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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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Ultimate guide to use Apple Music tracks to set as Android phone ringtones

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When someone call you, a unique ringtone is very amazing. When you enjoy Apple Music songs, you find that you like it and want to make it as your Ringtone, how to do?

Don’t worry, this article will tell you how to make a ringtone from Apple Music songs for your non-Apple Phones.

Yes, it is very obvious that Apple Music is streaming music services with DRM protected. You can’t directly edit the Apple Music files and convert them or set as the ringtone for your Android Phone.

Here we ask Macsome iTunes Converter to help use convert Apple Music songs to the general audio formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and so on. And then users can set the converted Audio files as the Ringtone of Android phones.

Steps to convert downloaded Apple Music to MP3, AAC on Windows…

First, go to download and install the iTunes Converter on your PC, run it.

If you are a Mac user, please download the iTunes Converter for Mac version.

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Second, click the button “+ “, you can choose the different iTunes library to add the audio files to convert.

Add Audio tracks to convert

Third, click Setting button to set the output format and output path before the conversion as your need.

Set the output format

Finally, click the Convert button to start converting.

Converting protected music files

Now when it finished the conversion, all the downloaded Apple Music songs have been converted to MP3 format, you can use transfer them to your Android phones with USB cable. And then choose some music song to go to the menu button to set the converted Apple Music songs as your Android ringtone.

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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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iOS 11.3 is available now

iOS 11.3 is here and it’s the big one. This is the release which will change how every iPad, iPhone and iPod touch will function on a fundamental level. But does that mean you should immediately upgrade, or is iOS 11.3 filled with similar problems to many recent iOS 11 releases?

Here’s everything you need to know…

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Who Is iOS 11.3 For?

As with all previous iOS 11 releases, iOS 11.3 is compatible with the iPhone 5S or later, iPad mini 2 or later and 6th generation iPod touch or later. Strangely, Apple released iOS 11.3 early for the newly released 2018 iPad but it is now being widely rolled out.

If you have a compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple should automatically prompt you to install the update. If this hasn’t happened for whatever reason, however, it can be manually triggered manually by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple iOS beta testers, remember you may have to unroll your device for the update to appear.

While iOS updates always vary in size (different features/fixes apply to different devices), iOS 11.3 is much bigger than normal coming in at 700MB. If you are upgrading from iOS 10 (or even iOS 9), note that iOS 11.3 will roll up all iOS 11 releases into a single major upgrade so expect that to be several gigabytes.

The Deal Breakers

First, the mandatory jailbreak warning: iOS 11.3 will break jailbroken iPhones, iPads and iPod touch. In December Google released iOS 11.2.2 exploit details which some expected would lead to faster jailbreaks for subsequent iOS releases, but that has yet to materialise. So if you like your iDevice jailbroken, steer clear.

What about initial iOS 11.3 stability reports? So far they are predictably heated for a major release. Perhaps the irony for an update focused on performance and battery life is there are multiple reports of the former 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 etc) and latter (1 2 3 4 5 6 etc) causing problems. There are also notable graphics glitches (1, 2 3 4 5), Apple Music (1 2 3 4) bugs and false notifications, particularly in messaging apps (1 2 3 4). As well as a truly bizarre ‘invisible keyboard’ problem for some users and random Siri activations (1 2).

As always I will update this article should any of these problems above escalate or any new issues be found. Unfortunately, this has been necessary for almost all iOS 11 releases to date, so remember to check this article for updates before you decide to take the plunge.

So What Do You Get?

Apple iOS 11.3 is ‘the big one’ because it will give users full control of how their devices function for the first time. Controversially Apple admitted it previously throttled device performance as batteries age to maintain system stability. The fact users didn’t know this has prompted no less than 59 class action lawsuits and global government scrutiny with claims this throttling misled owners into buying new handsets when they only needed a new battery.

