Amazon quietly took the wraps off of its new streaming music service earlier this week, and the reception thus far has been mixed. Some see Prime Music as a nice value-add for Amazon Prime users who now have yet another unlimited digital service to enjoy for their annual $99 subscription. Others see it as a half-baked product that doesn’t compete at all with established leaders in the market. Wherever you stand on the matter, the launch of Amazon’s new streaming music service marks a terrific time to revisit all of the top options out there and see how they stack up. More →
Spotify on Tuesday announced that a hacker had broken into its systems and used it to access internal company data. The company says that so far only one of its users’ accounts has been compromised in the breach so far, but it’s nonetheless taking extra steps to ensure its customers’ private data stays safe.
One of the most popular music streaming services in the world just hit another major milestone. Spotify announced on its blog on Wednesday that it now has over 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users across the 56 markets in which the service is available. Last March, the company reported that it had 6 million subscribers, which means that the latest data shows a 66% increase in paying users in just over a year. More →
Sprint has struggled to keep up recently as it’s faced major pressure from T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” campaign and its own “Framily” campaign has been flat-out frightening at times. That said, Sprint may have finally come up with a way to lure some new subscribers on Tuesday as it announced that starting on May 9th, both new and existing customers who subscribe to its “Framily” plans will get a free six-month trial of music streaming service Spotify. More →
Spotify, arguably the most robust music streaming service on the market, just received its biggest overhaul yet. Every incarnation of Spotify from the mobile app to the desktop app to the web player has been completely redesigned, sporting a new, darker theme and some welcome features. If you’ve ever used Spotify before, it’ll be easy to spot the differences in version 1.0 — not only has the app been given a fresh coat of paint, the font has been spruced up, the menu is cleaner and everything is easier to access. More →
As the music streaming market becomes increasingly crowded, each service is finding new ways to stand out. iTunes Radio teamed up with NPR, Samsung’s Milk Music doesn’t have ads and now Spotify has revealed a new 50% discount for college students in the United States. This offer has been available to students in the UK for about two years, but this is the first time American students will have the option to get Spotify Premium for $4.99 a month. If you’re a student at any accredited university in the U.S., you can take advantage of this offer right away. You’ll also be able to reactivate the offer for three additional years, giving you the ability to “graduate to Spotify,” if you so choose. Check out the offer right here.
It hasn’t taken very long for Apple’s iTunes Radio to rise up in popularity. Via MacRumors, a new survey of American consumers conducted by Edison Research and Statista has found that iTunes Radio is now the third-most popular music streaming service and has leapt ahead of Spotify. Overall, the survey found that 8% of people surveyed said that they’d listened to iTunes Radio within the last month, more than the 6% who said that they’d listened to Spotify and the 3% who said they’d listened to Google Play All Access. More →
Spotify announced on Thursday that it will be acquiring The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that has helped power Rdio, Vevo, iHeartRadio and dozens of other services in the past. Spotify has already claimed its spot near the top of the music streaming service market, but with The Echo Nest on board, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek believes his company will be able to strengthen its bonds with brands and partners even further. More →
We all love music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora but how good are they for the artists who make our favorite music? The Guardian reports that cellist Zoë Keating, who releases all her recordings independently, has released numbers showing how much money she made from various sources over the past year and music streaming revenues are a paltry portion of her total income. More →
Music streaming companies are pulling out all the stops lately, whether to pre-empt tomorrow’s launch of the much-hyped Beats Music service or to stay ahead of the intense competition. This includes Spotify, which announced today a partnership with Topspin that allows artists to list their merchandise on Spotify for free. More →
Spotify on Wednesday announced that its lifting all limitations from its free desktop version, allowing users in all countries where the service is available to listen to music for as long as they want, and play their favorite songs for as many time as they want. “In the past, we had to restrict your listening time to some hours a month once a 6-month unlimited grace period had passed,” Spotify writes. “But now, if you haven’t noticed, there’s no more time limit if you are using Spotify for free.” The free version will still serve ads in between songs, while the paid Spotify Premium version will remove ads and offer other perks such as track downloads and better audio. More →
Spotify finally caved to the pressure last week and introduced its own ad-supported free streaming feature for mobile users. The smartphone version is restricted to Shuffle Play and artist/album radio stations, but that hasn’t stopped users from downloading Spotify in droves. According to CNET, Spotify saw four times the number of downloads since the feature launched last week. The company hasn’t released any official numbers yet, but there’s little doubt that free streaming would fail to draw a crowd. Spotify also climbed into the top 10 in the App Store in 20 markets, including the U.S. after the rollout. There’s still plenty of catching up to do before Spotify can overtake Pandora, but it’s certainly on the right track.