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    Apple buys 50-year-old record label to grow Apple Music Classical app / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 6 September - 18:01

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Apple has acquired 50-year-old record label BIS Records, the Swedish company's founder, Robert von Bahr, announced Tuesday. The purchase of the classical music-focused label follows Apple's late March launch of the Apple Music Classical app.

Apple's BIS purchase adds to the app, which in March Apple called the "world's largest classical music catalogue" with "over" 5 million tracks. Von Bahr said the record label will be incorporated into the Apple Music Classical app and Platoon. Apple bought Platoon , which identifies new talent and helps creators make, distribute, and market their content, in 2018. Von Bahr noted his just turning 80 as part of the decision to sell. He also pointed to his interest in Apple's support for spatial audio and in bringing "classical music to new audiences all over the world."

Neither Apple nor BIS disclosed the price of the acquisition. However, von Bahr said that he and the rest of the BIS staff will be "retained" by Apple.

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    Internet Archive’s legal woes mount as record labels sue for $400M / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 15 August - 18:21

Internet Archive’s legal woes mount as record labels sue for $400M

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Major record labels are suing the Internet Archive, accusing the nonprofit of "massive" and "blatant" copyright infringement "of works by some of the greatest artists of the Twentieth Century."

The lawsuit was filed Friday in a US district court in New York by UMG Recordings, Capitol Records, Concord Bicycle Assets, CMGI, Sony Music Entertainment, and Arista Music. It targets the Internet Archive's "Great 78 Project," which was launched in 2006.

For the Great 78 Project, the Internet Archive partners with recording engineer George Blood— who is also a defendant in the lawsuit—to digitize sound recordings on 78 revolutions-per-minute (RPM) records. These early sound recordings are typically of poor quality and were made between 1898 and the late 1950s by using very brittle materials. The goal of the Great 78 Project was to preserve these early recordings so they would not be lost as records break and could continue to be studied as originally recorded.

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    Apple will launch a new app exclusively for classical music later this month / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 9 March, 2023 - 22:21 · 1 minute

The Apple Music Classical logo and app icon.

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Apple is launching a version of Apple Music specifically for classical music later this month, the company announced today . The Apple Music Classical app, currently available for preorder in the App Store , will be separate from the main Apple Music app. But access to the service will be included with a $17-per-month Apple One subscription or most Apple Music subscriptions (excluding the basic $5-per-month Apple Music Voice tier).

In August 2021, Apple acquired a classical music service called Primephonic. If you're wondering why classical music might benefit from a dedicated app, this PCMag piece about Primephonic will answer that question for you: You could search for music not just by song title or its composer, but by the name of the orchestra that recorded it, or the person who conducted it, or information about soloists or other performers. Primephonic could also account for the different possible spellings of composers' names, among other features.

Perhaps most importantly for a streaming music service, though, Primephonic used a royalty model where payouts were based on the amount of time that songs were played rather than the number of times a song was listened to. Using a per-play model, someone who listens to a 15-minute movement of a Beethoven symphony would generate as much revenue for the artists as someone who listened to a 90-second pop song.

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    Apple Music subscribers will get lossless and spatial audio for free next month / ArsTechnica · Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 19:26

Today, Apple announced that its Apple Music streaming app will get two major new audio features next month: lossless audio support and spatial audio with Dolby Atmos for a wide range of supported headphones and speakers.

Apple Music will play songs in Dolby Atmos automatically when users play the music over the built-in speakers in "the latest versions" of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as through a connected Apple TV 4K or AV receiver. Songs will also automatically use Atmos when played on AirPods or Beats headphones that have Apple's H1 or W1 chips. Users will be able to manually enable Atmos on other headphones by tweaking the app's settings.

Spatial audio will be limited to certain songs, but Apple says "thousands of songs" across numerous genres "including hip-hop, country, Latin, pop, and classical" will support it at launch, with more to come.

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    Apple One : l’abonnement ultime d’Apple vaut-il le coup ? / Numerama · Saturday, 31 October, 2020 - 11:11

Apple lance en France son abonnement Apple One. Il s'agit d'un tarif groupé pour Music, TV+, Arcade et iCloud. Est-ce que vous auriez intérêt à y passer ? Ce guide peut vous aider. [Lire la suite]

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    Apple One launches today, bundling Music, iCloud, more for $14.95 and up / ArsTechnica · Friday, 30 October, 2020 - 18:45

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Apple’s all-in-one subscription services bundle, Apple One, launches today, according to a confirmation given to Bloomberg by Apple CFO Luca Maestri.

CEO Tim Cook also confirmed the bundle’s imminent launch on the company’s quarterly investor call yesterday.

Apple One offers three plans: individual, family, and premier. Each offers some subset or combination of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, iCloud, Apple News+, and soon, Apple Fitness+.

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    Apple lance Apple One, un abonnement unique à tous ses services / Numerama · Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 - 17:48

Apple lance un abonnement qui regroupe tous ses services, d'Apple Music à iCloud. [Lire la suite]

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    Apple bundles CBS and Showtime with Apple TV+, announces new Music radio stations / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 18 August, 2020 - 16:50

As iPhone sales have slowed, Apple has leaned on services like the App Store, Apple Music, and Apple TV+ to make up some of the difference. And while the first of those is currently gripped in public controversy , Apple today announced new developments for Music and TV+.

First off, Apple says Apple TV+ subscribers will be able to subscribe to a bundle that includes both CBS All Access and Showtime (both owned by ViacomCBS) for $9.99 per month after a 7-day trial, integrated with Apple features like the TV app, Siri, and Family Sharing.

Subscribers to the bundle will be able to access programming from both services in online streaming and offline download formats, and this bundle includes the ad-free version of CBS All Access. Since Apple TV+ costs $4.99, that means the trio of services will come in at just under $15—about the same price all together as HBO Max on its own.

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