Techcrunch is reporting that Apple plans to shut down Beats Music.
Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.
Update: Some more reporting from Re/Code calls into question the Techcrunch story.
Tom Neumayr says the TechCrunch story is “not true”, but wouldn’t elaborate. I can elaborate a bit more, based on conversations with people familiar with Apple’s thinking:...
If you want to remove U2's album Songs of Innocence from your iTunes collection -- this is how you do it.
Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase. If you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again. The album is free to everyone until October 13, 2014, and will be available for purchase after that date.
Apple are unveiling new iPhones and possibly a wearable or something else cool today at 10am PDT. The event can be livestreamed here, our technology forum has an Apple thread where other fans will be talking about the whole thing, and John Gruber wrote a really good piece about what to possibly expect.
Musicians use Next to record short videos of their music -- anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 minutes. Users then log on and watch 30-second excerpts of the songs, swiping left to dismiss and swiping right to like. If you find an artist you're interested in, you can follow them on the app or tap to share via SMS, email and Twitter.
Indie-developer Marco Arment launched his brand new podcast app today: Overcast. I've been playing around with it all morning and it's pretty great so far. Simple, cool features, nice podcast discovery section, and very easy to use. It's up on the App Store now and if you check it out don't forget to subscribe to the AP.net Podcast in it (searching for absolutepunk found it immediately for me, and the online page is here).
Capo Touch helps you learn the music in your iTunes library quickly. By slowing your music, automatically detecting chords, or changing key, this new iOS version of the award-winning Mac App Capo's capabilities let you learn to play your songs faster than ever.
Ever go to a show and have an LP or a shirt you'd really like to buy but don't because you don't want to hinder the concert going experience? That's an issue of the past now. Our dear friend, Eric Jones has created the Sidestep app so solve all your problems. Download the app, find the concert you're going to attend and you can see the band's complete merch table at your finger tips. Choose what you want, enter your payment info and then choose if you want it ready at the table when you leave or have it delivered to your house. Head to the replies to check out the full press release including a short video explaining the app in detail.
Apple is reportedly in the process of buying Beats for $3.2 billion, according to a new report from The Financial Times. The deal includes both the streaming music service, as well as the company that produces headphones and speakers. The move, which would be Apple’s largest acquisition, could be announced as soon as next week, the paper says.
The music extravaganza will be held in Austin from March 11th through the 15th, running alongside South by Southwest (SXSW). It's a much shorter run than in the past, but it will include a mix of well-known American and European artists
So, uh, Beyoncé just dropped her fifth studio album, a self-titled effort, with no fanfare or buzz on iTunes. Not only does Beyoncé contain fourteen new songs but each song has a video accompaniment. Bow down to the Queen.
It's a deceptively simple app. You have eight buttons, each of which can record a short sound clip. To create a clip you sing, scream, beatbox and spit into your iPhone's microphone. You mix and match the samples over one another, using the loops like a drum machine to create killer beats and melodies. A slider on-screen allows you to delete or undo individual clips.