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Apple Music app launches June 30

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Apple unveiled its new music streaming service on Monday at WWDC. You can try it for yourself starting June 30 for $9.99 per month. It will be available then on iOS, OS X and Windows, with an Android version coming this fall.


Sony Music CEO confirms Apple’s music service will be unveiled at WWDC

Sony Music CEO Doug Morris has confirmed that Apple will unveil its new music streaming product at WWDC on Monday. Sony Music will almost certainly be one of the largest labels on board with the new service, which is expected to cost around $10 a month.

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Amazon Digital Sale Will Let You Fill Up Your New Devices for Cheap


After all the unwrapping is done this Christmas morning you probably have new phones, tablets, ereaders and streaming devices to fill up with content. Amazon is here to help you do it as cheaply as possible.

Amazon has launched a Digital Deal of the Day sale that sees hundreds of movies marked down significantly if you want to pick them up digitally. And if you’re worried about it being some b-movie you’ve never heard of, don’t fret because there are a ton of great movies and new releases included.


Here’s How PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Broke YouTube’s View Counter

Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, the viral sensation released back in 2012, has been viewed so many times it broke YouTube’s view counter. The quirky K-Pop song broke several Youtube records over the years, but nobody could have expected this. Who (and why) are people still watching the video? Who knows, but the number continues to climb.

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Google Play Music Subscribers Get YouTube Music Key This Week

Those already subscribed to Google Play Music — formerly named All Access — will automatically gain access to Music Key, the new music video streaming service from YouTube, starting next week. In addition, Google will be making ad-free music videos available alongside selected tracks in the Play Music apps for Android and iOS.

When Google announced Music Key last week, the company made it clear that there would be some kind of partnership between the new YouTube service and its existing Play Music service. Those who subscribe to one will automatically gain access to the other at no extra cost.

But with Key Music launching in beta form initially, it was unclear when Play Music subscribers would get the chance to use it. Now an email being issued to those subscribers confirms the good news.

“Starting next week, as a Google Play Music subscriber, you’ll get free and complete access to the YouTube Music Key beta, a new service from YouTube where you can watch ad-free music videos, and keep the music playing in the background or when you’re offline,” Google’s message reads.

“The Google Play Music app will also include ad-free music videos alongside select tracks.”

Play Music subscribers won’t have to pay a penny extra to use Music Key, then, and they won’t need to do anything to upgrade; their Play Music accounts will automatically provide them with access to YouTube’s new beta when it goes live next week.

In addition to the videos available inside the Play Music app, Music Key will be accessible via the YouTube apps on Android and iOS, and via in your web browser.



Guardians of the Galaxy Mixtape Will Be Released on Limited Edition Cassette

Guardians of the Galaxy was charming throughout, but what really made it special was all the references to 80s pop culture. One of the best parts of the film was when Peter Quill was sitting in The Milano and popped in his Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette tape. The songs on it couldn’t have been more out of place in the context of a space opera, but they managed to complement the movie perfectly. Hooked on a Feeling; Moorage Daydream; I Want You Back. All classics.

While the soundtrack has been available in a variety of ways since the movie’s release, a limited edition cassette is set to hit ahead of the movie’s Blu-ray release on Dec. 9. The tape itself plays a big role in the film and, fittingly, the real-life version will be an exact replica of the movie prop, complete with a song list and weathered look. Folks who buy the cassette will also get access to a digital download. If you’re a die-hard collector, you’ll definitely want to track one down when it hits select record stores on Nov. 28.

It’s unclear how many copies will be produced (Billboard also doesn’t reveal price), but you can bet they’ll sell quick. Even if you do manage to track one down, the challenge will definitely be finding an actual cassette player. Still, the point is to own part of the movie, so folks who purchase it probably won’t mind that it’ll just be a nice prop on a shelf.

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Music Sales Finally Increase, Piracy Goes Down

For the first time in 14 years, music sales are up by the slimmest of margins—just 0.3 percent. Even better, piracy reportedly fell by 17-percent overall in 2012, meaning the music industry is getting a double-dose of good news. The changes are attributed, of all things, to the evolving Internet. More specifically, streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, which isn’t much of a surprise.