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    This year's WWDC will come nearly a year after Apple Music launched service. The app had a launch experience that allowed users to tailor their own tastes for Apple's algorithms to conform to in order to ferry over suggestions that those users might like. But while it has been growing in subscribers, it still faces criticism for its user interface. So, the top-line story from all of this, according to sources tipping off Bloomberg, is that Apple Music will re-launch with a new UI at WWDC. It wasn't enough that the service was able to score exclusive artists and a deep catalog. Investor ...

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    When Apple Music went live this summer, it drew in users with not just attractive subscription offers (especially in terms of family plans) and convenient access to the hottest popular music: it also had the trump card to play of Beats 1, a 24/7 global streaming “radio” station intended to unite listeners around the world in a way few broadcasters had been able to. And in the months since, we've seen access expand to even more users still, like with the availability of the Apple Music Android app. Now some new trademark filings suggest that Apple's about to seriously step up its ...

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    In yet another effort to boost Apple Music subscriber numbers, which are high already, but somewhat short of optimistic projections, Cupertino will open the service for a full nine months free to fans of Beats products interested in buying a cool new Bluetooth speaker or swanky pair of headphones this holiday season. As long as you get your Pro, Studio, Solo2, Powerbeats2, Tour2 headphones or Pill+ speaker from apple.com, an official US retail store or by calling 1-800-MY-Apple through December 28, you’ll qualify for a complimentary $60 iTunes gift card. No catches, no strings attached. ...

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    Before it could even celebrate its second anniversary, the once aggressively advertised Beats Music service will bow out of the stage in favor of the new kid on the block that reportedly managed to garner an impressive 6.5 million paying customers in less than four months of life. Starting earlier this week, Apple Music is also available to Android users dissatisfied with Google Play Music (or Spotify), albeit as an incomplete beta, so it really was only a matter of time until Cupertino decided to pull the plug altogether on Dr. Dre’s tunes streaming app. November 30 is when “all ...

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    Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Because if not, you're already way behind schedule, and no one on your list has any shot of getting what they want. OK, OK, so the situation isn't anywhere near so dire, but retail heavyweights aren't about to let you off so easy. You may still have a few weeks to go before Black Friday (and Cyber Monday, and Just Buy Some More Stuff Please Tuesday), but holiday sales creep means that we'll likely be seeing all sorts of deals landing between now and then. This weekend, Best Buy taps in to everything we love and hate about holiday sales with some ...

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    If you thought that Apple spent so many billions of dollars on Beats by Dre just for Apple Music, you're mistaken. The company has made a few updates to some of the Beats headphones in the market as well. After the recent recall of the Beats Pill XL, Cupertino now responds with a new product. Apple has just announced the Beats Pill+, which stands in-between the Beats Pill, and the defunct Beats Pill XL. It offers a whole new design, up to 12 hours of battery life, and this would be the first Beats product with some Apple footprint in its labels, and even the fact that it includes Lightning ...

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    Even though Apple made some major product announcements a few weeks ago, the company rarely uses any of these events to announce new accessories. Such is the case with Apple's Beats products, which are still not truly known as "Apple Beats," after the acquisition from Dre. That said it seems Apple isn't necessarily letting these products die off, as we finally see a refresh. Apple has just announced its new "Active Collection" of Beats headphones. By active you'd think these are either rugged or more resistant to an active live style, but these are actually just minor design and color ...

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    Apple has been famous for its Back to School deals ever since we can remember. Back in the day students would get an iPod Touch when they purchased a Mac, and it eventually expanded to gift cards if students bought an iPhone or iPad. There was a lot of mystery surrounding why it took Apple so long to announce its deals, and today we learn why. Apple has silently launched its Back to School deals today, and by silently we mean buried inside the company's rebates page. This is odd behavior from a company that usually gives these deals the front page. It could be because now you won't get any ...

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    For a minute there we didn't think Apple Music would go official at WWDC 2015. Many rumors pointed to some rough negotiations between Cupertino and record labels, and in some cases lobbying to destroy the freemium model all together. The fact that the deal went through has left many of us wondering what Apple ended up negotiating, and today we learn about it. Robert Kondrk, Apple's VP of iTunes has just come on record to confirm that Apple will be sharing 71.5% of the revenue made from Apple Music. Now, notice that since the word revenue is mentioned, those three months of the trial are ...

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    Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics represents a massive investment for the company, and the $3 billion deal signals a clear focus going forward on both portable devices and entertainment – both right up Apple's alley with the iPhone. Right now the most interesting thing happening as a result of that acquisition may be the new Beats Music, rumored to emerge as Apple Music and offering all sorts of exclusives, but before that day comes Apple's got one little hiccup to deal with first, as it works to handle a potentially dangerous situation brewing with some Beats hardware. At issue ...

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    There's no denying that Apple singlehandedly rescued music labels more than a decade ago with the launch of products like the iTunes Store and the iPod, at a time when music piracy was just too convenient for consumers. That business model has proven to have become obsolete as companies like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube continue to grow in the same music streaming business that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. We do know that Cupertino has big plans for its Beats Music acquisition, but reports claim that in order for it to work, some desperate measures are being used. Trusted sources ...

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    With so many players in the streaming music game, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make your service stand out. You can try and undercut everybody else on pricing, but you're largely at the whim of record labels, and that whole endeavor is just a race to the bottom (where no one wins). New entries like Tidal have bet on providing higher-quality audio than their peers, but it remains to be seen if users will respond (or even care). Apple seems to be working on a re-tooled Beats Music as its next big streaming offering, and a new report claims that one of the ways it intends to ...

