The new trend seems to be human curated lists for music streaming apps, and now Apple is bringing the same idea to the App Store. Apple is in talks to sign Drake, Pharrell Williams and other big name stars to be guest DJs for its revamped iTunes music service, according to the New York Post. The report also claims that Apple is in deep negotiations for its new $10 a month streaming service which will reportedly borrow the best features from Pandora, Spotify and YouTube. Apple plans to offer not only music, but videos, artists’ pages, and a "YouTube-style post-it-yourself destination called Apple Connect" through the new service. This is in addition to the revamped iTunes Radio and standalone Beats Music subscription service expected to be announced at WWDC 2015.
Amazon has added hundreds of thousands of new titles and new Prime Playlists to its newly launched music streaming service. The new tracks are from both new and existing artists including Linkin Park, Shakira and Skrillex, just to name a few. Prime Music launched on June 12 as part of Amazon's Prime subscription service.
Prime Music gives users access to over a million songs without any ads or playback restrictions. Users can also download songs from the Prime Music catalog for offline listening. The service is available on Amazon Kindle devices, iOS, Android and PCs or Macs. iOS users can download the free Amazon cloud player to access the Prime Music catalog on their iPhone or iPad. The app supports all devices running iOS 6.0 or later, and it can play songs already stored on your iTunes account.
Beats Music has officially rolled out version 2.0 of its iOS app. The update adds a new user interface designed for the iPad, the ability to follow your Twitter friends who also have a Beats subscription, and the ability to manage your account through iTunes.
Besides the new "Find Your Friends" feature the iPad version includes all the same highlights as the iPhone version. Users can choose to listen to curated music channels, create their own and access the app's offline mode. The iPad version also includes Beats' unique recommendation engine, "the Sentence," and popular features such as "Just for You," "Find It," and "My Library".
Today Beats Music tweeted a teaser image with the caption "THIS JUST IN: Your favorite Music App is feeling ready to grow in size...literally..."
In January, music mogul Jimmy Lovine and Dr. Dre took a gamble by launching a music subscription service without a free ad-supported option. The service offers on-demand access to around 20 million songs and it features specific channels curated by music experts such as famous DJs and music journalists. The app also includes a recommendation engine entitle "The Sentence" where users can get song suggestions based on their current activity, mood and location.