Posts tagged with: Music Streaming
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    Going from zero to 13 million in less than a year is certainly remarkable, even by Apple’s standards, but the hottest, hippest audio streaming service out there still lags massively behind market veteran and undisputed heavyweight champ Spotify in terms of paid subscribers. Of course, in order to continue to resist the mounting Apple Music challenge, the 2008-launched freemium app for your phones, tablets and desktops can’t afford any missteps as far as pricing goes. Thankfully, Spotify realized just that, and taking a page from both Cupertino and Google’s playbooks, it finally ...

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    We're finally seeing a resolution to whatever the problem is affecting some Apple Music subscribers who have had entire music libraries wiped off of their Macs. The story started out last week when blogger James Pinkstone said that he had to get all of his music back through a lower-quality iCloud file or poorly-matched Apple Music equivalents was after he had subscribed to Apple Music on his Mac. The issue has persisted with other users. iMore had later tracked down a database error found in iTunes — the program that handles Apple Music as well as the iTunes Store and locally-stored ...

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    Last week, we saw a blogger express his rage against the Apple because he had all of his music stored on his computer deleted after he had subscribed to Apple Music. Being told that "the software is functioning as it's intended" did not help the matter. iMore's Serenity Caldwell went into how Apple Music, by design, could not delete a user's local music library without user input. Still, the problems kept coming up. The result was that every track had to be streamed down from an iCloud- or Apple Music-based backup. While they were downloadable, sound quality suffered thanks to .aac ...

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    Revenues from streaming music have overtaken revenues from download purchases. And it took so little time for that to happen. In 2012, Apple made $3.9 billion in revenue from iTunes music downloads, the most it's ever made from them. Since then, download numbers have fallen off: a 16 percent drop-off last year, maybe 25 to 30 percent this year. The tumble could end up with Apple reaping only $600 million from downloads in 2019. The numbers are part of the conversation Apple executives are said to be having about not if, but when iTunes should stop offering downloads. Sources inside ...

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    "It's great that Apple is in the game." That from Jonathan Forster, a Spotify vice president. The Swedish company has credited Apple Music — nearly a year old and with 13 million subscribers — with attracting new ears to streaming and helping the ecosystem grow in general. "Since Apple Music started we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before." But for Spotify itself to thrive it's going to need to not just compete in the virtual sphere, but in real life, too. With 100 million users, 30 million of them paying members, Spotify is the undisputed giant in the industry. ...

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    You can ask Google Now to play Prince's "Purple Rain" for you on Google Play Music, but why not ask that app itself? Well, you still can't do that just yet, but you may be able to if some XDA hounds have sniffed out the right target. It stems from this errant microphone icon that appears. In some instances, it partially blocks the song info bar on the playback screen. Thing is, Maxr1998 was able to track the button to backend services that haven't opened up yet. Voice functions will be more useful when you're connected to a Google Cast device in terms of basic playback functions. It's ...

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    On Wednesday, James Pinkstone of Vellum Atlanta penned a blog post about how "Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously." In it, Pinkstone details how his subscription to Apple Music had caused 122GB of music — from downloads to his own compositions — to disappear. Signing up for Apple Music, he said, triggered iTunes song matching software and it scanned his entire local library of music files before deleting the whole thing. Where iTunes was able match songs, it gave him an equivalent version on Apple Music. On the whole, the service often does a poor job of doing so, replacing special ...

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    This year's WWDC will come nearly a year after Apple Music launched service. The app had a launch experience that allowed users to tailor their own tastes for Apple's algorithms to conform to in order to ferry over suggestions that those users might like. But while it has been growing in subscribers, it still faces criticism for its user interface. So, the top-line story from all of this, according to sources tipping off Bloomberg, is that Apple Music will re-launch with a new UI at WWDC. It wasn't enough that the service was able to score exclusive artists and a deep catalog. Investor ...

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    If you like to watch your music in motion and maybe, just maybe, you have up to five other relatives or close groupies that like listening to and watching music, you have a lot of choices to sort through. Simply put, Apple Music on Android has become another choice for you to pick out. If you're not already on Apple Music, yes, it's on Android and yes, it's being updated pretty often. If you sign up for an account now, though, you can get up to six people on a Family account for $14.99 a month — compared with the single-payer $9.99 a month. Once everyone hops on board, they can browse, ...

