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New interface for mobile Spotify hints at new features for free tier users

Various sources indicate Spotify is preparing a significant update to their mobile app scheduled to roll out later this month. As part of that …

Stock Markets

After adding 2M subscribers in two months, analyst predicts Apple Music will grow 40% per year

A leaked internal email surprised many when it revealed that Apple Music hit 40M subscribers earlier this month, up from 38M just two months earlier.<p>One analyst is now forecasting that the streaming music service will grow 40% per year …<p>The <i>WSJ</i> reports the prediction.<p>Ben Schachter of Macquarie …

Apple Music

Spotify to reveal new mobile app next week with voice control, possibly new hardware

Spotify will be revealing a major update to its mobile application at an event next week, according to an invite obtained by <i>The Verge</i>.<p>The event will feature presentations from chief R&D officer Gustav Söderström, vice president of product development Babar Zafar, and global head of creator services …

Google Home

Qobuz Sublime+ Streaming Service Review

What is Qobuz Sublime+?<p>Qobuz Sublime+ is the top tier of membership to the Qobuz streaming service and as such, is intended to represent a very …

Audiophile

Spotify acquires Loudr to try to make sure musicians get paid

The streaming music company, facing copyright infringement accusations, gets a better way to track what songs it's playing so it doesn't shortchange music publishers.<p>Spotify has acquired Loudr, a company with technology designed to identify music available online so publishers can get paid for …

Spotify

A New Spotify & Hulu Partnership Will Let Spotify Premium Users Add Hulu For A Dollar Per Month

Friends and fellow streaming-happy human, I have some glorious news for all of us. Starting now, Spotify and Hulu are offering a subscription bundle …

Televisions

Apple is reportedly killing iTunes and ditching downloads in favour of its Apple Music streaming service

Buying music is so 2003, Apple wants it to be all about streaming<p>The doomsday clock for the iTunes Store has ticked one stage closer to its …

Apple Music

Announcing Fruit Punch Music – Spotify for Kids

Fruit Punch, Inc. announces the world’s first music streaming platform built just for kids. Fruit Punch Music gives families access to a wide variety …

Kids

How to Make Your Music Streaming Experience More Social

When the music-focused social network Cymbal launched in 2015, the service promised to be a hub for music junkies to share their favorite artists and …

Apps

Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up

Radio and even CDs still top streaming when it comes to in-car listening.<p>Streaming has helped the music industry dig itself out of nearly 20 years of …

Google Play

A revamped version of Spotify’s free service is reportedly in the works

Spotify’s got something big up its sleeve, that much we know for sure. The music streaming service has a big event in the works for April 24 in New York — though it hasn’t really offered up anything useful beyond that. A revamped version of the company’s free tier could certainly make sense for the …

Apple Music

Spotify likely launching an in-car audio device on April 24

Back in February, we told you about how Spotify was on the hunt for someone to head up product development of some sort of hardware device. Initially, we speculated that the device in question would be some sort of smart speaker to compete against the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.<p>It seems that …

Amazon Echo

Unlimited free streaming is back!

Thanks to our much-appreciated 8tracks Plus subscribers and the recent introduction of new audio ads, we’re beyond excited to say goodbye to the …

Investing

Apple Music for Android gains ‘new music video experience’ in latest update

Apple Music for Android continues to receive new updates that bring it in line with the iOS 11 version. The latest update released this week includes a ‘new music video experience’ following the same enhancements added in iOS 11.3 last week.<p>Apple Music has always had music videos as part of its …

Music Videos

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Savior

The Swedish entrepreneur built his business by proving its value to artists and record-label executives<p>Days before Spotify Technology SA would debut as a publicly traded U.S. company, its Chief Executive Daniel Ek retweeted Taylor Swift.<p>In 2014, the singer had pulled all her music from Spotify in a …

Daniel Ek

Pandora takes on Spotify with dozens of personalized playlists built using its Music Genome

Just ahead of Spotify’s public debut planned for early April, Pandora is punching its rival where it hurts: personalized playlists. Spotify’s playlists customized to its individual users – like Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Mix – have been a key draw for its service, but Pandora believes …

Playlist

Spotify and Genius team up for Déjà Vu music podcast

Spotify’s latest podcasts move is a partnership with lyrics-focused firm Genius. The companies have collaborated on a podcast called Déjà Vu, which …

Lenny Kravitz

How This Swedish Venture Capitalist Became Spotify's Lead Investor

In early 2007, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, the co-founders of Spotify, approached Pär-Jörgen Pärson about putting together a consortium of venture capital investors to invest in Spotify. Although Pärson, a general partner of venture capital fund Northzone, had worked with both, the financing …

Venture Capital

Spotify Is Deeply Integrated With Facebook: How Safe is Your Streaming Data?

Spotify is stalking you (advertising campaign image by Spotify) The public has woken up to the fact that Facebook is a spying and privacy violating …

Spotify

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are 'too similar'

<b>Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are too similar - and need to diversify to survive.</b><p>"The streaming services are all charging $9.99 and everyone has the same music," he told the BBC.<p>"And it's really nice. You get whatever song you want, you get your playlists - but there's …

Apple Music

Spotify admits 2 million users have been accessing ad-free service without paying

The users are hacking into 'Premium' by using ad-blocking apps.<p>Spotify has revealed that at least 2 million users are accessing their their ad-free …

Ad Blocking

Tidal launches Amazon Fire TV app, adds Android Auto compatibility

More services support the fledgling music app<p>Following its wider availability on TVs last year, Tidal announced Thursday it was releasing an app on Amazon’s Fire TV devices, as well as for Android Auto.<p>Jay-Z’s music service will now work on Amazon’s Fire TV and the Fire Stick with, “a custom Fire …

Amazon Fire TV

Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine is stepping down in August

Apple Music will lose one of its biggest stars this year.<p>Jimmy Iovine, the music industry veteran who produced albums for U2 and Stevie Nicks and …

Apple Music

Pandora to Acquire Audio Ad Tech Firm AdsWizz

Pandora today announced it will acquire AdsWizz, the global leader in digital audio ad technology. The addition of AdsWizz will upgrade Pandora’s ad …

Pandora

Are Artists Finally Profiting From the Streaming Era?

In August 2001, Whitney Houston signed a eight-album, $100 million contract with Arista Records, then the largest record deal in the history of the …

To Win Streaming Music Wars, Spotify Has Potential Edge in Its Appeal to Young Adults

By Anna Gronewold March 20, 2018<p>Of those who don’t use a music streaming service, a 44 percent plurality of adults ages 18-29 said they would choose …

Apple Music
Profit

Spotify is hemorrhaging money and it needs to become Netflix to stop the bleeding

• <b>Spotify's public filings revealed the company is spending most of its money on fees for licensed content and music royalties.</b>• <b><br>Duncan Davidson, a general partner at venture capital firm Bullpen Capital, believes the company could stem the bleeding by becoming its own music label.</b>• <b><br>Davidson says Netflix</b> …

Venture Capital
New Albums

Thanks, Spotify! Radio Broadcaster iHeartMedia Files for Bankruptcy Under Pressure from Competitors

IHeartMedia Inc., the biggest U.S. radio broadcaster, filed for bankruptcy with a plan to ease its debt load of more than $20 billion after almost a …

Liberty Media