WBEZ | iTunes http://www.wbez.org/tags/itunes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Apple announces music streaming service http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/apple-announces-music-streaming-service-112157 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gettyimages-476367236_wide-ad4e6bbbc061aabde5a879a9a4ff10b88af5303e-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Apple has announced the launch of Apple Music, an app that adds a subscription streaming service to iTunes, the largest music retailer in the world.</p><p>The announcement, made at Apple&#39;s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, comes more than a year after Apple acquired Beats Music, the streaming service founded by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Trent Reznor. Iovine and Reznor both appeared in the presentation to explain and introduce elements of the service, which will include a live, &quot;24/7 global radio&quot; station and a social media-like feature called &quot;Connect&quot; where musicians can directly upload content like lyrics, videos and photos.<br />Does the world of streaming music change us, as listeners?</p><p>Apple Music will be available on June 30. The service, which will have no free option, will cost $9.99 a month for a single subscription or $14.99 a month for a &quot;family&quot; subscription that allows up to six people to share an account. In an indication of the company&#39;s hopes for its reach, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the service would be available on Android phones in the fall. Until now, iTunes has only been available on Apple devices.</p><p>From the stage, Iovine, a longtime music executive employed by Apple since the acquisition of Beats, recalled the moment he first saw the iTunes store. It was a &quot;simple, elegant way to buy music online&quot; in an era when the recording industry had been decimated by file sharing, he said. But Apple Music is entering a playing field already crowded by other streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and Tidal.</p><p>As NPR&#39;s Laura Sydell, who was in the audience at the event, tweeted, Iovine characterized the current streaming ecosystem as confusing and overwhelming, and he positioned Apple Music as &quot;a complete thought around music,&quot; a slightly awkward catchphrase later echoed in a video presentation by musician Trent Reznor. (That phrase might have been an oblique reference to the Beats Music feature The Sentence, in which users could create a playlist by describing their listening scenario. Get it? The Sentence ... a &quot;complete thought.&quot; Oh well.)</p><p>Announced after nearly two hours of presentations on how Apple&#39;s various operating systems will be updated in the coming year (promised developments: a new news app, open source programming language, Siri will be better, Maps will be better, Apple Pay continues to expand to more retailers), the introduction of the music service featured the participation of many well-known musicians including The Alabama Shakes, Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd, who performed a radio-ready new song.</p><p>Apple Music&#39;s global 24/7 radio station will be staffed by notable DJs hired from terrestrial and Web radio stations: former BBC host Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden of New York&#39;s Hot 97 and Julie Adenuga of Rinse FM.</p><p>Also part of the service, but relegated to a single mention at the end of the presentation, was the iTunes store itself, which Cook called &quot;the best place to buy music.&quot; If you&#39;re still into that kind of thing.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/08/412908070/apple-announces-music-streaming-service">via NPR&#39;s The Two-Way</a></em></p></p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/apple-announces-music-streaming-service-112157 Bring us your ears! http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/bring-us-your-ears-108172 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/season%20two%20podcast%20graphic.jpg" title="" /></div><p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s time. You asked for it, we brought it back: the Curious City podcast.</p><p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s in store? Stories about an old asylum, nuclear radiation, panhandler economics, the tunnels beneath Chicago&rsquo;s Loop and collective memories of a shuttered amusement park &mdash; to name just a few.</p><p dir="ltr">So, get yourself subscribed already!</p><ul dir="ltr"><li>For iOS devices <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/curious-city/id568409161">subscribe via iTunes</a>.</li><li><p dir="ltr">For Android devices <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CuriousCityPodcast">subscribe via Feedburner</a>.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr">If you listened to our first season, you know we experimented with format. We brought you a mix of stories and conversations that aired on WBEZ along with original content you could not get anywhere else.</p><p dir="ltr">Thanks to your feedback in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city-podcast-survey-105700">our podcast survey</a>, we learned a lot. Above all, many of you miss our stories that air on WBEZ 91.5 FM and want a one-stop shop to catch all of our feature-length stories. We&rsquo;ve rounded up the best for this season and one&rsquo;s ready for you now: reporter Alex Keefe&rsquo;s explanation of what a Chicago alderman&rsquo;s job really entails. (Hint: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/pregnancy-tests-pigeon-poo-what-chicago-aldermen-really-do-107648">legislation, pigeon poop, pregnancy tests and chainsaws</a>).</p><div><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F2836812" width="100%"></iframe></div><div><p dir="ltr">We plan to keep experimenting with format, and our hope is to bring you all-original podcast content that you hear before our radio audience does. But we need more time to get that in order. After all, we&rsquo;re <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city">pumping out more stories</a> than we did last year, plus we&rsquo;re busy building <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/">a better website</a> and hopefully <a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/press-room/press-mention/expansion-curious-city-among-five-prototype-projec/">an empire that&rsquo;ll spread to other cities</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Thanks for your ears and feedback! We hope you enjoy!