Amazon wants to create a $5 per month music service just for Echo owners

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

Owners of the Echo wireless speaker with built-in Alexa assistant may soon be treated to Amazon’s new music-subscription service that charges half as much as competing offerings from Spotify, Apple, Google and others. The bargain-priced music service should cost between $4 and $5 per month, Re/Code reports, and would only work on Echo hardware. Read More

 

Apple Music Festival is returning to London beginning September 18

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

Monday morning, Apple announced that its free annual concert series, known as Apple Music Festival, will be returning to London in September. The two-week event is scheduled to take place from September 18 to September 30 at the London Roundhouse, with residents of the United Kingdom being given a chance to win tickets to the gigs. Read More

 

WSJ: Pandora could unveil on-demand tiers next month to better compete with Apple Music

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2016

Trying to stave off threat from Apple’s music subscription service and at the same time overcome a “listenership plateau”, Pandora is set to launch a pair of paid subscription tiers next month, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday citing people familiar with the matter.

Provided it’s able to negotiate necessary deals with record labels, Pandora could unveil two new paid subscription tiers in the United States and elsewhere.

One of them would reportedly provide unlimited on-demand access to tens of millions of songs on the Internet radio streaming service in exchange for $9.99 per month. Read More

 

How to adjust bass response for your iPhone or iPad headphones

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 19, 2016

One of Apple’s premier services that come built into their mobile devices is Apple Music, and music is certainly a huge focus of owning Apple devices. With that being said, people use all kinds of audio accessories with their mobile devices, whether they’re speakers, headphones, or even the built-in speakers.

Everything has its own unique sound quality, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can adjust the bass response on your iPhone or iPad to maximize the amount of bass you hear in your music no matter what kind of audio device you’re using with your handset. Read More

 

Frank Ocean releases ‘Endless’ visual album on Apple Music

By Cody Lee on Aug 19, 2016

Frank Ocean has released a new visual album entitled “Endless” exclusively on Apple Music. The 45-minute video features new songs from the popular R&B singer, and takes place in the same warehouse shown in the web feed on his website.

Endless comes roughly two weeks after it was reported that Mr. Ocean was preparing to release “Boys Don’t Cry,” his first new album since 2012. This of course never materialized, but the singer’s rep says watch out for more content soon. Read More

 

Apple recruiting lyric curators for Apple Music

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2016

Apple is hiring a Lyrics Curation Manager to lead a team of ‘Lyrics Curators,’ likely to work on the new song lyrics feature in iOS 10’s Music app. The job listing, first spotted by MusicBusinessWorldwide, was posted to Apple’s website within the last week.

The position calls for someone with excellent writing skills, music knowledge, and attention to detail, as well as a passion for technology and experience writing lyrics. They must also have experience with managing complex teams and using complicated tools. Read More

 

This music video was shot on iPhone 6s in 13 countries over the course of one month

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2016

A troubled teen growing up in the United Kingdom, Shirazee moved to South Africa as a refugee, living there for four years and dabbling in music before signing to Island Records, represented by Universal Music in South Africa.

His debut single, “Different”, is out now on Apple Music and iTunes, with the accompanying music video shot entirely on an iPhone 6s over the course of 31 days in a total of thirteen countries, including the five he has lived in. Read More

 

Cleo brings a rich alternative styling to Control Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 10, 2016

One of my absolute favorite parts about jailbreaking is how creative developers are able to manipulate iOS’ UI and animations to look so much nicer than they do out of the box, all while still containing all of the necessary functionality you need and demand.

A new jailbreak tweak release called Cleo does this by giving Control Center a sexy new look and feel. Read More

 

Talus: a widget for jailbroken devices that performs an array of different tasks

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 9, 2016

If you’re rocking a jailbroken iOS device and have been in the market for a widget that can do a ton of things from a single interface, then Talus is a new jailbreak tweak release that could be worth taking a look at.

We’ll show you what Talus is all about in this piece so you can decide whether or not to add it to your tweak arsenal. Read More

 

Apple Music officially launches in South Korea

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

It’s taken longer than anticipated and Apple CEO Tim Cook himself has had to personally negotiate deals with local right holders and copyright associations, but Apple Music as of today is finally available to music lovers in South Korea. Launch in Samsung’s home turf, home to 50 million people, comes hot on the heels of the service’s debut in Israel yesterday. Read More

 

Spotify launches Release Radar, a personalized playlist of newest releases updated weekly

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

In an effort to differentiate and further distance itself from Apple Music, Swedish music startup Spotify on Friday announced Release Radar, a new music discovery feature that provides personalized playlists of the newest releases, akin to Apple’s “For You” section. The playlist is updated weekly, every Friday.

