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Apple Music gets into the TV business

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Apple offered the first glimpse of the future of series-TV programming on Apple Music at the Recode Media conference, where trailers for its first two series unspooled along with perhaps the most in-depth commentary the man introducing them, content czar Eddy Cue, has yet to share about his employer’s plans in the entertainment business.

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Cue was joined by veteran TV producer Ben Silverman, producer of one of the two series, “Planet of the Apps.” “The Late Late Show with James Corden” producer Ben Winston also came on stage midway through the conversation to discuss the other project, a series version of the “Carpool Karaoke” segment from their CBS show.

Footage of both unscripted series was unveiled, as was plans for a spring launch date. “Karaoke” will premiere in April, Cue revealed, while no specific date within the spring was offered for “Planet.”

But as much attention as the series got here in Laguna Niguel, even more curiosity was apparent regarding what’s still to come. But Cue stayed noncommittal in the face of a barrage of questions intended to yield what Apple’s strategy with regard to Hollywood would be in the coming years.

“Four years from now, I don’t know where we’re going to be in relation to this,” said Cue, who even batted down inquiries about whether Apple could potentially acquire a studio. “We’re trying different things. How fast it grows or where it goes remains to be seen.”

 

Apple Music’s expansion beyond songs into series is a bid to continue broadening the base for the subscription service, which has attracted over 20 million subscribers in 15 months of operation — a fact Cue was proud to tout at Recode.

Cue revealed that he was eager to partner with Silverman because of their relationship dating back to Apple’s support for an NBC series he produced 10 years ago, “The Office.” Silverman credited the series’ availability on iTunes as helping to grow its audience, not to mention integration deals for Apple products that helped keep the series flush during its primetime run.

He also said Apple brings a cool factor that helped attract two of the judges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, who appear on “Planet of the Apps,” an unscripted contest format featuring app developers. “I don’t think Gwyneth or Jessica would have ever done a show if it wasn’t for Apple being a partner,” said Silverman.

The other new Apple Music series, “Karaoke,” will feature a unique pairing of celebrities in each episode, such as John Legend with Alicia Keys and Billy Eichner with Metallica. Corden appears in one episode as well, with Will Smith, which footage revealed takes the “Karaoke” concept to a helicopter for a singalong to R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”

While it’s been widely reported that Apple is already producing its first scripted series with Dr. Dre, “Vital Signs,” Cue made no mention of the series.

Questioned about comparing its business to that of Netflix, Cue made clear Apple is not at the point where it is considering rapidly ramping up on content licensing or acquisitions. “We’re not out trying to buy a bunch of shows,” he said. “We’re trying things that are creative, that move culture, that Apple is adding some value to. We’ll see.”

Cue also expressed a strong aversion to the commercial-based TV model yet stopped short of ruling it out for the future of video content on Apple Music. “I’m not saying we’ll never do it,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the direction we should be going. I don’t think that’s what our customers are asking for.”

Source from: http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/apple-music-unveils-its-first-tv-series-reveals-spring-launch-plans-1201987451/

Apple Music gains CBS Sports Radio for 24/7 streaming through dedicated channel for members

Apple Music has added CBS Sports Radio to its growing collection of streaming radio stations available to paid subscribers. CBS Sports Radio joins CBS Radio News, NBC Sports Radio, and a handful of other news and sports channels available for streaming.

“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 desires of this passionate audience anywhere and everywhere.”

CBS Sports Radio streams 24/7 sports news and commentary including interviews with athletes and sports figures. The newly added channel can be found under Radio → Radio Stations → News and Sports or through search on Apple Music.

In the United States, Apple Music now includes nine news and sports radio channels:

  • BBC World Service
  • Bloomberg Radio
  • CBS Radio News
  • CBS Sports Radio
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPN News and Sports
  • NBC Sports Radio
  • NPR News and Culture
  • PRI News and Insights

These channels are available for streaming anywhere Apple Music is available including iTunes, iOS, Android, and Sonos. Apple moved streaming radio channels behind paid memberships last summer with Beats 1 remaining free for all users.

Apple Music is also expected to add to its growing catalog of entertainment with new video offerings including a version of the viral video series Carpool Karaoke.

