AWT News Update: June 5, 2015

The lull before the storm of Apple news on Monday... here's what happened on National Doughnut Day:

  • Financial Times reports that Apple's new streaming music service will be called "Apple Music"
  • comScore shows that Apple increased its market share lead in the US capturing 43.1% of smartphone sales
  • The Cupertino Cops are playing hardball with AltConf
  • AWT will hold a Google Hangout on Monday to discuss the announcements made during the keynote

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Happy National Doughnut Day. I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 5, 2015.

The News Update didn’t make it online yesterday, which is one reason I’m very happy that it’s no longer called the Daily Update.

Of course we’re all waiting to hear about Apple’s new streaming music service on Monday as part of the WWDC 2015 keynote address, right? Today a Financial Times report noted that the service will be called Apple Music and will target personalization by asking users for their favorite music genre when they sign up. Apple Music will apparently provide artist recommendations as well. The service will include exclusive content and stations that are curated and hosted by celebrities. The Financial Times believes the service will cost $10, contain no advertising, and users signing up will get a three month free trial. Apple is allegedly still in negotiations with record labels although the announcement is just days away.

According to numbers released by analysis firm comScore, Apple increased its lead as the top smartphone manufacturer based on US sales by nearly 2 percent. Between January and April of this year, Apple devices accounted for 43.1% of all smartphone purchases, led by strong iPhone 6 sales during that four month period. Samsung followed at 28.6%, LG was third with 8.4%, Motorola came in fourth at 4.9%, while HTC had just 3.7% of the market.

Apple is playing hardball with AltConf, the alternative developer conference that is held at the same time as the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Usually AltConf streams the Keynote and State of the Union talks, but the conference leaders received a letter from Apple’s legal representatives ordering them to cease and desist from streaming or displaying any video content from WWDC.

Speaking of WWDC and the keynote, we’ll all be watching Apple’s livestream on our Macs on Monday — and we hope you will be as well. Simultaneously with the keynote, Apple World Today will hold a Google Hangout to discuss the news. Be sure to visit Apple World Today about one-half hour before the start of the keynote, when we’ll be starting up our Hangout with a brief preview of what we expect to see during the event.

We’ll be back on Monday with another AWT News Update.