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Rumor Fact(ory): Apple’s will ditch Beats brand, offer social features to artists

Today brings a fresh batch of rumors and sneak peaks into Apple’s forthcoming music service, as usual courtesy of 9to5Mac. Unnamed industry sources told the site that despite being based on Beats Music, the new platform is likely to be called Apple Music. It is also expected to integrate social features similar to ones that Apple previously experimented with in the form of Ping. Continue Reading

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Apple’s Beats Music may have select free listening features

The early buzz about Apple’s redesigned take on Beats Music was that the service would have no free listening options. That made sense, especially with the ensuing rumors that Apple was potentially pushing for other streaming platforms to eliminate their freemium tiers. According to the latest reports from Re/Code, though, the no-free-listening approach may have a few exceptions. Continue Reading

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Rumor Fact(ory): Apple reportedly lacks labels deals ahead of Beats launch

The music industry has been waiting for Apple to unveil its new vision for Beats Music, and the streaming service’s debut is expected to happen during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference next month. However, Billboard has reported that Apple allegedly may not have any of the licensing deals with major labels that are necessary for the service to meet that launch date. Continue Reading

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Latest Apple/Beats news teases exclusive releases, editorial content

Apple and it’s reimagining of Beats Music is the subject of two new news items now floating around industry circles. First, MusicAlly reported that Apple is currently paying music journalists to supply the editorial snippets detailing its curated playlists. Second, a report from Bloomberg said that Apple is reaching out to artists in an effort to get exclusive content for its streaming service. Continue Reading

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Internet Radio Rewind #038: When exclusives aren’t exclusive; banking on a music label

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THIS WEEK: Streaming exclusives don’t stay exclusive; Webcast listening reaches new record; when a music label and a bank hook up; milestone moment for 8tracks; Pandora pays more than half of all webcast royalties Continue Reading

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Internet Radio Rewind #037: A celebrity relaunch; Spotify’s Canada deal; new research

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THIS WEEK: The weekly update of the streaming audio industry, from RAIN News. THIS WEEK: Tidal relaunch makes it seem new; DASH Radio; Spotify’s new Canadian deal; revenue forecast for Internet radio advertising; who wants connected cars? Continue Reading

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Internet Radio Rewind #036: Leaks and startups, Android and AMP

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THIS WEEK: Beats Music leaks; new startup merges listening and broadcasting; new podcast company Amplifi Media; Android Auto hits the road; new AMP bill benefits music producers. Continue Reading