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Tidal gets exclusive Prince album ‘HITNRUN’ next month

Tidal gets exclusive Prince album ‘HITNRUN’ next month

Tidal has announced that it will be the exclusive home to Prince’s upcoming album HITNRUN, which was first revealed last month. This follows the release of HARDROCKLOVER and the artist’s fast absence from music streaming services. According to today's announcement, this partnership between Tidal and Prince has been long in the making, but was cemented by “mutual admiration and respect and a profound belief in artists’ rights." This partnership began back in May.

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Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Dr. Dre’s Compton is streaming on Apple Music now

Delivering as promised, Dr. Dre's first full length album in a very long time is now available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers before it spreads to the general public. Streaming over Apple's shiny new music streaming service, "Compton" brings Dr. Dre back to the scene in what he called his grand finale, reclaiming his spot in the music industry after the failure that was Detox. Given the historical significance of this album, and since it's Dr. Dre, Apple Music users might as well enjoy their exclusive time with the album before everyone else does.

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Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

Spotify: One Direction’s ‘Drag Me Down’ breaks record

There are four types of Spotify artists: those who never see any plays at all, those who enjoy moderate-but-could-be-better plays, those who enjoy tons of streaming but complain about it, and those who get tons of plays and are apparently perfectly content. One Direction, it seems, falls into the latter group, as it hasn't pulled its music from the streaming service in a fit of huffiness and it has broken the streaming service's latest one-day streaming record. Such is the good life.

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Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify is rising to the challenge of Apple Music's human-curated playlists, promising the sort of individualized mixtape that only a computer could deliver. Dubbed Discover Weekly, Spotify's new service looks at each user's listening history and then comes up with suggestions based on that, along with what related tracks other people are listening to and adding to their own playlists. That's then wrapped up into a new "mixtape" every week.

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Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young pulls streaming catalog, says quality is worse than AM radio

Neil Young took to Facebook today with a crotchety diatribe against streaming music and a list of things he says sound better: AM radio, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, and apparently every other form of music delivery that isn't Internet streaming. He was blunt in his statements: "Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history." And, it seems, his music is too good to be enjoyed through such inferior methods. He'll be back to streaming maybe someday, he says, but only when it sounds better than AM radio.

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Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Prince drops streaming music, towers over music industry with one track

Just as Apple Music arrives, so does Prince leave the streaming music universe. It's no coincidence that The Purple One has also released an ear-blasting new single track HARDROCKLOVER at the same time. This new track screams. It wails in protest. While it doesn't address the rise of the streaming music industry directly, it does push the envelope. It does remind us that Prince has the one true claim to being the greatest living rock star on the planet. He doesn't need to say so.

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Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

Deciding on Apple Music: what you need to know

This morning we're having a peek at Apple Music in the wild for the first time. While we've gotten an opportunity to use the service earlier this year at Apple's developer conference WWDC, this is the first we're getting to use the service just like everybody else. Our first question is undoubtedly yours, as well: does it make sense for me to give up the streaming music service I already use to start subscribing to Apple Music instead? Deciding whether or not to use the music service built-in to your device as made by its creator is a decision most high-end smartphone users have to make at some point in their lives - why not now?

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Apple Music launches June 30, Sonos support much later

Apple Music launches June 30, Sonos support much later

In less than 48 hours, the world, or at least the Apple world, will finally be treated to the company's biggest music push since the iPod and iTunes. Taking to his personal blog, Apple Music senior director and Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers announced that, yes, on Tuesday morning, 30th of June, Apple Music will formally launch as part of an iOS update. This will also mark the maiden broadcast of Beats 1, Apple's ambitious 24/7 worldwide radio station. And yes, Taylor Swift will also be on board. For now.

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Apple Music free streaming period costs Apple

Apple Music free streaming period costs Apple

Musicians expect to be paid for their music being used even if the listeners aren't paying the company who is streaming it. Details on how much Apple is paying during the free trial period for Apple Music has surfaced and the iPhone maker is reportedly shelling out 2 cents per song streamed during the trial period. That doesn't seem like much money, but considering that some people stream music constantly for hours at a time, it can add up very quickly.

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Apple Music renegotiates contract terms, luring independent labels

Apple Music renegotiates contract terms, luring independent labels

Apple Music launches in less than one week, on June 30th. The streaming service is making itself attractive to customers by offering a three-month trial period, hoping that users from established rivals like Spotify drop by and stick around for the premium subscription service. At first, Apple's plan was to forgo paying artists during this trial period. It was a huge blow to independent labels as they are the ones who can't risk giving up a quarter of a year's worth of revenue. Thankfully for artists, Taylor Swift called Apple out on its practices in an open letter, swaying Apple Music to change its tune.

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Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal fires CEO amid fears of competition from incoming Apple Music

Tidal has just let go of its CEO, Peter Tonstad. As Tonstad was only the interim CEO, it's natural that his time with Tidal would come to an end. But, Tidal doesn't have anyone stepping in to take over as CEO, indicating the change is abrupt. Tonstad had only been with Tidal since April when he replaced the previous CEO, Andy Chen. This juggling act of power positions comes as Tidal gets a new competitor on the streaming scene, Apple Music.

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Apple Music to Taylor Swift: we hear you, we’ll pay

Apple Music to Taylor Swift: we hear you, we’ll pay

Taylor Swift has once again come to the rescue of the downtrodden and the abused in the music industry, publicly boycotting the soon to be launched Apple Music due to one particular point of contention: the free three month trial period. Whether you believe the artist's selfless motivation or not, her open letter seems to have had the intended effect. Taking to Twitter, Apple's Eddy Cue says that, yes, Apple Music will pay artists during those three months that users will be streaming their music without paying.

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