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Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Spotify won’t end free service, so chill

Earlier this morning it was reported that Spotify would end their "free" tier of music streaming service. Just moments ago, we've been informed by a Spotify spokesperson that this is entirely false. While it's not clear where the false information originated as it was quoted as anonymous, what's clear is this: with 75% of their customers taking part in Spotify with ads, this "free" tier isn't going anywhere fast. Now you've got to wonder - what did the original source hope to gain from spreading false information?

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Music industry braces for change: Streaming revenue overtakes downloads

Music industry braces for change: Streaming revenue overtakes downloads

In the past, when downloads began to surpass CD sales, it signaled a sea-change in the music industry. Labels had to adapt or die in the face of the changing music industry. As technology evolves, its power to shape the entertainment industry has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Downloading even helped to topple the Tower Records of yesteryear. Nowadays, instead of paying for downloads of single tracks and albums at the iTunes store, listeners are tuning in to streaming services like Spotify to get their music, and customers are willing to pay for it, too.

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Apple’s alleged anti-competitive App Store hurts Spotify

Apple’s alleged anti-competitive App Store hurts Spotify

As Apple preps for the upcoming global launch of its "Spotify-killer", Beats Music platform, industry insiders and competitors are becoming more vocal about the strings Apple is pulling behind the scenes. The latest issue isn't exactly new, but the recently hostile industry environment is finally primed to dispute it. In question are some of Apple's App Store policies that make it unfriendly to third parties looking to compete on iOS. Apple has a built-in advantage at a key time when Beats is looking to undercut Spotify and competitors with its new, low-priced subscription service.

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Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple’s unsigned music deals could hinder Beats global launch

Apple is due to unveil its revamped Beats Music platform at WWDC which runs Jun 8th - 12th, but the global release date for the service is likely to be later, at the end of the June. Apple still has some kinks to work out behind the scenes before it can re-launch the service. The biggest hurdle before release is finalizing media licensing deals. Apple is still trying to secure favorable licensing deals with music labels.

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Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple pressures labels to end Spotify deals, in preparation for Beats

Apple is doing what it can to end freemium music services, opening up a bigger piece of the pie for it to step in with its incoming Beats music service. Meanwhile, Spotify is currently the king of the music streaming industry, with 60 million listeners. From that number, only one-fourth are paid subscribers. YouTube also a threat to Apple, as the video service provides viewers with free access to music and music videos that Apple would love to charge users to see.

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WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

The last year or so has been an exciting one for Apple, with significant product refreshes made across the board. We’ve also seen two new products introduced with Apple Watch and MacBook. Some of the whispers circulating after Apple’s second Watch event suggested they’d exhausted themselves, and there would be little left for WWDC. Though a lot has come to pass lately, maybe Apple got some of their light work off the desks around campus, and are about to make even bigger things happen. Curious what may be in store? Read on.

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Beats Solo2 headphones debut in Apple’s Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors

Beats Solo2 headphones debut in Apple’s Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors

While the last few days of Apple news have been dominated by the new Apple Watch and Retina MacBooks, the company's recently acquired Beats Electronics has quietly made a new release of its own. Starting now, Beats' Solo2 Wireless headphones are available in three new colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. These are the same shades that Apple introduced back in 2013 with the release of the iPhone 5S, and are now found across the company's product line-up, from iPhones and iPads, to the Watch and new MacBook.

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Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Apple is looking for exclusive content from big-name artists, says a new report. Specifically named were Florence and the Machine and Taylor Swift, but it’s possible Apple had even larger aspirations. In a recent interview, Kanye West hinted he recently turned down a multi-million dollar deal with Apple, though he didn’t really discuss what it entailed. The artists were approached to provide content for Beats Music, which has gone largely untouched since Apple purchased it last year. It’s also said to be the service Apple is leveraging for their rumored streaming service.

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Apple tipped to be poaching Tidal talent for new streaming service

Apple tipped to be poaching Tidal talent for new streaming service

Streaming is getting serious, and finally beneficial for artists. With Tidal, Jay-Z created a service that gave much of the power back to artists. The catch was exclusivity on the platform, at least for a while, but the real goal is to change the tide of streaming. If a report on what Beats paid artists is accurate, or Taylor Swift’s battle with Spotify is an indicator, Jay-Z is hitting the right notes with Tidal. Apple, believed to be readying a new streaming service, is now said to be toying with Tidal, and trying to poach artists away from the service.

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Apple hires BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe to join iTunes Radio service

Apple hires BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe to join iTunes Radio service

It was announced yesterday that the well known DJ from BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe, has taken a job at Apple and will be stepping down from his position of hosting the new music evening program. Lowe has become prominent over his 12 year period on the radio show for discovering new musical talent and launching them to stardom. In addition to winning a number of awards for his talent as a DJ, he was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for producing and writing Sam Smith's album In the Lonely Hour.

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