Apple could bundle streaming video with a subscription to magazines, music, and iCloud storage

Apple is already rumored to be planning a news and magazine subscription service for next year, and the company is reportedly considering bundling it with the video content it’s been acquiring at a rapid pace. A new report in The Information echoes an earlier story from The Wall Street Journal that said Apple could bundle its original video programming — like those coming from its multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey — with news content, magazines, Apple Music, and iCloud storage. The timing, however, isn’t yet known.

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Here’s why it’ll be tough for YouTube Music to catch up with Spotify and Apple

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Many of us happily play the field when it comes to streaming our favorite movie and TV shows, with multiple subscriptions to services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, maybe HBO and more. Music, though, is a different animal – if you already pay for Spotify, in other words, you don’t necessarily need to plunk down coin for a rival service that’s just going to get you most of what you already have access to.

It’s into that fray and an arguably already crowded competitive landscape that YouTube Music has turned a soft launch in May into widespread availability — now having launched in 17 countries, including the U.S.

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New YouTube Music Subscription Service Won’t Launch in March After All

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The eyes of the music world are on Texas this month, as bands, label executives and media companies flock to the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival, which is set to begin on March 12. SXSW’s annual conference is being keynoted by YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen, who is supposed to speak about “seismic changes he’s witnessed and the importance of embracing the future,” according to a panel description. Continue reading “New YouTube Music Subscription Service Won’t Launch in March After All”

Report: Amazon is looking to acquire cable television channels – SiliconANGLE

It feels as though the world shall soon be divided equally among Microsoft, Apple, Walmart and Amazon.

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Sources quoted by NBC claimed that the e-commerce giant has started talks to buy scores of small television channels in an attempt to “supersize its video-channel business,” not just in the U.S. but around the globe.

“They are doubling down on the channels industry,” one person who is included in the talks told NBC. “They’re involved in doing deals with smaller indie networks where they can get benefits to carriers that are not handcuffed into traditional distribution packages and they’re involved in offer

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MoviePass app lets subscribers go to the movies once a day for $10 a month | WPXI

Wow – if this catches on, it could really be a game changer!  I might actually start going to the cinema again!

Remember the days when going to the movies cost less than $10? Maybe you remember when it was less than $5.

These days, a trip to the theater can cost a pretty penny. While the national average is $8.65, in many cities, like Los Angeles and New York, a ticket can cost up to or more than $15.But thanks to one app, $10 can now go a lot further at the cinema.

MoviePass, run by Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe, is offering subscribers a deal in which they can see one movie per day for $9.95 per month.

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YouTube Music now lets you save songs, albums, and playlists for offline listening – The Verge

YouTube Red users have had the option to listen to music offline in YouTube Music for some time, but only through the offline mixtape feature, which is automatically populated based on your listening history. While this technically worked, there was no way to have any additional control over what you were able to listen to. Now, users can also choose specific songs, playlists, and albums to save for offline listening.

Full Story:   YouTube Music now lets you save songs, albums, and playlists for offline listening – The Verge