Beats Music v1.2.0 Update Adds Verified Badges, Sentence History, and More

Beats Music (anyone using it?) received an update today with four new features that the Beats crew said you asked for. The goodies include a Tune Your Taste options for switching up the “Just For You” recommendations. Sentence History has also been added, so that you can view your most recently played songs from The Sentence. Finally, Beats Music now has verified badges (to show how “legit” someone is) and improvements to the app that should fix a bunch of bugs.

The update is live, so go grab it.  (more…)

Apple Finally Makes It Official, is Buying Beats for $3 Billion

Hey, look, Apple finally decided to announce that it is buying Beats. The cost of the acquisition will run Apple $3 billion, a price that includes a purchase price of $2.6 billion plus another $400 million that will vest over time. Apple is buying both Beats Music and Beats Electronics.

This acquisition was first rumored back on May 8, so we aren’t exactly sure why it took Apple so long to announce it. Some think the delay was due to Dr. Dre’s YouTube celebration, where he spouted out drunkenly that he was “The first billionaire in Hip-Hop, right here from the motherf***in’ West Coast, believe it.” Either way, it’s all official now.  (more…)

Beats Music Reportedly Growing Slower Than Expected

The new music subscription service on the block, Beats Music, is apparently having some problems getting its user base going. The Beats by Dre name launched its music service a mere three months ago, but adoption is not where it was projected to be so far. No specific numbers were dropped, but according to a report out of Billboard, today Beats Music’s subscription total is somewhere in “the low six figures.” Ouch. (more…)

Report: Apple Debates Bringing Official iTunes App to Android

In an interesting story that broke late last week, it is being reported by Billboard that Apple is currently mulling over the idea of launching an official iTunes application for Android devices. At the heart of the report is a year-over-year drop in iTunes percentage of sales, as well as an 11% drop in music sales in the US.

As a new source of income, Apple will also attempt to launch a true on-demand service to compete against Spotify, Beats Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this report. (more…)

Google Offering Up 60 Days of All Access for Free to Chromebook Owners, Plus Others

Happy day, folks – Google is giving away 60 days of Google Play Music All Access to certain users, as well as all current owners of a Chromebook. If you have yet to sign up for All Access, the music service that allows users to access millions of on-demand tracks for $9.99 a month, you may see an invite hit your email inbox offering you 60 days of the service for free.  (more…)