Apple has acquired San Francisco-based music analytics startup Asaii, according to unnamed sources cited by Axios. The deal, which has not been confirmed by Apple, was reportedly worth less than $100 million.
Asaii built tools that allowed music labels to discover, track, and manage artists using machine learning. The platform pulled data from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and streaming music services such as Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud, to find hidden talent.
Asaii offered two products specifically: a music management dashboard for A&R representatives to quickly scout and manage talent, and an API for music [...]
Apple Music is partnering with ABC’s late night show „Jimmy Kimmel Live!“ for a series of live performances by emerging artists, as part of a second season of its „Up Next“ program introduced last year, according to Variety.
„Up Next“ artist 6LACK performs on The Late Late Show with James Corden In addition to the live performances on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, the partnership will include the creation of a custom content package for each emerging artist or group, including production of a live EP and a filmed interview with DJ Zane Lowe for Beats 1, the official radio station of Apple Music.
The first group to be [...]
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates traveled across Asia last week to meet with companies within Apple’s supply chain. Today, they shared new predictions based on the information they gathered.
Highlights from their research note to investors, obtained by MacRumors:Barclays says it’s „widely understood“ that 3D Touch will be removed from iPhones with OLED displays in 2019—aka the third-generation iPhone X and second-generation „iPhone X Plus.“ However, they caution that the plans aren’t finalized yet, so they could change.
Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said 3D Touch won’t be a feature [...]
An estimated 31 percent of iPhone users have made a purchase with Apple Pay in the past year, up from 25 percent a year ago, according to a new Apple Pay estimates shared today by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster.
Apple Pay now has an estimated 252 million users, equating to 31 percent of the active installed iPhone base, according to Munster.
Apple does not provide official details on how many people use Apple Pay, but in a recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that there were upwards of 1 billion Apple Pay transactions in Q3 2018, triple the amount from a year ago.
Based on these figures combined with past Apple reports of yearly Apple Pay [...]