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  • What Apple Music could lead to next Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:39 PM ET
    Jimmy Iovine announces Apple Music during Apple WWDC in San Francisco, June 8, 2015.

    Apple's foray into music streaming could be the precursor to TV streaming to come out later this year, said an analyst on Tuesday.

  • Through the years on the Dead's long, strange trip Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    The Grateful Dead, circa 1980.

    Check out 50 years of highlights from the legendary Grateful Dead, who will perform final shows July Fourth weekend in Chicago.

  • Best streaming music service I've ever tried: Mossberg Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:42 AM ET
    Best streaming music service I've ever tried: Mossberg

    Re/Code's Walt Mossberg tests Apple Music and joins Squawk Alley to give his insight

  • Apple Music is future of music: Pro Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:42 AM ET
    Apple Music is future of music: Pro

    Jason Calacanis, Inside.com CEO, joins Squawk Alley to discuss his thoughts on Apple Music.

  • How Apple could be a dominant player in streaming Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 11:23 AM ET
    Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets senior vice president of internet services and software Eddy Cue during his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, June 8, 2015.

    Apple's iTunes became the dominant music download store, and with the launch Tuesday of its new music service, it could do the same for music streaming.

  • Capital controls mean Greeks can click, but not buy Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    *Capital controls prevent transfers of cash out of Greece. LONDON, June 30- Monday was the day the music died for thousands of song downloaders and music streamers in Greece. Transfers of funds out of Greece were banned to prevent a collapse of the banking system after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the terms of a bailout offer from international lenders.

  • Why Apple can still win the streaming battle Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 11:38 PM ET
    Why Apple can still win the streaming battle

    Patrick Moorhead, president & principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, says Apple Music's competitiveness depends on how well it can leverage its huge iTunes customer base.

  • Is Apple Music a gamechanger? Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 9:45 PM ET
    Is Apple Music a gamechanger?

    Unless it offers something different from what's already available in the market, it may be difficult for Apple Music to attract paying subscribers, says Casey Rae, CEO of Future of Music Coalition.

  • NEW YORK— In your quest to find a date, a spouse or a hook-up, you might discover something else when using dating apps: new music. From Madonna to Mariah Carey, an increasing number of acts are looking to platforms like Tinder and Match to promote their music and reach their fans on-the-go. Carey launched a profile on Match.com to premiere her music video for the...

  • The supply and demand for those coveted Dead tickets Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 9:56 AM ET
    A fan at the Grateful Dead concert in Santa Clara, Calif.

    Tickets for the Grateful Dead's final shows are still in demand, but two additional shows in California changed some of the pricing.

  • Artists band together for streaming rights Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    Artists band together for streaming rights

    Al Di Meola, Di Meola Records explains why he thinks streaming is criminal activity and shares his thoughts on the future of the music industry.

  • June 26- Country singer Cody McCarver for years wore T-shirts featuring the Confederate battle flag- the "rebel flag" as he calls it- when he toured in the U.S. South as a member of the Confederate Railroad band. "I think that if, and this is a huge if, taking the rebel flag out of our society would stop racism, I am all for it," said McCarver, who quit as keyboard player for...

  • High-resolution audio explained Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In recent times, musicians like Neil Young and James Taylor have come out to tell you that the quality of music you've been listening to for the last 20 years is dreck. The cutoff they usually point to is around the turn of the millennium, when the iPod and ubiquitous MP3 standard took off, followed by Apple's AAC. These file formats, while conveniently...

  • LOS ANGELES— Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. The settlement resolves claims by Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc, Warner Music...

  • June 26- Sirius XM Holdings Inc on Friday said it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. In a regulatory filing, Sirius said the accord with Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc,...

  • Shazam is 'perfect' for IPO: Exec Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 7:11 AM ET
    European unicorns: Shazam

    Music-identifying app Shazam joined the very exclusive Unicorn club in January 2015. Executive Chairman, Andrew Fisher, talks CNBC through how the company made it this far and what's next.

  • June 25- Pop star Taylor Swift said she would put her latest hit album "1989" on Apple Music, days after Apple Inc did an about-face, agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service. Apple on Monday bowed to pressure from Swift and some independent music groups and labels after its decision of not paying artists created a furor in the...

  • Taylor Swift to put hit album "1989" on Apple Music Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    June 25- Pop star Taylor Swift said she would put her latest hit album "1989" on Apple Music, days after Apple Inc did an about-face, agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service. Apple on Monday bowed to pressure from Swift and some independent music groups and labels after its decision of not paying artists created a furor in the...

  • NEW YORK— Taylor Swift is letting Apple Music stream her "1989" album— the only streaming service allowed to do so. The singer tweeted Thursday that after Apple decided it would pay artists royalties during Apple Music's free trial, Swift "decided to put 1989 on Apple Music... and happily so." Swift's representative confirmed the tweets.