What is Blackout Tuesday? Apple, Spotify join music industry’s response to George Floyd’s death

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The day honors the overwhelming contributions black artists have made to the music industry and pushes those in the industry to highlight the importance of black lives. Listeners of various streaming services today may notice some changes when they open up their apps. Apple Music, for example, has decided to pause parts of its service including replacing the usual For You, Browse, and Radio sections with a “Listen Together” link that takes users to a streaming station filled with the best of black music. Spotify, on the other hand, will add eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence to certain playlists and podcasts. Read Full Story

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Spotify just unveiled “lossless” CD-quality music. Your move, Apple

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With Apple’s long history with high-quality audio, and with the dawn of 5G, don’t be surprised if Apple adds lossless audio streams to Music. Given Apple’s long history in high-quality music technology, it’s strange to see the company get left behind in the sound quality of streaming music. On Monday, Spotify followed Amazon, Tidal, and Deezer in announcing a new, higher-fidelity streaming music service level, which it says will become available later this year. Read Full Story

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Apple Music Replay 2020: Here’s how to get your most-played songs of the year

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See your top-streamed songs on Apple Music for 2020—as well as learn how many hours of music you’ve streamed during the year. It’s the end of the year and tech platforms are beginning to roll out their annual recap lists. For some music streaming services, this means revealing what the top artists, albums, and songs were for the year—like Spotify’s Wrapped roundup does . Read Full Story

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How to watch Hamilton for free on Disney Plus: You can’t, and here’s why

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Hollywood may never be the same if the filmed version of the Lin-Manuel Miranda hip-hop musical is a massive hit for Disney’s still-young streaming service. In case you haven’t heard, at 3 a.m. on Friday, July 3, a filmed version of the culture-reshaping musical Hamilton is launching on Disney Plus, the streaming service that Disney launched to much ballyhoo last fall in an effort to take on Netflix in the streaming wars. Read Full Story

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Key insights: Effect of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, the world’s more video content savvy, and Apple shakes up AR

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30-second summary: According to Global Web Index’s findings, 80% of consumers in the U.S. and UK say they have consumed more content since the outbreak. According to emarketer, 49% of marketing professionals and agencies held back a campaign launch until later in 2020 and 45% stopped or paused a media campaign midway. Admoik shared that there was a 17.2% drop in week-over-week ad revenues, direct deal and programmatic guarantee being the biggest drops. Despite the 8.3% decrease of retail industry’s M&A deals, Apple acquired AR technology startup, NextVR for a $100 million with an intention to launch its AR headset in 2022 and AR glasses in 2023. 53% of consumers prefer brands to communicate through TV ads. According to McKinsey, UK, Spain, and Italy are least optimistic, whereas the US (37%) and China (48%) are optimistic about their economies jumping back to normal in the next two-to-three months. Purchases are …

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