Posts tagged with: Music Streaming
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    Samsung is simply not interested in maintaining a streaming music service. And so, yesterday saw the end of Milk Music. The end of Milk Music was announced more than a month ago and its sibling service, Milk Video, was also shuttered after a year. It seems that Samsung's hopes of garnering a multimedia audience exclusive to its Galaxy device lineup and, thus, deriving revenue from that audience has officially foundered. Milk Music users are being redirected to Slacker Radio, the app that Samsung based Milk on. Source: Samsung Via: PhoneArena

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    The music industry seems to have closed the financial transition period between downloads and streaming as the Recording Industry Association of America reports revenue growth not seen since the late 90's. In terms of retail sales made during the first half of the year, revenue grew by an annual 8.1 percent to $3.4 billion. Streaming revenues made up $1.6 billion of the total, up 57 percent from last year. The figure includes paid subscriptions (ie Spotify, Apple Music) to streaming music services (Pandora, radio stations online), licensing fees made from streaming radio services and ...

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    According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the streaming music service seems to have notched another paid subscriber milestone milestone. Just before we turned the page to spring, the Swedish company claimed 30 million paid users. Competing service Apple Music, not even a year old at that point, had 13 million subscribers. In the intervening half-year or so, Apple Music's user base has grown by 4 million. Spotify seems to have pulled another 10 million. 40 is the new 30. Million. 😄 — Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) September 14, 2016 Congratulations, humility and some cynicism went out down the tweet ...

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    After opening up the keynote with talk show host James Corden and a Carpool Karaoke segment, — the standalone show will be on Apple Music later this year — Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up this event's keynote with a bevy of musical updates. The foremost of them is a major update to the user interface of Apple Music app. Most of what we've seen at WWDC has been implemented with tweaks since then. Cook touted that Apple Music held 70 exclusives in the past year. Subscribers now tally at 17 million. More on this news in future stories.

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    It's time to talk about Frank Ocean. As much as we've been putting it off, the release of "Blonde" (or "Blond" if you take it from the album art) has posed several challenges to the music and streaming industry. For one, Ocean broke off ties with Universal Music Group's Def Jam label after supposedly fulfilling his contract with the "Endless" visual album released exclusively to Apple Music the day before "Blonde" came out. Sources to The New York Times say that UMG is beginning to limit exclusivity deals with digital streaming services — though we aren't sure if Ocean left because of ...

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    Trying to break into a competitive space dominated by Apple and Spotify, and also including respected veterans or tech giants like Deezer, Google, Pandora or Tidal, doesn’t make much sense for Amazon, unless Jeff Bezos can think of a unique marketing angle for music streaming addicts. Affordability of course remains one of the best and safest sales pitches around, regardless of exactly what you’re commercializing. Tablets, smartphones, voice-enabled wireless speakers, as well as software products of all sorts have better odds of succeeding when priced aggressively enough. Now, how does ...

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    Milk Video wasn't a winning fighter in serving up interesting, curated, well-produced video. Just because Samsung's the top mobile device producer in the world doesn't mean it can lay down its own multimedia platform down. That's especially when its customers consider everyone else just plain better. The same may go for streaming music as Samsung has announced that its Milk Music service will be sunset on September 22. The company's suggested fall back option? Slacker, the service Milk was based on. "We believe that working with partners will accelerate innovation, enhance device sales and ...

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    Not all iFans are radical Android haters, and not everyone who uses a smartphone powered by Google’s hugely popular OS is opposed to everything Apple’s hardware and software engineers have ever created. While Cupertino didn’t exactly go the extra mile in rapidly spreading the Apple Music love to rival platforms, the audio streaming service made its public Play Store debut back in November as a work-in-progress. Following nine whole months of beta tests, and more than a year after its iOS-exclusive launch last summer, the Android app is now officially “available”, free of bugs and ...

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    Kanye West seems to be a huge supporter of a deal that would see Jay-Z's Tidal music streaming service get picked up by Apple. He also indicates that negotiations between the two entities are at a stalling point. In a series of tweets, West asks for some co-operation between the two sides to strike a deal. He also alludes to his position against services claiming exclusivity on new works or artists — a position coming from his experience in distributing his "The Life of Pablo" album beyond Tidal and seeing downloads rocket. This Tidal Apple beef is fucking up the music game. — KANYE ...

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    Remember that Apple Music fiasco where songs from users' Macs were getting replaced with mismatched tracks from Apple's catalog? An iTunes bug might have been the main culprit of that, but the problem with the mismatching of songs still remained. That was iTunes Match's problem. But not anymore, according to The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. It seems that it has slowly rolled out audio fingerprint analysis for the past while, a much better indicator of telling what version of any given song the track holds. Is it live? Is it a cover? Is it the inferior 2005 remaster? The waveforms can tell it ...

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    Music streaming services pay their dues to record labels (and their derivative songwriters, producers, promoters and artists, etc.) through complex rates based on how users are or aren't paying for their access. Apple is currently arguing that it shouldn't matter how people access the music — someone should pay for every single stream. The New York Times was able to retrieve Apple's proposal to the panel of federal judges that make up the Copyright Royalty Board of a new base rate for all streaming tracks: 9.1 cents per 100 plays. "An interactive stream has an inherent value, ...

