Apple has shared a pair of commercial spots that aired during the United Kingdom's BRIT Awards last month, with the two ads promoting Apple Music to viewers as a venue to listen to the nominated and winning musical acts featured during the show.
In typically vague fashion, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook evaded questions and offered little in the way of details during his company's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday. But his comments on original content could fuel speculation that Apple plans to make more original content or perhaps acquire a high-profile content maker.
The $3 billion acquisition of Beats sparked a culture clash between the headphone maker and Apple, but the conflict was apparently an intentional attempt to shake things up in Apple's music business, according to a new report.
A year after its debut, Apple's $10-per-month music streaming service is reportedly set for a major overhaul at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, including a shakeup to its user interface aimed at making it easier to use.
Netflix this week revealed that in 2015, its streaming video service accounted for 37 percent of peak download Internet traffic in North America, more than doubling YouTube, and coming well ahead of Apple's iTunes.
While streaming services like Apple Music and digital downloads from storefronts like iTunes rule the music industry, listener appreciation for analog vinyl audio remains high, as evidenced by new holiday sales data released by retailer Amazon.
Legendary group The Beatles launched a new digital collection of films and videos exclusively on the iTunes Store on Monday, featuring 50 completely restored and remastered presentations from the Fab Four.
Apple is expected to announce a new subscription streaming music service at WWDC next week, but investment bank Piper Jaffray expects that the pay-to-play Spotify competitor will bolster the iPhone ecosystem much more than it will pad Apple's bottom line.
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.
Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store and App Store, experienced an extended outage Wednesday morning, stretching for hours, even though Apple's official system status page suggested all services were online.
Apple has reversed course on some recent changes at the iTunes Store in order to make the shop more palatable to independent record labels, which voiced concerns that new algorithms would promote mainstream musicians at the expense of lesser-known acts.
Apple's ambitions in the music industry go beyond competing with the likes of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, signaling that the acquisition of the Beats Music subscription service is just a part of the company's plans to overhaul iTunes.
Though it has the backing of legendary rocker Neil Young, the new Pono music player for audiophiles doesn't actually sound much better, or better at all, than high-quality MP3s played from an Apple iPhone.