UPDATE: Kanye West and Apple have been talking about bringing the exclusive release of his upcoming album SWISH to the streaming service. No deal has been reached, but with Kanye distancing himself from Tidal since its release, there is reason to speculate. (via Buzzfeed).
Today was Apple’s annual summer keynote #WWDC15 and coming with it is the announcement of iOS 9, the “El Capitan” operating system for the computers, and the highly expected announcement of their new streaming service.
The deets: FREE for 3 months. $9.99/month after that (standard, and unlike TIDAL’s high prices.) Available June 30th, you can stream any song on iTunes on demand, create your own playlists, and listen to a 24/7 radio station anchored by Ebro in New York and Zane Lowe in L.A. amongst others.
Artists, like Drake and Pharrell who reportedly signed up with Apple’s streaming service, will be involved in the new ‘Connect’ feature where they will exclusively release music and videos. In fact, Drake was on hand in Cupertino (above), hinting that he’ll be using Apple Music in his plans for releasing his hotly anticipated album, Views From The 6. Nice jacket too, bro.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsApple Music though seems more promising than Tidal, to be honest. But note too that this is coming from an Apple loyalist who has iTunes and music on the iPhone as his preferred players. I’m OCD on organizing my music library so I just never strayed from iTunes. Now, I may finally commit to paying a monthly fee for a streaming service, especially if Apple follows through on supporting the artists who are making music out their bedroom, as mentioned in the commercial below. After all, gotta listen to the indie artists we always have on rotation here on Gowhere as part of my stream service experience. We shall see come June 30th.
Yesterday, a report via TechCrunch said that Apple was shutting down the Beats Music service, when just earlier this year it acquired the Beats brand for $3 billion dollars from Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
However, a new report to the USA Today says simply “It’s not true,” via Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr. Via the story though is this caveat,
One person familiar with the situation said that consumers should expect Apple to make some changes to the service. That could mean the brand is going away although the service is not.
Interesting news nonetheless and it looks like we’ll assuredly see some changes.
Fans of Yeezus last summer are likely fans of Hudson Mohawke, who contributed a lot of aggressive tones for the album and even uses some parallel sounds in his new solo single “Chimes” below. The track drops today, the first preview of his forthcoming 4-track EP of the same name, and it doubles as the music to the new Macbook Air spot featuring about 17 different stickers that I want (also below). Turn up the speakers on this one and on September 30th when Chimes drops in full.
The clear glass structure is an extension of the company’s minimalist design and reminiscent of BCJ’s all-glass Apple Store in New York, though this is Foster + Partners’ first store design with Apple. The similarities are both aesthetically and programmatically as the store is actually on the subterranean level in both designs.
The continued unique features of Istanbul’s location are the various access ways (escalators and stairways connect the store to a plaza/shopping mall), the infinity fountain defining the outer edges of the structure, and it being, as Gary Allen describes, “a first-ever rectangular ‘penthouse’ composed of four single panes of glass and a roof,” with the Apple logo visible from the high-rises above (man, isn’t that in-your-face, huh?).
More description below and photos in the gallery above.
Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level. The store’s two glass staircases are also visible through huge glass panes over the top of each stair run on the sides of the store.
One staircase leads downward from the lower public space to the back-of-house spaces. The plaza level penthouse is surrounded by a water fountain constructed of black stone. The water is pumped over the edge of the fountain in an “infinity” effect.
Dre’s stake in Beats currently stands at somewhere around 20-25%… capital gains taxes could take a bite out of his big payday, likely leaving him with a net worth in the neighborhood of $800 million. It’s not quite enough to land on the Forbes 400, but it would easily make him hip-hop’s richest man, topping current champion Diddy by $100 million.
Give or take, right?!
Dre celebrated last night with Tyrese, confirming the deal in this (drunk?) video selfie below (on top of the official words this morning). Whatever the exact numbers, congrats to Dre and Apple — two of the coolest, biggest brands in the world. Them joining forces is something I’m really eager to see. Let the envelope be pushed even more..!