</p><em>Curious City gives you extra curiosities on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZCuriousCity">Twitter</a>.</em></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/bring-us-your-ears-108172 Phone-only music service takes tunes on the go http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-06/phone-only-music-service-takes-tunes-go-90246 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-08/earbuds_flickr_spacematters.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Americans spend more money on music at Apple's iTunes store than any other music retailer, yet some people are being left out of the party.</p><p>For the large group of consumers without a home computer, an iTunes account is out of reach. Those are the people wireless provider Cricket Communications is targeting with Muve Music, a phone-only music service.</p><p>At a Cricket store in Washington, D.C., customers use their cell phones to get email and stay connected to family and friends. But they aren't willing to pay the high prices of many of the common carriers, and that's why they've come to Cricket.</p><p>"It's cheap," says Cinthia Wilson, a medical assistant in the district and a mother of four. She says her sister, who used to be on Sprint, just moved over to Cricket.</p><p>"She got tired of paying all that money for the same thing she can get here for $55," she says. "She was paying a hundred and something — that's ridiculous."</p><p>Now, for an extra $10, Cricket customers can get an unlimited music plan, too. That deal appealed to Carlos Dugger.</p><p>"I love my gospel and my jazz," Dugger says. He says his phone, not his computer, is his main connection to the Internet.</p><p><strong>'All About The Phone'</strong></p><p>Cricket is aiming for people like Dugger.</p><p>"Cricket's customers live on their phone. Their phone, not the computer, is the center of their life," says Jeff Toig, who developed the company's music service. Toig says most of Cricket's customers make $50,000 a year or less. The iPhone, he says, probably isn't even an option for them.</p><p>Toig admits they could choose other music subscription services that cost $10 a month like Napster, Rhapsody and Spotify. But, he says, those services all require customers to download an app to their phone first.</p><p>"The app is less functional," he says. "The experience doesn't start on the phone, it starts on the computer, and the phone is an extension. We have taken a fundamentally different approach, because our experience is all about the phone."</p><p><strong>A Market That's Been There All Along</strong></p><p>Cricket's music service is built in and gives its customers access to millions of songs, ranging from the work of great gospel singers to independent artists and hits from major labels.</p><p>In some ways, it's surprising that the big record labels agreed to go along with Cricket's service. They've been notoriously skeptical of online music plans. Michael Nash, a vice president for digital strategies at Warner Music, says the typical Cricket customer burns CDs from friends and listens to radio.</p><p>"You've got a situation where you don't have [a] great legitimate music proposition, and you don't have a very convenient proposition," Nash says.</p><p>Nash says by creating a music service for the phone, Cricket has tapped into many customers who might not have paid anything for digital music.</p><p>Skeptics wonder, however, just how much this service really adds to what's already out there. Morningstar analyst Imari Love says pretty much all phones now have Internet access, and that's really all you need in order to have a phone with music. Love thinks there is a limited market for low-cost, phone-only music services.</p><p>"I'm really actually struggling with what real value the Muve product is going to add," Love says.</p><p>Since Cricket added the Muve Music service a little over five months ago, however, it has garnered more than 100,000 users — 50 percent of whom are completely new to Cricket's phone service. It might be that in a time when the economy and Americans are struggling, a low-cost music service may just hit the spot. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. <img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1312813344?&gn=Phone-Only+Music+Service+Takes+Tunes+On+The+Go&ev=event2&ch=1049&h1=Music+News,Digital+Life,Media,Technology,Business,Home+Page+Top+Stories&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=138956463&c7=1049&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1049&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110806&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=7&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Sat, 06 Aug 2011 05:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-06/phone-only-music-service-takes-tunes-go-90246 Kid Rock: Music's last holdout? http://www.wbez.org/story/itunes/kid-rock-musics-last-holdout <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Kid-Rock-Born-Free-490x490.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After the Beatles finally announced the band would put its catalog on iTunes, Sound Opinions' Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot noted that only a few major artists remained holdouts. One such musician is <a href="http://www.kidrock.com/" target="_blank">Kid Rock</a>, and according to a recent <a href="http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/retail/analysis-is-kid-rock-making-millions-by-1004137559.story" target="_blank">Billboard article</a>, this might be a smart move if your goal is making money. Kid Rock&rsquo;s recent release <span class="ds3">&quot;Born Free</span>&quot; has sold over 612,000 copies, but reporter Glenn Peoples says that he would have only sold 294,000 had digital singles been available. So, by forcing consumers to buy whole albums Kid Rock may have made $3 million more.</p></p> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:01:06 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/itunes/kid-rock-musics-last-holdout