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Apple may ask networks to handle their own streams for Apple TV

Apple may ask networks to handle their own streams for Apple TV

With Apple TV seeing a price drop at Apple’s latest event for the Apple Watch and MacBook, we all assume new hardware is inbound. A report subsequently outlined what the new hardware was all about (allegedly, of course), giving many of us reason to pause before getting our hands on an Apple TV at a discounted price. Hardware is nothing without god software, and int he case of Apple TV — content. Rather than try to create their own TV streaming network, Apple is reportedly asking TV networks to handle the lifting.

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Pandora CFO talks streaming music, calls Apple a ‘frenemy’

Pandora CFO talks streaming music, calls Apple a ‘frenemy’

We know how we feel about an Apple streaming music option, and we’re sure you have likely formed an opinion or two yourself. Will we ditch our chosen streaming option for Apple’s? Time will tell, as the service is believed to come to fruition at WWDC this year. Perhaps even more curious is the business side of all this, where Apple is coaxing record labels to let them stream music, and other services are already feeling the pinch. To that, Pandora CFO Mike Herring made some interesting comments about Apple recently.

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Apple tipped to be poaching Tidal talent for new streaming service

Apple tipped to be poaching Tidal talent for new streaming service

Streaming is getting serious, and finally beneficial for artists. With Tidal, Jay-Z created a service that gave much of the power back to artists. The catch was exclusivity on the platform, at least for a while, but the real goal is to change the tide of streaming. If a report on what Beats paid artists is accurate, or Taylor Swift’s battle with Spotify is an indicator, Jay-Z is hitting the right notes with Tidal. Apple, believed to be readying a new streaming service, is now said to be toying with Tidal, and trying to poach artists away from the service.

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Tidal music and video streaming is now available on Sonos

Tidal music and video streaming is now available on Sonos

Sonos is pairing up with Tidal, the newest music streaming service from Jay-Z, which aims to rival Spotify. We're still in the wake of Tidal's launch, so there is no telling whether the service will live up to the hype machine that Jay-Z and his merry music men have created. Sonos wireless HiFi system lets you control your music collection and streaming services from practically any smart device. Sonos aims to provide you with all-in-one access to an almost unlimited music library. Now that Tidal is available through Sonos, you can OD on music through its "curated editorial" collections.

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Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service relaunching with ‘new direction’

Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service relaunching with ‘new direction’

After a dust-up that saw minority shareholders attempt to block Jay-Z’s acquisition of Aspiro, things are moving forward. In the bid, Jay-Z acquired hi-definition streaming service Tidal, which seems to be the real goal in acquiring Aspiro. Today, Tidal is being relaunched, and is allegedly going to start challenging others like Spotify or iTunes for new releases from big-name artists. If successful, expect the new Beyonce album to hit Tidal unannounced instead of iTunes.

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Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

Apple, Beats to take on Spotify but maybe on equal grounds

It is no secret that Apple is out to get the music streaming industry. After all, it bought Beats not just for its accessories but also for its streaming service. It is even said that Beats' own Chief Creative Office, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, is also at the front of reshaping the iTunes app to integrate streaming functionality. It is also probably common knowledge that Apple is eying a piece of the pie that Spotify currently holds so dearly. What might come as a surprise and a disappointment is that Apple's streaming service might be as expensive or even more than Spotify.

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Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Not long ago, Google tried — and failed — to buy Twitch. Like Amazon, Google saw the value in streaming eSports. Unlike Amazon, Google didn’t end up with an existing, trusted streaming brand. Google does have YouTube, which is where a new report says they’ll do battle for eSports streaming. In an effort to remain relevant in the face of so many upstart competitors, Google is transitioning YouTube, with the latest iteration possibly involving real-time eSports viewing. There are said to be 50 engineers working on this new YouTube feature, which will ultimately lead a refresh of the YouTube Live platform.

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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Google Nexus Player to launch March 26 in UK

Google Nexus Player to launch March 26 in UK

We first laid hands on the Nexus Player back in November of last year when we reviewed the device. It's a round large puck-like device connects to your TV and marks the debut of Android TV. The device is designed to sit atop your TV and stream all sorts of digital content that you know and love to your big screen.

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Universal wants Spotify to tighten leash on freemium model

Universal wants Spotify to tighten leash on freemium model

There is very little doubt that, at least in the West, digital music has eclipsed sales of physical media like CDs. But it seems that even in the digital land there is a bit of unrest. Streaming services, particularly Spotify, are largely seen to be eating into the numbers of digital downloads, provided by the likes of iTunes. But the Universal Music Group, one of if not the world's largest music company and who holds a 5 percent stake in Spotify, wants even more and wants Spotify to "urge" its free users to upgrade to paid.

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