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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Future of Music will NOT include iTunes


Written by Mark Gurman — Apple Inc.’s developer conference beginning Monday will move the company closer to a future in which the iPhone is no longer the central cog for other products and services.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and other leaders will make a keynote presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, to unveil updates of Apple’s operating systems and a new approach to apps.

The changes will showcase Apple’s new generation of devices and software: Apple Watches that are more independent from iPhones, iPads with software that reduces the need for a laptop, apps that run on any Apple device, and growth areas such as augmented reality and personal health-care management, according to people familiar with the plans.

While the developer conference is software-focused, the company often sprinkles new hardware announcements in at the event. This year, Apple won't show off a new Apple Watch or iPhone hardware until the fall, but has considered previewing the new Mac Pro at the conference.

Watch Independence
When Apple launched the Watch in 2015, it was positioned as the next major product after the iPhone. But sales haven’t reached iPhone levels and the Watch still relies on the handset. After adding cellular connectivity support to the device two years ago, the company will use its next software update, watchOS 6, to further break it free from the iPhone by adding an on-board App Store, new apps like a calculator and voice recorder, and new messaging features.

iPad as PC Replacement
Apple has pushed the iPad as a laptop replacement for years. But many pro users have noted that while the hardware is capable enough, the software is still behind. WWDC will reveal new efforts to bridge that gap. The company plans enhancements to the home screen and new features around using multiple apps at once to help the iPad satisfy more of your computing needs.

Unified App Strategy
Developers will get new tools to build iOS apps for Mac laptops and desktop computers, essentially unifying Apple’s app ecosystem. This follows last year’s rollout of iPad versions of Apple’s News, Voice Memos, Home, and Stocks apps on the Mac. The expectation is that single versions of all apps will eventually be able to run on every Apple device. As part of the shift, more underlying technologies will also merge.

“The transition might not be finished for a couple of years, but this is the strongest push Apple has made toward the unification of its two platforms,” said developer Steven Troughton-Smith. “Apple and developers can put more effort into one version of things instead of having to build everything twice.”

New Apps
Apple is also ensuring its own core apps are up to scratch after letting some languish in favor of system-wide features. The company is readying major revamps of the Reminders and Health apps and tweaks for Maps, Messages, Apple Books, Home, and Mail. It’s also planning to merge Find my iPhone and Find my Friends into a single app.

Augmented Reality
Since getting into augmented reality in 2017, Apple has added new AR features to its iPhone and iPad software annually. But until Apple launches its AR glasses, the technology, which superimposes 3-D images over views of the real world, is unlikely to take off. At first, the headset will probably need an iPhone for certain tasks. Internal versions of iOS 13 have begun to add technology that supports a future headset, according to people familiar with its development. Apple is unlikely to talk about this publicly at WWDC, but the moves indicate the company is ramping up development of the glasses, which could be showcased as early as 2020.

End of iTunes
iTunes has been the way Apple users listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, hear podcasts, and manage their devices for almost two decades. This year, Apple is finally ready to move into a new era. The company is launching a trio of new apps for the Mac – Music, TV, and Podcasts – to replace iTunes. That matches Apple’s media app strategy on iPhones and iPads. Without iTunes, customers can manage their Apple gadgets through the Music app.

Health
Health care has become a fundamental part of many Apple products. For this year, beyond the revamped Health app for iPhones, the company will push into monitoring hearing health – how loud the external environment is and how loud you’re playing sound on your device or headphones. It also plans more comprehensive menstrual cycle tracking on iPhones, and a pair of health apps for the Apple Watch: menstrual cycle tracking and pill reminders. There will also be a new Sleep Mode for Apple mobile devices and better support for hearing aids.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Apple dives into video streaming with Apple TV Plus


Written by Daniel Howley — Apple (AAPL) on Monday unveiled its long-awaited video streaming service.

Dubbed Apple TV Plus and debuting this fall, the service will be available through the Apple TV app, which will now be offered across Apple devices as well as smart TVs from a slew of manufacturers.

The tech giant has yet to reveal the pricing for Apple TV Plus.

Apple debuted the service with the help of a number of Hollywood heavyweights including Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, J.J. Abrams and ... Big Bird.

