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  • 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

  • Why SoundCloud Will Be Worth More Than Spotify Crunch Network

    Why SoundCloud Will Be Worth More Than Spotify

    SoundCloud recently announced it struck a long-awaited licensing deal with Universal Music, whose hit roster includes Kanye West, Adele and Taylor Swift. The Universal deal, in addition to SoundCloud’s latest round of funding, is a strong indicator that the Berlin-based music-content platform is a serious competitive threat to Spotify. 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

  • Report: SoundCloud Secures $35M In Debt Funding

    Report: SoundCloud Secures $35M In Debt Funding

    SoundCloud has raised 300 million Swedish krona (the equivalent of around $35 million USD) in debt funding with Tennenbaum Capital Partners, according to Swedish news site Digital. The report also indicates that SoundCloud has an option to borrow another 600 million Swedish krona (~ $70 million USD) through convertible bonds. Tennenbaum Capital Partners is an American firm that specializes in… 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

  • Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    New European legislation which threatens net neutrality is set to go before the EU Parliament Tuesday. The EU is planning new rules it claims will ‘protect’ Net neutrality, but a leading legal expert says it will in fact do the exact opposite. Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick, also Director of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, has collated signatures from… Read More

  • Full Stack Music: 1 Trillion Streams, 200 Million Tickets Crunch Network

    Full Stack Music: 1 Trillion Streams, 200 Million Tickets

    At present, there are three distinct music industries: radio, on-demand music, and concert ticketing. However, we are starting to enter a new phase, where these industries will converge and produce one integrated experience for artists and fans. I’ve taken to calling this full stack music, because at heart it speaks to a holistic experience that integrates these industries through data. Read More

  • In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience

    In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience

    All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music, but another popular streaming music application, SoundCloud, has also now rolled out a notable update to its mobile application. The update – which delivers new features including related tracks, shuffle, direct playlist editing, and more – is aimed at both improving music discovery and the overall user… Read More

  • Leaked Contract Shows SoundCloud’s Plans For Ad-Free Subscriptions And Paying Labels

    Leaked Contract Shows SoundCloud’s Plans For Ad-Free Subscriptions And Paying Labels

    SoundCloud is desperately trying to go legal and pay royalties before labels pull their music from the streaming service. A contract for legal licensing with independent music publishers shows just how much that could cost the Berlin-based startup. Though this copy of the contract is unsigned, the National Music Publishers’ Association and SoundCloud last month announced they had struck… Read More

  • SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

    SoundCloud has been beta testing its podcasting features with a private group since 2011, but today it’s finally letting everyone in. The SoundCloud podcasting features come in multiple tiers, including one free and two paid options. They challenge existing industry leaders, including Libsyn, as well as provide the RSS hooks necessary to also publish to iTunes and get picked up by… Read More

  • 8tracks Signs Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels To Improve Playlist Creation

    8tracks Signs Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels To Improve Playlist Creation

    Music streaming service 8tracks just signed a few licensing deals with independent music labels to make playlist creation much easier. As a reminder, 8tracks true advantage lies in its community — the service is all about creating playlists and sharing them so that you can find the perfect music depending on your favorite genres and current mood. “Historically, DJs on 8tracks have… Read More

  • SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    Audio streaming platform SoundCloud, now on the road to monetizing more of the tracks on its platform through ads and paid subscriptions, is adding a key partnership into the mix to help track what gets played and when: it is now working with Zefr to identify content posted and listened to on the platform. Today’s announcement is light on detail — Zefr notes in a statement… Read More

  • Slack’s Co-Founders Take Home The Crunchie For Founder Of The Year

    Slack’s Co-Founders Take Home The Crunchie For Founder Of The Year

    If your team collaborates online, you’ve almost certainly heard of Slack. Launched in mid-2013, it’s quickly become one of the top names in team communications. That success has just netted Slack co-founders Stewart Butterfield, Eric Costello, Cal Henderson, Serguei Mourachov the Crunchie for Founder Of The Year. Read More

  • Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Music, music everywhere, but what song should I pick? Dance music fans have it particularly tough when it comes to discovery. Spotify’s 100% legal catalogue lacks tons of cool, unofficial remixes and mixsets, while SoundCloud’s limited curation make sorting through the jumble of sporadically released tracks a chore. If only someone would build a Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt… Read More

  • SoundCloud Launches Collection, A Customizable Home Base For Users

    SoundCloud Launches Collection, A Customizable Home Base For Users

    SoundCloud’s home page stream isn’t always the most conducive to browsing and discovery, so the company is launching a new alternate home base for its users with ‘Collection,’ a way to follow artists, build playlists and like content for a personalized view and playback experience. It’s a relatively small re-orientation of how SoundCloud users will see the world… Read More

  • SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud Confirms Licensing Deal With Warner Music Group

    SoundCloud, the user-created audio streaming platform currently used by 175 million unique listeners each month, confirmed today that it has inked its first licensing deal with one of the major record labels: the Warner Music Group — whose roster includes David Guetta, The Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow — will partner with the streaming company around its ad-supported, creator… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

    Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

  • Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter’s Music Card Now Plays In Its Mobile Apps And Supports iTunes Previews

    Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via… Read More

  • Where’s The Money In Music? We’ll Ask SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London

    Where’s The Money In Music? We’ll Ask SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss At Disrupt London

    Listeners love SoundCloud, but can it be a successful business? It’s a critical moment for the company. It lost $29 million on just $14 million in revenue last year after raising over $123M. Can it get acquired at good price? Could it thrive independently? And where does a service built on unlicensed remixes and DJ sets fit in amongst all-legal music services like Spotify? Well find out… Read More

  • SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud Posted A $29M Loss In 2013 On Revenues Of $14M

    SoundCloud, the popular online music and audio sharing platform, is now exceeding 175 million listeners each month and is on track to reach 200 million. But its rapid growth has seen the company’s costs run away from its revenues. According to recent annual filings for 2013, Soundcloud posted turnover of €11.2 million ($14.1 million) in 2013, up 40% from 2012’s revenues… Read More

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