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Google to merge YouTube Red and Play Music into a single service

Google is preparing to merge together its YouTube Red and Play Music streaming subscriptions into a single combined service. The company wants to offer potential customers "one offering" after hearing reports that the current system is too confusing.

Twitter explores paid subscription service for power users

Twitter is developing a paid subscription service that will offer more advanced features to demanding users. The company has confirmed the idea is currently still in the experimental stage. It could give Twitter a stable revenue stream for the future.

WhatsApp now free as $1 annual subscription charge ends

Facebook-owned WhatsApp, the data-based messaging app used by almost a billion people worldwide, has announced it is dropping its $1 annual subscription fee and turning itself into a completely free service. It has pledged not to turn to adverts instead.

Google launches YouTube Music to mixed reviews

Google has officially launched YouTube Music in the U.S. The service is designed to take on rival streaming apps including Spotify and Apple Music. Users can listen for free or enjoy an "amplified experience" for a $9.99 per month subscription.

Google unveils ad-free subscription YouTube for $10 a month

Google has today taken the wraps off its long-rumoured YouTube subscription service. For $9.99 a month, members will get ad-free access to every video on the service as well as exclusive benefits including offline download and background playback.

6.5 million people are now paying for Apple Music

Apple CEO Tim Cook has ended the speculation surrounding how many users Apple Music has managed to retain by saying the service now has over 6.5 million paying subscribers. The number still falls significantly short of industry leader Spotify.

Spotify set to end 'free' streaming next year

Music streaming service Spotify is looking to move towards a premium-only model next year, according to reports this weekend. Listening for free with adverts will no longer be an option as the music industry pushes for greater revenue from streaming.

YouTube begins rollout of new transparent, smoother video player

Google has begun to update the main YouTube website design to use a new transparent video player that has less intrusive controls than before. The change is the first of several planned additions this year.

TV streaming should be treated like cable operators: U.S. judge

In a landmark ruling for the world of TV broadcasting and streaming, a U.S. judge has ruled that one streaming company could be entitled to a license that would let it transmit the copyrighted content of other broadcasters over the Internet.

Report: Apple wants to launch a TV streaming service this fall

A new report has claimed Apple may be intending to follow up on Apple Music with a new TV streaming service that could be ready to launch as early as this fall. The company is currently negotiating with cable networks and affiliate feeds in the U.S.

Apple gives free month of iCloud to Greeks who can't pay renewal

Apple has granted Greek iCloud subscribers a free month of usage after the financial crisis in the country meant that Apple would have been unable to take payment for the subscription service and users would have lost their stored data.

Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Amazon's July 15th 'Prime Day' will be bigger than Black Friday

Amazon has announced that it will be celebrating its 20th birthday this month by launching a one-day sale extravaganza featuring more products on offer than are available on Black Friday. The catch is that the deals will only apply to Prime members.

Amazon brings one-hour delivery option to London

Amazon has brought its one-hour delivery service to central London, marking the first time that the option has been available in the UK. Over 10,000 products can be delivered directly to your door less than 60 minutes after you click the order button.

Google's wireless service 'Project Fi' revealed in leaked app

Google's plans to create a subscription-based wireless mobile service controlled entirely through an app have been fully revealed in the best possible way - a leaked version of the under-development app called Tycho.

Confirmed: YouTube is launching a paid-subscription service

In an email to partners, Google has confirmed that it is launching a new subscription model for YouTube. Subscribers will pay a monthly fee to view YouTube without any adverts on videos and content creators will get a portion of the fee.

Spotify hits 10 million subscribers

The Internet streaming music service Spotify has announced that it has reached 10 million premium subscribers. The service also has also has 40 million monthly active users in 56 countries.

Op-Ed: TheOnion.com introduces a paywall for non-US visitors

TheOnion.com - a satirical website (and newspaper) dubbed "America’s finest news source" - is currently testing a paywall for non-US visitors.

Murdoch to Maintain Subscription Status on WSJ

Rupert Murdoch has surprised the media industry with an announcement that the Wall Street Journal's online news site will maintain its paid, subscription-only status, rather than opening up to be freely read by anyone.

Steve Jobs: “People want to own their Music”

Steve Jobs says Apple will not sell a music subscription service in iTunes for now.
 

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