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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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Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

Taylor Swift tells the world why she won’t be joining Apple Music

The debut of Apple Music is on the horizon. One week away from the June 30th launch date,
Pop music fans might want to sit down--Taylor Swift will not be releasing her latest album, 1989, through Apple Music. Fans might be disappointed, but no one should really be surprised by this. She pulled out of releasing the album on Spotify last year, penning an open letter to the company, just like she did this time to voice her concerns with Apple Music.

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Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet Phantom Review – Delectable French aural oddness

Devialet’s Phantom resembles something from Portal, has audiophiles by turns fuming or fawning, and squeezes up to 3,000W into a casing some physicists say shouldn’t work. The first all-in-one music system from the polarizing French firm, Phantom’s odd looks are, Devialet claims, merely the side-product of its homegrown pressurized drivers and hybridized analog/digital amplifiers. That means the big story is in the sound, but can this sci-fi prop of a speaker really be worth its $2k price tag?

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Apple Music’s royalty-free trial period puts indie labels at risk

Apple Music’s royalty-free trial period puts indie labels at risk

Apple Music, the tech giant's new streaming service is set to launch June 30th. In the run up to its release, big name labels have already joined the fray, but Apple has yet to secure any independent record labels. Although Apple is reportedly offering higher than average 71.5% to 73% of the revenue to copyright owners, they have to endure a revenue-free trial period, first.

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Spotify “Rewind” takes playlists back through time

Spotify “Rewind” takes playlists back through time

If you aren't old enough to experience the culture of music in the decades past, or if you're actually old enough and want to reminisce about it, then a new, unreleased, soft-launched Spotify might tickle your musical taste buds. Called simply "Rewind", the still unofficial featurette answers one of the most burning questions in the music industry today, one that may never really have any direct answer: If the artists in the 60s, 70s, and whatnot had Spotify, what would their Spotify playlists look like?

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Apple Music ads hit the right notes for artists and fans

Apple Music ads hit the right notes for artists and fans

Apple's high profile keynote and product revelations might be over, but we will continue to feel the ripples in the days and even months to come. Especially with an equally high profile product that will be rolling out to the public in the weeks ahead. Apple Music is the company's latest attempt to revolutionize the digital music industry yet again and reclaim that crown that it had let others like Spotify have grabbed from it. And it is doing so by trying to give music a home.

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Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Music streaming services are becoming a dime a dozen, with almost anyone and everyone launching their own biz to join the fray. Differentiation, then, becomes a matter of who gets the most appealing customization features that make the services feel more than just a music storage and streaming store. Spotify may have just gotten the upper hand in that department, at least for now. With Spotify Now and Spotify Running, the service promises to cover all your needs, no matter the time of day, no matter the shoes you wear.

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