Tag - Apple Music
Apple is helping to fund the music videos of artists and bands, as part of its plan to gain exclusives for its streaming music service. Executives from both Apple and elsewhere in the industry advised to a report the iPhone producer has helped finance musical projects, including Drake's Hotline Bling and MIA's Borders videos, to not only get content for its subscribers not available anywhere else, but also to make Apple Music a more attractive place to be, in a similar vein to MTV in the 1990's.
Apple Music may soon become available to people living in South Korea, with a report claiming the music streaming service negotiated a deal with one of the organizations standing in the way of the service's launch. The Federation of Korean Music Performers, a music copyright association, claims it has entered into an agreement with Apple over royalty fees the company would need to pay in order to stream music in the country.
If there is one piece of software at WWDC16 that many Apple fans were hoping to see get a redesign, it is the iOS Music app. Not that there weren't many great features in it -- there were -- but that the whole approach to the interface in the iOS 9 version of the app killed the simplicity that Apple built its original iTunes music empire upon. To see Apple regress in this area was as painful to witness as it was to use. So has Apple's redesign of the iOS Music app in iOS 10 made listening to your music a pleasure again?
On the occasion of Apple Music's upcoming first-year anniversary, a quartet of Apple music executives -- SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, VP of Content and Media Apps Robert Kondrk, Apple Music Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor, and the still-untitled Jimmy Iovine -- gave an interview with Billboard that covered not only Apple Music, but the state of the music industry in general. Along the way, the execs indirectly refuted a recent claim that Apple would cease offering music downloads within two years
Apple has added a new Fashion Channel with playlists curated by noted fashion guru Alexander Wang. Wang is also well known for his taste in music, and the first three playlists Hype, Vibe and Chill are very much in line with the choices Wang would make for either his fashion shows, or his after parties. The new playlists have been given a prominent position in the Apple Editors Playlists section and is expected to be updated with new tracks and playlists in the coming weeks.
So originally Apple was this textbook example of a firm started in a bedroom and now it's this corporate behemoth that textbooks are being written about. There has to have been a moment when it stopped being one and became the other –– and whatever day that was, it looks like it happened in this week of June 4 through 10.
In addition to an iOS release for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro earlier today, Apple has also released a minor update to iTunes. Version 12.4.1 of Apple's media manager. The update addresses problems where iTunes doesn't work well with VoiceOver, amongst other fixes.
Reports on social media are growing about issues with the iCloud Music Library that appears to be affecting Apple Music subscribers using both iTunes on OS X and the Music app on iOS devices. A number of users have said that they are suddenly getting the "Join Apple Music" screen in the Music app on iOS when it is opened, while iTunes users who are using the service may see "unable to connect to iCloud Music Library" warnings. In some cases, users have reported that the iCloud Music Library has disappeared.
An album recently launched exclusively on Apple Music has reportedly become the first to enter the top ten spaces on a major albums chart from streaming alone. The Coloring Book album from Chance the Rapper debuted on the Billboard 200 at position number eight, and it is the only one to have earned its place as a streaming-only release, without any traditional album sales counting towards the album's ranking.
Maybe it's because we've grown up with iTunes that we find it okay. The argument that it is bloated by having to do too many things -- such as manage videos, apps, books, Apple Music, podcasts and iOS backups -- is undeniable, so we don't deny it. We just fire up iTunes, sometimes blink a little as we try to remember where things are today, and then we get on with it. The new iTunes 12.4 is an attempt to reduce the number of times you have to blink.