More music in the cloud
Google just made its Play Music service a bit more appealing, even if you don’t use a Google Android phone. You can…
No more phone interface
Given that iOS has iTunes with its own Radio software, there might not be a ton of widespread interest in Google Play Music…
Music lovers finally caught a break this week as a federal judge ruled SiriusXM can appeal a jaw-dropping ruling that created a new type…
Digital goes the way of the CD
Remember iTunes? Digital music downloads may not be dead yet, but the format is quickly following the CD in its decline. New numbers from…
Just two months after launching a program for its subscribers to stream music on its network without counting the data usage against them,…
Spotify’s Daniel Ek wants to turn VKontakte’s users into paying customers, but he won’t get any help from his former Euro VP Chris Maples, who just left the company.
Bop.fm is getting a cash infusion to build out its service, which aims to bridge the divide between competing music subscription services.
Can YouTube avoid its indiegeddon? The Google-owned video service is reportedly in talks with indie labels to strike an eleventh-hour agreement for its upcoming music subscription service.
Soundrop has brought collaborative playlists to Spotify. Now, it wants to give musicians and labels a new marketing tool.
Here we go again. The music industry is taking another run at Pandora and other digital services in Congress, claiming they should pay for pre-1972 recordings even though AM/FM stations do not.
Bloom.fm was hoping to find a buyer to continue its service, but a possible deal fell through at the last minute.
Apple’s plan to spend $3.2 billion for Beats will have ramifications for everyone from Spotify and Rhapsody to Amazon and Google.
For those of you that still purchase music CDs, the following guide will help decide which is the best cloud based music library to access your digitized music library from your iOS device.
Good news for users of the Chrome browser, and that includes Chromebox and Chromebook owners. Google added direct support for music uploads including the ability to monitor specific local storage areas.
Sonos is giving its mobile controller apps a much-needed overhaul, starting with the Android app. More support for third-party apps could also be on its way.
Well, that was fast. Neil Young’s Pono startup, which wants to build a high-resolution digital music player by the same name, shot…
Beats Music raised a big round of new funding, according to multiple reports that put the total amount raised between $60 million…
The Kickstarter campaign for Pono, the high-resolution music startup founded by Neil Young, is live, with an ambitious goal: Pono wants to…
Neil Young is set to unveil his Pono music player at SXSW this week. The unveiling comes after the startup switched hardware partners in the last few months.
Bop.fm allows users of subscription music services to share songs and playlists with users of other services. The startup just added Beats Music to the mix.
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/01/lastfm-to-go-youtube-powered-in-last-ditch-survival-effort.html Pioneering digital music site Last.fm just launched a radio product powered by YouTube videos that will help to keep the music streaming, without…
Google knows a lot about what people listen to because its Play Music service knows what’s in users’ MP3 libraries. A new tool lets people investigate which albums, artists and genres are most popular over time.
Rdio is now letting U.S. listeners use its music subscription service for free — on the web, anyway: The music service announced…
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/12/uk-deezer-dailymotion-france-idUKBREA0B09420140112 Samsung is in negotiations to strike a commercial agreement with and possibly acquire a stake in the Paris-based music subscription service…
Pono is a no-show at CES: Neil Young’s high-definition music service and device won’t be launching in Vegas next month.
Google Play Music is officially available for Google Glass, allowing Glass Explorers to control music through their voice and hear it on an $85 stereo earbud accessory. There’s one simple reason I’m not planning to tune in.
Add another tablet-optimized app to the list for Android. DoubleTwist, the excellent music player with AirPlay support, has a new look and new features that make it better on tablets.
Google Glass is great for capturing photos, searching the web and sending messages. Might it be a good music player too? We’ll find out soon as Google is adding Play Music support along with a stereo headphone option for Glass.
In a year when many musicians are blaming digital music companies for declining income, folk-singer Billy Bragg offers a welcome dose of common sense.
http://news.sky.com/story/1165225/music-service-spotify-to-secure-200m-us-deal Spotify is closing in on another $200 million in funding from Technology Crossover Ventures, a VC firm that previously backed Facebook, (S…
Everyone hates banner ads. Everyone loves music. So what happens when you combine one with the other?
Xbox Music is now available on Android and iOS, and web playback is now free. Coming up is a cloud locker for pre-owned tracks.
Neil Young’s high-definition audio service Pono aims to launch early next year, with technology developed by high-end audio equipment maker Meridian.
A decade after the launch of iTunes, Apple is still the king of digital music. But as attitudes about music ownership continue to shift, the software’s next 10 years will likely be more challenging than its last.
Addicted to Pandora’s free music service on your mobile phone? If the music cuts out, here’s why: Mobiles will be capped at 40 hours per month although you can pay a buck to keep on rockin’.
