A few short days away from the start of WWDC 2011, and the unveiling of iCloud, Apple has reportedly cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group which will give Apple the ability to now offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies. Not only that, but Apple has also come to agreement with some of the largest music publishers.
We know, you’re all sick of hearing about Europe’s favorite streaming music service, Spotify. Maybe you got excited all over again hearing rumors that the service could be incorporated into Facebook -- but now comes a “reality check” report throwing cold water on the idea.
For all of its faults, iTunes is a versatile media player, allowing you to organize music in interesting ways -- assuming you know how to do so in the first place. Among the built-in tools offered are Ratings and Smart Playlists, which can be used in tandem to display media in most any way you can imagine.
While other tech companies have opted to pass right on by the wishes of the music publishing world, Apple has opted to take the other path and obtain deals with the four big music labels before going live with their rumored cloud based streaming service. The latest report has Apple close to signing a deal with the fourth, however advises that last minute obstacles can always crop up.
It seems like only yesterday that we were reporting that Apple had secured two of the four major music labels for its cloud music service -- and it was! Only 24 hours later, it appears that Sony makes three, with the lone holdout also close to a deal.
By now, it should be obvious that Apple has eyes on cloud-based media, particularly for iTunes music. After acquiring the iCloud.com domain and now reports that two of the big four music labels have signed up, along comes a new patent discovery dating back to late 2009 that starts to bring Cupertino’s plans into focus.
Are you ready for Apple’s entry into the cloud-based music business? Now that Amazon and Google have shown their hand, it appears they may have only done Apple a favor as the big music labels line up behind their savior once again.
So you always wanted to be in a band, but you have no musical talent whatsoever? Well, there’s an app for even that. GarageBand ($4.99) is perfect for making simple music on the iPad, and everything from guitar strums to drum fills is preprogrammed. But to make real music, dust off that guitar and plug in the iRig ($40, ikmultimedia.com). This bad boy’ll let you play real guitar and bass directly into your GarageBand project or the included Amplitude app. Take that, Smart Guitars!
Google’s annual I/O conference kicks off Tuesday, and with it comes rumors that the search giant will launch their cloud-based music service -- without the approval and support of the big music labels, or even a store to purchase tracks from.
If your iPod feels a little stale, Discovr might be a good way to freshen it up. Enter the name of any artist and their icon appears, surrounded by icons of six similar bands. Double-tap an icon to learn more about that artist; to spawn more bubbles of more artists, a single-tap will do (and honestly, that seems backwards -- we’d like it the other way around).