iTunes Is Removing Music From Indie Labels To Promote Major Artists

While the eyes of the music industry are all pointed in the direction of Apple’s forthcoming interactive streaming service, which many expect to launch this year, the company has been busy cleaning house and making big changes in its famous download store. Label executives believe the changes being made to...

iTunes Will Now Let Users Get A Refund For Crappy Albums

You’ve been there. You catch a snippet of that new Beyonce track on the radio or on TV and venture into the iTunes store to find it. You hit ‘Buy’ on something you think is the file you’re looking for, wait patiently for it to make its way onto your...

You Won’t Believe How Bad iTunes’ Music Sales Have Become

Amidst all the contention surrounding the current state of the music industry, there’s seemingly two things we can all, both cynic and optimist alike, agree on: music sales overall are dropping fast, and iTunes is the reigning king of this crumbling kingdom. However, according to sources cited by the Wall...

Digital Music Sales Drop For First Time Ever

Sales of digital music has experienced its biggest drop in a decade. In fact, its the largest dip in sales since iTunes launched back in 2003. While Apple’s digital music store celebrated its 10th birthday last year, new figures from Billboard reveal that 2013 saw digital tracks sales fall by 5.7%, from...

Spotify, iTunes Aren’t “Putting Money Back Into Content Creation,” Says Amanda Palmer

It’s no secret that punk cabaret performer Amanda Palmer is an outspoken sort. This is after all the same artist that protested against the writer of a misogynistic article about Palmer’s fondness for getting nude, by stripping down live on stage. But as anyone who attended her keynote speech at...

Industry Insight: iTunes Radio Booms, Musical Soccer Match, Artist Signings, & More

iTunes Radio Hits 2 billion Streams & 20 million Users Apple’s iTunes Radio has yet to land in Australia, but just over a month from its launch on 18th September, the music streaming service has already generated some huge figures. iTunes Radio users have already listened to more than 2...

Afternoon Snack: Arctic Monkeys Album Stream, iTunes Festival, Placebo TV, & More

Listen To The New Arctic Monkeys Album Right Now AM, the latest album from Arctic Monkeys, is now streaming in full on iTunes ahead of its official release on Friday 6th September (just click the image below). Produced by long-term band associate James Ford and recorded in the Californian desert as...

Afternoon Snack: Paul McCartney’s “New” Song, Apple’s Silent Disco, The History Of Applause

Still feeling the post-midday blues? We’ve got some tasty afternoon treats in the forms of tracks, videos, and news tidbits from around the interwebs that you may have missed that are sure to get you through the afternoon. Dig in! Paul McCartney Offers “New” Material, Literally A little-known musician by...

Record Labels Slam Proposal To Allow Aussies To Resell Digital Music

A proposal to shape laws to allow for the resale of digital music has been slammed by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), as News Ltd reports, saying that the recommendation to implement the legal resale of mp3s and digital collection is impractical and could hurt artists. The recommendation comes from...

Music Streaming Services Taking Bite Out Of Apple’s iTunes Warns Industry

You only need look at the number of streaming services on offer in Australia to see that it’s a growing market. With an already crowded market featuring the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Rdio, MOG, and more growing this month with the addition of major players Google and Sony – who...

Apple Unveils iTunes Radio, As Streaming War Heats Up

After months of speculation, technology and music giant Apple has finally revealed plans to launch a music streaming competitor to compete with streaming technology start ups such as Spotify and Pandora who have been eating away at iTunes traditional dominance in music as consumers migrate to an access over ownership...

Listen To The New Queens Of The Stone Age Album In Full Now

It seemed to work wonders in album sales for Daft Punk, David Bowie, and especially Justin Timberlake, and now Josh Homme’s desert rock banditos are lookin to join the club of musicians utilising iTunes in the lead-up to their album release. Following on from releasing a gory 15-minute animated movie to...

1 in 4 Indie Labels Now Earn More From Streaming Than Downloads

It seems the streaming services wave is still being ridden, not just by providers, but surprisingly by record labels themselves. Following the launch of the Google Play All Access music service last week and Spotify’s grand reveal of streaming numbers charts yesterday, indie music representatives and global rights agency Merlin has...

iTunes Music Store Turns 10 As Apple Celebrates Milestone

Happy 10th birthday iTunes! That’s right, the online superstar of the music retailing world celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this Sunday 28th April. It was 10 years ago that, in an age when piracy was rampant and only beginning to shake the foundations of the recording industry, Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s...

iTunes Has Now Sold 25 Billion Songs, 15K Downloaded Per Minute

The second most valuable company in the world, Apple, have today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store. The huge milestone further cements iTunes as the world’s most popular online music store, now available in 119 countries worldwide after adding...