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Topic: iTunes

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Apple restarts iTunes Red Cross donations to benefit Nepal earthquake recovery

04/27/2015, 08:04 am

In the aftermath of a series of earthquakes which have left more than 3,000 dead in Nepal, Apple has again begun soliciting donations for the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store.


Rumor: Apple deliberately delayed Tidal app updates to help Beats Music relaunch

04/26/2015, 07:04 pm

Apple may be intentionally slowing the release of updates to Tidal's iOS app in an attempt to weaken the music service ahead of an impending relaunch of Beats Music, a report said on Saturday.


References to 'iTunes Subscription' pop up in iTunes, could point to rumored streaming service

04/24/2015, 02:04 am

References to a heretofore unknown "iTunes Subscription" service showed up in the iTunes desktop client on Friday, potentially revealing a few details of a rumored Apple-branded streaming music solution said to launch sometime this year.


New Apple streaming music service could include 2 price tiers, exclusives from Taylor Swift & others

04/10/2015, 02:04 pm

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch its revamped streaming music service with a two-tiered subscription plan that would give families a discount, while engaging in talks to secure exclusive content from artists including Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine.


Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2, enabling syncing between iOS and new OS X Photos app

04/09/2015, 01:04 pm

Apple on Thursday issued a new update for iTunes that takes advantage of the new OS X Photos application, adding support for syncing photos to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


Apple launches unprecedented campaign across storefronts to hype iTunes debut of 'Star Wars'

04/07/2015, 12:04 pm

All six "Star Wars" films are being promoted and can be preordered from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store, as Apple is heavily hyping this Friday's digital debut of the legendary film series.


All six Star Wars films go digital, headed to iTunes on April 10

04/07/2015, 12:04 am

Walt Disney on Monday announced a completely digital re-release of the venerable Star Wars series, which will launch as a collection of all six episodes on April 10 through Apple's iTunes and other outlets.


EU scrutinizing record labels over potential deals with Apple streaming music service

04/02/2015, 08:04 am

With Apple expected to rebrand and relaunch its acquired Beats Music service this summer, the company has already come under the watchful eye of the European Union, which has begun probing the company's plans even before the product is made official.


Tidal music service expected to relaunch with exclusives that could hurt Apple's Beats Music

03/30/2015, 01:03 pm

Tidal, a music streaming service recently bought by rapper Jay-Z, is due to relaunch later today and will allegedly be backed by artist exclusives that could threaten Apple's planned rebranding of Beats Music.


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.


Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store & iTunes, preventing searches, discovery & downloads

03/25/2015, 11:03 am

Apple's cloud-based woes continue to reappear, with a major outage hitting the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts on Wednesday, seemingly affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content [updated].


Apple debuts programatic iAd buys on iTunes Radio, 'Customer Match' demographic targeting

03/19/2015, 07:03 pm

Apple on Thursday officially started accepting programatic, or automated, iAd buys for iTunes Radio and rolled out a new user targeting feature called Customer Match.


US streaming music revenues eclipse CD sales for first time, as rebrand of Apple's Beats looms

03/19/2015, 01:03 pm

Revenue from music streaming is now overshadowing CD sales in the US, according to new data published by the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday, signalling a sea-change in favor of services like Spotify, Pandora, and Beats Music.