Apple launches Apple Music in China for $1.5/month, also available on Android

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Apple announced Wednesday that it has rolled out Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks in China. Apple’s music-streaming and radio service will be available on Android and free with a three-month trial membership, after which it’s 10 RMB per month ($1.5). The company said it will include a strong line up of Chinese artists as well as international.

We knew early on that Apple would tweak its music-streaming service price plans for different markets, but $1.5 per month for China does seem incredibly low. It clearly wants to get a strong foot in the market and beat off existing music-streaming offerings from the likes of Tencent’s QQ Music, which are similarly priced.

Hong Kong-based research firm Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah told The Wall Street Journal earlier this year that a $10 monthly subscription for the likes of Apple Music and Spotify is too high a price point consumers in Asia. “In Asia, the pricing needs to be near free or around $2-$5 per month to hit the sweet spot,” he said. He also said that Apple Music will have to trump local rivals on features and content to have a good shot at stealing market share.

“Apple Music in China features music from artists including Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin, and G.E.M., as well as a wide range of international artists including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and many more,” Apple said. More major record label artists are to be added regularly. Meanwhile, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, said that the App Store in China is now the “largest market in the world for app downloads.” The music, movies, and books offered in China are curated by a “local team of experts,” he added.

Apple is also giving away a free download of recent hit film The Taking of Tiger Mountain in China. The Twilight books will be available in Chinese language on iBooks. This year, for the first time, Apple brought China forward into the first wave of iPhone launch markets alongside the likes of the U.S. and U.K.

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How to stream Spotify to your new Chromecast

Google Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio

If you’ve been following the news from Google today, you’ll probably know that you can now stream Spotify right to your Chromecast. To do that, all you need is the Spotify app and a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio device hooked up to your TV or speakers.

Although both types of devices allow streaming, there is one difference: you’ll need to be a premium subscriber to play music through your Chromecast Audio.

Here’s how you can get Spotify to stream on your new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio:

  • Make sure that your phone, tablet, or computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your device.
  • Within Spotify, select a track that you want to listen to.
  • At the bottom of the screen, select “Devices Available”.
  • Tap on the Chromecast device listed.
  • Now you’re listening to the track right from your TV or speaker.

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Anyone who has the Spotify app and is connected to your Wi-Fi is able to control what’s played on your television, just like when streaming to other devices like a Sonos.

Keep in mind that only the new Chromecast devices will be able to do this, so if you have one of the first-generation dongles, you’ll have to wait at least a few weeks until it receives a firmware update.

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TechTable Update: What’s Next in the Tech/Hospitality Pipeline?

Leaders from the tech, hospitality, and venture capital spheres met for the one-day TechTable summit held in New York September 10. The conference, sponsored by American Express, Union Square Hospitality Group, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., and Open Table, featured summit speakers included Steve Case , Danny Meyer , Dana Cowin , and Joanne Wilson TechTable founders Camilla Marcus , Maureen Cushing , Lauren Hobbs , and Jaci Badzin gathered tech and hospitality leaders to address the changing landscape. When I was a co-lead at Chefs at Google talks, I noticed there was this intersection, starting with the rise of consumer-facing apps and platforms that raised questions.

Cheetah Mobile chief talks about running fast

Sheng Fu, CEO of Cheetah Mobile.

Naturally, Cheetah Mobile is growing at blazing speeds.

Just five years ago, it was a small company making apps on the web in China. Formed from the merger of two small companies, it had revenues of $5 million. This year, revenues should be about $600 million, mostly from mobile.

“Three years ago, we made it our dream to take our mobile business global,” Fu said, speaking on global mobile innovation at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “I looked at every app in Google Play. I found a very small one in the utilities category.”


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About 70 percent of the Beijing company’s 500 million monthly active users are from outside of China.

The company created the Clean Master utility app to clean off the junk files on your phone and boost available memory. The app has been downloaded 1.3 billion times.

“We are the big mobile Internet company now based on our user base,” Fu said.

Those results enabled the company to go public last year.

“You can reach billions of users just through the Google Play store,” Fu said. “It’s easier to build a global company now. Clean Master is a simple app. But users all over the world need this simple function.”

Fu noted that no Chinese mobile company has really been successful overseas. About 95 percent of our revenue last year was from China. In the second quarter, though, 50 percent of revenue came from outside of China. And 70 percent of the company’s revenues now come from mobile. That mobile revenue was up 634 percent year over year.

Why was Cheetah Mobile successful where so many else failed? Fu thinks it was because “we dared to think.” He thought more like a global company, and followed the American Dream of coming up with a better idea for the global markets.

On top of that, he said that execution can be very fast, and that was the case with Cheetah Mobile. It made some mistakes but grabbed the opportunities while they were hot.

China’s consumers didn’t pay for apps such as those that Cheetah Mobile made. Rather than charge money for its apps, Cheetah Mobile concentrated on making advertising revenue from partners.