Source from: https://9to5mac.com/2017/01/18/apple-music-cbs-sports-radio/

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More “Carpool Karaoke” will be on Apple Music soon

“Late Late Show” viewers can get even more “Carpool Karaoke” soon on Apple Music.

Host James Corden is launching an extended version of the segment, which consists of 16 half-hour episodes that will run exclusively on the streaming service, reports Variety.

Don’t expect it to look exactly like the take on the “Late Late Show,” though: This time, Corden won’t be hosting the whole series. Instead, each episode will have a different celebrity “host” in the driver’s seat with more time for interviews. These interviews will pair up stars like John Legend and Alicia Keys, and Seth MacFarlane with Ariana Grande.

Co-executive producer Ben Winston said, “What James does is so special and singular, it was silly, as we figured out how to make a full series, to try and replicate that.”

The idea was borne from the demand of non-musical celebrities who wanted to participate.

“We wouldn’t do Will Smith on [‘Late Late Show’],” Winston said. “So many people have been getting in touch with us, big movie stars, and we’re like, ‘that’s not really for us,’ but here with Apple Music it’s perfect.”

There is no release date yet for the show, which will be Apple Music’s first original series.

Source from: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/extended-version-of-james-cordens-carpool-karaoke-to-hit-apple-music/

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What are the Apple’s Best of 2016 year

Serving as an accompaniment to its Best of 2016 charts, Apple on Tuesday posted to YouTube a video chronicling last year’s most memorable movies, TV shows, apps, music, Beats 1 interviews and more.

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Set to a catchy upbeat tune, the minute-long spot runs through a sampling of clips and animations borrowed from apps, TV shows, movies, e-books and other digital content that made it to Apple’s Best of 2016 list.

Loosely organized by content type, Apple’s video jumps from movies “La La Land” and “Moonlight” to apps like Severed, Prisma and SketchBook Motion. TV shows highlighted in today’s ad include NBC’s “This is Us,” Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe” and breakout FX series “Atlanta.”

As can be expected, music was a major focus for Apple in 2016. Top picks from Apple Music and iTunes include David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” Maren Morris’ “My Church” and Shawn Mendes’ “Treat You Better.” In addition to music video clips from full length albums, EPs and singles, Apple threw in a pair of Beats 1 interviews with Lady Gaga and Pharrell Williams. “Heavyweight” stands as the video rundown’s lone podcast.

A selection of e-books is also incorporated as a nod to the iBooks Store.

Interspersed between the clips a tagline reads, “We celebrate what mattered the most and was the most fun. Our picks. Our passions. Best of 2016.”

Each media snippet is annotated with its title and creator, whether it be a musician, developer or author, as well as a small icon denoting from which digital store it originated. For example, apps get the App Store logo, while movies feature a film strip for iTunes Movies.

Source from http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/01/03/apples-best-of-2016-year-in-review-video-showcases-top-apps-movies-music-and-more

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What does Apple Music really aim to?

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The New York Times recently published an interview with Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson. During the interview, the executives discussed where Apple Music’s position is in the current music landscape. “We have no interest in being a label,” says Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine. “But we do have interest in making our platform the one that’s best to communicate with the audiences.”

Apple Music is known to the public for streaming tunes. But the whole platform is much bigger than that. By explaining to artists that Apple Music is also about marketing an artist, the service has been able to score exclusives on albums that eventually went on to top the charts. The part of the streaming service that the public doesn’t notice is the part that sponsored Drake’s 60-city tour this past summer, along with his promotional movie  “Please Forgive Me.” The latter remains an exclusive for Apple.

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While it is easy for the media to focus on how quickly Apple Music has added subscribers, the most impressive thing Apple has done is to cultivate a relationship with musicians who have capitalized on Apple’s marketing prowess and technological strengths. Whether Apple planned this in advance, or stumbled onto this template, is not so important. By pointing to the success Apple Music has had with albums from Travis Scott, Future and DJ Khaled (all three debuted as number one on Billboard as exclusives to Apple Music), Apple can tell up and coming artists that this could happen to them if they give Apple Music an exclusive and allow them to promote their work.

