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Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Here’s how much Apple Music will cost you

Apple Music will launch at $9.99 per month, Apple has confirmed today, though new subscribers to its streaming audio system will get a three month trial to whet their appetite. The new music service will cost "the same as an album," Apple's Eddy Cue pointed out on-stage at WWDC 2015 today, when it launches on June 30. Meanwhile, there'll be a family plan for those wanting to share access between up to six people.

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Apple’s $10 Spotify rival tipped for WWDC 2015

Apple’s $10 Spotify rival tipped for WWDC 2015

Apple's long-rumored streaming music service will be revealed to rival Spotify at WWDC 2015 next week, insiders claim, priced at $10 per month. The service is believed to initially run alongside, rather than replace, Beats Music, and comprise part - though not all - of the company's digital music catalog along with a selection of radio stations curated by human DJs. Interestingly, Apple is even said to be considering promoting the streaming platform to people who initially wanted to purchase music instead.

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Apple wants Pharrell, Drake, and David Guetta for iTunes Radio guest DJs

Apple wants Pharrell, Drake, and David Guetta for iTunes Radio guest DJs

It is expected that Apple will use next week's WWDC keynote to unveil a revamped iTunes Radio, complete with a new streaming service to rival those of Spotify and Pandora. As that event approaches, the New York Post seems to have gotten its hands on a few of Apple's plans, revealing some new details about the music service. The newspaper says that Apple is looking to get several high-profile musicians to act as guest DJs for iTunes Radio, including Drake, Pharrell Williams, and David Guetta.

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Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

While we wait for the assumed launch of the service, Apple’s streaming ambitions are being widely rumored. Last we heard, Apple was muscling music labels to disavow themselves of ‘freemium’ streaming. Now we get a better idea of why that might be; Apple wants to offer a free trial and limited free listening, according to a new report. Apple is also said to be leaning toward a curated radio service, which is why they are hiring away big-name talent from terrestrial radio.

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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 Services may soon beat hardware

Apple Services may soon beat hardware

It's Apple's Q2 2015 and one category stands out to me above all others: Services. While the iPhone has had a 40% growth over this time last year and the Mac has had 10% growth year over year, it's the Services category that I'm most interested in. Why? Because it contains Apple Pay and all of Apple's software stores. Because its growth has been far more tempered than any other category on Apple's basic Product Summary list, and because it's about to break past two categories for the first time in a long time: iPad and Mac.

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The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The Best Apple Watch Apps: Starter Pack

The first day you own an Apple Watch is a strange one, to be sure. You're not really sure if you want to stick with the software you get on the device right out the box, or if you want to dive in with a collection of apps that's already over 3,000 strong. As it were, there are a number of apps we'd love to suggest you start out with. Nothing too hardcore just yet, just the essentials. This is the Day 1 Essential Mix.

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App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

It's time to have a peek at exactly how many apps are being released to the Apple Watch at "launch" this week with the new App Store for Apple Watch. What is an "App Store for Apple Watch", you might ask? It's basically a category within the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. You can also access this category for the Apple Watch specifically through iTunes on your desktop computer. This "Apps for Apple Watch" section has not yet been released in its entirety to the full Apple software system.

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App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

In just over one month, both Google and Apple will hold their respective annual conferences. At both events, the companies will make applause-inducing comments regarding the strength of their respective app portals. A new report is shedding some light on both, suggesting there are (still) issues with Google Play and revenue. While the iOS App Store moves at a steady pace, Google Play spiked when it came to downloads. Google Play also brought in almost half the revenue of the App Store, suggesting — once again — Android users just don’t want to buy apps.

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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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