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The one advantage Spotify has over Apple Music

Apple Music is a music service like no other.

Apple Music is a music service like no other.

Apple Music may come with a long list of advantages over rivals like Spotify — such as real radio and a super-affordable family plan — but there’s one thing it’s lagging behind on, and that’s music quality… or so it seems.

The highest bitrate Apple Music will offer is 256 kbps, which is lower than the 320 kbps offered by Spotify, Rdio, Tidal, and Apple’s own Beats Music service.

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You’ll be able to download songs for offline listening with Apple Music

Eddy Cue demos Apple Music at WWDC 2015.

Eddy Cue demos Apple Music at WWDC 2015.

Apple Music may be a streaming service, but you won’t always need an Internet connection to enjoy it. Apple has confirmed that you’ll also be able to download songs for offline listening, so you can enjoy albums and playlists when you’re on the road without data.

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Hit list: All the apps and services Apple tried to kill at WWDC 2015

Tim Cook WWDC 2015

Apple’s had some bold words for its competitors today.

Once again, Apple has shown its desire to be your go-to for everything you do in your life.

During its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote this morning, the iPhone maker talked up software updates, services and new functionalities aimed at making several of its competitors’ offerings redundant.

Here are the things Apple’s trying to take out with new stuff at WWDC 2015.

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Apple hopes to secure 100 million subscribers with new music streaming service

Apple has big ambitions for its new music streaming service.

Apple has big ambitions for its new music streaming service.

Apple is expected to announce its long-awaited music streaming service during the WWDC keynote later today, and despite tough competition from the likes of Spotify, the company has incredibly ambitious plans to sign up 100 million subscribers.

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

Sony Music CEO Doug Morris says Apple Music is "happening tomorrow."

Sony Music CEO Doug Morris says Apple Music is “happening tomorrow.”

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 annual Worldwide Developers Conference, will challenge on-demand streaming services like Spotify and Rdio thanks to a very particular set of skills Cupertino has acquired over the years.

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Apple’s music streaming negotiations come down to the wire

Will Beats redesign be ready for WWDC? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Will Beats redesign be ready for WWDC? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple is planning to use WWDC to spotlight the new streaming music service its been working on for year. It could be Apple’s biggest play in the music industry since the launch of iTunes, but according to a new report, Apple is still struggling to ink its deal with record labels.

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There’s no money for Apple in music streaming, but that’s OK

Will Beats redesign be ready for WWDC? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Will Beats redesign be ready for WWDC? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The redesign and relaunch of Beats Music is one of the most anticipated announcements Apple fans are expecting to hear about next week at WWDC. Apple spent $3 billion on Beats in an effort to take on the likes of Spotify and Pandora, but according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, all that effort won’t make Apple a ton of money.

Beats currently has about 300,000 paid subscribers while Spotify has 15 million. According to Munster’s math, even if Apple matched Spotify’s subscriber base the profits will be weak.

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A year later, Apple-Beats deal remains a mystery

Apple's Eddie Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine discuss the Beats acquisition shortly after the announcement last year.

Apple’s Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine discuss the Beats acquisition shortly after the announcement last year.

The rumor mill continues to churn about what the hell Apple is going to do with Beats Music. It’s been a year since Apple paid $3 billion to acquire the upstart music service and headphone maker, but we are no closer to understanding why Cupertino laid out the cash.

When Apple purchased Beats Music and Beats Electronics, it did so with a splash it generally reserves for the unveiling of a game-changing product like the Apple Watch. Since then, it’s basically been crickets.

It is clear Apple has a way to go to compete in the streaming music game against Spotify, Pandora and the other services scrambling to get a piece of the music industry pie. But what form will Apple’s next music play take?

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Spotify adds tunes that match your running pace, and more

Spotify wants to make you a harder, better, faster, stronger runner.

Spotify wants to make you a harder, better, faster, stronger runner.

Apple is expected to unveil its huge overhaul of Beats Music in just a few weeks at WWDC but Spotify is firing shots first in the battle for music streaming dominance with a huge update for its iPhone app.

Spotify took the wraps off its new music experience at a keynote this morning, revealing a new Now start page for music discovery to go along with additions such as podcasts, video clips, original content, and an awesome new feature for joggers that matches songs to your running tempo.

Here’s a rundown of the new features:

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Jay Z fires shots at Apple and Spotify in vicious freestyle rap

Jay Z's got 99 problems, and Tim Cook may be one.

Jay Z’s got 99 problems, and Tim Cook may be one.

Tidal CEO and former Samsung sellout Jay Z may have wiped himself off the list of celebrities set to receive a complimentary Apple Watch, thanks to a vicious freestyle rap aimed at Apple, Spotify and YouTube.

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