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The TiP Weekly: iOS 9, Apple TV, iPad Pro rumors galore

From the Editor We’re back with another instalment of The TiP Weekly! WWDC is just over two weeks away and that means Apple’s plans for the event are firming up. That also means that we start hearing more news leaking out from the Cupertino company. This week, there were stories concerning almost every current and future Apple product from…

Starbucks and Spotify ink multi-year, in-store music streaming deal

Ahead of a huge shift in Apple’s music offerings next month, longtime iTunes partner Starbucks has inked a multi-year deal with music streaming rival Spotify. Starbucks will make Spotify central to the music experience in its US stores and will also offer customers the chance to earn free drinks by subscribing to Spotify Premium. As part of the deal,…

The TiP Weekly: Beats and Bands

From the Editor We’re back with another instalment of The TiP Weekly! As we progress through May, eyes are beginning to shift towards Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Particularly interesting are Apple’s plans for music. A Beats Music-powered streaming service is on the horizon as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service, both…

Apple’s new music service to offer lengthy free trial period, song samples

Apple’s new music streaming service won’t offer a free tier like many competing services, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to try it out for free. According to a report by Re/code, the Beats Music-powered service will feature a “lengthy” free trial period as well as song samples. Although Apple is very much still in the deal-making phase for its…

Beats’ Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor leading Apple’s new streaming service development, iTunes Radio revamp coming

Former Beats executives Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor are leading development of Apple’s upcoming streaming music service, reports The New York Times. The report corroborates a number of other rumors surrounding Apple’s new service, it also sheds some new light on the roles of Iovine and Reznor, the potential launch timeframe for the service and…

Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent trial

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in damages after a federal jury found that the company’s iTunes software was found to infringe upon patents held by Texas-based Smartflash LLC, reports Bloomberg. The patents in question were said to have been used without permission by third-party apps available through Apple’s App Store. Smartflash was…

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe joins Apple

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe is leaving the broadcaster for Apple in March, reports BBC News. After more than a decade with the Beeb, the popular DJ, presenter, and music producer — who hosted the station’s flagship new music show for the majority of his time there — is joining Apple in an unspecified role. Zane said: “I want to thank everyone at…

Opinion: Apple is about to dominate streaming music

Apple might be late to the streaming music party, but that doesn’t mean the company won’t succeed in the market. In fact, quite the opposite. There were plenty of smartphones before the iPhone, plenty of tablets before the iPad, and you can bet that Apple Watch is going to trounce earlier wearables when it arrives in a couple of months. Apple has…