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Apple is Manufacturing a Siri Speaker to Rival Google Home and Amazon Echo

Apple Inc. is already in your pocket, on your desk and underneath your television. Soon, a device embossed with “Designed by Apple in California” may be on your nightstand or kitchen counter as well. (more…)

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Jay-Z Pulls his Music Catalog from Spotify, Apple Music

Jay Z and his cool/rich buddies launched Tidal more than two years ago, but it seems like he just got around to pulling his music from Spotify, his streaming service’s biggest competitor. This comes from Billboard, which spoke with a Spotify representative who confirmed that “some of [Jay Z’s] catalog

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Spotify Now Has 50 Million Paid Subscribers

Spotify has reported via Twitter that it now has 50 million paid subscribers, a rise of 25 percent in less than six months, and extending the music streaming service's lead over its closest rival, Apple Music. (more…)

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Apple is in No Rush to Become the Next Netflix

Apple’s Eddy Cue came to the Code Media conference to plug two upcoming new series for Apple Music, but he ducked the question the moderator and attendees wanted to know. That is, is Apple poised to become the next Netflix? (more…)

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Tim Cook Expects Apple’s Services Business to Double in Next Four Years

The iPhone might still be the largest revenue driver for Apple, but the tech giant is seeing more growth from the segment that includes Apple Music and the App Store than any other category. (more…)

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Tidal, Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service, Sells 33 Percent Stake to Sprint

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint said on Monday it would buy 33 percent of Tidal, a music streaming service owned by rapper Jay Z, marking a move to more content driven services in a highly competitive wireless market. (more…)

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Aaliyah’s Greatest Hits Posted, Then Pulled Hours Later From Apple Music & iTunes

Less than 24 hours after Aaliyah's Ultimate Aaliyah mysteriously surfaced on both iTunes and Apple Music, the greatest hits collection -- including "Rock the Boat," "Are You That Somebody" and more -- has already vanished. (more…)

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Mary J. Blige Admits Her ‘Strength Is Being Tested’ Amid Divorce; Singer Says She’s Relying Heavily on Her Faith During These Troubling Times

Queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige has already conquered the charts. Now she's taking on a dope her new venture--her very own talk show--and on it, she's keeping it real about the drama in her life and America. (more…)

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Kirk Franklin’s “123 Victory Remix” ft. Pharrell Debuts at #1; Kirk and Pharrell Discuss Working Together, Faith, and Gospel Music In Interview with Beat 1 Radio

Recently, Kirk Franklin teamed up with singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams to create “123 Victory Remix”.  The new single debuted this week at #1 on the Gospel Digital Sales chart and features the smooth sounds of Williams on the hip-hop infused track. “123 Victory Remix” is available now—exclusively on

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Apple Unveils First Retail Store Redesign in 15 Years

When Apple launched its first retail stores 15 years ago, the company pioneered a sleek, minimalist design that traditional retailers would copy in coming years. Traditional, clunky customer-service desks were replaced with Apple’s Genius Bar. But this year, after iPhone sales dropped for the first time since 2003, Apple is

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