Apple Music adds mixes from Tomorrowland: Around the World
The recent online Tomorrowland: Around the World festival was a hit, reaching more than one million viewers. The festival has since launched its 'relive' website for ticketholders to watch the sets on demand. Now Apple...
August 6, 2020
Antitrust hearing creates plenty of smoke, but how much fire?
"As always, there's a risk that some of the politicians will see the hearing simply as a chance to grandstand: to puff up to their full pomposity and give powerful tech CEOs a public telling off," we wrote yesterday, about...
July 30, 2020
Tech giants release CEO statements for antitrust hearing
Today is a big day for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, not to mention all the companies who rely on their ecosystems of devices, app stores, ad platforms and other services. The CEOs of the 'Big Four' will be testifying...
July 29, 2020
Amazon and Apple launch new Black British music playlists
Two new playlists on Amazon Music and Apple Music are focusing on Black British music. Amazon's is called '+44' (the UK country dialling code, if you're wondering) and will cover rap, R&B, grime, drill and Afrobeats music. Alongside...
July 27, 2020
Apple-commissioned study defends App Store commission rates
Apple is facing antitrust scrutiny over the way it runs its App Store, including the 30% cut of in-app purchases (which drops to 15% for subscriptions after a year of someone paying) that it takes. But look! Here’s...
July 23, 2020
Apple Music bags exclusive deal for Instagram Verzuz battles
One of the hits of the Covid-19 lockdown has been the Verzuz battles on Instagram, where high-profile artists go head-to-head for... well, they're less battles and more mutual love-ins, exchanging their hits in an atmosphere...
July 21, 2020
EC launches antitrust investigation including voice assistants
2020 appears to be the year of European Commission antitrust investigations affecting Apple's music operations, although the latest one will also be training its sights on Amazon and Google too. The Commission has launched...
July 17, 2020
Apple News updates show how Apple and Spotify’s audio strategies differ
Spotify’s ‘audio-first’ strategy – as originally outlined here – is about one audio app to rule them all, currently focused on music and podcasts, with an eye to other kinds of content in the future....
July 16, 2020
Ashnikko’s new track has a Beats by Dre and TikTok partnership
Artist Ashnikko's breakthrough last year was fuelled by TikTok, when her track 'Stupid' went viral. Now, for her new track 'Daisy' she is prioritising the platform – this time with Apple's music hardware brand Beats by...
July 10, 2020
Report claims Apple could face an antitrust probe in the US
The debate about how Apple runs its App Store continues to rumble, and politics website Politico suggests that there could be a significant development in the US soon. "The Justice Department and a coalition of state...
June 25, 2020
Apple’s HomePod will soon support non-Apple music services
Last night was the keynote for Apple's annual WWDC event, which is an online-only affair this year. You can watch the full presentation on YouTube, and read about the new features coming to iPhone's iOS software. But what...
June 23, 2020