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Apple is Buying Shazam: Here's What That Could Mean

Apple is Buying Shazam: Here's What That Could Mean

Apple has confirmed its plan to acquire the music-discovery service Shazam. In a statement to Fortune, an Apple spokesperson said that the tech giant is “thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple.” While the Apple spokesperson didn’t share terms of the deal, the statement did say that “Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit,” suggesting the service could be integrated into Apple’s own music streaming app.
Apple ‘On Schedule’ to Terminate Music Downloads by 2019

Apple ‘On Schedule’ to Terminate Music Downloads by 2019

Apple is aggressively scheduling a phase-out of music downloads from the iTunes Store, according to multiple sources tied into the platform or working at the company itself.  The termination has been in motion since 2016, when sources first lipped the story to Digital Music News. At that stage, the plan was to sunset music downloads ‘within 2 years’.  Now, plummeting download sales may be creating pressure to make good on that aggressive schedule.
Apple Park is one of the world’s most expensive buildings. What are some of the others?

Apple Park is one of the world’s most expensive buildings. What are some of the others?

CUPERTINO — Apple Park in Cupertino, Apple’s new “spaceship” campus, tops the list of the most expensive buildings in the United States. With an estimated $5 billion price tag for construction, Apple Park tops a U.S. list of priciest buildings that includes six casinos, a Manhattan skyscraper and a baseball stadium.“Apple Park is our Pentagon building; it’s got that kind of a footprint,” said Mark Ritchie, president of San Jose-based Ritchie Commercial Real Estate.
Apple now lets you preorder apps in the App Store

Apple now lets you preorder apps in the App Store

Apple has launched a simple but useful new feature for the App Store: the ability to preoderapps and have them automatically download upon their release.A developer will now be able to put their app in the App Store up to 90 days in advance of its release, rather than only being able to publish their app when it’s ready to launch. Once it’s up, customers will be able to choose to preorder it and have the app delivered when it’s ready.
Apple’s iMac Pro arrives December 14, starting at $4,999

Apple’s iMac Pro arrives December 14, starting at $4,999

It seems like forever ago that Apple first teased the iMac Pro, the souped up, professional grade version of its all-in-one. Announced back at WWDC, the company promised the computer would arrive sometime in December, and in spite a few months of near radio silence on that front, it looks like it’s about to deliver. 
Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

Tencent’s overseas investment splurge continues after the company confirmed a deal with Spotify that will see the duo make investments in each other’s music businesses.Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the Chinese firm’s subsidiary that manages its music streaming and karaoke services, will make an undisclosed minority investment in Spotify through new shares, while Spotify will buy a similar undisclosed stake in TME.
Uber lands investment from Singapore’s largest taxi operator in blow to rival Grab

Uber lands investment from Singapore’s largest taxi operator in blow to rival Grab

Uber has struck a major deal in Southeast Asia after ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s largest taxi operator, announced [PDF] it has agreed to buy a majority share of the ride-hailing giant’s Singapore-based car rental business.
Apple issues fix for HomeKit vulnerability impacting smart locks and other devices

Apple issues fix for HomeKit vulnerability impacting smart locks and other devices

Apple says it has issued a fix for an iOS security flaw that left key connected home hardware open to unauthorized third-party access. The bug, which was initially spotted by 9to5Mac, reportedly made it possible for an outside party to access things like smart locks and garage doors.
San Francisco made things much tougher for robotic delivery startups this week

San Francisco made things much tougher for robotic delivery startups this week

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors made it a lot tougher to test delivery robots this week. In a five to one vote, the committee handed down some strict regulations on on the cargo bots, which have been piloted on city sidewalks over the past several months.
Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or (in the case of, say, an ad) a visual fragment, and then takes you to content relevant to that search.


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