A Bug Is Wreaking Havoc With iTunes 12.2 Music Libraries

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iTunes Radio Logs Over 11 Million Listeners Since Launching 3 Days AgoApple users who accepted the update to iTunes over the past couple of days are none too pleased with a problematic bug.

The new version, iTunes 12.2, was meant to better maintain your music library.

But one key component, iCloud Music Library, has to be enabled.

And in doing so, this component that is meant to sync your tracks actually scrambles the music in your library heavily.

Signs of this are mismatched album art, along with repetitive artist listings.

The issue also impacts those who’ve installed Apple Music on their iPhones as well.

To compound the issue, the iCloud Music Library also affects the original folder where all your music files are stored as well, causing the same jumble.

Music files not purchased through the iTunes Store are especially vulnerable.

Some sources have narrowed down a possible part of the problem – those who signed up for iTunes Match in the past seemed to be the ones who were affected.

Numerous Apple users took to social media and Apple-related forums to vent about their difficulties with the bug.

Apple had no comment about the bug.

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Apple’s Beats 1 Radio Station Goes Live

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Apple 1 Computer Sold For $365,000 At AuctionThe first full-fledged foray by Apple into the world of radio launched on Tuesday with the premiere of Beats 1.

The radio station launched with a show hosted by former BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe coming from Los Angeles, California.

He premiered a new track by Pharrell entitled “Freedom” as one of the highlights of his show.

Users eager to listen to the new radio offering were required to upgrade to iOS 8.4 – which turned out to cause some gaffes and produce a number of pictures of frustrated users waiting for the sizable download to be completed on social media.

Zane Lowe will be one of the three main DJ’s for Apple Radio including Julie Adenuga in London and Ebro Darden, formerly of Hot 97 in New York City.

Apple Radio will also feature a show hosted by Dr. Dre called The Pharmacy, and will also have Pharrell, Elton John and Drake as show hosts.

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Eternify Loops Spotify Music Tracks To Help Increase Artist Payouts

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Spotify Goes Live Today On Sony's PS4 and PS3Artists who have railed against the unfair royalty payouts by streaming music giant Spotify may have an unexpected ally.

Eternify is a fairly new website with a twist; the site is connected to Spotify, and it plays loops of music from artists in order to increase the amount of money for artist payouts.

Below the track display on the page is a real-time counter which shows how much the user made for the particular artist.

Each loop amounts to five cents.

The site was created by indie band Ohm & Sport, who currently have a single on the streaming music service.

They created this hack for reasons explained in statement via Twitter: “We’re launching Eternify in the wake of numerous false promises of a better future for streaming: Not a single one of these announcements or apparent victories have had any meaningful impact on the vast number of small artists on whom these services depend.”

This isn’t the first attempt to manipulate Spotify to rake up profits; an indie funk group by the name of Vulfpeck produced a silent album entitled “Sleepify”.

When users played the album as they went to sleep, the band’s royalties increased.

Spotify swooped in and shut it down after trying to contact the band directly.

With regards to Eternify, the company has stated that it will reach out to the band to see if the site fully complies with their terms of operation.

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Tidal Music Loses Its Second CEO In Three Months

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screen-shot-2015-03-29-at-11-21-34-pmThe streaming music service Tidal is going through another rough patch with the loss of its CEO for the second time in the past three months.

The company announced on Tuesday that it had let go of their interim CEO, Peter Tonstad.

Tonstad had been named to the position in March after the previous CEO, Andy Chen, was cut loose along with 24 other employees in a “streamlining” initiative.

When contacted by a Norwegian newspaper however, Tonstad put the news under a different spin, saying that “the only thing I can confirm is that I resigned.”

For its part, Tidal’s press release thanked Tonstad for his work and stated that they are committed to finding a permanent CEO and that the search will be conducted from both their New York City and Oslo offices.

Circumstances aside, the change comes at a tough time for the streaming music service acquired by Jay-Z. While it has seen some growth, its subscriber numbers (currently at 770,000) are tiny in comparison to Spotify’s 20 million-strong subscriber base.

And with Apple Music set to make its debut before the month ends along with word of Google possibly entering the fray with their own service, Tidal will have to find someone to steer the ship sooner than later.

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Free Radio Comes To Google Play Music

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Users Can Now Pre-Register For Apps In The Google Play StoreGoogle is making a stealthy entry into the streaming music service industry in a bid to snare a position among established and future competitors.

The company announced that it will offer ad-supported radio through its existing Google Play Music service.

The feature will showcase stations based on the songs that users like and recommendations from another service, Songza, which makes playlists of songs based on user activities and moods.

Google is making the move to attract more users who either have never made use of the service, or, more frequently, have shunned the service once they first open it and view a prompt for payment, causing them to close the app.

Zahavah Levine, vice president of partnerships with Google Play, said in regards to the change: “We think that by giving users a taste of Google Play Music, through the ad-supported tier, more users will ultimately become paying subscribers.”

Despite that, the service has seen their amount of users increase mightily in the past year.

With their eyes on Apple gearing up for the release of their own streaming music service at the end of the month, Google is aiming to gain further ground in an already crowded field.

