Music

Streaming is the future of music, and that future is now

Over the past decade Apple has completely changed the way we consume music.

In the span of only 10 years we've gone from ripping CDs onto our iPods to downloading MP3s from iTunes to storing and streaming music from the cloud. With WWDC 2015 right around the corner, it's how Apple plans to tackle streaming music that has my undivided attention.

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How to stop the Music app from auto-playing in your car

Tired of your iPhone's Music app automatically playing when you connect via Bluetooth or USB?

You aren't alone. This happens in many cars of many makes and models. The minute your iPhone is connected, the Music app takes over and decides to play whatever song is first up in your library, or whatever track you listened to last. But what if you don't like this behavior? That's exactly what iMore reader Rob is wondering:

As soon as my iPhone 6 connects to the Bluetooth in my car, music starts playing even though my Music app is not open. I'd like it not to. Could you help please?

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How to get your Android music onto iPhone

More people than ever are switching to iPhone, or are seriously considering making the move, and one of the things you'll want to bring with you is any music or audio you've been listening to on your old Android phone. Apple has been providing the best audio frameworks in the industry for years, and as such you'll find tons of great apps that utilize it within the App Store — including Google's! — to make switching your music and audio to a new device incredibly easy. Here's what works best!

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Stringer brings customizable shuffling to your music

If you've ever listened to music on shuffle, you've probably hit the point where you'd like to hear more from that album, but then continue on with the shuffling. That's an issue that the newly-released Stringer aims to alleviate, allowing you to easily move around a shuffled list of your entire iTunes library (including iTunes Match music) and make adjustments as you see fit.

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Trent Reznor talks a bit about his new role at Apple

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has spoken a bit about his new role at Apple. Reznor acted as the chief creative officer of Beats Music until it was purchased by Apple earlier this year, and the company asked him to come on board for a special project. What that is exactly isn't clear, but Reznor said that it's an evolution of his role at Beats, and in the realm of music delivery, according to an interview with Billboard:

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U2 and Apple are working on a plan to get people buying music again

The public may have had mixed feelings about a free U2 album showing up on their phones last week, but the world-renowned band and Apple are likely teaming up again to work on a new music format. This new music format, U2 claims, will make music so interesting and enticing that consumers will want to buy songs and albums once again.

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How to hide the free U2 album on iPhone, iPad, and iTunes

After Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement, U2 took the stage. After that iTunes customers in over 100 countries were told they'd have access to their new album, Songs of Innocence, for free. While some people were excited about that and asking how to download it, others were less than thrilled. My colleague Peter recently expressed his distaste for the situation and while I tend to agree, I also understand some people not wanting to look at an album in their library they aren't interested in.

So here's how to hide it from even showing up not only in iTunes, but on your iPhone and iPad as well!

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OK Go says Apple ripped off their music video

Yesterday's iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event kicked off with a fancy video about perspective, but rock band OK Go says the whole thing is a riff on their work shooting The Writing's on the Wall. Apple used the same director and production company as OK Go did for their music video.

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Weird Al's newest song 'Tacky' skewers Pharell's 'Happy'

Weird Al Yankovic is kicking off a full week of new songs from his album Mandatory Fun, and the first one is called "Tacky". The song lampoons the hugely popular song "Happy" by Pharell Williams, and there's a decidedly colorful music video that goes with it. Big names like Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal, and others dance shamelessly towards the camera just like in the Williams original. As always, the lyrics have been twisted in an entirely new (and hilarious) direction.

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On iOS 8 Maps, Music, and managing culture

While the sheer quantity and quality of announcements made at WWDC 2014 was enough to stun a bevy of bloggers, there were some anticipated announcements that didn't materialize, things like updates to Maps and Music. So what's happening with these key apps in iOS 8? Unless and until we hear from Apple, all we have is rumor.

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