Apple's iTunes Team Seeking Expertise in 'Music Journalism' Ahead of Rumored Revamp

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Earlier in the month, Apple's London-based iTunes team posted a job listing describing an "Editorial Producer" who would have past experience reporting on pop culture, with specific background in music journalism (via Music Ally). While far from definitive, the job post could be hinting at some editorial-related expansions coming to the revamped Beats/iTunes merger set to launch later in the year.

Set to be split between editorial and producing duties, the full-time job would require the applicant to write, edit, and oversee a group of various freelance writers covering content from music to books and movies. A good portion of the job will be devoted to "special projects and promotions" as well, with a focus on collaboration between other departments to make sure all of the content is successfully produced on time.

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Key Qualifications

-Excellent communication, cross-departmental collaboration, and planning skills with a strict attention to detail.
-Seasoned writer with broad pop culture background.
-Deep contacts in the freelance world with writers who can cover the spectrum of pop culture (music, movies, books, etc.).
-Experience managing and motivating a stable of freelance writers.
-Experience working cross-functionally across content, business, and production teams.
-Project management experience.

Apple has been hinting at big changes coming to iTunes, with the company acquiring media analytic service Semetric, and BBC Radio host DJ Zane Lowe joining the company ahead of the big Beats Music revamp. As Music Ally points out, the new job posting could be pointing to an even bigger expansion for the service in terms of an original journalistic effort.

As it stands, Apple's iTunes, iBooks, and App Store point users in the direction of various top-selling or most popular music, books, movies, and apps with occasionally short "iTunes Editors' Notes" detailing new and favorite releases amongst the services. Despite the fact the new post seems to be pointing to an attempt by the company to add original content and opinions to their download service, as with any job listing, it's far from a confirmation that this will be a direction the company takes in the future.

Though the exact timeline for the launch of the new Apple-backed Beats Music service has remained blurry, news concerning the service has remained steadily consistent since its announcement. Most recently it was reported that the Beats Music revamp would see a fairly deep integration into OS X and iOS, with users possibly even being able to merge their Apple ID with a Beats account for a more seamless experience.

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70 months ago
Apple are adding accessories while the core is broken.
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70 months ago
That team's priority list is whack. We don't need glitter, we need better software.
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70 months ago

Most recently it was reported (https://www.macrumors.com/2015/02/04/apple-new-beats-music-service/) that the Beats Music revamp would see a fairly deep integration into OS X and iOS, with users possibly even being able to merge their Apple ID with a Beats account for a more seamless experience.


I would rather Apple come up with a solution so I could merge my Apple ID with my iTunes ID first. :mad:
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70 months ago

I would rather Apple come up with a solution so I could merge my Apple ID with my iTunes ID first. :mad:


Have you tried calling them up? Multiple times I've called them up to have them merge accounts (IE, multiple Apple IDs) and divide accounts (IE, devices having a confusing mix of Apple IDs associated with them) - they've always been extremely helpful.
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70 months ago
Something I would really love for iTunes to do is to look at whats in my library, look at how I rate my own songs and then compare that to vast number of users who use iTunes and find someone who has a library similar to mine. Then say "hey you might like this seemingly unrelated song...and we happen to sell it on iTunes Store".

There has to be others out there that have my very specific taste in music and I am sure they have found stuff that I have not. I do not need a "Best of the 80's" or "Top Billboard Hits of the 70's" because I already have all that.
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I would rather Apple come up with a solution so I could merge my Apple ID with my iTunes ID first. :mad:


Second that!
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