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Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music | WIRED

Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple Music is coming June 30th, for $10 a month. It'll be available on Mac, iOS, Apple TV, Windows PCs an Android devices.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Don't get fooled by Apple's announcement ; this new service is nothing but a revamped version of Beats.

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Can Apple Bring About the End of Free Streaming?

Can Apple Bring About the End of Free Streaming? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Jimmy Iovine and the major labels are conspiring to get rid of free. Not only the free tier on Spotify, but on YouTube too. Apple writes a check to the labels at 40 million subscribers for years, whether they reach that number or not, and everybody pays for music.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

No doubt Apple, Iovine and Majors want to secure an exclusive revenue feed by killing all free alternatives, may they be legit or pirate.

 

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Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods

Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple deleted music that some iPod owners had downloaded from competing music services from 2007 to 2009 without telling users, attorneys for consumers told jurors in a class-action antitrust suit against Apple Wednesday.
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Big Brother is watching you (and your ipod playlist)

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Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, Ian Rogers & Trent Reznor to stay on

Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, Ian Rogers & Trent Reznor to stay on | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

As Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music nears completion this financial quarter, the Cupertino and Santa Monica, California-based companies have begun work on transitioning select employees and technology resources from Beats to Apple, according to sources briefed on the transition. Apple executives have visited Beats’ Southern California headquarters this week and last week to offer groups of employees positions at Apple and to notify some members of the Beats staff that they will not be included in the transition.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Redundant positions? So beat it!

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The download is dead; Long live the stream

The download is dead; Long live the stream | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Apple Inc.’s AAPL -0.07%   reported $3.2 billion bid to buy Beats Electronics LLC, the headphone- and speaker-maker and music-streaming company, comes as many experts predict a future without digital music downloads. Downloading music files, they say, has become too cumbersome, restrictive and expensive compared with streaming services. And while Apple hasn’t publicly commented on its intentions with the potential Beats acquisition, industry analysts say it’s a sign that Apple is trying to join the music migration.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Apple is buying Beats cause streaming is on the rise while downloads sales are going down. And it needs a solid service to compete with Spotify, Pandora and Deezer...

What's next? Apple launching iVinyl?

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How Does iTunes Radio Pay Artists? | Future of Music Coalition

How Does iTunes Radio Pay Artists? | Future of Music Coalition | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

For consumers, iTunes Radio may feel a lot like another version of the popular “predictive” radio service Pandora. Plug in an artist or genre, and an algorithm spits out sonically related tracks. But while the experience for listeners may be similar up to a point, the revenue flow behind the scenes is very different.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Believe it or not, iTunes Radio intends to pay artists., 
Find out how. 

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Taylor Porter's curator insight, October 14, 2014 9:22 PM

This article is saying how iTunes is unlike other streaming websites when it comes to paying the artists and label. Artist are payed a certain amount but unlike pandora when an artist gives pandora their music, it is uploaded to three platforms so the artist get's a chance to make additional money as well. 

Jason Smith's curator insight, August 22, 2015 5:15 PM

Good article on how artists are getting paid by ITunes Radio

Rusolo No Sleep's curator insight, October 11, 2015 3:32 PM

Apple iTunes Radio helps put money into the artist hands by going deep into apple's pockets. There are two copyrights that brings deals directly to the labels. This the future of how Artist will be paid. The Artist still should invest in CD's. That's the original way of making this purchase smoother. 

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Digital Music News - Developing: Apple Threatening to Yank iRadio Holdouts from the iTunes Store...

Digital Music News - Developing: Apple Threatening to Yank iRadio Holdouts from the iTunes Store... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Looks like Apple's onerous licensing demands on iTunes Radio could be going to that crazy place.  According to multiple sources to Digital Music News, Apple is considering penalizing any iTunes Radio holdouts by removing them from the iTunes Store.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Apple to ban iRadio reluctant artists from iTunes music store? Smooth move..

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Apple Dials in iTunes Radio, a New Streaming Music Service | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Apple Dials in iTunes Radio, a New Streaming Music Service | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple has announced a new streaming music service. iTunes Radio. The new station-based radio player launches this fall.
Pierre Priot's insight:

iTunes Radio finally hits the stage blasting Led Zeppelin - Apple are surely evil, but they sure have decent taste.

