streaming music

  • Apple debuts a dashboard for artists that tracks both streams and purchases

    Apple debuts a dashboard for artists that tracks both streams and purchases

    Apple today launched a new dashboard that will allow artists on Apple Music to track fans’ listening and buying habits and view a variety of analytics about their music, according to Billboard, which had the launch exclusive from Apple. The dashboard, called Apple Music for Artists, is currently available only for select beta users ahead of a broader launch planned for later this spring. Read More

  • Spotify hits 70 million subscribers

    Spotify hits 70 million subscribers

    Spotify just announced it’s killing it on the subscriber front. As of today, Spotify has 70 million subscribers compared to Apple Music’s 30 million. Last July, Spotify had more than 60 million paid listeners and over 140 million active users. There’s essentially no better time than one day after news leaks about Spotify’s confidential filing to go public to announce a… Read More

  • SoundCloud resuscitates home screen with personalized playlists

    SoundCloud resuscitates home screen with personalized playlists

    After laying off 40% of its staff and securing $169 million in emergency funding, SoundCloud’s first product push is a much needed step in the right direction. It’s filling its home page with personalized playlists and best of collections from top genres rather than other content like it’s feed. The hope is to make SoundCloud instantly accessible to new users and a more… Read More

  • Spotify’s Wrapped feature is now live to break down your 2017 listening habits

    Spotify’s Wrapped feature is now live to break down your 2017 listening habits

    Spotify’s annual Wrapped feature is now up to give users insights into what they streamed over the past twelve months. While obviously a promotion for the music service, Wrapped is a quick and amusing diversion from an increasingly hellish news cycle. Spotify acknowledges the fact that 2017 has been an ordeal for lots of people on Wrapped’s landing page, which says “in a… Read More

  • With $70M from Alphabet, UnitedMasters replaces record labels

    With $70M from Alphabet, UnitedMasters replaces record labels

    Record labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no one “buys” music. So today that requires being a technology company, combining analytics with hyper-targeted advertising. Read More

  • YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to sell concert tickets on artists’ video pages

    YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to sell concert tickets on artists’ video pages

    YouTube today announced a partnership with Ticketmaster that will see the Google-owned video network connecting fans with concert tickets and tour information directly on artists’ YouTube video pages. Starting today, YouTube will begin featuring hundreds of artists’ upcoming U.S. tour dates on their YouTube videos beneath the video’s description. This added integration… Read More

  • Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot

    Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot

    In the face of fierce competition from Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora has been growing its in-app subscription revenues, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The streaming music service earned the number one spot on the chart of top grossing apps in Q3 2017, excluding games. It’s the first time Pandora has held that position since the third quarter of 2015. Fueling the music… Read More

  • Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

    Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

    In the music streaming era, artists want to know how their music is being discovered, who’s listening, where, how many have streamed their release and what else their fans are into, among other things. Today, Spotify is releasing an app for artists that aims to answer these questions, while also giving artists a way to update their profile and connect with listeners while on the go. Read More

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