Apple and Beats in the Midst of Developing Music Streaming Service


Remember how last year when Apple purchased Beats for $3 million speculation began that the two mega companies would be forming a new music streaming service that could “rival Spotify”?

Well, it sounds like that time is coming closer.

In a recently published article in The New York Times, it appears that not only is Apple working on a new music streaming service, it will also be saying good-bye to the Beats name, something that they promised back in September would not happen.

One thing that has remained a constant since the announcement of the merge is that Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor will be playing a part in the creation of this streaming service. Reznor, whose previous title was Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music before the acquisition, previously revealed he would be part of this new project, but what he would be actually doing has remained a secret.

“Beats was bought by Apple and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them. I can’t go into details, but I feel like I’m in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that’s not directly making music, but it’s around music.”

Sadly, according to NYT, this new streaming service will not have a free tier. The free tier has become a staple in luring customers to shell out big money for more music choices and no commercials.

Reznor had also voiced his opinion on this new era where people want music for free as opposed to paying to get the music that they want.

“I think paying for music is a relic of an era gone by. And I’m saying that as somebody who hopes you pay for music. I’ve spent my life trying to make this thing that now everyone thinks should be for free.”

Another difference between the current streaming services of the world and this new project? The pricing, at least that’s what Apple was trying to do.

Apple attempted to persuade record labels to agree to lower licensing costs resulting in Apple being able to sell subscriptions to its streaming service for $8 a month; the standard for services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and yes, Spotify is $10 a month. But that did not pan out the way they wanted. As the article points out, it reflects just how far behind Apple is in the music streaming game.

As for now, nothing is concrete on what Apple is trying do with this new music streaming service, but if people have to pay for it without a free trial, do you really think the consumer give it the time of day?

Stream LIGHTS’ ‘Little Machines’


New mom, and super adorable Canadian singer LIGHTS has released her new album, Little Machines today and now, her fans can get the full stream of the record.

For those who haven’t received their copy or can’t access the record right this minutes, the singer/songwriter has made the new tracks available online for fans over at the New York Time’s interactive new music player, Press Play (keep in mind, you need to scroll down the page to find Little Machines).

A few weeks ago, LIGHTS released the music video for her first single, “Up We Go” while also revealing that the elevator-centric video had been shot in one continuous take.

In support of Little Machines, LIGHTS will be heading out on a North American tour beginning on Oct. 3 in Hamilton, Ontario. The trek will stop in several location in both the United States and Canada before wrapping up for the holidays at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

Full tour dates can be seen here.


10.03 – Hamilton, Ontario
10.04 – London, Ontario @ London Music Hall
10.16 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Algonquin Commons Theatre
10.18 – Montreal, Quebec @ Le National
10.20 – Fredericton, New Brunswick @ Capital Exhibit Centre
10.21 – Moncton, New Brunswick @ Capitol Theatre
10.22 – Halifax, Nova Scotia @ Halifax Forum
10.24 – Portland, Maine @ Port City Music Hall
10.25 – Boston, Massachusetts @ Paradise Rock Club
10.27 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall
10.29 – New York, New York @ Irving Plaza
10.31 – Asbury Park, New Jersey @ The Stone Pony
11.01 – Baltimore, Maryland @ Rams Head Live!
11.02 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
11.04 – Detroit, Michigan @ St. Andrews Hall
11.05 – Chicago, Illinois @ House of Blues
11.07 – Denver, Colorado @ The Summit Music Hall
11.08 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
11.11 – Los Angeles, California @ The Fonda Theatre
11.13 – San Francisco, California @ Regency Theatre
11.14 – Portland, Oregon @ Aladdin Theatre
11.15 – Seattle, Washington @ Showbox At The Market
11.18 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Release New Song

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Just last week, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s gave fans the music video for their new song, “Sacrilege” and today, the band have been nice enough to give fans another new track titled, “Under the Earth.”

The song was put out as part of a profile that the New York Times had done on the band in honor of Mosquito being released later this month. The song had previously been teased last month at SXSW where the band performed a couple of new tracks.

To listen to the track, head on over to The New York Times’ website and look for the little media player on the left.