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With downloads dwindling, music publishers throw a roadblock into Apple's iRadio plans

With downloads dwindling, music publishers throw a roadblock into Apple's iRadio plans | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
For years, when it came to driving negotiations with internet music services over licensing, the top record labels were the locomotive and the publishers were the caboose. If the labels licensed...
Pierre Priot's insight:

So basically, music publishers want more money from music streaming, and Apple didn't see that coming?

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BOON YUXIN's curator insight, January 19, 2015 4:06 PM

While digital music comes as the majority of the music selling, traditional record label faces some questions like being obsoleted. But this article share the voice of some people who against this situation. When I download more music from the digital retailer, I start to miss the CD sales. This article reminds me to think about the both sides of digital downloading. 

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For labels, Apple's iRadio deal could be sweeter than Pandora

For labels, Apple's iRadio deal could be sweeter than Pandora | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple is close to a deal with two major music labels to bring to life its streaming-music service, which could pay labels better than Pandora does. Read this article by Paul Sloan on CNET News.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Apple willing to concede fair iRadio deals to labels? Damn, Pandora must be really freaking them out!

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EungKyun Kim's curator insight, April 13, 2014 11:25 PM

As Apple started to jump in to the music streaming industry, they have to prepare for their largest competitor, Pandora. It was very interesting that Apple pays the labels a per-stream rate which is less than what Padora pays. However, Apple offers a new revenue stream from advertisement. I think Apple established a great strategy against Pandora.

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Thom Yorke: 'If I can't enjoy this now, when do I start?'

Thom Yorke: 'If I can't enjoy this now, when do I start?' | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Thom Yorke has taken time out from Radiohead for a new album made with a few famous friends. In a loose, upbeat mood, he talks to Tim Adams
Pierre Priot's insight:

"They [Apple & Google] have to keep commodifying things to keep the share price up, but in doing so they have made all content, including music and newspapers, worthless, in order to make their billions. And this is what we want?"

- Thom Yorke

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Apple's streaming music service could debut in 2013 -- analyst - CNET

Apple's streaming music service could debut in 2013 -- analyst - CNET | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple's streaming music service could debut in 2013 -- analystCNETThe firm today predicts that Apple will launch a streaming-music service at some point in 2013.
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Manner Torris's curator insight, November 4, 2014 4:21 PM

Apple decides to partake within the online streaming competition. Apple plans on developing and releasing iRadio, which is a comparison to Spotify and Pandora. Since the iTunes 11 update was released, this gave greater evidence of service being available soon enough.

Alex Capps's curator insight, November 9, 2014 4:22 PM

Apple plans to take on music streaming by creating iRadio. Apple, willing to take on Spotify and Pandora, will deal with labels directly will offering premium rates. That means iRadio won't be limited to certain countries and would also have less skips. 

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Is Apple Preparing To Offer High-Resolution Music? - hypebot

Is Apple Preparing To Offer High-Resolution Music? - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We’ve heard rumors that Apple would start selling high-resolution music — as in “better than CD quality” — for years, but so far, “lossless” has been as good as it gets, and the only way to get it in iTunes is to rip your own CDs. Evolver.fm has received word from legendary sound engineer Tony Faulkner that Apple is accepting high-resolution music files for iTunes, even if it is not selling them (yet?).

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Apple's new streaming music service arrives next week, report says

Apple's new streaming music service arrives next week, report says | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple will unveil a two-tier music streaming service at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, according to a new report.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Apple's new streaming service should be out within a week ; hitting iOS & Android app stores.

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Apple buys the UK startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric

Apple buys the UK startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple has acquired British startup Semetric, which runs the Musicmetric analytics tool, as part of its plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming music service later in the year.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Analytics... are the opiate of the record industry

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U2's Apple launch: what it means for the band – and the company

U2's Apple launch: what it means for the band – and the company | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The fact that U2 are letting people hear Songs of Innocence for free speaks to their diminishing powers – but the launch also suggests Apple fears for iTunes
Pierre Priot's insight:

is this the record industry latest attempt at selling music as an "album"?

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Can Beats get Apple back in rhythm with the music industry?

Can Beats get Apple back in rhythm with the music industry? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Ahead of any sort of Apple-branded relaunch, it’s difficult to say whether the company ultimately has any plans that might legitimately disrupt the music industry yet again. But for the time being, this deal stands in contrast to past acquisitions given the prominence and price of the acquisition. On the face of it, the deal looks less like Apple reaching out to save an ailing music industry, and more like Apple attempting to saving itself. As public interest has shifted from paying by the song or album to paying by monthly subscription, Apple needs a subscription to offer. 