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    In the midst of its possible sale/not-sale to Apple, hi-fi music streaming service Tidal is chugging on with its own app development. In its latest update, it has made official support for Chromecast, meaning that you can plug your Chromecast Audio or compatible Google Cast device. Finally, you can put your house party onto them FLACs and WAVs! The update is available for Tidal's iOS and Android apps. Download: Play Store, App Store Via: The Verge

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    The Wall Street Journal's sources might say that Apple's just looking into buying hi-fi music streaming service Tidal. If Infinite Loop strikes a deal, that may end up fetching a pretty penny for Tidal's owner, Jay Z. The artist paid Scandinavian company Aspiro some $56 million for it in 2014 before relaunching it in its current iteration that vowed to give artists better dues than other streaming services and delivering lossless music. It claims 4.2 million subscribers. Gene Munster of analyst firm Piper Jaffray is betting on Apple buying Tidal for $500 million. It would add to its ...

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    Another deal for Independence Day, though we just keep calling it the Fourth of July because we don't really want to be thinking of any movies, especially disappointing sequels. Google Play Music is offering four months of its paid, ad-free subscription service for free. Remember that YouTube Red gets tied along as a bonus. From what the SlickDeals community has pulled up, it seems that while the offer is only available for "new users," apparently those that have participated in a prior free trial can hop on, too. They just can't have paid for a month of service. We don't have anything on ...

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    Hi-Fi streaming service Tidal has seen a few bright days, but even Jay Z's money can't seem to keep it on the radar for too long. Rumors of acquisition by other streaming services such as Napster (neé Rhapsody) and Samsung have either been ungrounded or unsuccessful. Enter Apple, reports the Wall Street Journal. People familiar with the matter are saying that Infinite Loop is in the exploration stage with Tidal right now and that any sticking points or chances that the deal will be completed are uncertain. Apple is said to be looking for Tidal's star power in the likes of Kanye West and ...

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    Is Apple being a competitive spoilsport to protect its own interests? Does it have a right to do so? Spotify is challenging Infinite Loop on at least the music streaming front by claiming that the company won't approve an update to its app unless it uses the iTunes billing system. Prior to the launch of the pay-to-play Apple Music, Spotify took in monthly subscription fees from iOS users through the app and through that iTunes system. Apple charges vendors a 30 percent fee per subscription for music services and Spotify passed the fee onto customers by charging $13 a month instead of $10. ...

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    Sweden-based music streaming company Spotify continues to rocket in popularity and in its debts. While it last announced that it had some 30 million subscribers paying for the service, — about double the number of Apple Music — its increasing revenues have not been able to cut into deficits it's been growing. First, the headlining and only new number we have: Spotify confirmed that it now has 100 million active users on its platform. The fact that it lost some €173 million last year on revenues of €1.95 billion, there's some wonder as to how much the ad-supported tier can really ...

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    The brand that once was Tuneto.com, later Listen.com, then RealRhapsody and now just Rhapsody is about to make another change, this time to reflect a more powerful brand name it acquired in 2011. Rhapsody will become Napster. Yes, cat with headphones and all. The music streaming company's blog post was this: No changes to your playlists, favorites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned! But instead of loading gigabytes of illicitly-sourced music onto hard drive, the new Napster is only going to serve the purpose of today's ...

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    Just now getting into the idea of having a voice-powered assistant ask you things? Maybe you've been looking into the Amazon Echo, but found it wanting in portability. Well, you can't just order a tiny little Echo Dot right from Amazon — cruel irony will probably let you do so from eBay at a premium. How about an Amazon Tap? It plays back a ton of music with its Dolby-enriched omnidirectional stereo speakers, it has Alexa to let you talk to your home or to the internet, and it has a battery to last it up to 9 hours off the outlet. What, $129.99 too much? It's $20 off today at $109.99. ...

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    Apple Music's user interface is changing for the simpler. There are new sections for the app including Recent Music, For You and Browse. For You contains a "Discovery Mix," something like a "Discover Weekly" playlist for Spotify, a list of recently played music and daily curated playlists and albums for different styles and moods. One of today's playlists? "Fasion Runway Strut". Browse brings you up to date with new tracks, new artists and top charts. Radio brings you the Beats 1 stream, its schedule and a back-catalog recent marquee shows for the station. Personal stations are also here. ...

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    Amazon Prime is not just about free two-day shipping, as the company has been vain to point out every so often in reminder emails. But as music streaming services continue to grow at rapid pace, Amazon Prime Music feels like an inadequate spotlight for its members-only catalog. That light may grow hot soon. Sources to Reuters have said that Amazon will offer a standalone streaming music service around the late summer/early fall timeframe. Licensing negotiations are ongoing and a more comprehensive offering is expected. Individual monthly plan rates are said to be comparable to Spotify ...

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    It's not even two weeks now until WWDC16 comes along. It's the Apple developer gathering that reveals everything new in the company's software. The big reveal we're looking out for? iOS 10. iOS X. iOS Twiddles. Whatever it's supposed to be called, it's supposedly coming. And in all seriousness, we haven't seen a completely new software feature for you iPhone or iPad that would seemingly justify turning the dial up to ten. While we do know that WWDC will take place between June 13 and 17, we have learned that it will start off with a keynote at 10am Pacific or 1pm Eastern on June 13 at ...

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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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