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The Apple Music Festival will be from September 19th through September 28th this year. Headliners include Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, and Disclosure.
Jason Tate on 08/18/15 - 11:13 AM
Beats 1 now allows you to listen to the shows again via replays.
The easiest way to find Replays is to look for the DJ's curator page on Connect (such as "Julie Adenuga on Beats 1"), tap the Connect tab, and look for a playable Replay. This way, you'll be able to listen to a show in its entirety without having to skip the DJ talk and interviews with the playlists – which are still available if you only want to get the songs from each show.
Jason Tate on 08/05/15 - 12:39 PM
HitsDailyDouble is reporting that Apple Music's subscription numbers are in the 10 million arena after four weeks. That would be far higher than what I'd previously guessed.
Apple doesn’t make its streaming numbers public but is showing reports to those rights holders, who have been surprised by how big those figures already are. Some streaming numbers (notably on a couple of cutting-edge hip-hop titles) are actually competitive with Spotify’s. Some rights holders feel Apple should publicize these figures; the decision to do so or not falls to Eddy Cue. But releasing the numbers would likely go a long way toward turning those who don’t yet get it into believers.
Jason Tate on 07/28/15 - 11:52 AM
Jason Tate on 07/15/15 - 12:55 PM
Run the Jewels will be running their own show on Apple Music's Beats 1. The show will air on Fridays at 9pm EST. If you're interested in even more more Apple Music / Beats 1 talk -- check out this week's podcast.
Jason Tate on 07/03/15 - 10:55 AM
Apple Music, the new streaming service from Apple, is now available when users upgrade to iOS 8.4. The company is still offering a free trial period of three months. Can it become what our Anthony Sorendino predicted it could become? What are your thoughts on the new service? Can it dethrone Spotify as the preeminent streaming service?
Craig Ismaili on 06/30/15 - 08:33 AM
Jason Snell, writing at iMore, does a good job recapping Apple's history with digital music.
It's easy to pick the launch of the original iMac or iPod as the moment that Apple's fortunes changed forever, but I think a strong argument can be made for April 28, 2003. Without a version of iTunes for Windows and support for USB syncing (rather than just FireWire, which was rarely seen on a PC not made by Sony), the iPod would've never become a breakout product. For Apple to win the day, it needed to go to Windows, and the third-generation iPod did that.
Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 10:42 AM
The New York Times has published a profile on Zane Lowe and his work with Apple on Beats 1.
To keep Beats 1 sounding fresh around the world, the station will alternate one- and two-hour programming blocks by established broadcasters with those by musicians and celebrities, who will host and plan the shows themselves. Among the names on board: the teen actor Jaden Smith, the alternative singer St. Vincent, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and the British electronic duo Disclosure.
Jason Tate on 06/25/15 - 10:44 AM
Taylor Swift will be putting 1989 on Apple Music.
Jason Tate on 06/25/15 - 10:35 AM
Our very own Anthony Sorendino wrote an interesting blog playing futurist for what something like Apple Music could become. I've had a long fascination with looking at how music could intertwine with technology and the ideas presented here are really interesting. Now we just need Siri to become self-aware and cast judging snarky comments at me because I'm actually enjoying this new Hilary Duff album.
You get a notification one day that your favorite band is doing a live stream concert next week. Apple Music adds the event to your calendar and sends you a reminder by playing a few seconds of your most played track from that band. The live stream is free for the first few songs, but if...
Jason Tate on 06/24/15 - 04:04 PM
Cementing Taylor Swift's position as the most powerful person in the music industry: Eddy Cue of Apple just announced the company will pay artists (probably means the labels) for streaming that takes place during the free trial.

