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Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $70 million (£56 million) in debt funding—basically a loan from various investors—in order to stay in business. Read More >>

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Your Favourite Music App Has Higher Quality Audio Than You Think

Chances are you’ve signed up to at least one streaming service—but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you’re always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files. Read More >>

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Prince’s Music is Coming to Spotify

As of Sunday 12th February, Prince's catalogue of music from his time at Warner Bros. from 1978 to 1996, including 1999, Diamonds and Pearls and Purple Rain, will be available on streaming service Spotify, as well as Apple Music and Napster. Read More >>

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If Apple’s Video Plan is Really This Half-Arsed, it Will Be a Disaster

Apple is preparing to produce its own original scripted TV shows and potentially films, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. Apple executives are reportedly already in discussion with industry veterans about how to create shows comparable to Netflix’s Stranger Things or HBO’s Westworld. If all goes according to plan, the company will begin offering its original TV shows on its $10-per-month streaming service Apple Music by the end of 2017. Sadly, it looks like Apple is going to half-ass the enterprise. Read More >>

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Spotify Is Burying Artists That Give Exclusives to Apple

According to a new report, Spotify really hates artist exclusives so much that it’s penalising acts that put their jams on Apple Music first. Read More >>

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EE Offers 6 Months of Free Apple Music to New Customers

EE has announced a new perk for pay monthly customers: Free Apple Music for six moths. Read More >>

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What’s Better: Apple Music or Google Play Music?

Think streaming music, and the first name that springs to mind is probably Spotify—but there are some great alternatives out there. Both Apple and Google have music services for streaming, downloads, and playing local files across phones, tablets, and desktop. There are lots of different ways to compare the two services, but we’re going to try and simplify it by starting with all the similarities. Here’s how Apple Music compares to Google Play Music. Read More >>

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Apple Music Now Comes With Lyrics and a Much-Improved UI

If you were hoping Apple had a grand masterplan to overhaul Apple Music, it's dancing on the ceiling time. The app has been redesigned to make it look cleaner and has also been given lyrics. Read More >>

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Apple Engineers Hold Conference Calls at Customer’s House, Still Can’t Sort iTunes Out

A viral post in which some poor iTunes user moaned about the service deleting a large chunk of his music collection led to quite the extreme example of Apple customer service, with the tech giant sending out a couple of engineers to the chap's home in order to get to the bottom of the problem. Read More >>

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Why Your Favourite Apps Could Soon Be Black and White

Last week, Instagram began testing a new monochromatic design, and yesterday, Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac reported that one of the major changes coming to Apple Music in June will be a black-and-white makeover. It’s like the evolution of television in reverse. We’ve never had more beautiful smartphone displays, why would we dumb down the designs of our staple apps? It turns out that stripping colourful hues out of an app actually makes a ton of sense. Read More >>

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Apple Will Reportedly Overhaul its Music Service This Summer

Apple Music hasn’t been the success many hoped it would be. But according to Bloomberg that may change next month, with Apple preparing a big overhaul for the service. Read More >>

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Heartless!  Kanye Posts New Track to Apple Music After All

Remember that Tidal subscription you got to listen to Kanye’s new album The Life of Pablo? Turns out not all of that Mr. West’s definition of “exclusive” is somewhat looser than most. Read More >>

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You Can Finally Use Apple Music With Sonos

Sonos is billed as being the ultimate in-home music system, promising seamless streaming throughout your entire house. So it must’ve sucked to spend loadsa moneyyyy and not be able to use Apple Music with it, which was the case until today. Read More >>