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With Starbucks deal Spotify looks to build out streaming music platform

05/18/2015, 06:05 pm

Spotify on Monday announced a joint initiative with Starbucks that will see the world's largest coffeehouse chain stream its music in stores, promote premium Spotify subscription tiers and grant current users access to Starbucks' rewards program.

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Apple assigned patent for Beats Mixr headphone design

05/12/2015, 01:05 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a headphone design patent originally assigned to Beats Electronics, the audio hardware maker Apple purchased for $3 billion in 2014.

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Warner Music sees streaming revenue surpass downloads for first time

05/11/2015, 06:05 pm

In what could be a harbinger of shifting music industry trends, Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper said on Monday that revenue from licensing tracks to streaming services like Spotify outpaced income from digital download sales.

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Apple's upcoming streaming music service reportedly under FTC investigation

05/05/2015, 10:05 pm

It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists -- already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation -- are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday.

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Apple begins hunt for director of Global Marketing Operations at Beats

05/01/2015, 09:05 am

Apple is hunting for a new director of Global Marketing Operations at its Beats division, according to a job listing posted on Thursday, a rare high-level opening at the company.

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If you want Beats Music on your Mac, skip the Web client and install the Beats Android app

04/21/2015, 01:04 pm

Apple's Beats Music service has been praised for its experience on mobile devices, but the same can't be said of its Web-based player. Fortunately, there's an easy way to get the Beats Music Android app running on your Mac.

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Apple's Beats adds new silver, gold, and space gray Solo 2 headphones

04/10/2015, 02:04 pm

Apple fans wishing they could color match their headphones with their iPhone or MacBook can now do so, as Apple's Beats by Dre subsidiary has updated its popular Solo2 lineup with new silver, gold, and space gray color options.

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Pandora CFO says service coming to CarPlay, calls Apple 'frenemy'

03/31/2015, 06:03 pm

When CarPlay debuted in 2014, Internet radio service Pandora, seemingly a perfect fit for an iOS-based automotive system, was conspicuously absent from Apple's list of launch partners. That may soon change, according to one Pandora executive.

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Jay Z asked Apple's Jimmy Iovine to collaborate on revolutionary streaming platform Tidal

03/30/2015, 06:03 pm

Following Monday's reveal of Jay Z's upcoming music service Tidal, the rap star revealed he was in talks with Beats cofounder and current Apple exec Jimmy Iovine over potentially collaborating on the project.

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Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of redesigned Beats Music app, presses forward with iTunes Radio revamp

03/25/2015, 07:03 pm

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is moving forward with a long rumored overhaul of its streaming music services lineup that will incorporate a reworked Beats Music app developed with the help of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service.

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HP to replace audio vendor Beats with Bang & Olufsen

03/24/2015, 05:03 pm

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday announced high-end audio equipment maker Bang & Olufsen will be lending its expertise to upcoming products, a partnership forged after Apple last year declined to extend a longstanding Beats tie-up.

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Photo allegedly reveals Apple Store demo kit for trying on in-ear headphones

03/20/2015, 03:03 pm

A new photo, published on Friday, shows what is claimed to be a demonstration kit Apple Stores will soon use for customers to try on in-ear headphones, something that might otherwise be uncomfortable or unsanitary.

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Jay Z enters streaming music fray with purchase of Beats Music competitor Aspiro

03/13/2015, 07:03 pm

Rap icon Jay Z has officially taken control of Swedish Internet firm Aspiro, which markets subscription streaming services WiMP and Tidal, direct competitors of Apple's Beats Music.

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Apple reportedly backs down in push to lower relaunched Beats Music service prices

03/09/2015, 06:03 pm

As it continues to negotiate with music labels on a rumored Beats Music relaunch, Apple has reportedly surrendered on one of its key initiatives: lowering the cost of the rebooted service to $8 per month.

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Apple's rebranded Beats Music service won't have free subscription tier - report

03/06/2015, 10:03 am

When Apple launches a rebranded Beats Music later this year, the streaming service may not have an ad-supported free tier, according to a new report, citing sources who allegedly spoke with Apple's Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine.

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Apple touts iPad as music creation tool in new ad featuring Elliphant

02/08/2015, 10:02 pm

Apple dropped a new iPad TV spot featuring music creation apps just in time for the Grammy Awards, featuring Swedish recording artist Elliphant, UK producer Riton, DJ The Gaslamp Killer and Parisian film director So Me.

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Apple's Beats Music, others hit by lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating pre-1972 music

01/23/2015, 05:01 pm

Streaming music services like Apple's Beats Music, Google Play, Rdio and others are targets of a new volley of lawsuits claiming unpaid royalties on certain pre-1972 songs, potentially ending access to these older tracks.

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Apple buys UK music tracking startup Semetric to boost Beats Music analytics

01/21/2015, 06:01 am

Apple has purchased British media analytics startup Semetric in what appears to be the next step in a planned push for Beats Music, the streaming music platform Apple acquired last year as part of its Beats deal.

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Apple's Beats Music rival Spotify hits 15 million paid subscribers

01/12/2015, 02:01 pm

Swedish streaming music firm Spotify on Monday revealed that its customer base grew to some 60 million active users by the end of 2014, of which 15 million had purchased paid subscriptions.

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Monster sues Apple's Beats, says headphones acquired through 'sham transaction'

01/06/2015, 08:01 pm

Apple's Beats is once again being sued, this time on assertions that cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre committed fraud by stealing the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone lineup from audio company Monster and its CEO Noel Lee -- who claim to have invented the popular headphones -- in a "sham" sale to HTC.

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