Update: Eddy Cue talked with ReCode about the change in policy.
Cue says Apple will pay rights holders for the entire three months of the trial period. It can’t be at the same rate that Apple is paying them after free users become subscribers, since Apple is paying out a percentage of revenues once subscribers start paying. Instead, he says, Apple will pay rights holders on a per-stream basis, which he won’t disclose.
Jason Tate on 06/21/15 - 08:40 PM
Taylor Swift has posted an open letter to Apple Music on her blog about why she's keeping her latest album off the platform.
This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid...
Jason Tate on 06/21/15 - 11:01 AM
HypeBot has posted an article explaining how artists can go claim their Apple Music Connect profiles. We talk a lot about Apple Music on this week's podcast and this is the one part of the service I'm less than excited about.
Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 10:01 AM
Square has teamed up with Apple Pay to offer a new contactless payment reader. I'd love to see this become a thing at venues for buying merch.
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 12:03 PM
After performing it to close out Apple's WWDC event earlier today, The Weeknd is streaming "Can't Feel My Face." Check it out in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 06/08/15 - 01:49 PM
Apple's long-awaited foray into music streaming will finally be released on June 30. It'll cost $9.99 per month, with a three-month free trial. There's also a family plan available for $14.99 per month. It looks like the service will be fully integrated both into the iOS Music app and the Mac desktop iTunes app. We'll have plenty more news about this in the near future.

Update: Apple's official page is now live.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/08/15 - 12:14 PM
Apple and Beats are pushing ahead with a streaming service that would aim to take on the likes of Spotify and Rdio. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is said to be playing a major role in the new venture.
The new music app, which is a collaborative effort between Mr. Reznor and other Apple and Beats employees, including Jimmy Iovine — who founded Beats with the hip-hop star Dr. Dre — will feature the streaming music service with many of the same characteristics as the Beats Music streaming service, one Apple employee said. Those may include curated playlists and a more vivid visual appeal, while conforming to Apple’s sleek and minimal design aesthetic, one person said. The name Beats...
Blake Solomon on 03/26/15 - 08:00 AM
Peter Kafka, writing at Recode, looks at how Apple and Beats may be relaunching their service later this year.
Apple executives, led by media head Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder Jimmy Iovine, have been arguing that the music business “needs to get behind a paywall,” say people who have talked to them. Apple bought Beats last year, partly to help it gain a foothold on streaming music just as iTunes sales of digital downloads had started to drop.
Jason Tate on 03/06/15 - 12:45 PM
With the recent news that (the great) Zane Lowe will be leaving BBC Radio 1 to work for Apple, Noisey put together a fitting send off from us UK lot titled "A Quick Tribute To Zane Lowe Before He Fucks Off To America" with clips, a brief history and anecdotes from his closest co-workers.
Kyle Huntington on 02/16/15 - 08:14 AM
Zane Lowe is leaving BBC1 for Apple.
His new role at Apple remains a mystery. However, Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr tells Billboard, "Zane is one of the foremost music tastemakers in the world and a legendary music curator. We're excited to have him join the music team."
Jason Tate on 02/14/15 - 09:24 PM
Logic Pro X has been updated.
Logic Pro 10.1 introduces advanced new features for EDM and Hip Hop track creation and tons of enhancements to streamline all types of music production. Get more new sounds and more powerful tools that keep the creative process flowing.
Jason Tate on 01/23/15 - 10:55 AM
Bleachers are featured in a new ad for Apple Pay by Chase Bank.

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Jason Tate on 11/24/14 - 12:02 PM
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:...
Jason Tate on 09/22/14 - 12:52 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 09/15/14 - 10:31 AM
The iPod Classic has been retired and removed from Apple's online store.
Jason Tate on 09/09/14 - 12:32 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 09/09/14 - 09:21 AM
SJC Drums have released a "virtual drum kit designer" app for the iPad.
Jason Tate on 08/01/14 - 11:27 AM
Capo Touch launched on iOS today.
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.
Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 10:28 AM
Apple has purchased Beats Music for a cool $3 billion.
Drew Beringer on 05/28/14 - 01:37 PM
"The first billionaire in hip-hop, right here from the motherfucking West Coast." - Dr. Dre.

