streaming music

  • Spotify seeks more personalized playlists after Discover Weekly finds 40M users

    Spotify seeks more personalized playlists after Discover Weekly finds 40M users

    Apple Music, Tidal and, until recently, Spotify, failed at music discovery because they stuck to a blog-style format. But Spotify has cracked the code with a Facebook News Feed-style personalized, frequently updated playlist called Discover Weekly. Spotify now says the playlists have seen 40 million unique users since launching last July, and 5 billion tracks streamed. Read More

  • Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand launches in U.S., inks global deal with McDonald’s

    Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand launches in U.S., inks global deal with McDonald’s

    As Spotify continues to grow its consumer subscription business and expand the services it provides to artists, one of its side bets is making inroads in another route to music streaming riches. Spotify-backed and co-founded Soundtrack Your Brand, which streams music in business locations, is launching in the U.S. And to mark the news, it’s also announcing that it has signed a… Read More

  • Kanye West’s new album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ is no longer a Tidal exclusive

    Kanye West’s new album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ is no longer a Tidal exclusive

    So much for Kanye West’s plans to make his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” a Tidal exclusive. The artist, who has changed his mind numerous times with regard to this latest release, has now put the album out on Tidal’s competitors, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. The move is notable because West had originally promised fans the album would… Read More

  • Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

    Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

    On-demand streaming music is inevitable, so Spotify is taking whatever fuel it can get to win the race against Apple. Whoever can sign up customers faster to consume their data and network effect could earn money off them for a long, long time. So it makes sense that Spotify would be willing to raise money at ugly, exploitative terms now for a better chance at earning those riches… Read More

  • Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

    Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

    Music listeners are cheapskates. Few will pay Spotify or Apple $10 a month even to stream almost every song ever. Meanwhile, radio services like Pandora hardly scrape by on the meager ad rates after they pay out royalties. So if Pandora wants to resuscitate the battered corpse of Rdio it acquired for $75 million last year, it can’t just be another unlimited monthly subscription. The… Read More

  • Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    Spotify Now Integrates With Amazon Echo… If You’re A Premium User

    To the unassuming eye, the Amazon Echo looks like a newfangled stereo speaker, and so it’s no surprise that music is one of the more popular applications for Amazon’s connected, voice-activated, AI device. From today, music on Echo is getting a boost, with a new direct integration between Spotify and Amazon Echo. “Now playing your favorite music from Spotify is as easy as… Read More

  • Trademark Filings Point To More Beats Radio Stations Coming To Apple Music

    Trademark Filings Point To More Beats Radio Stations Coming To Apple Music

    Just-spotted trademark applications from Apple-owned Beats Electronics, LLC point to Apple’s plans to introduce more live streaming radio stations to its Apple Music service to accompany its 24-hour station, Beats 1. It appears Apple’s radio lineup may be expanding to include Beats 2, Beats 3, Beats 4, and Beats 5, according to the applications filed with the U.S. Patent and… Read More

  • Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify Claims Streaming Music Throne Worldwide, But Pandora Is Still Top Service In U.S.

    Spotify is the world’s top streaming music service in terms of active users, downloads and revenue, according to a new music-focused report out this morning from App Annie. However, while Spotify bested last year’s top streaming music app Pandora Radio from a global standpoint, Pandora is still strong in the U.S. where it remains the number one streaming service by active users… 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

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