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by Razvan Serea
iTunes is a free application for Mac and PC. It plays all your digital music and video. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it's an entertainment superstore that stays open 24/7.
Organize your music into playlists Edit file information Record compact discs Copy files to an iPod or other digital audio player Purchase music and videos on the Internet through the built-in iTunes store Run a visualizer to display graphical effects in time to the music Encode music into a number of different audio formats. Download: iTunes 12.10.9 (32-bit) | 169.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: iTunes 12.10.9 (64-bit) | 192.0 MB
Link: Apple iTunes Website
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By Rich Woods
Amazon Music now has podcasts in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Japan
by Rich Woods
Today, Amazon announced that it's adding podcasts to Amazon Music for customers in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Japan. They're available for all of the various tiers of the company's music services, and at no additional charge.
The company also said that it's going to be releasing a series of original podcasts, which of course will be exclusive to Amazon Music, similar to what Spotify has been doing. Some of these exclusives will be hosted by people like DJ Khaled, Becky G, Will Smith, and Dan Patrick. Amazon is also picking up the rights to the "music-meets-true-crime" podcast called Disgraceland.
"Our customers’ listening habits are constantly evolving, and we know they’re looking to us to provide them with a rich experience rooted in music and entertainment," said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. "With this launch, we’re bringing customers even more forms of entertainment to enjoy, while enabling creators to reach new audiences globally, just as we’ve done with music streaming. Podcasts, paired with our recent partnership with Twitch to bring live streaming into the app, makes Amazon Music a premiere destination for creators."
Podcasts are available on Amazon Music starting today, and as mentioned, it's for all tiers, including the free one. You can listen using an Echo, the Amazon Music app, or on the web. If your podcast isn't listed yet, you can add it here.
By Jay Bonggolto
Facebook will let partnered creators play copyrighted music during game livestreams
by Jay Bonggolto
Facebook is making it easier for its partnered creators to play copyrighted songs in the background of their livestreams without running into legal issues. Facebook Gaming has teamed up with music labels and publishers to give its top streamers access to a vast library of songs that they can use while live-streaming games.
Leo Olebe, Global Director of Games Partnerships at Facebook, announced the latest change today. The songs covered include a variety of genres including current pop hits, dance floor beats, hip hop, and 80s classics. Access to copyrighted music is thanks to Facebook Gaming's partnerships with Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Kobalt Music Group, BMG publishing, and Merlin. These licenses cover more than 90 countries.
It should be noted, though, that the licenses do not include every song. Some tracks are restricted and if players try to use those titles, they will receive a notification informing them of the restriction. However, Facebook didn't say which songs are not covered by the agreement.
Streamers must also make sure that their livestreams focus on the gaming aspect, not on the song being played. For now, access to copyrighted music will be rolled out first to partnered streamers. Facebook plans to eventually bring it to Level Up creators in the future, although they can still access a catalog of royalty-free music and sound effects through Facebook’s Sound Collection.
By Jefferson Mangubat
Snapchat adds new TikTok-style feature to let you add music to videos
by Jefferson Mangubat
Snapchat is rolling out a new feature in a move that could further pit the platform against TikTok. The new capability will allow users to add music to their videos.
Snap Inc., the owner of Snapchat, promises to provide a broad catalog of music to fuel the new feature. This is made possible by the company's deal with various partners in the music industry such as Warner Music Group, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Merlin, among others. When you swipe up on a video, you will be able to view the song title and artist name. You will also see a link that will let you play the song on your preferred streaming platform like Spotify.
Unlike TikTok, however, there's no option to view other videos that feature a similar soundtrack in a single destination. In addition, you won't be seeing a feed of videos with music. Snap didn't explicitly say it's taking on TikTok with the new feature, but it said that its app “reaches more people in the U.S. than Twitter and TikTok combined".
The new feature may let Snapchat bank on President Donald Trump's mounting repression on the music and video app, which is in the process of being sold to Microsoft. Snap is rolling out the new capability in New Zealand and Australia from today, with plans to bring it to English-language users this fall.
Source: The Verge