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Apple Music gets new features as part of iOS 12 software

Amid the hubbub around yesterday’s European Copyright Directive on this side of the Atlantic, it was easy to forget that it was also the day for Apple’s latest new-products announcement. Still, the various tech-news sites...
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Duelling billboards as Apple and Spotify promote Nina Nesbitt

We’ve seen a few stories in recent years about artists being penalised (promotion-wise) on one streaming service because they’ve done a deal with another – Apple Music and Spotify usually being the cited services. Nicki...
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Apple Music adds 116 new country-level Top 100 charts

The announcement that Apple Music has added Top 100 charts for 116 countries may have come as a surprise to anyone who assumed the service had this kind of feature already. But no: Apple Music users *can* now browse the top...
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Eddy Cue profile outlines early tensions within Apple Music

It’s no secret that the early days of Apple’s iTunes and Beats Electronics’ Beats Music teams working together weren’t entirely plain sailing. A new profile of Apple exec Eddy Cue by tech site The Information throws...
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Report: labels troubled by growth of family streaming plans

In the IFPI’s latest Global Music Report, the industry body claimed that at the end of 2017 there were 176 million ‘users of paid subscription accounts’ globally – a figure that includes people on family plans who...
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Nicki Minaj hits out at Spotify after Queen album misses #1 in the US

Nicki Minaj isn’t happy with Spotify at all. But this isn’t an argument about royalties: it’s about her new album ‘Queen’ only getting to number two in the US chart in its week of release, with Travis Scott’s...
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Sandbox Issue 210: Bounty Hunters. The Buried Treasure of Affiliate Marketing

Lead: Affiliate marketing in music used to mean taking a few pennies from download sales that you drove on iTunes or CDs that you pushed on Amazon. But with Apple Music offering significant bounties for driving subscriptions...
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UMG goes deeper with Apple on Deutsche Grammophon playlist initiative

  It is not quite picking favourites between Spotify and Apple Music, especially when it has equity in the former, but Universal Music Group has certainly been getting a lot closer with Apple Music in recent months....
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What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?

Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more… Any...
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Verizon bundle will offer six months of Apple Music

Fresh from reportedly overhauling Spotify for paid subscribers in the US, Apple Music is looking to capitalise on its advantage with a new telco deal. The telco in question is Verizon, which from 16 August will be offering...
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Drake hits 50bn streams milestone: here’s how that breaks down for Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube

Universal Music’s Republic Records has announced the latest digital milestone for Drake: he’s “the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms”. The news comes just a month after...
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Apple Music adds ‘Friends Mix’ personalised playlist

Spotify used to have a ‘Friends’ Top 50’ chart listing the top songs that a listener’s friends had been playing, although at some point it was quietly removed from the service. Now Apple Music is bringing the idea...