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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
Time Warner could have become an Apple-owned company, according to a report that Apple's Eddy Cue gave the suggestion of an acquisition to Time Warner head of corporate strategy Olaf Olafsson last year, something that surfaced in a rumor earlier this year. It is also claimed that, while that particular buyout didn't take place, it apparently hasn't stopped Apple from looking into possibly acquiring other media companies, in order to increase its own original content creation programs.
If Apple fails to stop the creation of a "backdoor" to allow law enforcement access to encrypted data stored on an iPhone, an Apple executive suggests it could eventually lead to a more serious situation. Speaking in an interview about Apple's refusal to bypass security measures in the prominent San Bernardino case, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue claims continued security-related requests could reach a point where the iPhone itself is used for surveillance or other intelligence-gathering activities.
Apple will be bringing out an updated Apple TV remote app in the first half of next year, senior executive Eddy Cue has confirmed. Speaking in an interview about the fourth-generation Apple TV's success after its launch, Cue advises the app will offer the "full functionality of the Siri Remote on your iPhone," updating the existing remote app to match the features of the remote control bundled with the device.
A China-specific version of the Apple News app is being produced, and could go live soon, according to comments made by Eddy Cue. Speaking in an interview about the app's impact on the publishing industry, Cue says Apple wants "to deliver as great of an experience in China as we do here in the US" for Apple News, while also dismissing the suggestion Apple is having problems dealing with censorship in the country.
Apple is aiming to make it as easy as possible for consumers to pay and watch TV shows and channels the way they want to, according to comments made by Eddy Cue during an interview. Extra footage from Cue's interview with CNN Money has been published, with Cue seemingly indicating that Apple is more interested in providing customers what they want with existing providers than launching its own long-rumored TV service.
In a new interview with CNN Money, Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue revealed that the shipping fourth-generation Apple TV will have some additional features added to it after its debut next week. While most early reviews of the device have been positive, reviewers have noticed some strange omissions, such the Siri remote control being unable to control the Apple Music portion of iTunes. Siri on iOS devices has recently been found to defer music chart searches to those users subscribed to Apple Music.
In a follow-up response to his earlier remarks that the library size for iTunes Match and Apple Music subscribers will be vastly increased, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue now believes that the upgrade, originally thought to be planned for release with iOS 9, should come "before the end of the year." The change would allow subscribers to either service to store many more songs matched, but not purchased, through the iTunes Store for access on multiple devices.
Following a jovial rampage through some NYC Apple Stores with fellow executives Eddy Cue and Greg Jozwiak in tow, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on Tuesday night's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with the host both wearing an Apple Watch (which notably replaced a traditional wristwatch the host wore last week) and toting a new Rose Gold iPhone 6s -- continuing Colbert's tradition of receiving such Apple gifts ahead of public release.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at this week's Sun Valley media conference this week, in one of his regular visits to the Allen & Company gathering. Accompanied by Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, Cook spent time with executives of a number of tech companies, with major names from both inside and outside the technology industry in attendance at the event in Idaho.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R