iHeartRadio launches two on-demand subscription tiers in beta

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

iHeartRadio started out in April 2008 as a simple Internet radio service at the website iheartmusic.com before becoming both a music recommendations system and a radio network that aggregates content from hundreds of local radio stations across the U.S. On Thursday, the company stepped into on-demand streaming with a pair of subscription tiers, launching in beta, that let listeners create playlists from tracks, listen to music offline, play songs in any order, skip tracks and more. Read More

 

Spotify could finally turn a profit in 2017, expand to China, Russia & South Korea

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Apple Music rival Spotify could finally turn a profit in 2107, one of its board members told the media Thursday. Asked if the Swedish music service could become profitable soon, Par-Jorgen Parson, one of Spotify’s first investors, told Reuters that it was “absolutely” the case.

Spotify currently operates in in 60 markets and has more than 40 million paid subscribers. Apple Music is available in 115 markets and has 17 million paying customers and over 30 million songs in its catalog. Read More

 

Apple Music to run acclaimed documentary about TR808 drum machine that changed music

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 30, 2016

You may be unfamiliar with it (that is, unless you were born in the 20th century), but the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer (AKA the “808”) was one of the first programmable drum machines. Unveiled in the early 1980s at $1,995, the 808 undercut significantly more expensive digital sampling machines of the time, such as the $5,000 Linn LM-1. Read More

 

Home Sharing not working? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 21, 2016

Home Sharing is a useful feature you can use to stream your iTunes content from your computer’s iTunes library to up to five other computers, Apple TVs, and iOS devices in your household.

While it’s a useful feature, that’s not to say it works all the time. Small glitches or problems with your devices can cause the feature to not work properly, and we’ll be talking about common fixes for Home Sharing problems on your Apple TV and other Apple devices in this piece. Read More

 

Amazon Music Unlimited expands to UK, Germany and Austria

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

After making its U.S. debut last month, Amazon’s $9.99 per month music-streaming service is set to expand to the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria beginning Monday, announced the online retail giant. The service was live in the United Kingdom at post time, with roll-outs in Germany and Austria following later today.

Earlier this morning, rival Google released revamped Play Music apps with machine learning-driven recommendations based on user location, activity and time of day. Read More

 

Google Play Music gains redesigned interface and smarter, AI-driven recommendations

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

Google on Monday announced overhauled Play Music apps with smarter, AI-powered recommendations based on user location, activity and time of day are now available for iOS, Android and on the web. In addition, the app can optionally save your most recent songs and a few recommended tracks for offline listening, even if you forget to download them yourself. The revamped Play Music app is available on the App Store for free.

Not to be outdone by Google, rival Amazon this morning announced that its recently launched music-streaming service, dubbed Music Unlimited, is now available in the United Kingdom and expanding later today to Germany and Austria. Read More

 

How to convert CAF files to MP3 or AAC

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 14, 2016

From time to time, you might come across an audio file format known as .caf (Core Audio Format), which was originally created by Apple to put an end to file size barriers set by other audio file types.

Unfortunately, not every audio player or device works with .caf files, so it might do you good to know how to convert them to another audio file type using the software that comes with your Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to convert .caf files to more commonly-used audio files such as AAC or MP3 with Garageband. Read More

 

Spotify to fix a bug in desktop app causing massive data writes that could reduce SSD lifespan

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2016

Spotify’s desktop app for Mac, Windows and Linux has been found to be continuously writing massive amounts of data to local storage for no apparent reason—even when the app is simply sitting idle. As noted in Spotify’s support forum, on Reddit and elsewhere, users are seeing the desktop app write tens of gigabytes of data to local storage every minute or so. On systems outfitted with SSDs like most Macs, excessive data writes can reduce the lifetime of flash storage.

That’s because SSDs have a finite amount of write capacity and are prone to wear and tear. A Spotify spokesperson told ArsTechnica that a fix was underway via an update that’s being rolled out as we speak. Read More

 

Apple acquires talent and technology from bankrupt music startup Omnifone

By Cody Lee on Nov 7, 2016

Apple has acquired talent and technology from defunct streaming music startup Omnifone, reports TechCrunch. It’s not a full buyout, so you’re not going to see the usual “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time” statement, but the outlet says it’s hired at least 16 of their employees and purchased select technology. Read More

 

Neil Young music returns to Apple Music and other streaming services

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2016

Neil Young’s full back catalogue has returned to Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services, reports Music Ally. Young had removed his music from all streaming services back in July of 2015, telling fans it wasn’t about the money, but rather the sound quality. “I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.” Read More

 

Video hands-on: 10+ new features in iOS 10.2 beta 1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 1, 2016

Apple yesterday issued beta 1 of the forthcoming iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For starters, iOS 10.2 beta 1 includes three new wallpapers, provides a bunch of new emoji as part of the Unicode 9.0 standard and gives Camera the optional ability to remember filter, Live Photo and mode settings.

