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Apple Music quietly added a $99 annual subscription plan

 If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, chances are that you’re paying $9.99 every month, $14.99 for a family plan, or $4.99 per month if you’re a student. But Apple quietly added another option. You can now pay $99 for a 12-month subscription. This setting is quite buried as Apple doesn’t want you to know that you can pay less than what you’re actually paying. We… Read More

Taylor Swift embraces streaming, brings full catalog to Spotify and more

 After breaking up in 2014, Taylor Swift and Spotify are getting back together. To celebrate her album 1989 hitting 10 million records sold and her selling 100 million total songs, today the pop singer announced she’s making her full back catalog available on all streaming services starting tonight at midnight. Swift was already on Apple Music but now she’s opening up to Spotify… Read More

Stem raises $8M to get music artists paid more seamlessly

 While music streaming has become more and more commoditized, artists still have a wide array of places to distribute their songs like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music — but getting paid properly can start to complicate things. That problem gets even more difficult when there are multiple people collaborating on the same song and it’s not clear who is getting how much of a cut from… Read More

Apple Music hits 27M paid subs, adds MusicKit API and social listening

 Ping is still dead but Apple Music is becoming more social, and more flexible so it can work with all your other devices or apps. This slew of new features will roll out with iOS 11 this September. Today at WWDC Apple announced that Apple Music now has 27 million paid subscribers compared to Spotify’s 50 million. This shows its pre-installation plus free trial strategy is helping Apple… Read More

Carpool Karaoke series rolls into Apple Music on August 8

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After announcing the show last summer, Apple has finally given a release date to its Carpool Karaoke series. The show, with half-hour long episodes, will debut on Apple Music on August 8, with new episodes coming every Tuesday.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series is a spinoff of James Corden's popular segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden. According to Apple's statement, each episode will feature a new group of celebrities singing their favorite songs together in different situations. Released images show John Legend, Alicia Keys, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon, LeBron James, and James Corden making appearances, while Apple revealed Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Miley Cyrus and the entire Cyrus family, and Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams will also be on the show.

James Corden is the show's creator and executive producer, but it doesn't appear he'll be joining every group of celebrities in every episode. The show was supposed to debut back in April, but Apple pushed the release back for undisclosed reasons. There's no word yet on how many episodes are in the first season, nor how many more seasons could come in the future.

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Apple Music’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ will premiere on August 8

John Legend and Alicia Keys Apple Music’s karaoke series has a release date: August 8. Following the premiere, Apple says new episodes of Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be released every Tuesday. The show was first announced last year, spinning out of the carpool karaoke segments on James Corden’s Late Late Show. Corden will also be part of the new show as a creator and executive producer, and… Read More

Amazon Music says it doesn’t want to become a record label

 Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom shot down the idea that Amazon’s music arm would become its own record label at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017. It’s a question that he gets a lot, Boom told TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, largely in part because of Amazon Studios, the company’s television and film production arm. But Amazon views the video and music industries very… Read More partners with Apple Music for its music snippets

 According to a new report from Recode, is about to release a new update to its mobile app with a major change. The company is switching from 7digital to Apple music for its music catalog.’s video social network app has skyrocketed last year, raising $100 million at a $500 million valuation and reaching 40 million monthly active users. And yet, the app is mostly used… Read More