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Subscription streaming music services are everywhere now, so what can Apple's potential offering bring to the table? Combining many previous rumors and adding on a few twists, a New York Times report puts Trent Reznor in a "major role" redesigning the Beats Music app into a stronger Spotify rival,...

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It was only a matter of time until HP found a new audio partner, following Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics. Now the PC company is teaming up with Bang & Olufsen, purveyors of high-end audio gear you probably can't afford, to spruce up the sound quality of its devices. B&O will "cu...

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If you're hoping that Apple will launch its retooled music streaming service alongside a smartwatch next week, you'll have to wait a bit longer. 9to5Mac reports that Monday's "Spring Forward" event won't include details on the next phase of iTunes/Beats Music. Instead, the audio subscription optio...

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Jay Z's purchase of Tidal, the streaming service with better audio quality than rivals like Spotify, is not a fait accompli after all. Over 10 percent of investors in Swedish owner Aspiro have rejected the bid, enough to block the sale. The minority shareholders association said that so far, Jay Z...

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You might not have to wait that long to try Apple's rumored Beats-based streaming music service. Tipsters tell 9to5Mac that the folks in Cupertino are "currently considering" a launch for the all-you-can-hear offering in tandem with iOS 8.4, rather than holding off for iOS 9 or later. This new sof...

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There have been a few hints that Apple wants to integrate Beats Music into its existing software, but there are now signs that the tie-in will go especially deep -- and that Android users won't be left behind. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that Apple not only plans to weave Beats-based streaming into ...

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So this is something. The Scandinavian press is buzzing right now with the news that Jay Z is buying the Norwegian company behind the high-quality music streaming service Tidal. The rapper and entrepreneur made a 464 million Krona (roughly $56 million) bid which the company's reviewing board has a...

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The rivalry between Beats and its former ally Monster just got particularly bitter. Monster is suing Beats, its founders (Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine) and HTC for allegedly tricking it into giving up one of its best-known headphone lineups. According to the lawsuit, Beats committed fraud when it acqu...

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Thanks to a new report from Nielsen SoundScan we now know that 2014 proved to be yet another chaotic year for the music industry. Total sales of albums fell 11 percent to just 257 million albums sold in the US, while digital sales dropped 9 percent to 117.6 million. Vinyl sales grew 52 percent, b...

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You probably didn't shed too many tears when Apple yanked Bose products from its stores, but less variety in audio gear is rarely a good thing. It sounds like the two companies can't stay mad at each other for very long, however -- a source for 9to5Mac has leaked retail data that reportedly shows ...

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The Financial Times is reporting that Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music app into iOS sometime early next year, perhaps as early as March. Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on ...

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Since Apple nabbed Beats earlier this year, we've been wondering what would come of the latter outfit's streaming service. Financial Times reports that the folks in Cupertino plan to lump Beats Music (or whatever it'll be called in the future) in to iOS. Yes, this means that the app will already b...

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Since the passing of Dr. Amar Bose, the company's founder and an audio pioneer, Bose has had to face a period of emotional adjustment. On the business side, meanwhile, the incredible rise of Beats Electronics meant Bose needed to carve out a whole new strategy for the consumer market. While some a...

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Beats today announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May. "We're taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless Bluetooth functionality to it," Beats President L...

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Back in May, Dr. Dre's audio outfit trotted out its retooled Solo2 on-ear headphones. Between then and now, his Beats brand officially set up shop in Cupertino, and its releasing its first product since coming under Apple's wing back in August. The Solo2 Wireless cans allow you to nix the tether v...

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