“When I listened to theirs [Beats Music] for a while, I feel completely different … it’s hard to describe.” This is what Tim Cook said about Beats Music in an interview with Charlie Rose just 10 days ago on September 12. Now, as TechCrunch reports via five separate sources from inside of the company, Apple is set to shut down the music service indefinitely. (more…)
A paid subscription to Google Play Music is something I generally believe that I can’t live without going forward. I use it every single day. I listen to music streamed from the service while working, while in the car, if I’m cooking, and while I workout. I am constantly streaming music. My playlists change often. New music enters my rotation regularly (that I don’t have to pay extra for). And I often find throwback tunes to my wilder and much younger days that bring a smile to my face today. Streaming music services like Google Play are awesome.
Which brings us to today’s poll. Are you using a streaming music service? If so, which one?
There are countless services to choose from at this point. In fact, I narrowed the list down to what I would consider to be the nine most popular, half of which I myself haven’t even been able to try. From Google Music to iTunes Radio to Beats Music to Spotify, you have so many options that all offer somewhat different experiences. As I mentioned above, Google Play Music works for me, but there may be another service that fits your needs.
Let us know – which streaming music service do you use?
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…)
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…)
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…)
If you took your 7-day subscription a bit further, deciding to start paying the monthly fee that comes coupled with Beats Music for Android devices, then you will be happy to see that the app has received an update through Google Play today. Inside the update, the service has a “brand spanking new” widget for users to place on their home screens. (more…)
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…)