songs come in higher 320 kbps quality.

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It’s official: Music streaming is killing digital downloads faster than we thought

By on May 12, 2015 at 8:10 AM.

It’s official: Music streaming is killing digital downloads faster than we thought

Even though we don’t need more proof that music streaming is the wave of the future, recent comments made by Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper really underscore just how fast the transition from digital downloads to music streaming is happening.

During an earnings conference call on Monday, Cooper said that Warner Music, the third largest recording company on the planet, generated more money from streaming than they did from digital downloads. That’s no small feat, and as Re/Code notes, this “is the first time a big music label has hit that milestone.”

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Song Stuck in Head: How to Remove

Science has found an insanely simple way to remove the song that’s stuck in your head

By on May 11, 2015 at 3:06 PM.

Science has found an insanely simple way to remove the song that’s stuck in your head

Are you tired of hearing the same song in your head when you should be doing something else? Apparently, there’s a remedy for your problem that’s easier and cheaper than you’d expect. And no, it’s not a drug you’d need a prescription for. More →

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Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit

Watch: HDD and floppy drives play amazing version of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

By on April 13, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

Watch: HDD and floppy drives play amazing version of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

If you’re looking for an incredibly creative video to watch to kill some time, you’ll be hard pressed to find something better than this. Using just HDD and Floppy drives, YouTube user Arganalth recently put together an amazing rendition of Nirvana’s iconic song, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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