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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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Apple Music for Android V2.2.1 has been released

Apple today is rolling out a minor update to its Apple Music app on Android. The update brings the app to version 2.1 and brings under-the-hood improvements. The update is available now on the Play Store.

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In the changelog, Apple simply states that the update includes minor app and performance improvements.

What’s New

This update includes minor app and performance improvements.

Today’s smaller update follows a larger update back in April that marked the apps’s first major update. The update brought with an iOS 10-style redesign, with lyric support, improved support for Beats 1, For You playlists, and more.

Apple Music for Android requires 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher, though it’s still not compatible with tablets. The app launched back in November and replaced the Beats Music app.  Apple Music on Android lists a 10 to 50 million install base according to the Play Store despite mixed reviews averaging at 3.5 of 5 stars.

Apple Music is available on the Play Store now for free.

If you don’t want to download the Android App, but want to listen to Apple Music, follow the guide to enjoy Apple Music on Android.

 

Apple Music hits 27M paid subs, adds MusicKit API and social listening

Ping is still dead, but Apple Music is becoming more social, and more flexible so it can work with all your other devices or apps. This slew of new features will roll out with iOS 11 this September.

Today at WWDC Apple announced that Apple Music now has 27 million paid subscribers compared to Spotify’s 50 million. This shows its pre-installation plus free trial strategy is helping Apple Music catch up to Spotify with its free ad-supported tier.

Developers will now be able to use the new MusicKit API to use your Apple Music subscription to play full songs in their apps. Developers can access your Cloud Library, pull your For You recommendations for music personalization, surface Featured music and charts to bubble up what’s most popular and search through playlists, stations and categories.

MusicKit will power Nike+ Run integrations with your playlists, the ability to instantly add songs to your library that you identify with Shazam and let you DJ with all of Apple Music’s 40 million songs via the podcasting app Anchor. MusicKit gives Apple Music a competing developer platform to Spotify’s range of APIs and SDKs that similarly let paid subscribers bring their music collection and all of Spotify’s songs to other apps.

The new AirPlay 2 bakes multi-room audio speaker control directly into iOS via HomeKit so you can easily play songs in specific parts of your house with Apple Music. The new watchOS 4 also comes with some Apple Music improvements, including a better interface, multiple playlist syncing and a simpler AirPods experience.

Apple Music user profiles are becoming more social. If you connect with a friend via Apple Music, you’ll be able to see what they’re listening to most or hearing right now so you can tune in to the same jams. For privacy, you’ll be able to choose whether your listening activity is public or private. Again, this replicates the social listening features Spotify debuted with Facebook back in 2011. Friends will also be able to add music to your Up Next queue, which is like a lightweight version of Spotify’s collaborative playlists.

Apple appears to be taking Spotify’s platform and social playbook and making these features accessible in the layman’s streaming music app. While Spotify focuses its own algorithmic music discovery playlists like Discover Weekly, Apple is trying to convert former MP3 buyers into a new generation of streamers by focusing on simplicity and adaptability.

Source from https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/05/apple-music-social/

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Apple’s 2017 iPhone – iPhone 8 Release date, price, rumours and news

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The iPhone 7 was only released in September 2016, but with the latest model featuring only iterative upgrades, many Apple fans are already looking ahead to the iPhone 8.

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone , which was first announced by Steve Jobs on 9 January 2007, and released later that year on June 29.

Given the momentous occasion, rumour has it that Apple has been holding back some of its most groundbreaking features for this year’s model – which many expect to be called the iPhone 8 .

We’ve rounded up all the latest rumours and leaks, so if you’re still undecided about your next phone, you’ll have a good idea what Apple has in store.

Apple’s next top-of-the-range iPhone could come with an accessory worth £160 in the box.

According to a new report from analysts at JPMorgan, seen by 9to5Mac, the iPhone 8 may come bundled with a free pair of AirPods.

The wireless earphones were announced along with the iPhone 7 and went on sale just before Christmas. They currently cost £159 to buy in the Apple Store.

The AirPods link up to your iPhone or Apple Watch via Bluetooth. They use sensors to automatically detect when they are in your ears, and play or pause your music accordingly.

