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Karaoke with your favorite songs with new Apple Music Sing

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Karaoke with your favorite songs with new Apple Music Sing
Joining in with song gets a lot easier with Apple Music Sing.
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Apple Music Sing gives you the real-time lyrics you need to sing along to your favorite tracks. The upcoming feature will show the words to songs so you can easily join in. It will even adjust the volume of the original singer so you take the lead.

It’s coming in December to Apple Music subscribers worldwide. The feature will work with millions of songs in the streaming service’s catalog, Apple said Tuesday.

Apple Music reveals chart toppers for 2022

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Apple Music noted its most popular song and artists of 2022.
Apple Music noted its most popular song and artists of 2022.
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In addition to unveiling the redesigned Apple Music Replay 2022, Apple Music also revealed its year-end charts, showcasing the year’s top songs in various genres, most popular artists, most-common Shazam searches, most-read lyrics and more.

The streaming services noted a growing popularity of non-English-language songs and certain niche genres, plus several breakthrough artists.

Tesla sneaks Apple Music integration into museum exhibit

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Tesla's interface in the museum exhibit showed Apple Music integration.
Tesla's interface in the museum exhibit showed Apple Music integration.
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It looks like a software update might soon bring Apple Music to Tesla vehicles’ built-in systems at long last. And this modern possibility comes to us from, of all places, a museum exhibit.

Folks spotted Apple Music integrated with Tesla prototype vehicles on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and the tweets followed.

Bad Bunny named Apple Music 2022 Artist of the Year

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Bad Bunny named Apple Music 2022 Artist of the Year
In celebration of his chart-topping album and his impact on global pop, Bad Bunny is Apple Music’s Artist of the Year for 2022.
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Bad Bunny is Apple Music’s Artist of the Year for 2022. The award came because of “the musician’s artistic excellence and influence on global culture,” according to Apple.

After being released in May, Un Verano Sin Ti, the artist’s sixth project in four years, is Apple Music’s most streamed album of 2022 and now the biggest Latin album of all time.

Apples hikes prices of Apple TV+, Apple Music and Apple One

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Apple is raising some subscription services costs for the first time.
Apple is raising some subscription services costs for the first time.
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Apple plans to raise the prices of some of its subscription services by $1 to $3 each, reports indicated Monday. The services include Apple TV+, Apple Music and the Apple One subscription bundle.

Users should see the price increases, listed below, with their next subscription renewal.

Apple Music gains Spatial Audio support on select Mercedes-Benz vehicles

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Apple Music with Spatial Audio on MBUX systems
Apple Music now supports Spatial Audio on select Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
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Apple is partnering with Mercedes-Benz to bring Apple Music’s Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support to select Mercedes vehicles. The feature will be immediately available to Apple Music subscribers with compatible cars.

Apple Music has been available on Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system since 2021.

Apple Music finally launches on Xbox

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First-time Apple Music subscribers get just a 1-month free trial now (unless they bought an Apple device).
Xbox gamers can now enjoy Apple Music while playing.
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Apple Music is now available on recent versions of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console. That includes playing songs while gaming.

The streaming music service is already available on PlayStation and other third-party entertainment platforms.

Today in Apple history: The Beatles beat Apple in court

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Beatles
Apple vs. The Beatles is one of the less likely feuds in Apple history.
Photo: Apple Corps.

October 9: Today in Apple history: The Beatles beat Apple in court October 9, 1991: A court orders Apple to pay $26.5 million to Apple Corps, The Beatles’ record label and holding company, for trademark infringement.

This marks the second time Apple is forced to pay The Beatles. And the ruling comes a decade after Apple swore it would never get into the music business.

Apple Music hits 100 million song milestone

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Apple Music hits 100 million song milestone
That's a lot of music.
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There are now a whopping 100 million songs available to stream on Apple Music.

That’s “more music than you can listen to in a lifetime, or several lifetimes,” says Rachel Newman, Apple Music’s global head of editorial. “More music than any other platform. Simply the biggest collection of music, in any format, ever.”

Today in Apple history: Ping social network fails to strike a chord

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Ping iTunes
Apple's music social network starts strong but fails fast.
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September 1: Today in Apple history: Apple's Ping social network fails to strike a chord September 1, 2010: Apple’s new music-focused social network, Ping, ships as part of iTunes 10. Apple says the service will let users discover new music and more easily follow their favorite artists.

Ping racks up 1 million signups in the first 48 hours. Nevertheless, Apple’s social network is doomed from the start.