Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.
Remember how Kanye West said "never never never" about streaming his "Life of Pablo" album on Apple Music, and then he did? Now you can stream his new song, "Saint Pablo," exclusively on Apple Music—it isn't available on Tidal. I don't think this word "never" means what he thinks it means.
Today's Quick Tip is about using Apple Music with Siri. Have you ever wondered how you can get the voice assistant to play the music you own rather than items from Apple's music catalog? Well, wonder no more, because we've got the answer to that (plus a few more handy-dandy tips) here!
Some folks have been getting a weird error where they can't play a song on Apple Music because they aren't logged in, even though they are logged in. There's a hidden cache that must be deleted by hand to fix this, and Bryan Chaffin walks us through it.
Apple told customers on Friday that ad-supported stations on iTunes Radio will go dark on January 28th and 29th, 2016, and that Beats 1 will be the sole free streaming radio service available to those who don't subscribe to Apple Music. iTunes Radio was launched in 2013 as part of iOS 7, but it has been replaced by Apple Music, which launched in June of 2014.
It’s no secret that Dr. Mac doesn't care much for recent versions of iTunes. Find out why in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #158, also known as, "Why iTunes Must Die!"
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters, and now the soundtrack for the movie is available on Apple's iTunes Store. The soundtrack was scored by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, but don't check out the track listing if you want to avoid movie spoilers.
There wasn't any fanfare over the weekend when Apple quietly increased the online storage limit for iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library above 25,000 tracks, but big music library users noticed. There isn't any official word on how many songs you can add to Apple's online music storage services, but earlier this year Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the company was planning on raising the limit to 100,000 songs.
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Eddy Cue said Apple wanted to bump up the online storage cap for iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library to 100,000 tracks before the end of the year. Who's up for trying to hit that?
Technology is supposed to make things easier, but it makes buying movies more complicated. Long ago, when brick and mortar video stores ruled the earth, Dr. Mac says he had far fewer options. Read his account of the technical trials and tribulations of watching a movie on your Apple devices. (Hint: It has a happy ending, so you should definitely read it!)
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