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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...
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Apple Music + Snapchat = Snapplechat (maybe)

Apple Music has launched its own dedicated Snapchat account and is using it to give people a look behind the scenes at Beats 1. It’s essentially a “Day in the life…” photo-and-video-diary of the goings on at the Beats...
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Neil Young starts to pull all his music from streaming services

He’s only gone and done it (two weeks after he said he would). Jocular Canadian songsmith Neil Young has started to remove his music from a number of streaming services. In the middle of the month, he posted a Facebook...
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Spotify wants to know what its users think of Apple Music

Peter Kafka at Re/code has published details of a survey he was sent as a Spotify user in which the company asks those on its service what they think about both Apple in general and Apple Music in particular. He works through...
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Major label playlisting brands building their profiles on Apple Music

A new industry maxim should be to judge a streaming service by how much traction it is getting among playlisters. Recently Kieron Donoghue (VP of playlists strategy and curation at Warner Music) tweeted that he was building...
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Apple Music joins T-Mobile’s Music Freedom package

T-Mobile in the US has announced that its customers who are Apple Music users will be able to stream music over 4G for free. It already does the same for users of 33 different streaming services (up from seven a year ago),...
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Amazon Prime Music finally makes it to the UK

Amazon Prime Music, part of Amazon’s Prime delivery service, launched just over a year ago in the US and it has finally made its way to the UK. It is offering a catalogue of 1m tracks for free streaming (including storage...