Spotify

  • 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

  • Spotify Removes Peer-To-Peer Technology From Its Desktop Client

    Spotify Removes Peer-To-Peer Technology From Its Desktop Client

    Music streaming startup Spotify is shutting down its peer-to-peer network that powered a significant part of the service in the desktop app. According to TorrentFreak, the company doesn’t need to use peer-to-peer anymore as it has enough servers spread around the world. As a reminder, the mobile app and the web interface never used the peer-to-peer technology. But this is a significant… Read More

  • Lifesum Health Tracker App Gets $6.7M Series A To Outgrow Its Nordics Base

    Lifesum Health Tracker App Gets $6.7M Series A To Outgrow Its Nordics Base

    Health and fitness app Lifesum (formerly known as ShapeUp Club) which lets users track the food they eat and count calories, has closed a $6.7 million Series A funding round led by German multinational media company Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures. It’s the Swedish startup’s first external funding — with the 21-strong startup bootstrapping its way to… Read More

  • Spotify Goes Over To The Dark Side With A New Makeover

    Spotify Goes Over To The Dark Side With A New Makeover

    Spotify has just released a serious redesign for its web, desktop, and iPhone apps that will come to other mobile platforms soon. It brings a simple, darker, dramatic look and feel to the streaming music service. Spotify also added a few updated features like contextual playlists, plus is shift users from starring songs to saving a library of any and every thing the like to hear. Read More

  • Spotify Poaches Googler Alexander Kubaneishvili To Head Russia, Q3 Launch Planned

    Spotify Poaches Googler Alexander Kubaneishvili To Head Russia, Q3 Launch Planned

    As Spotify creeps towards a reported IPO later this year, it is also carefully continuing to build out its international footprint, specifically targeting fast-growing, emerging markets. On that front, the music streaming giant has hired Alexander Kubaneishvili away from Google to run operations in Russia. Read More