Report: Apple one signature away from cloud-music service

Apple cloudYesterday it was reported that Apple had signed a deal with EMI in connection with its new cloud-based music service. Today the news is that Apple is yet another rung up the ladder.

According to Bloomberg, Cupertino-based Apple have just signed a deal with Sony Music. The question is, can it get to the top of that ladder before its Worldwide Developers Conference next month. You can bet the computer giant is eager to unveil its cloud-based music service then, and if the last of the big four record companies, Universal Music, follows in the footsteps of EMI, Sony and Warner, then Apple will be able to do just that.

A cloud-based music service will allow users to listen to their songs on their mobile device wherever they are, so long as they have a connection to the Internet.

If Apple can secure deals with the major music companies, it will mean, among other things, that users won’t have to spend hours uploading their music collection to Apple’s remote servers. Instead, Apple would simply scan the user’s hard drive, and then connect the data to master recordings on its servers. Yesterday, news appeared of an Apple patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office showing how the company would ensure the seamless streaming of music, meaning there would be no lag between the time it takes for the music to begin playing after the track is chosen.

Amazon and Google will be looking on and wondering what their next move should be. Up to now, they haven’t secured any deals with the music companies regarding their recently launched cloud-based services. Users of their respective offerings will have to spend time in front of the computer uploading their music collections, which could mean a few late nights for some.

Specific details of Apple’s cloud-based music service are, as you would expect, pretty much unknown at this point in time. Meanwhile, we wait for news of a deal with Universal Music. It can’t be too long in coming.

Computing

There’s more space on MySpace after ‘accidental’ wipe of 50 million songs

MySpace is no longer a safe refuge for music and media produced in the 2000s. It said that almost any artistic content uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 may have been lost as part of a server migration last year.
Home Theater

Apple AirPods 2: Everything we know so far

Apple may release new AirPods in the first half of 2019. A wireless charging case, health sensors, water resistance, and better Siri integration are some of the improvements rumored to be part of the new package.
Deals

Here are the 5 of the best antivirus solutions for your small business

Getting your business off the ground is hard enough, and dealing with viruses, hackers, and security breaches only makes it harder. These 5 antivirus solutions can help keep you protected.
Music

Apple Music vs. Spotify: Which service is the streaming king?

Apple Music is giving Spotify a run for its money, but which service is best for you? In our Apple Music vs. Spotify showdown, we compare and contrast all we know about the two streaming music services.
Mobile

Saving for a vacation? Here are the best apps to help you manage your wealth

Looking to start managing your money, but don't care for intricate software or spreadsheets? Lucky for you, we made a list of the best budgeting apps designed to help you rein in your expenditures.
Home Theater

2019 LG OLED TVs with AirPlay 2, HomeKit support coming in April

LG has revealed the prices and release dates of the first batch of 2019 OLED TVs with A.I. ThinQ. The new W9 wallpaper OLED TVs will arrive in June, while the E9 and C9 OLED TVs will start rolling out in April.
Mobile

The iPad Mini, Apple’s tiny tablet, makes a return with powerful specs

Apple has finally revealed the iPad Mini. With all-new and upgraded specs, support for the Apple Pencil, and a fantastically inclusive price, here's everything you need to know about the iPad Mini.
Mobile

The Apple iPad Air is the power-packed tablet for everyone

The iPad Air is the less serious cousin to Apple's iPad Pro range, and it's the perfect addition to your coffee table. But it's no less powerful. Here's everything you need to know about the iPad Air.
Deals

This is the one thing you need to do before giving your child a smart phone or tablet

Monitoring your kids' digital habits can be a challenge in today’s high-tech age, but great parental control software like Qustodio gives parents a much-needed advantage Read on to find out how you can protect your child from online…
Movies & TV

Apple bet big on TV and movie projects. Here’s what we know about them so far

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing in recent years, so will the March 25 event finally reveal when — and where — we will be able to see some of these TV shows and movies?
Mobile

How to choose an iPad in 2019: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets

Selecting an iPad from Apple's lineup can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Our comprehensive guide should put the numbers and specs in practical, easy-to-understand terms. Find your ideal iPad with the help of our guide.
Mobile

These voice-changing apps will have you punking friends and family like a pro

Have you ever wanted to call your friends as Darth Vader or Alvin from the Chipmunks? If you want to play a prank on your friends, we have the best voice-changer apps for iOS and Android, whether you want to record audio or make a call.
Mobile

Apple’s new iPads are hardly new at all. Don’t waste your money

It has taken Apple four years to get around to updating the iPad Mini line, but the new iPad Mini is virtually identical to its predecessor. It’s joined by a confusing iPad Air with no obvious target audience. Is Apple just trying to sell…
Mobile

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini: Which new tablet from Apple is best for you?

Apple has unveiled two new iPad models, including a new iPad Air and a new iPad Mini. Both devices have a lot to offer. But which iPad is right for your needs? We put the iPad Air and iPad Mini to the test to find out.