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Posts tagged with I Tunes

Some semi-rational thoughts on Apple, U2 and nefarious marketing practices

Yesterday a new U2 album appeared magically in my iTunes folder and if you’re one of the 500m other iTunes users, it magically appeared in yours too.

Depending on your iCloud settings, it may even be fully downloaded and ready to play on your desktop and your iPhone. Thanks Apple. Thank you very much.

This article is a more level-headed and reasonable version of one I wrote yesterday for my own music website. Let’s see how a nights’ sleep alters my opinion.

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Audio stats: streaming and online radio growth in the US

The latest update to our Internet Statistics Compendium collects all the most interesting freely digital data and trends published to the web over the past few months.

Like us, Mary Meeker strives to analyse online digital trends and publishes her own slideshows biannually (hosting them online here).

Amid a wealth of insight, Meeker’s recent stats collection highlights how online technologies are affecting traditional media. Her music consumption stats are particularly intriguing and relate to further research I’ve seen published lately.

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Fight Club! Death to iTunes special: Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more

Let’s put this to bed.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to find a decent replacement for iTunes. 

The reasons why I want to abandon the world’s most popular music download service are many and varied.

iTunes is a deeply flawed experience. It's impersonal and slow, with lack of support for different file formats. It has a stubbornly rigid pricing model and no browser access whatsoever.

In fact I rarely use the platform to download. Instead I use a collection of different digital download sites to purchase MP3s online. 

Yet I still use iTunes almost exclusively to organise and access my songs on both desktop and smartphone.

Surely there’s an easier way. Well I’m going to try and find one. For the good of you, me and the music loving public of the world.

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Google Play: a very poor alternative to iTunes

As of July 2013, the Google Play store officially reached over 1m apps published and over 50bn downloads.

As of the same date, iTunes achieved 575m registered users and it’s adding 500,000 new accounts every day.

There is no denying the power and ubiquity of Apple’s digital music service, after all it has transformed the way that everyone on the planet consumes music.

iTunes is a deeply flawed experience though. It's impersonal and slow, with lack of support for different file formats, a stubbornly rigid price model and no browser access.

In an ongoing series I’ve been checking out the competition to see if I can find a digital music platform that can finally trump iTunes.

So far, 7digital and Amazon MP3 have both shown many surprising wins over the Goliath of iTunes. I saved Google Play till later as I expected this to be where the true battle lies. 

I was wrong.

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Finding an alternative to iTunes: Amazon MP3

As of February 2013, more than 25bn songs had been downloaded from the iTunes store, averaging over 15,000 songs per minute.

There is no denying the power and ubiquity of Apple’s digital music service, after all it has transformed the way that everyone on the planet consumes music. 

Unfortunately iTunes is a deeply flawed experience. It's impersonal and slow, with lack of support for different file formats, a stubbornly rigid price model and no browser access.

In this ongoing series I’ll be checking out the competition to see if we can find a digital music platform that can finally trump iTunes.

Previously I looked at 7digital, this time I’ll be taking a look at Amazon MP3.

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Finding an alternative to iTunes: 7digital

As of June 2013, iTunes achieved 575m registered users and it’s adding 500,000 new accounts every day.

There is no denying the power and ubiquity of Apple’s digital music service, after all it has transformed the way that everyone on the planet consumes music.

It’s by no means a flawless experience however...

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Google reveals the history of popular music, sort of

Google has launched a brand new feature called Music Timeline.

The timeline charts the rise of different music genres over time, highlighting specific album releases and key artists specific to that time and musical styling.

This visual representation of music history uses data from Google’s own music download service Google Play, delving into the many preferences and downloads of its users.

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Online music streaming doubled in 2013 - stats

In 2013, 7.4bn songs were streamed in the UK, doubling the previous year's total of 3.7bn. 

This figure comes from the latest report by the Official Charts Company and the British Phonographic Industry, or BPI as it wishes to be known as nobody since the turn of last century knows what a phonograph is.

2013 saw an even bigger shift towards digital technology being the primary way that listeners discover and enjoy new music, helped with the continued increase of tablet and smartphone ownership, and the improvement of music streaming apps on mobile devices.

Here are some more digital music related stats from the report, which may feature names of artists you’ll have to ask your kids about or consult your nearest NME reader.

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HMV’s responsive journey back to digital

This week sees the unveiling of HMV’s completely overhauled responsive website, HMV.com

This follows the recent desktop and app launch of HMV Digital, a music download service which aims to rival iTunes.

It’s easy to dwell on HMV’s troubled recent past: the economic downturn, the rise of the internet, eventual liquidation. But let’s not do that here, after all HMV is very much looking towards the future.

Let’s take a look at its new responsive website in detail.

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Music industry agrees to new mechanical royalty rates deal

There is little doubt that digital is the future of music. The CD may not be dead, but it might as well be.

Its replacement for millions of consumers has been digital music services of various kinds, ranging iTunes and the Amazon MP3 Store to Pandora and Spotify.

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BBC to create paid-for digital download service?

The BBC is said to be planning a new pay-to-download service for both its new and old TV programmes.

As reported by paidContent, BBC executives want to make all shows available as download-to-own (DTO) for around £1.89 per show from a service that it hopes would rival iTunes.

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Corbis launches digital music licensing service

If you're a consumer, finding a buying your favorite tunes is as easy as opening up iTunes or heading over to Amazon.com or Google Play.

But where do you go if your business is in search of the perfect song for a presentation, corporate video or trade show event?

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