Now that Apple Music has officially launched, many Spotify users are trying to figure out the best way to export their playlists from one service to the other. Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution for this dilemma, but don’t worry — you won’t have to manually recreate every single playlist if you don’t want to. More →
This Simple Tool Shows How Much You’re Paying for Netflix, Spotify and Other Subscriptions Each Month
The entertainment world is moving more toward a subscription-based business model in which we pay monthly fees in exchange for the rights to stream an unlimited amount of content through our phones, computers and TVs. That said, all these subscriptions can add up to a lot of money if you subscribe to a lot of them, which is why we were pleased to see that The Wall Street Journal has created a simple, easy-to-use tool for figuring out what your total monthly subscription budget really is. More →
After months of anticipation, Apple Music is finally out in the wild. Thus far, initial reviews of Apple’s foray into the streaming music business have been largely positive, aside from a few expected software glitches that will hopefully be ironed out in the coming days.
Of course, Apple Music is entering an already saturated market currently dominated by Spotify. What’s more, Spotify, in addition to being beloved by millions of users, has a multi-year head start on Apple Music.
All of this begs the question: How does Apple Music compare to Spotify?
With Apple Music now out of the bag, Chris Johnston of The Guardian recently penned a piece detailing just the myriad of new listening options users can now dive into and enjoy. Without question, Apple Music is Apple’s most ambitious music project to date, and in turn, there’s a completely new UI to learn.
Somewhat strangely, Apple hasn’t really put out an easy to digest cheat sheet laying out how to navigate Apple Music. Thankfully, Johnston steps in and fills in some of these blanks.
Apple Music’s bar for success just got higher. Spotify on Wednesday reported that it now has 20 million paid subscribers, up from the 15 million paid subscribers it had in January. In total, Spotify now has 75 million users, up from the 60 million users it reported earlier this year. The new paid subscribers number is also double the 10 million paid subscribers that Spotify reported in May of 2014. More →
One of the most important Apple announcements coming from WWDC 2015 concerns music. Apple has finally announced its Beats-based music streaming service, which will be available starting with late June on iOS 8.4, Mac and Windows devices, and on Android in the fall. Most importantly, Apple Music is already changing the music streaming landscape, and you’ll totally love it, even if you don’t plan to ever use it. More →
Over the weekend, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris effectively confirmed that Apple later today will finally take the wraps off of Apple Music, the company’s own on-demand streaming music service.
While the impending launch of Apple Music is hardly breaking news in and of itself, Morris did articulate why he thinks Apple Music is poised to succeed, even in the face of strong competition from the likes of Spotify. Though Spotify currently boasts over 60 million active users, Morris believes Apple can make up a lot of ground quickly because they’ll actually be able to advertise.
Just because Jay-Z’s Tidal service has been a bomb so far, that doesn’t mean artists aren’t right to be upset about the paltry sums of money they’re receiving from Spotify. However, Fort Frances lead singer David McMillin argues over at PopMatters that musicians shouldn’t be upset at Spotify at itself but at their own record labels for taking such huge chunks of cash from Spotify royalties. More →
On Wednesday, Spotify took the stage in NYC to unveil a host of additions that will soon be arriving on its service, including videos, podcasts and a surprisingly extensive list of content partners. We got a peek of the updated app during the presentation, but on Friday, 9to5Mac shared a heap of screenshots from the redesigned Spotify app on iOS. More →
Spotify: It’s not just for music streaming anymore. The hugely popular streaming app announced on Wednesday that it will add video streaming to its library of content in a bid to compete with YouTube and other popular video streaming sites. In its announcement, Spotify said that it had already signed up several partners to deliver professional video content, including Comedy Central, Vice News, ABC, BBC, ESPN, Elite Daily, and TED. At the moment, it seems that these content providers will only be delivering video clips of shows, although it’s possible they’ll allow for streaming full episodes in the future. More →
Tidal subscribers who attended Jay Z’s private concert on Saturday night were treated to the latest chapter in the saga of Tidal vs. the world. The rapper’s new streaming music service has come under fire since its debut. While Jay Z believes the wave of criticism is linked to an “organized smear campaign” being carried out by a number of large companies, others posit the service’s position as a haven for upcoming indie musicians is in stark contrast with the image it created by parading around a bunch of multimillionaires to promote it.
Regardless, Jay Z on Saturday took the fight straight to the competition when he called out the big boys of the music streaming business on stage during his concert this past weekend. More →