Shazam financials show revenue growth flattened in 2017 ahead of Apple acquisition
Apple completed its acquisition of music-identification app Shazam this week, but now the latter company has published its latest (and likely final) set of public financial results, via the UK’s Companies House. They...
September 26, 2018
Apple to take Shazam ad-free after completing app acquisition
Shortly after receiving approval of the deal from the European Commission, Apple has completed its acquisition of music-recognition app Shazam. Its first move: to announce that the app will “soon offer its experience...
September 25, 2018
Apple’s iOS 12 is live, including Apple Music changes and Siri shortcuts
Apple's new iPhones will inevitably hog the limelight this week, but it's just as important (from the music industry's perspective, anyway) that the company's latest iOS software is being released commercially too.
September 18, 2018
Spotify CFO on Apple: ‘It’s not a software culture: it’s a hardware culture’
Spotify’s chief financial officer Barry McCarthy delivered a blunt rejoinder to a question about the threat posed by big-tech rivals like Apple, during his interview at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference on Friday. “I...
September 17, 2018
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...
September 13, 2018
European Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam
This was rumoured last month, but now the European Commission has confirmed its approval of Apple’s acquisition of music-identification firm Shazam, on the grounds that it won’t have any negative effects on competition.
September 7, 2018
Apple AR-headset rumours heat up following startup acquisition
Is Apple making an augmented-reality headset or glasses? Speculation about the company’s plans is bubbling again, after it emerged that Apple has acquired a Colorado-based startup called Akonia Holographics.
August 30, 2018
Debate ramps up about Apple and Google’s app-store cuts
We wrote yesterday about the news that Netflix was testing ditching the option for people to pay for its subscription via in-app purchases on iOS – and broke the news that Spotify had quietly removed that option for its...
August 23, 2018
Apple expected to gain EC approval of its Shazam acquisition
Apple announced that it was buying music-recognition app Shazam in December 2017, but by April 2018 the deal was still on ice after the European Commission launched an investigation into the proposed acquisition.
August 23, 2018
Netflix joins Spotify in bypassing Apple in-app subscriptions
Netflix is testing changes to the way it charges iOS users for its monthly subscriptions – and that’s a move that will be of intense interest to the music-streaming world in the coming days and weeks. TechCrunch has...
August 22, 2018
Amazon still leads in smart speakers; but Google is really snapping at its heels
It’s not going to surprise anyone that in the latest totting up of smart speaker shipments Amazon’s Echo is leading the pack. The latest numbers come from Strategy Analytics, looking at the smart speaker market globally...
August 16, 2018
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...
August 9, 2018