Apple Music for Business gives stores a legal way to stream tunes

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Apple Music For Business gives stores a legal way to stream Apple Music
Apple Music is entering the business world.
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Apple is going after the Muzak market with Apple Music for Business, a new service for legally streaming music in public places.

Apple partnered with PlayNetwork, which specializes in providing music for commercial use, for the endeavor. It has been “quietly piloting” the service with multiple businesses for around six months.

Amazon one-ups Apple with free music on iOS

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Start blasting those holiday tunes with free Amazon Music on iOS.

The streaming service can now be enjoyed without a paid subscription for the first time on iPhone and iPad, giving it a big advantage over Apple Music.

But just like other free music plans, it does come with ads … and some restrictions.

Spotify is adding 2x as many monthly subscribers as Apple Music

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Spotify reported some great fiscal quarterly earnings.
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Spotify’s third fiscal quarter figures show that it is growing considerably faster than Apple Music.

“We continue to feel very good about our competitive position in the market,” the streaming giant noted in a statement. “Relative to Apple, the publicly available data shows that we are adding roughly twice as many subscribers per month as they are. Additionally, we believe that our monthly engagement is roughly 2x as high and our churn is at half the rate.”

Apple’s AR Glasses are almost here! Catch the discussion, on The CultCast

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A reliable analyst says Apple's AR glasses are right around the corner.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple’s AR glasses are about to be announced! At least according to one very reliable analyst…. we discuss. Plus: Mac OS Catalina is out, but you probably shouldn’t install it—we’ll tell you why. And Final Cut Pro just got massively faster thanks to a new update, and a long awaited iOS 13 feature finally goes live.

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Amazon Music app arrives on Apple TV

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Amazon is finally embracing Apple TV.
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Apple TV users can finally access millions of songs, playlists and radio stations using Amazon Music.

Starting today, anyone with a 4K Apple TV or the regular HD model can go to the Apple TV App Store and download the Amazon Music app, giving Apple Music some more competition on its own platform.

Congress asks Spotify for information on Apple’s antitrust behavior

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Spotify is reportedly helping the feds with their antitrust investigation into Apple’s App Store.

U.S. lawmakers asked Spotify to submit information related to an ongoing antitrust investigation into whether Apple engages in anticompetitive behavior. As one of Apple’s biggest critics, Spotify already helped with probes in Europe. However, this is the first news we’ve had of the company assisting investigators in the United States.

Spotify starts testing Siri support for iOS 13

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Spotify and Siri are finally a team.
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You will soon be able to ask Siri to play your favorite tracks from Spotify.

The world’s biggest music streaming service just started testing Siri support in iOS 13. It comes after Apple’s latest updates introduced new SiriKit audio APIs that allow third-party access.