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Rumor Fact(ory): Another report that Jimmy Iovine will step back from Apple Music

Apple’s music mogul Jimmy Ioving is back in headline. Sources reportedly familiar with the exec’s plans told The Wall Street Journal (paywall) that he will transition into a consulting role in August. At that time, they said he will be less involved with the day-to-day operation of the Apple Music streaming platform. Continue Reading

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Infinite Dial 2018: Pandora tops the audio brand charts

Pandora continues to top the awareness of audio brands in the Infinite Dial 2018. The audio company had 85% awareness among the respondents. iHeartRadio rated second in awareness at 67%, followed by Spotify at 65%. Both Apple Music and Amazon Music clocked in with 60%. Continue Reading

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Tim Cook worries “about the humanity being drained out of” music

Apple has been closely tied to music’s journey into the digital realms from the beginning. That journey has gone to many new places, but Apple is still keeping pace with the changes and doing its best to stay ahead of the game. That’s the takeaway from an interview CEO Tim Cook gave to Fast Company about Apple’s position as a tech innovator and where music fits into the picture. Continue Reading

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Apple Music has 36 million subscribers, reportedly posting 5% monthly growth in the U.S.

Much of Apple’s subscriber increase is reportedly happening in the U.S. Unnamed sources told WSJ that Apple is posting 5% monthly subscriber growth in the United States, compared with 2% growth for Spotify. That has led many other publications to see this as a sign that Apple could overtake Spotify as the biggest subscription streaming service in one of the major markets, but that projection requires some caveats. Continue Reading

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Apple Music for Artists beta launches, the first analytics effort from the streaming service

Apple has introduced an analytics dashboard that offers insights into listener behavior within the tech company’s streaming music service. Apple Music for Artists is only available to a few thousand performers in the initial rollout. Feedback from these artists made result in tweaks or improvements to the system before its broad launch in spring. Continue Reading