Items tagged with music

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... Read more...
Taylor Swift has become pretty vocal with her thoughts on the music industry's business practices this past year, most notably slamming Spotify for offering its users a free subscription option. Now, and perhaps not surprisingly, Swift has the upcoming Apple Music service and its free trial in her sights. In a Tumblr post, Swift reaffirms 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... 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... Read more...
For whatever reason, there are certain songs that, once heard, tend to play over and over again in your head. It's quite annoying, and try as you might, there's no easy way to purge the unwanted tune from memory, or so we've always thought. Well, guess what? Not only is it possible to get one of these so called... Read more...
No one except Apple itself knows when it's going to be relaunching its Beats Music service, but one thing we can feel pretty confident about is that when it launches, it's going to make a big impact. Apple doesn't do things small, and given its expertise in the digital music market, Beats Music could become a huge... 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... Read more...
If you like to rock out with your iPhone out (or any other iOS device), get ready for a visual change to your Music app when iOS 8.4 arrives. It's already out in the wild in beta form, and those who've played with the next version of Apple's mobile operating system note that the Cupertino outfit overhauled the Music... Read more...
Today (March 14) is a day when nerds, geeks, mathematicians, and pie lovers alike all celebrate Pi Day. This year is particularly special, as the sequence extends to the year as well -- 3.14.15, the first five digits of Pi's infinite range. Pretty cool, right? Microsoft thought so, and to celebrate the occasion, it's... Read more...
Pandora remains one of the most popular Internet radio stations out there and it's about to do something that could attract even more music listeners. During Pandora's investor day last Thursday, company executives said Pandora is likely to add a paid day pass to its service that would allow listeners to rock out with... Read more...
Long before there were smartphones and iPod devices, there was the Walkman, which allowed us to groove to Guns N' Roses belting out Paradise City and Sweet Child O' Mine while on the go. Of course, it was helpful to carry a pen or pencil in case those cassette tapes needed adjusting, but whatever, Sony changed the... Read more...
The music industry has a history of fighting advances in technology, and rather than continue to do that, organizations like the RIAA and music labels in general would do well to pay attention to market trends and figure out ways to capitalize on them. Right now, the trend is towards streaming music -- downloaded... Read more...
With Google responsible for at least 50% of the world's search traffic, I think it's safe to say that the company knows what it's doing in search -- but that doesn't mean that its service can't be improved over time. No one seems to realize that better than Google itself, as we've seen many features rollout over the... Read more...
Another year is almost in the books, but before we head into 2015, Spotify took a stroll down memory lane and revealed what we collectively listened to most this past year, which turned out to be Ed Sheeran. He beat out Eminem, Calvin Harris, Avicii, and David Guetta (in that order) for top male artist on the... Read more...
As part of a massive holiday giveaway promotion, Microsoft is offering over 100 MP3 albums through its Music Deals app for free to everyone. That is, everyone who uses Windows 8 or owns a Windows Phone. The promotion is available for a limited time but it is worth taking advantage of. Country, Rock and Roll, Rap... Read more...
Robots... they're taking over! That's a refrain we've heard for years, of course, but you have to wonder how close we're actually getting when they start to appear in popular music videos. Honda's Uni-Cub, described as a 360-degree personal mobility device, is shown front-and-center in OK Go's latest music video... Read more...
Apple took the world by surprise when the company bought the Beats brand for $3 billion earlier this year, which remains the Cupertino outfit's largest acquisition to date. Now the big question is, what will Apple do with the Beats Music portion of that acquisition? We've heard a few different rumors, the most recent... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google acquired a company by the name of Songza. Now, we're seeing some fruits of the integration. Playlists have become awfully important for all music apps, from Beats to Rhapsody to Pandora. And now, Google Play Music is joining the fun with curated music stations that respond to whatever it is... Read more...
Don't look now, but we might be on the verge of a price war in the streaming music space. Music labels probably won't let that happen to the degree that we'd like, though if Apple is successful in relaunching its Beats Music subscription service at $5 per month as it reportedly wants to do, labels and music artists... Read more...
The search game is changing as Google makes a concerted effort to cut down on music piracy while simultaneously helping to promote legitimate download sites like Netflix and Google Play. In keeping with its transparent theme, Google spelled out some specific changes it's making (as well as already made) to search in... Read more...
Online services are slowing coming around to the idea that not all of its customers are single users who never learned how to share. The latest to experience this epiphany is Spotify, which is rolling out a discounted family plan for multiple member households. With Spotify Family, up to four members can share a... Read more...
U2’s collaboration goes way beyond the album Apple forced on iPhone users at the launch event. According to a report in TIME, the band and tech company have been working on a project that could give bands a new way to deliver albums to their audiences. Hopefully, this new album format doesn’t involve... Read more...
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