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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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Students spends less for Amazon Music Unlimited than ever

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Sigh, it's that time of the year again. Despacito may still be atop the charts, but summer is dwindling, meaning it's time to head back to school. But, don't cut short your soundtrack just yet, because this is the ideal time to get ad-free music on a streaming service. All the students out there already get a nice discount on Apple Music and Spotify, and now you can add Amazon Music Unlimited to that list too.

The online retail giant is offering up its relatively new music streaming service to all the young folk for just $4.99/£4.99 per month. That brings it in line with its bigger rivals, price-wise at least. It also means you fork out less than Amazon Prime subscribers ($7.99/£7.99 per month) and non-Prime customers ($9.99/£9.99). And, if you're eligible to be a Prime Student member, it will go down to just $6/£6 for six months -- that's just one dollar or pound a month for the period.
Amazon already offers a family plan, which at $149/£149 per year is appealing for Prime subscribers. And reaching out to students is another way to expand its base. But, simply matching Apple and Spotify's offers may not be enough -- particularly in the face of the exclusives and addictive playlists its competitors have in their arsenals. Still, Amazon's service only launched in October, so it will have to play catch-up for the time being.

Along with the deal, Amazon's also offering up tips on how students can use Alexa's voice controls for music. Looking to focus on your homework? Ask "Alexa, play classical music for studying," or "Alexa, play pop music for focusing." Need a loud ditty to rattle you out of bed in the morning? Just ask, "Alexa, play wake up music." And, if you can't remember the name of a song, just prompt Alexa with its lyrics, or the artist's name. While you're at it, be sure to skip Despacito. All the cool kids are over that one.
Source from https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/29/amazon-music-unlimited-students/
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Apple Music Now Has Playlists That Feature Songs Played On Fender Guitars

If you play the guitar, there’s a very good chance that you might have heard (or even own) of Fender guitars. For the uninitiated, Fender is a guitar manufacturer that has been around for decades, with their guitars finding their way into the hands of many legendary musicians across a variety of genres.
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This is because Fender guitars have a very unique sound to them that many guitar players seem to love, and if you agree to that statement, you might be interested to learn that Fender and Apple have teamed up for specially curated Apple Music playlists, where these playlists will feature songs that were performed using Fender guitars.
There will be five playlists to choose from with each playlist featuring a different genre. According to Fender CMO Evan Jones, “We’re pleased to partner with Apple, to bring a Fender-curated music experience to long-time Fender fans and those just discovering the brand. These five new playlists honor a diverse range of iconic artists and visionaries, and an emerging generation of artists, who are driving guitar and music forward.”
So if you are trying to decide on which brand of guitar to buy, perhaps these playlists might give you a better idea on the kind of music and sound that you might be able to coax out of a Fender guitar.
Source from http://www.ubergizmo.com/2017/07/apple-music-playlists-fender-guitars/
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to copy Apple Music playlist to Spotify

 Some users complained that, after they made a wonderful playlist, but they don't like the interface, any ways to copy the playlist from Apple Music to Spotify.
Both Apple Music and Spotify are online streaming music services.  All their music files are protected with DRM. If you want to copy one to other one, you need to remove DRM and then transfer the converted music files to Spotify as you like.
To solve the problem better, we need a third party tool - Macsome iTunes Converter to help you remove DRM and convert to unprotected music format like MP3, AAC, WAV and so on, and then you can transfer them to Spotify.
Now follow the next step-by-step guide to finish the transferring from Apple Music to Spotify.
Step 1. Login your Apple ID, and download the music files of the playlist from Apple Music.
Step 2. Free Download Macsome iTunes Converter, install and run it on your Mac.
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Macsome iTunes Converter supports converting any Audio tracks including Music songs, albums, purchased Audio books and so on to MP3, AAC, FLAC and so on. Even the audio files are protected and limited with DRM, if you can play them on iTunes normally, you can convert them with its help.
Not only Mac version, the iTunes Converter also supports a Windows version for Windows users.
Step 3. Click "+" to import the downloaded Apple Music files from the library or playlist. All the Apple Music files you have downloaded the Apple Music files you want to convert and they can work normally on your iTunes.


Step 4. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder. There are four output formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC and WMA for you to choose. If necessary, you can also reset the related audio parameters.

Moreover, you can reset the conversion speed, the default one is 10X. If you want to get a higher audio quality, you can choose a lower conversion speed.

Step 5. Click the "CONVERT" button to start your converting.


After you complete the conversion, you can find all the converted Music files on you Mac, and then you can add them to your Spotify.
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