Star ratings are back in the Music app and Videos has its own widget. Oh, and you can now annoy friends with a brand new animation in Messages.

Without further ado, here’s our video hands-on with iOS 10.2 beta 1 accompanied by a detailed description of all the new features and enhancements. Read More

 

Apple said to be considering lowering Apple Music price

By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2016

Apple is considering a price drop for its streaming music service, reports Digital Music News. The outlet cites multiple sources claiming that if implemented, the drop could be as much as 20%, lowering individual plans to $7.99 and the family plan to $12.99. Read More

 

Nike+ Run Club gains new features ahead of tomorrow’s launch of Apple Watch Nike+

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2016

The Apple Watch Nike+ is arriving tomorrow in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and a number of other countries. The Series 2 comes with exclusive Nike-branded bands, watch faces and complications, plus the Nike+ Run Club app is built-in. Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, Nike+ Run Club for iOS was refreshed this morning with new features on the Apple Watch Series 2. Read More

 

How to download your entire music library to your iPhone or iPad

By Sébastien Page on Oct 27, 2016

I’ve cut the cord between my iPhone and iTunes a long time ago, and the rise of Apple Music has given me one less reason to plug my iPhone and sync it up with iTunes. After all, it offers virtually all the music in the world at your fingertips.

But what happens if you want to download your entire existing music collection for offline listening? In that case, well, you’re still going to have to rely on the good old cable to sync up with iTunes because Apple Music doesn’t offer an option to download everything at once.

In this tutorial, we will show you a trick that will allow you to download all your songs to your iPhone or iPad using Apple Music and iCloud Music Library. Read More

 

ArtworkUpNext queues songs in the Music app when you tap on its album artwork

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 26, 2016

Those who use Apple’s Music app to indulge in listening to their favorite tunes are probably familiar with the app’s Up Next feature, which lets you queue songs to play after the current song finishes playing.

A new free jailbreak tweak called ArtworkUpNext aims to build off of this feature by making it easier for you to queue a song to play Up Next from the Music app. Read More

 

Suge Knight sues Dr. Dre for alleged attempted murder over Beats money

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Marion Hugh Knight Jr., better known as rap mogul Suge Knight or just Suge, is suing Apple employee Dr. Dre for $300 million, alleging Dre hired a hitman in an attempt to murder him after cutting Suge out of earnings for Beats. According to TMZ, Suge and his attorney are convinced that it was Dre who had him pumped with seven bullets in 2014 in a West Hollywood night club. Read More

 

Beats 1 Radio now has official Facebook page

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2016

Apple has created the official Facebook page for Beats 1, its 24/7 radio station that broadcasts in more than a hundred countries via the Internet. The new Facebook page is in addition to the service’s presence on other social media channels, like Twitter. Before today, Beats 1 Radio posts were published through Apple Music’s own Facebook page. Read More

 

Spotify for Apple TV should not be expected anytime soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 18, 2016

Have you been keeping your fingers crossed for Spotify for Apple TV? If so, you’ll be disappointed to learn that a Spotify tvOS app has been “down prioritized,” with a company executive stating that a release supporting tvOS should not be expected anytime soon. It’s unclear why the Swedish startup does not want to support the Apple TV, more so given its rivalry with Apple in the music-streaming space. Read More

 

How to optimize the Spotify app to use less cellular data

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 18, 2016

Spotify is one of the most popular alternatives to Apple Music on the iOS platform, but like all music streaming apps, it can really take a bite out of your cellular data if you’re not careful.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to configure your Spotify premium subscription responsibly so you can use it to your liking without blowing through all of your cellular data. Read More

 

Beats 1 Radio host Zane Love will talk music as a keynote speaker at 2017 SXSW

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2016

Zane Lowe, who used to be a host for BBC Radio for many years before moving to Beats 1 and Apple Music more than a year ago, has been announced as a keynote speaker for 2017’s South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival, Billboard reported Monday.

In addition to a keynote speech from Lowe, the annual confab in Austin will include keynotes from “Rogue One” filmmaker Gareth Edwards, author Adam Grant and Mount Everest photographer and climber Cory Richards. Read More

 
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