‘Audio first’ race intensifies with Apple and Tencent Music
It was February 2019 when Spotify signalled its move to an “audio-first” strategy, pushing towards a future where more than 20% of its listening would come from “non-music content”. A succession of acquisitions and...
January 18, 2021
Facebook wades in to battle with Apple over privacy
Tech giants at loggerheads is nothing new, but Facebook and Apple’s simmering tensions have burst out again, and it’s relating to Apple’s changes to its iOS software’s privacy workings – and specifically...
December 17, 2020
Apple is shutting down its Music Memos recording app
In early 2016, Apple launched a new app for musicians called Music Memos: a free, music-focused alternative to the Voice Memos app on iOS devices, for capturing ideas then exporting them to GarageBand or Logic Pro X. We...
December 11, 2020
Apple reveals AirPods Max headphones and Fitness+ launch
Despite two recent press events, Apple wasn’t quite done with product launches for 2020. Yesterday it unwrapped its latest audio product: a pair of wireless over-the-ear headphones called AirPods Max, for people with...
December 9, 2020
Apple’s AR team hints at ‘devices that may exist tomorrow’
Apple has been doing a lot of work around augmented reality technology with its iPhone and iPad software and ARKit developer tools, but rumours that the company might be working on a full-blown AR headset persist. An interview...
November 23, 2020
Apple halves its App Store commission for small developers
Apple’s latest salvo to fend off anticompetition accusations is a reduction in its App Store Commission. Its 30% cut will now be reduced to 15% for any developer or small business with annual revenues of less than...
November 19, 2020
Unilad Sound is now an official Apple Music playlist curator
Earlier this month, we wrote about how online brand LadBible had put Craig David and KSI on people's desks via an augmented reality music video. Now another part of the LadBible empire, music community Unilad Sound,...
November 17, 2020
Apple Music’s new Gen-Z playlists include ‘Viral Hits’
Show this story to your nearest Grumpy Old Man Of Music and watch him explode: Apple Music has a new playlist devoted to tracks blowing up on TikTok. Well, that's not quite how the company puts it, but... "Social media...
November 10, 2020
Apple opens up: Pandora on HomePod and Spotify on Apple Watch
Well, it’s not as sudden as the headline sounds: Apple has been opening up its device ecosystem in new ways recently – it’s just we’re starting to see the apps and integrations now as a result. Pandora now works...
November 4, 2020
Apple publishes financials and launches Apple One bundles
Apple's latest quarterly financials came out yesterday, but there was no new figure for Apple Music subscribers for analysts to digest. The company merely said that its music service set another quarterly record for revenue,...
October 30, 2020
Facebook gets into cloud gaming (with a jab at Apple)
2021 is gearing up to be a big battle royale of cloud (streaming) gaming services, with the console big guns Sony and Microsoft going up against new entrants like Amazon and now Facebook. These services see games running...
October 27, 2020