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Every Final Fantasy soundtrack is now on Spotify and Apple Music

Square Enix has suddenly made the soundtracks to every main Final Fantasy game available for free to listen to online. Just log into Spotify or Apple Music and search for “Final Fantasy original soundtrack.” – Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2Wdnjri

Apple may kill off iTunes music downloads entirely

It’s not a question of if but when Apple will phase out its online music store in favor of Apple Music, the company’s year-old streaming-music service, Paul Resnikoff for Digital Music News reports, citing sources with active business relationships with Apple. Apple subsequently told Recode that the Digital Music News report was “not true,” but would not eleaborate. – Business Insider via Digital Journal

Apple waited too long to get into music streaming

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Let’s lay out just how large the head start its competitors have. Apple Music is essentially in fourth place, miles behind Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube, and all the companies ahead of Apple are only getting bigger and better. Pandora, which has 78 million active users, just bought Rdio and has plans to launch an on-demand service late next year, giving its users an in-house option and push it into direct competition with Apple Music. Spotify announced it had 75 million users in June, and expects to reach 100 million users by the end of the month. YouTube — which is easily the largest music streaming service — just launched a standalone YouTube Music app to make it easier to stream audio content. – Micah Singleton, The Verge

Pandora is losing the music streaming war, throws shade at Spotify

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Pandora’s value proposition is in question as Apple Music surges and Spotify maintains a paying user base of about 20 million. While Pandora remains a radio streaming service that does not give users the ability to choose specific songs or albums to play, competitors like Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music give users that freedom, in various forms. – Jason Hahn, Digital Trends

Apple fires back on users ditching Apple Music

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Apple Inc. says the finding, from MusicWatch, is erroneous, and that 79 percent of Apple Music users continue to use the service. […] Apple’s new streaming service, which was launched in June, offers people a three-month trial period. MusicWatch says 61 percent of the 5,000 people it polled said they have already turned off “auto-renew” in Apple Music. – Mark Sullivan, VentureBeat

Apple Music: Should Apple have bought Pandora instead of Beats?

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Making a profit, emphasis on profit, in a highly competitive free market has so far proved difficult, even to the leaders in the music subscription business. Pandora reportedly has 81.5 million active users and has never posted a profit; Spotify has 20 million paying subscribers, plus 55 million free users. Maybe it’s just that Apple’s coming too late to the party and doesn’t offer enough special mojo to tempt subscribers of Pandora, Spotify and other services to switch. Why would they? Whichever subscription plan is easiest, cheapest, or is in front of your face wins. When something comes along that’s even cheaper, easier, or whatever, consumers abandon the old for the new. Even the almighty Apple can’t change that. – Steve Guttenberg, CNET

EU finds no evidence of illegal activity in Apple’s music streaming deals: report

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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, started an investigation in April and had sent out questionnaires to several record labels seeking information about their dealings with Apple. The investigation did not turn up evidence of any illegal activity, but the European Union will continue to monitor the market, the report said, citing sources. – Anannya Pramanick, Reuters via Business Insider

Pandora CEO: Apple Music has had ‘no impact’ on our business

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[I]t’s perhaps a bit too premature to start wondering whether or not Apple Music has what it takes to put a dent into Spotify and Pandora’s respective bottom lines. With respect to Pandora in particular, CEO Brian McAndrews recently said during an earnings conference call that the threat posed by Apple Music, at this point, is much ado about nothing. Not only does McAndrews not see Apple Music as a viable threat today, he doesn’t believe it will pose much of a threat in the long-term either. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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