Removing the iPhone Headphone Jack, Apple Music Subscriber Update

Today's Above Avalon stories: 

  • Removing the iPhone Headphone Jack
  • Apple Music Subscriber Update

We kick off today's email by discussing the ongoing rumors that Apple is looking to remove the 3.5mm iPhone headphone jack. Would this be done for iPhone thinness or simply to push legacy technologies to the curb? I suspect there is a different reason at play and it doesn't even have to do with the iPhone. We then shift over to Apple Music. The FT is reporting that the service has 10 million paying subscribers. Is 10 million a strong or weak number, expected or a surprise? What does it mean for Apple's battle with Spotify? We take a deep-dive into this 10 million subscriber number. 

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