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Apple Music reaches streaming deal with indie labels under Merlin, Beggars Group

06/24/2015, 02:06 am

A report late Tuesday claims Apple has inked last-minute streaming deals with independent record labels under the umbrellas of Merlin and Beggars Group, suggesting tracks from the likes of FKA Twigs, Radiohead, M.I.A. and more will be part of Apple Music's debut lineup.


Tidal loses interim CEO Peter Tonstad on eve of Apple Music launch

06/23/2015, 02:06 pm

On-demand, Jay Z-backed music service Tidal on Tuesday announced the departure of interim CEO Peter Tonstad, marking the second CEO departure for the struggling service since April.


Free, ad-supported Google Play Music stations debut in US a week before Apple Music & Beats 1

06/23/2015, 12:06 pm

With just a week to go before the launch of Apple Music, a new ad-supported free streaming version of Google Play Music, centered around curated radio stations, is now available in the U.S.


As Apple Music launch looms, Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'excited to see where they take it'

06/23/2015, 10:06 am

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that his band --early opponents of the digital music revolution -- is on board with Apple's new streaming music service, and that he feels confident the company's leadership can take the business in the right direction for music fans.


Apple will now pay rights holders during Apple Music trial period, Eddy Cue says

06/22/2015, 01:06 am

Following widespread outcry over its policy of not compensating rights holders for streams during Apple Music's three-month free trial, Apple software and services chief Eddy Cue said late Sunday that the company has reversed course and will indeed pay royalties while users evaluate the service.


Taylor Swift praises Apple, but calls 90 day free trial of Music service 'shocking, disappointing' for artists

06/21/2015, 05:06 pm

Apple Music's planned three-month free trial, during which users can try the new music streaming service without paying -- and under which artists wouldn't earn any royalties for those streams -- has found a new critic: pop star Taylor Swift.


Apple denies threatening to pull artists off iTunes for not signing up with Apple Music

06/19/2015, 12:06 pm

Despite allegations to the contrary, Apple is not threatening to remove artists from the iTunes Store if they refuse to sign up for Apple Music, a company spokesperson said.


Apple Music to miss out on Taylor Swift's '1989' album

06/18/2015, 09:06 pm

Despite showing up onscreen in an Apple Music demo at WWDC, Taylor Swift will not be making her latest album "1989" available through Apple's upcoming streaming service, a report said Thursday.


Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels publicly oppose Apple's terms & haven't signed on

06/18/2015, 12:06 pm

Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.


Apple Music Radio debuts in iOS 8.4 & iOS 9 betas with 28 stations, including Beats 1

06/18/2015, 09:06 am

The native Music app in Apple's iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas was updated on Thursday with access to a new "Radio" tab, including a preview of the company's new live, flagship radio station Beats 1.


British indie labels object to Apple Music's terms, may withhold artists like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys

06/17/2015, 10:06 am

Independent music labels in the UK are reportedly loath to agree to Apple's demand that they receive no royalties for songs played during Apple Music's three-month free trial period, a sticking point that could leave the new streaming service missing some major artists at launch.


More than 70% of Apple Music revenues passed to rights owners, Apple confirms

06/15/2015, 10:06 am

Apple will pay out more than 70 cents of every dollar it earns from its new streaming music service, the company revealed on Monday, a slight premium over the rates paid by competing services like Spotify.


Rdio responds to Apple Music with statement satirizing Apple reaction to IBM PC

06/12/2015, 12:06 pm

Rdio on Friday responded to this week's announcement of Apple Music, satirizing Apple marketing from 1981 as part of an argument that the company is doing nothing fundamentally new.


Everything you need to know about Apple Music

06/10/2015, 09:06 pm

After months of rumor and speculation, Apple on Monday unveiled its first foray into paid music streaming with Apple Music. Featuring access to an extensive iTunes-based catalog, human-curated playlists, Beats 1 radio and Connect social networking for artists, the product promises to be one of Apple's biggest releases for 2015.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.