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Apple Changes Course – Will Pay Apple Music Artists During Trial Period

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Apple's New Streaming Music Plans May Be Target Of EU Antitrust RegulatorsThanks to a letter from one of music’s top-ranked artists, Apple Music is now changing its tune about a controversial part of its upcoming launch.

In response to a pointed letter written to the company by pop artist Taylor Swift via the social media platform Tumblr, in which she blasted Apple Music’s choice not to pay artists during the three-month free trial period as disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company, Apple has reversed course and will now pay all of the artists during the free period.

Swift had pulled her hit album “1989” from the streaming music service in protest over the initial move put forth by Apple.

This followed her move to pull the album from rival Spotify over the company not paying artists enough per stream.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president, told press that he spoke to Swift directly over the weekend and let her know that the company listened and were making the change.

He went on to say: “She was thrilled to hear from us and that we were making the change, and we were grateful for that.”

Going forward, Apple Music will now pay artists and rights holders per stream, but the specific amount was not disclosed by Cue.

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Indie Labels Are Unhappy With Apple Music Terms

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Los Angeles School District To Apple: Give Us Our Money Back!The new terms for Apple’s new streaming music service has made some independent labels cross, days before its official debut.

Apple Music, set to be available to the public on June 30th, has gone on record as saying that they intend to pay out close to 72% of the revenue they get from streaming to artists and labels.

This exceeds the current industry standard of 70 percent that’s offered.

The major bone of contention lies in the fact that during a user’s free three-month trial, there will be no royalties paid to the labels.

Major recording labels have already agreed to this, but independent labels are balking at the terms.

“We struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple’s customer acquisition costs,” the indie label Beggars Group stated as a response on Wednesday.

Beggars Group boasts such prominent acts as Adele and Vampire Weekend.

Independent music label associations in the United States and the United Kingdom have also expressed their displeasure with the terms.

So far, Apple has declined to comment.

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The FTC Will Pay BurnLounge Scam Victims 1.9 Million

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Court Rules: Bulk Collection Of Phone Records Is IllegalFor some people who remember the online digital music marketplace BurnLounge, the name may kick up a lot of ire.

Eight years after their shutdown, those wronged parties may get some restitution. 

BurnLounge was touted as a prime place to open a digital music store for any interested parties who wanted to buy in.

Investors bought in by signing up for one of three packages, ranging from $29.95 per year for the basic tier to $429.95 for a VIP package.

But it was all part of an elaborate pyramid scheme that made the owners of BurnLounge a lot of money — to the point that over 93% of investors never even made back their original investment.

The Federal Trade Commission stepped in and shut the site down back in 2007 after giving them an injunction.

Eight years later, some victims will be getting compensation to the tune of $1.9 million.

This comes after a United States Court Of Appeals decision ruling in favor of the F.T.C.

The agency will send out over 52,000 checks to cover the amount to the disgruntled investors.

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Antitrust Regulators In New York And Connecticut Eyeing Apple Music

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Los Angeles School District To Apple: Give Us Our Money Back!Apple is once again dealing with major scrutiny, this time from two state governments in the Northeast United States.

The attorneys general for New York and Connecticut raised some questions to Apple in the wake of their recent announcement of Apple Music.

Specifically, they wanted to know the nature of the deals the Cupertino, California based company made with record labels like Universal Music Group, for example.

Matt Mittenthal, a spokesperson for New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman, explained that his state, along with Connecticut, wanted to know if the labels and companies were pressured into making these deals at the exclusion of benefits of competitive pricing.

He went on to say: “To preserve these benefits, it’s important to ensure that the market continues to develop free from collusion and other anticompetitive practices.”

The probe by both states also comes at a sketchy time for Apple; the Federal Trade Commission has begun to investigate if Apple is using its lofty position to gain an edge on other streaming music services like Spotify.

At last report, Apple had no comment on the matter.

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Spotify Value Rises To Over $8 Billion

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Spotify Goes Live Today On Sony's PS4 and PS3The latest news concerning Spotify may possibly have compelled the company to say, “take that Apple!”

In its latest round of venture funding, the world’s largest subscription-based streaming music service received a valuation worth approximately $8.5 billion.

The money came from Goldman Sachs Group, Discovery Capital Management and others that totaled $526 million.

The new valuation figure is double the previous price Spotify received at the end of their last round of fundraising in 2013.

It has also entered into a partnership with the telecommunications carrier TeliaSonera AB.

Having invested $115 million, the company has high hopes for what Spotify can offer its current customer base as well as those newer subscribers.

As CEO Johan Dennelind stated, “This is a field where you will see a lot of competition and where it’s very clear that Spotify has taken a lead.”

Spotify has also stated that they currently have 75 million active users of the service, with 20 million of that number being actual paying subscribers.

The company’s next moves will involve the addition of more video content as well as podcasts to bring in more revenue related to advertising, necessary ventures given Apple Music’s launch this past Monday, which has industry observers seeing a heated competition between it and other service providers like Pandora against Spotify for dominance.

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