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Apps are already bigger than Hollywood, let alone music

Apple’s App Store generated $1.7bn in transactions during July this year – a stat that got a bit lost when Apple’s services boss Eddy Cue announced it, due to being paired with his announcement of 11m trial members...
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FTC looking into Apple’s 30% cut of App Store subscriptions

The issue of Apple taking a 30% cut of purchases made through its App Store – including subscriptions to rivals of its Apple Music streaming service – has been bubbling for months now. On Friday, speculation stepped...
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Spotify aims its guns at Apple’s 30% App Store tax

The fact that Apple takes a 30% cut of all in-app purchases made within iOS apps has been a sore point with streaming music services for some time. That’s even more the case now: companies like Spotify charge an extra $3...
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Spotify downloads holding up after Apple Music launch

In the week leading up to the launch of Apple Music, if we’d had a pound for every rival that used a variant on the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats”, we’d probably be able to buy a mid-tier streaming service...
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Google Play may now be doing double the App Store’s downloads

Mobile industry analyst Benedict Evans has been looking at the latest stats published by Google and Apple about their respective app stores: Google’s latest stat of $7bn of developer payouts and 50bn app downloads in the...
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Pepsi Pass social app will include music rewards

Pepsi’s latest digital marketing initiative is an app called Pepsi Pass, released for iPhone last week. And there’s a musical tie-in. “Pepsi brings you an app that makes hanging out with your friends even more rewarding,”...
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Apple rumoured to be revising its 30% App Store cut

And so the pre-announcement Apple Rumour Mill cancels holidays and forces all staff in the Tittle-Tattle Department into working overtime. This particular rumour, run by the FT, is not explicitly music-based but could have...
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Apps up but music and other content down for Apple

Earlier this week, Apple hailed an impressive quarter for its App Store, with revenues up 29% year-on-year. It didn’t say anything about other iTunes Store content, but yesterday we got an idea why. Sales of music, video...
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Spotify is out-grossing Candy Crush Saga in the App Store in several countries

There's a lot of debate online today spurred by a report showing streaming music service Tidal's app has plummeted down Apple's US App Store charts over the past fortnight – and the comparison of that ranking with Spotify...
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Samsung launches web client for Milk Music

Samsung has launched a website version of its Milk Music service – the first time it’s been available on non-Samsung devices. The personal radio service launched in the US in March 2014 (Bulletin, 10-Mar-14) and has since...
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Meerkat iOS app helps people livestream video to Twitter

We’ve seen a few livestreaming services come in Music Ally’s lifetime – and, indeed, a fair few go. The latest is Meerkat, which is using Twitter as its distribution platform for live video. “Meerkat allows you to...
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Music videos service Muzu gets an iOS app

Music videos service Muzu has been around for several years, but now it’s getting an official iPhone and iPad app. Released last week, it provides mobile access to the site’s catalogue of music videos. “Browse featured...