music streaming

Here’s why Spotify will go public via direct listing on April 3rd

Spotify explained why it’s ditching the traditional IPO for a direct listing on the NYSE on April 3rd today during its Investor Day presentation. With no lockup period and no intermediary banke

Amazon launches its Prime Music service in India

Amazon has quietly launched its Prime Music service in India today. The retailer brought its Prime service to India some 18 months ago, but at the time it was lacking the free music and video streamin

Pandora is laying off about 5 percent of its workforce as it shifts to more automated ads

Streaming music service Pandora is laying off about five percent of its employee base and taking "other cost-saving measures" in an attempt to save about $45 million annually. According to Pandora's 8

Spotify expands merch to beauty products, sells out tickets for Who We Be

Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic streaming. In the latest developmen

Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board

When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets in the world of digital music. Now that he&

You can now play your music across multiple Echo devices

Amazon this morning announced a new feature for its Echo devices called “multi-room music,” which allows owners with more than one Echo to control where their music is played, or even sync

Alexa can now find and play music with over 500 ‘activity phrases’

Alexa’s ability to help you find the right music got a boost this week. The virtual assistant is now able to pull up music for a wide range of activities – like music to focus to, music to

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is officially out amid company shakeup

Following rumblings of a shakeup over the weekend, Pandora confirmed today that co-founder Tim Westergren is stepping down from his role as CEO. Naveen Chopra, who stepped in as the company’s CFO ba

Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO

As Spotify inches its way to a public listing, the streaming music company — which now has 140 million users — has made some significant changes to its board of directors. Sean Parker, the

Crunch Report | SoftBank Buys Boston Dynamics

SoftBank is buying Boston Dynamics, Pandora sells 16% of company to SiriusXM and Taylor Swift is coming back to music streaming. All this on Crunch Report.

Zvooq, Russia’s Spotify, sues Yandex for $29M after key staff were allegedly poached

Zvooq, a music streaming service in Russia and CIS countries backed by major Western labels, is suing Yandex for $29 million. It accuses the Russian search giant of poaching key Zvooq staff for its ow

Electric Jukebox, a new streaming music startup, debuts £169 service for casual fans

Streaming music subscriptions have not yet reached the critical mass that physical music sales and ownership once had, but some argue that this is due mainly to product-market fit, since many of t

Apple picked up talent, tech from defunct music startup Omnifone in August

As the race continues to pick up more subscribers for streaming music services, TechCrunch has learned that one of the most prominent players in the field quietly picked up some talent and tech to

Spotify finally launches in Japan, the world’s second largest music market

Afters years of waiting, Spotify has finally launched its music streaming service in Japan. We reported earlier this month that the launch would happen before September is out, and the company just ab

Spotify will launch its streaming service in Japan this month

After more than a year of hinting, Spotify is finally coming to Japan this month. The Swedish music streaming service will go live in the country before the end of September, a source at the company c

Spotify > YouTube as audio streaming surpasses music videos

Audio didn’t quite kill the video star, but it’s making a comeback. Americans are now on-demand streaming more songs as audio than they’re consuming through music videos. The shift h

Apple returns fire on Spotify, calling out ‘rumors and half-truths’ over App Store rejection

The dispute between Apple and Spotify over subscription revenues continues today with a letter from the former accusing the latter of using "rumors and half-truths" to advance "unfair and unreasonable

Indian streaming firm Saavn lands investment from U.S. music mogul Guy Oseary

Saavn, the music streaming service we've likened to 'India's Spotify' in the past, has just landed a notable strategic investor that could help it unlock more artists and business potential.

Spotify hires Lady Gaga’s former manager Troy Carter to counter Tidal and Apple exclusives

Troy Carter has confirmed yesterday’s report from <a target="_blank" href="http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=301392">Hits Daily Double</a> that he’s now going to work for Spotify as Global He

Spotify family plan is now cheaper, $14.99 for up to 6 people

Spotify is catching up with the competition when it comes to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.spotify.com/us/family/">family plans</a>. Like Apple Music and <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/20
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