Apple tipped to make original TV shows and films
The tech and entertainment press is taking a break from speculating about Apple being a Spotify killer to focus on whether it could be a Netflix killer instead. Specifically, there’s a hubbub around Variety’s claims that...
September 1, 2015
Silent song for refugees tops Austrian iTunes charts
John Cage’s 4’33” and Vulfpeck’s ‘Sleepify’ have a new rival for guaranteed floor-filler status at weddings. ‘Schweigeminute (Traiskirchen)’ is a track consisting of a minute of silence, released by Austrian...
August 27, 2015
BBC to offer paid downloads of its shows
The BBC recently saw a massive £750m-shaped hole appear in its budget, partly because it had to agree to offer those aged 75+ in the UK a free licence fee. That means it has to find new ways to commercialise its assets....
July 28, 2015
Apple job listing confirms music video plans
Earlier this week, reports claimed Apple was shooting its own music videos for Pharrell Williams, Eminem and other stars. Now the company is recruiting a video producer and project manager to step up its activities in this...
July 14, 2015
Musician Dave Wiskus on the failings of Apple Connect
Musicians have been getting to grips with the finer points of Apple Music’s new Connect feature – and also its frustrations. David Wiskus, of independent band Airplane Mode, has outlined some of the latter in a blog post...
July 6, 2015
Apple Music update: Global pricing, Android, and iTunes complaints
With Apple Music now live in more than 100 countries, there is no shortage of news snippets about the new service and the ecosystem around it. Start with Quartz’s report on how pricing for the subscription service varies...
July 2, 2015
Leaked Apple Music contract “pretty standard” but free three-month trial draws heat from A2IM
There was inevitable web-centric hysteria earlier this week when Digital Music News leaked a contract apparently give to an indie label that suggested it would get a 58% rate from Apple Music. DMN contrasted this with the...
June 12, 2015
WWDC 2015 liveblog: Apple streaming music plans revealed
9.25am PST: Hello! I'm wide awake in San Francisco – and thanks to the miracles of jetlag, have been since about 3am. The main dramatic tension in Apple's WWDC keynote speech will be whether I suddenly slump, snoring, scattering...
June 8, 2015
Sony Music: Doug Morris backs streaming but cools on ad-supported models
Ad-supported streaming, the soon-to-launch Apple Music and Steve Jobs' vision for iTunes were amongst an anecdote-laden speech at Midem by Sony Music boss Doug Morris, earlier today. The veteran label exec is still flying...
June 7, 2015
Apple streaming licensing deals expected to go down to the wire
On Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will step onto a stage in San Francisco for his company’s WWDC keynote, with anticipation high that the announcements will include Apple’s new streaming music service. Yet the rumours...
June 5, 2015
The companies Apple could buy to make its next digital music splash
Apple's history of music-related acquisitions is familiar ground: SoundJam in 2000 to form the basis of iTunes; streaming service Lala in 2009; Beats Electronics (including its Beats Music service) in 2014, of course; and...
June 1, 2015
Apple streaming-music negotiations still taking place in public
Okay, not shock news: more business as usual for the music industry. Apple’s licensing negotiations for the relaunch of its digital music services continue to play out in public, with the New York Post taking its customary...
June 1, 2015