News tagged ‘music’
As you probably know, Apple is currently working on its new streaming music service, which is based on the Beats Music functionality and which is expected to be embedded either to iOS 8.4 or iOS 9. According to the latest report released by The New York Times reporters, Trent Reznor and Jimmy Iovine are playing major roles in the development of the service. The reporters believe that in terms of functionality and usability this Apple’s creation will be quite similar to Beats Music and that it will be priced $9.99 per month, just like the rival services.
With the release of iOS 8.3 beta, the guys from Cupertino have slightly improved the functionality of the build-in voice assistant. According to what reliable sources write, Siri now can make calls via speakerphone every time user asks for that using the “Hey Siri” command. Strangely enough, such a simple feature was missing in iOS 8 - 8.2. It’s good Apple discovered this and found a solution to the problem.
According to what people familiar with the matter write, the recently-released Apple Watch can indeed boast of 8GB of internal storage. However, only 2GB will be available to store music and 75MB - to store photos on the wearable device. The multimedia content can be synced using the companion app for the iPhone. After user sends the songs and images he wants to his Apple Watch, he will get an opportunity to access them even when the connection with the smartphone is lost.
As you know, a couple of hours ago, at the “Spring Forward” media event, Apple announced its Apple Watch. Although the wearable device is not available for purchase yet, after the presentation, the reporters had an exclusive possibility to take a close look at the smartwatch and test its performance. Below you may take a look at the short hands on video showing the 42mm Apple Watch Sport tested by Jon Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the long-anticipated Apple Watch, which is expected to be unveiled at “Spring Forward” media event scheduled for March 9th, will boast of improved battery, new notifications, 8GB of memory on board for storing music, Force Touch and other features.
As you probably know, last week, a research firm BGR released a report suggesting that Apple’s iOS 8.2 will be released to users worldwide this week. Now the analysts claim that the release will take place next week as the guys from Cupertino decided to release final beta to their retail employees and carrier partners to make sure the new version of mobile operating systems works fine.
Earlier this year I told you that the guys from Cupertino were planning to launch a revamped music streaming service based on both Beats Music and iTunes Radio functionality. According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the debut of the service won’t take place at the “Spring Forward” media event, scheduled for March 9th. Instead, insiders claim Apple will unveil its new creation at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The service will use the technologies Apple obtained after acquiring Beats Music and will have a monthly fee of $7.99.
The guys from Cupertino have recently released a new iPad Air ad. It is called Make a film with iPad and it is devoted to the annual Academy Awards ceremony. The release of the short commercial comes two weeks after the release of the previous music-themed video called Make Music with iPad. The clip, which is, by the way, voiced by a well-known movie director Martin Scorsese, is available below, take a look.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on a new subscription-based streaming music service. Although it will be based on Beats Music, it will also boast of a number of unique features, for example, deep integration with iOS. To make the would-be service even better, Apple has recently hired Zane Lowe, former BBC Radio 1 DJ, who was born in New Zealand and who is currently 41.
It is Sunday today, that is why I have made up a list of the most interesting posts of the past seven days. As usual, the articles worth your attention are available below. You may take a look at them right now.
As I’ve already told you, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3 and iOS 9. As it turns out, there’s one more iOS version in the work. This version is codenamed Copper and people familiar with the matter believe it will be released sometime after the official launch of the long-awaited Apple Watch in April. As to the new features of the mobile operating system, they remain unknown. The only thing we know is that Apple is currently planning to add the support of the revamped Beats-based streaming music service to iOS 8.4.
The guys from Cupertino have recently released a new music-themed iPad ad devoted to the 57th annual Grammy Awards. The short commercial is entitled "Change" and it shows us three creative personalities using Apple’s tablets for their work. These personalities are Gaslamp Killer, a producer from Los Angeles, DJ Riton from England and Swedish singer Elliphant. The one-minute ad, in which we can see the entire process of creation of a remix, is available below. Take a look and tell me what you think about it below this short post.
A number of Apple Stores across the USA have encountered with iPod shuffle shortages this week. This has caused rumors suggesting that Apple will no longer produce the smallest and the cheapest portable music player in its lineup. As it turned out, this rumors don’t make sense. The guys from Cupertino have no plans to stop the manufacture of the iPod shuffle. This week’s shortage is a result of supplier changes, which have temporarily stopped the production process.
While streaming music services are gaining popularity, digital music sales continue to fall. According to the latest statistics published by a research firm Nielsen SoundScan, streaming services, which offer music and music-related video content saw a 54% growth in 2014. As to the amount of digital albums sold through world’s largest online stores, it fell 9% last year.
According to what former iTunes engineer named Rod Schultz says, Apple's policy is aimed at blocking third-party music services, which are iTunes rivals, and making the company's virtual music store a largest online music repository.