Apple’s HEIF image format choice reinvents photography | Computerworld

Wow.  Just wow.

If you’ve read your Harry Potter novels you may recall the picture the young wizard had of his Mum, Dad, and himself. They seemed alive in the image. It seemed like magic. These days it seems like an Apple Live Photo.

A still image that is also a video, Live Photos is a perfect example of the kind of image-based technologies HEIF will enable in future Apple hardware and software products.

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Apple Music: $10 billion a year on content is possible

Apple Music gets little respect compared to, say, Spotify. Here’s why that’s likely to change.

From the article…

When Apple Music launched two years ago, it had been almost nine years since Spotify was founded.

As a result, perhaps, Apple Music was never really embraced by the mainstream business press.

Gizmodo asked at its launch: “How Is Apple Music Actually Different From Spotify (Or Anything Else)?” (It called it “yet another music streaming service.”) TechCrunch wondered if it was “Ping 2.0?” Their final verdict on the service: “It’s OK.” (It also thought Apple should offer a free tier.)

Two years later, Apple Music has 27 million paid subscribers. Assuming they’re all paying $10 a month (and we know a few are not), that’s a nice little $3.2 billion annual revenue stream Apple has generated.

 

Read more at the link…

Source: Apple Music: $10 billion a year on content is possible

Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels in royalties per stream than Spotify

This might be of interest to those of you who earn your income from streaming services. According to this article your highest royalties are with the following:

Apple
Spotify
Google Play Music
YouTube

…at least for Record Labels. I don’t see how it may be different for independent artists.

Other services listed in the top ten include Deezer, Rhapsody, Xbox Music, Amazon, Tidal, and Telecom Italia. Read the full article at the link for the details.

Record labels are getting a better deal on streaming music royalties with Apple than major rival Spotify, according to a report, with Apple Music streaming rates claimed to be nearly double what is paid out by its main competition.

Source: Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels in royalties per stream than Spotify