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Topic: Apple Music

Spotify grows to 75M subscribers, earnings disappoint Wall Street

05/02/2018, 06:05 pm

Streaming leader Spotify on Wednesday issued its first earnings report after going public in February, noting a sequential increase in paying subscribers and revenue of $1.36 billion. The performance missed Wall Street expectations.

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Music Modernization Act will alter how old recordings are reimbursed by Apple Music and Spotify

04/30/2018, 09:04 am

The new Music Modernization Act bill has passed the House of Representatives that aims to bring laws for music licensing and royalty payments into alignment with modern technologies, like streaming through Apple Music and Spotify.

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Proposed EU rules could require Apple to explain App Store rankings, defend take from subscriptions

04/26/2018, 10:04 am

The European Union on Thursday proposed a new set of laws governing platform holders like Apple, Amazon, and Google, intended to improve transparency and non-discrimination in relation to the smaller businesses that depend on them.

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Bandsintown for iPhone adds Apple Music streaming through MusicKit

04/25/2018, 03:04 pm

Concert-finding app Bandsintown has officially launched native Apple Music streaming, made possible through the use of Apple's MusicKit framework.

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Apple acquires Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter ahead of Tribeca debut

04/23/2018, 09:04 pm

Apple has acquired global rights to a new documentary called Songwriter, which follows singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran through much of 2016 as he evolves his unique style.

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Apple Music makes inroads into country music with new Nashville team

04/23/2018, 12:04 pm

In a bid to capture one of the more neglected genres in music streaming -- country -- Apple has announced plans to set up a new team at the epicenter of the style, Nashville.

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European Commission opens 'in-depth' investigation into Apple's acquisition of Shazam

04/23/2018, 12:04 pm

The European Commission is investigating the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple, with competition concerns lengthening the time it will take for the regulator to approve or deny the purchase of the song recognition service by the iPhone manufacturer.

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J. Cole's 'KOD' tops podium for most first-day Apple Music streams at 64.5M

04/23/2018, 11:04 am

Rap star J. Cole has reportedly smashed the Apple Music record for streams in a single day, thanks to his new album, "KOD."

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Streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify helping to turn around global record industry

04/23/2018, 10:04 am

The record industry grew 8.5 percent in 2017, hitting $17.4 billion in revenues -- much if not all of that being attributable to on-demand streaming services such as Apple Music.

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Amazon touts 100M Prime users as Apple quietly passes a quarter-billion paid subscriptions

04/19/2018, 07:04 am

Apple now has a customer base of more than 250 million paid subscriptions across its Services offerings of Apple Music, iCloud and App Store continuing payments. Viewed against Amazon's recent announcement of 100 million Prime members, that figure is substantial. But Apple is also adding around 30 million new subscriptions every quarter.

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Apple Music expected to grow 40% annually for next three years, drive Services growth

04/18/2018, 08:04 am

An analyst predicts that Apple Music's dramatic growth over the next three years will be another major factor driving services revenue upward, but may push down overall margins.

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Apple Music loses hip-hop and R&B curator to Spotify

04/16/2018, 04:04 pm

The curator responsible for Apple Music's hip-hop and R&B programming is departing for the service's chief rival, Spotify, a report indicated on Monday.

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Apple considers cheaper HomePod in face of lackluster sales

04/13/2018, 12:04 pm

Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in on low HomePod demand, estimating Apple will only sell between 2 million and 2.5 million units through the end of the year, well below market expectations. He adds the company is considering a low-cost version of the device to boost adoption.

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Taylor Swift's Apple Music streaming record crushed by new Cardi B album

04/13/2018, 10:04 am

Rapper Cardi B's first full-length release, "Invasion of Privacy," reached over 100 million streams in its first week on Apple Music -- more than doubling the record for a female artist on the service, previously set by Taylor Swift's "Reputation."

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Channel checks, sales data on HomePod likely as wrong as it was about Apple Watch in 2015

04/12/2018, 06:04 am

Without actually presenting any hard data on sales, a new report has claimed Apple's HomePod sales are "weak," based on supply channel checks and data from Slice Intelligence--the same two sources that were used to suggest Apple Watch sales were "collapsing" three years ago.

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Apple picks Oliver Schusser to head up Apple Music worldwide

04/11/2018, 01:04 pm

Apple has promoted Oliver Schusser to the position of VP of Apple Music & International Content, effectively putting him in charge of Apple Music globally.

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AppleInsider podcast talks 2019 Mac Pro, ARM on Mac, Apple's poaching of Google's John Giannandrea, and more

04/06/2018, 08:04 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mike with guest Charles Martin discuss the 2019 Mac Pro, Apple's possible shift to ARM in the Mac in 2020, Apple's poaching of a key AI executive from Google, and more!

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Surprise! Spotify now says its Weeknd debut beat out Apple Music

04/04/2018, 08:04 pm

Spotify on Wednesday issued an update regarding streaming figures related to The Weeknd's new album "My Dear Melancholy," saying it beat Apple Music's debut of the same record by 3 million streams.

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Apple Music hits landmark 40 million paid subscribers

04/04/2018, 01:04 pm

Apple Music has swelled to 40 million subscribers, according to a Tweet noting the occasion by the company's content director in France, Steven Huon.

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Apple's morning show drama switches showrunners after creator leaves project

04/03/2018, 10:04 pm

Apple's upcoming morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon is expected to get a new showrunner after creator Jay Carson left the project due to "creative differences."

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