Apple Music surpasses 50 million subscribers, sort of

At Duke's commencement Tim Cook promotes Apple's approach to data privacy in subtle dig at Facebook

Apple Music surpasses 50 million subscribers, sort of

Apple CEO Tim Cook's commencement speech at Duke University Sunday offered graduates a "think different" strategy that praised the women of the "Me Too" movement as well as the Parkland, Florida shooting survivors. While products like the iPhone and iPad are designed in the US, they are made using China-based factories run by the likes of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and Pegatron Corp.

In a meeting at the White House recently Tim Cook criticised Mr Trump's approach on trade with Beijing amid lingering fears of a trade war.

The comment echoed Cook's earlier criticism of Facebook, which has endured months of criticism after it was revealed that a political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, was able to harvest data for almost 90 million Facebook users. No generation has ever had more power than yours.

"We reject the excuse that getting the most out of technology means trading away your right to privacy", Cook said. By comparison, rival Spotify recently hit 75 million premium subscribers with almost a decade's head start on Apple Music, with a growth rate that suggests Apple might catch up in 2019 or 2020.

Ahead of the meeting, Trump tweeted that he and Cook would discuss "many things, including how the USA has been treated unfairly for many years, by many countries, on trade".

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Cook also reiterated his belief that technology will continue to illuminate and expedite the graduates' future career paths.

That's an uptick of 10 million subscribers since April, when Apple Music passed 40 million subscribers.

The full interview will air next month.

Rubenstein co-founded Carlyle Group LP, a private-equity firm that invested in the Beats consumer-electronics and streaming businesses.

Apple Music's numbers continue to inch up. "We are very interested in the content business". "We will be playing in a way that is consistent with our brand. But it's clearly an area of interest".

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