Apple Music has met its fair share of criticism since its launch in 2015, and Apple has heard the complaints. The iPhone maker plans to revamp its music streaming service after a tepid response from iOS users, and internal struggles within the company. According to Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to reguvinate slumping iTunes downloads, and attract more Apple Music subscribers by announcing an updated "intuitive" Apple Music at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
The week in Apple news points to a brewing legal battle between the US Justice Department and Apple over encryption. On a lighter note, Apple is developing a completely new Remote app for Apple TV fans. Apple Pay has officially launched in China, and Sony's biopic Steve Jobs has released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Here are more details on some recent Apple highlights.
The week in iPhone news was exciting for Apple fans looking forward to future devices and firmware. A surprise release of iOS 9.3 beta to developers revealed significant feature improvements in the pipeline. Details on the upcoming 4-inch iPhone slated for release early this year also surfaced, along with a new moniker for the device. Changes are also on the way to iTunes Radio and the iAd platform. Here are five highlights from the top Apple news of the week:
Big changes are coming to streaming music at Apple this month. As of January 28, the only free streaming music channel available from Apple will be Beats 1. The company plans to remove ad-supported iTunes Radio channels, bringing them into the Apple Music fold instead. In two weeks, the free channels will only be available with an Apple Music subscription.
Beatles fans are getting an early Christmas present this year. The group's music will be available to stream on Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music and more starting on Christmas Eve at 12:01 am. The official announcement was made Wednesday on thebeatles.com.
Pandora is the only major streaming service not getting the Beatles catalog. Spotify users will be able to stream Beatles songs on the free tier of the service.