Music

  • Crosley’s First Direct Drive Turntable Doesn’t Disappoint

    Crosley’s First Direct Drive Turntable Doesn’t Disappoint

    The Crosley C200 is a great turntable, and I highly recommend checking it out it if you are in the market for a new record player. The design is great, the price is fair, it’s easy to set up, and it sounds wonderful. Read More

  • SoundCloud Pulse, A Dedicated App For Music Creators, Arrives On iOS

    SoundCloud Pulse, A Dedicated App For Music Creators, Arrives On iOS

    SoundCloud Pulse, the music streaming service’s dedicated app for artists and creators, is now available on iOS. In an odd move in a market where apps tend to release on iOS first, Pulse first debuted on Android back in November. Like the Android version, the iOS app also aims to make it easier for users to share their sounds and tracks, interact with fans, and track their performance… Read More

  • Thousands Bought Kanye West’s New Album, But Never Received Their Download

    Thousands Bought Kanye West’s New Album, But Never Received Their Download

    Digital music service TIDAL climbed to the top of the App Store, thanks to scoring the exclusive rights to Kanye West’s new album, “The Life of Pablo” – but that release hasn’t exactly been going as planned. Twitter today is filled with complaints from consumers who claimed they paid for the album, but never received the download. TechCrunch staff has experienced… Read More

  • Vevo’s New, More Personalized Music App Comes To Android & Apple TV

    Vevo’s New, More Personalized Music App Comes To Android & Apple TV

    In recent months, Vevo has been working to extend its brand from being best-known as the provider of original music videos on YouTube to being a service for music discovery in its own right. The company in November rolled out an upgraded iOS experience as a part of this larger vision, and has today extended that experience to Android and Apple TV. Similar to the iOS version, the new Vevo… Read More

  • Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    To the unassuming eye, the Amazon Echo looks like a newfangled stereo speaker, and so it’s no surprise that music is one of the more popular applications for Amazon’s connected, voice-activated, AI device. From today, music on Echo is getting a boost, with a new direct integration between Spotify and Amazon Echo. “Now playing your favorite music from Spotify is as easy as… Read More

  • SoundCloud Gets Its Own Radio Feature With Launch Of “Stations” On iOS And Android

    SoundCloud Gets Its Own Radio Feature With Launch Of “Stations” On iOS And Android

    With opportune timing, given Apple’s decision to put its curated iTunes Radio stations behind a paywall, music streaming service SoundCloud today launched its own take on continuous, lean-back listening with the debut of “Stations.” Similar to other radio services, like Pandora, Stations allow users to listen to an endless stream of music based on a track, search terms… Read More

  • 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