Category Archives: Music


Report Alleges That Tidal Only Has Enough Money For 6 More Months

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

When Tidal launched, one of the ways it set itself apart from the competition was that they offered listeners supposed audiophile grade music, although it came at a rather steep cost, a cost that might have set them back in the game because according to a report from Norwegian publication Dagens Naeringsliv, Tidal is running out of money.

The report claims that Tidal apparently only has 6 months left of working capital, which means that the music service only has 6 months left of staying afloat, unless they are able to raise more money. However in a statement to The Verge, a company spokesperson is refuting those allegations by saying, “We have experienced negative stories about Tidal since its inception and we have done nothing but grow the business each year.”

This seems to go against the report which states that Tidal apparently lost as much as $44 million before taxes last year, although the company seems to believe that they will be able to break even and possibly even achieve profitability mid-2018. That being said, it’s not hard to believe that Tidal (or any other music streaming service) could be doing badly.

Last month Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine claimed that the music streaming industry isn’t making any money, and that companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon at the very least have other products to help prop up the service, whereas music-only services such as Spotify and Tidal don’t. In any case take the report with a grain of salt for now, but maybe don’t discount Tidal just yet.

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Apple Denies That They’re Going To Phase Out iTunes Music Downloads

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

There are multiple ways to consume music, such as through physical purchases of CDs and vinyl, or digital where you can buy your songs piecemeal or entire albums through platforms like iTunes, or stream them for a monthly subscription through services such as Apple Music and Spotify.

For the longest time ever, Apple’s iTunes dominated the digital music scene, but recent rumors are suggesting that Apple plans to phase that out. In a report from Digital Music News, they are reporting that Apple has already begun their phasing out of music downloads via iTunes, with plans to ultimately scrap the service/feature completely by 2019.

No doubt that this would mark a huge change in the music industry, especially when you consider that iTunes is one of the more dominant digital music platform for song/album purchases. However in a denial made to 9to5Mac, Apple is claiming that the report is “not true”. Like we said, this is not the first time we’re hearing about this as we had heard the first report back in 2016, which Apple themselves have debunked back then as well.

However despite Apple’s insistence, Digital Music News is claiming that their source has repeatedly confirmed that it is true, and that it is “on schedule”. Then again given that the official word is that it isn’t true, perhaps take this report with a grain of salt for now.

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Apple Confirms Acquisition Of Music Recognition Service Shazam

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

The other day it was rumored that Apple could be looking to acquire music recognition service Shazam. As it turns out the rumors were true because Apple has since confirmed the acquisition to the folks at 9to5Mac. As expected they did not dive into the details of the acquisition, save for saying that they have “exciting plans” in store.

In a statement released to 9to5Mac confirming the acquisition, “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.”

We should point out that Apple and Shazam have had a working relationship prior to this, where Apple baked Shazam’s functionality into Siri, thus allowing users to ask Siri to identify songs instead of having to launch the app. Shazam’s functionality also evolved over the years, where it was later able to recognize TV shows and movies too.

It is unclear what Apple plans to do with Shazam, and whether or not there are plans to keep the app around or sunset it. From what we can tell based on previous Apple acquisitions, the company usually ends up killing off the app and service, like when they acquired Workflow and Beats Music.

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Apple Reportedly Looking To Acquire Shazam

Tyler Lee December 8, 2017

shazamShazam was one of the first music recognition apps available for smartphones back in the day, and its functionality has since expanded where it can also recognize TV shows. Apple has also integrated the app and its functionality into iOS, where users can ask Siri to Shazam songs without having to launch the app itself.

Now it seems that Apple might have decided that instead of working with Shazam, why not just buy them outright instead? According to a report from TechCrunch, it seems that Apple is apparently interested in buying the company, with the deal said to be worth as much as $400 million, and could be officially announced as soon as Monday.

It is unclear as to what Apple wants to do with Shazam, especially given that Shazam is already sort of integrated into iOS. However it is possible that maybe Apple wants to mimic one of the Pixel 2’s features, which is the ability to identify songs thanks to an always-listening feature, so perhaps by acquiring Shazam, Apple is hoping to bring that feature onto iOS devices in future updates as well.

