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Apple Music update: ‘Compton’ streams and on-demand Beats 1

Dr Dre’s new album ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’ was released as an Apple Music exclusive earlier this month, so how is it performing? Apple released some stats this weekend, telling the New York Times that the album notched...
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Sandbox 139 – Prime Numbers

Lead: Big data companies are hugely important for labels and artists in their marketing; the problem is that music services are buying up the biggest ones for their own use. We look at who the new entrants that are arriving...
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Mulligan: Apple Music to reach 8.7m subscribers by year-end

Apple Music has attracted 11 million trial members so far, but what will that mean for conversions to paying subscribers once the service’s three-month trial ends? Industry consultant Mark Mulligan has been making his guesses...
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Ad-based streaming music revenues tipped to pass $1bn by 2017

Research firm Juniper Research has published its latest report on the digital music market, complete with a big headline claim about revenues from ad-supported streaming music. The company claims that they’ll rise from...
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Apple launches official archive of Beats 1 shows

When Apple Music launched, we were curious about why the shows from its live radio station Beats 1 weren’t being archived and offered for on-demand access, given the growing popularity of time-shifted radio listening. A...
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EC still investigating Apple over music competition issues

The good news for Apple this morning is that European Commission investigators appear to be closing their examination of whether major labels colluded with the company to penalise competitors like Spotify. The not-so-good...
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Apple patents ‘digital mixtape’ gifting

There’s a whole network of blogs devoted to uncovering new Apple patents, and occasionally they relate to music. Such is the case for a patent application for “digital mixed tapes” that emerged this week. It’s a system...
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Jimmy Iovine still slamming Apple Music rivals as ‘utilities’

Apple exec Jimmy Iovine is sticking to his script when it comes to Apple Music rivals like Spotify: they’re “utilities”. As Evening Standard journalist Jimi Famurewa noted in an interview with Iovine published yesterday:...
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Apple Music has 11m trial users five weeks after launch

Apple has released the first official numbers for its Apple Music streaming service, telling USA Today that it has 11 million trialists, five weeks after its launch on 30 June. “We’re thrilled with the numbers so far,”...
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Apple debuts Beats 1 replays, with more stations to follow?

One of the curious aspects of Apple’s Beats 1 radio station was the lack of an archive for its shows, given that BBC iPlayer-style on-demand access has been one of the big trends in the radio industry in recent years. Now...
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Kobalt’s AMRA inks licensing deal with Apple Music

Collecting society the American Mechanical Rights Agency (AMRA) is now one plank in Kobalt’s ambitious plans to create a stir within the digital music ecosystem, having been acquired by the company two months ago. Yesterday,...
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Apple Music gets its first telco bundle as MVNO rumours whir

Telcos bundling streaming music with smartphone contracts is a familiar distribution strategy, but one that’s being talked about a lot in 2015. Why? Partly because companies like Spotify, Deezer and Rhapsody/Napster...