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Apple could bundle streaming video with a subscription to magazines, music, and iCloud storage

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Apple is already rumored to be planning a news and magazine subscription service for next year, and the company is reportedly considering bundling it with the video content it’s been acquiring at a rapid pace. A new report in The Information echoes an earlier story from The Wall Street Journal that said Apple could bundle its original video programming — like those coming from its multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey — with news content, magazines, Apple Music, and iCloud storage. The timing, however, isn’t yet known.

Apple is likely still in the process of deciding the details of how to package, price, and sell all these services, whether together or separately. Previous video experiments like Planet of the Apps were unceremoniously shoved into iTunes and Apple Music. We’d have to expect that there’ll be a more coherent plan in place for the new shows that Apple is sinking billions of dollars into.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘Everything Is Love’ Now Available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon

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At some point in the wee hours of Monday morning, Tidal’s exclusive on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new tag-team album “Everything Is Love” became available on Apple Music(and iTunes), Spotify Premium, Amazon and Pandora — and a spokesperson for Spotify confirmed to Variety that the album will be available on the service’s free tier in two weeks.

However, bonus track “Salud” — which was released at the same time as the album and features similar artwork but is not in its sequence — remains a Tidal exclusive.

This breaks the tradition set by Beyonce’s 2016 “Lemonade,” which remains a Tidal streaming exclusive more than two years after its release, although it is available for download on iTunes.  “Beyonce’s album ‘Lemonade’ is not currently available on Spotify,” the notice reads. “We are working on it and hope to have it soon.”

Tidal is primarily owned by Jay-Z in partnership with several other artists, including Beyonce.

The album arrived on Saturday afternoon after hints began trickling out with social media posts containing images from the “Everything Is Love” visual campaign. One image posted by Beyonce on Instagram received nearly 200,000 likes in less than 20 minutes as many noted that, once again, Queen Bey had broken the internet.

Source from:

https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/beyonce-and-jay-zs-everything-is-love-now-available-on-apple-music-spotify-amazon-1202849454/

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What’s new about Apple Music in iOS 12

With this fall’s release of iOS 12, one Apple Music upgrade will include the ability to search for songs by their lyrics, rather than just artist, album, or title.

Where a song contains the right lyrics, that fact will be highlighted in search results, AppleInsider found in testing the iOS 12 developer beta. The app still appears to prefer song titles when filtering search results.
The tweak should nevertheless make Apple Music friendlier to use, since people often mistake lyrics for titles, or may only be able to remember one line when trying to locate something.
Lyrics were added to Apple Music with 2016’s iOS 10, but only for display while listening to tracks. The feature requires an internet connection, since it might be problematic to fetch lyrics for every song stored on a person’s iPhone or iPad.

Also new in the iOS 12 beta is bigger artwork for artist pages, and a “Play” button on them. The latter will play every track in an artist’s discography.

Artist pages in iOS 11...

Artist pages in iOS 11…

...and artist pages in iOS 12.

…and artist pages in iOS 12.

iOS 12 will make a number of improvements, for instance ramping up performance, and introducing preliminary support for ported iOS apps. Other unannounced features have been discovered in the beta, such as the option to add a second face to Face ID.

Source from https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/06/05/apple-music-in-ios-12-adds-song-search-by-lyrics-new-artist-pages

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Apple Apple Music Hits 50 Million Subscribers

CEO Tim Cook announced the milestone on Tuesday.

Apple Music’s numbers continue to inch up.

The streaming service now has 50 million users through a mix of paid subscriptions and free trials, CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday during an interview with Bloomberg Television.

That’s an uptick of 10 million subscribers since April, when Apple Music passed 40 million subscribers. Cook did not detail how many of the 50 million users are free trials.

Apple Music still sits behind competitor Spotify, which has 75 million paying customers. One way Apple has looked to differentiate its product from Spotify is to offer original programming to its subscribers, including series Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps. “We are very interested in the content business,” Cook told Bloomberg TV. “We will be playing in a way that is consistent with our brand. We’re not ready to give any details on it yet. But it’s clearly an area of interest.”

Apple is currently readying a large content push through its newly created original programming division, led by Sony TV veterans Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The company has yet to provide details about how its forthcoming shows, including a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and a morning show drama from Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, will be distributed.

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Yes, you can Stream Apple Music to Amazon Echo

Apple has its online music streaming service – Apple Music, and Amazon has its own online music streaming service – Amazon Music unlimited. Generally speaking, if you have most Apple products, you will choose Apple Music, or else you will choose other corresponding music streaming service.

You may encounter with the situation that: you have purchased an Amazon Echo, but you are an Apple Music subscriber, how to stream Apple on Amazon Echo easily?

Stream Apple Music to Amazon Echo

 

Generally speaking, if users want to use Alexa voice control to control Amazon Echo to play Apple Music, this is impossible and unrealizable, you know that Apple Music is not the built-in App of Amazon Echo. If you want to play Apple Music on Amazon Echo with your iPhone or other device which supports Apple Music App, just follow the Method 1. Or else, if you want to upload Apple Music to Amazon so as to use lexa voice control to play the music files, follow the Method 2.

Method 1: Stream Apple Music on Amazon Echo via Bluetooth

Yes, this method is very simple, what you need is just one setting steps. However this needs your devices which supports Apple Music playing working as well.

In the next example, we take iPhone setting as an example.

Click Settings icon > tap on Bluetooth. Then you will see Amazon Echo device after searching and just pair it with iPhone.