Apple iOS 11.3 changes that. In Apple’s own (rather more conservative) words:

“iOS 11.3 introduces new features including ARKit 1.5 with support for more immersive augmented reality experiences, iPhone Battery Health (Beta), new Animoji for iPhone X users, and more. This update also includes stability improvements and bug fixes.”

Yes, ‘iPhone Battery Health’ is downplayed and how it works is somewhat controversial, but the changes may just be enough to not only mitigate the extensive legal action against the company and detailed battery health data should inspire rivals to make similar changes.

Looking beyond this, iOS 11.3 also has several significant features and fixes beyond the opening of augmented reality experiences for developers and some additional animoji (dragon, bear, skull, and lion):

Apple News – a new ‘For You’ section displays personalised content and videos.

Advanced Mobile Location (AML) – shares your location automatically when making an emergency call (not available in all countries yet).

Apple Music Music Videos – a new music videos section has been added at the last minute (it wasn’t in most betas) as well as friend suggestions to improve community interaction.

App Store – reviews can finally be sorted by Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical and Most Recent, which should make them far more useful. The Updates tab also includes app update sizes.

Business Chat – businesses can now to integrate customer support directly into the Messages app. Delta, Hilton, Low and Wells Fargo are among the launch partners.

Updated Privacy Screen – part of a wider design update for submitting personal info to Apple or following new app requests

Among the less consumer-facing features is also HomeKit software authentication, which should significantly expand the number of devices which can support HomeKit. On the negative side, however, I am investigating two surprising feature omissions which appear to have been removed at the last minute. I will update this article when I know more.

Security Improvements 

There are important security fixes in iOS 11.3 too. Of particular note in Apple’s official list are a series of security patches to WebKit and Safari and vulnerabilities found in Mail, iCloud Drive, Telephony, Find My Phone and even the Clock.

What isn’t listed though, is whether Apple has fixed the bizarre Siri calculator bug which also exists on MacOS or patched the even stranger disappearing battery icon glitch widely reported in iOS 11.2.6 last month. Based on early feedback from affected users, it seems not.

In all honesty, I suspect iOS 11.3.1 won’t be far away, not just for the bugs which slipped through the net but because major point releases tend to introduce problems which minor point releases have to sweep up soon after.

Apple iOS 11.3 Verdict: Install If You Have Battery Problems, Otherwise Wait

iOS 11.3 achieves its main objective: give users the battery health data and performance control over their devices that they demand. It may also save Apple millions, if not billions, in global lawsuits.

As for the update itself, users are reporting some problems but nothing has been a deal breaker at this early stage. That said, if you are someone who is happy to hold off for a bit I would advise that. The track record of iOS 11 has been so patchy that it’s smart to let others experience problems first, so you don’t have to.

The Road Ahead

As I mentioned, iOS 11.3.1 is likely to follow soon. Global attention has been on Apple to introduce the performance control and battery data demanded, so that has been its primary focus. The fact Apple has managed to cram a decent number of additional features and bug fixes into iOS 11.3 as well is to the company’s credit.

But iOS 11.3 hasn’t addressed all the outstanding problems of iOS 11.2.6 nor some stretching further back. With this major release out the door, expect iOS 11.3.1 to soon come and clean-up what iOS 11.3 left on the cutting room floor.

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Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers

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Apple Music has hit 38 million subscribers, up by 2 million in just over one month.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president for internet software and services, announced the new number for the music streaming service at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. At SXSW, he also talked about Apple’s acquisition of Texture, a distributor of digital magazines.

Apple resisted the subscription streaming music model for years as its iTunes music app dominated sales of digitally downloaded music. But as streaming music grew to become the main way people listen and pay for music today, Apple Music ramped up with more subscribers than any other competitors — except Spotify.

Spotify has 71 million paying members and 159 million people who use the service at least once a month, the company said last month in its filing to become a publicly traded company. Spotify enjoys an advantage with a free, ad-supported tier that rivals like Apple Music lack. To lure in members, Apple Music has leaned on heavy marketing and exclusives for hit albums, as well as the crucial benefit of the millions of iPhones in consumers’ pockets.

