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Apple Music's next acquisition may be iHeartMedia

Mashable

Apple is considering a significant investment in the radio group iHeartMedia, the Financial Times reported Thursday. That could reportedly mean a multi-million dollar equity stake or marketing partnership. But the deal is not finalized. SEE ALSO: Apple Music's new Top 100 charts cover the entire planet It filed for bankruptcy in March of this year. Apple has been beefing up its own music business, Apple Music, recently.


Apple buying Tidal would be great for Tidal

Mashable

I'll be honest, my gut reaction – when hearing the reports that Apple is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, was "well, that would be great for Tidal." After all, the music service owned by Jay Z, has been besieged by issues in its first year. After a disastrously tone-deaf launch, the business side of the service has been plagued by executive changes. Then there are the lawsuits – both on the business side and even from some of its users. Yes, the service has managed to grab some flashy streaming exclusives, but the service has also struggled from tech fails with those exclusives.


Apple's new acquisition wants to watch you while you sleep (but not in a creepy way)

Mashable

Apple wants to come into your bedroom to keep an eye on you while you sleep ... but not in a creepy way, of course. The company just acquired sleep tracker Beddit, according to a CNBC report. The news organization spotted a change on Beddit's online privacy portal, dated May 8, that alerted the company's customers of Apple's acquisition and that their personal data will now be gathered in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy. Beddit also appears to have removed a page about its Apple Watch app from its site. The terms of the deal or any details on why Apple wants Beddit's tech weren't disclosed -- Apple reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the acquisition.


Apple under 'in-depth' EU investigation over Shazam acquisition

ZDNet

The European Commission is launching an "in-depth" investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of music recognition app Shazam. The Commission's primary concern is that Shazam would give Apple access to commercially sensitive data about the customers of its competitors in the European Economic Area. With that data, the Commission posits, Apple might be able to directly target its competitors' customers and lure them over to Apple Music. "As a result, competing music streaming services could be put at a competitive disadvantage," according to the EC press release. Meanwhile, the Commission is also looking into whether Apple Music's competitors would be harmed if Shazam only referred potential new customers back to Apple, rather than to Apple Music rivals like Spotify and Deezer.


Could Apple Buy Disney? Analysts Speculate How It Could Happen

International Business Times

Wall Street is looking into an Apple-Disney merger, a note by RBC Capital Markets analysts obtained by Variety indicates. The analysts say Apple has the money to take over Disney, and such a merger would create a company worth $1 trillion with "almost limitless opportunities in content and technology." Although it's all speculation at this point, analysts say it could happen. "Recently, investors have increased their expectations that Apple could seriously consider acquiring Disney," analysts Steven Cahall and Leo Kulp wrote in the note. Apple could repatriate $200 billion from overseas to take over Disney -- with the help of tax proposals from the Trump administration.