Morning Fix: Apple Debuts iPhone 5S, 5C, 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness'; Lady Gaga Vs. Ex-Assistant; Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves Lead CMAs

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APPLE DEBUTS UPGRADED IPHONE 5S, LOWER COST 5C

For the first time since introducing the device that changed cellphones forever, Apple will offer two distinct versions of the latest iPhones - a cheaper iPhone 5C made of plastic that will start at $99; and the iPhone 5S that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones."
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APPLE ITUNES RADIO LAUNCHING SEPT. 18, CALLED 'PURE DOSE OF AWESOMENESS'

Apple Inc. on Tuesday announced it will flip the switch for its Internet radio feature on Sept. 18, when the company releases its next operating system, iOS 7. The radio streaming function will be embedded within Apple's existing iTunes Music product. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, spent less than two minutes showing off iTunes Radio by creating a Rush station and calling it "a pure dose of awesomeness" before moving on to highlight a handful of iOS 7's other features.
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LADY GAGA GOING TO TRIAL IN EX-ASSISTANT'S 'ON-CALL' LAWSUIT

A jury can decide whether Gaga's demands left Jennifer O'Neill any personal time or whether she was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as she claimed in her 2011 lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe said. A trial is set for Nov. 4.
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TAYLOR SWIFT AND KACEY MUSGRAVES LEAD CMA AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are the big nominees for the 47th Annual CMA Awards. Other nominees include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait, who is in the midst of a two-year farewell tour.
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MILEY CYRUS' 'WRECKING BALL' VIDEO BREAKS VEVO RECORD

Miley Cyrus has swung her way to a new 24-hour record for views across Vevo, as her "Wrecking Ball" video racks up 19.3 million views, smashing previous champs One Direction and the 12.3 million views their "Best Song Ever" clip attracted in one day in July.
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JAY Z, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S 'HOLY GRAIL' TOPS RHYTHMIC AIRPLAY CHART

After camping out at No. 2 on the Rhythmic airplay chart, Jay Z's "Holy Grail" (featuring Justin Timberlake) has overtaken Billboard's Song of the Summer, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell).
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VILLAGE PEOPLE'S VICTOR WILLIS WINS COPYRIGHT VICTORY

The songwriter and his lawyers say he's won a closely watched copyright case and recovered the rights to 33 of his songs.
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ROSS ON RADIO: FRESH LISTEN, BOSTON'S HOT 96.9

For nearly a decade, programmers have been trying to bring back the hip-hop, R&B, and rhythmic pop of the '90s. If WBQT (Hot 96.9) Boston maintains its current run, they may be the first station that breaks the '90s jinx. We take a Fresh Listen.
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LOCKER, LIBRARY, STREAM: THE 5 BEST DIGITAL MUSIC MODELS OF 2013

Newer music services are an increasingly big deal. They’re now at the center of some music conversations: Rdio has exclusive access, this week, to the band MGMT’s new album. And older companies — not just Apple — want a piece of the action: Microsoft made its music service available to all web users on Monday. So, on the occasion of Apple’s iTunes Radio, it’s worth taking a moment to taxonomize the models which have sprouted up around digital tunes.
The Atlantic


WITH ITUNES RADIO, APPLE TAKES AIM AT PANDORA

Apple’s newest music feature, iTunes Radio, will be released on Sept. 18 as part of its iOS 7 system update, the company announced on Tuesday. The service is a sleek take on Internet radio, and Apple’s ability to place the app on millions of its devices gives it an enormous potential audience from Day 1.
The New York Times


SAY GOODBYE TO THE IPOD CLASSIC

A dozen years, six iterations and one permanently-transformed recording industry later, it's (nearly) the day the music died for Apple's iconic iPod classic. According to tech industry insiders, the electronics giant plans to discontinue the popular portable media player following today's keynote, its first major unveiling since June's Worldwide Developers Conference.
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