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June 15th Soundcheck: Last Week’s Music News In Review

Posted by Glen Sears | June 15, 2015 10:00 am | No Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, hugs Beats by Dre co-founder and Apple employee Jimmy Iovine at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 8, 2015

As you might have guessed, last week’s news cycle was absolutely dominated by the announcement of Apple’s new streaming platform, aptly named Apple Music. After the initial coverage of the Apple Music event itself, the internet ignited with a generous portion of backlash, calling multiple parts of the new service into question. Meanwhile, competing streaming services reacted with various degrees of snark.

Top Apple Music Stories

“Apple Music Is A Major Mess, and It Won’t Beat Spotify” – Mashable publishes an opinion piece on the new Apple Music service, criticizing the company for not being able to “get its musical act together.” Read More

Billy Corgan Rails Apple Music & Freemium Models On Twitter – “If you find yourself defending the biz practices of a billion dollar corp against that of a lone artist, you’re lost.” Read More

Rdio Reacts To Apple Music With The Ultimate Troll – “Welcome Apple, Seriously.” ad goes live in the snarky style of Apple’s own classic “Welcome IBM” ad. Read More

Apple Shines Spotlight On Unsigned Artist Who Doesn’t Exist – In its attempt to distance its launch event from the derided TIDAL launch, Apple focused on unsigned artists like Loren Kramar. Only problem? “The 26 year old visual artist (and magazine editor) from NYC who has zero existence as a musician on the web.” Read More

Apple Being Investigated For Pressuring Labels To Withdraw “Freemium” Support – New York And Connecticut attorneys general are searching Apple’s dealings with major labels such as Universal Music Group (which flatly denies the allegations) for possible antitrust violations. Read More

Apple Music Will Stream At 256kbps Instead Of 320kpbs – While some companies claim 320kbps is “the industry standard,” iTunes has held the 256kbps standard for almost 10 years. Read More

In Other News

Going To The Ends Of The Earth For Digital Music Royalties – Music publisher Kobalt announced it will use its American Music Rights Association to investigate “over 900,000” obscure international sources for additional royalties for its songwriters. Read More

Line Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King – Over 80% of music sales in the country are on physical media like CDs. The new Line service will charge 500 yen (about $4) a month for a basic plan that allows 20 hours of streaming each month. Read More

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