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Apple Looking to Sign Drake, Pharrell and David Guetta as iTunes Radio Guest DJs

Apple is in talks to sign Toronto-born rapper Drake, hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams and electronic music DJ David Guetta as guest DJs for a revamped iTunes Radio, according to the New York Post. The report also claims that Apple continues to negotiate with record labels for Apple Music and wants to offer a three-month free trial period for the $10-a-month streaming music service.

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Apple Music will reportedly combine the best features of Pandora, Spotify and YouTube into one service, including streaming music and video, artist pages, a YouTube-style sharing section called Apple Connect and a refreshed version of iTunes Radio. Apple also wanted to offer lyrics as part of the service, but does not want to pay extra to record labels to offer the feature.

Apple is expected to announce its new streaming music service on June 8 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, building upon the assets it acquired through its Beats Music purchase last year. The company will reportedly push customers to sign up for Apple Music by offering SoundCloud-like sharing, exclusive content and the aforementioned three-month free trial period.



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20 months ago

What dispiriting news.

The only good rap songs to have ever been written were a few hits of the 80s performed by the Beastie Boys, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Starlight Express), the Rock Steady Crew and the like.

Since then, all we have had is thuggish animal music whose advocates were particularly prevalent during the Ferguson riots.

Apple aligning itself with violent thugs, sadly, doesn't surprise me these days. Let us all look forward to a time when rap and hippo-hop music is wiped off the face of the earth forever; that will be a great day for humanity and the fight against evil.

$10 a month streaming will, of course, be a failure. But Apple knows that; it hardly wants to kill its golden goose, iTunes. It's just a sop to current trends, like the Apple Watch. Wearables will soon revert to dismal failure. The great thing is, however, that tech will get cheaper, and, in the light of such failure, will be a boon to us all.


A+ trolling
Rating: 29 Votes
20 months ago

Is anyone else as thoroughly unexcited about WWDC as I am? I'm curious to see this new music offering, but it's not exactly keeping me up at night.


* iOS 9
* OS X 10.11
* Streaming music service
* Streaming TV service
* Apple TV refresh
* HomeKit

This could be one of the most exciting WWDC keynotes in many years.
Rating: 15 Votes
20 months ago

Music is subjective, though. People say Justin Bieber produces "bad" music. Yet when hundreds of thousands of people enjoy his music, it's hard to say it's bad, as there's no objective way of deciding whether it's good or bad.


I couldn't disagree more.

There is good music and bad music. Whether one likes it or not is another matter.
Rating: 13 Votes
20 months ago

What dispiriting news.

The only good rap songs to have ever been written were a few hits of the 80s performed by the Beastie Boys, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Starlight Express), the Rock Steady Crew and the like.

Since then, all we have had is thuggish animal music whose advocates were particularly prevalent during the Ferguson riots.

Apple aligning itself with violent thugs, sadly, doesn't surprise me these days. Let us all look forward to a time when rap and hippo-hop music is wiped off the face of the earth forever; that will be a great day for humanity and the fight against evil.

$10 a month streaming will, of course, be a failure. But Apple knows that; it hardly wants to kill its golden goose, iTunes. It's just a sop to current trends, like the Apple Watch. Wearables will soon revert to dismal failure. The great thing is, however, that tech will get cheaper, and, in the light of such failure, will be a boon to us all.


Not sure if serious. But just in case, I reported you.

"Animal music" huh? Just say what you'd really like to say, sir.
Rating: 11 Votes
20 months ago
What dispiriting news.

The only good rap songs to have ever been written were a few hits of the 80s performed by the Beastie Boys, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Starlight Express), the Rock Steady Crew and the like.

Since then, all we have had is thuggish animal music whose advocates were particularly prevalent during the Ferguson riots.

Apple aligning itself with violent thugs, sadly, doesn't surprise me these days. Let us all look forward to a time when rap and hippo-hop music is wiped off the face of the earth forever; that will be a great day for humanity and the fight against evil.

$10 a month streaming will, of course, be a failure. But Apple knows that; it hardly wants to kill its golden goose, iTunes. It's just a sop to current trends, like the Apple Watch. Wearables will soon revert to dismal failure. The great thing is, however, that tech will get cheaper, and, in the light of such failure, will be a boon to us all.
Rating: 10 Votes
20 months ago
bring back the good old forum layout!
Rating: 9 Votes
20 months ago

Since then, all we have had is thuggish animal music whose advocates were particularly prevalent during the Ferguson riots.

Apple aligning itself with violent thugs, sadly, doesn't surprise me these days. Let us all look forward to a time when rap and hippo-hop music is wiped off the face of the earth forever; that will be a great day for humanity and the fight against evil.


Drake, Pharrell and David Guetta thugs? What? Pharrell actually questioned Michael Brown's actions before his altercation with the police, Drake is far from thuggish and have you seen David Guetta? LOL Benny what the hell you smoking?
Rating: 8 Votes
20 months ago
Can we wait June 8?

Me.... I can't wait!!
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago

inb4 people acting superior about music... oh wait it's already started.


It's silly. Music is so incredibly subjective. I wish people would get off their high horses when it comes to this.
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago

I couldn't disagree more.

There is good music and bad music. Whether one likes it or not is another matter.


What a ridiculous comment. I mean really indicative of some serious ignorance. Bethoven may be important to those who like classical, though the entire genre may be useless to those who like metal. Metal may be unlistenable to those who like pop. Pop may be horrible to those who like emo, and emo may be an embarrassment to hip hop.

I for one have never given two sh*ts about Beethovens music. It's so low on my pecking order that it's been shelved, permanently. I respect his place in music history and the impact it has had on much *more listenable* music. Many would feel the same about artists who I admire.

Do I think Beaber is sh%t? Yes. But I am hardly one to say what his fans should be listening to.

Perhaps you should open your pallet to a wider range instead of patting yourself on the back for listening to abnoxious renditions of maniacs musical scibes. Ever hear of Voxtrot, Pelical, Russian Circles or stanton moore? Educate yourself and come back so we can had an educated discussion on the merits of music.
Rating: 6 Votes

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