John Kheit is in a frothing-at-the-mouth rage about iTunes in iOS and macOS Sierra. From missing ratings to iCloud downloads for songs that should be local, he’s fighting mad.
One of the many changes in iOS 10 is Control Center. The most striking change is that controls for music are gone. Well, it turns out they aren’t gone, they’ve just been moved. To access them, swipe left in Control Center. Bryan Chaffin has pictures, with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.
Pandora Plus is a new streaming radio plan which offers unlimited skips and offline playback for $5 per month, a price the company hopes will entice users who haven’t been convinced to pay $10 per month for full on-demand streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify.
Apple Music is about to get a new, yet familiar, competitor. Pandora today announced that it has secured licensing agreements with two major music labels, positioning the company to soon enter the on-demand music streaming industry currently dominated by Apple and Spotify.
If an Apple Music subscription at US$120 a year is a little too expensive for you, try $99 instead. Apple is now offering the discounted subscription through a special gift card you can buy in the company’s retail stores.
Music for iOS 10 gets a complete revamp, and for the better. Quite a bit has changed, disappeared, and improved. Dave Chartier offers his guide to getting acquainted with this key piece of iOS 10 software.
This Quick Tip is about how you can download songs, playlists, or albums to your iOS device if you’re using Apple Music, so you’re not out of luck if you lose network connectivity (or heck, if you just don’t want to stream your music and use up your cellular data). Music lovers, unite!
On Tuesday, wireless speaker manufacturer Sonos summoned the press to Manhattan to show off some new software features they’ve been working on and, in doing so, painted a picture of a more open Sonos experience. Demonstrating Amazon Alexa voice control and Spotify app integration, Sonos showed a not-too-distant future where customers have the ability to control their Sonos products in a variety of new ways without sacrificing any of the existing benefits of the Sonos platform.
It’s time to dance because Apple just announced its 10th annual Apple Music Festival lineup. The free concert series runs September 18th through September 30th ath London’s Roundhouse, and will feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Michael Bublé, and more.
Apple’s decision to continue selling iTunes downloads alongside its Apple Music streaming service is proving to be a powerful combination. Three albums debuted in the number one spot this year as exclusive offerings from Apple. No other competing service can claim to have pushed an album to number one.
Carpool Karaoke, the wonderfully fun segment on The Late Late Show where host James Cordon sings in his car with celebrities, is getting its own spin-off series streaming exclusively on Apple Music. The deal shows Apple’s growing interest in original content, and could draw more subscribers to its streaming music service.
Apple is taking some of the confusion out of its subscription services by bringing iTunes Match’s song matching system to Apple Music. That means Apple Music users will have get a much better matching algorithm, they get DRM-free versions of matched songs, and they don’t need their iTunes Match subscriptions any more. If that sounds like a winning combo to you, it’s time to disable auto-renew for your iTunes Match account. Read on to learn how.