Apple Music poised to take on the streaming industry

“This is a momentous month for Apple’s future as a part of the music world,” Jason Snell writes for iMore. “On June 30 we’ll get our first glimpse at Apple Music, Apple’s own music subscription service. But Apple’s history with music goes back 14 years, and what a long, strange trip it’s been.”

“Steve Jobs famously said that people wanted to buy, not rent, their music. But times change, and Jobs famously changed his mind all the time—once he was convinced that he was wrong,” Snell writes. “While a la carte music sales aren’t going to disappear entirely, it’s clear that there’s also a major segment of the music market that would much rather pay to have access to a giant streaming library. With the purchase of Beats and the launch of Apple Music on June 30, Apple’s entering yet another phase in its relationship to music.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. Times do change. There are people like myself who still want to own their music but for a change of pace I think streaming from the cloud is terrific especially if you like to experiment with listening to various types of music. There’s so much new and old music to be discovered. I like the idea of a library of 30+ million songs to suit every mood and taste. I certainly couldn’t buy that many songs or listen to that many but it’s still nice to know you can listen to a lot of them if you have the time.

    I can’t wait to trial the service even if it’s not the best music streaming service in the world. I’m very easily satisfied as long as I can fine-tune the artists I want to hear and not get some random artists unless I want that to happen. iTunes Radio used to randomly upchuck some odd artists and music that didn’t even come close to what I asked for. I’d never had that problem with Pandora or Spotify. I figured they had smarter algorithms or curation must have been better.

    I was hoping I would be able to program a radio station just like I can do with a iTunes Smart Playlist by inputting all the criteria I want.

  2. My interest in allowing Apple Inc. greater control of my access to content has been greatly diminished by their increasingly turning their attention from insanely great products to engage in political activism.

  3. As to Steve Jobs changing his mind:
    The late great Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan:
    “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.”
    And for our Conservative friends, this famous liberal said this:
    “Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.”
    Have a good weekend.

  4. Given the very low level of musical artistry in the vast majority of popular music today, the vast majority of those who subscribe to streaming music services are very likely happy to listen to non-stop streaming dreck. No thank you.

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