Google launched a free music match service for MP3 files in Europe in October and now brings the same service to the U.S. Apple and Amazon also provide the same, but charge for the convenience of not having to upload a music library.
AC/DC had famously resisted Apple’s siren call for a long time, but is now selling all of its albums on iTunes. The band joins a list of other acts who only recently started selling digital tracks on iTunes, including Metallica, Kid Rock and the Beatles.
Nokia is back with another music service in the U.S. and this time, it’s completely ad-free and no cost. Lumia 710 and 900 device owners can grab it now from the Windows Phone Marketplace to start streaming or customizing their playlists; even when offline.
Thanks to Apple’s AirPlay, it’s easier than ever to stream content over Wi-Fi between Apple devices. And Android devices too thanks to Android HiFi, a free mobile app that lets you listen to your iTunes library wirelessly on an Android phone or tablet.
The Kindle Fire gains a free new mobile music app in Spotify, but it’s only mobile if you have a Wi-Fi connection; offline support requires a Spotify Premium subscription. However, the app supports high-quality music streaming and full access to Spotify’s millions of digital tracks.
Spotify’s conversion rate isn’t bad: Out of 15 million active users, more than 4 million are paying subscribers. That number may soon increase thanks to Android support for Spotify radio, which is ad-supported and offers unlimited playback of Spotify’s entire digital music catalog.
Your next smartphone or tablet may have richer, deeper sound even with the small speakers usually found in such devices. On Tuesday, NXP Semiconductors introduced a new integrated circuit and algorithm that boasts 5x more output power for sound while also protecting the speaker.
In just a short time with the Nexus 7 tablet, it’s clear that the device will appeal to the traditional Android crowd. But make no mistake: The Nexus is aimed squarely at low-cost consumption slates, such as the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.
Samsung announced on Wednesday that it has acquired mSpot, a cloud-based content company formed in 2004. Until now, mSpot offered music storage with streaming playback and also movie rentals for various mobile platforms. The purchase is likely to bolster Samsung’s Media Hub for content and storage.
Apple devices have enjoyed wireless music playback through AirPlay speakers, but Windows users generally have been left out in the cold, until now. Aperion’s Aris wireless speaker lets Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview computers pipe tunes wirelessly using Microsoft’s “Play To” feature.
Songkick says that its decision to develop a Spotify app is paying dividends, bringing 100,000 new users to its concert-finding service in the last four months.
Earlier today, I shared information on the latest update to DoubleTwist, the media management software for Android. Rather than just read my experiences with the app, the DoubleTwist folks kindly offered 25 unlock codes for GigaOm readers, so if you hurry, you can get them here.
Spotify is relaunching its Spotify Radio feature, enabling unlimited channels and skipping and more targeted channels in a bid to better take on Pandora. The improvements are limited to the desktop for now, but a mobile version is coming soon.
Many people had the hopes up for something truly revolutionary coming out of Spotify’s mystery event this Wednesday. Instead, we got an app platform that’s restricted to a desktop client, doesn’t offer partners any revenue and suspiciously smells like another platform bully power play.
Spotify is opening up its service to developers to create free applications inside its desktop app. The company is now enabling much more robust integration of apps inside its desktop client, allowing developers to tap into Spotify’s 15 million songs and fast growing user base.
Brightcove VP Rags Gupta explains why music start-ups should test the waters across the pond before coming to the U.S.: “According to conventional wisdom, consumer start-ups should move to San Francisco for access to capital, talent, and ideas. But if you’re launching an online music company, consider London or Berlin.”
As media and entertainment went digital, many looked to the music sector as the canary in the coal mine. Digital comprises over 40 percent of consumer sales, but the whole market was worth only $5.9 billion in 2010. Even digital felt stagnant. But that’s changing.
Music streaming service MOG just released new growth figures, and it turns out that the music platform launched by Facebook in late September has given it a big boost. MOG now has 160,000 monthly active users, representing 264 percent growth for the month of October.
Last year, I did a back of the envelope estimate of revenues for Spotify for 2010 at $134 million, of which $80 million came from subscriptions and rest from advertising. It’s time for a mea culpa: I blew it. Here are the updated numbers.
The mobile app economy is growing faster than earlier predictions, now expected to account for 98 billion downloads by 2015. Consumers want their smartphones to have numerous functions and apps, which drive downloads. Meanwhile, music services could be slowing digital music sales. Developers should take note.
955 Dreams, which started out building digital album iPad apps, is now getting into the music discovery and content creation business with a new iPhone app called Band of the Day that introduces an artist each day and comes with a lot of original exclusive content.
Turntable.fm, the hot New York start-up, is clearing up questions about funding and a mobile app by announcing a $7 million round led by Union Square Ventures and introducing an iPhone app. The news, while not a surprise, keeps up the momentum for Turntable.
