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…)

Video: Beats Music First Look and Overview

With Beats Music now live and available with a 7-day free trial for Android users, we decided to take it for a spin to see how it stacks up to Google Play Music, our current favorite streaming music service. It would take something special to pry us away from Google’s music service, but we are willing to give anything a fair shot. And since Beats Music has worked with special curators to bring you custom made playlists for any moment in life (the “Backseat Love” playlist is already a favorite), plus has the backing of music industry mega-powers, how can we not give it some serious thought?  (more…)

Beats Music Goes Live With Subscriptions Starting at $9.99 Per Month, After 7-Day Free Trial

Beats Music is now live. The new music service has started to rollout across platforms already this morning, with the Android app just now going live. To test the service for free, Beats is giving everyone a 7-day trial, which seems to only involve installing the app and creating an account. If you decide to hang with it, you can join for $9.99 per month.

AT&T customers appear to get the best deal, which was announced a week ago. If your family is on AT&T, you can sign-up your family account for $14.99 (up to 5 lines and 10 devices) and receive music that doesn’t count against your data plan (part of AT&T’s new sponsored data, we assume).

We are digging into it now and will have more shortly!  (more…)

Beats Music Launches January 21, Partners With AT&T for $14.99 Per Month Family Plan

Beats Music, the streaming music service created by the headphone giant of the same name, will launch January 21 in an exclusive partnership deal with AT&T. For $14.99, your entire family (up to 5 members and 10 devices) can be a part of Beats Music, and that’s after you try the service for free for 90 days. With access to over 20 million songs and “a unique curated experience,” AT&T is telling you to download at will as well. They claim to have made Beats Music available on an unlimited basis (both streaming an downloading for offline listening) for AT&T subscribers. We’re not sure if this is their first sponsored data deal or something separate, but they are making this sound as if your tiered data plan is unaffected by the service.

If you are an individual, you can access Beats Music on up to 3 devices for $9.99 per month.

So what is Beats Music and why should you consider it?  (more…)

Beats Music is Coming in January With Help From AT&T, Reserve Your Username Now

Well, Beats Music is in fact a real thing and it should be here in January 2014. According to Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, the service has been in testing for quite some time thanks to the help of “people who know and love music,” along with a few of his personal heroes. Details on how the service will work are scarce, but rumors peg it as a Spotify competitor focusing on playlists.  (more…)