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Antitrust probe targets Apple Music and music labels

Antitrust probe targets Apple Music and music labels

An antitrust probe is underway from the attorneys general of Connecticut and New York that is looking into whether Apple’s negotiations for its Apple Music service with music labels included any violations. Apple recently introduced the service at its WWDC 2015 keynote, and according to sources the company was still in negotiations with the music labels down to the wire. The investigation is looking into whether there was any pressure from Apple toward the music labels, or if those labels conspired with each other and/or Apple to back out of supporting other competing services — particularly freemium ones like Spotify.

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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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This is Apple’s history of music

This is Apple’s history of music

Today Apple presented Apple Music, a streaming music ecosystem made to turn the tides on other top-name players in the space. Apple's power comes not from a good product in and of itself, but from its ecosystem of success. If you have one Apple device, you know. You're made to feel that you're part of a family, and that every product Apple makes that you use, you're more a part of that family. You're made to FEEL good. Apple knows this. Because of this, Apple made their case with a history lesson.

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This is what Apple Music looks like

This is what Apple Music looks like

Apple has introduced its anticipated Apple Music service, something it bids as the next evolution in music -- something as important as the introduction of the iPod itself, the company suggests. Even better, and quite unexpected, the service will be coming to Android users, too, with all it has to offer being contained in a single app. The service will make recommendations, show recent releases, provide music videos in high definition, and a whole lot more. This is what Apple Music looks like.

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Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Drake appears at WWDC to push Apple Music Connect

Apple Music will give artists a place to not only share their music but their inspiration and more, with Connect pages that can be followed by listeners. Exactly what each page will include will be left up to the artists themselves, with support for not only clips of streaming audio but video, status updates, photos, and more. Meanwhile, Apple brought music star Drake - wearing a classic Apple jacket with the rainbow logo, indeed - up on-stage to talk about what Connect could do.

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Apple Music introduced as “the next chapter in music”

Apple Music introduced as “the next chapter in music”

This week at WWDC 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple Music. This is a service which Apple suggests is the next step in music evolution, moving through the record player, boom boxes, CDs, speakers in the back of cars, and the iPod. Apple is suggesting that this release is as important to the history of music as their magnum opus, the iPod itself. "Today we're announcing Apple Music," said Cook, "the next chapter in music." He then introduced Jimmy Iovine of Beats.

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OpenEars earbuds record binaural ‘3D’ audio

OpenEars earbuds record binaural ‘3D’ audio

Binaural recordings different from the recordings you get with a standard stereo microphone, in that they result in so-called ‘3D audio’. This is due to the two microphones’ placement — on the head at each ear or on an object in the same arrangement as you’d get from ear-placement. Making binaural recordings has traditionally been difficult, but a new pair of earbuds aims to change that — they’re called OpenEars, and they can be used to record 3D audio that sounds more true-to-life than commonly recorded audio.

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Apple tipped in last minute music talks ahead of WWDC 2015

Apple tipped in last minute music talks ahead of WWDC 2015

Apple’s WWDC 2015 is only days away, and word has it the company is working fast to get deals in place with record labels. This, it is said, is due to the expected new music service Apple will be announcing during the event, which is said to be subscription-based and will be priced at (unofficially speaking) about $10 per month. Sources have cropped up to speak about this, pointing toward stubborn record labels and an effort to get higher-than-typical pieces of the revenues.

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Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Audio has introduced a new loudspeaker called Square Root, and it is designed to be a high end speaker for musicians and others who want quality speakers that eschew common design problems. The Square Root is built upon the foundation the company built with its Square One loudspeaker, which it says was high quality but beyond the budget of most musicians. Square Root is said to have benefits over competing speakers, including a lack of "crossover introduced distortion" and more.

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SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud is home to a massive library of audio content, some of it from casual users, others from independent artists, podcasters, and more. There has been pressure on the service for a long while now to get squared away with official licensing deals and, under them, to pay out royalties where royalties are due. Today the service announced a big step toward that, with it having struck a large deal that covers about 20,000 indie record labels with the organization Merlin.

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