Apple seeds yet another iOS 5 beta to developers on Wednesday night, an over the air update less than half the size of the last one with few obvious changes -- with the exception of killing what appeared to be streaming music tracks through the iTunes Match beta.
In yet another sign that Apple is moving swiftly toward the release of iCloud this fall, Apple released a new beta version of iTunes to developers on Monday night which brings iTunes Match testing -- that is, for those quick enough to sign up and discover the service appears to stream as well as download songs.
As great as a streaming music service as Spotify is, it’s sometimes easy to get lost among all those tracks. How can you find songs you’re truly interested in? The company is making it a bit easier this week, announcing a new partnership with SoundHound to aid in your discovery of new tracks -- although for right now, it’s only for our friends across the pond.
Apple is planning to dip their sizeable toe into the cloud-based music business this fall with iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match, although it’s far from the Spotify killer that many had been expecting. But a curious experiment going on now in the desktop iTunes app could be a sign of things to come.
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 the rumors about Apple launching OS X Lion on Thursday seem unlikely to pan out, music lovers still have one reason to get out of bed in the morning -- after more than a year of rumors and hand-wringing negotiations, all you can eat streaming music service Spotify has finally landed in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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.
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.
For everyone who cares about music, it’s the burning question -- when will iTunes finally move into the cloud? While we wait to see if that’ll ever happen, several competitors are diving into iTunes’ gaping void by providing services that let you both stream music and sync it to your iDevices. In fact, these subscription-based, on-demand music services are the latest evolution in digital music. And while they bring their own strengths and weaknesses, they’re still more alike than different. Each service lets you stream music to your Mac or iOS device, buy tracks, sync tracks to an iOS device for offline playback, and create playlists or enjoy custom radio stations. This means success comes down to execution. A streaming service demands a greater investment of time for users than a simple download store, so it better be a nice place to visit -- and have exactly what you want to hear.
When Apple purchased music streaming service LaLa this past spring, the company's faithful followers held our breath in the hopes of something great waiting a-tiptoe in the wings. turning red in the face, we knew in our hearts that Steve Jobs was going to let us in on 'one more thing' at an upcoming Keynote. Yes, streaming iTunes subscriptions would soon be upon us. Apple bought out LaLa in order to utilize their exisiting technology! In no time at all, we'd be enjoying our entire music collection everywhere we went, all served up from the coulds perhaps even from our MobileMe accounts. Life was looking pretty sweet.
We're no longer holding our breath. Keynotes have come and gone. No announcment surrounding the introduction of a streaming service has been made. As we stand near the cusp of 2011, are we any closer to seeing our musical content on-the-hoof dreams come true? If the New York Post has their facts straight, we can tell you this: Maybe.