“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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
“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.