Want the ambiance of Ibiza without the expense that a trip to the White Isle would entail? Apple Music figured as much, and has accordingly unveiled an exclusive new series of Ibiza themed playlists designed to evoke Balearic bliss, no matter the listener’s location. A myriad of musical curators came together to craft the playlists: streamers will find options from Anjunabeats, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza, and more.
Apple Music describes its newly launched Ibiza playlist category as “a celebration of Ibiza and its role in bringing dance music to the masses.” Now, the platform plays a distributive role akin to the island itself, as Apple Music too brings dance music tailored with Balearic flair to millions of users via the debut of its newest playlist series. Peruse the Ibiza playlist section, here.
It’s the end of an era for Apple, as the tech giant prepares to formally retire the media player that put them on the musical map: iTunes. Apple will replace iTunes with separate applications for music, television, and podcast apps, in contrast to iTunes’ all-inclusive structuring, which consolidated music, television, and podcasts under the iTunes umbrella. Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cook, will deliver a keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California in June, during which Cook and fellow Apple innovators will expound upon Apple’s plans for a future that does not include iTunes.
Apple previously announced its intent to halt iTunes-supported music downloads in April 2018. The decision to stop the iTunes-related music downloads arrived in the midst of Apple’s efforts to expand its own streaming service, Apple Music, to arise as a formidable competitor in the modern music streaming market. Apple staff members and iTunes users alike then speculated that the company’s retirement of iTunes-assisted music downloads would prelude the official and final termination of iTunes altogether.
Apple product owners will still be able to purchase and sync music from their devices following iTunes’ demise. Listeners will find these functionalities in the Music app. Apple will meanwhile continue to develop its respective music, television, and podcast offerings, while simultaneously seeking to improve and increase its Books, Message, and Mail applications.
Closing out a stage at EDC Las Vegas is an intimidating task for any artist, but the burgeoning WHIPPED CREAM did so with ease. The Canadian-born bass artist held nothing back as she took the festival’s Circuit Grounds stage for its final run, giving onlookers a final, enormous burst of energy with cuts like Gesaffelstein‘s “Pursuit,” Skrillex‘ remix of “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar, the RL Grime/What So Not classic “Tell Me,” and an array of her own originals. The set riled the crowd and instantly became a cult favorite among EDC goers, and now the cult favorite performance has been releases exclusively on Apple Music for all to hear and relive.
WHIPPED CREAM has seen skyrocketing success in recent years. After five years cutting her teeth on the circuit, the past couple have seen her taking the stage at mega festivals like Ultra Miami, Shambhala, and Lollapalooza all while selling out tour stops across North America. On the musical front, her recent re-work of ZHU’s “Desert Woman” ended up becoming a huge hit, while she also received widespread support for her second record on Mad Decent, “Time.” She’s established herself as a key talent to watch as she continues her ascension into the top ranks of bass music.
Months after adding several new regions of the world to its service area, Spotify is celebrating hitting 100 million paid subscribers.
In its first-quarter earnings report released on April 29, the Swedish company announced that it had surpassed 100 million paid subscribers at the end of March. This number remains well above its closest competitor, Apple Music, which reported 50 million subscribers at the end of 2018. The report also noted a 32-percent growth in subscribers and a 26-percent increase in total monthly active users, year over year.
Spotify added services in India, the Middle East, and North Africa earlier this year, growing its presence to 79 countries. While Spotify continues to dominate overall worldwide, Apple Music is still ahead of its biggest competitor in the United States with 28 million paid users reported in early April.
The best-selling album of 2016 has finally made its way to Spotify and Apple Music—just in time for its third birthday.
Beyoncé‘s sixth studio, Lemonade, made its debut on Tidal on April 23, 2016 and was met with widespread acclaim from critics worldwide. It was named one of the best albums of the year by countless publications and featured collaborations with The Weeknd, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack White. For the first time, fans can stream Lemonade on Spotify and Apple Music. Before April 23, 2019, the album had only been available to stream on Tidal and for purchase through retailers.
2019 has already been a big year for Beyoncé, who just released her Homecoming documentary on Netflix and a corresponding live album. She’s also set to voice Nala in the upcoming Lion King remake, out this July.
