Articles about music streaming

Spotify mulls Swift change of policy – we can stream Taylor, but we'll charge

Spotify has reportedly been considering a major policy change to its music-streaming service, by allowing big name artists to release albums on the platform only to paying customers. It comes after Spotify's chief Daniel Ek very publicly dissed pop star Taylor Swift late last year, after she pulled her catalogue from the …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Dec 2015
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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

Apple has put out the first stats around its music subscription service and the end result is ... good start. There are 15m users of the service, said CEO Tim Cook, speaking at the WSJDLive conference this week, and 6.5m of them are paying $9.99 a month. In its most simple terms, that puts Apple straight into second position …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Oct 2015
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Music curation site This Is My Jam to be marmaladed next month

To the wailing of music geeks and the gnashing of audiophiles' teeth, music curation site This Is My Jam (TIMJ) has announced it will be shutting down in September. Launched in 2011, TIMJ hosted a song-suggesting community in which roughly 200,000 users carefully curated music they believed others ought to listen to. More …
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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

Taylor Swift has come out swinging against Apple's "shocking" decision not to pay musicians or composers a penny during a three-month music-streaming trial period. The pop star took to her Tumblr account today to confirm that she would be withholding her album – 1989 – from Apple Music to show her support for young songwriters …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jun 2015

Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so

Analysis Spotify has pulled in extra investment and put out figures showing a jump in paying customers - effectively puffing out its chest as hype-magnet Apple enters the music streaming market. In addition to the $350m in pulled in last month, the company has raised an additional $115m from TeliaSonera, valuing it at $8.5bn. Somewhat …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jun 2015
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Goldman Sachs gives Spotify its mixtape. And by mixtape, we mean a suitcase with $350m in it

Spotify has reportedly raised $350m in a new round of funding that puts an $8bn valuation on the Swedish company. The bulk of the money, according to CNBC citing "people familiar with the matter," came from clients of Goldman Sachs; the financial giant was hired to find sugar daddies for the website. The valuation puts the …

Spotify flips bird at Taylor Swift, adds MILLIONS more users

Spotify says it now has 15 million subscribers, up five million from last May, having added 2.5 million paying punters in the Christmas period alone. It also claims to have 35 million users on its free ad-supported version. Spotify launched a new “family plan” in October, allowing two household members to subscribe for £17.99 …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jan 2015

How to run a big web music biz (Spotify): Grab more cash from fans, sink deeper into the red

Spotify has taken advice from Taylor Swift and shaken off its haters: the online music streaming upstart is in good shape despite increased losses. Founded in 2006, Spotify is privately held but published its 2013 consolidated financial results in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Although it's headquartered in London, UK, and Stockholm …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Nov 2014
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Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET

Elevation and Vertigo may be songs that hit the high notes for Apple boss Tim Cook's chums U2, but the same can't be said for sales of iTunes music right now, which have reportedly nosedived since the start of 2013. According to the Wall Street Journal, iTunes revenue witnessed a rapid decline of around 13 per cent to 14 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Oct 2014
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Grooveshark caught in a net of its own making

Music streaming service Grooveshark has become the latest casualty of copyright law, courtesy of executives trying to boost its catalogue in its start-up days. In a summary ruling that decides a case launched in 2011, The New York Times reports, Manhattan federal district judge Thomas Griesa entered a filing of direct …

Cocky Spotify drops time limits on free listening, skint music-lovers cheer

As it promised to do before Christmas, Spotify has dropped restrictions on free listening with the celestial jukebox - but it's also removed restrictions on free desktop listening, too. Previously the service capped the number of hours you could listen to music without a subscription. That listening contained advertisments, of …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jan 2014
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Aussie bloke hacks way to top of music charts with MIDI-based tunes

A security engineer has successfully hacked his way to the top of the music charts in Australia with songs whose quality can only be enjoyed while on Class A drugs, apparently. Peter Fillmore told SC Magazine that his fake artist account had gobbled up nearly one million hits before it was taken offline. The Melbourne-based …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Nov 2013
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Virgin Media flushes pipes clogged by piles of Spotify fans

Exclusive Virgin Media has been forced to reconfigure routing of its network traffic after some of the telco's customers complained that Spotify kept jamming, The Register has learned. The music-streaming service inked an "exclusive" deal in July last year with Virgin Media to dish up Spotify bundled with various broadband packages to …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 May 2012
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Report: World digital music sales to soar £250m

Global sales of digital music rose this year and are predicted to top £3.92bn ($6.3bn) by the end of December, an increase from £3.67bn ($5.9bn) in 2010, according to a report from Gartner. But the bulk of music industry income still comes from sales of physical music (CDs and LPs) and will continue to do so past 2015 if the …
Anna Leach, 8 Nov 2011
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Deezer launches stunningly original music idea in the UK

French internet outfit Deezer is bringing its YASMS (or Yet Another Streaming Music Service) to the UK. It's FFU-compliant (Far From Unique). The UK has no shortage of music streaming services already: We7 was the first to get established, and Spotify launched in the UK over two years ago. In France, Deezer claims to have six …
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Spotify to launch invite-only service in US

Spotify is following the current trend among Web2.0 companies to lure new customers in by offering online services on an invite-only basis with the launch of the music streaming site in the US later today. It's also a good way of building up a list of email addresses that Spotify can hoard for marketing purposes down the line …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2011
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Apple ignores dozens of iCloud domains

Apple may have paid millions for the domain name iCloud.com, but it seems to have left dozens of related domains in the hands of former iCloud owner Xcerion. The company is expected to announce details of iCloud – rumoured to be some kind of cloud-based music service – at its Worldwide Developer Conference next week. …
Kevin Murphy, 3 Jun 2011
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Spotify's new desktop client cuts off iTunes

The latest client from music streaming service Spotify will talk directly to an iPod, removing the need for iTunes to vet everything copied onto every Apple music player. The new desktop client will synchronise playlists, and offline content for paying customers, with Android and iOS devices. That's particularly important for …
Bill Ray, 4 May 2011

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