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Apple allegedly teaming up with Shazam for song-identification feature in iOS 8

Come iOS 8, you might soon be able to ask your iPhone what song is playing and get an answer. Apple is reportedly prepping an update to Siri that will enable music identification. Instead of rolling their own music ID software and library, however, Apple is doing as they've done with many Siri features and partnering with an existing force in the space — in this case, music ID powerhouse Shazam.

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Record labels reportedly underwhelmed by iTunes Radio, want more change from Apple

There are two places in the world — the movie and record industries — where it's apparently permissible to be stunned that people will stop paying for something when they can get it for free. That's where the record industry is today, reportedly disappointed by the lack of revenue coming their way after the launch of iTunes Radio. The report comes courtesy of Billboard.

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iTunes Radio getting its first news channel from NPR

iTunes Radio launched with iOS 7 as Apple's first music streaming service, but it's now set to go beyond that with its first news channel from NPR. According to Peter Kafka from re/code, the new channel should be going live today.

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How to instantly buy iTunes Radio songs in iTunes

iTunes Radio is a great way to discover new music. So what if you stumble across a song you like so much you want to own it and keep it forever? Easy. With just a few taps you can buy it instantly from iTunes!

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iOS 8 could see iTunes Radio as a standalone app

Apple is reportedly already looking at improving iTunes Radio for iOS 8, including breaking it out into a standalone app. While currently iTunes Radio resides within the iOS 7 music app, sources have indicated to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac why this might be set to change in the future:

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iTunes Radio already third most popular U.S. music streaming service

iTunes Radio may be the new kid on the block, but it has already ranked as the third most popular streaming service in the U.S. The runaway leader is still Pandora but behind that Apple's offering is only just behind iHeartRadio, while placing higher than the likes of Spotify, Google Play All Access and Rhapsody.

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Apple pushes music labels for Beyonce-style exclusives

Apple is putting the full court press on major music labels to do more exclusive deals like Beyonce's recent arrangement. Apple's reportedly pushing for deals in the wake of slowing download sales.

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DoubleTwist for Mac records your iTunes Radio music to listen to again and again

iTunes users who've dabbled in Android might be familiar with DoubleTwist, which has now brought its latest creation, AirPlay Recorder, to the Mac. Simply put, this app will take your iTunes Radio stream, record it, and leave it for you to listen back to time and time again.

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How to rate songs for better results with iTunes Radio

Rating songs in iTunes Radio can help it serve up music that's better suited to your tastes. So instead of just skipping through songs next time you don't like a specific track, be sure to tell iTunes Radio. The same goes for music you do like. Here's how:

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iTunes Radio hits Australia... still waiting on the rest of the world

Apple has started expanding the availability of iTunes Radio outside of the United States, launching today in Australia. This is the first such expansion of Apple's radio service since its launch with iOS 7 in September, though it briefly appeared in the UK and Canada in October.

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