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    HTC and Apple have had their tangents every once in a while — well, mainly in design. Just in design. Really. But now, as Apple apps make the pilgrimage to Android, it seems that HTC will put out an olive branch to Apple's AirPlay standard with its new HTC 10. The Taiwanese OEM is an official licensee of Apple's proprietary AirPlay wireless media streaming protocol which means that an HTC 10 can blast audio content from or to Apple TVs, iPads and iPhones all the same — it can't do video content, though we're already a step ahead of every other phone that needs root access to hack ...

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    Apple Music's at 11 million subscribers. Spotify's at 30 million subscribers? Subscribers? More like scrub-scribers. If you come to any conclusion about how the streaming music arms race is going so far, it's that it's a three-player game (if you count in Pandora) in a game with too many horses. Take Jay Z's Tidal. You know, the thing that Kanye sorta kinda lives in. The service's star-power clout — backed by exclusive content from an all-star roster of Alica Keys, deadmau5, Madonna, Daft Punk, Jason Aldean, Jack White and others — paired with a focus towards high-quality 1411kbps ...

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    SoundCloud may be struggling hard to fight against the relative success of streaming services, but the most visible way it's doing so right now is in the launching of its own paid service. The platform's addressing that issue today with the launch of its SoundCloud Go service. For $9.99 a month, you get playlists based off of songs you choose, offline caching, ad-free play plus access to the full versions of some 15-million-plus newly added hits from the likes of Kanye West, Drake and others. This pales in the face of Apple Music's, Spotify's and Tidal's 30 million subscriber exclusives. ...

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    He's rich. He's poor. He needs to finish The Life of Pablo. He needs your help. He needs any help. He's Kanye mother-effing West, alright? West once said that his latest album would never touch Apple Music. It would be exclusive to the fidelity-focused (now failing) Tidal streaming service. My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016 It's still the case that The Life of Pablo is still off that territory — it was pulled down for a short time. While it's back up on Tidal, West is ...

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    The Apple Music Android app has been in beta for four-and-some-odd months, but with the iOS release being from June of last year, it feels like the company's been dragging its feet a bit when it shouldn't have to, especially in the face of Google's challenge to potentially kick up more revenue out of iOS. Perhaps Droid dudes and dudettes have too much animosity towards Cupertino for that to make sense. Anyways, the app is now at v0.9.7 and finally gets a home screen widget and a way to redeem iTunes credit for renewing your membership in-app. You can also preview what's on Beats 1 with a ...

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    Apple Music may be blowing up big with 11 million paid subscribers, but Spotify still has more. At this point in the music industry's history, way more. Instead of the 20 million we've kept citing for a few good whiles, CEO Daniel Ek tweeted out the Sweden-based music streaming service's latest milestone. It also comes with a little celebration of President Obama's visit to Cuba. We have 30 million @Spotify subscribers, but none of them are in Cuba ... yet. So cool to see Cuba opening up! https://t.co/nZa67f0l8U — Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) March 21, 2016 Spotify is looking to grow faster ...

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    Spotify users on Windows 10 Mobile are left banded together, wondering if they'll be hearing the same 'ol tune from the music streaming service like they have for many other app makers. The situation began with disappointment yesterday as it notified at least one user that it wouldn't be updating its Windows Phone 8.x app anymore, nor will it be made available on the Windows Store. A Windows 10 app was in the purgatory of "if or when." @WindowsBlogIta @HDblog @MSPoweruser @windowscentral #Spotify drop the support for windows pic.twitter.com/9rn4xK7nlT — Alessandro S. (@S__Alessandro) ...

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    Was it to be a sea change for Milk Music or just an expiration date? After initiating the shutdown of its in-house streaming music service, Samsung told Variety that "The rumor of Samsung acquiring Tidal is not true." That streaming music service, owned by Jay Z, has been growing with exclusives and early releases from Kanye West, Rihanna and Erykah Badu. It was said to be in Samsung's eyes for acquisition after Jay Z met with some of the chaebol's executives back in October. Thing is, Tidal hasn't been making the money it's needed. And, surprisingly, so hasn't Samsung in its media ...

