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Apple Music: What You Need to Know

9:45 AM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Here's what you need to know about Apple Music

Apple Music is set to launch on Tuesday, June 30, and that means we're getting a new way to listen to music on our iPhone, iPads, Macs, and more. It also means there are new questions about just exactly what Apple Music gets us, so we rounded up some answers for you.

Apple’s Tim Cook Praises SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling

6:24 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook praises SCOTUS marriage equal rights ruling

Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly praised Friday's United States Supreme Court decision that ruled state laws banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional, calling the ruling a victory. Mr. Cook shared his thoughts on Twitter, which is becoming a common place for Apple executives to share their thoughts and opinions.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-26: Apple’s Confederate Flag App Ban

2:32 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is pulling titles from the App Store that include the Confederate flag following hate-related shootings in South Carolina. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, John Martellaro, Kelly Guimont, and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to offer up their perspective on Apple's decision, plus they have some thoughts on Apple's potential purchase of finger print sensor company Privaris.

Apple TouchID Tech May get Boost from Privaris Purchase

2:20 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be buying fingerprint sensor company Privaris

Apple may be in the process of buying fingerprint sensor technology company Privaris. The company has already transfered 26 of its 31 patents to Apple, which is a fairly common when a buyout is in the works.

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The fingerprint technology Privaris has is pretty amazing, and has a lot of potential application for Apple. We've likely already seen some of their tech show up in the iPhone and iPad, and more will show up in future product updates, too.

Apple Pulls Games with Confederate Flags, but Leaves Games with Swastikas

11:05 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes Confederate flags, Castle Wolfenstein includes swastikas

Apple is pulling games from the iPhone and iPad App Store that include Confederate battle flags in the wake of rising public distaste in the wake of recent hate motivated killings in South Carolina. While Confederate flags are disappearing from the App Store, however, apps with other symbols with hate-related symbols such as swastikas are still available.

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The Confederate battle flag was created and has represented racial hatred since its inception, so it's easy to see why Apple is taking a hard line stance in the App Store following the recent killings in South Carolina. It's odd, however, that Apple's anti-hate campaign is limited to only the one symbol instead of including others such as the Nazi swastika.

Elton John, Dr. Dre to Host Apple Beats 1 Radio Shows

9:37 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gets celebrity hosts for Beats 1 Internet radio station

Apple is lining up big name artists including Elton John and Dr. Dre to host shows on its Beats 1 online radion station when it launches next week. Beats 1 is part of the new Apple Music service the company unveiled earlier this month at Worldwide Developer Conference.

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It looks like Apple wants a big all-star lineup for its Beats 1 Internet radion station. Based on the names we've heard so far, Apple could get some serious interest from music fans.

Apple Matches Spotify Royalties for Apple Music Free Trial

10:20 AM, Jun. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music to pay .2 cent for songs during free trial

Apple will pay record labels and artists .2 cent for the songs Apple Music subscribers listen to during their free three month trial period. That's in line with the rate Spotify pays for the free tier in its streaming music service.

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Higher than average royalties overall, and average free tier royalties during Apple Music's three month free trial. That should make musicians happier with Apple's streaming music service.