Sunday, November 19, 2017

Apple Music’s Major Lazer documentary is streaming now


A new music documentary begins streaming today on Apple Music. Give Me Future chronicles Major Lazer's 2016 concert in Havana, Cuba -- the first to be put on by major American artists since the US restored diplomatic ties to the country in 2015. The group, made up of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, performed for 400,000 people in the country's capital, the planning for which and the performance were documented by director Austin Peters.
Give Me Future adds to Apple's growing stock of exclusive music-focused documentaries, which include features on artists like Taylor Swift, Pink, Harry Styles and Niall Horan. It has also released films on producer Clive Davis, the Cash Money record label, songwriter Bert Berns and the history of the iconic 808 drum machine.
Along with the film, which made its premiere at Sundance, Apple is also releasing a companion album featuring music from Major Lazer and each of its artists, Cuban artists that appear in the documentary and others including Herizen Guardiola and Sean Paul. The album, Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future - Music From and Inspired by the Film, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud and Google Play. Give Me Future is available to Apple Music subscribers today -- you can check out the trailer below and stream it here.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Super fast way to convert AAX to M4A on Mac

Audiobook and podcast files, which also contain metadata including chapter markers, images, and hyperlinks, can use the extension .m4a, but more commonly use the .m4b extension. An .m4a audio file cannot "bookmark" (remember the last listening spot), whereas .m4b extension files can.
Some time, you need to convert AAX to M4A and remove DRM so as to play them on most Audio Player and devices.
The latest version of Macsome iTunes Audio Converter now supports Audiobook fast conversion, if you have a 25h Audiobook file, you only need 30s to finish the Audiobook conversion, including converting AAX to unprotected M4A with super fast speed.

How to convert AAX to M4A with iTunes Music Converter.

First of all, free download the latest version of iTunes Music Converter, and follow the instruction to install and launch it.
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Step 1. Click Add button to import the AAX files from iBook library of iTunes.
Macsome iTunes Converter supports not only converting Audiobooks to MP3 or M4A format, you can also use it to convert downloaded Apple Music files, purchased Music files and so on to MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV format as you like.
Step 2. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder.
If you are converting the general music files, here are four output audio formats for users to choose. But now if you want to convert AAX files, there will no output formats options for you to choose, M4A is the default output format. We are try every best to make it support more audio formats in the future.

Step 3. Click CONVERT button to start AAX to M4A conversion.
All the conversion will be finished quickly. And then users can play the MP3 Audiobook on any Audio Player as you like.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2 has been released

With the new release of macOS High Sierra 10.13, to make iTunes Converter work well with the new system , Macsome Inc newly released iTunes Converter for Mac V2.3.2.
With the new version 2.3.2, macOS 10.13 users can only convert music files with 1X conversion speed, if you are other system users, there is no need to worry about the only 1X conversion speed, you can still convert Audio tracks with up to 20X conversion speed.
If you want to convert Audiobook with the iTunes Converter, you can still try the incredible speed.
With the fast conversion option, you can only convert AAX to M4A format with chapter, cover, etc kept, and convert AA to MP3 format without chapter and other info kept.
If the first time conversion is slow, don’t worry, the following conversion speed is unbelievable.
Even you are macOS users, don't worry, the up to 20X conversion speed will be added and supported in the following version, please wait a moment.

About macOS High Sierra

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Apple introduced macOS High Sierra at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. macOS High Sierra, as the name suggests, is a follow-up to macOS Sierra and is largely designed to improve on macOS Sierra through major under-the-hood updates and a handful of outward-facing changes.
macOS High Sierra is the newest version of macOS, introducing Metal 2, APFS, HEVC video, VR support, and Safari and Siri updates. Launched on September 25.
With macOS High Sierra, Apple says it's focusing on the fundamentals: data, video, and graphics. High Sierra is about deep technologies that will provide a platform for future innovation while also introducing new technologies to make the Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive.

FEATURES

  • Metal 2
  • HEVC (H.265) support
  • Apple File System
  • VR and external GPU support (spring 2018)
  • Siri updates
  • Autoplay blocking in Safari
  • Anti-tracking in Safari
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Ahead Of Tomorrow’s iPhone 8 Announcement, Apple Music Finally Gains Traction With iOS Users

September 12 is expected to bring us the latest iPhone; for those of us who use them it is difficult to recall a time without one. While the iPhone celebrates its tenth birthday in style, Apple Music is making strides among iOS users. Apple Music is the most popular paid music subscription service among iOS users.
During the first six months of 2017, one in five iOS users listened to Apple Music (21 percent), up from 13 percent in the first six months of 2016. Apple Music edged out Spotify Premium for the title of most used, although both saw significant listener gains in 2017. Both services are benefitting from the overall growth in paid music subscribers in the US.
Spotify Premium still dominates the chart for share of listening among iOS users. Spotify users on the iOS platform spend 40 percent more time listening to music. Apple Music comes in a respectable second.
More iOS users are listening to Apple Music, but engagement with Spotify Premium is stronger. Apple Music has an opportunity to improve usage those new listeners, and surely the new iPhone will help.
Source from

http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2017/09/ahead-of-iphone-8-announcement-apple-music-gains-traction-with-ios-users.html

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spotify Teams Up With Hulu for $5 Subscription Bundle for Students

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Spotify has teamed up with Hulu to make its subscription plan for students a lot more interesting: Students will now be able to get both a premium Spotify subscription and a subscription to Hulu for a combined price of just $4.99 a month.
Spotify Premium for Students, now with Hulu, as the plan is officially called, essentially combines Spotify’s paid on-demand music service with Hulu’s basic paid on-demand video tier, which the company calls its “limited commercials” plan. Bought individually without any discounts, both plans would cost $9.99 and $7.99 per month, respectively.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Hulu – a like-minded company which is as focused as we are on delivering the very best in high quality streaming content,” said Spotify’s chief premium business officer Alex Norstrom in a statement.
 
