Apple to name streaming music service 'Apple Music,' ask users to pick favorite genres

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited June 2015
Apple's new streaming music service -- likely to be announced at a Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday -- will be called "Apple Music," and will use personalization to help set itself apart, a report said on Friday.




The company is indeed basing the service on Beats Music, and plans to retain the idea of asking people for their favorite genres when signing up, sources told the Financial Times. This would address a problem sometimes encountered on platforms lke Spotify, where listeners have access to a huge library but only playlists and artist recommendations for finding new music. Apple Music should have artist recommendations as well.

Sources also backed previous reports that other draws will include exclusives and a revamped radio experience, with stations curated and hosted by celebrities such as Drake. The publication's sources added that Apple plans to put more emphasis on radio in Europe, where on-demand services like Deezer and Spotify are popular but Pandora Radio has no footprint, owing to music license restrictions.

In the U.S., Apple's current radio option -- iTunes Radio -- has failed to make a significant dent in the streaming market. Spotify and Pandora control overwhelming shares.

The Times supported claims that Apple Music will cost $10 per month, offering no free ad-based subscriptions a la Spotify or Pandora. People will, however, allegedly get a three-month free trial.

On Thursday, a report indicated that Apple is still negotiating with record labels, even with an announcement looming on Monday. The labels are said to be asking for a 60 percent cut of subscription fees, versus the 55 percent they earn from Spotify.
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  • Reply 1 of 32
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,251member
    Wonder if they had to revisit their agreement with Apple Records now that they are using that name directly for music.
  • Reply 2 of 32
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,161member
    That should be ?Music :)
  • Reply 3 of 32
    thewhitefalconthewhitefalcon Posts: 4,453member
    Wonder if they had to revisit their agreement with Apple Records now that they are using that name directly for music.

    Pretty sure that's all settled for good. Of course, Apple could buy Apple Corps outright with cash, so I doubt a lawsuit would be incoming anyway.
  • Reply 4 of 32
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,161member
    Wonder if they had to revisit their agreement with Apple Records now that they are using that name directly for music.

    Great idea ;) The first release on the label should be Help! from the Samsung Google Trio.
  • Reply 5 of 32
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,679member
    Wonder if they had to revisit their agreement with Apple Records now that they are using that name directly for music.

    They settled already with Apple, Inc. owning all the "Apple" trademarks.
  • Reply 6 of 32
    seafoxseafox Posts: 86member
    Shocking news! Never would have guessed that name.
  • Reply 7 of 32
    jk7117jk7117 Posts: 18member
    What I'd like to see in a music streaming service is one of the reason I used to love owning vinyl albums back in the 70's as a kid was a lot of the info they'd put on the album, such as what studios was the album recorded and mixed at, who was the mixing engineer, producer & song writers. Give some back ground and history of the artist and especially the particular album your listening to, photo's from the album. Now being a old guy maybe no one cares about this stuff anymore, but I would and I've been holding off on getting a spotify account to see what Apple offers.
  • Reply 8 of 32
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I wonder how much Apple is paying artists to be celebrity DJs for Apple Music.

    And will there be a way to migrate playlists and starred music from other services. I have several playlists and thousands of songs (many offline) in Spotify. If there's not an easy way to migrate over no way would I switch to Apple Music. I have iTunes Match so if I want to listen to some Beatles music I don't need a subscription to do it.
  • Reply 9 of 32
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    rogifan wrote: »
    I wonder how much Apple is paying artists to be celebrity DJs for Apple Music.

    And will there be a way to migrate playlists and starred music from other services. I have several playlists and thousands of songs (many offline) in Spotify. If there's not an easy way to migrate over no way would I switch to Apple Music. I have iTunes Match so if I want to listen to some Beatles music I don't need a subscription to do it.

    Same here. If I have to pay the same price, actually I'll have to pay $2 more, and Apple Music doesn't do anything more than what I use now, which is Google Play Music, why switch? I have almost a 1000 songs thumbed and several meticulously made play lists that I don't want to lose. There is absolutely no reason to switch as of now.
  • Reply 10 of 32
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    sirlance99 wrote: »
    Same here. If I have to pay the same price, actually I'll have to pay $2 more, and Apple Music doesn't do anything more than what I use now, which is Google Play Music, why switch? I have almost a 1000 songs thumbed and several meticulously made play lists that I don't want to lose. There is absolutely no reason to switch as of now.

