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Dr Dre TV show detailed as Apple original called Vital Signs

Dr Dre TV show detailed as Apple original called Vital Signs

Musician Dr Dre has been tipped to be creating a semi-autobiographical TV show with Apple by the name of Vital Signs. At this time it is not clear where the first season of this show will debut, but if you're betting, you'd do well to bet on an Apple product like Apple TV and/or iTunes. Dre helped made Beats by Dre explode as a headphone brand then a music service, following up by an acquisition by Apple. Now the video age begins.

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It’s finally happening: Beats Music shuts down 30th November

It’s finally happening: Beats Music shuts down 30th November

There was, of course, a huge writing on the wall that clearly said "Apple Music". But remaining holdouts of the Beats brand who had hoped that Apple would continue running the service for a while longer will likely feel suddenly homeless. That is, unless they migrate to Apple's single home for music subscription. Starting November 30, Beats Music will cease to exist and paid subscriptions will be automatically closed. Existing users are encouraged to move over their picks and preferences to Apple Music while there's still time. 

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Apple Music is available on Android right now

Apple Music is available on Android right now

It's the day that Apple Music fans and Android users have been waiting for: Apple's new streaming music service is now available to download from the Google Play store. This is Apple's first major service to arrive on Android as an app, but the third overall, following the release of Move to iOS earlier this year, and the recent launch of the companion app for the Beats Pill+ speaker.

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Apple releases Beats Pill+ speaker app for iOS, Android

Apple releases Beats Pill+ speaker app for iOS, Android

Apple today released a new app on both iOS and Android for its new Beats Pill+ wireless speaker, which was announced earlier this month. As the first app from Apple to see a simultaneous cross-platform debut, the software is used to control and sync devices to the $230 speaker. With the app installed on their phone, users can not only control volume remotely, but also use two Beats Pill+ speakers at once in an enhanced stereo arrangement.

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Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Beats Pill+ wireless speaker features an Apple-inspired design

Other than a few revamped headphone models, Beats hasn't really released a new product since its acquisition by Apple. That changes today, as Beats has just announced the Pill+, a wireless Bluetooth speaker that clearly has an Apple-influenced design, not to mention a Lightning port for charging. Featuring a slightly evolved pill shape, although with flatter top and bottom, the Pill+ replaces and is slightly bigger than the previous Pill speaker, but not as big as the discontinued Pill XL.

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Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple Music Festival announced for London starting September 19

Apple has just announced that it's rebranding its annual September iTunes Festival as the Apple Music Festival. The event will be held in London from September 19th to September 28th, making the festival significantly shorter than the typical 30 days of concerts its been in the past. However, new this year is the fact that the event will be streamed on Apple Music, in addition to coverage on Beats 1 Radio and performing artists' pages on Apple Music Connect.

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Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Beats 1: Replay lets users hear missed shows on demand

Apple Music has just activated a new feature for the Beats 1 radio portion of its service, letting users replay DJ-hosted shows that they might have missed when they were broadcast live. Called Beats 1: Replay, the recordings are found through Apple Music's Connect, the social network offering from the service. The recordings are unedited, and include the interviews and commentary along with the songs the hosts play, in a format much like a podcast.

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New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

New Dr. Dre album to be Apple Music, iTunes exclusive

While the big news in the music world on Monday was that prolific rapper Dr. Dre would be releasing his first album in 16 years, the follow-up information should come as no surprise: it will be exclusively available through Apple Music and the iTunes store. Titled Compton: A Soundtrack, the album will be released this Friday, August 7th. Dr. Dre made the announcement over the weekend on his own Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy.

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Apple shares Beats 1 Radio studio tour on Snapchat

Apple shares Beats 1 Radio studio tour on Snapchat

In unique choice of platform, Apple has used messaging/social media app Snapchat to share several videos offering a behind-the-scenes look at the studios of its Beats 1 radio service, a primary feature of Apple Music. Posted from the Snapchat account name "applemusic," the videos mark a new form of promotion from Apple, letting users see the Beats 1 studios in Los Angeles, New York, and London, and introducing DJs Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden.

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Beats by Dre begins sharing product instruction videos on Twitter

Beats by Dre begins sharing product instruction videos on Twitter

The hardware division of Apple's Beats by Dre has begun posting videos of its headphone products on Twitter. These aren't your typical ads or commercials, but rather instructional videos that introduce the product's features and show how they work. To that end, these videos aren't even shared on Apple or Beats' standard Twitter accounts, instead appearing on the Beats customer support account. The first video appeared on Monday of this week, as was for the Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones.

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Beats updated for Apple Music migration, current subscribers get 3 months free

Beats updated for Apple Music migration, current subscribers get 3 months free

Along with the release of iOS 8.4 this morning, and the accompanying debut of Apple Music, the Beats Music app has also received an update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod. As was mentioned on Monday, the update for Beats Music now has the app focusing on migrating users over to Apple Music, as well as making it easy to keep saved music and playlists. Even better for existing Beats Music subscribers, they will be treated to the next three months of streaming free.

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Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

Apple Music released with iOS 8.4

This morning an updated version of iOS was release for iPhone and iPad, bringing on Apple Music for the masses. Apple Music is being released with 24/7 global radio, what Apple describes as "a way for fans to connect with their favorite artists, and a streaming music service. This is all coming in a redesigned Music app. This release also includes improvements for a number of apps already included in the system. Owners of the newest several generations of iPhone and iPad can expect this software to be pushed to their device starting this afternoon.

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