Spotify

  • Spotify To Let Free Users Get 30 Minutes Uninterrupted Listening In Return For Watching Video Ads

    Spotify To Let Free Users Get 30 Minutes Uninterrupted Listening In Return For Watching Video Ads

    Spotify for Brands, the advertising side of the music streaming service (and one of the ways it generates revenue outside of paid subscriptions), is rolling out two new video ad units that will be seen by non-paying Spotify users. The first, mobile-only format, lets Spotify Free users opt in to watch a brand-sponsored 15 to 30 second video spot — dubbed a “Sponsored… 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

  • 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