Newly-acquired Apple executive Jimmy Iovine sat down with Evening Standard's Jimi Famurewa to talk about Apple Music this week. As you'd imagine, the former record label chairman-turned-Beats-co-founder has a lot to say about Apple's new streaming service.
Perhaps one of the most interesting tidbits from the interview have to do with Taylor Swift's infamous open letter to Apple. Iovine says that he woke up to the letter early that Sunday morning and immediately hopped on the phone to try and get the issue sorted out.
Alongside Tuesday's launch of HBO's new standalone streaming service, HBO Now, Fast Company published a wide-ranging interview with the network's chief executive Richard Plepler. The piece offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Now came about, and more interesting to us, how Apple got involved.
As Plepler tells it, HBO had been working on a streaming service for a few years, with plans to launch in 2016. But due to increasing competition from Netflix, and a looming takeover bid from media mogul Rubert Murdoch, they decided to speed up the timetable. So he gave his old friend Jimmy Iovine a call.
Having originally anticipated sending its online services and software engineering chiefs, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, to speak at Recode.net's Recode Conference, Apple's changed its mind after announcing the $3 billion Beats buy and has opted to dispatch Beats co-founder and music mogul Jimmy Iovine instead of Craig.
My colleague Cody has published several articles covering the two men's appearance at the conference. Based on a couple video snippets Recode published earlier this week, we've heard that Apple’s best product pipeline in 25 years is coming later in 2014, learned about the latest iTunes stats and gotten amused by Eddy Cue's opinion on the current state of TV (in short, it "sucks").
The interview is now available for streaming straight from Recode and I've included the full video for your viewing pleasure right after the break...