During his appearance at SXSW, Cue outlined a huge pot of streaming music subscriptions still up for grabs. He said the world has about 2 billion potential subscribers who have both the access and the means to pay for streaming music, but Apple Music and Spotify’s subscribers have only reached a little more than 100 million combined.

He also batted away another suggestion that Apple might buy Netflix, even as it ramps up a huge apparatus to produce its own original shows and movies. Cue said that Apple is “completely all in” on its content plans, which includes a $1 billion budget for originals. But asked if Apple, which has a gigantic $283.1 billion in cash reserves, would buy a media production giant like Netflix or Disney, Cue dismissed the idea, saying the company isn’t chasing “quantity.”

Source from https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-music-hits-38-million-subscribers/

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Def Leppard Now Available to Stream on Apple Music

Rock band Def Leppard has added its back catalog of music onto Apple Music and other streaming services today, following a years-long “power struggle” with Universal Records over the band’s digital song rights.

Now, as Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott explained to TeamRock.com, new executives at Universal Records have thought differently about the band’s streaming catalog, leading to the inking of a deal and the band’s music launching today on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, and more. Def Leppard’s music is also now available to purchase on iTunes.

“We tried to do a deal many years ago, but it didn’t work out, so we just waited and bided our time.

“Record labels, or any kind of institution like this, keep the same name, but every 18 months you can have totally different people.

“We were just very fortunate that the people at Universal at the moment were very onside to doing this deal. We sat down with them and basically just batted the stuff back and forth until we all settled on what we thought was a fair deal.”

With the launch on Apple Music, there is now a wealth of Def Leppard content for subscribers to listen to today. On the main “Browse” tab, the streaming service has a new banner for the band, and within that you’ll find playlists, albums, live albums, deluxe editions, and other collections.

Apple Music also launched an exclusive “The Lost Session” EP today, which includes live versions of songs like “Rock On” and “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak,” all said to be from a recording session in 2006. Similar to other major artists, the service has curated playlists that showcase Def Leppard Essentials, Deep Cuts, Influences, and Inspired tracks, allowing users to browse some of the band’s own songs as well as discover music that is similar.


On Def Leppard’s new page, Apple Music gives a brief history of the band:

“Def Leppard were still teenagers when they joined the late ’70s/early ’80s New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. But while their peers like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest got heavier, Def Leppard forged a pop-friendly hybrid that opened the door for hair metal and elevated them to worldwide acclaim. Anthems like “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Photograph,” and “Rock of Ages” retain their fist-pumping brilliance decades later, while “Love Bites” and “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” are some of the most potent power ballads in rock history.

Their enduring spirit is legendary, exemplified by drummer Rick Allen who lost his left arm in a 1984 auto accident but continues to record and tour with the band. Def Leppard’s classic studio albums, playlists, and a lost 2006 session are now available to stream on Apple Music for the first time.”

Following its launch in 2015, Apple Music has had a few major artist holdouts that have eventually come to the platform, including Taylor Swift, Adele, and Kanye West. In the most recent update from September, Apple Music was reported to have 30 million subscribers, up from 27 million last June. Rival Spotify shared its own subscriber count growth earlier this month, stating it now has 70 million paid subscribers.

Source from https://www.macrumors.com/2018/01/19/def-leppard-apple-music/

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Apple reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music, movies and more

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Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment.

The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman.”

In TV, perennial favorites HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” were the top three programs. New series charting in 2017 included HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” PBS’s “Victoria” and FX’s “The Americans.”

On Apple Music, Drake had the No. 1 album of the year with “More Life,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” scored the most-downloaded song. Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” has already rocketed to No. 3 on the 2017 top album ranking since its Nov. 10 release.

Among free iPhone apps, Snap’s Bitmoji and Snapchat were the two top downloads for 2017, followed by YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify and Uber. Nintendo’s “Super Mario Run” was the No. 1 free game for iPhone, followed by “8 Ball Pool” and “Snake VS Block.”

