When it was rumored to be simply "iRadio," reports claimed that Apple was twisting the arm of major labels to receive better royalty rates than competing services like Pandora -- but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Just because they have billions in the bank, that doesn't mean Apple wants to share it with the record labels. The big news Thursday was a new report that sheds some light on Cupertino's lowball tactics as it works to launch a rumored music streaming service. Will the iPhone maker get its way? As with most things, only time will tell. Until then, get caught up on what you might have missed before heading into the weekend...
There's little doubt that Spotify is an awesome way to stream music -- that is, unless you want to stream said music to your mobile device, which requires a monthly subscription. Could that soon change?
While users give little thought to how their favorite artists are getting paid when they listen to streaming radio services, the music industry certainly does -- and over the last 12 years, that revenue has added up to a fraction of what it makes elsewhere.
Sometimes, dreams really do come true. For music lovers, one definitely became reality on Thursday with the arrival of Spotify’s streaming music service on American shores. After dominating the cloud music business throughout most of Europe in recent years, what’s with all the excitement for their U.S. debut? Let’s find out.
While others chose to walk away from negotiations (Google) or ignore them completely (Amazon), it appears that Apple was successful at getting the record labels on board for its new iCloud service -- but at what cost?
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.
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.
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.