Even with double the subscribers, Spotify says Apple will always have some edge owning the app store

Even with double the subscribers, Spotify says Apple will always have some edge owning the app store

Spotify just filed for a direct listing in the U.S., sidestepping the traditional IPO process, and now we’re starting to see some of the true financial guts of the company — and some of the significant risks it faces from challenging services from Apple and Google....
Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

 As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert...
Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M

Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M

 As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset — which had rave reviews...