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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 scores AC/DC, digital exclusivity of Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

Apple Music scores AC/DC, digital exclusivity of Dre’s ‘The Chronic’

More big news on Apple Music's expanding catalog on the eve of the streaming service's debut. Not only will Taylor Swift's 1989 be available, but music from rock legends AC/DC, and Dr. Dre's influential hip-hop album The Chronic will also be streamable. Both of these new entries will be available to listeners first thing when Apple Music launches later today. The addition of AC/DC and The Chronic marks the end of each artist not being available in certain ways on the digital music market.

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iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

iOS 9 to upgrade iTunes Match limit to 100,000 songs

As Apple Music, Apple's new streaming audio service, is about to debut tomorrow with the launch of iOS 8.4, Senior VP Eddy Cue has answered a few question on Twitter about existing features will integrate with Music, namely iTunes Match. In its existing form, iTunes Match lets users upload up to 25,000 of their own songs that aren't available in the company's library to the cloud for streaming at any time. Cue has confirmed that this feature will continue to exist in Apple Music, and upon iOS 9's release this fall, the limit will be raised to 100,000 songs.

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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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Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift’s 1989 will stream on Apple Music

Taylor Swift's album 1989 will be available for streaming through Apple Music, the singer has confirmed, after Apple conceded on royalty payments. The artist got into a high-profile spat with the Cupertino firm over the weekend, taking issue with Apple's plans not to pay musicians any royalties for music played during the initial three month trial users had to get to grips with the service. The news means that, for the moment, Apple Music will be the only streaming service to have Swift's 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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Apple Music: over 70% of revenue goes to rights owners

Apple Music: over 70% of revenue goes to rights owners

Following last week's debut of Apple Music during WWDC, there have been some lingering questions on the business side of Apple's new paid music streaming service, specifically how much of subscription fees would be passed on to record labels and rights owners. Well, Apple answered that question this morning, revealing that in the US, 71.5% of the revenue earned from Apple Music subscriptions will be paid to the music owners, just over the US industry's standard of 70%.

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Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Did Apple dash Dre’s dream of a Beats Sonos-rival?

Apple axed Beats' ambitions of a wireless home audio system to rival Sonos, insiders say, with the rumored project iced in the aftermath of the acquisition. Beats Electronics had been working on a speaker system which would upgrade its existing range from Bluetooth-alone to supporting multiroom synchronized playback over WiFi, among other things, Variety's sources suggest, but a supposed combination of technical hurdles and dwindling confidence left the concept in limbo.

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Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

There's unquestionably an advantage to being the home team, and in Apple Music's case that means coming preloaded on future iPhones while rivals like Spotify are stuck in the App Store. Apple's new streaming platform comes relatively late to the game - though, with Beats Music already under the Cupertino umbrella, it's been at least a stepparent to a streaming service for some time now - and, while that's allowed Tidal, Spotify, and others to grab the earlier adopters, it's also given Apple's team a chance to identify what some of the potential shortcomings in the current market. Turns out, a big part of that comes down to real, actual people rather than just algorithms. While it won't be until the end of June until Apple Music starts accepting new listeners, I got a preview at WWDC following the launch.

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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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