Posts tagged with: Music Streaming
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    Remember that Apple Music fiasco where songs from users' Macs were getting replaced with mismatched tracks from Apple's catalog? An iTunes bug might have been the main culprit of that, but the problem with the mismatching of songs still remained. That was iTunes Match's problem. But not anymore, according to The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. It seems that it has slowly rolled out audio fingerprint analysis for the past while, a much better indicator of telling what version of any given song the track holds. Is it live? Is it a cover? Is it the inferior 2005 remaster? The waveforms can tell it ...

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    Music streaming services pay their dues to record labels (and their derivative songwriters, producers, promoters and artists, etc.) through complex rates based on how users are or aren't paying for their access. Apple is currently arguing that it shouldn't matter how people access the music — someone should pay for every single stream. The New York Times was able to retrieve Apple's proposal to the panel of federal judges that make up the Copyright Royalty Board of a new base rate for all streaming tracks: 9.1 cents per 100 plays. "An interactive stream has an inherent value, ...

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    In the midst of its possible sale/not-sale to Apple, hi-fi music streaming service Tidal is chugging on with its own app development. In its latest update, it has made official support for Chromecast, meaning that you can plug your Chromecast Audio or compatible Google Cast device. Finally, you can put your house party onto them FLACs and WAVs! The update is available for Tidal's iOS and Android apps. Download: Play Store, App Store Via: The Verge

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    The Wall Street Journal's sources might say that Apple's just looking into buying hi-fi music streaming service Tidal. If Infinite Loop strikes a deal, that may end up fetching a pretty penny for Tidal's owner, Jay Z. The artist paid Scandinavian company Aspiro some $56 million for it in 2014 before relaunching it in its current iteration that vowed to give artists better dues than other streaming services and delivering lossless music. It claims 4.2 million subscribers. Gene Munster of analyst firm Piper Jaffray is betting on Apple buying Tidal for $500 million. It would add to its ...

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    Another deal for Independence Day, though we just keep calling it the Fourth of July because we don't really want to be thinking of any movies, especially disappointing sequels. Google Play Music is offering four months of its paid, ad-free subscription service for free. Remember that YouTube Red gets tied along as a bonus. From what the SlickDeals community has pulled up, it seems that while the offer is only available for "new users," apparently those that have participated in a prior free trial can hop on, too. They just can't have paid for a month of service. We don't have anything on ...

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    Hi-Fi streaming service Tidal has seen a few bright days, but even Jay Z's money can't seem to keep it on the radar for too long. Rumors of acquisition by other streaming services such as Napster (neé Rhapsody) and Samsung have either been ungrounded or unsuccessful. Enter Apple, reports the Wall Street Journal. People familiar with the matter are saying that Infinite Loop is in the exploration stage with Tidal right now and that any sticking points or chances that the deal will be completed are uncertain. Apple is said to be looking for Tidal's star power in the likes of Kanye West and ...

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    Is Apple being a competitive spoilsport to protect its own interests? Does it have a right to do so? Spotify is challenging Infinite Loop on at least the music streaming front by claiming that the company won't approve an update to its app unless it uses the iTunes billing system. Prior to the launch of the pay-to-play Apple Music, Spotify took in monthly subscription fees from iOS users through the app and through that iTunes system. Apple charges vendors a 30 percent fee per subscription for music services and Spotify passed the fee onto customers by charging $13 a month instead of $10. ...

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    Sweden-based music streaming company Spotify continues to rocket in popularity and in its debts. While it last announced that it had some 30 million subscribers paying for the service, — about double the number of Apple Music — its increasing revenues have not been able to cut into deficits it's been growing. First, the headlining and only new number we have: Spotify confirmed that it now has 100 million active users on its platform. The fact that it lost some €173 million last year on revenues of €1.95 billion, there's some wonder as to how much the ad-supported tier can really ...

