Apple acquires startup co-founded by iTunes Festival boss

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Apple has snapped up an artist-friendly music marketing firm.
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Apple has reportedly acquired U.K.-based music creative services and artist development company Platoon.

The company has history with Apple, being co-founded by former Apple live events and artist relations exec Denzyl Feigelson. Described as “a platform for fearless creatives,” Platoon has helped develop a number of early stage artists in the U.S. and UK since launching in 2016.

Apple Music could soon be open to businesses

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Apple Music could get another big advantage over Spotify.
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Apple Music could be opened up to businesses to allow streaming in public places.

The “Apple Music for Business” trademark was filed for late last month in the U.S. — and in other territories back in June. The filing states the trademark would be applied to a number of different areas, including commercial use.

Chill and escape Thanksgiving with Chillscape

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I don’t know about you, but I’m so frickin’ relaxed right now.
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Is your family driving you nuts this Thanksgiving weekend? Of course it is. That’s what families are for. So when you need relief from the endless offers of snacks and drinks, the catty remarks about the fact that you’re “still” child-free, or your nephews’ and nieces’ constant pestering to let them play with your new iPad Pro, while simultaneously ridiculing your attempts at flossing, you might turn to Chillscape to calm yourself back TF down.

Brilliant Pod Case concept turns Apple Watch into iPod

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This needs to be a thing.
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iPod lovers have been waiting years for Apple to resurrect its portable music player, but a brilliant new concept case could give us the next best thing.

Designer Joyce Kang created a brilliant mockup of a case for Apple Watch that transforms it into a music player reminiscent of the original iPod. The tiny case even comes with a working click wheel — and still gives you access to Apple Watch’s best features!

Spotify’s Apple Watch app arrives with minimal features

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This is the new Spotify app for Apple Watch.
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The world’s largest paid music streaming service is finally landing on Apple Watch.

Spotify finally revealed its first app for the Apple Watch today that will give wearers the ability to play, pause and skip songs from their wrist. The first version is a bit limited in features, but Spotify is teasing some cool new options that will be coming down the pipeline real soon.

Clips adds new Selfie Scenes, stickers and more

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Apple just added some big updates to Clips
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Apple’s quick video editing app, Clips, just got a big update today that adds new features that take advantage of the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and iPad Pros.

The new update brings new Selfie Scenes, stickers, soundtracks more, making it even easier for iPhone and iPad users to create fun videos on-the-go.

These are the best accessories for your 2018 iPad Pro

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The awesome new 2018 iPad Pro deserves some awesome accessories.
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You’ve got your new iPad Pro, and it’s all set up. Now, you might want to start tricking it out with accessories. The bad news is that most of your old accessories won’t work. The good news is that some of them will, and the rest can be replaced, or hooked up with dongles. Let’s check out the best accessories for the new 2018 iPad Pro.

Today in Apple history: iTunes video takes world by storm

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Artists like Kanye West helped drive music video downloads past 1 million in less than 20 days.
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October 31: Today in Apple history: iTunes video takes world by storm October 31, 2005: Less than three weeks after launching video downloads with iTunes 6, Apple reveals that it has already sold more than 1 million music videos.

Apple’s dive into the online digital video market — with 2,000 music videos, Pixar short films, and a selection of hit TV shows for $1.99 — was the logical next step after selling individual songs on iTunes. Passing the 1 million download benchmark so quickly suggests the plan is a roaring success.