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Apple Music Festival Brings Incredible Live Performances to Fans Worldwide in September


Press Release Aug 18

Ten Nights of Spectacular Live Shows Including Pharrell Williams, One Direction,
Florence + The Machine, Disclosure & More

LONDON ― August 18, 2015 ― Apple® today announced that Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the headliners at the 2015 Apple Music™ Festival at London’s Roundhouse this September. Apple will broadcast performances to music fans around the world for free, which can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1℠ alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect.

“We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1.”

Apple Music is a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music — all in one place. Beats 1 is Apple’s first ever live radio station dedicated entirely to music and music culture. With Apple Music Connect, artists can share lyrics, backstage photos, videos or even release their latest song to fans directly from their iPhone®.

“Wow, I’m so grateful to be performing at the Apple Music Festival. The Roundhouse is such a historic venue … there’s always a special energy in the crowd. Thank you for having me!” – Pharrell Williams

“It’ll be great to be back in London and we can’t wait to perform for our fans in the Roundhouse and around the world on Apple Music! See you there!” – Niall, One Direction

“We’re excited to be playing at this year’s Apple Music Festival at the wonderful Roundhouse!” – Florence + The Machine

“We’re super excited to play our first ever show for Apple Music Festival at the Roundhouse, one of our favorite venues in London. It’s also the day our album’s released so that makes it extra special!” – Disclosure

The Apple Music Festival takes place over ten nights from September 19 to September 28. UK residents can apply to win tickets on Apple Music as well as through media partners including the London Evening Standard. Apple hosted the iTunes® Festival in London for eight years, and now in honor of the launch of Apple Music, has renamed the event the Apple Music Festival. Customers can enjoy the Apple Music Festival via Apple Music or iTunes on their iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac®, PC or in stunning HD with Apple TV®.

The iTunes Festival started at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007, and has seen over 550 artists perform in front of more than half a million fans and tens of millions more online and on-demand. Past performers include Adele, Beck, Coldplay, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Muse, Sir Paul McCartney and many more.

For updates, tickets and additional information visit: or join the conversation on Apple Music Connect.

To learn more about Apple Music Connect and Beats 1 visit: and

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Spotify review part 2: response to accusations of being “grossly misleading”

By Hanna Silver

Apparently, someone from Spotify has read my review and has called it “grossly misleading”. They told me to look at , so I did. I read the section on how artists are paid, and have not found anything contrary to what I have written – only that it is spun differently. Whilst my article looks down upon Spotify’s shitty payouts from the artist’s point of view, their corporate website is written in an ALL HAIL OUR GOD, SPOTIFY, SAVIOUR OF MUSIC sort of way. One must be careful to realise that the entire website is trying to sell you something.

Currently, Spotify pays artists less than 70% of their total revenue. (On their website, they say “nearly 70%”. See how you can spin things either way?) They argue that as their subscriber numbers increase, so will the amount they will pay artists. They say this:

“Recently, these variables have led to an average “per stream” payout to rights holders of between $0.006 and $0.0084. This combines activity across our tiers of service. The effective average “per stream” payout generated by our Premium subscribers is considerably higher.

Again, we personally view “per stream” metrics as a highly flawed indication of our value to artists for several reasons. For one, our growing user population might listen to more music in a given month than the month before (resulting in a lower effective “per stream”), while generating far more aggregate royalties for artists. As with any subscription service, our primary goal is to attract and retain as many paying subscribers as we possibly can, and to pass along greater and greater royalties to the creators of the music in our service. Theoretically, another service could generate higher effective “per stream” payouts simply by having users who listen to far less music. We believe, however, that our service and the lives of artists will both be best if the World’s music fans enjoy more music than ever before in a legal, paid manner.”

Spotify are a corporation. If their business model cannot pay artists what their music is worth, then it is a flawed business model.

Imagine the food industry suddenly told farmers, “from now on we will only pay you one hundredth of what you were paid before.” Gradually, farming would cease to be a viable business. And then our food would come from where? How could it be made so cheaply, if the return is only one hundredth of what it once was?

Music is a basic human right. Fund the artists who make the music you love, so that they can keep doing it. Don’t fund the man who tells you you can have all this music because it is “legal”.

