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Editorial: Pardon? You don't like Apple Music?

07/01, 5:52pm

Scrabbling around for reasons to diss the service

It's not compulsory to like anything, and the world would be a dull place if everybody thought the same way. Plus, there are criticisms you can make of Apple Music's launch, its various limitations, and how iTunes 12 is still complex, some of which we delved into earlier today. Only Apple Music is getting a bad press primarily for being good, and for doing what you'd expect a streaming music service to do. It has honestly been criticized for being fun. Damn those Apple people, how dare they make something fun? Don't they know music is serious?

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Spotify plans to reduce family plan cost to compete with Apple Music

06/09, 8:46am

Apple Music $15 family plan pressures competitors to drop prices, improve services

The launch of Apple Music may be beneficial to subscribers of some other streaming music services by increasing competition, with at least one service examining its pricing strategy. Major competitor Spotify is said to be looking into potentially making changes to what it charges its own subscribers for a family plan, in order to counter the relatively low family account pricing Apple revealed yesterday at WWDC.

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Apple Music launches June 30, Android version follows this fall

06/08, 3:10pm

Revamps Beats Music, iTunes Radio in new unified effort

Apple on Monday fulfilled expectations by debuting its Apple Music re-branding, which takes in iTunes on iOS, the former Beats Music, and iTunes Radio in a new effort to capture the wave of subscription-based streaming music services. Intended to both steal users from existing streaming services as well as expand the market generally, Apple has invested in a number of prominent musical and industry figures as well as a new emphasis on human curation of music in its efforts.

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Sony CEO: Apple Music service 'happening tomorrow'

06/07, 2:25pm

Doug Morris confirms Apple streaming music debut at WWDC in Cannes interview

As with the expected announcement of Apple Pay expansion into other countries, another likely reveal during tomorrow's keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference has been said to be a revamping and re-branding of Apple's various streaming music services. Today at the Cannes Music Industry festival, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris was interviewed on stage, and when the subject of Apple's streaming music service came up, Morris responded, "it's happening tomorrow."

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Spotify adds videos, podcasts, running mode to music service

05/20, 1:06pm

Videos sourced from major producers, integrated into Spotify playlists

Spotify is expanding its service from purely streaming music into other areas, the company revealed at a press launch. Among other updates, Spotify is going to be bringing its long-rumored video service to its users, and following Deezer's recent addition to its own service, it will give listeners the chance to catch up on podcasts, with Spotify slowly turning itself into a one-stop shop for streaming content.

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Forthcoming 'Apple Music' service to feature social artist pages

05/14, 9:34am

Users can choose to be updated on artist activity, comment on posts

Sources familiar with plans for Apple's new streaming music service, supposedly now to be called "Apple Music," have revealed that the service will have a deep social networking aspect for artists, but will not be the same as Apple's previous attempt at fusing social and music together, dubbed "Ping." Artists will have their own page that can be used for posting samples, concert and tour information, photos, and other messages that fans can comment on and "like."

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Pandora may introduce $1 advertising-free 'day pass' later this year

03/08, 1:35pm

Pandora still exploring price options before launching day passes

Pandora is going to be giving its customers an alternative to its Pandora One subscription plan, by allowing users to buy shorter passes. The streaming music service is planning a day pass system, which will offer a full 24-hour period of advertising-free music to buyers for $1, though there is also the chance Pandora may choose to provide longer passes, at different price points.

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Study from CMA says music streaming drives sales better than radio

11/24, 4:46pm

CMA finds adults are more likely to take action, buy music after streaming exposure

Since Taylor Swift kicked off a debate on the artistic merits of the album and the degradation of art by streaming music, numerous parties in the music industry are chiming in on the topic of sales. The latest is the Country Music Association (CMA), which conducted a study that compared consumer action towards buying a song or album, based on listening to a new song over the radio or through a streaming platform.

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Beats Music launches in United States, MOG closure dated

01/21, 10:07am

Spotify competitor offers curated playlists, Sentence-based music discovery

The Dr Dre-owned Spotify competitor Beats Music has gone live in the United States, with the app appearing in the App Store. The long-awaited streaming music offering launch also signals the future closure of the MOG service, shuttering on April 15th, though it appears that MOG subscribers will not get directly migrated over to Beats Music.

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Briefly: Bluetooth Fitness Scale, Google Play Music for iOS updated

12/22, 11:08am

Pyle Audio's Bluetooth Fitness Scale stores info for ten users, sends data to mobile device

Pyle Audio, manufacturers of outdoor recreational and home, car and professional audio equipment, has introduced its Bluetooth Fitness Scale (PHLSCBT4). The scale is accompanied by and integrated app, designed to provide data including body fat, hydration levels, muscle level and bone level percentages. Using Bluetooth Smart technology, the scale wirelessly sends scale data to the user's mobile device and combines its free Pyle Health Fitness Tracker app to create user profiles and chart progress. Workout data can be shared online, or kept password-protected for private tracking.

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