They contain a pair of microphones, so you can control your music, change the volume and check your battery life using Siri.

The AirPods deliver up to 5 hours of listening time on one charge, and come in a special case that doubles as a charger, offering more than 24 hours of listening time in total.

Three sizes

Apple is rumoured to be working on three versions of its next iPhone, including a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus and a 5.8-inch iPhone 8.

While early reports suggested that all three models would boast identical specifications, it’s looking increasingly likely that the larger iPhone 8 model will be significantly more advanced than the 7s and 7s Plus – which are expected to closely resemble the iPhone 7.

Meanwhile, a recent report in the Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple is currently testing more than 10 different prototypes for its next smartphone.

Name

Based on Apple’s well-established “tick-tock” cycle, the 2017 model would be called the iPhone 7s.

The tick-tock cycle refers to Apple releasing a new design every two years, and new features within the same casing on alternate years (which are usually known as “s” models).

However, rumour has it that Apple is moving to a three-year cycle on major iPhone refreshes.

This, combined with the fact that next year is the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, suggests that Apple’s flagship 2017 model will be a fairly major upgrade.

It seems unlikely, in that case, that Apple will opt for the name iPhone 7s – as that would downplay the upgrade. It’s more likely that it will be called the iPhone 8.

Apple may even decide to go for something completely different – the iPhone 10 or iPhone X, to mark the anniversary, perhaps, or even the iPhone Air, iPhone Pro or iPhone Edition, to reflect the iPad and Apple watch lineups.

As mentioned, Apple may choose to launch lower-spec iPhone 7s and 7s Plus devices alongside its flagship device.

Release date

Apple traditionally releases its latest iPhones during the first two weeks of September, in good time for the start of the Christmas shopping season.

That means Apple would unveil its new handsets on either the week of September 4 or September 11, 2017.

However, one report hints that Apple may break with tradition this year and launch its next flagship smartphone earlier than expected.

According to information gathered by BlueFin Research Partners and shared by Barron’s Tech Trader Daily , there is “some indication” that Apple will start production of the iPhone 8 in June.

If Apple is feeling particularly nostalgic, it may opt for June 29 – the same day the first iPhone was released.

Meanwhile, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a track record of leaking accurate information on Apple products, claims the iPhone 8 could be delayed until October or November, due to “significant hardware upgrades”.

Apparently, Apple is struggling to integrate its Touch ID sensor into new iPhone’s the display.

So while the iPhone 8 could be unveiled in September, it may not go on sale immediately, according to Kuo.

Price

Apple products are not exactly known for being cheap. When the company launched its ‘budget’ iPhone 5c in 2013, it still cost an eye-watering £469.

But the latest reports suggest that Apple’s next device will be its most expensive yet, exceeding the $1,000 (£795) mark for the first time.

The price was reportedly leaked to The Fast Company by “a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans”.

The source said that Apple will be launching three devices this year – a massive 5.8-inch model (likely called the iPhone 8), a 5.5-inch model (called iPhone 7s Plus), and a 4.7-inch model (called iPhone 7s).

The iPhone 8 will reportedly have a new OLED display that will stretch across the whole front of the phone.

This is part of the reason for the high price tag, according to the source, as the OLED display will cost Apple roughly twice as much as the LCD display used in current iPhones.

The new phone is also likely to get a memory upgrade from the current iPhone 7 line, which will add to the cost of manufacturing the device.

All-glass design

Apple is allegedly planning a major design overhaul for the iPhone 8. The company is said to be working on an all-glass version of its iconic iPhone , for release in 2017.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a report in May claiming the American tech firm will completely redesign the iPhone in 2017.

This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has used glass in its iPhones. The iPhone 4 and 4s had glass front and back panels, with a stainless steel band sandwiched between the two.

However, these phones were plagued by durability issues, with many customers claiming their phones cracked too easily when dropped .

Kuo noted that some investors are concerned that glass casing would be too heavy or fail a drop test, but said he believes that a return to glass casing will not be problematic for Apple.

