Jimmy Iovine apologizes for sexist comments about Apple Music

Like an over-the-air update to fix a faulty piece of software, Apple sprang into action following Jimmy Iovine’s Thursday interview with CBS This Morning — with Iovine apologizing for his sexist comments about women’s inability to find music because… you know, women. “I could have chosen my words better,” the Apple Music boss, Beats guru […]

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Jimmy Iovine Criticized After Making Controversial Comments About Women

Apple recently debuted a new Apple Music ad, starring singer Mary J. Blige and actresses Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, during the 2015 Emmy Awards.

In the one-minute spot, focused on Apple Music playlists, Washington says that Apple’s curated playlists are like having „a boyfriend who creates you a mixtape – in your laptop.“

Jimmy Iovine, who joined Apple in 2014 following the company’s acquisition of Beats Electronics, has made headlines today following controversial comments he made about women on CBS This Morning today in relation to the ad.

CBS has made the video clip unavailable to viewers outside the U.S. — Mirror

In particular, when asked to explain his thinking behind the Emmy ad, Iovine said that „women find it very difficult at times – some women – to find music, …and [Apple Music] helps makes it easier with playlists curated by real people.“ He proceeded to mention the problem of girls „sitting around“ and „talking about boys.“

The Verge transcribes:

„I just thought of a problem, you know: girls are sitting around, you know, talking about boys. Or complaining about boys, you know, when they’re heartbroken or whatever. And they need music for that, right? So it’s hard to find the right music, you know. Not everybody has the right lists, or knows a DJ or something.“

Iovine’s comments have been widely criticized on Twitter and in several media outlets.

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Jimmy Iovine: Free music streaming is hurting the industry

Jimmy Iovine used his appearance at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco to take swipes at Spotify and, in particular, to underline his hatred of free music streaming. “Free is a real issue,” he said. “This whole thing about freemium, maybe at one time we needed it. But now it’s a shell […]

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Apple denies pulling non-Apple Music artists from iTunes

An Apple spokesperson claims that the company will not remove artists who decline to sign up for Apple Music from the iTunes Store. This is the latest development in the tense negotiations leading up to the streaming service’s launch on…Read more ›



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Sony Music CEO Confirms ‘Apple Music’ Unveiling at WWDC

During an on-stage interview at the Midem Music Industry Festival in Cannes today, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris confirmed Apple will indeed be introducing its „Apple Music“ streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote tomorrow, according to VentureBeat. While numerous sources have indicated the service will be unveiled at WWDC, Morris’ confirmation is notable as coming from a close friend of Apple’s Jimmy Iovine and one of the parties involved in the negotiations for launching the service.

Sony Music CEO Doug Morris (right) on stage at Midem (Chris O’Brien/VentureBeat)

“It’s happening tomorrow,” Morris said during an interview at Midem in Cannes that primarily focused on his storied career in the music industry.

A highlight of that career was a 37-year partnership with iconic producer Jimmy Iovine, who now is running Apple’s music services after the company paid $3 billion to acquire Beats. Underscoring Iovine’s role in the music industry, Morris said he still talks to him twice every day by phone. Morris said the move by Apple to bring in Iovine was a brilliant one.

Morris didn’t reveal any other details about Apple Music, which is expected to be priced at $10 per month with a generous three-month free trial period and be accompanied by a revamped iTunes Radio service, but he expressed his view that Apple’s entry into the paid subscription streaming market will be a „tipping point“ for moving the industry from downloads to streaming.





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What’s inside Apple’s mystery tent?

SAN FRANCISCO — Another Apple event, another mysterious building sprouting up seemingly overnight. They pop up to shield Apple’s prep work from prying eyes, but they also fuel the imaginations of anybody who’s interested in Cupertino’s next move. The latest…Read more ›



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Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine Meeting with Musicians Over Exclusive Beyonce-Like Album Releases

Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine has been meeting with a number of music artists over doing exclusive album releases similar to Beyoncé’s incredibly successful iTunes album last year, reports the New York Post.

Citing sources close to the matter, the paper notes that Iovine is using his close connections with popular musicians like Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, and Gwen Stefani to create new side deals that would bring exclusives, with Beats also said to be negotiating additional promotional deals after a successful campaign with AT&T earlier this year.

It’s been almost a year since Beats Music launched with a brace of Super Bowl spots starring Ellen DeGeneres and a big promotional backing from AT&T.

The promotional relationship ended a few months ago, and parties are discussing future deals. „They outperformed expectations in terms of the upsell,“ said one source of AT&T.

In February, it was reported that Apple’s iTunes chief Robert Kondrk met with record label executives during Grammy Week in January about the potential of more exclusive album releases similar to Beyoncé’s. Kondrk emphasized sales through digital storefronts like iTunes in those meetings, and asked executives if they could lock down individual track sales after a certain window of time to create greater attention for artists and their music.

Beyoncé’s self-titled album broke a number of records after its exclusive release on iTunes last December, selling over 828,000 copies in just three days to become the fasting selling collection of music in the service’s history. The album was backed by significant promotion on the iTunes Store and across various social media networks.




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