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    The brand that once was Tuneto.com, later Listen.com, then RealRhapsody and now just Rhapsody is about to make another change, this time to reflect a more powerful brand name it acquired in 2011. Rhapsody will become Napster. Yes, cat with headphones and all. The music streaming company's blog post was this: No changes to your playlists, favorites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned! But instead of loading gigabytes of illicitly-sourced music onto hard drive, the new Napster is only going to serve the purpose of today's ...

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    Just now getting into the idea of having a voice-powered assistant ask you things? Maybe you've been looking into the Amazon Echo, but found it wanting in portability. Well, you can't just order a tiny little Echo Dot right from Amazon — cruel irony will probably let you do so from eBay at a premium. How about an Amazon Tap? It plays back a ton of music with its Dolby-enriched omnidirectional stereo speakers, it has Alexa to let you talk to your home or to the internet, and it has a battery to last it up to 9 hours off the outlet. What, $129.99 too much? It's $20 off today at $109.99. ...

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    Apple Music's user interface is changing for the simpler. There are new sections for the app including Recent Music, For You and Browse. For You contains a "Discovery Mix," something like a "Discover Weekly" playlist for Spotify, a list of recently played music and daily curated playlists and albums for different styles and moods. One of today's playlists? "Fasion Runway Strut". Browse brings you up to date with new tracks, new artists and top charts. Radio brings you the Beats 1 stream, its schedule and a back-catalog recent marquee shows for the station. Personal stations are also here. ...

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    Amazon Prime is not just about free two-day shipping, as the company has been vain to point out every so often in reminder emails. But as music streaming services continue to grow at rapid pace, Amazon Prime Music feels like an inadequate spotlight for its members-only catalog. That light may grow hot soon. Sources to Reuters have said that Amazon will offer a standalone streaming music service around the late summer/early fall timeframe. Licensing negotiations are ongoing and a more comprehensive offering is expected. Individual monthly plan rates are said to be comparable to Spotify ...

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    It's not even two weeks now until WWDC16 comes along. It's the Apple developer gathering that reveals everything new in the company's software. The big reveal we're looking out for? iOS 10. iOS X. iOS Twiddles. Whatever it's supposed to be called, it's supposedly coming. And in all seriousness, we haven't seen a completely new software feature for you iPhone or iPad that would seemingly justify turning the dial up to ten. While we do know that WWDC will take place between June 13 and 17, we have learned that it will start off with a keynote at 10am Pacific or 1pm Eastern on June 13 at ...

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    Going from zero to 13 million in less than a year is certainly remarkable, even by Apple’s standards, but the hottest, hippest audio streaming service out there still lags massively behind market veteran and undisputed heavyweight champ Spotify in terms of paid subscribers. Of course, in order to continue to resist the mounting Apple Music challenge, the 2008-launched freemium app for your phones, tablets and desktops can’t afford any missteps as far as pricing goes. Thankfully, Spotify realized just that, and taking a page from both Cupertino and Google’s playbooks, it finally ...

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    We're finally seeing a resolution to whatever the problem is affecting some Apple Music subscribers who have had entire music libraries wiped off of their Macs. The story started out last week when blogger James Pinkstone said that he had to get all of his music back through a lower-quality iCloud file or poorly-matched Apple Music equivalents was after he had subscribed to Apple Music on his Mac. The issue has persisted with other users. iMore had later tracked down a database error found in iTunes — the program that handles Apple Music as well as the iTunes Store and locally-stored ...

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    Last week, we saw a blogger express his rage against the Apple because he had all of his music stored on his computer deleted after he had subscribed to Apple Music. Being told that "the software is functioning as it's intended" did not help the matter. iMore's Serenity Caldwell went into how Apple Music, by design, could not delete a user's local music library without user input. Still, the problems kept coming up. The result was that every track had to be streamed down from an iCloud- or Apple Music-based backup. While they were downloadable, sound quality suffered thanks to .aac ...

