Apple Music

Apple buys Shazam leading up to HomePod release

Apple Shazam

The popular iOS app Shazam will soon be part of Apple. Apple says it has "exciting plans in store" as it combines with Shazam to deliver new services to Apple Music. Shazam delivers the names and lyrics of songs, TV shows and other content just by listening to audio clips. With Apple's HomePod launch on the horizon, deep Shazam integration would bring even more functionality to the premium in-home speaker.

$99 annual plan added to Apple Music

Apple Music $99

Apple Music subscribers have a new option to save $20.88 on their 12-month billing through iTunes. Apple has added an annual individual subscription to the streaming music service that can be selected for $99.00. This shaves a solid 17.4 percent off the monthly rate. Monthly subscriptions to Apple Music run $9.99, which totals $119.88 over an entire year.

'808: The Movie' exclusively on Apple Music

The original documentary by Alexander Dunn "808: The Movie" has launched exclusively to Apple Music subscribers. The film is also available for pre-order on the iTunes Movie store at $16.99. iTunes users can download or rent the title starting on December 16th. One can also get the soundtrack for 808 from Apple Music or iTunes. The documentary is narrated by the Apple Music Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe.

Apple Music leads in customer satisfaction survey

Apple Music

Apple Music hit another milestone after winning top honors in a J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey. According to the study, Apple Music beat out competitors including Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, Rhapsody and others. The 2016 Streaming Music Satisfaction Survey found that streaming music listeners were most satisfied when sharing playlists and following other users. J.D. Power describes "Social" as the key battleground for streaming music providers.

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