Spotify’s new continuously updated playlist combines your favorites and new music

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

Spotify, the #1 music streaming service, today announced a new playlist updated daily with tracks that users mark as favorites as well as new music.

Now available in the updated mobile Spotify app for iOS and Android, Daily Mix differs from Spotify’s existing Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlists which get refreshed each Monday and Friday, respectively, in that Daily Mix won’t be a complete refresh of songs each time the playlist is updated. Read More

 

How to view song lyrics in Apple Music on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 23, 2016

If you use Apple Music to listen to your favorite tracks on your Mac, then it’s easy to follow along with the lyrics of any song.

You can view song lyrics on your Mac in one of two ways; either from the main iTunes window, or from the iTunes mini player. We’ll outline the steps for both ways to view song lyrics in Apple Music on your Mac below. Read More

 

Tweakify puts new songs at the top of your Spotify playlists instead of the bottom

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 18, 2016

Spotify users who add music to their playlists will understand the struggle a new free jailbreak tweak called Tweakify aims to fix.

Rather than adding new songs to the bottom of your song playlists, this tweak adds them to the top so they’re easier to find while still preserving the ability to move and re-order your tracks on your own afterwards. Read More

 

Spotify hits 40 million paid subscribers

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek said on Twitter this morning that the world’s leading music-streaming service now has forty million paid subscriptions. “40 is the new 30. Million,” reads the tweet. The Swedish service has been ramping up its streaming business for quite some time as it prepares for an initial public offering (IPO) so this should be music to the ears of Spotify’s investors. Read More

 

How to view song lyrics in the Music app in iOS 10

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 14, 2016

Before iOS 10, the only way you could see lyrics from your Music app on your iPhone or iPad was to manually add the lyrics with iTunes.

iOS 10’s redesigned Apple Music app, on the other hand, is much more intuitive and lets you view the lyrics of songs you play with the tap of a button. Read More

 

4 ways to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

In case you haven’t already figured it out, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both do completely away with the 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Apple is now pushing the industry to use Lightning-based and wireless Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

So with that in mind, how will you possibly use your existing headphones and speakers with your new iPhone while you’re trying to charge it? Well we’ve got four solutions for you that will get your mind off of the missing headphone jack. Read More

 

Apple begins selling $99 gift cards for Apple Music annual subscriptions

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

The individual Apple Music tier is $9.99 per month, which works out to an annual cost of $120. But now, you can bring the price of your monthly subscription down to $8.25 by purchasing Apple’s new gift card that gives you full twelve months of Apple Music in exchange for $99. These redeemable codes are available from Apple Stores, eBay (with email delivery) and a number of other retailers. Read More

 

Notum brings music and a new look to Notification Center

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 4, 2016

Notum is a new jailbreak tweak that not only enhances the way Notification Center looks, but also adds a new page to it for interacting with your currently-playing music or media.

One of the first things that will stand out after you install this tweak is the new animation you’ll see while opening and closing Notification Center on your device. Read More

 

Apple pushes new music discovery feature to beta testers ahead of iOS 10 release

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2016

First announced at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, a pair of forthcoming music discovery features went live on Apple Music this past Friday for iOS 10 beta testers.

Rechristened from “Discovery Mix” to “My New Music Mix” and available through the For You section of the Music app on iOS 10, this new curated playlist suggests tunes based on your previously played music.

As a bonus, you also get another personally curated playlist—“My Favorites Mix”. These two auto-updated playlists should take the pain out of discovering new artists and music from Apple Music’s vast content library, as first reported on by AppleInsider. Read More

 

Amazon to take aim at Apple with $9.99 a month music service, due in September

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2016

Amazon already has a music store, but its catalog of songs is limited and streaming is only available to those subscribed to the company’s $99 per year Prime service. As Re/code said, the online retail giant has also considered a bargain-priced music service that would only work on Echo hardware and be priced at $4 to $5 per month.

Monday, The Financial Times newspaper reported that Amazon has a third offering in the works, a $9.99 per month music-streaming service that would offer the full catalogue of songs that Spotify and Apple offer. Read More

 

Spotify punishing artists who sign exclusivity deals with competitors

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2016

Spotify has been punishing musicians who introduce new material exclusively on other streaming services, reports Bloomberg. Artists who have given Apple premier access to new music have been told that their songs won’t be placed on featured playlists.

The Swedish music company has been using such practices for about a year, say sources, and the efforts have escalated during the past few months. Artists who have given exclusives to Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service have seen similar forms of retaliation. Read More

 

Universal wasn’t joking: Lady GaGa’s upcoming new album won’t be an Apple Music-exclusive

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

As you know, the major record label Universal Music Group is apparently done with streaming exclusives on Apple Music, Spotify and other services. Sources who spoke with HITS Daily Double caution that the repercussions stemming from the music industry’s disdain for exclusives have forced Universal’s label Interscope to release Lady GaGa’s fifth studio album on a non-exclusive basis.

Now even the album’s dance floor anthem, titled “Perfect Illusion,” would launch as an Apple Music exclusive in light of the industry kerfuffle over digital exclusives—despite the fact that a deal had been in place between Apple, Lady Gaga and Interscope. Read More

 

UK’s carrier EE to offer free six-month Apple Music subscriptions beginning September 1

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2016

Not to be outdone by Australia’s Telstra and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, British telecommunications operator EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) confirmed that it, too, would soon be treating its customers to six free months of music-streaming via Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio.

To promote this offer, the carrier put together a multi-million pound ad campaign featuring actor Kevin Bacon and pop singer Britney Spears. Read More

 

Australian carrier Telstra treats customers to data-free Apple Music streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Telstra, Australia’s #1 wireless carrier, is following in the footsteps of T-Mobile’s Binge On by announcing that customers on its Go Mobile plans can now listen to songs, albums and playlists on Apple Music without using their monthly data allowance, said the company. Read More

 

Check out the star-studded lineup of Apple Music Festival 10

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Apple Music Festival 10, which runs September 18-30 at the London Roundhouse, will be headlined by such acts as Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John and others, the company announced Thursday. The ten-day festival will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members in 100 countries. Read More

 

Major record label reportedly bans “exclusive” deals with Apple Music and other services

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

Apple’s practice of locking down long-term exclusive deals with artists has reportedly drawn ire from Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s biggest major label. Frank Ocean’s recent exclusive deal with Apple was a wakeup call for the industry, with UMG set to curtail its practice of supplying Apple Music and other services with longterm exclusives.

“It’s our job to make sure that there’s not just one winner in music streaming,” a source told BuzzFeed News. Read More

 

Report: Deutsche Telekom to lure customers with 6 months of Apple Music for free

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom is reportedly planning to lure prospective customers into the fold by enticing them with six free months of Apple Music, about a $60 value.

German-language blog iPhone-ticker.de reported Wednesday that Deutsche Telekom is set to announce the offer at IFA in Berlin, Europe’s largest consumer electronics show that runs September 2-7. Read More

 

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

 
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