Pierre Priot's insight:

When it comes to music Apple used to be ahead of its time. Remember the itunes/ipod haist?   

Now with the streaming revolution, Apple has lost its edge and is trying hard to get it back by buying Dre's Beats.

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Dr. Dre could soon become an Apple executive

Dr. Dre could soon become an Apple executive | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

According to Billboard, Apple may introduce both Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in their new high-up executive roles at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference event next month. Apple is reportedly pursuing an acquisition of Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, though neither company has gone on record about the deal since it was first publicized last week. The Financial Times originally reported that Apple and Beats could announce the buyout as early as this week, so the companies may choose to wait until the purchase is formally completed before they share more about any influence Dre and Iovine will hold at Apple moving forward. What we know right now is that Dre will be made very rich if the acquisition gets done, though its less clear what his exact duties at Apple will be.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Is Jimmy Iovine  about to sit on top of the world?

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Op-ed: Why the days are numbered for the legacy iPod

Op-ed: Why the days are numbered for the legacy iPod | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The numbers don't lie, but the "when" is anyone's guess.
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Smartphones killed the ipod

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Why iTunes Radio could be worth a small fortune for Apple

Why iTunes Radio could be worth a small fortune for Apple | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Charles Arthur: Streaming music system ties in users, supports iPhone and iPad sales and is likely to lead to more music buying
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Basically, iTunes Radio is an iTunes/iOS supported biz accelerator for iTunes/iOS. Apple expects snowballing revenues.

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Is Apple Screwing the Music Industry?

Is Apple Screwing the Music Industry? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
It appears Apple and Google could be taking the music industry for a ride, underpaying for valuable listening data.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Answer is yes, and the industry cannot wait for getting screwed over by Apple. 

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Tyheim's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:58 AM

I dont think apple is trying to screw the industry but i do believe they are affecting it.

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Apple and Universal Music agreement on streaming iRadio service imminent

Apple and Universal Music agreement on streaming iRadio service imminent | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to sign its first internet radio licensing agreement with a major record label perhaps as soon as next week, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks have told The Verge....
Pierre Priot's insight:

Beware! iRadio is coming!

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Biting the hand that feeds you: why are record labels fighting Pandora?

Biting the hand that feeds you: why are record labels fighting Pandora? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
A few years ago, leaders from the major record companies planted the seeds from which they hoped would spring the next generation of music distributors.


Apple's iTunes, the overwhelming...
Pierre Priot's insight:

Well, labels will stop fighting when they'll be offered fair deals.

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Hack Your Craft's curator insight, April 1, 2013 4:29 PM

Bottomline, Pandora pays less to the record industry's than their darling Spotify. While Pandora is trying to change the law (a bill that went no where) so they can pay less, Spotify pays more by dealing directly with labels as oppose to skirting around them with regulations in US law for web radio. Meanwhile here comes Apple with IRadio which will enter the streaming goldrush having already established a relationship with the labels to with whom the labels see as an industry leader thought Apple is asking to pay the least to labels. But according to the above article diversification and higher royalty rates (paid to labels, not artists) may be what the labels want and let the streaming services duke it out in the end.



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iTunes Is A Bigger Business Now Than Apple Was In 2004

iTunes Is A Bigger Business Now Than Apple Was In 2004 | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The iTunes Store is coming up on its 10-year anniversary in April.

How many businesses pull in $12 billion a year after a decade?

Pierre Priot's insight:

They make $12 billion, and yet we're getting cents. Brillant.

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nathan miller's curator insight, October 13, 2014 1:48 PM

Itunes is the number 1 product by Apple today, with the Iphone not far behind.

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How the Music Industry Explains the Weird Economics of the App World

How the Music Industry Explains the Weird Economics of the App World | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
There's the Internet Corollary to the Economics of Superstars law, which is as true for apps as it is for music. When you're selling something very cheap, or even free, over the Internet, there is an unpredictable relationship between audience size and income. A New York magazine profile of the band Grizzly Bear showed that, in the brave new world of music-everywhere, you can simultaneously be popular enough to sell out Radio City Music Hall and middle-class enough to live in a small Brooklyn apartment without health care thanks to the paltry returns of music popularity.
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