Rhapsody fights for relevance in streaming world it helped create

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After 14 years, what's next in Rhapsody's queue as it attempts to take on the biggest competition yet?
After 14 years, what's next in Rhapsody's queue as it attempts to take on the biggest competition yet?
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Apple Music cranked up the volume on music streaming, turning an insider topic into water-cooler fodder as musicians, industry bigwigs and tech analysts weighed in with questions about the future of the music industry.

Seemingly everybody is suddenly talking about Apple Music subscription numbers and the chances of competitors like Spotify and Pandora. But in all the media buzz about who’s winning and who’s losing, almost everyone is disregarding another major player — Rhapsody, the streaming music service that just happened to spark the streaming revolution.

It’s nuts how far the original iPhone was ahead of the competition

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It's nuts how far the original iPhone was ahead of the competition.
It's nuts how far the original iPhone was ahead of the competition.
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It seems like just yesterday in many ways that Apple released the first iPhone, but it was actually the better part of a decade ago. Even so, it took the better part of that “better part of a decade” for the competition to catch up, as this great video, showing the evolution of smartphones, shows.

Spotify fires back at Apple Music with personalized playlists

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Spotify is taking what it knows about your music tastes to curate a personalized weekly playlist.
Spotify is taking what it knows about your music tastes to curate a personalized weekly playlist.
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Spotify doesn’t want to go down without a fight.  The service is debuting Discover Weekly, a new playlist for every user that updates every Monday with unique recommendations for each person. One of Apple Music’s advantages over Spotify is its personalized playlists for users’ tastes, and now Spotify is matching it.

Apple is accused of bullying Monster over Beats lawsuit

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Apple is allegedly banning Monster from making official iPhone accessories for suing Beats.
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Apple is accused of corporate bullying after reportedly booting rival headphone maker Monster from its “Made for iPhone” accessory program.

Monster claims the move is in retaliation for an ongoing lawsuit against Beats, which is now owned by Apple. Monster was the original contract manufacturer of Beats-branded headphones. The move could seriously impact Monster’s headphone business.

Considering the headphone market is a $2 billion industry in the United States, there’s plenty of money to be lost without Apple’s support.

Samsung Blames Korean PR Partner For Developer Bribes

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Samsung has admitted that a Korean PR agency did offer money to app developers to promote a competition on the popular developer question and answer website Stack Overflow. The electronics giant insists that this is “clearly against” its cooperate policy, and says that it cancelled the plan as soon as it was made aware of the situation.

Send Your iOS App Idea To App Idol And You Could Get It Developed And Win $1,000

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Yeah... I'm not great with Photoshop.
Yeah... I'm not great with Photoshop.

If you’ve though of an awesome idea for an iOS app, but you haven’t got a clue how to write code and you haven’t got the time to learn, then App Idol may be able to help. The competition is giving you the chance to win $1,000 and see your app idea turned into a reality. But you’ll have to be quick; the deadline for applications is July 24.

Steve Jobs Wanted To Dress Up As Willy Wonka & Provide Tour Of Apple Campus For Millionth iMac Purchase

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Steve wanted to wear a purple suit and top hat and provide a tour of Apple's Cupertino campus for the one millionth iMac.
Steve wanted to wear a purple suit and top hat and provide a tour of Apple's Cupertino campus for the one millionth iMac.