Looks like Dr. Dre thinks Apple is about to buy Beats.
Jason Tate on 05/09/14 - 10:54 AM
Apple is reportedly in talks to buy Beats Audio. Crappy software, crappy headphones. Hope this is for more than just the IP.
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.
Jason Tate on 05/08/14 - 03:43 PM
Apple's new iPhone ad features The Pixies' tune "Gigantic" -- check it out in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:23 AM
Apple's iTunes festival will be run side-by-side with SXSW.
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

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Jason Tate on 02/20/14 - 12:35 PM
You can stream Childish Gambino's new album, Because The Internet, on iTunes. The record will be available next Tuesday, December 10th.
Drew Beringer on 12/03/13 - 01:29 PM
A pretty cool new app called Keezy was released today.
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.
Jason Tate on 11/11/13 - 02:39 PM
You can stream Pearl Jam's new album, Lightning Bolt, on iTunes.
Drew Beringer on 10/07/13 - 03:55 PM
Apple has an event today (starting in just a few minutes) where they're rumored to unveil the new iPhone 5S and colored iPhone 5C. I've also seen rumors that the iPod Classic will finally be retired. You can check out more in the official thread.
Jason Tate on 09/10/13 - 09:59 AM
Apple has released Logic Pro X. It's available now on the Mac App Store for $199. Along with the new version of Logic, comes Logic Remote for iPad, a free app the extends the functionality of the software onto an iPad.

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Jason Tate on 07/16/13 - 09:54 AM
You can stream Wale's new album, The Gifted, on iTunes. It hits stores next week, June 25th.
Drew Beringer on 06/18/13 - 06:05 PM
In case you didn't you, Apple's WWDC 2013 begins today at 10 AM PST. You can watch a live stream of the keynote here and discuss with fellow fans and critics in the official Apple thread.
Drew Beringer on 06/10/13 - 09:41 AM
Al Morris (Murphy's Law and Unholy Alliance) has created an iPhone app called "Mosh Pit."
Mosh Pit is a bit of mix of game, music platform and a virtual world entertainment device. The game angle is you set off your characters to create a 'total mosh'; meaning you get your 'moshnoids' to complete their routines which include stage diving, crowd surfing, jump in, circle pit, wall to wall as I call it, then finally a quick free style before jumping out.
Dre Okorley on 03/02/13 - 01:03 PM
Apple has announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store. Kind of related: yesterday I was trying to find stats about iTunes charts when I was writing up this commentary, and found this cool site that lets you search for songs that have been on the charts and get all kinds of information about them.
Jason Tate on 02/07/13 - 10:54 AM
The new (and major update) iTunes 11 has been released today.
Jason Tate on 11/29/12 - 11:29 AM
Update: Apple has announced the iPhone 5. Pre-orders being Friday, with the phone shipping on September 21st. iOS6 will be released to the public on September 19th, and iTunes 11 will arrive in late October. The iPod nano and iPod Touch also received an update.

Apple is holding a media event today at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST to apparently announce the iPhone 5, a new line of iPods, iTunes 11, and maybe the rumored iPad Mini. Here's a list of live blogs (as well as our official Apple thread) that you can follow to keep up with the announcements. What are you expecting and/or hoping Apple to announce?
Drew Beringer on 09/12/12 - 09:29 AM
The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Apple is in talks to license music with the intention of creating an online music streaming platform that would be targeted to compete with Pandora. In fact, Pandora, which recently became a publicly traded company, has seen its shares fall a pretty significant amount over the past week as the rumor about Apple's involvement in the online radio market has spread.

Any rumor about Apple playing a new hand in the music industry has to be taken seriously, which explains the reflex reaction of Pandora's stock drop. Apple already has what amounts to the world's largest record store in the form of iTunes, which sells more music than any other...
Thomas Nassiff on 09/11/12 - 03:40 PM
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