Cheetah also had access to a lot of engineering talent. It has, for instance, been able to hire a lot of people in the past year.

Fu said that Cheetah Mobile has taken its money and is looking to invest in 30 startups in China. Fu has also invested some of his own personal money in startups in Silicon Valley.

Meanwhile, Cheetah Mobile is trying  to become its own platform. In June, it launched a new global advertising platform designed to help marketers drive traffic and app installs. The announcement is a further development of its recent $58 million acquisition of mobile advertising company MobPartner.

 

 

 










Cheetah Mobile chief talks about running fast

Sheng Fu, CEO of Cheetah Mobile.

Naturally, Cheetah Mobile is growing at blazing speeds.

Just five years ago, it was a small company making apps on the web in China. Formed from the merger of two small companies, it had revenues of $5 million. This year, revenues should be about $600 million, mostly from mobile.

“Three years ago, we made it our dream to take our mobile business global,” Fu said, speaking on global mobile innovation at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “I looked at every app in Google Play. I found a very small one in the utilities category.”


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Got translation? You got problems. We’re here to help. Localization and translation tips from the best minds in marketing.

About 70 percent of the Beijing company’s 500 million monthly active users are from outside of China.

The company created the Clean Master utility app to clean off the junk files on your phone and boost available memory. The app has been downloaded 1.3 billion times.

“We are the big mobile Internet company now based on our user base,” Fu said.

Those results enabled the company to go public last year.

“You can reach billions of users just through the Google Play store,” Fu said. “It’s easier to build a global company now. Clean Master is a simple app. But users all over the world need this simple function.”

Fu noted that no Chinese mobile company has really been successful overseas. About 95 percent of our revenue last year was from China. In the second quarter, though, 50 percent of revenue came from outside of China. And 70 percent of the company’s revenues now come from mobile. That mobile revenue was up 634 percent year over year.

Why was Cheetah Mobile successful where so many else failed? Fu thinks it was because “we dared to think.” He thought more like a global company, and followed the American Dream of coming up with a better idea for the global markets.

On top of that, he said that execution can be very fast, and that was the case with Cheetah Mobile. It made some mistakes but grabbed the opportunities while they were hot.

China’s consumers didn’t pay for apps such as those that Cheetah Mobile made. Rather than charge money for its apps, Cheetah Mobile concentrated on making advertising revenue from partners.

Cheetah also had access to a lot of engineering talent. It has, for instance, been able to hire a lot of people in the past year.

Fu said that Cheetah Mobile has taken its money and is looking to invest in 30 startups in China. Fu has also invested some of his own personal money in startups in Silicon Valley.

Meanwhile, Cheetah Mobile is trying  to become its own platform. In June, it launched a new global advertising platform designed to help marketers drive traffic and app installs. The announcement is a further development of its recent $58 million acquisition of mobile advertising company MobPartner.

 

 

 










ZeroCater Says 20 Of Its Small Catering, Restaurant Partners Have Done More Than $1M In Revenues Through It

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.32.53 AM For more than 35 years since its founders emigrated from Lebanon to the Bay Area, La Mediterranee has served falafels and tzatziki to locals in San Francisco and Berkeley. It’s one of the longstanding local businesses that has managed to cross over with San Francisco’s more tech-centric crowds. That’s because of a partnership with ZeroCater, that is now bringing more than… Read More

Sergey Brin shares what he loves about Google’s self driving cars

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, left, with Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in a Google self-driving car in 2011.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the cofounders of Google, have wanted to get self-driving cars on the road since basically the company’s beginnings in 1998. But it took a decade for the project to get going in earnest — as longtime chief executive Eric Schmidt thought the company should work on other things first.

Today, after Google gave another status update on the project for the press at company headquarters, Brin dropped by. It became clear just how proud the guy must be at seeing his vision getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.

A large percentage of everyday drivers “will prefer the car to drive itself,” Brin said. “And it will really help improve the community, particularly in very open areas with a lot of congestion.”

He couldn’t help but talk about what been fascinating to him about the vehicles.

“In my rides in the self-driving cars now a number of times, they’ve really impressed me,” Brin said, “and I’ve gained appreciation for what 360-degree awareness and always paying attention can do, whether it’s being able to, you know, swerve when somebody does something sudden, you can shift to an adjacent lane because the car already knows that lane is available, and because an ordinary car would have to slam on the brakes.”

While the current version of Google’s driverless cars keeps people out of the loop — the vehicles have no pedals or steering wheels — it’s possible that with future models “you can switch on and off the autonomy,” Brin said. That should provide humans with the freedom and granular control that it’s easy to take for granted in standard cars today.

“I think this technology is going to benefit a lot of people, and I’d like to see it be available in the future in as many situations as possible,” Brin said.