Tag - Streaming
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.
[Update: outage resolved] Since at least 2:17 PM Pacific Time today, the iTunes and App Stores appear to be dysfunctional for at least some users. The problem appears to be most severe in the northeastern US and in England, but there are scattered reports from a number of other countries, though not all users are affected. For those that are, however, upgrades and purchases are not able to go through. This also is having an impact on Apple's streaming services and the ability of users to log into their iTunes accounts.
YouTube is stepping up its efforts to allow users to stream live over its service, with an upcoming update to its mobile app. Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook's own live-streaming service and the Twitter-owned Periscope, the Alphabet video site is slowly rolling out a change to its iOS app that will allow a small selection of users to broadcast video live to their subscribers, directly from their smartphone or tablet.
The ability to download Netflix shows and movies for viewing at a later time may be arriving this year, according to a report. The chief operating officer of Penthera, a firm that helps with delivering video content to mobile devices, believes the major streaming service is going to reverse its long-held policy of not offering downloads to its users, and instead will be permitting offline viewing of content for certain shows.
Spotify has broken a major milestone, with the streaming music service claiming it has now got more than 100 million active monthly subscribers. The Swedish streaming company advised earlier today that approximately 30 percent of its user base pay a monthly subscription fee, and the number of users of the service continues to grow at a rate of 1.8 million users per month, though at a cost to its bottom line.
Spotify may try to push more of its free users to become subscribers, by restricting some of its catalog to those paying the monthly fee. A report claims the music streaming service apparently came close to restricting an album on the day of its release to just paid users, preventing free users from listening at its launch last month, and though Spotify supposedly decided against going through with that course of action, it appears it may have been more for technical reasons than ideology.
Amazon is looking to compete more directly with music streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, a report claims. The retailer is said to be finalizing licenses with labels to launch the service, which will allegedly operate separately from the Amazon Prime subscription, with the report suggesting it will cost consumers approximately $10 per month, roughly the same as its potential competition.
Apple on Friday updated its Worldwide Developer Conference app with a new version for the fourth-generation Apple TV that offers a new darker theme and live streaming on tvOS, while adding multitasking support for iPads on the iOS update. The app, intended for registered developer accounts, gives those who will be unable to attend the live event in San Francisco starting in 10 days time the ability to virtually attend sessions and events. The app also provides a schedule of events with "gag" names on some that include features, software, or hardware that is yet to be revealed.
TiVo has updated the Bolt DVR with a feature other devices in the range already provide: the ability to access recordings from mobile devices. Updates to the TiVo iOS and Android apps, as well as one applied to the TiVo Bolt itself over the next week, now allows users to watch streams of content stored on the DVR to their mobile devices, with the feature working both within the user's home network as well as outside the home.
Amazon is continuing to avoid putting the Apple TV on sale through its online store until Apple can provide "acceptable business terms," retailer CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed. Speaking at the Code Conference yesterday, Bezos declined to answer why the Apple TV hasn't reappeared in the store since October last year, along with the Google Chromecast, but his response seems to suggest it has more to do with revenue generated by the app than increasing sales of its own streaming devices.