Spotify

  • 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

  • No More Words From TuneWiki As Vert Capital Pulls The Plug On Its Music Lyric App

    No More Words From TuneWiki As Vert Capital Pulls The Plug On Its Music Lyric App

    So much for being pulled out of the dead pool. TuneWiki, a popular social music app with millions of users that let people see the lyrics to songs they were streaming on Spotify and other platforms, may have finally sung its last song. After announcing in July 2013 that it would shut down, it then got acquired at the 11th hour, as it turned out by private equity firm Vert Capital… 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

  • 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

  • Spotify Adds An Equalizer So You Can Turn Up The Bass

    Spotify Adds An Equalizer So You Can Turn Up The Bass

    A small but notable update to the Spotify iOS application is sure to please music fans: the company has just rolled out a new equalizer feature which lets you adjust your music by choosing from one of several presets, or by dragging the points in the graph using your finger for a more precise and personalized setting. The app also received a a few other features in this latest release… Read More

  • #Love: In The Time Of Spotify

    #Love: In The Time Of Spotify

    If you look closely at what I’ve built—at my playlists, all of them public—you can see me. You only have to search my name and you’ll see it all right there: what’s in my head. I’m 23, and my idea of love isn’t far from the chorus of “In Your Eyes”. I’m living in the memory of John Cusack standing outside a window. I’m in the… Read More

  • Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

    Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

    Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 million and album sales fell 11.6% to 53.8 million. The report on US trends (not… 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

  • Amazon Prime Music Is Actually About Selling More Physical Goods

    Amazon Prime Music Is Actually About Selling More Physical Goods

    We are entering the age of the omnibundle, where what you see isn’t what you’re paying for. Take Amazon adding a “free” music-streaming service to its $99 a year Prime club. The goal is to lure more people into Prime because its free two-day shipping encourages more impulse buying of physical packages, which is where Amazon makes real money. That’s why it… Read More

  • Apple Will Use Curation To Beat A Path To Mainstreaming Music

    Apple Will Use Curation To Beat A Path To Mainstreaming Music

    Ask the average person who their favorite musicians are and they’ll struggle to name more than a few. That’s one reason search-based streaming services haven’t hit critical mass. They force users to know what they want to hear. And this is why Tim Cook kept touting Beats as the “first streaming service that really got it right. Beats doesn’t ask people what they… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Hollywood & Vine

    Gillmor Gang: Hollywood & Vine

    The Gillmor Gang — Alexia Tsotsis, Keith Teare, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — kick off the holiday weekend with a primer on cloud politics. Techcrunch co-editor Tsotsis in her maiden appearance in the clubhouse wastes no time putting @scobleizer on the spot, but Robert does a Seinfeld by saying nothing in a revealing way. Then we’re off to the land of Beats… Read More

  • Djay 2 App Announces Spotify Partnership

    With Spotify Integration, Algoriddim’s Djay App Gives iOS DJs Access To Millions Of Tracks

    Algoriddim is updating its iOS app djay today with a big new feature — integration with Spotify. This is the first time djay (which the company says has been downloaded 10 million times, making it the world’s bestselling DJ app) has been connected to a streaming music service. This means users will no longer be limited to the music in their collection, and can instead access 20… Read More

  • WTF
    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify, Please Chill With The [Censored] Music

    Spotify is a magic music box. It’s [Censored] an amazing tool. I like to [Censored] people that the $10 I send it each month is the [Censored] money I spend. Having access to such a massive catalog of tunes on every device I own is the [Censored] knees. But Spotify has an [Censored]-interface issue that makes using it occasionally incredibly frustrating to use: Censored music. Read More

  • Facebook Adds Shazam-Style Audio Recognition To Help You Automatically Tag Posts With TV Shows And Songs

    Facebook Adds Shazam-Style Audio Recognition To Help You Automatically Tag Posts With TV Shows And Songs

    Facebook has a new weapon in the battle against Twitter to host lucrative conversations about media. A Shazam-esque opt-in feature coming to the iOS and Android status composer can activate your phone’s microphone, recognize a TV show you’re watching or song you’re listening to, and tag it in your News Feed post. Friends can then listen to a 30-second preview of songs or see… Read More

  • As The Public Markets Beckon, Streaming Startup Spotify Reveals 40M Users, 10M Paid Users

    As The Public Markets Beckon, Streaming Startup Spotify Reveals 40M Users, 10M Paid Users

    As the music streaming market continues to heat up, Spotify has released new user numbers today that solidify its position at the front of the pack: it has now passed 40 million active users, with 10 million of them paying subscribers across the 56 markets where it now offers music services. As a point of comparison, just over a year ago, on March 12, Spotify said it had 6 million paying… Read More

  • Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users

    Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users

    Just over a week ago, Shazam updated the free version of its mobile apps for iOS and Android so that users in the UK (and Germany, Mexico and Brazil, as it happens) could now open and play tracks that have been identified and ‘tagged’ by the app, in music streaming service Deezer. What wasn’t made explicit at the time, however, is this was at the expense of support for… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Eat Your Beats

    Gillmor Gang: Eat Your Beats

    The Gillmor Gang — Josh Miller, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — welcome the latest Jobsian takedown of the music cartel, the presumed acquisition of the Beats hardware/streaming empire by Apple. How the Gang winds its way through the leaks and feints of BigTech is left as an exercise for you. As one Ganger channeled John Lennon early in the chat… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: The Harman/Kardon HTC One, LumaFit, and TC Disrupt

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: The Harman/Kardon HTC One, LumaFit, and TC Disrupt

    News was flowing this week, as HTC launched a new Spotify partnership alongside the ultra-premium HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition. Meanwhile, we took a closer look at the Lumafit health tracker, and as would be expected, we’re all getting geared up for TC Disrupt NY next week. Read More

  • Sprint Announces Spotify Partnership, Unveils HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition Smartphone

    Sprint Announces Spotify Partnership, Unveils HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition Smartphone

    Sprint has gathered the NY media today to reveal a new smartphone in collaboration with HTC and Harman/Kardon, as well as a discount partnership with Spotify. Sprint unveiled a partnership with Spotify alongside a new service called Sprint Sound sessions, the carrier’s own portal to premium discounted live event, advanced music releases, and of course, discounted access to Spotify. Read More

  • Spotify’s Big Redesign Rolls Out To Android Today

    Spotify’s Big Redesign Rolls Out To Android Today

    Following a major makeover from earlier this month, which introduced a new, simpler and darker theme to the streaming music platform Spotify, Android users are now also getting a refreshed app starting today. Like their web, desktop and iOS counterparts, Android users will also now see the darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography that was announced earlier, as well as… Read More