“Apple already uses glass casing for iPhone 4/ 4S, and non-Apple brands have also been using glass casings. We therefore think a drop test will not be problematic for glass casing,” he wrote in his report, according to MacRumours .

“A glass casing may be slightly heavier than an aluminum one of the same thickness, but the difference is so small that the use of the thinner and lighter AMOLED panel will compensate for that.”

The rumour has been backed up by a couple of other leaks. A source reportedly told Japanese website Nikkei that “Foxconn has been trying glass chassis’ since last year.”

The arguments to be made for a glass smartphone include better antenna reception and more options for wireless charging.

Curved OLED display

At least one of the iPhone 8 prototypes is said to feature a new cutting-edge curved OLED display with practically no bezels – similar to that used on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge.

Although there is no functional reason to have a curved screen, Samsung has been seeing significantly higher sales of the curved versions of its Galaxy smartphones.

Like the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, the iPhone 8’s display could have a new longer aspect ratio, IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam told MacRumors.

It could also have a 4K resolution – which would make it more suitable for virtual reality applications.

End of the Home button

Rumours have been swirling for some time that Apple is planning to get rid of the traditional physical Home button and replace it with a touch-sensitive digital button.

This was originally rumoured for the iPhone 7, but it’s now looking more likely that it will be one of the major changes coming with the iPhone 8.

A Chinese website called Storm reports that the virtual home button will have the same haptic feedback motors used in the iPhone 7 to create the illusion of a Home button, even if it’s really just a flat capacitive surface.

Leaked renders

Designers around the world have been speculating about what Apple has planned, and one artist, Marek Weidlich , has created an intriguing concept video (see above).

Weidlich has turned the entire front of the iPhone into a screen – leaving no home button or any visible bezel.

Meanwhile, new renders and drawings leaked by Weibo user KK appear to show an iPhone 8 with a curved screen that covers the entire front of the device.

An accompanying dimensional drawing shows that the bezel around the edge of the display is only 4mm thick, with the curved glass on either side of the screen accounting for 2.577mm of that width.

The device itself measures 137.54 x 67.54 mm, which is roughly the same size as the iPhone 7 , but the screen is 5.768 inches diagonally – almost identical to the Galaxy S8.

The drawing shows a narrow earpiece at the top of the screen, with the selfie camera, microphone and other sensors on either side.

The renderings suggest that these components will all be concealed below the glass, although it is unclear how this would work in reality.

One of the renderings shows the back of the phone with a new vertical dual camera setup.

The veracity of the new images can not be confirmed, but KK has on several occasions shared accurate details about previous devices, according to MacRumours .

Camera

The iPhone 8 is expected the feature the same dual-lens rear camera featured on the iPhone 7 Plus. Given that Apple only unveiled its dual-lens technology in 2016, it is unlikely to make any major changes to it in 2017.

However, if you were hoping that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s was going to feature a dual-lens camera, you may be disappointed.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple’s dual-camera system will remain exclusive to the larger “Plus” model.

However, Kuo thinks that Apple’s next iPhone could come with a “revolutionary” new selfie camera that uses infrared technology to detect the location and depth of objects in its field of vision.

The 3D camera system could be used for facial recognition, iris recognition and 3D selfies. It could also be used in augmented reality mobile games, to accurately replace a character’s head with that of the user, Kuo wrote in a research report seen by 9to5mac .

The 3D system works by sending invisible infrared light signals outwards from the phone and then detecting the signals that bounce back off of objects using the 1.4 megapixel infrared receiver.

Kuo said that, in the future, Apple could add 3D sensing technology to its rear cameras as well, removing the need for large dual camera iris systems.

Specs

The iPhone 8 will, more than likely, feature an A11 chip, built on ARM’s highly-efficient 10nm manufacturing process, and run the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 11.

It will come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging has become a common feature of some Android smartphones – including Samsung’s latest family of devices – although it is still a lot slower than wired charging methods.

A report in Bloomberg in January claimed that Apple was working on “cutting edge” wireless technology that would allow future iPhones and iPads to be placed further away from charging mats than current smartphones.

