Apple Music coming to FaceBook Messenger

“Apple will be introducing an Apple Music chat extension to Facebook Messenger, making it possible for people to bring the music streaming app into conversations with friends and family members and share music,” Jordan Novet reports for VentureBeat. Spotify,” Novet reports, “is also introducing a chat extension.” “Apple Music is available on Android and iOS. Now it’s being packaged up in one of the most popular mobile apps that’s not controlled by Apple itself,” Novet reports. “The company has shown a willingness to make Apple Music widely available. Apple Music in Messenger does make sense in that context.” Read more Click Here to Read more

Apple Music adds 24/7 CBS Sports Radio for Members

In its ever growing list of offerings, Apple Music has added CBS Sports Radio for its paying members.  CBS Sports Radio offers sports-related news, specials, and more. “The appetite for compelling and hard-to-ignore sports analysis, commentary and fan debate continues to grow across all audio platforms,” said Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO. “CBS Sports Radio delivers this to fans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so it’s an ideal next step to launch a channel on Apple Music, one of the most popular streaming services today, as yet another way we continue to meet the evolving Click Here to Read more

Why is Apple Music gaining in Subscribers so quickly?

“Apple’s Services revenue rose 24% YoY (year-over-year) in fiscal 4Q16 to $6.3 billion,” Adam Rogers writes for Market Realist. “App Store revenue was driven by Apple Music, which grew 22% YoY.” “Recently, a J.D. Power Streaming Music Satisfaction Study named Apple Music as the top-rated music streaming service,” Rogers writes. “According to the study, 35% of respondents were “strongly committed” to Apple Music. In comparison, 30% of respondents were strongly committed to Spotify and Google Music.” “Apple Music now has over 17 million subscribers, up from 15 million in August 2016 and 11 million in March 2016,” Rogers writes. “Spotify Click Here to Read more

JD Power votes Apple Music as tops in customer satisfaction

Early Wednesday, J.D. Power and Associates published a report that claims Apple Music is the top-rated music service as compared to others such as Spotify and Google Play Music. For Apple Music customers that were polled, 35% of the customers were “strongly committed” to the service.  The other two music services (Spotify and Google Play Music) were tied at 30% each. 62% of Apple’s listership cited compatibility with their devices as a reason for signing up. Apple Music is baked into iOS and macOS, and while it can also be used on Android and Windows, some features — like Siri voice commands Click Here to Read more

Apple offering $99.00 Annual Apple Music Gift Cards

Last weekend, Apple started selling gift cards for their music service for a price of $99.00 within the United States.  By doing this, the company is hoping that customers will commit to the music service for one year. For an individual listener, Apple Music normally costs about $120 per year at a rate of $9.99 per month. Apple’s main rival in on-demand streaming — Spotify — does sell cards for 12-month Premium subscriptions, but these are normally full-price ($120) unless a vendor happens to be offering a discount. The cards are available at Apple Retail Stores, Best Buy, PayPal online Click Here to Read more

Kanya West wants Apple to Purchase Tidal and calls for executive meeting

Kayne West launched a Tweet Storm last Friday asking Apple’s Tim Cook to have an executive meeting with him and his team to discuss the possibility of buying rival Tidal. West said Apple’s rivalry with Tidal is a detriment to the music industry, and he’s calling on executives from both companies to come together to discuss sale terms. Specifically, he wants to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine, Apple Music Larry Jackson and Tidal owner Jay-Z — as well as Drake, for some reason — this week. He later added Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek to the Click Here to Read more

Katy Perry debuts new song on Apple Music and iTunes called Rise

Well known song artist Katy Perry has released an exclusive new single on Apple Music and iTunes.  The song (called Rise) [direct link] will be played during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Perry told the web site why she wrote the song, saying that it has been “brewing” inside her for years. She reportedly decided to finish it instead of holding it for a new album, because “now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite” referencing the recent events happening around the world right now. It’s not know how long Click Here to Read more

NBC Sports Radio added to Apple Music

Apple’s internet radio options expanded on Tuesday with the addition of NBC Sports Radio, a 24-hour live station with high-profile sports talk personalities. NBC Sports Radio is now available to stream via the iOS Music app, or in iTunes on a Mac or PC. It joins other live news and talk stations available from Apple such as NPR and BBC World Service. The 24/7 NBC Sports Radio station is home to sports talk personalities including Mike Florio, Chris Mannix, Rodney Harrison, and Amani Toomer.

Kanye West’s Album that he said would ‘never never never be on Apple Music’ is now available on Apple Music

“After six weeks of streaming exclusively on Tidal, the Jay-Z-backed music service, Kanye West’s latest album, ‘”The Life of Pablo,”‘ was released to other streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music,” The Associated Press report. “The wide release comes after West tweeted in February that the album ‘will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale,’” AP reports. “The tweet appeared to be deleted from West’s timeline as of Friday,” AP reports. Read more in the full article here.

"No Apple Music or iTunes for my Music!" – Kanye West

Rapper Kanye West debuted “his new album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ exclusively through the Jay Z-owned [Tidal] streaming music service,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “West also announced that he would not offer the album through Apple.” “It’s been a busy few days for self-proclaimed genius West. He released his new album on Tidal after performing on ‘Saturday Night Live’ over the weekend,” Seitz reports. “He also announced that he is $53 million in debt and asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion. And he got into a new spat with pop star Taylor Swift and proclaimed Click Here to Read more

Apple Music Announces Exclusive Taylor Swift Content from her 1989 Tour

Apple is sending out emails to all registered customers about Taylor Swift’s 1989 concert tour when she was in Sydney. “Watch Taylor Swift light up the stage — leading a sing-along of recent and favorite hits to a sold-out crowd in Sydney. The concert film is filled with special guests and behind-the-scenes footage from her record-breaking world tour. Apple Music members can watch the show for free on Apple Music and Apple TV. If you’re not a member, sign up for a three-month free trial or join Apple Music now.” For more information, click here.

Apple: 6.5 million people are paying to use Apple Music

Apple’s streaming music service has hit yet another milestone. The tech giant said Monday over 15 million people are now using Apple Music, 6.5 million of which are paying for the service. Speaking at WSJDLive, The Wall Street Journal’s global technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company has 6.5 million paying customers for Apple Music and 8.5 million customers on three-month free trials.  To read the rest of the article, click here.