Music

  • Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

    In the battle to lure artists to its platform, Spotify has used exclusives, free advertising, the promise of more listeners, and open access to data artists care about, like number of fans and listens. On that latter front, Spotify released a data dashboard called Fan Insights in late 2015, allowing artists to see how well their music is performing on the service. Today, Spotify is taking the… Read More

  • Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed

    Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed

    Pandora Premium, the company’s paid, on-demand service and rival to Spotify, is today available to all users. The service was technically launched in March, but required users request an invitation to join, as it ramped up to its broader, public availability. The service itself is essentially Pandora’s own spin on on-demand music, offering a combination of radio-like listening as… Read More

  • Will Spotify go public without an IPO?

    Will Spotify go public without an IPO?

    The Wall Street Journal wrote a story that Spotify is “seriously considering” joining the stock market without an IPO. The news was also reported by Mergermarket. The idea would be to go public without the fundraising event; instead, employees and venture capitalists would sell their shares to investors directly. Read More

  • Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum from streaming only

    Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum from streaming only

    Kanye West’s last album has just made streaming history. The Life of Pablo, released a little over a year ago, just went Platinum with over 1.5 billion song streams in the U.S. While popular albums frequently go platinum, this is a big deal because Kanye’s album reached this milestone relying on streams alone – no paid downloads. Let me explain: An album typically goes… Read More

  • Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

    Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

    Apple’s subscription streaming service, Apple Music, rolled out a major (ver. 2.0) release to Android users today, introducing a new design that largely brings the app to parity with its iOS counterpart. The update includes a visual makeover, which organizes content into a few main sections – Library, For You, Browse, and Radio – as on iOS. The Now Playing screen also… Read More

  • For those about to tune, we salute you

    For those about to tune, we salute you

    The first Roadie tuner was a miracle in a plastic case. This little device connected to your phone and then turned the machine heads (the little tuning knobs) on your guitar to exactly the right position. It worked wonderfully. Now the Roadie 2 intends to tune your guitar all night and tune your guitar every day. The Roadie 2 and the Roadie Bass are standalone tuners with an app component… Read More

  • Report: Free trials push Apple Music ahead of Pandora and Spotify on mobile usage

    Report: Free trials push Apple Music ahead of Pandora and Spotify on mobile usage

    Spotify may be the reigning leader when it comes to the largest number of paid subscribers for a streaming music service, but it’s Apple that comes out on top when their respective audiences translate into monthly unique users, specifically on mobile. A report published this week from mobile analytics firm Verto has found that Apple Music attracted 40.7 million monthly unique users to… Read More

  • Soundcloud confirms new $70M credit line, still closin $100M round

    Soundcloud confirms new $70M credit line, still closin $100M round

    Soundcloud — the popular, but unprofitable platform that lets creators post and share music and other audio files — may have been unsuccessful (so far) in closing a new $100 million round of funding, but it’s not running out of money soon. The company has secured a $70 million round of debt funding from three new investors — Ares Capital, Kreos Capital, and… Read More

  • Spotify and Waze partner to play music and navigate seamlessly

    Spotify and Waze partner to play music and navigate seamlessly

    Driving in a car and listening to music go hand in hand, and now a new partnership between music streaming app Spotify and navigation app Waze hopes to make that experience more seamless in the connected age. The two have teamed up so that users of the Waze app can listen to Spotify playlists from within the app, and Spotify users can continue to get their Waze navigation instructions while in… Read More

  • Pandora’s on-demand music service finally arrives

    Pandora’s on-demand music service finally arrives

    Pandora’s long-awaited alternative to Spotify has arrived today. The company this morning announced the debut of a new paid tier to its streaming service called Pandora Premium, which offers a combination of radio-like listening as well as the option to search and play any track and create your own playlists. Read More

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