The unnamed sources said Apple was working on overcoming “technical barriers including loss of power over distance,” and that the technology will feature in iPhones coming out in 2017.

Iris scanner

One of the stand-out features of Samsung ‘s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, is eye-scanning technology, allowing users to unlock their phone by simply looking at it.

Now a report from Chinese-language website MoneyDJ.com , picked up by Digitimes , indicates that Apple may be planning to introduce similar technology with the iPhone 8.

According to the report, a Taiwan-based company called Xintec is to start mass producing iris-recognition chips, some of which will be embedded in the 2017 series of iPhones.

Water-resistant

Apple’s iPhone 7 is water-resistant to a depth of one metre for up to 30 minutes – a rating known as IP67, which is the same as the Apple Watch .

It therefore makes sense that Apple would carry this through to the iPhone 8.

IP67 means it will survive a dip in the sink or down the loo, and it won’t break if you pour a drink over it, but you probably don’t want to take it swimming.

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Taylor Swift’s New Album Could Arrive By Fall 2017

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Taylor Swift has been laying low lately. One of her latest official public appearances was in February for a Super Bowl weekend performance, and she’s rarely posted on her Instagram this year. Fans speculated that her undercover status only meant one thing: she’s working on new music.

Her singer-songwriter buddy Ed Sheeran confirmed that theory in an interview earlier this year. “Taylor [Swift] isn’t going to be releasing until probably the end of this year,” he told BBC. “Christmas is the smartest time to release because that’s when everyone buys records.”

But now it seems fans won’t have to wait until the holiday season to get new music from Swift. She could be releasing another record as early as this fall.

“Taylor’s been quietly recording new music for a couple of months,” a source told Us Weekly. “She’s aiming to release an album this fall.”

Swift hasn’t gone full Kanye West and secluded herself on a mountain to “find inspiration,” but she’s still making new music on the down low. According to the source, the singer is avoiding bigger recording studios in LA, New York, Nashville and London.

After seeing how well her last few albums have performed, Swift reportedly plans to continue capitalizing on her new pop sound.

“She’s continuing down the pop route because 1989 was a huge success and fans really gravitated toward that album,” the insider added. The success of that record manifested in fandom and accolades alike. After its release in 2014, 1989 earned two Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Source from http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a9633313/taylor-swift-new-album-fall-2017/

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Macsome iTunes Converter for Mac Version 2.1.7 has been released

Since users can use iTunes Music Converter V2.1.6 on iTunes 12.6, if they could disabled System Integrity Protection. Or for macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) users, they can downgrade iTunes 12.6 to iTunes 12.5.

Now when iTunes Converter for Mac V2.1.7 has been released, users have no other need to disabled System Integrity Protection or downgrade iTunes 12.6 to iTunes 12.5, they can work with iTunes Converter V2.1.7 on iTunes 12.6 on any Mac OS X.

What you need to do is click the next download button to download the latest version, and then install on your Mac. And you can work like

Macsome iTunes Music Converter supports simple and fast solutions to play the DRM music on iTunes on different audio player devices, not only Apple products. Even Apple Music streaming music files, if you download these streamed music files to your Mac, you can also use iTunes Music Converter to convert them.

It is also a DRM removal tool, that is to say, any DRM protected audio files, you can play them on iTunes normally, you can use the DRM Converter to convert it and remove the DRM.

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JAY-Z’S MUSIC HAS FINALLY BEEN REMOVED FROM SPOTIFY AND APPLE MUSIC

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The wrath of Tidal is finally here–all the solo Jay-Z music you know and love has finally disappeared from Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify told the Verge this happened “at the request of the artist.”

The only Jay-Z music left on Spotify and Apple Music are his collaborations with Linkin Park and R. Kelly. Of course Hov’s music has been slowly disappearing from the streaming services, with Reasonable Doubt going missing after the launch of Tidal and the Blueprint series leaving last year.

Apparently, though, most of Jay-Z’s music is still on Google Play Music so get it while it’s…hot?

Source from :

http://www.papermag.com/jay-zs-music-has-finally-been-removed-from-spotify-and-apple-music-2351382326.html

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