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Given how much Apple Music has been in the news this month, it's almost hard to believe that the service has yet to launch. Tomorrow, that will change, as Apple will be rolling the service out for iOS, OS X, and Windows (Android support is coming this fall). In order to make sure you're ready for the service, you'll want to be running the latest version of iOS (8.4), or the latest version of iTunes on a computer. To reiterate the basics of the service, Apple Music will cost $9.99/mo for one individual, or $14.99 for a family of up to six members.... Read more...
How much pull does Taylor Swift have? As it turns out, a lot. Yesterday, we reported on Swift's open letter to Apple, in which she criticized the Cupertino company for not wanting to pay artists during the free trial period of its Apple Music service -- in effect, asking them to work for free. It didn't take long for the company to respond, with Apple SVP Eddy Cue confirming that artists will get paid during the free trial period. Credit: Eric Cable While the company hasn't made an official announcement, Apple's SVP Eddy Cue took to Twitter to spread the... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One has sure been receiving a lot of love at this year's E3. Yesterday, Microsoft revealed that it'd be introducing Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, which is something I'm sure very few people expected. In the same presentation, the company also introduced the Xbox Elite Wireless controller - priced at a staggering $150. The great thing about the backwards compatibility roll out is that users who are part of the preview program can access that now. Microsoft wasn't done with the announcements that can be taken advantage of now: today it's unveiled that the feature to stream from... Read more...
In a recent Spanish interview, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings offered a rather controversial perspective on content piracy via the Internet. In the interview, Hastings stated that while a great many may consider piracy to be a problem, the truth is that it has served a purpose in helping to create a public that is savvy about viewing best-quality content on demand via the Internet. Spain has long been a particularly sharp thorn in the paw of producers and distributors of entertainment products, with a raging culture of Internet file-sharing piracy borne of a dearth of good legal alternatives. Despite... Read more...
You know that feeling opponents would get when Michael Jordan used to step on the basketball court? We imagine that's what streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody are feeling right about now as news spreads that Apple's about to become a direct competitor. Having built up iTunes into what it is today, Apple shouldn't have much trouble rolling out a streaming service that's capable of competing with established players. After all, iTunes is where most music is sold these days, and that's been true for very long time now. So even though Apple is late to the party, it... Read more...
Patience isn't just a virtue, it's also a money saving tactic. More evidence of that comes in the form of a $20 price cut to the Nexus Player in the Google Store, which brings the total down to $79 with free shipping. Tack on another $40 if you also want the Gamepad, an optional accessory that isn't on sale. It also comes with free shipping, so you're looking at $119 for both.The Nexus Player is a streaming media device built by Asus for Google. It runs the new Android TV and is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom quad-core CPU and Imagination PowerVR Series 6 graphics. Think of its as Google's answer... Read more...
The people have spoken with their wallets, and what they've said is they prefer their tunes served up on a streaming platter. Or at least that's the message music lovers are sending to Warner Music Group, which for the first time saw its streaming music revenue skip ahead of revenue from selling song downloads last quarter. It's a fast growing category. Aided by popular services like Spotify, WMG said its streaming revenue grew 33 percent in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015. At the same time, Warner's digital revenue grew 7 percent overall, indicating that download sales went down during last... Read more...
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating Apple's dealings with record labels in advance of the Cupertino company's roll out of a new version of its Beats Music streaming subscription service. What antitrust officials want to know is if Apple is using its position as the top seller of music downloads to encourage labels and artists to pull out of Spotify's free streaming tier, just as Taylor Swift and a few others have done.Rumors of the investigation hit the web earlier this week and have been gaining steam. Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg is reporting that... Read more...
Sony is all about pushing as many PlayStation 4 consoles into homes as it can, but at the same time, it hasn't forgotten about owners of the previous generation PlayStation 3 system. Beginning May 12 (next Tuesday), Sony's cloud-based PlayStation Now service will be available on the older console with a free 7-day trial for new subscribers. PlayStation Now gives gamers access to a growing library of more than 100 PS3 games, which was previously made available to PS4 owners, along with select Sony-brand Blu-ray players and TVs. The service lets you rent most games -- prices vary by title, starting... Read more...
If a report this week by The Verge is accurate, Apple is quietly encouraging music labels to part ways with streaming music service Spotify. Apple is reportedly developing a Beats streaming service that would compete with the likes of Spotify and YouTube. The service is expected to appear in the next version of iOS, likely this summer. Apple’s efforts to undermine Spotify are apparently drawing some attention from the Department of Justice, which is already keeping an eye on Apple for past issues.  It’s easy to see how talking to music labels about their contracts with Spotify could raise... Read more...
Cable companies are faced with a decision as more and more TV viewers cut the cord in favor of streaming -- evolve or become extinct. Only one of those options is enticing, and so Cablevision has gone and inked a deal with Hulu to apparently resell its Hulu Plus subscription service to its Optimum customers. As such, Cablevision becomes the first cable or satellite or TV provider to distribute Hulu. We say "apparently" because the press release Cablevision put out is short on details. The alternative to reselling Hulu Plus would be to offer it as a free service to Optimum subscribers, either as... Read more...
In what likely turned out to be an intense bidding war, Hulu has secured the rights to stream all 180 episodes of Seinfeld, the highly successful NBC comedy that spanned nine seasons from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It's said that Hulu agreed to fork over just shy of $1 million per episode, or around $180 million for the entire series.It was reported last month that several parties were interested in the sitcom's streaming rights, including Amazon and Yahoo. Netflix would have been interested had it not already paid a king's ransom for Friends, another popular sitcom of days gone by, and a comparative... Read more...
As most subscribers will attest, the HBO Now app is pretty awesome. It's easy to use, isn't saddled with bugs, and offers access to all of HBO's content, including Game of Thrones. However, only paying customers living in the U.S. are eligible to play. Some people in other countries have found ways around the territorial restriction by way of using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), but HBO is savvy to the situation and is attempting to crack down on the practice. Not to be confused with HBO Go, a complimentary add-on to HBO cable and satellite subscribers, HBO Now became a standalone... Read more...
During Microsoft's big Windows 10 event in late January, we learned that the company would be trying to tightly integrate its Xbox platform with the OS. That'll come to us in the form of an "Xbox" app, which will allow gamers to track their gaming achievements, chat to friends, view recorded gameplay, as well as receive a broadcast from an Xbox One so that games can be played from the PC. In a May Xbox One update, the first hint of that latter functionality is going to become availabel. While more than just that feature will likely be added or enhanced, the streaming capability could prove to be... Read more...
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