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Spotify Hits Apple With EU Antitrust Complaint

After a decade of worsening relations with Apple, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify took the extraordinary step today of filing a formal antitrust complaint with the European Commission, “after trying unsuccessfully to resolve the issues directly with Apple,” according to CEO Daniel Ek. Read More >>

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It Sure Seems Like Apple Is Willing to Bend Its Own Rules to Promote Its Services

Apple seems to really, really want people to commit to its services. Read More >>

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Apple Prime Would Be a Gigantic Hit, Huh?

It’s imminent. Multiple outlets now report that Apple will announce new video streaming and news subscription services at a celebrity-studded event in Cupertino, California on 25 March. BuzzFeed News cited anonymous sources who said the event would take place at Steve Jobs Theater and focus on the news service. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman corroborated that report and added that Apple’s long-rumoured streaming video service would also be announced—and with the participation of several Hollywood A-listers to boot. So it sounds like no small affair. Read More >>

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How to Play Apple Music from the Web

Apple isn’t known for its web apps, though you can now access a lot of its core apps (in basic form) through iCloud on the web. It doesn’t include Apple Music, but Apple does make APIs available for the service that other programmers can hook into – and that means there are now several third-party online players for Apple Music. Read More >>

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Latest Apple Rumour Says There’s a New iPod in the Works

It’s been a long time since the iPod was Apple’s most important gadget, and while the iPod Classic, the iPod Nano, and the iPod Shuffle are no longer available, the iPod Touch is still keeping the name alive. And if rumours are true, it seems Apple’s last remaining iPod is in line for at least one more refresh. Read More >>

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Some Apple Music Subscribers Can Save £50 on a HomePod

It's fair to say the HomePod hasn't been a huge success for Apple, because it didn't propel the company into smart speaker dominance. There are lots of reasons for that, which we won't get into again, but it does mean there are HomePods lying around that Apple would probably want to get rid of. While there were some discounts floating around the place near Black Friday, they're nothing compared to this. Read More >>

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Oh Hey, Now There’s One More Reason You Don’t Need to Spend a Bundle on a HomePod

In case you needed another reason not to buy a HomePod, Amazon just announced that support for Apple Music is coming to Echo devices starting the week of 17th December. Read More >>

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EU Officially OKs Apple’s Shazam Acquisition

After Apple announced plans to acquire Shazam at the end of 2017, the deal was put on hold when the EU launched an antitrust investigation to determine if it would decrease competition between streaming music providers. Read More >>

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Apple Music Has Reportedly Beaten Spotify in the US With the Users That Matter Most

As Tidal continues to struggle, Apple Music has found major success, and if a report leaked to Digital Music News is true, Apple Music may have just become the most popular on-demand streaming music service in the US—at least as far as paying users go. Read More >>

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Here’s the Secret Way to Listen to Apple Music in Your Browser Right Now

Apple Music has found a home in your web browser—sort of. On Sunday, a Reddit user discovered that if you log into the Apple Music tool for marketers with your Apple ID, the site will play full versions of songs instead of just the previews you might have previously seen on the web. The site also lets you search through the complete Apple Music catalogue. Overall, it functions like a slightly confusing, yet still pretty useful web client for Apple Music. Read More >>

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How YouTube Music Stacks Up Against Spotify and Apple Music

On Thursday, Google announced YouTube Music, its latest attempt to get music fans to pay for unlimited streaming. The new service launches on May 22, but how will it compare to Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services, like SoundCloud and Tidal? Here’s everything we know about YouTube Music so far, for anyone curious about switching to the newest player in town. Read More >>

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Is YouTube Music Already Doomed?

Google isn’t giving up on its quest to get you to pay it for music. That’s the main takeaway from Thursday’s announcement of YouTube Music, a re-imagining of how music-listening works on YouTube. The new streaming service will come in two flavors: a free tier called YouTube Music and a $10-per-month tier dubbed YouTube Music Premium, and it’s scheduled to debut on May 22 in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. Read More >>

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Apple’s Purchase of Shazam Gets Put on Hold While EU Investigates Anti-Trust Concerns

While the US Department of Justice battles Time Warner and AT&T in court to block one mega merger, another business deal is getting held up by officials overseas. On Monday, the European Commission announced that it is has opened an anti-trust investigation into Apple’s buyout of Shazam, potentially postponing the acquisition for months—or even killing it altogether. Read More >>

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Spotify Plans Make Its Free Service Suck Less as Apple Music Catches Up in Paid Subscribers: Report

Fresh off its initial public offering last week, Spotify is reportedly getting ready to overhaul its free music streaming service as it tries to keep Apple Music at bay for as long as possible. Read More >>

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Axl Rose Says Tim Cook ‘Is the Donald Trump of the Music Industry’ and We Have Questions

Last week, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose tweeted something with zero context. (Who among us?) But the more I think about what he tweeted, the more questions I have. Read More >>