Despite the fact that Spotify allows me to listen to any song I want to at any time, I often find myself using Pandora instead. It’s not that I prefer Pandora to Spotify, it’s just that I can’t be bothered to make my own playlists, and my Pandora account already features dozens of stations that have been tuned to my preferences.
On Tuesday, Spotify might have won me back over with the introduction of Daily Mix: a series of playlists which include your favorite songs as well as songs that the streaming service thinks you might enjoy.
During Apple’s recent iPhone 7 media event, Tim Cook relayed that Apple Music now has more than 17 million subscribers. That’s a respectable figure, to be sure, but Apple’s streaming music service has a long ways to go before it comes anywhere close to catching up with Spotify.
Apple was the latest big company to dive head-first into the streaming music market, shaking things up and reportedly pulling subscribers away from some of its smaller rivals in the process. But Apple Music, Spotify and the rest of the current crop of on demand music services will seemingly soon have some new competition that could pose a serious threat — which, ultimately, is good news for consumers. More →
With Apple working overtime in an effort to attract new subscribers to Apple Music, and steal away users from Spotify in the process, the company has doubled down on artist exclusives as a marketing strategy. Over the past few months, Apple has successfully managed to convince a number of big name artists like Drake and Frank Ocean to release new albums exclusively on Apple Music.
Predictably, Spotify isn’t a fan of Apple’s business strategy and has reportedly begun retaliating against artists who opt to release exclusives on Apple Music. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, artists who get into bed with Apple may discover that their content becomes harder for users to find on Spotify.
There’s certainly no love lost between Apple and Spotify as the rivalry between the two companies came to a head earlier this week. Spotify’s general counsel, if you recall, recently lambasted Apple for refusing to approve Spotify’s latest app update because the app does not make use of Apple’s proprietary billing system.
In a scathing letter sent to Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell on June 26, Spotify said that Apple’s actions might run afoul of antitrust law and that Apple is using the “App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors.”
There’s a big problem with building a business on the back of other companies’ businesses: You have to play by their rules.
There are countless examples of companies losing their cool when a free ride comes to an end. Twitter is an example that instantly comes to mind. Developers spent so long building apps and services utilizing free access to Twitter’s APIs and its users’ data. They made money — a whole lot of money — with these services and paid nothing to Twitter as they did. Then, when Twitter made some changes to its model that impacted many developers’ products, they flipped.
Fast forward to this week, when Spotify’s general counsel sent a letter to Apple’s lawyers, basically slamming the company for not giving Spotify a free ride while it pulls in millions in fees from iPhone and iPad users. More →
The moment many Adele fans have been waiting for is finally here. Adele decided to make her latest album available for online streaming after all, in spite of her initial stance on the matter. 25 is now available on a variety of online music streaming services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Tidal. More →
Popular Tinder lookalike Bumble has just announced a feature to help it (and you!) stand out in the online dating world: integration with your Spotify profile, so prospective hookups can see what you really mean when you say you have a “varied” taste in music.
Who thought this was a good idea again?
The battle for music streaming supremacy hasn’t been decided just yet, but it’s increasingly starting to look like Spotify and Apple Music will be the two services angling for the top spot. While Spotify still has many more paid subscribers relative to Apple Music, Apple’s streaming service is growing at an impressive clip. The most recent data we have indicates that Apple Music already boasts more than 13 million paid subscribers, a pretty impressive feat for a service that was initially plagued with usability problems at launch. Spotify meanwhile has 30 million paid subscribers.
After a rocky start characterized by a clunky and inconsistent UI, Apple Music has seemingly hit its stride. Not even a year old, Apple’s streaming music service already boasts more than 13 million paying subscribers. And while one might reasonably assume that Apple Music’s tremendous gains in just a few months is bad news for Spotify, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
As it stands today, Spotify currently has more than 30 million subscribers. What’s more, Spotify VP Jonathan Forster recently explained in an interview with Reuters that Spotify has experienced an even faster rate of growth since Apple Music hopped on the scene last June.
If you’re one of the millions of people around the world who count themselves as Spotify users, we have some troubling news: it looks like Spotify recently suffered a security breach. A list containing hundreds of sets of account credentials was published late last week to popular anonymous text file sharing site Pastebin, and several of the accounts have been confirmed to be real. What’s more, users named in the leak are already reporting that their accounts were indeed breached.
In other words, change your Spotify password immediately. More →
Apple Music appears to be doing quite well, with the latest figures indicating that the streaming service now has more than 11 million paying subscribers. That’s not too shabby for a relatively new service, especially one that launched with a number of usability issues and frustrating bugs.
Still, Apple Music has quite a bit of work to do if it wants to catch up to Spotify. Earlier today, Spotify CEO Daniel Elk fired off a tweet boasting that the popular streaming service now has more than 30 million paying subscribers. Impressively, this represents a 50% increase in subscribers from this past June when the company crossed the 20 million subscriber threshold.