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Apple Daily: Ping-Like Service Coming to ‘Apple Music’?; Apple Opens Apps Analytics Beta

In today’s Apple Daily, we learn some more details about Apple’s upcoming music streaming service, plus Apple today opened its App Analytics beta to all developers who design apps for iOS.

New Streaming Service Reportedly Called ‘Apple Music’, Will Feature Ping-Like Network

Anonymous sources associated with Apple have reportedly spoken again, and this time they claim that Apple’s upcoming music streaming service most likely will be called “Apple Music,” and that it will include a built-in social networking service for artists to promote their work (via 9to5Mac).

The service supposedly recalls Ping, the dead social networking system for iTunes that Apple created for the same purpose back in 2010 before shutting it down in 2012 in favor of Facebook and Twitter integration. Apple Music users would be able to follow artists with the service (although they won’t be able to create their own profiles), and artists themselves could use the service to share “track samples, photos, videos, and concert updates.”

As 9to5 Mac cheekily puts it, “Artists will also be able to share the content of other artists in an effort of cross-promotion. For example, all-gold Apple Watch wearer Kanye West could promote a new album from Taylor Swift on his ‘Apple Music’ artist page, if he so chooses…”


Apple Opens App Analytics Beta to All Developers

It’s been only a few days since Apple revealed a new Apps Analytics program that allows developers to see usage statistics associated with their work, and now the Cupertino company has given all developers free access to the beta. If you’re already a member of the iOS Developer Program, then it’s free.

The Apps Analytics platform reportedly tells much more besides download statistics; it also tells developers how much time users spend with apps and where their apps are the most popular. In order to use the service, you’ll need to log into iTunes Connect (if you’re an app developer, of course).

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