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.

Spotify plans to put ‘sponsored songs’ in your playlists

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Spotify won't be quite as spectacular for those who won't pay.
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In its quest to turn a profit, Spotify is searching for new revenue streams and it may have just found a winner: sponsored songs.

The streaming service began testing its new Sponsored Songs feature, which lets record labels promote tracks by automatically adding them to listeners’ playlists, this week. The feature is supposed to only affect users of Spotify’s free tier, but some paying subscribers report that it’s happening to them too.

Apple hires YouTube alum to help with video efforts

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Apple is using YouTube vets to shape its video strategy.
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Apple is stepping up its video game by hiring one of the key employees from YouTube that helped the service become the world’s biggest video streaming platform.

Vijay Karunamurthy, who worked at YouTube in its early years and then went on to co-found the food rating app Nom, has reportedly joined Apple, though the company is staying tight-lipped on what he’s working on.

Pocket airplanes, Adobe graphic design courses, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Put a plane in your pocket, master Adobe Creative Suite, and more with this week's best deals.
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Summer’s here, and along with the warm sunshine come hot new deals in the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got an awesome smartphone-controlled plane, a set of comprehensive courses in graphic design for Adobe Creative Suite, a time-saving task manager, and a powerful VPN. Read on for more details:

Microsoft brings its new game streaming platform to iOS

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Mixer offers live-streaming that's actually live.
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Verizon CEO reveals plan to launch TV streaming service

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Verizon has a massive platform for video content.
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Once Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo finally gets completed this summer, a new TV streaming service could roll out to customers shortly after.

The news that Verizon is planning to enter the highly competitive streaming TV market was revealed today by the company’s CEO Lowell McAdam, who says the platform will be a great place to test out an over-the-top service.