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Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers


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

Moana, Game of Thrones, Drake, Super Mario Run

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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Taylor Swift album ‘reputation’ lands on Spotify and Apple Music


Three weeks after hitting iTunes, Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation is starting to roll out on Apple Music and Spotify.

Fans first spotted the record on the sites in Australia and the Phillipines, and it is now available to stream in the UK.

Previously the pop star’s sixth album was only available as a digital download or as a physical copy. Swift announced via her Instagram that it would be available on all streaming services from midnight on 1 December.

Despite the decision to temporarily keep it off streaming services, reputation quickly became the biggest first-week sales of 2017, shifting more than 1.2 million copies in the US.

The move is a less drastic version of the one made by Adele‘s team when she released her album 25, which was not available on streaming services until seven months after its initial release.

Swift’s album was recently listed on The Independent‘s top 30 of the year. It was praised for producer Jack Antonoff’s work, along with Swift’s songwriting skills and “one of [her] greatest talents… to encapsulate those small moments, often in a new relationship, that you as a listener cannot”.

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Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming now

A new music documentary begins streaming today on Apple Music. Give Me Future chronicles Major Lazer’s 2016 concert in Havana, Cuba — the first to be put on by major American artists since the US restored diplomatic ties to the country in 2015. The group, made up of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, performed for 400,000 people in the country’s capital, the planning for which and the performance were documented by director Austin Peters.

Give Me Future adds to Apple’s growing stock of exclusive music-focused documentaries, which include features on artists like Taylor Swift, Pink, Harry Styles and Niall Horan. It has also released films on producer Clive Davis, the Cash Money record label, songwriter Bert Berns and the history of the iconic 808 drum machine.

Along with the film, which made its premiere at Sundance, Apple is also releasing a companion album featuring music from Major Lazer and each of its artists, Cuban artists that appear in the documentary and others including Herizen Guardiola and Sean Paul. The album, Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future – Music From and Inspired by the Film, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud and Google Play. Give Me Future is available to Apple Music subscribers today — you can check out the trailer below and stream it here.

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Ahead Of Tomorrow’s iPhone 8 Announcement, Apple Music Finally Gains Traction With iOS Users

September 12 is expected to bring us the latest iPhone; for those of us who use them it is difficult to recall a time without one. While the iPhone celebrates its tenth birthday in style, Apple Music is making strides among iOS users. Apple Music is the most popular paid music subscription service among iOS users.

During the first six months of 2017, one in five iOS users listened to Apple Music (21 percent), up from 13 percent in the first six months of 2016. Apple Music edged out Spotify Premium for the title of most used, although both saw significant listener gains in 2017. Both services are benefitting from the overall growth in paid music subscribers in the US.

Spotify Premium still dominates the chart for share of listening among iOS users. Spotify users on the iOS platform spend 40 percent more time listening to music. Apple Music comes in a respectable second.

More iOS users are listening to Apple Music, but engagement with Spotify Premium is stronger. Apple Music has an opportunity to improve usage those new listeners, and surely the new iPhone will help.

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Apple Music polishes its appeal with Carpool Karaoke series


Want to hear Alicia Keys serenading a woman at a launderette? That and other scenarios are some of the reasons Apple hopes viewers will pay for Apple Music as it launches new show Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

It hopes that a recognisable show and slew of A-list celebrities will help the world’s largest technology company stand out in a saturated television market.

Carpool Karaoke is based on the popular segment from CBS’ The Late, Late Show With James Corden, in which the talk-show host joins guests such as Adele in sing-a-longs while driving.

Apple Music costs US$9.99 (S$13.60) a month for an individual membership and has 27 million subscribers.

Corden, who appears in some episodes of Carpool Karaoke, said partnering the technology company was a “no-brainer”. The series offered a chance to include celebrities whom he said had asked to do the segment on The Late, Late Show.

Source from http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/apple-music-polishes-its-appeal-with-carpool-karaoke-series

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