‘Apple Music’ Arriving As Early as Next Week; Free and Paid Tiers…

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We recently learned more about Apple Music’s upcoming launch

Drake, Pharrell, and David Guetta are in talks with Apple to DJ for the new service, which will also be available on Android. Jimmy Iovine actually stole Drake from TIDAL about two days before the service launched.

The Wall Street Journal now reports that Apple will be launching two music services.

A premium on-demand service will cost about $9.99. A free ad-supported radio service that is similar to iTunes Radio will also launch.

Guest DJs are expected to curate music for this free service.  The WSJ says Apple has been in talks with Q-Tip, in addition to the previously mentioned artists.

Getting the major labels on board is a crucial step, but Apple hasn’t yet signed agreements with Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, or Universal Music Group.  This could delay the launch of the service.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

Image by Kārlis Dambrāns, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

22 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    I don’t see anything about ditching the download.

    More of her usual “reporting” from Nina Ullrich on DMN.

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      • Paul Resnikoff
        Paul Resnikoff

        That was me just playing with different titles. Yeah, there’s no info. we have that Apple is getting rid of downloads, but the important part of this is that Apple is actually taking the next step beyond downloads (so many years later). Funny, this company used to be a total leader in music. No more.

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        • Name2

          That was me just playing with different titles.

          Yeah, Edward R. Murrow did that ALL the time. Drove people nuts.

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      • Anonymous

        Apple grossed something like 20 billion dollars in music downloads last year.

        Look it up.

        You don’t give up a revenue stream like that. Duh.

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    • Bandit

      A more relevant question would be

      Are enough people going to pay $9.99 a month for music to make the system work?

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      • DavidB

        Huh? Your link shows quarterly gross revenues from music around $1.2 billion ($1,200,000,000), giving an annual total of around $5 billion. It’s not small potatoes, but it’s not $20 billion either!

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    • Anonymous

      “Why would anyone want to pay for downloads?”

      Because fans want their favorite artists to make music!

      (Hint: It’s extremely expensive to produce the kind of songs — and videos — people want.)

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        • Anonymous

          Like the other Anonymous said — millions of fans buy music.

          They could just steal it, you know. But they like the artists!

          So they don’t.

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          • cutdigital

            Get RID of ALL music streaming companies.

          • nadeem

            Apple Watch which seems to have been made just to try to block some of Samsung’s earnings. Same here. Apple is becoming less about innovation and more trying to squeeze everyone else out of their industries
            thanks

          • nadeem

            This seems to be analagous to the Apple Watch, which seems to have been made just to try to block some of Samsung’s earnings
            thanks

  2. Anonymous

    Unless they’re launching with only a fraction of the content that Spotify et al have, they’re not launching next week.

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    • Anonymous

      And giving the early adopters a terrible user experience would be horribly stupid…

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  3. Jared

    This seems to be analagous to the Apple Watch, which seems to have been made just to try to block some of Samsung’s earnings. Same here. Apple is becoming less about innovation and more about trying to squeeze everyone else out of their industries.

    Jared
    http://ledgernote.com

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