Open Bluetooth on iPhone

Method 2: Upload your downloaded Apple Music to Amazon so as to play them directly

Apple Music supports streaming music like Amazon Music Unlimited, which are DRM protected. That is to say, you can’t freely transfer them to other audio players even you have “downloaded” for playing offline

Similarly, you can’t upload these downloaded Apple Music songs to Amazon as well. If you can remove the annoying DRM, and then you can upload them to Amazon without limitation any longer.

Macsome iTunes Converter is the tool which you are looking for. It supports an ideal solution for converting protected iTunes Audio files, including downloaded Apple Music files, and purchased music and Audiobooks from Audible.com and so on.

First of all, free download the Apple Music files you want.

Open your iTunes, and find your whole Apple Music category. And then select the Apple Music files, click “…” to add them to “Playlist”. After this, you can choose the Playlist and click the cloud icon to download it to play offline.

Second, free download the latest version of Macsome Apple Music Converter, install and run it.

Windows Version Download

Mac Version Download

Third, when you click “+” button, all the music files including the downloaded Apple Music files will be listed, now select them and click “OK”, and all the music files has been added. Batch conversion is also supported.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Forth, after you add these music files, now you can click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder. Here are MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV for kinds of users.

Preferences output Settings

Fifth, you can click “CONVERT” button and start conversion.

Converting Apple Music songs to MP3

Upload the Converted Apple Music Songs to Amazon

After the conversion, you can upload the converted Apple Music songs to My Music on Amazon from your computer. And then you can control the music playing via your Alexa device.

Amazon.inc supports free users up to 250 songs storage to My Music.

Now Run Amazon Music app on your PC or Mac and log in your ID, then drag and drop files from your computer into the Upload selection in the right sidebar under Actions.

Upload Apple Music to Amazon music

And then Select My Music > Songs > choose Offline filter in the right navigation sidebar and click the upload icon to choose the converted Apple Music files or folder to upload. And now you can start uploading.

Upload music to Amazon

After the above steps, you can use Alexa to play these songs on your Amazon Echo and so on.

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Kanye West Says He Produced Nas’ New Album From The Sunken Place

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Kanye West continues putting his Twitter fingers to use with yet another announcement. On Sunday (April 22), the suddenly outspoken Hip Hop force announced the release date for Nas’ highly anticipated solo album with a simple tweet.
“Nas June 15th,” he wrote.
West also revealed he’s the producer behind not only Nas’ upcoming project but also “all the albums” he’s mentioned on social media over the past week, including his collaboration with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghost, Pusha T’s King Push and an album from G.O.O.D. Music artist Teyana Taylor.
“I’m hand producing all the albums I tweeted about,” he wrote. “Been chopping samples from the sunken place. Pusha May 25th My album June 1st me and Cudi June 8th and Teyana June 22nd and oh yeah.”
Hip Hop fans have been practically salivating at the thought of a new Nas album. After all, it’s been six years since the Queens legend delivered Life Is Good, his follow-up to 2008’s Untitled. 
But that doesn’t mean Nas hasn’t been busy. In addition to his duties at Mass Appeal — the media company he helped revive in 2013 — the Illmatic mastermind executive produced the Netflix series The Get Down and most recently, pumped out another Netflix series called Rapture.
In a 2016 interview with HipHopDX, he explained, “I’m in my zone. And that’s just what it is. I always stuck with my message and my way, and that might not work for anybody else. I wouldn’t suggest people follow me, but I feel like the ones that can see where I’m going and they see some good in it, and if I can make somebody happy with the moves and I inspire somebody over there, then I inspire a generation. I inspire one man or one woman; I inspire a generation so anybody that can see the moves that I’m doing,”
Last June, Nas told the New York Times his new album was coming that summer but if failed to materialize.
Evidently, the wait is (almost) over.
Source from : https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.46580/title.kanye-west-says-he-produced-nas-new-album-from-the-sunken-place

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Apple Music now hits 40 million subscribers

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While the 2015 launch of Apple Music was marred by a clunky UI and any number of usability issues, Apple’s music streaming service has improved considerably since then. In turn, the cumulative number of Apple Music subscribers has grown by leaps and bounds in a relatively short amount of time. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Apple’s Music app enjoys the prime piece of real estate that is the iOS homescreen.

Earlier today, Steven Huon — who is said to be the head of French content for Apple TV and Apple Music — fired off a tweet indicating that Apple Music currently boasts 40 million subscribers. As a point of reference, Eddy Cue just about a month ago revealed that Apple Music has 38 million subscribers. And before that, Apple Music back in February enjoyed 36 million subscribers. Doing some quick math, Apple Music grew by more than 10% over the last two months alone.

Clearly, Apple Music is growing at an impressive rate, so much so that some industry insiders believe that the cumulative number of paid subscribers on Apple Music may surpass Spotify as early as this summer.

As The Wall Street Journal noted last month:

Apple’s Apple Music streaming service, which has been No. 2 in U.S. subscribers behind Spotify AB, is quickly gaining ground against its rival and may overtake it this summer.

Apple Inc.’s Apple Music is adding subscriber accounts in the U.S. at a higher rate than Spotify, and is on track to pass the No. 1 streaming service this summer, according to people in the record business familiar with figures reported by the two services.

Spotify, which just went public yesterday, currently boasts 71 million paid subscribers, though the company believes that figure may rise as high as 96 million before the end of the year.

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