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    As Spotify tries to reinvigorate itself, Apple Music is just eating the market share. Craig Federighi, an Apple SVP, and Eddy Cue, the one in charge of Apple Music, both announced on John Gruber's The Talk Show podcast that the streaming music service has 11 million subscribers — 55 percent of Spotify's subscriber base. It gained a million subscribers in well under two months. The streaming industry has seen some major roiling with Pandora losing 300,000 users this past quarter and SoundCloud considering shutting its doors after losing $70 million over two years. Three-year-old ...

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    Consider this the answer to Google's acquisition of Songza. This one's a little more tricky, though, if only in name. Canadian-made iOS music app Groove is now under Microsoft's belt. It's not related to the latter's streaming media service (formerly called Xbox Music and Zune Music) nor the Microsoft Office shared document editing feature. The Groove app crafted custom playlists using machine learning. It was last logged with two million App Store downloads before it was delisted as a result of the acquisition. Those still using Groove will not receive further updates. The startup's ...

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    Spotify doesn't do it, but Apple Music now can. While Apple has been righteously (and rightfully) promoting its own interests — from mobile OS to audio products — on Android through app development. Some observers thought that this would mean that these Android apps wouldn't get the TLC that Apple's iOS apps would get. Not the case this time, though there's a discrepancy at play. Apple Music version 0.9.5 (yep, still in beta) is now available on the Play Store and it allows users to download songs to their SD cards. It's big reach from Apple down to people who wouldn't buy into the ...

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    I'm not paying y'all $9.99 for my search not to be working, what is the problem @AppleMusic? ? — Terra (@Ms_Marshall) February 1, 2016 Apple Music, after the debut, the trials by fire and the death glares, now has a core base of users. And they are mad. Mad because of a problem that Spotify does not. Many users on Twitter and in Apple's support forums are complaining of the search function either not delivering results properly or at all and/or blanking out when called to deliver an artist profile or track. In one case, partial search terms would be autocompleted by the search engine and ...

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    As Spotify struggles with competition and licensing agreements with the music industry, it has decided to not only go into podcast distribution, but video as well. The company is introducing video content to its Android app in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden starting this week. The iOS app will get the update late next week. Spotify is licensing short-viewing content from content creators including the BBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, Comedy Central, Vice, ESPN and Maker Studios — the producers of Epic Rap Battles. Tastemade and other companies are planning on producing original, ...

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    Microsoft is betting on organic Windows 10 development to help expand the appeal of the platform on screen sizes large and small. While bringing in applications from other mobile operating systems might spurt the market for Windows 10 Mobile just a bit, it's not really a bridge meant for sustaining growth for all mediums. Enter TuneIn Radio as it has debuted its universal Windows 10 app. The aesthetic has (finally) been updated to its turquoise color and special font scheme and is fully-featured for your phone or 140-inch TV. It also helps that the main media involved here is audio and the ...

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    Whether you're about to drown your sorrows with exercise or jubilant to the point of being scared of yourself, Songza used to have the right playlist for you. Then it got bought by Google. The Songza team's R&D slowly moved its efforts to the Play Music service, a service that's gotten more and more competitive against the likes of Pandora and Spotify. Now, Songza is ready to finally become one with Google Play Music. The app and website will shut down on January 31, 2016. Both will mediums will soon start offering migration tools for users to move playlists and even browsing history ...

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    If you don't have unlimited data and are not on T-Mobile or on any carrier that doesn't count streaming music toward your data usage, well, you might be closing up other apps just to enjoy streaming some music. Sure, it's music you don't have to store, but it's also a great way to give cellular networks your money. Enter Opera and its Max browser. It's been optimizing video streams for a while and now it's taking to saving up your data on music services. The way Opera's doing it is through using its own Rocket Optimizer to convert .mp3 and .m4a streams to the AAC+ codec, maximizing ...

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