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.
Apple Music is the name of the music and video streaming service developed, hosted, and managed by Apple.
The service has tracks from nearly every artist, comprising most of the music that most people would want to listen to. Tracks can be streamed on-demand or downloaded and played offline.
Apple Music also includes Beats 1, an internet radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day.
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.
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.