Music

  • Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s Video Content Hits iOS A Bit Earlier Than Expected

    Spotify’s foray into video has gone live on iOS a little earlier than expected. On Monday, The Wall St. Journal reported that Spotify had begun to roll out its video product to all users, beginning with its Android app this week. The iOS launch of the new “Shows” section, however, was not expected until “the next week or so,” a spokesperson told us at the time. Read More

  • Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Is No More

    Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Is No More

    Ad-supported iTunes Radio stations have today gone off the air. As we reported earlier this month, Apple decided it would shutter its free streaming iTunes Radio offering, a competitor to Pandora, in an effort to boost subscriptions to its paid service, Apple Music. Going forward, the only free radio option is Apple’s Beats 1 radio – the DJ-hosted station, which Apple is now… Read More

  • Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora Revamps Its App To Better Compete With Spotify, Apple Music

    Pandora today rolled out a series of new features that, again, are aimed at making the streaming music service more competitive with the likes of Spotify and other competitors. As you may recall, the company recently introduced “thumbprint radio” – a way for the service to create a mix of user favorites and recommendations, which seemed a shot against Spotify’s… Read More

  • Spotify Is Raising Another $500M In Convertible Notes With Discounts On IPO Shares

    Spotify Is Raising Another $500M In Convertible Notes With Discounts On IPO Shares

    A week after streaming music company Deezer announced that it had raised another $109 million from existing investors, news has leaked out that its bigger rival Spotify is raising again, too. The Stockholm-based company whose music streaming service works in 58 countries is seeking to pick up an extra $500 million from investors in the form of convertible notes, according to a report in… Read More

  • Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks Now Lets You Save The Songs You Heard In-Store To Spotify

    Starbucks and streaming service Spotify are expanding their relationship today with the launch of a new digital music experience for Starbucks customers which will allow them to identify songs being played in stores, then download and save those they like to a playlist on Spotify’s app. The feature, which ultimately aims to boost both Starbucks Mobile App usage and sign-ups for… Read More

  • OurMix Is Social Music Discovery Done Right

    OurMix Is Social Music Discovery Done Right

    Spotify does a great job at helping users find music they’ll like, thanks to features like its popular “Discover Weekly” playlist filled with personalized recommendations, and sections that point you to trending tracks and new releases. But over the years, it’s moved away from its earlier emphasis on music discovery through your social network, which leaves… Read More

  • As SoundCloud Signs UMG, CEO Ljung Says Subscriptions Are Coming This Year

    As SoundCloud Signs UMG, CEO Ljung Says Subscriptions Are Coming This Year

    As free music streaming continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger services has hit an important milestone in its bid to build a profitable business. SoundCloud — the Berlin-based audio uploading and streaming site with some 175 million users — has inked a licensing deal with Universal Music Group. For SoundCloud, it marks another step away from potential lawsuits… Read More

  • MyMusicTaste, A Crowdsourcing Platform For Concerts, Raises $10M Series A

    MyMusicTaste, A Crowdsourcing Platform For Concerts, Raises $10M Series A

    MyMusicTaste, a Seoul-based startup that gauges fan interest to help figure out where to plan concerts, plans to expand throughout Asia after landing a $10 million Series A led by Softbank Ventures Korea. Read More

  • Need Music For A Video? Jukedeck’s AI Composer Makes Cheap, Custom Soundtracks

    Need Music For A Video? Jukedeck’s AI Composer Makes Cheap, Custom Soundtracks

    Everyone can shoot video but few can record or afford a legal soundtrack. Until now. With Jukedeck’s new artificial intelligence music composition technology, creators can get a cheap, royalty free soundtrack custom-made for their video. Jukedeck users don’t even need musical talent. They just select the mood, style, tempo and length, and Jukedeck returns a unique song to match… Read More

  • Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify is the world’s top streaming music service in terms of active users, downloads and revenue, according to a new music-focused report out this morning from App Annie. However, while Spotify bested last year’s top streaming music app Pandora Radio from a global standpoint, Pandora is still strong in the U.S. where it remains the number one streaming service by active users… Read More

