streaming music

Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

Apple may refresh iTunes radio, offer free trial for streaming

While we wait for the assumed launch of the service, Apple’s streaming ambitions are being widely rumored. Last we heard, Apple was muscling music labels to disavow themselves of ‘freemium’ streaming. Now we get a better idea of why that might be; Apple wants to offer a free trial and limited free listening, according to a new report. Apple is also said to be leaning toward a curated radio service, which is why they are hiring away big-name talent from terrestrial radio.

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Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

Spotify has event planned, ‘news’ to share ahead of I/O, WWDC

The irony is not lost on us; mere weeks ahead of WWDC, where Apple is believed to announce a streaming music service (possibly with a Beats or iTunes refresh), Spotify is holding a press conference. Sending little more than an image saying “we’ve got some news”, Spotify is hoping the press will show up May 20 in New York. What will they announce? Speculation abounds, but the leading theory is Spotify is about to begin a video service to rival YouTube and/or Tidal.

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Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

Report: Apple ‘cutthroat’ about ending freemium music streaming

As the company prepares for what could be an earth-shaking streaming announcement, a new report suggests Apple is using ‘cutthroat’ tactics to get there. According to music industry sources, Apple is urging music labels to end their support of freemium streaming services like Spotify. While the goal with free tiers is to encourage paid subscriptions, Apple wants none of it, and reportedly wants the feature out of streaming altogether. If true, we can safely assume whatever Apple’s streaming service is, it won’t have a free listening tier.

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Plex gets into the beat with improved Music experience

Plex gets into the beat with improved Music experience

Plex is one of the household names when it comes to setting up a personal media library that can be streamed to other devices and locations. But even Plex's own crew shamefully admit that its music capabilities aren't really enough to take on your local iTunes library just yet. That period of shame is now over, so claims Plex. The vast improvements they are rolling out to Plex Music is promised to cover majority of most requested features to make Plex worthy of a music library showdown.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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Tidal has a new CEO, company ‘refocussing’

Tidal has a new CEO, company ‘refocussing’

Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming music company that promises something different while copying Spotify’s layout, is without a CEO. In a letter to investors, Tidal mentioned now-former CEO Andy Chen had left, replaced by his predecessor Peter Tonstad. Citing Tonstad’s “clear vision” for what Tidal is trying to sell do, the company also says he’s “streamlining resources”. That dovetails with another report that up to 25 employees are now gone from Tidal, including Chen. Apparently, Jay Z is also calling everyone to let them know.

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WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

The last year or so has been an exciting one for Apple, with significant product refreshes made across the board. We’ve also seen two new products introduced with Apple Watch and MacBook. Some of the whispers circulating after Apple’s second Watch event suggested they’d exhausted themselves, and there would be little left for WWDC. Though a lot has come to pass lately, maybe Apple got some of their light work off the desks around campus, and are about to make even bigger things happen. Curious what may be in store? Read on.

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Tidal slammed as a ‘plutocracy’ by Mumford & Sons

Tidal slammed as a ‘plutocracy’ by Mumford & Sons

Tidal might be meant for artists, but not everyone likes what’s going on. With Tidal, exclusivity is traded for equity. If an artist promises to bring something unique to Tidal, they’ll get a 3% stake. It doesn’t scale, though — there are only so many 3% promissory notes one can give away. Perhaps that’s what’s leading to today’s fun news that at least one band, Mumford & Sons, isn’t buying what Jay-Z and friends are selling. In fact, they’re not interested in Tidal one bit.

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Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Report: Apple wants exclusive streaming rights from artists

Apple is looking for exclusive content from big-name artists, says a new report. Specifically named were Florence and the Machine and Taylor Swift, but it’s possible Apple had even larger aspirations. In a recent interview, Kanye West hinted he recently turned down a multi-million dollar deal with Apple, though he didn’t really discuss what it entailed. The artists were approached to provide content for Beats Music, which has gone largely untouched since Apple purchased it last year. It’s also said to be the service Apple is leveraging for their rumored streaming service.

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Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

As you may have noticed, streaming music is a hot topic lately. With Apple readying some sort of streaming service and Jay Z trying to democratize artist royalties with Tidal, there’s a lot of buzz about streaming lately. Much like messaging, streaming music is now ubiquitous, with most opting to subscribe rather than buy. A new service, Rithm, wants to encompass all your needs, offering both streaming and messaging in one place. They’re also undercutting the pricing model of $9.99/month by about 60%.

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