Top paid iPhone apps were Facetune and Tabs & Chords, while most-downloaded paid iPhone games were Ellen DeGeneres’ “Heads Up!”, Microsoft’s “Minecraft” and Ninja Kiwi’s “Bloons TD 5.”

Apple also announced the App Store editors’ picks of their favorite apps of 2017. Calm, which provides guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, was named iPhone app of the year and Splitter Critters won iPhone game honors. For iPad, Affinity Photo was named app of the year and The Witness was dubbed best game.

In podcasts, NPR’s “Fresh Air” remained the No. 1 most-downloaded show of the year, while daily news has become a popular category with new podcasts this year like the New York Times’ “The Daily and NPR’s “Up First” charting. True crime continued to drive listenership with top podcasts like ABC News’ “A Murder on Orchard Street,” the L.A. Times’ “Dirty John” and Serial Productions’ “S-Town.”

The top-downloaded iBooks in fiction were John Grisham’s “Camino Island” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” originally published in 1985 — newly popular thanks in part to Hulu’s Emmy-winning TV series adaptation. J.D. Vance’s working-class American family memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” was No. 1 on Apple’s nonfiction books chart, followed by Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.”

Top iTunes Movies for 2017 (U.S.)
1. “Moana”
2. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
3. “Wonder Woman”
4. “Sing”
5. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
6. “Trolls”
7. “Doctor Strange”
8. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)
9. “Arrival”
10. “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
11. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
12. “Logan”
13. “The Boss Baby”
14. “The Lego Batman Movie”
15. “Hacksaw Ridge”
16. “The Accountant”
17. “John Wick: Chapter 2”
18. “Hidden Figures”
19. “Baby Driver”
20. “Passengers”

Top iTunes TV Shows (U.S.)
1. “Game of Thrones”
2. “The Walking Dead”
3. “The Big Bang Theory”
4. “Rick and Morty”
5. “The Americans”
6. “Suits”
7. “PAW Patrol”
8. “This Is Us”
9. “Modern Family”
10. “Grey’s Anatomy”
11. “Better Call Saul”
12. “Sherlock”
13. “Scandal”
14. “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
15. “Big Little Lies”
16. “Doctor Who”
17. “Planet Earth II”
18. “Homeland”
19. “The Flash”
20. “The Blacklist”

Top Albums (U.S.)
1. Drake, “More Life”
2. Kendrick Lamar, “Damn”
3. Taylor Swift, “Reputation”
4. Ed Sheeran, “÷ (Divide)”
5. The Weeknd, “Starboy”
6. J. Cole, “4 Your Eyez Only”
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. Migos, “Culture”
9. Future, “Future”
10. Various Artists, “Moana”
11. Post Malone, “Stoney”
12. Original Broadway Cast of “Hamilton,” “Hamilton”
13. Various Artists, “Trolls”
14. Drake, “Views”
15. Big Sean, “I Decided”
16. Travis Scott, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight”
17. Jay-Z, “4:44”
18. Future, “Hndrxx”
19. Khalid, “American Teen”
20. Chris Stapleton, “From A Room: Volume 1”

Top Songs (U.S.)
1. Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, “Despacito” (feat. Justin Bieber)
3. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
4. Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.”
5. Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road”
6. Migos, “Bad and Boujee” (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
7. Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
8. DJ Khaled, “I’m the One” (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)
9. Post Malone, “Congratulations” (feat. Quavo)
10. Rae Sremmurd, “Black Beatles” (feat. Gucci Mane)
11. Zayn & Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
12. The Weeknd, “Starboy” (feat. Daft Punk)
13. Drake, “Fake Love”
14. James Arthur, “Say You Won’t Let Go”
15. Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
16. Future, “Mask Off”
17. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
18. Lil Uzi Vert, “XO Tour Llif3”
19. Kyle, “iSpy” (feat. Lil Yachty)
20. The Chainsmokers, “Closer” (feat. Halsey)

Source from http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-2017-charts-top-movies-tv-shows-music-apps-1202632655/

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