Apple Hates Free Music, Microsoft Loves Windows Phone, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Apple attacks Spotify, Microsoft prepares Lumias, Google+ mimics Pinterest, Tesla sells used cars, Ryan Gosling eats cereal, and kids react to the Apple Watch.
Apple Wants to End Free Music Streaming
Much as I love Spotify, I'll jump ship to iTunes/Beats streaming in a heartbeat with iPhone/Watch/Mac and Apple TV integration from day 1
— Don McAllister (@donmcallister) May 1, 2015
Apple is rumored to be aggressively urging record labels to end free tiers for music streaming services. According to The Verge, which cites multiple sources, the Cupertino company wants the music industry to insist on paid tiers being the only option. This would have serious consequences for Spotify, Rdio, YouTube, and many others.
That is, of course, the whole point, as Apple is preparing to relaunch Beats Music . Killing free tiers would enable Apple to potentially steal customers away from more established competitors. Spotify currently has 60 million users, 15 million of whom pay for the service, and 45 million who listen for free.
Apple is gambling on the fact that those 45 million people would, in the absence of free tiers, seek out the best paid option. Which could be Beats Music. The problem is that’s unlikely to be the case, and a high proportion of those users would just revert back to piracy . Let’s hope the music industry sees through this ruse before it’s too late.
High-End Windows 10 Phones are Incoming
Will 3GB RAM on my next Windows Phone be enough for continuum? Yeah I bet it will :)
— LÅ??? (@lancewmccarthy) May 4, 2015
Microsoft is working on a pair of high-end Lumia handsets which will run on Windows 10. According to Unleash the Phones, the Windows 10 phones will be called Cityman and Talkman, names which offer a nod to Nokia’s earliest handsets.
The Cityman will feature a 5.7-inch QHD display, an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, and 20-megapixel rear camera. The Talkman will feature a 5.2 inch-QHD display, a six-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, and a 20-megapixel rear camera.
Windows Phone struggled to gain market share against Android and iOS. But where Windows Phone failed , Windows 10 could succeed. And these two handsets suggest Microsoft is targeting high-end customers right from the outset.
Google+ Gets Pinterest-Style Collections
Google+ is Testing a New “Collections” Feature – this might be very interesting… pic.twitter.com/SouW7XNjaF
— ?? Ana Hoffman ?? (@AnaTrafficCafe) April 25, 2015
Google has added a major new feature to Google+, with Collections rolling out to both Android and the Web. Support for iOS is “coming later.” Collections is, in a nutshell, a Pinterest clone , with users able to create and curate boards based around specific interests.
Google+ already feels like a mashup of the best features from other social networks, and Collections is yet another popular element Google has borrowed from elsewhere. The problem is Google+ still doesn’t quite work , with the various parts not quite gelling together into a cohesive whole. And this won’t help.
Elon Musk Becomes a Used Car Salesman
"Because Physics." -How I effectively end 99% of arguments.
— Bored Elon Musk (@BoredElonMusk) March 24, 2015
Tesla Motors has started selling used cars online, with pre-owned electric vehicles now available to buy through the Tesla website. This means you can buy a used Model S for around $60,000, lowering the barrier to electric car ownership. These are still not cheap, but they are at least getting cheaper.
The pre-owned vehicle program is currently limited to 11 cities in the United States, but if successful it’s likely to be rolled out on a bigger scale. Tesla is offering warranties for four years or 50,000 miles, putting these used cars on a par with others from high-end car manufacturers.
Ryan Gosling Finally Eats His Cereal
Ryan Gosling has finally eaten his cereal, posting a Vine video of himself doing so (see below). Unfortunately, it took a tragic event to make him eat his cereal: the untimely death of the guy who originated the “Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal” meme.
This particular meme began in 2013, when Ryan McHenry filmed himself trying to feed Gosling cereal. Sadly, McHenry was then diagnosed with a form of bone cancer, and died yesterday (May 4) at the tender age of just 27.
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) May 5, 2015
Kids React to the Apple Watch
And finally, this video suggests the average tween isn’t particularly enamored by the Apple Watch . Children aren’t known for mincing their words, and these kids certainly prove that age-old assessment to be rather accurate.
Some people (namely Apple fanboys) may see the Apple Watch as an exciting development. But most of these kids can see through the hype, zeroing in on the obvious problems with smartwatches as a whole. Are you watching, Jony Ive?! [H/T CNET]
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