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    Many of us still wonder why Apple decided to acquire Beats by Dre for $3 billion earlier this year. At the moment we still haven't seen any collaboration between both companies, and aside from some better product placement of Beats products on Apple's stores, we don't see how Cupertino is finding any benefit to this deal. That said, we know Apple is famous for its secrecy (sarcasm intended), and it seems that the company plans to start some changes with Beats Music. We've heard that Apple is negotiating with record labels in order to drop the price tag of Beats Music in order to compete ...

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    Back near the start of the month we were talking about Apple's plans for Beats Music, following its acquisition of Beats earlier this year. To hear the rumors, Apple was interested in making the streaming music service a whole lot more affordable, slashing the existing $10 a month subscription rate. Just how low did it intend on going? At the time, we didn't know. But now a new report is out detailing just how cheap things could get, claiming that Apple is shooting for a five dollar price point. Unfortunately, this info doesn't come from a first-hand source, but based on what's been passed ...

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    What do you pay for streaming music? If you said “ten dollars a month,” you're not alone. From Spotify to Google Play All Access, Rdio to Beats Music, that ten dollar price point is easily one of the most popular. But with other services coming in even cheaper, it can be increasingly tricky to stay competitive at that level. That's why one of these players may be planning to significantly cut its rates, but just which one we're talking about may be a little surprising. A new report claims that Apple is working to turn Beats Music from a ten-dollar-a-month service to a more affordable ...

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    Now that the US government has approved the deal between Apple and Beats, it's time to start seeing what this acquisition was for. Some speculate that the deal is to bring some more culture into Apple's approach to music, and others assume this is to improve the quality of Apple's mobile accessories. Whatever the case may be, we're not seeing any of that yet, as all we find lately is better product placement for Beats on Apple's website. In addition to Apple launching a webpage with all the information of Beats by Dre, today we see that Apple has given its online store a minor update with ...

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    Some of us are still trying to understand Apple's purpose for acquiring Beats music a couple of weeks ago. Some speculate that Apple is in search of better music accessories, others feel that the company wants a better edge to compete with music streaming, and others even feel this is a cultural thing. Speculation won't end until we see the some finalized products as a result of this acquisition, but for now, there's only bad news for the Beats team. 40% of the Beats workforce will lose their jobs in the next coming days, as Apple is eliminating the redundant positions between both ...

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    Many of you probably don't remember this, but before the launch of the iPhone, the last thing you would see on a smartphone was a 3.5mm headphone jack. Back then; it was common for smartphones to bring proprietary headphones that would connect to whatever proprietary connector the phone brought. Apple changed this dramatically, but after some recent rumors of the company adopting lightning for higher-quality audio, it seems that the rumors came true. Apple has just published all the "Made for iPhone" guidelines to bring lightning headphones to iOS devices. This Lightning headphone protocol ...

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    New York City is a fine place to sneak a peek at some unreleased devices, and that's just what we did this week with the LG G3 event (streamed from London to an airy presentation room in a Chelsea skyscraper) and AT&T's ASUS PadFone X announcement (held on a posh rooftop lounge near the Flatiron). At one of those events, Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup was our seat neighbor, so we thought we'd invite him on this week's podcast to discuss the more globally significant of these high-profile launches. Join us as we share our impressions of the LG G3: how it stands on its own and how well it ...

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    Just about three weeks ago, news first broke of a potentially huge acquisition Apple was pursuing, with word that it would acquire headphone-maker and streaming service-provider Beats for $3.2 billion. While we first heard that confirmation was just a matter of days away, rumors of delays swiftly arrived, as plenty of opinions were offered about just what this buy could mean for Apple, as well as the future of Beats. Well, it took a while for Apple and Beats to iron our the details, but today the purchase goes official, with Apple snatching up both Beats Music and Beats Electronics for ...

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    There's no denying that Apple doesn't like to follow the rules when it comes to hiring people. Going to an interview for any job at Apple with a suit and a tie is code for not getting the job, and the company has become quite famous for its "lay back" culture requirements. If you thought Apple wanted to buy beats for its technology alone, it seems that things are actually focused on something different. Apple is reportedly interested in bringing "culturally aware" managers from Beats to Apple. Credible sources mention that Apple is more interested in beats for its talent, and not really ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    Apple isn't famous for big company acquisitions, and that's the main reason why many of us were shocked with the news last week that the company was planning to purchase Beats by Dre for $3.2 billion. We've heard rumors that the company plans to revamp its music accessories, and at the same time bring better quality audio to iTunes music, but again these are just rumors. At the moment though, it seems that there is a hurdle that both companies are facing, and we get some details this morning. If you thought that Apple was keeping this acquisition quiet, rumors have it that it's really the ...

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    Apple's big break in re-inventing itself at the edge of bankruptcy more than a decade ago, had everything to do with music, through the iPod and iTunes. Still, we've seen how companies like Spotify are making a huge dent in Apple's dominance over the music business recently. It's clear that Apple needs to make some bold moves in differentiating iTunes from its competitors, and rumors have a plan in the works with iOS 8. Even though it isn't really official that Apple purchased Beats for $3.2 billion last week, Apple isn't really the company that would make such a purchase public. Reports ...

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    You know those weeks where you're like, "hey - what if we didn't have a weekly podcast eating up half a day in production time? Can you imagine the kind of boost our review coverage could get from that time?" Yeah, us either. Because this is the Pocketnow Weekly, and we're not breaking our perfect streak a month before our hundredth episode. This is podcasting, Jack. Serious business. We've even got us an EXPLICIT tag to prove it. We ain't playin' around.  In this week's installment of the world's most meandering tech podcast, hot news! HTC dodges a big bass-boosted bullet with their ...

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