In any case Apple rarely discloses their plans for their acquisitions, so even if they do confirm it, we’ll probably never really know until later when it might popup in iOS somewhere, so do take it with a grain of salt for now.

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YouTube’s Music Subscription Service Rumored For March 2018

Tyler Lee December 8, 2017

There are several different music subscription services available right now, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, and so on. In fact even YouTube has its own music subscription service, but apparently that’s not enough because in a report from Bloomberg, YouTube might have another music subscription in the works.

Like we said, this isn’t YouTube’s first attempt at creating a music subscription service, but the report from Bloomberg has suggested that the company could be making its third attempt, which is interesting when you consider that Apple Music’s head doesn’t seem to think that music streaming is particularly lucrative.

The report goes on to claim that so far Warner Music Group has signed up to be on board with the new service when it launches, which is apparently set for March 2018. YouTube is also said to be in talks with Sony, Universal, and Merlin who is a consortium that represents various independent labels.

The new service is said to be called YouTube Remix and from Bloomberg’s description, sounds like it could be a mix of YouTube Red and Google Play Music, where it will offer users on-demand streaming for music, as well as access to video clips. It is unclear if this new service will convince customers to sign up, but until it is officially announced do take it with a grain of salt.

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News: Apple unveils best Apps, Music, Movies, and TV Shows for 2017

Jesse Hollington December 7, 2017

Apple has announced its editorial picks for the best apps, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts available from its various online content stores. The App Store team noted four rising trends for 2017, including the introduction of augmented reality apps with iOS 11, a rise of real-time competitive gaming, and an increased focus on mental health and mindfulness as well as storytelling and reading. The 2017 iPhone App of the Year was the health and…


Spotify Launches $99 Annual Subscription Package

Tyler Lee December 4, 2017

The majority of music streaming services out there today cost around the $10 mark. This seems to be the standard pricing for most services, save for outliers such as Tidal where they HiFi option is priced at $20 a month, and Amazon Music where Prime customers pay $8 a month, but Spotify is hoping to challenge that status quo.

The company has recently launched a $99 annual subscription, which means that you’ll be paying for 12 months worth of service upfront, and ultimately you will save yourself $20 overall, or as Spotify puts it, “That’s 12 months for the price of 10.” However we should note that this is a limited time offer and will only be available until the 31st of December, 2017.

It should also be pointed out that once the 12-months are up, users will go back to their previous subscription package at the then-current-price, which means that this offer will only be good for a year, although who knows, depending on the popularity maybe Spotify could make it a permanent thing.

With this offer, it does make Spotify one of the cheapest music streaming services around (although we have to wonder if that is a good idea) that does not have any caveats, like a Prime membership subscription, so it could be worth taking a look at if you’re interested in saving some money.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Album Available On Apple Music & Spotify

Tyler Lee November 30, 2017

Earlier this month, it was suggested that musician Taylor Swift would not launch her latest album, Reputation, on streaming services right away. Instead it was suggested that Swift would only make the album available a week after its launch. The good news is that if you’re a music streaming subscriber, it looks like Swift’s album is finally available.

It has been noted that Swift’s album is now available on streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify. However it should be pointed out that this only seems to apply to international markets, and not the US. Presumably the US launch shouldn’t be too far behind, but at this time of writing it looks like it isn’t available just yet. We’re not sure why the launch dates are different, so fans will just have to remain patient.

That being said, Swift’s decision to launch the album through more “traditional” means first makes sense, especially in light of Apple Music’s head and music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine’s comments. According to an earlier report, Iovine claims that the profit margins made in music streaming is pretty much non-existent.

This would suggest that releasing music through physical sales or digital purchases is still a better way to go. Swift is also not the first artist to hold off on releasing her music via streaming, where in 2016 Adele fans also had to go through a similar waiting process, where the musician’s 25 album was only made available on streaming about a half year following the album’s release.

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