-Hanna Silver

Spotify comes to TiVo Premiere Boxes

by Jennifer Ruggiero

Spotify is now available on your TiVo® Premiere Box!

It is always exciting to see two awesome services come together.  I have been a longtime TiVo® customer and watched their service grow immensely since they launched back in 1997.  TiVo® is a pioneer in home entertainment and created the first (and best, imo) DVR.  Today, TiVo® is fresher than ever and offers users the ability to watch live or DVR’d television, as well as stream videos, movies, photos, podcasts, and music via a wide assortment of services, one of which is Spotify.

Spotify is a music service that has one of the world’s largest online music libraries.   You can simply search for any song or artist and chances are what you are searching for will appear.  Since its 2011 launch here in the states, it quickly became my favorite music service.  Therefore, I was very happy to learn that TiVo® has partnered with Spotify to have its music service available on our TiVo® Premiere boxes.  Many people have their televisions/TiVo® boxes connected to sound systems, so the offering of Spotify is a natural fit for TiVo® home entertainment.

The Spotify interface on TiVo® is user-friendly and clean.  To use Spotify, you must first have your TiVo® Premiere Box connected to the internet. If you are connected to the internet (which most likely you are), hit the TiVo button on top center of your TiVo remote control, scroll down to Music & Photos (it may take a few moments to load initially), and select Spotify.


If you do not have a Spotify Premium Membership, you can sign up for free for 30 days.  After your first 30 days, Spotify Premium will cost $9.99 a month with no obligation. This membership package provides you with unlimited, ad-free listening, and the ability to access Spotify on many of your devices (computer, tablet, phone, TiVo®, etc.) as well as download playlists to most of your devices so you can listen offline (helpful when driving in spotty coverage areas).  There is no commitment, and you may cancel anytime.


After Spotify loads, you will see the “What’s New” screen.  This displays albums/songs that have recently launched.


There is a “Playlists” screen that shows you all of your saved playlists, including your starred tracks list.


The next screen is “Search,” which is just that… search.  It enables you to search for your favorite artist or song.  The search is via an on-screen keyboard.  I attempted to use the keyboard via the TiVo® app on my iPad, but it didn’t seem to work when trying to key in my search.  However, the on-screen keyboard worked just fine.


If you want to star a song (starred lists in Spotify represent bookmarks or favorites), simply be on the track (will be highlighted) that you want to star, and hit the thumbs up button on your remote.  To unstar, hit the thumbs down button.  Hit the blue “B” button on your remote to view track options, which allow you to Star, Browse the Track Title, Browse the Artist, see Related Artists, and Help which provides app navigational tips/tricks.


You can pause what is playing by hitting “pause” on your TiVo® remote.  By hitting the remote’s “fast forward” button, you can fast forward through the track.  Let go of the button to start playing the track again.  The same method applies for rewinding.  To view in full-screen, hit the “zoom” on your remote.  To quickly exit Spotify, hit the red “C” button on your TiVo® remote.  When in doubt, just hit “info” on your remote and it will guide you.

The good and the room for improvement…


  • Spotify on your TiVo® is very convenient.
  • Excellent sound quality.
  • All of your playlists are accessible.
  • The ability to search for millions of songs easily and quickly.
  • Simple and clean user-interface.
  • Ability to cancel Spotify anytime.



  • The $9.99 monthly subscription cost after 30 days free (30 days free for new subscribers).
  • Lack of Spotify Radio.
  • Lack of Spotify “apps” (on the desktop version of Spotify, there are an assortment of “apps” available that enhance the Spotify experience).
  • Lack of Social (no ability to stream to Facebook or Last FM, nor can you share tunes/playlists with friends).


I am very pleased with having Spotify on my TiVo® Premiere Box.  If you are a TiVo Premiere Box owner, I encourage you to try out Spotify.  If you are not a TiVo Premiere Box owner, I suggest that you cut the cord (or satellite), get an HD antenna for your locals, and purchase a TiVo® Premiere Box for your home entertainment needs.  You will certainly save money and thoroughly enjoy all TiVo® has to offer… including Spotify!

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