A musician apparently disgruntled at how Beats Music and Apple Music has handled its streaming obligations is looking to fire up a class action suit, and is accusing Apple of intentionally deleting records and under-counting downloads and streams in order to pay artists less — or not at all.
Apple on Thursday sent out an email blast notifying users of the erstwhile Beats Music service that they have until Jan. 19, 2016, to transfer playlists, song picks and preferences to Apple Music before that data is flushed.
An inevitable end of services is about to befall Beats Music, which will officially shut down operations on Nov. 30 after being acquired by Apple and seeing its music curation and playlist generation technology infused into Apple Music.
One of the core Beats executives Apple acquired in its 2014 $3 billion takeover, Ian Rogers, has already left the company to pursue other ventures outside of the music streaming business, a report revealed on Friday.
While Apple has killed the user interface for The Sentence — Beats Music's flagship on-demand playlist creation feature — it hasn't removed the functionality from Apple Music entirely. AppleInsider shows you where it's hiding.
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.
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.
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.
A tenuous rumor on Thursday claims there might be a connection between Apple's unannounced streaming music service and the release of a long-delayed album from Kanye West, who recently signed a partnership deal with competitor Tidal.
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.
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.
In a bid to rocket up the streaming music service charts before Apple releases its own branded offering, industry upstart Rdio on Thursday launched a low-cost subscription tier starting at only $3.99 a month, undercutting much of the competition.
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.
In what could be a harbinger of shifting music industry trends, Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper said on Monday that revenue from licensing tracks to streaming services like Spotify outpaced income from digital download sales.
This week saw a number of details emerge about Apple's plans for a 12.9-inch iPad, a new Apple TV, and Web search. The company's efforts to relaunch Beats Music appeared to be running into roadblocks however, with word of incomplete deals, and even probes by two U.S. government agencies.
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.
It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists — already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation — are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday.