Spotify CEO Says Apple Will Open its Platform More

· Andrew Orr · Link

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says he expects Apple to open its platform more to third party services.

“Long term, we do expect Apple to open up,” Ek said in an interview with Bloomberg TV that aired on Tuesday. Spotify has criticized Apple for taking a 30% cut of subscriptions and accused it of limiting app updates and preventing functionality on the Apple Watch and Siri.

Spotify will only be satisfied with the cancellation of Apple Music and the preinstallation of its app on iOS. But that still wouldn’t change the fact that it doesn’t pay artists a fair wage.

Apple Music Comes to Newer Samsung Smart TVs

· Andrew Orr · Product News

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Apple Music is coming to newer models of Samsung smart TVs. This is the first time Apple Music has appeared on a TV besides the Apple TV.

Apple Music (Still) Rocks

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus takes a close look at Apple Music, two years after the service launched. Spoiler: he (still) loves it, and he explains why.

MusicBot is the Shortcuts Companion to Apple Music

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Federico Viticci recently announced his shortcut called MusicBot, which he says is the all-in-one assistant to Apple Music.

I created MusicBot for two reasons: I wanted to speed up common interactions with the Music app by using custom actions in the Shortcuts app; and I also wanted to build a series of “utilities” for Apple Music that could be bundled in a single, all-in-one shortcut instead of dozens of smaller, standalone ones.

I haven’t used this yet but Mr. Viticci is a master of shortcuts so I’m confident it’s a great tool to use.

Apple Removes ‘Rewound’ App That Made Your iPhone Look Like an iPod

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple has removed the music app called Rewound that let people download skins to make the app look like old iPods.

To be fair, the iPod skins didn’t come pre-installed with the Rewound app—users had to download them separately once the app was installed. Though, you only have to look at tweets from users to see that the skins did in fact, look very much like the iPod Classic. However, Apple also reportedly took issue with the fact Rewound charged users for Apple Music features. Rewound says this was “less unreasonable” but noted that Apple had already approved in-app purchases before click wheel skins became popular.

”Less unreasonable.” I’d say that charging people for another company’s service is a big NO NO.

Here’s How to Get Your Apple Music Replay Mix

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Apple Music Replay lets you see the top songs, artists, and albums you’ve listened to this year. Here’s where to find it and download it.