John Brissenden

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Spotify Reaches Over 40 Million Paying Subscribers, Continues to Outpace Apple Music

Spotify has announced that it now has over 40 million paying subscribers as of this month, meaning that it has added some 10 million subscribers since March. Spotify remains the most popular streaming music service worldwide, and its new subscriber growth continues to outpace its biggest rival, …

Recode’s Kara Swisher on What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media

<b>You’ve said that the tech press is great at telling you about the new iPhone but not so good at doing investigative journalism. Maybe you can tell me</b> …

What’s Really Killing Digital Media: The Tyranny Of The Impression

All happy media companies are alike, but each unhappy digital media company is unhappy for exactly the same reason. After two decades of selling its …

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue: We're not afraid of Apple News

Apple is expected to announce a number of new products and services at its event on Wednesday, but for media types one of the most important will be …

Apple Exploring Original Programming Move, Could Compete with Netflix – Variety

The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into the original …

Tim Cook

Rethink Music study claims cryptocurrency system could help to ensure musicians get paid fairly and quickly for their work<p>The music industry should explore blockchain technology used in cryptocurrencies to ensure musicians are paid fairly for streams and sales of their work, according to a report …

iTunes

What Twitter's Potential Flipboard Acquisition Means for the Publishing Industry

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For about a decade, technology has been viewed as the death knell for traditional media. Newsrooms are laying off staff in droves, and local news bureaus are shutting down. During the years of this turbulent transition, traditional media …

Apple Music Pays Industry Standard Subscription Revenue Fees to Record Labels

Apple plans to charge between $9.99 and $14.99 per month for its upcoming on-demand Apple Music service, with 58 percent of its subscription revenues going to record labels. For every $9.99 Apple collects from subscribers in the United States, it will pay out $5.80 to labels. Additionally, Apple …

Spotify Announces Major Update Focused on Entertainment and Curated Content

Three weeks ahead of the rumored debut of Apple's new streaming music service, Spotify has announced some feature additions to its own streaming service, with a major focus on curated content and original tracks, plus an expansion into entertainment with video and news clips.<p>Spotify is introducing …

To Take On HBO And Netflix, YouTube Had To Rewire Itself

To become a “destination” and keep mobile viewers hooked, YouTube realized it had to fix itself, from its development platform to its AI.<p>The war over our eyeballs is heating up, and that’s mostly a good thing for people who like to look at screens. Just as Meerkat, Periscope, and Snapchat elbow …

New initiative, which also involves BuzzFeed and the New York Times, speeds the process of loading news articles on the social network<p>BBC News and the Guardian are the first UK media companies to sign up to a new Facebook initiative that will transform the way users read news articles.<p>Facebook has …

Personalized News

DRM on streaming services: The ultimate antifeature

<i>This is a guest post by Free Software Foundation board member Benjamin Mako Hill. It focuses on the rise of DRM in subscription streaming services</i> …

Warner Music Earned More Revenue From Streaming Services Than Downloads in Q2 2015

Apple's upcoming revamped music service may be coming at the perfect time, right as revenue from streaming music is beginning to surpass revenue from digital downloads.<p>Streaming music services have been growing in popularity over the last several years, and in an earnings call today (via <i>Re/code</i>), …

Jay Z’s music-streaming service Tidal struggles despite celebrity fanfare

It was launched at a star-studded event where Daft Punk came in full costume, Alicia Keys quoted Nietzsche and Madonna mounted a table while wearing tight leather trousers.<p>But despite its extravagant beginnings, Tidal, the music-streaming service fronted by Jay Z and with the backing of artists …

Jack White

$950 Million Reasons Behind Weinstein's Big TV Reboot

No Sundance buys? No problem, as Harvey and company near a deal to sell the television division to British player ITV for a deal with nearly $1 …

Exit interview: <br>Mathew Ingram

On Monday, Gigaom, a widely respected blog dedicated to tech coverage, suddenly shut down. By all external appearances, the site was successful: It …

Get an inside glimpse at Powers, Sony’s first PlayStation original

There’s less than a month left before Sony’s first original television show airs on its flagship video game brand, PlayStation.<p>Based on Eisner award-winning comic <i>Powers</i> by Brian Michael Bendis (<i>Daredevil</i>, <i>X-Men</i>) and Michael Avon Oeming (<i>B.P.R.D.</i>, <i>The Mice Templar</i>), the new show will air exclusively …

The Selling of “Fifty Shades of Grey” Is More Sizzle Than Sex – Variety

To tantalize audiences on Valentine’s Day weekend into seeing “Fifty Shades of Grey,” one of Hollywood’s most sexually provocative studio offerings …

Movies

Mobile advertising is exploding and will grow much faster than all other digital ad categories

Historically, there has been a big disparity between the amount of time people actually spend on their smartphones and tablets (significant and growing), and the amount of ad money spent on the medium (still tiny).<p>But BI Intelligence expects that this gap will narrow substantially, as enthusiasm …

A Fun Way to Learn About Copyright

Richard Harrington is the CEO of ThinkTAP and the Publisher of Photofocus.He is also the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based …

Newspapers see new peak in digital audience

U.S. newspapers' digital audience has hit a new peak, according to data being touted today by the Newspaper Association of America.<p>During October, …

BitTorrent Goes Legit With Its First Original Web Series

Peer-to-peer file sharing platform BitTorrent wants to change what the public thinks it does. Instead of being associated with all the illegal TV …

iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple Prepares Beats Music Refresh

Apple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent year-over-year.<p>This continued decline is …

Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Zastolskiy Victor<p>I got a lot of flack when I suggested in May that a network like AMC may be in a good …

Here’s everything you need to know about the Whisper-Guardian story

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom<p>It’s a messy one, but Whisper is suddenly at the center of what could become one of the most significant tech …

Devices are to blame for TV ratings tumble, Nielsen says

Are you watching prime-time broadcast TV on your phone? You're behind a drop in ratings for splashy fall premieres, Nielsen says.<p>TV ratings at the biggest networks have been weak this fall, but Nielsen says the problem isn't how much people are watching -- it's where they're tuning in to TV.<p>Friday, …

Popcorn Time: Everything you need to know about the Netflix of Torrents

Popcorn Time’s popularity has taken off this year by bringing BitTorrent streaming into the mainstream with a lineup of apps that let users watch nearly any new blockbuster they want for free with just the tap of a finger.<p>We published a hack that brings the popular Netflix-alternative to iOS 8 …

9 hard lessons from a top iPad publisher who’s calling it quits

When <i>The Magazine</i> ceases publication this December, owner Glenn Fleishman will be closing shop on an ambitious two-year experiment in digital publishing.<p>It’s not a total surprise — subscriptions were already on a downward trend when Fleishman transitioned from editor to owner of <i>The Magazine</i> after …

As mobile use takes over, Europe deregulates retail access market for fixed-line telephony

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>The European Commission has announced a shakeup of the continent’s telecommunications regulations, largely as a response to …