iTunes Radio now requires Apple Music subscription

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2016

Keeping true to its promise, ad-supported iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013, is no longer available for free and now requires an Apple Music subscription, leaving Beats 1 as the lone free-to-stream radio service on iTunes.

Starting today, non-subscribers who attempt to access iTunes Radio on iOS or via iTunes for Mac or Windows are greeted with a “Get on Our Wavelength” prompts, asking them to subscribe to Apple Music in order to continue enjoying Apple’s selection of streaming radio stations. Read More

 

Apple killing off ad-supported iTunes Radio stations this month

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2016

Apple on Friday began sending out emails to listeners of legacy iTunes Radio stations, informing them that it will be shuttering all ad-supported stations on Apple Music this month. The move will take place on January 29, leaving Beats 1 as the only free music stream available to non-subscribers. Read More

 

How to replay a Beats 1 DJ’s entire show, including commentary

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 4, 2015

Beats 1 is a great, but what if you’re not available to listen to your favorite DJ’s show at the time it initially airs? Good news. As originally noted by Matt Birchler, Beats 1 now allows users to replay entire shows.

Since Beat 1’s inception, it’s always been possible to replay a DJ’s playlist, but being able to replay an entire show, complete with commentary, wasn’t possible. Thanks to the recent change, this is no longer the case.

Users can now easily replay a show from their favorite DJ just by following a few steps. Admittedly, the steps aren’t as straightforward as one might expect from a company that prides itself on dead-simple usage, but it seems to be a running theme with iTunes and the Music app to make things more muddled than need be. Read More

 

iTunes Radio revamp rumored to include Drake, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta as guest DJs

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2015

Apple is reportedly in talks with some more A-list names to add as gust DJs to its Beats Music revamp, including Drake, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta, The New York Post learned yesterday.

These well know names in music should join the likes of BBC Radio 1 DJ personality Zane Lowe who was recently confirmed as leaving the radio giant for a job at Apple in March. Read More

 

Warner Music Group: Streaming music revenue now outweighs downloads

By Jake Smith on May 11, 2015

Tucked away in its earnings release on Monday, major music-player Warner Music Group announced that revenue from streaming surpassed revenue from downloads for the first time. This signals a major turn in the industry, as an old school player is finally revealing it may be comfortable, and on board, with the shift in how customers consume music. Read More

 

Pandora CFO talks support for CarPlay, relationship with Apple

By Jake Smith on Mar 31, 2015

Pandora revealed on Tuesday it has plans to launch its online music radio on Apple’s CarPlay, the in-car infotainment software set to be found in several vehicles on the market.

While Pandora is a little late to the party, as CarPlay launched in 2014, it’s a seemingly perfect app to fit the car software. Many users already utilize the Pandora app on their iPhone to play music through their car’s speakers.

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NY Times: Apple/Beats music streaming service to rival Spotify, iTunes Radio overhaul coming

By Jake Smith on Mar 25, 2015

Stating what’s pretty close to the obvious, the New York Times reports the teams at Apple and Beats are working on a digital music service to directly compete with Spotify, one year after the Cupertino-based company paid $3 billion for the headphone maker. It won’t bring lower prices than its competitors, the publication says, and is currently being planned for launch this year. Read More

 

BBC Radio 1 announces popular Zane Lowe leaving for Apple

By Jake Smith on Feb 15, 2015

BBC Radio 1 has announced that its popular DJ, Zane Lowe, is leaving the radio giant for a job at Apple in March.

There’s no word on what position Lowe is taking at the Cupertino-based company, but it would make sense he would take a job with iTunes Radio or Beats Music.  Read More

 

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to head iTunes Radio at Apple

By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2014

Following the completion of Apple’s Beats acquisition today, the Wall Street Journal reports on a major position appointment for the two companies. Apparently, Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers (left) has been assigned to lead Apple’s iTunes Radio team.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, the outlet says that Rogers will head up both streaming services at the company. He’s been tasked with creating cohesion between the two offerings, to better compete with services like Pandora and SpotifyRead More

 

Apple said to be buying Swell Radio app

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2014

Following a TechCrunch report last Friday which claims that Apple has recently acquired data-style book analytics services BookLamp (basically a “Pandora for books”) to beat Amazon at its own game, Re/code is reporting early Monday that the Cupertino firm has another acquisition target in its crosshairs – a radio/podcast app Swell (“Pandora for talk radio”) which raised $7.2 million from investors including DFJ, Google Ventures and InterWest Partners… Read More

 
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