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Apple Music and Deutsche Grammophon launch classical music playlist with artist curation

Apple Music is putting a brighter spotlight on classical music thanks to its partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. The classical music label is helping to curate The DG Playlist, which will feature recordings from across its 120 years in operation. The pair is also tapping some of the label’s younger talents to aid in the curation. Continue Reading

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Quick Hits: Citi report critique. “Hearables.” Spotify’s strategy and Apple’s response. BBC on Spotify.

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web: Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as ‘Inconsistent,’ ‘Inaccurate.’ The future is ear: Why “hearables” are finally tech’s next big thing. Spotify’s $30 billion playlist for global domination. Cook says Apple not in music streaming for the money. Your Favourite BBC Podcasts, Now on Spotify in the UK. Continue Reading

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Apple Music rolling out new social-driven playlist with Friends Mix

Apple Music is expanding its standard set of discovery playlists. The streaming music platform has added a Friends Mix, which collects 25 songs that a listener’s friends on the platform have been listening to in heavy rotation. Apple has been expanding the social side of its streaming service with recent operating system updates. Continue Reading

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Once again, new Drake album sets records and highlights the impact of a streaming economy

Drake continues to exert dominance over the music landscape with a new album that has broken records and demonstrated how extensively streaming has changed the role of longstanding industry standards and expectations. Scorpion dropped on June 29, and it quickly racked up enough streams to crack multiple records. The double album now holds the single-day streaming records for Spotify and Apple Music. Continue Reading

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Rumor Fact(ory): Apple pondering a joint digital subscription for music, video, and news

Apple may be planning a new type of multimedia content subscription. The Information (paywall) reports that Apple is considering a single package that would combine Apple Music with the company’s original TV and video projects and its overhauled news app. Each of the services would still be available individually, but a single access point would position Apple as a single-stop purveyor of entertainment. Continue Reading