Spotify may reportedly restrict biggest new music releases to paid users

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2017

The Financial Times is reporting that the leading music-streaming service, Spotify, which recently passed 50 million subscribers, may restrict biggest new music releases to paid users as it renegotiates contracts with record labels.

The Swedish company is looking to potentially decrease the amount of royalties paid to content holders as it readies a long-rumored initial public offering, said people familiar with the situation. Read More


LockMusic makes subtle changes to your Lock screen’s Now Playing interface

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 3, 2017

If you use your iPhone to listen to music a lot, then installing a new jailbreak tweak called LockMusic by fl00d might be worth adding to your to-do list.

This tweak redesigns the Now Playing interface on the Lock screen to make it more user-friendly, especially when you have incoming notifications. Read More


This tweak takes a circular approach on Lock screen music controls

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2017

If you use your iPhone for listening to Music, then you are familiar with what the Lock screen’s Now Playing interface looks like; bland and boring, just as it has been for years.

On the other hand, a jailbreak tweak called Spin10 by s1ris transforms your Lock screen’s Now Playing interface into a circular modern marvel; something I wish Apple would implement right out of the box. Read More


Apple Music gaining new TV & Movies section

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Apple Music appears to be at the heart of the Cupertino company’s strategy for original television shows, with a new section headlined “TV & Movies” being added to desktop iTunes and the Music app on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as revealed in the promotional trailer for ”Planet of the Apps”.

As you know, Apple is making a deeper push into producing its own stable of original TV shows, with an unscripted reality TV show called “Planet of the Apps” and a spinoff series based on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” scheduled to air this spring on Apple Music, the company’s subscription music service. Read More


Watch the first trailer for Apple’s upcoming reality show about apps and their makers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President in charge of Internet software, services and major content deals, was joined onstage during last night’s Code Media conference by Propagate CEO Ben Silverman, who took the opportunity to play the first official trailer and share a few previously unknown tidbits regarding “Planet of the Apps”.

For those not in the know, “Planet of the Apps” is the Cupertino company’s Apple Music-exclusive show about apps and their makers. The iPhone maker has finished filming the show three days ago. Read More


Apple’s Carpool Karaoke spinoff is coming in April, watch the second clip now

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Apple wants original content and its SVP Eddy Cue is in charge of making that happen. Cue sat down last night for an interview with Peter Kafka of Recode, discussing a range of topics at the publication’s Code Media conference.

Ben Winston, one of the producers of Apple’s upcoming Carpool Karaoke spinoff, appeared onstage as a surprise guest and played a new promotional clip for the show—just 24 hours after Apple released the first Carpool Karaoke trailer on YouTube. Read More


Beats 1 Radio goes live in Singapore

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Apple’s global 24/7 Internet radio station, Beats 1 Radio, has gone live in Singapore on Tuesday. As first reported by Mashable, the online radio station has arrived to Singapore almost two years after Apple’s streaming music service first launched in the country. Beats 1 Radio debuted in 100+ countries. The online show does not require an Apple Music subscription to listen to and is being aired live from Los Angeles, New York and London, with an anchor DJ producing the show in each city. Read More


Watch Apple’s star-laden trailer for Apple Music’s upcoming Carpool Karaoke show

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple during last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony aired a trailer for its upcoming Carpool Karaoke spinoff, saying it’s coming soon without committing to a specific air date for the show. It will be exclusively distributed to Apple Music members.

The show will feature unlikely celebrity pairings, like Metallica and game show host Billy Eichner or wrestler John Cena and cager Shaquile O’Neal. Read More


Apple has finished filming Planet of the Apps

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2017

Apple has reportedly finished filming Planet of the Apps, an unscripted television show about apps and their talented creators, MacRumors has learned from a person familiar with the project. The Cupertino company reportedly built a real set near Hollywood in order to record the show and tore it down at the conclusion of filming.

The whole filming process was apparently “very stressful,” but “exhilarating”. It’s unclear when the reality series will air, but it’s believed that Apple plans on making it available to Apple Music subscribers at no charge. Read More


All BeatsX purchases come with three free months of Apple Music

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

Apple’s W1-equipped BeatsX earphones with a new flexible neckband design should be available to purchase this Friday in Black or White along with a pair of new color options: Gray and Blue. A few hands-on videos have gone live ahead of the official launch.

Comparing BeatsX to AirPods, YouTuber Jonathan Morrison has discovered that all purchases of BeatsX come with a code that customers can redeem for three free months of Apple Music (on top of Apple Music’s existing three-month free trial). Read More

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