The convenient playlist brings all of your new favorite music, “without any of the effort that goes into searching for the latest gems.” Read More

 

Canite vs TinyPlayer Pro: Two new mini player-like tweaks for iOS 9

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 5, 2016

With the new Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3 finally having been out long enough that Saurik enabled tweak purchases in Cydia, new jailbreak tweaks are starting to come out of the wood works.

Two new jailbreak tweaks that try to accomplish similar goals are Canite and TinyPlayer Pro, each of which are new mini players for iOS that hover over any interface that you might be in. Read More

 

Apple Music for Android exits beta, gains equalizer settings and performance improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Apple Music for Android has dropped the beta flag, reveals the app’s official description on Google’s Play store. Today, Apple Music for Android was updated to version 1.0 as the app is no longer in beta, signaling Apple’s confidence that it enables experiences its iOS counterpart has provided since launch. The app made its surprising debut in November of 2015 as Apple’s first-ever Android software because the company wanted to make it easy for music lovers to allow people to enjoy music “no matter where you were and what products you were using”. Read More

 

Apple Music launches in Israel, gains free Bloomberg Radio news channel in 100 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

The Apple Music service has expanded to Israel this morning, allowing users in the eight million people country to sign up for the music-subscription service in exchange for 19.90 ILS per month (about $5.2) for individual accounts. A family of six can subscribe to Apple Music for 29.90 ILS, or about $7.81.

A free three-month trial is available as well.

The news comes 24 hours after the news gathering organization Bloomberg announced that its radio service is now available on Apple Music in over a hundred countries. Read More

 

iTunes 12.4.3, which squashes a playlist syncing bug, is now available

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

After seeding fourth betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, watchOS 3 and Xcode 8 earlier this morning, Apple has managed to push a minor iTunes update to users. iTunes 12.4.3, which fixes an issue with playlist syncing, is now available through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. In addition to iTunes 12.4.3 and new OS beta releases, a revamped Remote app for the Apple TV with support for Siri voice input, Game Mode and other perks has released on the App Store for everyone to use. Read More

 

Apple buys hit TV segment ‘Carpool Karaoke’ for Apple Music

By Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2016

Apple has purchased the rights to turn Carpool Karaoke—the viral segment that broke out on the Late Late Show With James Corden—into its own series, reports The Hollywood Reporter. It plans to develop 16 episodes, that will stream weekly on Apple Music.

“We love music, and Carpool Karaoke celebrates it in a fun way that is a hit with audiences of all ages,” said Eddy Cue. “It’s a perfect fit for Apple Music — bringing subscribers exclusive access to their favorite artists and celebrities who come along for the ride.” Read More

 

You can now stream Apple Music videos via T-Mobile’s Binge On

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 26, 2016

T-Mobile customers can now stream any video content available on Apple Music through the carrier’s cellular network without using up any data available in their monthly data bucket. The carrier announced today that Binge On now supports video content from Apple Music and fifteen other streaming video providers, including the sign language channel D-PAN.TV, Dish Anywhere, NAT GEO TV, various ABC, Disney and FOX apps and other providers. Binge On streamed 765 million hours of video data-free since its inception 8 months ago. Read More

 

Deezer music-streaming service is now available to everyone in the United States

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

Music-streaming service Deezer yesterday launched to everyone in the United States. The service, which has 40 million licensed tracks in its library, used to be available in the US via partnerships with Bose and Cricket Wireless, as well as Sonos. Sonos customers who paid $20 a month for Deezer Elite were able to wirelessly stream music from Deezer, but now everyone in the country can sign up for the Deezer Premium+ service on the web ($9.99 per month) or through the mobile app ($12.99 per month). Read More

 

Apple starts rolling out iTunes Match with audio fingerprinting to Apple Music subscribers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

When it debuted more than a year ago, Apple Music originally lacked support for iTunes Match, instead relying on a less accurate metadata matching system. That feature, however, has been inconveniencing many Apple Music subscribers who couldn’t properly match songs they already had in their iTunes libraries.

As first reported by The Loop, iTunes Match with audio fingerprinting is now being rolled out to all Apple Music subscribers and it works like a charm. Read More

 

iTunes 12.4.2 is out, resolves playback issues with short Apple Music songs

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

Following the release of the OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 software update with bug fixes and security enhancements earlier this morning, Apple also released a minor update to iTunes. Now available through the Mac App Store’s Updates tab, iTunes 12.4.2 for Mac and Windows fixes an issue which caused an annoying issue with Apple Music tracks shorter than 60 seconds. Read More

 
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