The company says all of its content will be completely downloadable and available in more than 100 countries.

The service is expected to be a critical part of Apple’s shift away from its heavy dependence on hardware sales toward the continuous revenue stream of its services business.

Analysts have high hopes for Apple's TV Plus. And if it proves successful, the service could ensure that Apple continues to stand as one of the riches companies in the world.

Apple TV Plus

Apple's streaming initiative will be integral to the company's future, as the iPhone maker pivots to relying on the continuous revenue stream of its growing services business amid slowing handset sales.

But Apple TV Plus faces stiff competition from some of the biggest names in video streaming including Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu. Then there are the other services that are expected to launch in the coming year including Disney's Disney Plus and NBCUniversal's still-unnamed offering.

Analysts are banking on the success Apple TV Plus. Ahead of Monday’s unveiling, Needham upgraded Apple's stock rating from buy to a strong buy, citing the company’s product ecosystem, customer loyalty, and Apple TV Plus.

And while Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty and Erik Woodring pointed out that the investment community is skeptical of Apple's ability to stand apart from its competition in the streaming industry, the duo also noted that Apple Music was met with similar sentiment and managed to put up solid growth numbers.

“Going forward, services and wearables drive all of the growth in our model, making the update of new Apple services important to stock performance over the next year,” they wrote.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Bookstr Business Interviews Adam Cruz About his New Book


Written by Bookstr Staff — On the latest episode of Bookstr Business, host David Grasso talks live with author Adam Cruz. Adam discusses his latest book, "Free the Music Business: Tips and Tales from an Indie Music Nerd." Adam also talks lessons learned while working with a wildly popular disco label, the rise of streaming music as well as the changing attitudes of music audiences over the years. Click on the video below to watch!



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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Take a sneak peek at #FreeTheMusicBusiness and read Chapter 1



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Monday, December 3, 2018

Brand new book from Adam Cruz Chronicles the Rise of Streaming


Written by The Cruz Music Group — DJ, producer and label head Adam Cruz has been hard at work on his exciting new book, coming Friday, December 21, 2018.

In Free the Music Business: Tips and Tales from an Indie Music Nerd, Cruz takes you on a fast-paced journey through the complicated world of streaming music. In his distinctive narrative style, he details the effects that manual interplay has had on royalties and chronicles the diminishing value of music, the rise of streaming services and the changing attitudes of music lovers. Cruz also shares tips and tales from his days of running a widely popular NYC disco label at the turn of the millennium. Free the Music Business . . . is the culmination of his experience working and recording with some of house music's biggest talents as well as research collected for the Freedom Radio Hour, a music business radio show he produces and co-hosts with longtime collaborator, Eddie Nicholas.

You're invited. Come and join us as we celebrate this exciting book release!

Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101

Thursday, December 20, 2018
5:30pm – 8:30pm
FREE

Pre-order (Paperback):
http://a.co/d/305fp1v

Pre-order (Kindle Version):
http://a.co/d/1aYtrnq

Pre-order (Audio book):
https://mixtapesessions.bandcamp.com/album/audiobook-free-the-music-business-tips-tales-from-an-indie-music-nerd

Pre-order (Soundtrack):
https://mixtapesessions.bandcamp.com/album/soundtrack-free-the-music-business-tips-tales-from-an-indie-music-nerd

FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/528951727580601/

*** physical Copies will be available for sale at the party on 12/20 ***

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Trust Your Instincts and Vote!




link > https://mixtapesessions.bandcamp.com/album/trust-your-instincts-vote

Click on the link below to listen + buy "Trust Your Instincts (Vote)" today! :)
mixtapesessions.bandcamp.com/album/trust-your-instincts-vote


DESCRIPTION:
Mixtape Sessions is extremely proud to present the incredible new single from label head and recording artist Adam Cruz. From his forthcoming fourth studio album, "Trust Your Instincts (Vote)" speaks to the importance of voting and remaining aware of the political climate around us. Be on the lookout for more from Mixtape Sessions. Music for the People.

