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Apple's Former Beats Music Service Officially Ending on November 30

Thursday November 12, 2015 6:05 pm PST by
Apple's former Beats Music streaming service will be officially shuttered on November 30, 2015, according to a new support document posted today on the Beats Music support site. All existing Beats Music subscriptions will be canceled at that time, with any remaining customers being encouraged to switch over to Apple Music. Beats Music ends on November 30. Your subscription will be cancelled,...

Apple's Upcoming Streaming Music Service to Incorporate Social Networking Tools for Artists

Wednesday May 13, 2015 5:33 pm PDT by
Apple's upcoming streaming music service may be called simply "Apple Music" and it may also include social networking tools for artists, according to a new report from 9to5Mac that cites industry sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. Likened to Apple's now-defunct Ping social networking system that let users follow artists and friends to see posts and music recommendations, Apple's new...

FTC Also Investigating Apple's Upcoming Music Streaming Service

Tuesday May 5, 2015 9:55 pm PDT by
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Apple's efforts to set up deals with record labels as it prepares to launch its new music streaming service, a rebranded version of Beats Music, according to Bloomberg. This would make the FTC the third government body to look into the new music service after the U. S. Department of Justice and European Commission. The FTC's investigators, still...

Apple Urging Music Labels to Stop Licensing Free Songs on Spotify and YouTube

Monday May 4, 2015 8:00 am PDT by
Apple has been leveraging its power within the music industry in an attempt to push music labels to stop licensing freemium tiers offered by Spotify and other streaming music services, according to The Verge. The company has also reportedly offered to pay YouTube's music licensing fee to Universal Music Group if the label stops allowing its songs on the website, a popular destination for music...

Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls

Tuesday April 21, 2015 3:42 pm PDT by
Apple today updated a number of its iOS and Mac apps, bringing bug fixes and performance improvements to Beats Music, Remote, Xcode, Keynote for Mac, Pages for Mac, Numbers for Mac, Pages for iOS, Numbers for iOS, and Keynote for iOS. Keynote for iOS was the only app to receive an update introducing new features, gaining support for the Keynote Remote Apple Watch app that will let Keynote...

European Commission 'Concerned' About Apple's Streaming Music Plans

Thursday April 2, 2015 6:50 am PDT by
European regulators are scrutinizing Apple's discussions with record labels for its much-rumored streaming music service, according to Financial Times. The report claims the European Commission has contacted several labels and digital music companies to request information about their agreements with Apple, although these actions do not guarantee it will launch a formal antitrust investigation. ...

Upcoming Revamped Apple Music Streaming Service Won't Offer Free Ad-Supported Tier

Friday March 6, 2015 7:38 am PST by
As rumors gear up surrounding the revamped Apple iTunes/Beats music service, a new report claims that the company will opt out of offering a free advertising-supported base tier for its upcoming streaming service (via Re/code). The company will allow customers an initial trial period of some kind, but following that users will have to pay to continue listening to music, the cost of which most r...

Apple to Unveil Revamped Streaming Music Service at WWDC

Thursday March 5, 2015 12:49 pm PST by
Apple will launch a revamped streaming music service in June at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to 9to5Mac and TechCrunch. The report claims the new Beats-based service will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote, likely during the week of June 8, as opposed to an announcement taking place at the upcoming " 9">Spring Forward" media event on March 9."Apple currently plans to ...

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

Monday February 23, 2015 7:26 am PST by
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...

Apple Executives Mingled at Pre-Grammy Party Amid Discussions on Future of Beats and iTunes

Friday February 13, 2015 8:50 am PST by
While the Grammy Awards happened last weekend, information on a few Apple-related conversations happening at and around Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party are just now beginning to emerge, reports Billboard. Representing Apple at the gala were Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and iTunes VP Robert Kondrk, with the Apple executives chatting with a number of music industry representatives during the...

Apple Working on New Beats Music Service Integrated into OS X and iOS, Available on Android

Wednesday February 4, 2015 9:41 am PST by
Apple is working on a new Beats-based paid music streaming service that will be deeply integrated into iTunes on Mac and the stock Music app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, according to 9to5Mac. The report claims that the Apple-designed streaming service will also be available for Android and through a new Apple TV app in the works."Based heavily upon cloud streaming, Apple’s new service is...

Apple Pushing for $5 Beats Music Subscriptions as Spotify Debuts Discounted Family Plan

Monday October 20, 2014 7:25 am PDT by
As previously reported, Apple plans to relaunch its recently acquired Beats Music subscription early next year and hopes to offer the service with with a lowered monthly cost. According to new "industry scuttlebut" relayed to Re/code, Apple is pushing music labels to cut streaming music subscription prices in half to $5 per month.The logic of Apple’s argument, relayed by people who’ve heard...

Apple Asking Music Labels to Cut Prices on Music Streaming Subscriptions

Thursday October 2, 2014 5:52 pm PDT by
Apple is asking music labels to cut prices on music streaming subscription services so that it can offer its new, revamped Beats Music service for less than $10 a month, reports Re/code. The Cupertino company is also looking to add new features to the service.Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels about a new set of rights and features it would like to include in a revamped version...

'Industry Scuttlebutt' Hints Apple May Be Planning February Revamp for Beats Music

Tuesday September 23, 2014 11:54 am PDT by
Apple might be planning to unveil both its revamped music subscription service and its new branding alongside the upcoming 2015 Grammy Awards, reports Re/code, citing some "industry scuttlebutt."When will Apple show off the new version of its subscription service and its new brand? Here's a guess backed up by some industry scuttlebutt: February -- presumably timed to the Grammy Awards, which will ...

Apple Reportedly Planning to Shut Down Beats Music [Update: Not True]

Monday September 22, 2014 1:58 pm PDT by
Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that include "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats" have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service.Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto...