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Apple Music’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ will premiere on August 8

Apple Music’s karaoke series has a release date: August 8.

Following the premiere, Apple says new episodes of Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be released every Tuesday. The show was first announced last year, spinning out of the carpool karaoke segments on James Corden’s Late Late Show.

Corden will also be part of the new show as a creator and executive producer, and he’ll appear in segments with Will Smith and LeBron James. However, it sounds like there will be plenty of Corden-less episodes, too, pairing up celebrities Shakira and Trevor Noah, as well as Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, who play Sansa and Arya Stark on Game of Thrones. There will even be a segment focused on “Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family.”

Apple had initially said the show would be released in April, before pushing things back.

Earlier this year, Spike’s Caraoke Showdown seems to have come and gone without anyone noticing — but after all, Corden’s version is the one that everyone recognizes, and it’s the one that delivered the biggest YouTube video of 2016.

Even if you’re not a big fan of Corden or the carpool karaoke concept (or if you like both fine, thank you very much, but think the idea is a little too thin to justify a full series ), the show is worth tracking as Apple Music’s first move into original video content, along with the Planet of the Apps reality show.

source from https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/30/carpool-karaoke-premiere-date/

About Carpool Karaoke

Carpool Karaoke is a recurring segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden in which James Corden, the host of the show, invites famous musical guests to sing along to their songs with him whilst he is driving on a planned route usually in Los Angeles, under the pretense of needing to get to work and preferring to use the high-occupancy vehicle lane.

Since May 2017 an Israeli version has been broadcast on the channel KAN 11.

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New Apple Music subscribers of Australia, Spain, and Switzerland won’t be able to rock out for free

Music streaming service to the world at WWDC 2015: it has the best introductory offer in the business. But like all good things, it looks like that might be coming to an end.

Several outlets have spotted that Apple’s website in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland is now showing that new Apple Music subscriptions will cost a buck rather than nothing. New customers still get the same three months of music, but now their iTunes accounts will be charged 99 cents, euros, and francs, respectively.

It’s unclear why Apple has begun charging a fee for its trial run—or whether it will reach other territories like the United States—but it’s not uncommon for music services to attach small amounts for long-term testing period. For example, Spotify also charges 99 cents for a three-month trial.

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When Apple Music landed back in June 2015, its free offer was a source of some controversy. On the eve of the launch, pop superstar Taylor Swift announced that she would be withholding her latest mega hit, 1989, since Apple wasn’t planning on paying royalties during the three-month trial period. She called the move “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” and urged Apple to “change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this.”

The decision was quickly reversed and Swift has been a large presence on Apple Music, contributing an exclusive concert video and appearing in one of the early ads for the service.

Even without a permanent free tier, however, Apple Music has been steadily gaining on market-leader Spotify’s sizable lead. After announcing it had crossed the 20 million milestone in December, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue recently revealed that the service was now “well past” that number, still out of reach of Spotify’s 50-million-strong ranks but showing impressive growth.

Apple Music is available on iOS and Android on mobile devices and through iTunes on the Mac.

Why this matters: Ninety-nine cents might not seem like much, but Apple’s lengthy free trial was a notable advantage over its main competitor, Spotify. By charging customers a fee, no matter how nominal, the sign-up process might not be as much of an impulse decision for people, and with Spotify costing the same amount for the same time, would-be Apple Music subscribers might be choosing between the two. The psychology behind free is pretty strong, and it’s surely one of the major reasons behind Apple Music’s tremendous growth.

Source from http://www.macworld.com/article/3197643/ios/new-apple-music-subscribers-in-some-countries-wont-be-able-to-rock-out-for-free.html

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Steve Savoca Leaves Spotify for Apple Music

Steve Savoca, Spotify’s former vice president of Content, is now part of the Apple Music team. He joined Apple in January and is serving the in same role for Apple Music.

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It’s goodbye Spotify and hello Apple Music for Steve Savoca

Mr. Savoca is in charge of label relations for Apple Music, according to Business Insider. He’s focusing on independent labels with a slant towards labels outside the United States.

