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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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Android will get Apple Music release too

Android will get Apple Music release too

Apple Music has been announced at WWDC 2015 for not only iPhones, but Android devices as well. This music service was originally assumed to be working for Apple products only - as is the norm for most Apple software - but Apple appears to have flipped the script. With the release of this product, Apple is ready to roll starting on June 30th in over 100 countries - not just on the iPhone, not just on the Mac, iPad, and iPod touch. But on PCs and Android, as well. This service will be launched to all devices simultaneously.

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Apple’s streaming music coming “tomorrow” says Sony Music CEO

Apple’s streaming music coming “tomorrow” says Sony Music CEO

Sony Music's loose-lipped CEO has seemingly confirmed Apple's streaming music service will launch at WWDC 2015 on Monday. Chief executive Doug Morris spoiled the surprise during a session at the Midem Music Industry Festival in Cannes, telling attendees that "it's happening tomorrow" when asked about the well-rumored streaming service. While you might expect Morris to be cautious about Apple further wading into digital music, in fact the exec is eager to see Cupertino get more involved.

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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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Spotify reportedly ending free service UPDATE: False!

Spotify reportedly ending free service UPDATE: False!

As talk continues over Apple's release of a full-fledged music streaming service, it seems their negotiations with record labels are having an effect on Spotify's business. It has been rumored for some time now that when Apple does officially announce its streaming service, possibly at the upcoming WWDC, it will not have a free tier. In turn, Apple is said to have been pressuring record labels to stop allowing rival Spotify to have such an option.

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The Chemical Brothers are back, and so is Michael Gondry

The Chemical Brothers are back, and so is Michael Gondry

The first single from The Chemical Brothers' upcoming album "Born in the Echoes" is released with a music video by Michael Gondry. This is the same fellow that brought you the videos for Around the World by Daft Punk and Fell in Love with a Girl by the White Stripes - now he's gone positively metaphorical. Graphically, anyway. This video shines the light in the newest in a long, long list of supremely awesome and memorable Chemical Brothers music videos from generations past.

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Rdio Select is a new budget option for streaming fans

Rdio Select is a new budget option for streaming fans

The music streaming business has already been quite crowded and tough the past few years, and there is no indication that it's going to let up any time soon. Rdio might be already feeling that pressure even more, with the likes of Spotify gaining more and more traction. As a stop gap measure, the streaming service is introducing Rdio Select, a new tier that goes for half the price of a regular monthly sub, but of course also with limits on how much you can enjoy that new found freedom.

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