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    Revenues from streaming music have overtaken revenues from download purchases. And it took so little time for that to happen. In 2012, Apple made $3.9 billion in revenue from iTunes music downloads, the most it's ever made from them. Since then, download numbers have fallen off: a 16 percent drop-off last year, maybe 25 to 30 percent this year. The tumble could end up with Apple reaping only $600 million from downloads in 2019. The numbers are part of the conversation Apple executives are said to be having about not if, but when iTunes should stop offering downloads. Sources inside ...

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    "It's great that Apple is in the game." That from Jonathan Forster, a Spotify vice president. The Swedish company has credited Apple Music — nearly a year old and with 13 million subscribers — with attracting new ears to streaming and helping the ecosystem grow in general. "Since Apple Music started we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before." But for Spotify itself to thrive it's going to need to not just compete in the virtual sphere, but in real life, too. With 100 million users, 30 million of them paying members, Spotify is the undisputed giant in the industry. ...

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    You can ask Google Now to play Prince's "Purple Rain" for you on Google Play Music, but why not ask that app itself? Well, you still can't do that just yet, but you may be able to if some XDA hounds have sniffed out the right target. It stems from this errant microphone icon that appears. In some instances, it partially blocks the song info bar on the playback screen. Thing is, Maxr1998 was able to track the button to backend services that haven't opened up yet. Voice functions will be more useful when you're connected to a Google Cast device in terms of basic playback functions. It's ...

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    On Wednesday, James Pinkstone of Vellum Atlanta penned a blog post about how "Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously." In it, Pinkstone details how his subscription to Apple Music had caused 122GB of music — from downloads to his own compositions — to disappear. Signing up for Apple Music, he said, triggered iTunes song matching software and it scanned his entire local library of music files before deleting the whole thing. Where iTunes was able match songs, it gave him an equivalent version on Apple Music. On the whole, the service often does a poor job of doing so, replacing special ...

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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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    If you like to watch your music in motion and maybe, just maybe, you have up to five other relatives or close groupies that like listening to and watching music, you have a lot of choices to sort through. Simply put, Apple Music on Android has become another choice for you to pick out. If you're not already on Apple Music, yes, it's on Android and yes, it's being updated pretty often. If you sign up for an account now, though, you can get up to six people on a Family account for $14.99 a month — compared with the single-payer $9.99 a month. Once everyone hops on board, they can browse, ...

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    HTC and Apple have had their tangents every once in a while — well, mainly in design. Just in design. Really. But now, as Apple apps make the pilgrimage to Android, it seems that HTC will put out an olive branch to Apple's AirPlay standard with its new HTC 10. The Taiwanese OEM is an official licensee of Apple's proprietary AirPlay wireless media streaming protocol which means that an HTC 10 can blast audio content from or to Apple TVs, iPads and iPhones all the same — it can't do video content, though we're already a step ahead of every other phone that needs root access to hack ...

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    Apple Music's at 11 million subscribers. Spotify's at 30 million subscribers? Subscribers? More like scrub-scribers. If you come to any conclusion about how the streaming music arms race is going so far, it's that it's a three-player game (if you count in Pandora) in a game with too many horses. Take Jay Z's Tidal. You know, the thing that Kanye sorta kinda lives in. The service's star-power clout — backed by exclusive content from an all-star roster of Alica Keys, deadmau5, Madonna, Daft Punk, Jason Aldean, Jack White and others — paired with a focus towards high-quality 1411kbps ...

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    SoundCloud may be struggling hard to fight against the relative success of streaming services, but the most visible way it's doing so right now is in the launching of its own paid service. The platform's addressing that issue today with the launch of its SoundCloud Go service. For $9.99 a month, you get playlists based off of songs you choose, offline caching, ad-free play plus access to the full versions of some 15-million-plus newly added hits from the likes of Kanye West, Drake and others. This pales in the face of Apple Music's, Spotify's and Tidal's 30 million subscriber exclusives. ...

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