Canadian songwriter and producer Alex Greggs, who has worked with several renowned artists such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and the late Michael Jackson, is suing Apple in a larger lawsuit filed against singer Ariana Grande, electronic artist David Guetta, publisher Universal Music Group, and others, according to court documents filed electronically this week. ...continue reading Apple Dragged Into Lawsuit Involving Singer Ariana Grande

German carrier Deutsche Telekom is planning to lure new customers by offering six months of Apple Music service for free, reports iPhone-ticker.de [Google Translate]. Aimed at customers who have not yet tried Apple Music, the offer will be announced at IFA in Berlin, set to take place from September 2 to September 7. According to ...continue reading Deutsche Telekom to Offer Subscribers Six Months of Apple Music for Free

In the wake of the much-anticipated launch of Frank Ocean's new album "Blonde," Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge has sent out an email to UMG executives, saying that the company is prohibiting the practice of exclusive music streaming moving forward (via The Lefsetz Letter). The email officially ends "all future exclusives with Universal artists," ...continue reading Apple Music's Reliance on Exclusives Coming Under Fire From Labels and Critics

Today marks the fifth anniversary since Tim Cook was named Apple CEO on August 24, 2011, the same day that late co-founder Steve Jobs stepped down as chief executive for the final time and recommended the board of directors appoint Cook as his permanent successor. Upon reaching the five-year mark, Cook has today unlocked previously ...continue reading Tim Cook Reaches Five Years as Apple CEO, Unlocks Over $100 Million in Bonuses

Several of Spotify's contracts are up for renewal and the high rates Apple pays record labels are affecting Spotify's negotiations, reports MusicBusinessWorldwide. As it considers a future IPO, Spotify is aiming to strike long-term deals with record labels at lower rates, while labels want Spotify to pay as much as Apple does. Spotify reportedly pays ...continue reading Apple's Deep Pockets Affecting Spotify Contract Renewals

Amazon is working on a $5-a-month music subscription service that will be exclusive to owners of the company's internet-connected Echo speaker. According to Recode, Amazon is planning to introduce the service in September alongside another music streaming service that costs $10 a month, to compete more directly with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. ...continue reading Amazon Working on Echo $5-a-Month Music Streaming Service

Over the weekend, Samsung announced plans to shut down its Milk music streaming service in the United States, more than two years after it first launched. Milk Music, powered by Slacker Radio, was never able to compete with more popular music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music. As of September 22nd 2016, Milk ...continue reading Samsung Shuttering its Milk Music Service in the United States

Just a couple days after exclusively launching visual album "Endless" on Apple Music, R&B singer Frank Ocean has released his sophomore album "Blonde", which used to be referred to as "Boy's Don't Cry". The album, which is his first since his debut album "Channel Orange" in 2012, will be exclusive to Apple Music for two ...continue reading Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' Album Now Available Exclusively on Apple Music

Apple keeps releasing new iOS 10 betas ahead of the final iOS 10 release in September. The company just issued the seventh beta for both developers and public beta testers — the public beta’s version number is one digit behind, so it’s public beta 6, but it’s the same version. Head over to the Settings ...continue reading Apple just dropped iOS 10 beta 7 for developers and public testers – TechCrunch

Pandora is aiming to expand its territory in the music streaming wars. The internet radio service is set to start offering two paid subscription tiers as early as next month, according to The Wall Street Journal. These tiers for on-demand streaming would complement Pandora’s free radio stations and make the company better suited to rival ...continue reading Pandora goes after on-demand streaming to compete against Spotify