    One question I have is, will the streaming service include everything we can currently buy on iTunes? Will the Beatles catalog be included?
  • Reply 11 of 32
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,080member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jk7117 View Post



    What I'd like to see in a music streaming service is one of the reason I used to love owning vinyl albums back in the 70's as a kid was a lot of the info they'd put on the album, such as what studios was the album recorded and mixed at, who was the mixing engineer, producer & song writers. Give some back ground and history of the artist and especially the particular album your listening to, photo's from the album. Now being a old guy maybe no one cares about this stuff anymore, but I would and I've been holding off on getting a spotify account to see what Apple offers.



    Agreed.  Liner notes were cool.  I learned all sorts of things from them as a young person with Vinyl (and early CDs).

  • Reply 12 of 32
    mubailimubaili Posts: 387member
    That should be ?Music :)
    Good naming strategy. No one can copy or preempt register similar names. No longer need to pay absurd fees to get the iName back from third party. Apple lost the iPad case in China must play a role in their new naming strategy.
  • Reply 13 of 32
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,985member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post





    They settled already with Apple, Inc. owning all the "Apple" trademarks.

     

    How do ya like them "apples"? 

  • Reply 14 of 32

    I hope Apple Music will offer complete albums to listen to like Spotify does.  I'd like to listen to older albums by artists I never listened to much in the 1960's through the 1980's.  Anyway, as long as Apple doesn't put Spotify out of business, I'll be satisfied.  If I don't care that much for Apple Music I can go back to Spotify as long as it exists.  I like having a choice of services.  I don't believe in this "if you're not #1, you're no good" attitude.  I don't understand why people always talk like that.  I think there's enough people on the planet to be able to profitably support several streaming music services.

  • Reply 15 of 32
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,142member
    I hope Apple Music will offer complete albums to listen to like Spotify does.  I'd like to listen to older albums by artists I never listened to much in the 1960's through the 1980's.  Anyway, as long as Apple doesn't put Spotify out of business, I'll be satisfied.  If I don't care that much for Apple Music I can go back to Spotify as long as it exists.  I like having a choice of services.  I don't believe in this "if you're not #1, you're no good" attitude.  I don't understand why people always talk like that.  I think there's enough people on the planet to be able to profitably support several streaming music services.

    I agree. The last thing I'd want is for Apple to be the only game in town.
  • Reply 16 of 32
    designrdesignr Posts: 497member

    Yes. I wouldn't be surprised to see Apple moving this direction generally:

     

    ?Watch

    ?TV

    ?Music

    ?Phone

     

    It actually solves some problems for them and elevates branding beyond the product.

  • Reply 17 of 32
    This just seems like a waste of time to me. I have 10,000 plus songs on iTunes. I have Amazon prime, which gives me music. I have lots of records to listen to as well as CDs. Why would I pay monthly, adding more to my monthly bill, just to listen to music and not have to buy? I said that about movies and I have Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix. I've not used any of them in a year or so. But, movies and shows are fine for that. Music though, I just can't see it.

    Most people probably listen to the same set of songs or artists. They may not realize it, but they do. So, say in a week, you listen to ten artists. Ok, now, say you can get their CDs, which you can get for SUCH a low price now, for $9.99. So say that artist had 5 albums out. That would be $50. Ok, now you pay $15.99 a month, to listen to those albums. Over time, you will be paying so much more than you would to just buy the hard or digital copies. I would never pay monthly to listen to music. My God, it's called the radio.

    I can only hope that Apple does not go as far as to stop selling albums digitally. It would be a shame. I do not buy many albums, movies or shows right now. But, I like having the choice.
  • Reply 18 of 32
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,153member

    How many will bet that if Apple did call their music service "Apple Music" Samsung will change theirs to "Samsung Music"?

  • Reply 19 of 32
    Google Music(tm) launched in 2011 so technically a Samsung Music on Android would be copying Google Music, or later, Google Play Music as far as naming goes. Renaming/rebranding iRadio/Beats as Apple Music is similar to renaming Google Wallet as Android Pay. Honestly, Apple should have bought Spotify instead of Beats.
  • Reply 20 of 32
    thepixeldocthepixeldoc Posts: 2,257member
    (Snip: all about you)

    So, say in a week, you * I * listen to ten artists.

    (Snip: all about YOUR math)


    I can only hope that Apple does not go as far as to stop selling albums digitally. It would be a shame. I do not buy many albums, movies or shows right now. But, I like having the choice.

    ^^^ Only 10? You're right... for your usage scenario: stick to purchasing. Everything else to you will be unnecessary noise... kind of like most of your post. :rolleyes:
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