Migrating from Rdio or Spotify to Apple Music now takes just one click

Moving to Apple Music is just a click away.
Moving to Apple Music is just a click away.
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Maybe you’re like me, and you’re interested in trying Apple Music. Maybe, though, you feel locked in to Rdio or Spotify, because over the years you’ve set up an extensive library of favorites and playlists. Favorites and playlists you count on.

Well, good news! Migrating your whole life to Apple Music is just $4.99 away.

Apple Music already has half Spotify’s subscriber numbers

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Apple Music is playing all the right notes.
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Some of the streaming numbers on Apple Music’s biggest tracks — particularly on newer hip-hop songs — are said to be rivalling the number of listens on Spotify, according to a new report.

Apple Music has only been around for a month, but music label insiders claim it has already surprised people by attracting more than 10 million subscribers.

Apple Music is ‘not a slam dunk antitrust case,’ says law professor

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Harsh terms, but probably not illegal.
Harsh terms, but probably not illegal.
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Apple Music’s edge over streaming services like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora means that Apple gets to take a 30 percent cut of rivals’ App Store subscriptions — thereby forcing them to jack up their prices or lose money.

It’s the subject of a current FTC antitrust investigation, but according to Rutgers University law professor Michael Carrier, while it may be harsh, it’s probably not illegal.

One weird trick gets Spotify to stump up royalties for your favorite band

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Help your favorite artist earn a buck.
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The Taylor Swift/Apple Music controversy has reignited discussion about what exactly the trend toward music streaming is going to do to artists.

If you’re concerned that your favorite singer isn’t getting enough dough, you may be interested to check out Eternify, a brand new website which lets users play any song they want from Spotify’s catalog in loops lasting 30 seconds — gradually racking up pay-per-stream royalties for the artist or band in question.

“Music streaming’s virtually worthless for artists,” the website reads. “But we can change that.”

Kahney’s Korner: Why I can’t wait for Beats 1 radio

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Find out why Leander hopes Beats 1 is as cool as BBC Radio 1 in this week's Kahney's Corner.
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Why is Leander super-excited about Apple’s new Beats 1 radio service?

It’s simple, really: For him, listening to BBC Radio 1 was possibly the greatest thing about growing up in England in the ’70s. More importantly, it’s still how he discovers loads of new music today — and Apple’s 24/7 live internet radio station promises that same kind of magic.

Get the lowdown in the latest Kahney’s Korner video.