Apple Music’s recipe for a streaming hit? Cash, cards and marketing muscle

When Apple unveils its revamped music service Monday, it will mark a “tipping point” for mass acceptance of streaming over downloads, predicts Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. The new streaming service, which Morris says will be unveiled tomorrow at Apple’s…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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Apple May Shift Next-Generation Chip Production From TSMC to Samsung [iOS Blog]

Apple may shift production of its 14-nanometer next-generation chips for iPhone from TSMC to Samsung, according to information compiled by Reuters.

TSMC will be supplanted by Samsung in the production of 14-nanometre smartphone chips for Apple and Qualcomm beginning in the second half of 2015, KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu said in a note to clients issued late on Wednesday after a TSMC investor conference.

Taiwanese media reports say Apple partner Qualcomm has already begun working with Samsung on the new chips and has already begun placing orders for them.

Last week, a report indicated that TSMC had begun shipping A-series chips to Apple in Q2 2014, ending the longstanding exclusivity deal Apple had with Samsung to produce smartphone chips. The deal, which was agreed to last year, was part of Apple’s bid to decrease reliance on Samsung for iOS device components. Additionally, TSMC had been mass producing 20-nanometer chips for Apple and is working with the company on 16-nanometer chips.

However, it appears Apple will be turning to Samsung for the 14-nanometer variety that is rumored to be the A9 processor in this fall’s iPhone 6. TSMC Chairman Morris Chang does say that the company will rebound in 2016 and regain market share, possibly hinting that another deal with Apple is possible for future iOS devices.




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BBC Releases Lost Episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ Exclusively on iTunes [Mac Blog]

BBC today announced the release of two sets of lost episodes from the hit show Doctor Who, which it is currently exclusively selling on iTunes. Five new episodes of the first set titled The Enemy of the World and four new episodes of the second set titled The Web of Fear have been digitally remastered after they were found in Nigeria, Africa earlier this year, and will remain on the iTunes Store until a DVD release later this year.

BBC Worldwide North America announces that a stash of BBC master tapes from the 1960s featuring missing episodes of Doctor Who has been recovered in Nigeria, Africa. The BBC has re-mastered the tapes, and is making two stories, „The Enemy of the World“ and „The Web of Fear,“ now available exclusively on iTunes (www.itunes.com/DoctorWho).

Eleven Doctor Who episodes were discovered (nine of which have not been seen for 46 years) by Philip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, by tracking records of tape shipments made by the BBC to Africa for transmission. Morris says, „The tapes had been left gathering dust in a store room at a television relay station in Nigeria. I remember wiping the dust off the masking tape on the canisters and my heart missed a beat as I saw the words ‘Doctor Who’. When I read the story code I realized I’d found something pretty special.“

Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World and Doctor Who: The Web of Fear are now available on the iTunes Store for $9.99 each.




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Why The iPhone 5S Will Probably Have A Redesigned Home Button

The prospect of Apple redesigning the iPhone’s home button has been floating around the rumor mill for years, but until now it never had much weight. But as the launch of the iPhone 5S draws near, it appears that the iconic home button could finally see its first redesign. Since the 5S is expected to […]

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