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Artists will reportedly get social networking features in rumored 'Apple Music' streaming service

Apple's rumored streaming music service will reportedly be called "Apple Music" and offer social networking features for artists.

According to a new report, Apple's heavily-rumored streaming music service will be called "Apple Music." Additionally, the service is said to include social networking features for artists, similar to Apple's abandoned "Ping" network that was included in older versions of iTunes.

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Record labels may offer some songs for free in Apple's rumored music service

Apple's long-rumored music service could allow labels to offer a small selection of tracks to users for free, without the need to subscribe to the service.

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Apple reportedly hits a snag in signing deals for rumored music service [Updated]

Apple is apparently having some trouble securing deals for its rumored streaming music service ahead of a possible WWDC debut.

While Apple has reportedly been hoping for a WWDC debut for its long-rumored music service, several of the licensing deals for the service are still being hashed out.

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Apple said to be pushing for end of free streaming on Spotify and others

Apple is reportedly urging record labels to abandon agreements with music streaming services that let those services offer free, on-demand music.

Ahead of Apple's expected reveal of a revamped Beats Music music service, the U.S. Department of Justice is said to be investigating Apple's business practices when surrounding streaming music.

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Apple reportedly in talks to secure exclusives from Taylor Swift, others for rumored music service

Apple is reportedly in talks with both Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine to offer exclusive releases on its rumored upcoming streaming service.

Along with the above artists, the report mentions that Apple is in talks with over a dozen others for exclusive releases on the as well.

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Best streaming music apps for iPhone

Picking a music streaming app on your iPhone isn't an easy job, and there isn't a one size fits all option.

Since most music streaming apps all require a paid subscription, it makes the choice even more stressful. What music streaming service you ultimately choose depends on what your musical tastes are, whether you prefer radio style streaming or on-demand, and lots of other factors. While we can't tell you what service is best for you, we can help you narrow down your choices. These are currently the music streaming services that we think offer a superior listening experience on the iPhone!

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European regulators are investigating Apple's relationships with record labels

Regulators for the European Union are investigating Apple's deals with record labels and what impact those relationships might have on other parts of the music industry.

The commission seems primarily concerned with the potential impact of a new Apple streaming service on existing, ad-supported services like Spotify.

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Apple's Jimmy Iovine reportedly attempting to poach artists from Jay Z's Tidal music service

While promoting his newly-launched music streaming service Tidal, Jay Z talked about being in competition with Beats co-founder and current Apple music honcho Jimmy Iovine.

Tidal, a competitor to the Apple-owned Beats Music, already has agreements with several artists for exclusive releases. Iovine has reportedly been attempting to lure some of those artists to Apple's music service.

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Apple's streaming music plans may include a revamped iTunes Radio, exclusive albums

Apple's rumored music streaming plans may include a revamped iTunes Radio, as well as exclusive album launch deals for the upcoming service.

While a new report from The New York TImes largely focuses on a number of previously rumored details about Apple's streaming music plans, it does point to some new details in the form of a revamped iTunes Radio headed up by former BBC Radio DJ and recent Apple hire, Zane Lowe.

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Apple reportedly backs off of $7.99 pricing model for upcoming subscription music service

According to a new report, Apple is shying away from a proposed pricing model for its upcoming music subscription service amid pushback from record companies.

This comes in the wake of news earlier this month that Apple was pursuing a price of $7.99 per month for the streaming service — $2 cheaper than rival Spotify's premium tier.

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