  • Vevo Follows YouTube Music’s Debut With An Upgraded Music App Of Its Own

    Vevo Follows YouTube Music’s Debut With An Upgraded Music App Of Its Own

    Following today’s launch of the anticipated YouTube Music application, music video streaming app Vevo, which distributes videos to YouTube and counts Google as an investor, is also introducing a new experience of its own. The company today is rolling out a completely revamped mobile app, initially on iOS, which reimagines the Vevo application as one that’s focused more heavily… Read More

  • Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    The company that built the “computer in the cloud” from scratch to take the heavy lifting away from our devices, Upthere, has launched their apps into beta, letting in those who signed up for an invite in slowly. Upthere Home and Upthere Camera for iOS, Android and Mac are now live, and I’ve been playing with them for a better part of the last week. The service is free during… Read More

  • Spotify Turns Its Recommendation Engine To Concerts

    Spotify Turns Its Recommendation Engine To Concerts

    Spotify’s ability to personalize its music recommendations is getting another big boost today, with the launch of a new feature that will now point its users to area concerts they may like to attend. Similar to how Spotify suggests songs in its popular weekly playlists, the “Concerts” feature leverages data about users’ listening behavior, and will update its… Read More

  • Facebook Debuts “Music Stories,” A New Way To Discover And Share Songs From Spotify And Apple Music

    Facebook Debuts “Music Stories,” A New Way To Discover And Share Songs From Spotify And Apple Music

    Facebook announced this morning a new feature called “Music Stories,” that will allow users to better discover new music or share tracks with their friends. Essentially a new post format for Facebook, Music Stories integrates with Spotify and Apple Music to provide a 30-second preview of the shared song or album that can be played directly on Facebook itself. Read More

  • SoundCloud Rolls Out A Dedicated App For Creators

    SoundCloud Rolls Out A Dedicated App For Creators

    SoundCloud, a top 5 Music app on both iOS and Android, has today released a new mobile application aimed specifically at artists and creators. Called SoundCloud Pulse, the app allows its users to share their sounds publicly and privately, track their stats and performance, reply to comments, and follow other users. The company says a more advanced feature set is already in the works, and… Read More

  • Virgin America And Spotify Team Up For Free Inflight Music Streaming

    Virgin America And Spotify Team Up For Free Inflight Music Streaming

    Today, Virgin America announced a partnership with Spotify to give its customers free music streaming as part of its ViaStat program, which also includes Netflix streaming. ViaStat has gone on record saying it can deliver “12 megabits per second download speeds to each seat,” which is faster than anything I’ve ever experienced on a flight. Plus, video streaming is usually… Read More

  • Music Download Site eMusic Gets Acquired Again, This Time By Israeli Media Startup TriPlay

    Music Download Site eMusic Gets Acquired Again, This Time By Israeli Media Startup TriPlay

    Yet more consolidation afoot in the world of digital music, and a new chapter for eMusic, one of the very first sites that let you download music in the form of MP3 files. The company has been acquired by TriPlay, a startup based out of Israel and NYC that operates various online media services, including MyMusicCloud. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but we understand from… Read More

  • Rhapsody Targets Parents With Launch Of A Music-Streaming Service For Kids

    Rhapsody Targets Parents With Launch Of A Music-Streaming Service For Kids

    As the demand for digital music streaming services heats up, thanks in large part to Spotify’s traction and Apple’s more recent entry into the market, a number of competitors are working to differentiate themselves from the pack. In the case of the 14-year-old Rhapsody, the company is today going after moms and dads by launching a new service that claims to be the first-ever… Read More

  • Spotify Comes To Google Chromecast And Chromecast Audio

    Spotify Comes To Google Chromecast And Chromecast Audio

    Every platform and device needs a “killer app.” For Google’s brand new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, that killer app might just be music streaming app Spotify. Today, at Google’s big event, along with new Chromecast and Chromecast audio hardware and software, Spotify announced its adoption of the platform, allowing you to cast music to your TV or speakers that have… Read More