#music is back
It’s been a while since the world’s largest social network gave any attention to music, but today it’s making another attempt. Facebook…
Hey Mister DJ
The Apple rumor mill is getting its groove on these days as new details appear about a revamped streaming service slated to…
After Beats was purchased in 2014, and even before then, one main question facing Apple is when the company plans to come out…
Less of the same
Are you a PlayStation user? The Sony’s got a music service for you. Again. Except, this time, it’s not its own: Sony…
15 million paying users
Spotify now has 60 million active users, and 15 million of those are actually paying users, according to a post on Spotify’s blog.…
Probably prepaid for it
Paris-based music streaming service Deezer has acquired Muve Music, the mobile-focused music service from Leap Wireless. Leap is a virtual mobile operator…
Spare some change
Still on the fence about music subscription services? Spotify would like to change your mind with some deep discounts: Three months of…
Look out Spotify: Google has officially announced a new music subscription service that takes advantage of YouTube’s vast collection of music and existing relationships with labels.
The long stalemate between indie labels and YouTube over music licensing terms seems to be over.
In the fight over how to distribute music, who is right: Spotify or Taylor Swift?
SoundCloud got its first deal with a major music label, which also covers DJ sets and mashups.
Sonos wants to make sure that your kids questionable taste in music doesn’t ruin your Spotify recommendations.
The French Spotify competitor Deezer, which recently launched in the U.S., has bought the on-demand internet radio and podcast service Stitcher. There’s…
Pandora’s Chris Martin said that while many connected devices don’t present an easy way to experience Pandora, the time will come when a user can enjoy a seamless Pandora experience in all aspects of life.
Fon’s new Gramofon router/cloud music player is just the beginning of the company’s foray beyond Wi-Fi. Speaking at Gigaom’s Structure Connection conference, COO Alex Puregger said Fon is exploring payments and advertising services.
Deezer is launching another paid tier of its streaming service in the U.S., this time through an exclusive partnership with Bose. Expect more of these partnerships in the coming months.
The dream of the 90s is alive at eMusic: The music subscription pioneer is going back to its roots and severing its ties…
Spotify just found another way to monetize the 30 million users of its free tier: The music service launched video ads across its…
The Berlin-based streaming success is introducing a new “Premier” tier for creators who want to get paid, which will mean the inclusion of advertising on its platform for the first time.
YouTube is launching a music subscription service later this year — and around a dozen domain name registrations suggest that it could be called MusicKey.
Spotify has teamed up with MTV to bring music to MTV’s apps and sites. The partnership could help to drive new sign-ups for the service.
ROK appears to be building a compelling music service tied to a bargain mobile service plan, but it’s only sharing it with a handful of people on what was supposed to be its grand launch day.
Google has acquired the curated playlist site Songza. Songza stands apart from services like Spotify and Pandora by offering human-curated playlists for various moods and activities, with no ads.
John Legere and his executive team talk to Gigaom about mobile competition in the U.S. and why mobile data is no longer the rare commodity it used to be.
T-Mobile won’t charge you the data you consume when streaming Pandora, iTunes Radio, Spotify or any other internet music app. The carrier also plans to launch its own internet radio service with Rhapsody.
YouTube is officially confirming its music subscription service — but to get ready for its launch, it may take down music from some indie labels.
Streaming music startup Earbits wanted to compete with Pandora without any ads or subscription fees. In the end, this didnt work out.
Amazon rolled out its rumored streaming music service for Prime members, Prime Music, overnight Wednesday. With about a million songs and little new content, this isn’t Spotify. But it’s ad-free and users can listen offline.
A report from Recode says that Twitter is considering the purchase of music sharing and hosting platform SoundCloud.
Muve Music has two million paying subscribers, making it one of the most successful subscription music services. But how many would stick around after a sale?
Rhapsody has made a strategic investment in a company that specializes in monetizing DJ mix sets. Maybe we will get to hear some of them on Rhapsody soon?
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/25/spotify-itunes-apple-europe-streaming-music Spotify is getting close to having 10 million paying subscribers worldwide, according to a Guardian report that cites unnamed music industry sources…
Beats Music, the newly-launched music subscription service spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, is in the midst of raising another $60 million to $100…
Amazon is working on a Spotify-like music subscription service, which could launch as early as next month.
YouTube has delayed the launch of its music service even further. Part of the issue seems to be which videos to show while people play individual songs.
Is Apple getting ready to build its first Android app? Declining digital music sales may force the company to break with long-held beliefs.
Streaming music service Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest and its graph of musical data spanning more than 35 million songs and 2 million artists. It’s an easy way for Spotify to match companies like Google and Pandora on the data science front.
Spotify is starting to see nine-digit play counts for some of its songs — but YouTube still drives far bigger audiences.
The company is thinking of using motion sensors and heart rate monitors to tailor playlists to your workouts, sleep schedules, and more.
Spotify now lets you stream as much free music as you’d like through its desktop app and on the web no matter where you live.
Spotify’s updated iOS apps now lets you listen to music without a subscription.
According to a series of reports, Spotify is set to unveil a new ad-supported service that lets users stream music to their mobile devices for free.
YouTube’s most recent Android app contains a number of references to premium music features, suggesting that the site’s music subscription service could launch soon.
Apple radio arrives in September – but it will come with fast food ads and playlists of the company’s choosing, much like old FM radio. Users can avoid the ads if they sign up for the company’s cloud music service.
