The music industry is in turmoil right now. Revenue is drying up at an alarming pace and the big names in the industry are doing everything they can to regain the sales that have been lost due to piracy and the advent of music streaming services. How far are music labels willing to take things to reverse this ongoing downward trend? According to one music industry insider who is certainly in a position to know, free streaming tiers from services like Spotify and YouTube may soon be eliminated, forcing users to pay if they want access to new music. More →
When Apple acquired Beats Music for $3 billion last May, it instantly became the company’s most expensive purchase ever. While the dollar amount involved in the deal might have raised some eyebrows, the acquisition target certainly did not.
With streaming music sites like Pandora and Spotify still gaining in popularity, Apple’s need to get into the streaming music business abundantly clear. And given the tepid product that was iTunes Radio, Apple arguably had no other choice but to go big and bring on an established music-brand if it ever wanted to truly compete with the likes of Spotify.
In case anyone is still wondering why Apple doled out $3 billion for Beats Music, all one has to do is look to the immense success and growing popularity of Spotify. Just this week, Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, set a new Spotify record for the most streams in a single day, 9.6 million to be exact. Notably, the 9.6 million figure only includes songs that were listened the whole way through.
Indeed, Spotify records have come crashing down at a rapid clip in recent memory. In February, for instance, Drake’s latest album, titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, amassed 17.3 million streams over the course of the month, setting a new monthly Spotify record in the process.
Spotify is a fantastic service, easily among the best streaming music offerings in the world. It has really become an all-in-one service compared to rivals, allowing users to stream any song in its catalog on demand, or to listen to custom radio stations based on a genre, song or artist. Not everyone has tried the service though, since there are plenty of other options out there that are almost as good in some ways, and even better in others.
Is there anything worse than when an awesome Spotify playlist is interrupted by an annoying commercial? Yes, plenty of things are worse, but it’s still bothersome and avoidable if you’re willing to pay for Spotify’s ad-free Premium service. The Premium option will normally set you back $9.99 per month, but right now Spotify is offering a great deal on its paid service that offers new users a huge 97% discount. More →
Last week we learned that pop star Taylor Swift decided to remove all her music from Spotify because she felt that it doesn’t “fairly compensate the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music” and that she couldn’t “agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.” Now Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has responded to Swift’s criticism by saying that she and other artists should be grateful to the service because otherwise pirates would just steal their music and they wouldn’t make any money. More →
Artists have been leveling their complaints against Spotify and similar services for years, but few have enough clout to remove themselves from the world of streaming music entirely. After all, some money is better than no money, right? Not for Taylor Swift. This week, she became the latest artist to publicly denounce Spotify and remove all of her albums from the service. More →
There really has never been a better time to be a music fan — particularly if you’re a music fan who loves exploring vast catalogs of music that you won’t find on any top 40 radio stations. Pandora and Spotify have proven to be the two most popular music streaming services so far but there are plenty of competitors that are lining up to take the crown, led by Apple and its newly acquired Spotify rival Beats Music. All this added competition can only mean one thing: Streaming price wars are coming. More →
Listening to unlimited music within the confines of the law is now possible thanks to the advent of music streaming services, but deciding which service to use is becomingly increasingly complicated. Writing for Time, FindTheBest declares that there are currently 102 individual streaming services on the market that allow users to stream music for as long as they want — some for free, others for a low monthly fee. More →
When we think about music streaming services, we typically think of either the ones being offered by tech giants such as Google and Apple, or we think of the ever-popular third-party apps such as Spotify and Pandora. However, LifeHacker’s Alan Henry has put together a great list of music streaming services that he says you should use instead of the service you’re currently addicted to. More →