Sonos, the wireless music system, has achieved what it calls the 1 million room milestone. For a web service, such a milestone may not be as notable, but for a hardware maker that has been selling gear since January 2005, it’s a big deal.
Bolstered by the success of its partnerships with services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Rdio and Spotify,consumer electronics maker Sonos now wants to launch an API that would allow any music service to integrate with the Sonos platform. To me that seems like a great idea.
One thing that iTunes has over Spotify’s online music service is its wireless connectivity to the Apple TV. But it is actually possible to get the same kind of connectivity with Spotify, and use it from any room in your house. Here’s how.
Spotify, one of the most popular music streaming services in Europe and other regions, today launched in the U.S., as expected. But mobile users will have to pay for the Premium plan, a $9.99 monthly subscription. What features do you get and is it worth it?
Amazon’s online music storage and streaming service sounds great on Android devices or a desktop browser. Apple devices have been left in the cold until now however: here’s a first look at Amazon’s Cloud Player for the iPad’s browser, which despite a few shortcomings, shows promise.
Last week Om broke a big story on Facebook’s plans for music. But is music Facebook’s next billion-dollar business? It will be hard for the company to cash in big on music. Here are three reasons why.
Pandora finally went public last week, and with its focus on radio, the company has a better chance for mass adoption than most other digital music services. While it may be losing money now, here are a few steps it could take to raise revenues.
While you’re outdoors this summer, you may want to share your music with those around you. There are lots of portable boom boxes, but here are a few unusual ways to turn your iPod or iPod touch into a music machine to share with friends.
Even under the best of circumstances– standing desks, ergonomic keyboards, customized chairs– typing can be a major pain. Voice recognition technology startup SoundHound hopes to eventually be a part of the solution by allowing people to simply talk to our computers rather than type.
Google announced its new cloud music service Wednesday, and Amazon revealed its own Cloud Player in late March. At this point, Apple is really the last major player to make its move. But judging by the offerings so far, that might work to Apple’s advantage.
Rdio, the social music subscription service built by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, is one of the later entrants to the digital music space. But it’s working hard to catch up by tapping developers to make its service widely available.
Hot music startup Spotify may have won over millions of users in Europe, but it still hasn’t launched in America. That hasn’t stopped it trying to take on Apple, however, by making a surprise move to try and replace the increasingly-bloated iTunes.
In the four years since CBS bought online radio service Last.fm, the site hasn’t changed radically. Now, however, the London-based music service is looking for its second act — and product chief Matthew Hawn tells GigaOM what that might mean.
Hewlett-Packard will reportedly offer both a music service and movie store for its upcoming TouchPad tablet, due out within the next few month. The music solution will reportedly manage media smartly, by ensuring tracks most likely to be listened to will be stored locally.
Those of you out there with a vinyl collection may at some point want to preserve your collection digitally. I set out to capture the highest quality music my Mac Pro could provide. Here’s how I create 24bit 96kHz Apple Lossless files from my albums.
CNN reported last week that Apple is in talks with major labels to offer 24-bit copies of songs in place of the current 16-bit versions. Even if the music isn’t truly lossless, this would still be great news for audiophiles who use Apple’s music store.
Nearly two-thirds of web users are purchasing digital goods, subscriptions and access to premium content. The real surprise is on how few of those purchases are for e-book titles and mobile software applications given record sales of e-reader devices and the growing demand for smartphones.
New and most existing customers of Mobile Roadie’s app maker platform are deploying on Android equally with iPhone, though most are having difficulty making any thing close to the money they make from iPhone apps, said Michael Schneider, CEO of Mobile Roadie.
Apple’s updated digital music strategy will reverse commitments to desktop software and ownership of music files. Here are five ways its acquisition and integration of Lala reflect a paradigm shift in the way mainstream consumers will listen to music in the coming decade.
Exits for digital music investments are far from strong these days and as such, while VCs aren’t giving up on them, they are starting much smaller. At least that was the sentiment expressed during an afternoon panel concerning venture funding at yesterday’s SF MusicTech Summit.
MOG’s $5 monthly, all-you-can-eat subscription service is finally live. Was it worth the wait? Let’s just say the short preview I took this morning has my music glands sweating more than John Bonham did after Led Zeppelin concerts in the 70s.
It’s been a busy September for the digital music business. Steve Jobs reappeared onstage to introduce the iTunes LP format and a…
Nine out of 10 Americans don’t listen to music on their cell phones, according to a Forrester Research note released today on…
Mercora, an early entrant into the social music and music search space that recently rebranded itself as Social.FM, has shut down and…
EMI, one of the global music majors, is shutting down some of its offices in Asia. Offices in Thailand and Singapore have…
Amazon.com (AMZN) has added DRM free downloads from Warner Music Group to its MP3 store, something Apple is yet to offer on…
Play around with Songza, a music search engine and Internet jukebox, and the first question that pops up into your head will…