Former Apple Music marketing boss Bozoma Saint John joins Netflix

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Bozoma Saint John on stage at an Apple event in 2016.
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Bozoma Saint John, the former head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music, is joining Netflix as its new Chief Marketing Officer, Deadline reports.

Saint John joined Apple with the Beats acquisition in 2014. She left Apple in 2017 to join Uber as its Chief Brand Officer, before jumping to Endeavor to become its CMO.

Today in Apple history: Beats 1 makes its debut on Apple Music

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Apple calls it the world's biggest music radio station. Is it?
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June 30: Today in Apple history: iPad surpasses 100,000 exclusive apps June 30, 2015: Apple launches its Beats 1 24/7 music radio station. Part of Apple Music, Beats 1 features top DJs ranging from former BBC presenter Zane Lowe to big name music artists like Lil Wayne.

Apple claims that Beats 1 is “the biggest radio station in the world” and beats (no pun intended) all other music stations when it comes to concurrent listeners. However, without hard figures to back that up, some have called Apple out on this claim.

iOS 13.5.5 beta hints at possible Apple services bundle

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Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and Apple News+ could all be part of 'Apple Prime.'
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Apple seemingly hasn’t abandoned its possible plans for an “Apple Prime” service that combines all its subscriptions into one single package. In a report published late Wednesday, 9to5Mac discovered references in the iOS 13.5.5 beta code to a “bundle offer” and “bundle subscription” that didn’t previously exist.

The idea could be to offer a services bundle combination of Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple TV+ and, potentially, Apple Arcade, at a lower price than buying each individually. Whether it happens, of course, is another matter entirely.

Apple Music shows solidarity for black communities on Blackout Tuesday

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Apple Music has joined Blackout Tuesday, a music-industry-wide initiative seeking to raise support for Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death, captured on camera by onlookers, sparked protests and riots across the United States.

Doing its part for the day, Apple Music canceled its Beats 1 radio service on June 2. The service also changed its “For You” tab. Both redirect to a “For Us, By Us” stream playing music by black artists. A regular voiceover says that it is designed to “stand in solidarity with black communities everywhere.”

Banish lockdown boredom with big savings on Fire TV devices

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Now with Apple TV support!
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Amazon is helping us all say entertained during COVID-19 lockdowns with generous savings on its own Fire TV devices. You can pick up a Fire TV Stick for as little as $29.99, and Fire Edition TV sets from just $139.99.

All Fire TV devices now support Apple TV+ — as well as a host of other streaming services, including Netflix and Disney+. These are limited-time savings, so enjoy them before they disappear.

Billie Eilish’s new me & dad radio show hits Apple Music today

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Billie Eilish kicks off a new radio show with her dad on Apple Music today.
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American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish is continuing her connection with Apple Music listeners with the release of a new radio show featuring she and her father, Patrick O’Connell.

Her new show, me & dad radio, will debut Friday on Apple Music at noon Pacific time with six episodes planned.

Spotify had massive 130 million paid subscribers at the end of Q1

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Spotify still has a commanding lead in the streaming music wars.
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Spotify has 163 million free, ad-supported users, and an impressive 130 million paid subscribers, the streaming music giant announced Wednesday in its financial earnings for Q1 2020. These premium subscribers are up 6 million from the end of the previous quarter, and 30 million year-on-year.

While Apple hasn’t released updated Apple Music subscriber figures for a while now, it last announced 60 million paying customers last summer. Although Apple Music has reportedly experienced a nice bump while people are stuck home during lockdown, that suggests that Spotify is still enjoying a comfortable lead in the streaming war.

Lil Wayne will host new radio show on Beats 1 for Apple Music

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And you don't have long to wait, either.
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Hip hop luminary Lil Wayne, one of the most well-known and respected rappers of the 21st century, is headed to Apple Music!

No, Lil Wayne (or Weezy F. Baby as the kids call him) isn’t debuting an exclusive new album on Apple’s streaming music service. Instead, he’ll be playing host on Young Money Radio, a new show debuting on Beats 1 Friday, April 24 at 7pm EST/4pm PT.

Get an inside track to Apple Music execs with a donation to a children’s charity

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Make the right donation to charity and you can take a meeting with Larry Jackson, Global Creative Director of Apple Music.
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If your music career or business would be boosted by meeting with someone high up at Apple Music, then this is your lucky day. Three high-level executives at Apple’s music streaming service are auctioning off private meetings.

Proceeds from these auctions go to the Pablove Foundation, which invests in pediatric cancer research.