Apple and Spotify are competing for streaming music market, and Spotify is currently in the lead with about double the number of subscribers with 40 million. Spotify has several years lead, but Apple has the advantage of including Apple Music support with all of its devices instead of requiring users download a third-party app.

Bundling Apple Music support isn’t, however, enough to set it apart from Spotify so the company is looking to do more. Apple’s strategy is to make Apple Music the go-to place for music and video—essentially the 2017 version of the early MTV years.

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine said earlier this year, “What we’re trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video.”

It looks like Apple is shooting for a more diverse music collection, too. Offering the same music library as Spotify won’t make Apple Music stand out, hence the hunt for more unique content.

Mr. Savoca seems to be well suited for the task considering his history in the record industry. Prior to his stint at Spotify Mr. Savoca worked for Domino Recording, Zomba Label Group, and Sire Records. He also worked for Brite Nation, which is a consulting firm that works with independent record labels.

For Spotify, this all means it’s more important than ever to watch Apple and to step up its own game.

Source from: https://www.macobserver.com/news/steve-savoca-apple-music/

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Apple Music student pricing comes to over 20 new countries

Apple today rolled out the student discount tier of Apple Music to over 20 new countries around the globe. As noted by The Financial Post, Apple Music’s student discount offering is now available in Canada, Italy, Japan, and 22 other countries. With today’s new additions, the tier is available in over 30 countries in total.

Apple Music’s student pricing has been available in the United States Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Denmark for a while now, but today’s countries are all new.

The student tier of Apple Music allows those enrolled in education to receive a discounted price for the streaming music service. For instance, in the United States the student tier runs just $4.99 per month.

The full list of new countries can be seen below:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates

Apple uses a third-party service called UNiDAYS to verify a student’s eligibility for the student tier. The service confirms that a student is enrolled in an accredited university before allowing them to pay the student pricing. Alternatively, students can use their school email address or campus WiFi to automatically be granted access to the student pricing tier.

While Apple Music was rumored to be receiving a price cut across the board a few weeks ago, that hasn’t come to fruition and was perceived with skepticism at the time. For now, it seems as if Apple Music’s pricing is set in stone, but at $4.99, the student tier of the service is hard to beat.

Source from https://9to5mac.com/2016/11/29/apple-music-student-pricing/

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Apple Music’s Rumored Price Cut?

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According to a new report from Digital Music News, Apple is considering a price cut to its Apple Music streaming service. The report claims that Apple is considering a price cut as steep as 20 percent, which would allow the company to better compete with services like Spotify and Amazon Music.

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With a 20 percent discount, the single-person Apple Music plan would come in at $7.99 per month, which is $2 less than the current $9.99 price point. The family package, which allows for up to six people, currently comes in at $14.99, but with the price cut would come in at $12.99. The $4.99 student tier would remain the same.

Here’s how the new plans would look compared to the old ones:

Current Rate:

  • Single-person rate: $9.99 a month
  • Family rate: $14.99 a month
  • Student rate: $4.99 a month

Rumored discounted rate:

  • Regular rate: $7.99 a month
  • Family package: $12.99 a month
  • Student rate: $4.99 a month

Today’s report claims that the price cut could start out as a holiday promotional discount, with those subscribing prior to Christmas seeing the lower prices. It’s not entirely clear if the lower prices would extend past the holiday season, but Digital Music News seems to imply that they would.

Amazon recently announced its new Music Unlimited Service, which comes in at $7.99 per month for Prime users and $3.99 for users with an Amazon Echo device. Spotify has also offered heavy discounts to its services.

Today’s report should be taken with a grain of salt, though. Digital Music News hasn’t had the best track record this year. The news outlet reported that Apple was planning on ending iTunes Music downloads, which Apple itself denied. The move would also contradict Apple’s general attitude of not competing in terms of prices for its services.

A price drop for Apple Music would certainly help those on the fence pull the plug and subscribe, but Apple would be sure to not have to anger artists and labels in the process of cutting prices, especially considering the initial drama surrounding Apple Music’s three month free trial.

Source from: https://9to5mac.com/2016/10/31/apple-music-price-cut/