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Disney hires ex-Apple & Samsung director to lead its streaming service

Disney hires ex-Apple & Samsung director to lead its streaming service

Disney is continuing to make progress on building itself one of the top streaming video services when it launches sometime in 2019. The media giant has already been pulling its content and ending deals with rival Netflix, and now it appears to have hired someone with experience at some of the biggest tech companies to head operations. Specifically, Kevin Swint, who has served as an executive at both Apple and Samsung in recent years.

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Amazon shutters Anime Strike service, moving exclusives to Prime Video

Amazon shutters Anime Strike service, moving exclusives to Prime Video

Amazon has revealed that it's killing off its anime streaming service Anime Strike, only a year after launching. While this may sound like a bummer for fans of the series exclusive to the service, it's actually good news for everyone: all the shows and movies previously on Anime Strike have been rolled over to the video content available with a standard Amazon Prime subscription.

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Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine reportedly leaving company in August

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine reportedly leaving company in August

When Apple made it's $3 billion purchase of headphone maker Beats in 2014, its founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joined the company as executives, overseeing the Apple Music and Beats 1 audio services. Now it's being reported that Iovine is planning to depart the company in August of this year, the same time that his shares in Apple will fully vest.

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Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Your brand new Christmas iPhone or Galaxy S8 or Android of any sort is about to get a bit happier. While I don't recommend any music service above any other, normally, due to my inability to tell the lot apart, today I'm reporting on a rare sort of situation with the service called Tidal. The Tidal crew have decided to make their service entirely free for all users from Christmas day (earlier this week) until the 5th of January.

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Tidal’s 12-day free trial includes new exclusive content each day

Tidal’s 12-day free trial includes new exclusive content each day

Starting tomorrow, December 25th, streaming music service Tidal will be kicking off a unique 12-day free trial for all users to check out. In addition to covering the service's standard and Hi-Fi music tiers, the offer has two aspects that make it better than the usual free trial: first, it doesn't require a credit card number when signing up, and second, Tidal will be using the 12-day period to debut new exclusive content on each day.

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Sequel to Netflix’s ‘Bright’ already in the works

Sequel to Netflix’s ‘Bright’ already in the works

It's been clear for some time now that Netflix has been going all-in on its original content, with the streaming service gradually making it the primary focus of its business over licensing existing shows and movies. This week sees the release of the company's first Hollywood blockbuster-level film with Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and it appears Netflix is already betting on a sequel.

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Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi bakes Amazon Music into its latest car dashboards

Audi and Amazon have teamed up to offer native Amazon Music streaming support in the automaker's recent cars, all accessed through the vehicle's infotainment system. The integration sees select cars from Audi's 2017 and 2018 model years gain Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Music streaming support, beyond just playing it back over a Bluetooth connection from your smartphone.

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Disney-Fox deal prompts antitrust criticism

Disney-Fox deal prompts antitrust criticism

Big news was made last week when it was announced that Disney plans to buy almost all of 21st Century Fox for a whopping $54 billion. While it's interesting to think of iconic properties like The Simpsons joining Star Wars in House of Mouse, and Marvel fans are likely excited at the potential for the X-Men and Deadpool to finally join the MCU, the deal is yet another example of a single monolithic company gaining more control over an industry.

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YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube is preparing to make yet another attempt at getting music fans to pay for streaming, with a new service in the works to try to coax better revenues from the video site. The company has made several attempts over the past 5-6 years to better monetize its content, most recently focusing on videos - including music, but not limited to that - which it offers ad-free to subscribers of YouTube Red.

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Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Qualcomm tweaked Bluetooth 5.0 to make headphones so much better

Your Bluetooth music experience could get a whole lot more rewarding, with Qualcomm promising wireless earbuds could last a lot longer with the arrival of the Snapdragon 845. The new chipset brings with it Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, opening the door to far broader adoption of Gigabit LTE and more. However, for many it'll be more mundane improvements that could make the biggest difference day to day.

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Samsung Smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Samsung Smart TVs are getting an Amazon Music app

Samsung has added Amazon Music support to its smart TVs, with the streaming service joining apps like Netflix and Amazon Video on the connected sets. Models from 2015 to 2017 will all be upgraded with the new functionality, Samsung confirmed. However, the smart TVs won't be the only place that Amazon Music will be offered.

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Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora’s beefed-up Sonos control adds Alexa support

Pandora may have been overshadowed by rival streaming music services in recent years, but a new Sonos integration could push it back into the limelight. The update brings full Sonos control right into the Pandora app, including multi-room playback support. It also adds more collaborative play, allowing guests to take on DJ duties from their own phone.

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