Kanye West Apple Music

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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Spotify Beats Music Streaming

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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Tidal Music Is Doomed

More big-name musicians predict Jay-Z’s Tidal music service will ‘fail miserably’

By on April 13, 2015 at 5:25 PM.

More big-name musicians predict Jay-Z’s Tidal music service will ‘fail miserably’

A lot has already been written about Jay-Z’s recently launched Tidal music service, in part because Tidal is making a bold bet that consumers will be on board with paying $20 a month for a streaming service when the already popular Spotify only charges $10. As a result, many industry insiders and observers have come straight out and said that Tidal is doomed to fail.

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Muppets Humpty Dance

Watch: Gonzo and The Muppets sing ‘The Humpty Dance’

By on March 31, 2015 at 2:49 PM.

Watch: Gonzo and The Muppets sing ‘The Humpty Dance’

The Muppets are awesome. Digital Underground’s classic rap song “The Humpty Dance” is also awesome. So why not combine the two into a modern masterpiece?

Well, that’s exactly what Twitter user Mylo the Cat recently did. And the result is nothing short of amazing. Featuring Gonzo, naturally, taking on the role of Shock G, the video is a must watch. And Muppet fans, not to worry, you’ll see a number of great cameos from all of your favorite characters. More →

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Tom Hanks 'I Really Like You' Video

I never thought I’d enjoy a Carly Rae Jespen video… until I saw Tom Hanks dance in one

By on March 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

I never thought I’d enjoy a Carly Rae Jespen video… until I saw Tom Hanks dance in one

Tom Hanks needs no further introductions – he’s one of the best actors out there and I don’t think I’ve ever missed any of his movies so far. However, I did miss the video in which Hanks sings and dances along with Carly Rae Jepsen’s new song. And I’ll just say it: I didn’t know how much I needed this in my life. More →

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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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Kendrick Lamar Spotify Record

Kendrick Lamar’s new album sets Spotify streaming record

By on March 18, 2015 at 4:36 PM.

Kendrick Lamar’s new album sets Spotify streaming record

In case anyone is still wondering why Apple doled out $3 billion for Beats Music, all one has to do is look to the immense success and growing popularity of Spotify. Just this week, Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, set a new Spotify record for the most streams in a single day, 9.6 million to be exact. Notably, the 9.6 million figure only includes songs that were listened the whole way through.

Indeed, Spotify records have come crashing down at a rapid clip in recent memory. In February, for instance, Drake’s latest album, titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, amassed 17.3 million streams over the course of the month, setting a new monthly Spotify record in the process.

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Jay Z Music Streaming

Jay-Z’s next battle: Taking on Spotify and Pandora

By on March 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Jay-Z’s next battle: Taking on Spotify and Pandora

The music streaming business is currently a three-or-four-dog race. You’ve got Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, and last but not least, Beats Music. Looking to join in on the fun is rapper Jay Z, who is  reportedly gearing up to go head to head with the biggest names in music streaming.

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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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Kelly Clarkson Heartbeat Song

There’s something very curious about Kelly Clarkson’s latest single

By on January 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

There’s something very curious about Kelly Clarkson’s latest single

I can’t stop listening to Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song,” but it isn’t because I’m a particularly huge fan of her music. Rather, Andy Cush at Gawker pointed out on Tuesday that “Heartbeat Song,” the first single off of Clarkson’s upcoming album Piece by Piece, sounds eerily similar to early 2000s alt-rock hit “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. More →

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