Take a listen and enjoy "Trust Your Instincts (Vote)" - visit mixtapesessions.com and djadamcruz.com

MUSICAL CREDITS:
(A. Cruz)
All music and vocals performed and produced by Adam Cruz.
Mixed and mastered at EbbnFlow Studios, Bloomfield, NJ.
Published by Mixtape Sessions Music (ASCAP), Adam Cruz (SESAC) and Adam Cruz Music (SESAC).

Cover design by Adam Cruz and Sarah Cruz.

©2018 Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Join us as we interview Dawn Tallman on the Freedom Radio Hour - don't miss it!


It's a Dawn Tallman Takeover!

Click here to tune in Friday 9/28 at noon!
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FRIDAY 9/28 NOON EST

On this week's episode of the Freedom Radio Hour, co-hosts Adam Cruz and Eddie Nicholas interview The Queen of Gospel Energy, Dawn Tallman. Adam and Eddie discuss her forthcoming debut album on Honeycomb Music, her fantastic hit singles, overcoming adversity, using music as therapy and more, live on Capital Radio 91.6FM The Heartbeat of Sudan and on the web at: freedomradiohour.com and at: dwildmusicradio.com WEEKLY FRIDAYS 12pm EST

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Today is National Voter Registration Day


Today is National Voter Registration Day

Click here to read more and register.

Voting is one way we express ourselves as a community, as voters and Americans, but to exercise this basic right, we must be registered to vote!

That's why NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities is a proud partner and supporter of National Voter Registration Day, which happens to be today.

And you can be part of this amazing day!

Register to Vote Online: It's simple, it's free, and it's secure.

Attend a National Voter Registration Day event: Find one near you.

Spread the word: Once you make sure you're registered, forward this email to a friend, ask them to join you and use #NationalVoterRegistrationDay throughout social media.

Thanks for taking a few moments to strengthen your community - and our country - with your voice!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ahem... Apple is now worth $1 Trillion


Written by Sam Ro — At about 11:48 a.m. ET, Apple (AAPL) became the first U.S.-listed company to be worth $1,000,000,000,000.00.

The price of a single share of Apple crossed $207.0425 for a moment. Multiply that by 4,829,926,000 shares outstanding and you get a trillion bucks.

Some might argue that $1 trillion is just a random round number. But whether it’s a trillion or $999 billion, the point is that Apple is an incredibly massive company, with an incredible reach, and with an incredible amount of profits (In 2017, Apple earned $48 billion on $229 billion in sales).

In a press release earlier this year, CEO Tim Cook disclosed that Apple’s active installed base of devices reached 1.3 billion in January. While growth in its hardware like iPhones and iPads could be leveling off, the company’s booming services offerings could fuel massive profits for years.

“The fact that you have a billion and a half people with Apple devices around the world in a sense gives them a user base that if they can figure out other ways to make money off that user base,” NYU professor Aswath Damodaran said on CNBC. “I think you could get a bonus on that growth rate.”

Is it really worth it?
Apple’s prospects at this juncture are critical since stock prices are theoretically just the present value of all of a company’s future cash flows.

“[I]t’s still trading about 17 times next year’s earnings estimates,” said Damodaran, who is also known as the Dean of Valuation. “I mean, compare that to some of the other FAANG names— Alphabet 53 times, Amazon 162 times.”

History is riddled with companies that saw outsized valuations on speculation that these businesses were the next big thing. During the dotcom bubble, companies with no profits but lots of prospects regularly saw billion-dollar valuations.

But Apple is different because it’s actually earning a ton of money.

“You don’t need a +20x price earnings multiple to get to $1 trillion valuation,” Datatrek Research’s Jessica Rabe said in an email on Thursday. “It would be logical, but wrong, to think a huge valuation must stem from a sky-high PE ratio. Apple trades for 17.3 times next year’s consensus estimate, even before you exclude cash. That’s barely above the market multiple of 16.7 times.”

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The 13th Annual Lincoln Park Festival Supports The Library Music Sessions


The 13th Annual Lincoln Park Festival Supports
The Library Music Sessions at the Newark Public Library!

Join D. Wild Music Radio every Friday until August 31

The Library Music Sessions continues with
DJ HUTCH (Washington Park Sessions)

Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street, Newark NJ
6-11pm FREE

Don't miss this fantastic summer party
with DJs Dennis Gregory, Duce Martinez, Adam Cruz and special guests!
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