“We have real understanding of what these artists are trying to accomplish both aesthetically and commercially. We’re really getting there in merging these cultures — tech and the arts. And we’re trying to prove that we are the best place for an artist to fulfill their vision.”-Jimmy Iovine, executive, Apple Music
If Apple does eventually overtake rival streamer Spotify, offering exclusives and getting in tight with the talent is how it will have to be done. Spotify already has 95 million users with 55 million using its ad-based free tier. While Apple does offer a one-time three-month free trial, it does not have a free level of service. Apple Music has 17 million subscribers at last count, and may never catch up unless it can continue to provide users with early access to music that Spotify can’t play. For that to happen, Apple Music will have to continue focusing on its relationships with musicians and not pay attention to head count for another 24 months. At that point, it should take a breath to see how this strategy is working in relation to Spotify.

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Top 5 big and popular Streaming Music Services

Music is so important to us. When you are happy, you like some happy music. When you are sad, you will also need some music.

Where to listen to the music, the streaming Music services will be a good choice.

Here collect the top 5 big and popular streaming music services, and you will find one you like.

Spotify

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Spotify is slowly but surely becoming the most popular subscription-based music streaming service worldwide that offers users unlimited access and streaming limits to an extremely wide variety of audio tracks, artists, genres, albums and playlists. With a free account, you can play any artist, album or playlist on shuffle for free.

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All you need to do is sign up and start using it from the web, desktop application or mobile apps. You can use Spotify freely for however long you want, but if you want to listen to specific tracks any time or build more complex playlists for yourself, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium account.

Google Play Music

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Google Play Music offers more music than you’d ever imagine in any genre that you want and by practically any artist or band that has ever existed. There are also tons of pre-built playlists that are suggested to you based on the date and time, taking into account activities you might be doing or holidays that are coming up. You can even upload and sync up to 50,000 tracks from your own music collection.

The one major downside is that Google Play Music is loaded with ads. As long as you stick with the free version, be prepared to sit through lots of long commercials between songs.

Pandora

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Pandora is “free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love,” and at the moment it’s only available for listeners in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. The Pandora “Music Genome Project” involved analyzing over 450 qualities of individual songs to produce an advanced algorithm that seeks to help users discover the music that fits their styles and tastes as accurately as possible.

You can create up to 100 unique stations and tweak them as you listen. There’s also an upgrade you can make, called Pandora One, which takes away the ads, offers higher listening quality, adds desktop applications, provides different custom skin choices and minimizes interruptions while you’re enjoying music.

Apple Music

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Apple Music is a full-fledged subscription streaming music service that compares favorably with other top cloud music services such as Spotify, Pandora Radio, etc. It has excellent mobile support and also has good music discovery options.

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Rather than relying solely on algorithms to suggest new music, the service also extensively uses expert-curated playlists to serve up suggestions.

Amazon Music Unlimited

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Amazon Music Unlimited is a premium music subscription service featuring tens of millions of songs and thousands of expert-programmed playlists and stations. With Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to any song, anytime, anywhere, on all your devices – smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac, Fire TV, and Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo.

Tens of millions of songs with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download for offline listening.

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Apple Music attracts 20 million subscribers in 18 months

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Apple Music is continuing to pick up subscribers at a strong pace, as the company confirms to Billboard that the streaming service has crossed the milestone of 20 million paying subscribers. Apple said it had 17 million subscribers three months ago, 13 million in April, and 11 million in February. Spotify is still significantly ahead with over 40 million users, but Apple Music has only been available for a year and a half.

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Over 50 percent of Apple Music users are outside the US, and over 60 percent of them haven’t bought anything on the iTunes store in 12 months or more; Apple services SVP Eddy Cue says that “the vast majority are new customers.” Apple Music saw a major revamp alongside iOS 10 this fall.

“Of course we want more and we want it to go faster — we’re hungry!” Cue adds. “We can’t forget that, as an industry, we still have very few music subscribers. There are billions of people listening to music and we haven’t even hit 100 million subscribers. There’s a lot of growth opportunity.”

Source from: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/6/13864294/apple-music-subscriber-number-eddy-cue

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