Google has confirmed plans to merge YouTube Red and Play Music into a new streaming service. YouTube’s head of music said the move was necessary to take the services forward and attract new subscribers, but he insists nothing will change without plenty of notice.
Taylor Swift’s official tour film, “The 1989 World Tour Live,” is now available for streaming exclusively on Apple Music. Filmed at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia, the film includes an entire show with special guest performances, and never-before-seen backstage footage.
More than 6.5 million people are paying for Apple Music, and another 8.5 million are still enjoying a free trial, Tim Cook has confirmed. Users “love the human curation” aspect that doesn’t come with rival music streaming services, the Apple CEO added.
Luxury fashion retailer Burberry has launched a new Apple Music channel that allows listeners to enjoy songs and films that originate out of the company’s many partnerships with British artists.
Dr. Dre’s new album, which is exclusively available through iTunes and Apple Music, has been streamed 25 million times in its first week, according to figures released by Apple. “Compton: A Soundtrack” has also sold half a million copies through iTunes.
Apple has begun creating exclusive content for its Apple Music service by producing in-house videos for several Apple Music artists, according to a new report. Drake, Pharrell Williams, Eminem, and M.I.A. are said to be among those who have created in-house music videos.
Apple just released iOS 8.4, the latest public release of its mobile operating system, and it includes support for Apple Music, Beats 1 radio and more. Take a full look at the release changes:
iOS 8.4 hit earlier this morning with Apple Music as the new highlight feature. Apple Music also includes the company’s new Beats 1 radio station, which will stream content 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s live now, and Zane Lowe kicked it off with a song called City from Spring King.
Apple Music won’t play nicely with your Sonos speakers at launch, but the two will be compatible ASAP, according to Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers. The ex-Beats Music CEO confirmed the plans on Twitter ahead of Music’s launch on June 30.
Widespread criticism of Apple’s decision not to pay royalties during Apple Music’s free trial period has convinced the company to change its mind. Just hours after Taylor Swift spoke out against the policy on her blog, Apple announced it will now pay up while customers listen for free.
Taylor Swift has already made her feelings about music streaming services pretty clear, and blocked Apple Music from offering her hit new album 1989. But in a new blog post, the singer labels the service “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike” Apple.
Apple announced Apple Music on Monday during its annual WWDC developer conference. The service will launch on June 30 and will offer users a 3-month trial before users will be required to pay a $9.99 monthly subscription. It offers some compelling features, like human curated playlists and 24/7 Beats1 Radio, but why else should you consider it over services like Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music and Xbox Music? Apple’s latest ads provide some context.