Spotify

  • Xiaomi Poaches Spotify’s Donovan Sung To Lead International Product Development

    Xiaomi Poaches Spotify’s Donovan Sung To Lead International Product Development

    Now that it’s apparently the third largest smartphone maker in the world, China’s Xiaomi needs experienced heads to help it build its business outside of Asia. And that’s exactly what it’s getting. TechCrunch understands the company has hired Donovan Sung, who was Spotify’s first product manager in the US, to run its international product development team in a… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    As we return from Disrupt London, we give you the stories you won’t want to miss from the past week (10/18-10/24). 1. Josh Constine wrote a long form piece called “Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks” about the future of Spotify and what it will take for them to win the music streaming race. 2. Columnist Jon Evans explored the concept of Developaralysis… Read More

  • Spotify Introduces Family Plan, Starting At $14.99 Per Month For Two Members

    Spotify Introduces Family Plan, Starting At $14.99 Per Month For Two Members

    A much requested feature — and playing catch-up with competitors, such as Rdio — Spotify is introducing a family plan to reduce the cost of several family members subscribing to the music streaming service. The ‘Spotify Family’ plan lets users buy premium subscriptions for up to four additional family members at 50 per cent off, or $4.99 for each additional account. So… Read More

  • Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

    Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from… Read More

  • Jimmy Buffett Asked Spotify’s CEO For A Raise

    Jimmy Buffett Asked Spotify’s CEO For A Raise

    At today’s Vanity Fair Summit in San Francisco, musical artist Jimmy Buffett made a quick appearance to ask a question from the audience to Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify: “When can we get a raise?” Read More

  • 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

  • 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

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