Posts tagged with: Spotify
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    Two streaming music services, both never having reported a profit, may end up together in the hopes of turning in black. According to sources to the Financial Times, Sweden-based Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy out Soundcloud, headquartered in Germany. The talks supposedly started last spring, but were scuffed for a time due to price negotiations falling apart. We know nothing about money terms this time around, but Soundcloud was most recently valued at $700 million. This year, Soundcloud introduced a subscription tier service called "Soundcloud Go" and added millions of new ...

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    Believe it or not, the world’s most popular mobile and desktop music streaming app has somehow managed to reach and retain that dominant position within an increasingly competitive industry sans making its freemium services available in a number of key markets. At long last, you can cross Japan off the list of unsupported countries today, with Spotify live on an invite-only basis in the Land of the Rising Sun for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, OS X, Windows, PlayStation 3 and PS4. A proper, wide, invitation-free launch is of course right around the corner, and although Apple Music and ...

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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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    We're running a special segment this week to discuss Samsung and the response to the Note 7. Is the media doing a fair job in reporting on these incidents? Has Samsung responded appropriately? Is there any way to salvage the Galaxy brand name? Also, the iPhone 7 will be in our hands in less than 24 hours, and it's apparently selling out like crazy! HTC has a new phone headed to Sprint! We've got a fresh look at the Google Pixel phone! Microsoft kills the Lumia! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 15th (click here for your local time), or check out the ...

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    Everybody wants a piece of the rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar music streaming pie, including Amazon, according to fresh word around the water cooler. But as for that ancient gossip about Apple Music looking to merge with Tidal and truly go after stubborn market leader and veteran Spotify, it turns out there’s no truth to it. Well, technically, Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Beats Electronics and Tim Cook’s music guru since 2014, didn’t deny “such discussions had taken place” in a short statement to BuzzFeed News. He merely stressed Cupertino is no longer interested in ...

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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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    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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    Spotify has never made money, but it has to in order to survive. And the service will be under more pressure to make more money from its free users if Apple's proposed new flat-rate royalties model takes effect. So, the Swedish company has launched programmatic buying that lets advertisers target their 15-second or 30-second clips to over 70 million users by age, gender, — here's where it gets rich — genres and even playlists. Yes, Spotify's selling you out based on your music preferences. And every vendor has access to that data. Does the line get drawn there? Are you keeping private ...

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    Given the music streaming service’s historic popularity in "international" markets, especially European ones, this was probably many years in the making. After all, Deezer’s been around in various incarnations for roughly a decade now, only amassing a total of 6.3 million monthly active users however, including a modest 1.5 mil on paid accounts, as the French company showed inexplicable hesitation in tackling the US head-on. It goes without saying the web-based audio resource saw better days before Apple Music entered the picture, at one point reaching 5 million Premium+ subscribers. ...

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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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    It didn't take long for Apple's general counsel to respond to claims made by Spotify's general counsel of anti-competitiveness and with the rejection of an app update for the music streaming service and a demand that the company take payments through iTunes. Spotify thinks it shouldn't have to use the iTunes billing system that Apple mandates be used for all in-app purchases on iOS. Apple takes a 30 percent cut of each subscription payment made — Spotify passed it on to consumers before being allegedly told by Apple it couldn't promote a heavily discounted trial offer through its website ...

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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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    In the fierce battle for music streaming supremacy, the world’s most popular ridesharing service isn’t keen on taking sides, instead playing nice with both Spotify and Pandora. After letting riders assume backseat DJ duties via the former app for a couple of years now, Uber finally turns its attention to drivers as well, integrating the latter’s ad-free Internet radio resources directly into the Uber Partner app. All “partners” in the United States, Australia and New Zealand have to do is connect their phones to the car’s Bluetooth or AUX, set the stereo as needed, tap the ...

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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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    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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    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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    More video content providers are putting on the magenta-tinted glasses to zero out data charges for T-Mobile customers. The Un-carrier announced that it has notched more than 80 services in total for its Binge On zero-rate scheme. Today marks the program's fifth expansion in its sixth month and adds what are technically 12 (and not 13) services, including: Google Play Music Great Big Story NBC Kiswe Ligonier Ministries NOGGIN Qello Concerts Radio Disney Univision Univision Noticias Spotify TIDAL Toon Goggles The streaming music services you see there also provide music ...

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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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    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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    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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