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ExtraBITS for 13 July 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, The Verge compares the audio quality of Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal; Philip Michaels examines Taylor Swift’s influence over Apple at Six Colors; and Apple’s Eddy Cue says that the company is working to bring back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9.

Comparing the Audio Quality of Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal -- The Verge compared the sound quality of three music streaming services: Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal. In 29 percent of the tests conducted with an iPhone 6 Plus and Sony MDR-7506 headphones, listeners couldn’t detect a difference between the three. And in some tests, Tidal, which claims to have the best streaming quality, fared worse than Apple Music and Spotify.

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The Swift Doctrine -- Is musician Taylor Swift secretly influencing Apple? In a humorous post at Six Colors, Philip Michaels ponders the question, examining how many of Apple’s recent decisions can be traced back to Swift’s songs. Michaels is currently studying Swift’s lyrics for clues about the next iPhone.

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Apple Bringing Back Home Sharing for Music in iOS 9 -- Many of our readers were concerned that iOS 8.4 removed Home Sharing for music (video Home Sharing is still there). The good news is that Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, announced on Twitter that the company is working on bringing back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9. Keep your fingers crossed!

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