“We are proud to announce Spotify as our newest strategic partner – they’re an iconic brand in music streaming and a proven leader in reaching and engaging young consumers,” said Hulu SVP and head of distribution and partnerships Tim Connolly.
The two companies apparently aren’t done with introducing subscription bundles, either, announcing Thursday that “offerings targeted at the broader market” were going to be revealed at a later date.
Spotify first launched its $4.99 student subscription plan in 2014. Apple Music, Tidal and others have since introduced similar plans, sans the paid Hulu subscription.
The idea to sell both music and video as a subscription bundle isn’t new. Failed music subscription service Rdio at one point launched its own video service Vdio, with plans to eventually sell both as part of a bundled subscription service — a plan that was abandoned when Vdio was shuttered in late 2013.
The announcement comes at an interesting time for Spotify. The music service launched its own video initiative with a dozen original shows last year, but apparently couldn’t find an audience for its original fare.
Last week, Spotify confirmed that former VH1 president Tom Calerdone, who had been  in charge of Spotify’s video strategy, had left the company amid a refocus on video formats aligned with popular Spotify playlists like RapCaviar. On Wednesday, Variety broke the news that the company has hired media veteran Courtney Holt away from Disney to lead its video and podcasting efforts going forward.
Source from http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/spotify-premium-hulu-student-bundle-1202549614/
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

iPhone 8 is coming September 12

Apple has a major iPhone redesign planned for 2017, with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that does away with the Home button and perhaps replaces Touch ID with a new facial recognition system. The new iPhone may be sold alongside upgraded (but standard) 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones.
2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Apple has something major planned to celebrate the occasion. With less than a month to go until the launch of the iPhone 8, we've already heard an abundance of rumors about the device, so we know what to expect when it comes to design and features.
Apple tested more than 10 prototype iPhone models, leading to a lot of mixed rumors floating around, but the general design and the features we can expect have mostly been nailed down, including in leaks from Apple itself.
The iPhone 8 is expected to feature a radical redesign, with an edge-to-edge display that does away with the top and bottom bezels where features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and the front-facing camera are housed. Rumors suggest Touch ID could be eliminated entirely in favor of robust facial recognition technology, which Apple is confirmed to be working on. There will be no physical Home button on the iPhone 8 and no bezels aside from a small area for the front-facing camera.
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With an edge-to-edge design, the iPhone 8 may be similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone, but with a display the size of the 5.5-inch iPhone. Rumors suggest it will feature a 5.8-inch display with 5.15 inches of usable area, with the rest dedicated to virtual space that will replace the Home button. A series of gestures may be used to navigate instead of a Home button.
The display itself is said to be a flexible plastic OLED rather than an LCD, allowing Apple to introduce a thinner device that consumes less power and offers a better display with higher contrast ratio and more true to life colors. It will feature a slightly curved 2.5D display that's similar to the display used in the iPhone 7.
As for the body, Apple is finally moving away from the aluminum used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, and SE, and will instead adopt a glass body that's similar to the body that was used for the iPhone 4. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the glass will be built around a polished stainless steel frame that's similar in design to the Apple Watch. Other models will also feature glass, but with an aluminum frame.
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Source from :
https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/iphone-8/#schematics_design_leaks_and_cases
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Friday, September 1, 2017

How to Move your Spotify playlist to Apple Music

Both Spotify and Apple Music are online streaming music services. Users can subscribe the music service according to their own need.
However, Apple's service touts around 40 million songs, which is superior to Spotify's "more than 30 million" figure (though we're not sure by how much), and also outdoes newer contenders like Amazon’s paid streaming service and Jay Z's Tidal. Moreover, Apple has taken steps to secure more exclusives than the competition.
If you have some favorite Spotify songs, and want to transfer them to Apple Music, how to deal with this?
For the songs of Spotify are also DRM limited, like Apple Music. If users want to move music files from Spotify to Apple Music successfully, they need to decrypt DRM from Spotify and convert to the audio format like MP3 or AAC for Apple Music.
Here is a good news, Spotify Audio Converter is the tool to help you to solve the problem well, which can remove DRM from your Spotify songs and playlists with excellent output quality and fast conversion speed.
Follow the next guide, you will know how to convert and transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music as soon as possible.

Step 1, Go to download and install Spotify Audio Converter Platinum and run it.

If you are a Mac user, please download the iTunes Converter for Mac version.
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Step 2. Drag and drop the playlist from Spotify to Spotify Audio Converter.

Open Spotify application, check playlist you would like to convert, and then drag them to add window.

Step 3. Choose Output Format and Adjust Settings

Directly click setting button button on the program interface to open the Preferences window.
In the output settings, you could change the output folder as you prefer.

Step 4. Start Spotify to Apple Music Conversion

After the above steps, now click "CONVERT" button to start convertion.
When the conversion is finished, just find the converted files and transfer them to your iTunes playlist, and then you can enjoy them without limitations any more.
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