Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Apple Introduces Music Service That is Just Like Spotify and All the Others

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Apple Music! It’s coming June 30th. It will cost $9.99 a month to stream music. Just like in the old days of the Columbia Music Club, you get the first three months free!

Guess what? It’s the same music you listen to now, on Spotify or Pandora. Same music, except for a kind of droney emo guy who Eddie Cue played for us and isn’t signed to a record label. The reason he isn’t signed is, he sounds very dull.

Anyway, I digress. With Apple Music, you can make playlists and share them with friends! Music will be suggested to you by…Drake!

Look, I know people love the Apple hardware. I love my iPad. But this stuff is not new. Apple is a cult. The people who love it live by it. But I don’t want to be trapped in iTunes. If you really love music, get the Sony Walkman and download high fidelity tracks from HDTracks.com. This isn’t so hard.

Seriously: what are artists going to be paid by iTunes? Will iTunes pay the record companies advances, and will those advances be paid to the artists? Did Apple pay the musicians whose music was used in their demo today? Will Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen be getting checks for promotion? I doubt it.

The other news from Apple was that you can multitask programs and apps on the iPad with their new platform. But you have to buy a new iPad.

I would now turn my attention back to Tidal. The problem is, they’re a wreck. Back to Spotify. It’s just fine.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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