Apple wants records labels to take smaller cut of streaming revenues


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Music streaming has been a life saver for record labels.
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Negotiations for new Apple Music deals are currently underway with record labels and this time around Apple wants to come away with a much bigger cut of the revenue after overpaying for the last two years.

The company is likely to get its wish too, according to a new report that reveals the labels are supposedly open to the possibility of taking a smaller share as long as Apple Music is able to continue growing.

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It not only gives you more control over your data, but it can perform backups wirelessly on a schedule that suits you. It also has a whole bunch of other awesome features, and it’s completely free — without any pesky ads.

Apple Music boss enrages Twitter after Rihanna incident during NBA Finals


Eddy Cue had the best seats in the house to watch the Warrior's comeback.
Eddy Cue has the best seats at Oracle Arena.
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The internet is furious at Apple Music boss Eddy Cue after the exec was supposedly spotted heckling singer Rihanna last night during Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California.

Video of Cue at the game appears to show the Apple VP telling Rihanna to sit down. Rihanna had been doing a bit of heckling herself during the game, yelling at Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. Twitter immediately went in on Cue for going at Rihanna, but most people thought he was just your average court-side rich white guy.

In the future Apple could stream movies while they’re still in theaters


Where's everyone else? Probably at home watching on iTunes.
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iTunes has had new movies available for purchase day-and-date with the DVD release since May 2008.

Jump forward a decade, and a report claims that Apple will be the first choice for studios and exhibitors when they eventually agree to video-on-demand while movies are still showing in theaters.

Jimmy Iovine says free music streaming is screwing artists


Apple Music doesn't have a free tier.
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Jimmy Iovine wants people to pay for music again and he’s got a plan that just might work: make free music streaming suck.

The Apple exec and music industry legend sat down for a new wide-ranging interview, during which Iovine lamanted that artists aren’t getting paid enough for their music anymore. And it’s mostly Spotify and YouTube’s fault.

Rare Prince concert video might be Apple Music’s next exclusive


Apple Music's 3-month trial is no longer free for all.
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Apple Music may soon get exclusive streaming rights to an unreleased Prince concert that was performed as a surprise in Minneapolis just before the release of his iconic Purple Rain soundtrack.

If Apple does land the rights, the company may owe a big ‘thank you’ to its rival Spotify, which employs the executive negotiating the deal.

Today in Apple history: Apple embraces over-the-air iOS updates


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Over-the-air iOS updates took iTunes out of the equation (and leveled the playing field with Android).
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May4 May 4, 2011: Reports circulate that Apple is negotiating with carriers to bring over-the-air updates to iOS, beginning with iOS 5.

Such a move would free iPhone owners from using iTunes to get iOS updates. That means no more plugging the device in to their computers via USB and clicking update to download the latest iOS software.