It's almost "show time." That's the phrasing used in media invitations to Apple's March 25 event, where the company is expected to unveil its subscription packages for video, news, magazines, and games. It appears Apple is continuing to "pull the thread" to see where the future of television leads, and it sure looks like that future is tight integration between iOS, Apple TV and HomePod.
Music streaming service Spotify has elevated its disputes with Apple into a full blown anti-trust complaint filed with the European Commission. But Spotify's public case, as detailed on its website, is misleading and covers up the basic reality that Spotify wants to do business at Apple's expense without paying for it.
A multitude of factors support the idea of services, like a new streaming video platform, adding $6 to Apple's earnings per share by its 2021 fiscal year, Cowen analysts said in resuming coverage on Thursday.
Music streaming company Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Apple takes more money than it should be entitled to, isn't providing information on customers to vendors, and is unfairly limiting third-party access to technologies such as Siri, HomePod and Apple Watch.
Major digital music and streaming services Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify on Thursday filed separate appeals of a U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling that greatly increases royalty rates paid out to songwriters. Apple is conspicuously absent from the list of appellants.
U.S. record industry revenues grew 12 percent to $9.8 billion during 2018, fueled primarily by paid subscription services such as Apple Music and Spotify Premium, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
The latest Google Home for iOS update, released on Monday, includes a user interface change referencing support for Apple Music, leading some to suspect that official integration with Apple's service will soon debut for Google smart home hardware.
Looking to cement its status as a launching point for independent artists, SoundCloud on Tuesday announced an option letting musicians publish music directly to outside services like Spotify and Apple Music.
In what is quickly becoming Apple's preferred method of advertising to existing customers, the company on Friday sent out an iOS push notification offering Apple Music subscribers the ability to give away one free month of service.
If the date is correct, we're likely to have an event on March 25 that will see Apple launching two major services including a more coherent Apple News service with magazines and other publications, plus the debut of Apple's streaming video service — but what about hardware?