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Apple, record labels under scrutiny for collusion in New York and Connecticut

06/09/2015, 09:06 pm

Attorneys general in New York and Connecticut are conducting a joint antitrust investigation concerning Apple's negotiations with record labels over its new Apple Music streaming service.

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Apple Music to reportedly stream at 256kbps, below Beats Music and industry rivals

06/09/2015, 05:06 pm

Apple is putting a 256kbps cap on Apple Music streaming, a report said Tuesday, a bitrate lower than competing top-tier offerings from Spotify and the service's own Beats Music forebear.

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Apple still in licensing talks to complete Apple Music library - report

06/09/2015, 10:06 am

Even after making Apple Music public during Monday's WWDC keynote, Apple is still negotiating some important music licenses for the streaming service, a new report says.

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Music industry execs unconcerned by Apple Music threat

06/08/2015, 11:06 pm

After Apple officially debuted its Apple Music streaming service at WWDC on Monday, industry executives blithely offered their two cents -- albeit anonymously -- on the latest product to come out of Cupertino, proclaiming early that it won't be a runaway success.

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Apple Music streams songs on-demand, features 24/7 'Beats 1' station, on iOS & Android for $10/month

06/08/2015, 03:06 pm

Featuring on-demand content, curated playlists, and a new global always-on radio station dubbed "Beats One," Apple Music is a subscription service that aims to redefine how people discover and listen to music for $9.99 a month, or $14.99 for six family members. It launches on June 30 for Apple devices and Windows, but will also come to Android and Apple TV this fall.

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Rumor claims Apple wants to reach 100 million subscribers for Apple Music

06/08/2015, 09:06 am

For Apple Music, the streaming music service due to be unveiled later on Monday at WWDC, Apple is reportedly setting an incredibly lofty goal of signing up 100 million subscribers.

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Apple will unveil streaming music service on Monday, Sony chief confirms

06/07/2015, 11:06 am

In the midst of an interview at the annual Midem conference in Cannes on Sunday, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris confirmed Apple's plans to unveil a streaming music service during next week's WWDC keynote address.

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Apple to name streaming music service 'Apple Music,' ask users to pick favorite genres

06/05/2015, 04:06 pm

Apple's new streaming music service -- likely to be announced at a Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday -- will be called "Apple Music," and will use personalization to help set itself apart, a report said on Friday.

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Apple, record labels negotiating last-minute streaming service terms days before expected WWDC launch

06/04/2015, 09:06 pm

With Apple widely expected to announce a new subscription-based music streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, a report on Thursday suggests the company is cutting it close and holding last-minute negotiations with record labels.

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Apple to announce $10-per-month on-demand music service, will retain Beats Music for now - report

06/01/2015, 02:06 pm

At WWDC in one week, Apple is expected to formally announce a new on-demand streaming subscription service that will take on the likes of Spotify for $10 per month, but will not outright replace Beats Music at first, according to a new report.

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Apple reportedly wooing Drake, Pharrell, David Guetta for iTunes Radio guest DJ spot

05/31/2015, 05:05 pm

As Apple prepares to relaunch a revamped version of its free-to-stream iTunes Radio service, the company is looking to bring on musicians Drake, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta as guest DJs, a report said Sunday.

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Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search, discovery, video & more

05/26/2015, 12:05 pm

A large set of Apple job listings posted on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to make major improvements to iTunes, particularly in search and music discovery at the iTunes Store.

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Russia to be among first countries with access to Apple's new streaming music service, report says

05/20/2015, 05:05 pm

According to a report on Wednesday, Russia will be one of the first countries to host Apple's upcoming on-demand streaming music service rumored to debut at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

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Spotify facing pressure from Sony, Universal to drop free on-demand music - report

05/15/2015, 10:05 am

Major record labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are both reportedly proposing that Spotify end its free, ad-supported on-demand music in a bid to push people into paid subscriptions.

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Apple's rumored streaming music service to tout social network for artists, report says

05/13/2015, 09:05 pm

If and when Apple launches its streaming music service later this year, the company will roll in a social networking platform from which artists can share media, post updates and connect with fans, a report said Wednesday.

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Apple to give the first hit free with its new streaming service - report

05/08/2015, 01:05 pm

Apple is reportedly planning to entice consumers to sign up for its new streaming music service by offering a number of try-before-you-buy options, including a lengthy trial period and revamped iTunes Radio stations.

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Apple's Beats Music relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, data suggests

05/05/2015, 03:05 pm

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple's anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify's active users.

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Beats Music rebranding may not be imminent, as Apple still doesn't have necessary licenses

05/05/2015, 02:05 pm

Despite rumors that Apple could rebrand and relaunch Beats Music as soon as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, a new report suggests that's unlikely, as the company apparently does not have the licensing deals finalized for such a change.

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Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify, YouTube spur DOJ inquiry - report

05/04/2015, 09:05 am

As it prepares to launch a new streaming music service, Apple is said to be pressuring music labels to force rivals like Spotify to abandon their free tiers -- something that has apparently brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Apple reportedly poaches more BBC Radio 1 staff for streaming music project

04/29/2015, 07:04 pm

A report on Wednesday claims Apple poached a handful of top producers from BBC Radio 1 to work on a secret streaming music service rumored to debut later this year, potentially as a rebranded Beats Music.

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