According to new data from theWall Street Journal, Apple Music has surpassed Spotify in paid subscribers in the United States. Apple Music took the top spot with 28 million paid subscribers, while Spotify sits at 26 million paid subscribers in the U.S.
Spotify still leads Apple Music in overall users with 95 million compared to Apple music’s 50 million subscribers. The catch—Spotify offers a free tier while Apple does not. The tech giant’s DSP is also outpacing its Swedish competitor platform, growing between 2.6% to 3% in the past year compared to Spotify’s 1.5% to 2%.
With over 900 million iPhone users worldwide, Apple Music is pre-installed on every new phone, creating a stronghold in the industry. The question between the competition becomes, how can these products differentiate and bring value to content curation through music? Some say there will be no difference, while others point to the power of playlist and personalization.
Flume is back, but in a different medium: video. The pioneer of future bass released two documentaries on Apple Music, Flume: When Everything Was New, and Sleepless: The Story of Future Classic. Each outline the last six years of the producer and DJ’s life, with one focusing on the individual’s journey and the other showcasing the rise of Future Classic, the imprint where Flume launched his career and an incubator of Australian talent.
The two 45 minute documentaries were directed by Nicholas Wrathall, and the Flume-centric documentary was released as a four part series on the Australian artists’ YouTube page. Harley Streten has documented his life on tour before on his Flume Adventures series, now, he’s upped the ante with longer-form video content that dives into the life of one of the most successful electronic music producer and the business he associates with.
Electronic music lost one of its pioneers on March 4 with the death of The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint. In the days since his passing, artists from around the world spanning all genres have shared how Flint inspired them and their music. Creatives from Jimmy Page to Skrillex shared their condolences and personal stories, showing how truly widespread The Prodigy’s influence has been in the decades since the group’s founding in 1989.
Elton John is one of the latest to share his feelings on Flint’s death, taking a few moments before the start of his Rocket Hour show on Apple Music‘s Beats 1 to recognize Flint’s talent. He also kicked off his show with the group’s iconic “Firestarter.”
“What a shame. What a seminal record, what a seminal group they are or were,” John said before launching into the track. “I don’t know if they’ll continue, but when I first heard that and saw the video I just thought, ‘wow, what is this?!’ Such a tragedy. My condolences to Keith’s family and the band. They are one of the most original groups to come out of England… ever.”
The fight to be crowned king of streaming continues as Spotify and Apple Music duke it out March 13. The most recent development comes after Spotify founder Daniel Ek and his team filed a complaint against Apple alleging “unfair advantages” in regards to Apple’s App Store. After “careful consideration” and what seems like previous efforts to resolve the conflict with Apple, the Spotify team proceeded forward with the European Commission.
Spotify’s complaint centers around the issue of Apple’s App Store policies and logistics that would require Spotify to pay a supplementary tax and subsequently inflate the membership price above that of Apple Music.
“Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30 percent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from our free to our premium service,” Ek said. “If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do.”
The Spotify founder also pointed out discrepancies where apps like Uber were not affected by Apple’s tax policies, noting that “app stores should not be allowed to control the communications between services and users, including placing unfair restrictions on marketing and promotions that benefit consumers.”
Ek made it clear that this is not a “Spotify-versus-Apple issue,” but rather an issue about “competition on the merits.”
A lover of all things analog, Joel Zimmerman indulging his penchant for techno is a perfectly logical next step in the esteemed producer’s career. After launching his Testpilot alias for that exact reason more than five years ago and creating cryptic social media pages under the Testpilot name earlier this week, Zimmerman has shared his Testpilot set from Electric Forest 2018.
Having released just one track on Richie Hawtin‘s Minus imprint and played major festivals such as Movement and Ultra, Testpilot sets are known to be hard-hitting and rare. With his set from Electric Forest now available via Apple Music, fans can now check out the mixed selection of tracks from techno heavyweights Charlotte de Witte, ANNA, Pig&Dan, Cirez D, and more. Spanning over two hours, the set can be a great way to prepare for the Testpilot set at Ultra later this month or relive the high octane moments from the woods of Michigan last summer.