Singer Aimee Mann says a company that licenses songs to streaming companies cheated her for years — raising the question of who is most responsible for musicians’ hard times.
Reports indicate Apple is still working out the licensing details with music publishers for its “iRadio” service.
Slacker has seen some solid growth after its relaunch in February – now, the company wants to add millions of paying subscribers with a carrier partnership.
People still buy a lot of music downloads, and most of them use iTunes to do so. That’s why Apple is now building its own streaming service.
Pandora’s CEO Joe Kennedy is leaving the company after a fiscal quarter that saw both growing revenue and big losses. Kennedy will stay on until a successor is named.
9to5Mac say they found unused “buy” icons in the iPad’s Music app that appear to be linked to streaming radio, a service Apple has been said to be working on.
With the popularity of Spotify, Pandora and others, Apple probably wants to find a way to keep its customers from wandering outside its ecosystem just because it has no cloud-based music streaming service. Attitudes are changing about owning media, which Apple must recognize.
Cricket is going to couple a music subscription with every Android phone it sells starting next month. The company hopes that this will lead to millions of new subscribers for its Muve Music service, which could make the offering more popular than Spotify.
Spotify app Spoundrop relaunched over the weekend, adding features that make collaborative listening on Spotify even more social. This should help Spotify to bring more curation to its music catalog, making it possible for users to tune into a more radio-like listening experience.
French music streaming service Deezer has been pushing hard to take on rivals like Spotify — and now wants to expand to 200 countries by next year. But do its claims match up to reality?
Pandora went public,bit.ly/vI6vQC and Spotify successfully launched in the U.S. So which streaming music service tops them on smartphones? Try TuneIn Radio. Onavo, a mobile data management and compression service, has done some work to figure which are the most popular mobile music apps.
Spotify wants to be in your living room, and it’s using the Boxee Box as a vehicle to reach your TV screen: Users of the music subscription service can now use a dedicated Spotify app on the device to access their favorite songs and playlists.
Spotify is expanding into the world of TVs, partnering with WD for its first-ever connected TV experience for U.S. consumers. Music services have been hugely popular on set-top boxes and other connected devices, where consumers use Pandora almost as much as they use Netflix.
Facebook has partnered with Spotify and more than a dozen other music startups to bring music sharing to its site. Facebook users can now share which songs they’re playing and offer their contacts a chance to join in on the fun in real time.
For fans of streamed music, another choice has arrived on the iPhone. Turntable.fm’s official, free iPhone app hit the App Store today. It requires nothing more than your Facebook credentials to get started, and looks to bring the success of the desktop version to Apple devices.
With the release of iOS 5 beta 7 for Apple’s mobile devices, the company has turned off streaming in iTunes Match. People can still listen to music as it downloads, but it will remain on the device. Is the change likely to affect the product’s appeal?
Spotify’s journey to the US has been highly anticipated almost since the on-demand music streaming service first launched in its native Europe in October 2008. But with all the Spotify buzz, let’s not forget about the great music services that were born here in the US.
UPDATED. Spotify U.S. is now in T-minus territory. A spokesperson for Spotify has confirmed that the popular European on-demand music streaming service will be available stateside on Thursday morning. GigaOM reported last month that Spotify’s U.S. launch would occur in mid-July.
UPDATED. Spotify, the European on-demand music service, has closed on about $100 million in a new funding round from DST, Kleiner Perkins and Accel Partners that values the company at $1 billion. The fresh funding will be put toward Spotify’s highly anticipated US launch.
Apple’s hard work winning over record labels may well be rewarded. A new report says that Apple’s upcoming cloud music service will offer the ability to scan your hard drive, and then mirror your music collection on its own servers with better versions of some tracks.
Apple might charge for its rumored cloud-music storage service, according to a new report from CNET. The tech site says that “music industry insiders” are saying cloud-storage for iTunes libraries won’t be free, at least not after an initial trial period. But would you pay?
Setting up a streaming music service in the U.S. isn’t easy, thanks to the company holding the music industry’s purse strings. That company is Apple, and according to Spotify’s head of business development Faisal Galaria, it’s a force that may be impossible to reckon with.
Gluster today announced streaming music pioneer Pandora as a customer, which is telling in a couple ways. It helps validate the billions that large vendors and investors have poured into scale-out storage providers, and it suggests a possible target market for these providers going forward.
mSpot, a new music streaming service for your own audio collection, recently launched on Android 2.0 or better devices. Thanks to local caching, mSpot offers playback even when your phone has no data connection. But seamless on or offline playback is hurt by one main issue.
Music is moving into the cloud. Access is replacing ownership of albums and song files, online streams are replacing desktop playback and mobile access is renewing interest in on-demand music subscriptions. So how come I’m still not ready to pay for any of it?
Play.me, a new music service launched by Dada Entertainment, launched this week, offering both free and paid plans to consumers. But as labels’ enthusiasm for free streaming services appears to be on the wane, can Play.me convince users to pay for a premium version?
CNET is reporting Apple is in an “advanced” stage of talks with music service Lala, according to a pair of sources, one…
Apple is reportedly on the verge of acquiring streaming music site Lala.com, known for its 10-cent streaming songs and digital music locker service. Terms aren’t being disclosed, but the report implies that an agreement is in place, with only a final sign-off needed.
French startup Deezer, a venture-backed streaming music provider that competes directly with much-discussed Spotify in Europe, today announced a two-tiered premium service…
Updated to note Imeem: Google (s GOOG) will soon launch a search product dubbed “OneBox” that will better organize results around music…