music streaming

  • Google Music Download Sales Miraculously Growing Despite Their Death Everywhere Else

    Google Music Download Sales Miraculously Growing Despite Their Death Everywhere Else

    We’re in a music sales apocolypse while streaming grows, so it’s no surprise Google Music‘s on-demand streaming service subscriber numbers are growing. But somehow, Google’s download sales growing too, Google’s VP of Global Music Partnerships Zahavah Levine said today at the SF MusicTech conference. She refused to reveal any concrete subscriber numbers when I… Read More

  • In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13%

    In Europe, Spotify Royalties Overtake iTunes Earnings By 13%

    Spotify may be smarting from the removal of Taylor Swift’s music catalogue from its platform, and Taylor Swift may not care, since she is riding a sales blockbuster in the form of her new album 1989, but it turns out that in the bigger picture, Spotify’s streaming service continues to gain an edge over downloads, specifically via iTunes. Kobalt, a company that helps… Read More

  • Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More

  • Spotify Pushes Popular Playlists With A New Tastemaker Tab

    Spotify Pushes Popular Playlists With A New Tastemaker Tab

    Spotify, now with 40 million users, looks like it’s adding another new feature that it hopes will help get the long tail of those registered music listeners more active on its platform. A tab has appeared called “Tastemakers” — a list of people whose names may not at all be familiar to you, but who have achieved some kind of popularity already on Spotify for… Read More

  • Russian Streaming Music Service Zvooq Closes $20 Million Series A

    Russian Streaming Music Service Zvooq Closes $20 Million Series A

    Russia’s online music businesses march to the beat of their own drum. But they’re about to get one well-financed leader to call the tune as music streaming service Zvooq closes on $20 million in new funding. One of the critical problems for music in Russia is online piracy. Indeed, last week, a group of record labels including Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner… Read More

  • Music Video Syncing Platform Vadio Raises $2M, Partners With VEVO

    Music Video Syncing Platform Vadio Raises $2M, Partners With VEVO

    Bryce Clemmer says more people are streaming music and visiting sites like YouTube to view music videos every year. To tap into this growing group, Clemmer co-founded Vadio, a platform that allows streaming music services such as Pandora, as well as terrestrial radio stations, the ability to sync a song’s music video for users to view. Read More

  • Spotify Teams Up With BandPage To Jump Deeper Into Artist Merchandising

    Spotify Teams Up With BandPage To Jump Deeper Into Artist Merchandising

    As Spotify reportedly inches closer to an IPO, the company continues to build out its presence as an e-commerce platform for artists to market themselves and generate revenue beyond basic music royalties. Today, it is turning on an integration and partnership with BandPage, a company that lets musicians create profiles for themselves and then sell merchandise, tickets to secret shows… Read More

  • Amazillions Are Streaming Music Via Amazon Prime

    Amazillions Are Streaming Music Via Amazon Prime

    Amazon today released its first numbers offering some insight into how many people are streaming music over its new Amazon Prime Music service a little over a week after its launch. Before you ask, I’ll say straight out that par for the course with Amazon, there are no specific sales numbers: “Prime members streamed tens of millions of songs—that’s millions of hours… Read More

  • Spotify Courts Developers, Launches New Web API With Echo Nest, Metadata And More

    Spotify Courts Developers, Launches New Web API With Echo Nest, Metadata And More

    As YouTube prepares to launch a paid tier of service to court music fans who like to listen to music online without ads, and Amazon launches its own music streaming service, Spotify is also raising its game on the web. Today the company is launching a new, expanded set of web APIs for developers to build apps that integrate the music streaming platform. With it, we will see, among other… Read More