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
I am trying to decide if this new "vinyl tap" app for the iPad is the dumbest - or coolest - thing I've seen in a while. I feel like there's no middle ground. Basically, it takes your music library ... and makes it seem like you're playing it on a record player. On your iPad? I ... yeah, I dunno.
Jason Tate on 06/01/12 - 12:40 PM
I See Stars' new album Digital Renegade is on sale today on iTunes. Their song "Filth Friends Unite" can be heard in the replies.
Rohan Kohli on 03/13/12 - 12:52 PM
Seeing as today's the day that Apple's event is going on - figured I'd point people looking to talk about that to the official Apple thread.
Jason Tate on 03/07/12 - 11:14 AM
Paper and Plastick has released a free iPhone app.
Jason Tate on 02/29/12 - 12:31 PM
GarageBand is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch. So you can edit that new hit, wherever you are?
Jason Tate on 11/01/11 - 10:58 AM
Steve Jobs has passed away.
Jason Tate on 10/05/11 - 04:47 PM
Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple. He will now be Chairman of the Board and former COO, Tim Cook, will replace him as CEO. The influence Apple has had on the music industry - is obvious. Further discussion going on in the official Apple thread.
Jason Tate on 08/24/11 - 04:39 PM
Apple will reveal their cloud service known as "iCloud" this upcoming Monday at the WWDC. Are you excited to see what they have to offer?
Keagan Ilvonen on 05/31/11 - 08:33 AM
Download a free Good Charlotte iPhone app here.
Alex DiVincenzo on 03/10/11 - 03:01 PM
Agnostic Front has released a new song called "That's Life" on their Facebook and released apps for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Details in the replies.
Christian Wagner on 03/06/11 - 01:14 AM
Steve Jobs revealed the iPad 2 today. It ships March 11th and you can read more about it here. Are you getting one, or are you doing the Android thing?
Blake Solomon on 03/02/11 - 12:39 PM
iPhones and iPods can now video call through an update from the Skype app.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/30/10 - 01:12 AM
D.R.U.G.S. have released two of their songs on iTunes.

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Blake Solomon on 12/08/10 - 09:32 AM
You can finally purchase Beatles songs on iTunes. Ta-Da?
Blake Solomon on 11/16/10 - 08:21 AM
Apple are reportedly looking into starting a monthly fee-based subscription service through iTunes. Would you take part?

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Blake Solomon on 10/08/10 - 09:39 AM
Apple has released updates and redesigns to the Ipod Shuffle, Nano, and Ipod Touch. New iTunes 10 has been announced and it includes social networking features called "Ping."

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Keagan Ilvonen on 09/01/10 - 03:40 PM
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