Rumor: Apple looking to acquire Shazam, could add company’s technologies to audio/music assets

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 03:31
Category: Apple, Apple Music, Finance, Rumor, Siri

With Spotify gradually moving towards a public offering, it seems that Apple is looking to acquire yet another music property. Sources close to the story have stated that Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advertisement in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or a visual fragment, and then takes you to content relevant to that search.

It’s been said that the deal is being signed this week, and will be announced on Monday, although that could always change.

One source has stated that the deal could take place for around £300 million ($401 million). Other figures that have been cited are lower than the $1.02 billion (according to PitchBook) post-money valuation Shazam had in its last funding round, in 2015.

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Supposed watchOS 4.1 GM notes released, include music streaming over LTE, other changes

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Apple Music, battery, Developer, iCloud, News, Software, watchOS

The golden master release notes for watchOS 4.1 apparently leaked out on Wednesday, the update list confirming that streaming support will arrive for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library.

The notes, posted to Twitter by developer Guilherme Rambo, include a list of new features, improvements and bug fixes slated to debut when watchOS 4.1 sees release.

Among the more anticipated features, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library will gain the ability to stream over LTE, as was initially promised to arrive this fall. Apple COO Jeff Williams stated these features were in the works, but would not be available when the Apple Watch Series 3 launched last month. Instead, the features would arrive as part of a software update in October.

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Apple TV universal search expands to Canada, Australia, other countries

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Apple Music, Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

Apple has expanded the universal search options on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

U.S.-based customers can now search for TV show and movie titles through the Classix, Oxygen and BBC America app. New Canadian listings include Classix, Treehouse, FXNOW Canada, ICI Tou.tv and CBC TV, the country’s national broadcaster.

Australians will see results for 9Now, SBS, and Tenplay. In Norway and Sweden, Viaplay has been added.

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Prince’s Warner Brothers music catalog released on Apple Music, other streaming services

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple Music, News, retail

Following Prince’s abrupt retraction of his entire catalog from all music streaming service except for Tidal in 2015, the artist’s catalog has returned.

As rumored last month, Tidal’s exclusivity officially ended on Sunday after Warner Brothers made its collection of Prince tunes available to all streaming platforms, including big players Apple Music and Spotify. The release coincides with tonight’s Grammy Awards, where industry stars are expected to pay tribute to the late musician onstage.

Apple has already begun advertising the catalog’s availability and has sent out promotional emails linking new subscribers too the music.

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Rumor: Prince’s catalog may be en route to Apple Music and Spotify

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, Rumor

Prince may be coming to both Apple Music and Spotify.

The legendary musician, who spent a fair amount of his career fighting for artist rights and equal royalties, famously pulled his music from all streaming services but Tidal, the artist-owned, Jay Z-led app for audiophiles. But now it seems Prince’s hits are finally set to stream everywhere else, from Apple Music and Spotify to Google Play and Pandora.

The story hails from an anonymous source and according to the New York Post, Prince’s Warner Music Group records will hit streaming services outside of Tidal on Feb. 12, the night of the Grammys. This is also the evening that the award show’s organizers are expected to honor Prince with a musical tribute that night.

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Apple Music to sponsor “Carpool Karaoke” episodes, will feature Metallica, Ariana Grande, other artists

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2017, 05:58
Category: Apple Music, Fun, News

Apple’s getting into the Carpool Karaoke business.

The company, via Apple Music will be sponsoring a series of episodes featuring Metallica, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Will Smith among other artists.

While the popular Late Late Show sketch sees host James Corden behind the wheel, the Apple Music series will feature a rotating crew of drivers.

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Spotify cites difficulties getting updated app approved by Apple, alleges competition-based motives (Updated)

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Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016, 14:40
Category: App Store, Apple, Apple Music, Developer, iOS, Legal, News

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Apple may be playing its gatekeeper card a little too closely where Spotify is concerned.

The audio streaming provider said Apple is making it harder for the streaming music company to compete by blocking a new version of its iPhone app.

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter stated that Apple had turned down the new version of the Spotify app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

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Rumor: Significant changes to Apple’s four operating systems, no new hardware announcements in works for WWDC 2016

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 08:29
Category: Apple Music, Apple Pay, Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iTunes, MacBook, MacBook Pro, OS X, Rumor, Siri, Software, Touch ID, Watch OS, WWDC

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The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.

On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:

– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.

– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.

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Apple to release iTunes music deletion, says fix is en route

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, News, Software

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Well, this has been a bit of a mess.

Apple on Monday confirmed user reports of an issue that caused music from personal collections in iTunes libraries to be deleted, stating it only affected a small number of users and that a fix was in the works.

The company offered the following comment on the issue:

“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple said. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue they should contact AppleCare.”

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Rumor: Apple looking to overhaul Apple Music user interface, will announce changes around WWDC (updated)

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Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 08:13
Category: Apple Music, Rumor

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It may be only a year old, but it looks like Apple is planning a fairly major overhaul of Apple Music’s user interface.

The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, according to sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

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