They're the latest breed of digital music services, offering that early Napster feeling of being able to listen to nearly anything -- instantly -- but for a small monthly fee. You're in total control of what you're listening to with these services, making them feel entirely different from streaming-radio services like Pandora and iTunes Radio, which are free (with advertising), but pick which tracks to play based on your preferences. And … Read more
Bugs in the Beats Music app, and an initial surge of new members, are forcing the recently launched paid-subscription music service to stop signing up additional subscribers.
Beats Music CEO Ian C. Rogers said in a blog post Wednesday that because of "extremely high volume of interest...some users are experiencing issues" and the company is going to "hold off on letting more people in" while it works to fix them.Most people are unaffected but our priority is to give everyone a great experience. We prepared for issues like these, have a plan, and are … Read more
Beats Music, the streaming-music service launched earlier Tuesday, doesn't have a free ad-based option, and the company isn't interested in the kind of listener who wants it.
Beats Music CEO Ian C. Rogers said in a blog post that anyone who is willing to pay about $1,000 a year on a cable subscription but balks at paying $100 a year on "a great music service" is somebody whose view of the world differs fundamentally from his own.
Rogers wrote:If music, and a service that brings you great music experiences and playlists from everyone from … Read more
Can't get your fill of streaming music with the likes of Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio? There's a new music service in town.
Debuting for the iPhone and Android devices on Tuesday, the Beats Music app works more or less like its rivals. It acts as an online radio station to serve you tunes from your favorite artists and genres.
The service claims access to more than 20 million songs, which you can listen to online or download to your device to listen offline.
But unlike Pandora and similar services, Beats Music doesn't offer a free, ad-supported version. … Read more
Beats Electronics, the headphone company founded and run by music industry legend Jimmy Iovine, has joined up with AT&T to launch its subscription music service on January 21.
Everyone can try the entire service for free, Beats Music said, AT&T customers can access unlimited song streaming and downloads for individuals across three devices for $10 a month or for up to five family members across 10 devices for $15 a month. AT&T Family customers will receive a 90-day free trial, while individual AT&T wireless customers can get the first 30 days free. … Read more
You'd be forgiven if you thought streaming music was the hottest business to be in right now.
At every turn in 2013, tech companies big and small were pouring into online music services. Longtime players like Spotify and Slacker launched new features or shook things up with updates. Giants like Apple and Google shoved their way to the front of the race with new services like iTunes Radio and All Access, ventures they believe will help sell phones and other products. Google can't seem to get enough, and is said to be rolling out another subscription service through YouTube … Read more
Beats Electronics, the headphone company founded and run by music industry legend Jimmy Iovine, plans to launch a subscription music service in January.
Beats Music, meant to compete with the likes of Spotify and Deezer, will focus on combining algorithms with curated programming from tastemakers. At one time, it was anticipated to launch this past summer. However, CNET reported in July that Beats Electronics was working to secure a partnership with AT&T in the ensuing months.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Blockbuster laughed at Netflix partnership offer.
- Man attempts to sell an entire London record shop on eBay.
- After much silence, Google fesses up to its connection to those barges in SF.
A Cyberpunk world, in a post apocalyptic wasteland being infested by a zombie army? C-Wars seems to hit all of the major buzzwords that would set off any gamer's alarm. Onipunks' brainchild might turn off many players who have been jaded by the promises of many so so and eh-inducing games released this year, the ones that seemed to be the products of some assembly-line design model created to separate us from our money. But after playing the Demo, it would be a lie to say I'm anything less than ecstatic that this game has been successfully funded … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Bad Beats: Why was the original Beats Studio headphone so popular?
- Why is the engineer who recorded Nirvana still using analog tape?
- 40 Bowers & Wilkins speakers and the art of sound.