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Major Lazer documentary ‘Give Me Future’ coming exclusively to Apple Music next month

As it continues to expand original content efforts, Apple Music has secured the rights to an upcoming documentary about electronic music trio Major Lazer. The film depicts the process of organizing the first Cuban-American concert in Havana and is entitled Give Me Future.

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The film starts shortly after President Obama announced that the “United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. And begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas.”

After President Obama made that announcement, Major Lazer’s Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire set out to organize the first Cuban-American concert in Havana. The the three are followed as they setup the concert, meeting with local Cuban artists and planning the intricacies.

In conjunction with the documentary, Major Lazer also announced a new album called “Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future – Music From and Inspired by the Film.” The album features unreleased Diplo work, including songs recorded with Cuban artists during the making of this documentary.

Give Me Future debuted at the Sunset Film Festival earlier this year and will be available on Apple Music on November 17th. Will you be watching? Let us know down in the comments!

Here’s the trailer and description of the documentary:

In March 2016, following the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, electronic dance music trio Major Lazer made history, becoming one of the first major American acts to play in the communist state. Unsure how their descent on Havana would be received and hoping to reach a few tens of thousands, the epic concert unexpectedly drew in close to half a million fans.

Much more than a garden variety music film, “Give Me Future” begins as a behind-the-scenes look at the historic concert and evolves into a masterful exploration of Cuba’s inspirational youth movement and its ingenious DIY information culture.

Capturing exhilarating performance footage and authentic stories highlighting the country’s cultural growth and desire for inclusion in the global community, director Austin Peters conjures a transcendent, rhythm-laced depiction of the powerful catalysts driving a country on the brink of change.

Source from : 9To5mac

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iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2 has been released

With the new release of macOS High Sierra 10.13, to make iTunes Converter work well with the new system , Macsome Inc newly released iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2.

With the new version 2.3.2, macOS 10.13 users can only convert music files with 1X conversion speed, if you are other system users, there is no need to worry about the only 1X conversion speed, you can still convert Audio tracks with up to 20X conversion speed.

If you want to convert Audiobook with the iTunes Converter, you can still try the incredible speed.

With the fast conversion option, you can only convert AAX to M4A format with chapter, cover, etc kept, and convert AA to MP3 format without chapter and other info kept.

If the first time conversion is slow, don’t worry, the following conversion speed is unbelievable.

Even you are macOS users, don’t worry, the up to 20X conversion speed will be added and supported in the following version, please wait a moment.

About macOS High Sierra

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Apple introduced macOS High Sierra at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. macOS High Sierra, as the name suggests, is a follow-up to macOS Sierra and is largely designed to improve on macOS Sierra through major under-the-hood updates and a handful of outward-facing changes.

macOS High Sierra is the newest version of macOS, introducing Metal 2, APFS, HEVC video, VR support, and Safari and Siri updates. Launched on September 25.

With macOS High Sierra, Apple says it’s focusing on the fundamentals: data, video, and graphics. High Sierra is about deep technologies that will provide a platform for future innovation while also introducing new technologies to make the Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive.

FEATURES

  • Metal 2
  • HEVC (H.265) support
  • Apple File System
  • VR and external GPU support (spring 2018)
  • Siri updates
  • Autoplay blocking in Safari
  • Anti-tracking in Safari

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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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http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2017/09/ahead-of-iphone-8-announcement-apple-music-gains-traction-with-ios-users.html

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Students spends less for Amazon Music Unlimited than ever

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Sigh, it’s that time of the year again. Despacito may still be atop the charts, but summer is dwindling, meaning it’s time to head back to school. But, don’t cut short your soundtrack just yet, because this is the ideal time to get ad-free music on a streaming service. All the students out there already get a nice discount on Apple Music and Spotify, and now you can add Amazon Music Unlimited to that list too.

The online retail giant is offering up its relatively new music streaming service to all the young folk for just $4.99/£4.99 per month. That brings it in line with its bigger rivals, price-wise at least. It also means you fork out less than Amazon Prime subscribers ($7.99/£7.99 per month) and non-Prime customers ($9.99/£9.99). And, if you’re eligible to be a Prime Student member, it will go down to just $6/£6 for six months — that’s just one dollar or pound a month for the period.

Amazon already offers a family plan, which at $149/£149 per year is appealing for Prime subscribers. And reaching out to students is another way to expand its base. But, simply matching Apple and Spotify’s offers may not be enough — particularly in the face of the exclusives and addictive playlists its competitors have in their arsenals. Still, Amazon’s service only launched in October, so it will have to play catch-up for the time being.

Along with the deal, Amazon’s also offering up tips on how students can use Alexa’s voice controls for music. Looking to focus on your homework? Ask “Alexa, play classical music for studying,” or “Alexa, play pop music for focusing.” Need a loud ditty to rattle you out of bed in the morning? Just ask, “Alexa, play wake up music.” And, if you can’t remember the name of a song, just prompt Alexa with its lyrics, or the artist’s name. While you’re at it, be sure to skip Despacito. All the cool kids are over that one.

Source from https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/29/amazon-music-unlimited-students/

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Apple Music polishes its appeal with Carpool Karaoke series

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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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Spotify now twice as big as Apple Music

According to Spotify, it now has over 60 million paying users. Compared to its biggest competition, that’s double Apples Music’s 27 million subscribers.

Spotify updated its subscriber information today with the new number. It’s impressively increased by 10 million over the 50 million subs the company announced in March.

Last month Spotify claimed it had 140 million total users, which includes active users of the freemium plan. Apple Music doesn’t have a comparable free tier, so, any way you cut it, Spotify is still outnumbering the iTunes replacement by a lot of subscribers.

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Apple Music Now Has Playlists That Feature Songs Played On Fender Guitars

If you play the guitar, there’s a very good chance that you might have heard (or even own) of Fender guitars. For the uninitiated, Fender is a guitar manufacturer that has been around for decades, with their guitars finding their way into the hands of many legendary musicians across a variety of genres.

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This is because Fender guitars have a very unique sound to them that many guitar players seem to love, and if you agree to that statement, you might be interested to learn that Fender and Apple have teamed up for specially curated Apple Music playlists, where these playlists will feature songs that were performed using Fender guitars.

There will be five playlists to choose from with each playlist featuring a different genre. According to Fender CMO Evan Jones, “We’re pleased to partner with Apple, to bring a Fender-curated music experience to long-time Fender fans and those just discovering the brand. These five new playlists honor a diverse range of iconic artists and visionaries, and an emerging generation of artists, who are driving guitar and music forward.”

So if you are trying to decide on which brand of guitar to buy, perhaps these playlists might give you a better idea on the kind of music and sound that you might be able to coax out of a Fender guitar.

Source from http://www.ubergizmo.com/2017/07/apple-music-playlists-fender-guitars/

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