Apple is preparing to stop iTunes music downloads in 2019, according to sources inside the company, including a statement by Jimmy Iovine, an executive at the tech giant who was formerly at audio brand Beats.
Apple’s vision for how their macOS and iOS operating systems will evolve will be outlined at their yearly Worldwide Developer’s Conference on June 4th. The event, which usually affects producers, musicians and DJs in some way, will likely showcase iOS 12 and the next version of macOS.
Apple have updated Logic Pro X to version 10.4. The latest update sees some hefty new additions including a revolutionary new feature. Smart Tempo aims to remove the click track from your studio, instead analysing your playing and adapting your project to fit. In theory it sounds a lot like Ableton Live’s Warping, allowing users to automatically drag in loops, samples or any audio source that will be automatically adjusted to the timing of your project.
Apple is eyeing up a purchase of music recognition app Shazam for $400 million, according to reports circulating online.
TechCrunch broke the news earlier today, citing sources close to the deal which they reckon will be announced officially as early as next week.
The music identification app has been incredibly popular with music fans as it allows them to identify music that they hear at clubs, bars and on TV.
Apple have updated GarageBand for iOS, adding some serious new music-making features. The popular iOS app has added a Sound Library featuring downloadable loops, one-shots and packs for your projects.
There’s also a new Beat Sequencer instrument inspired by classic drum machines like the 808 and 909 and the display has been adapted for Super Retina devices. New drummers for extra grooves and a new group of Asian Touch instruments including Koto, Taiko Drums and Guzheng round off the update.
Apple unveiled a new voice-activated smart speaker dubbed HomePod during this year’s developer conference in California. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the device will “reinvent home audio”.
The device comes equipped with Siri and shares the iPhone 6 processor, Apple’s A8 chip. It will work seamlessly with Apple Music and the tech giant’s HomeKit.
For Amazon Echo and Sonos users, the HomePod has the capabilities (and enhanced security features) to replace both. For those seeking stereo sound, or multi-room audio, Apple’s new AirPay 2 will make that feasible.
Apple has announced that it is launching new iMac Pro and iPad Pro models.
The new iMac Pro will land at the end of the year with a starting price of $4,999.
Billed as “the most powerful Mac ever”, the top of the range model will feature an 18-core processor that supports up to 4TB of SSD memory and comes with a 5K 27" retina display.
The music community will be also happy to know that the new iMac Pro also ships with a good selection of connection options, unlike the recent MacBook Pro upgrade, which dropped all of the legacy connectors.
Sonos has announced a 25% increase in UK prices, thanks to Brexit and a weakening pound.
Whilst the effects of the UK’s decision to leave the EU have largely yet to be felt, one major change has happened — the collapse in the value of the pound versus the dollar.