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Spotify unveils its big plans for video streaming – what you need to know

By on May 20, 2015 at 11:45 AM.

Spotify unveils its big plans for video streaming – what you need to know

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 →

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Tidal Vs Spotify

Video: Jay Z freestyle rips into Spotify and YouTube

By on May 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Video: Jay Z freestyle rips into Spotify and YouTube

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 →

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Apple Beats Music Vs. Spotify Free Streaming

A win for Apple: Spotify will reportedly severely restrict its free streaming tier

By on May 15, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

A win for Apple: Spotify will reportedly severely restrict its free streaming tier

It seems that Apple is getting part of its wish and Spotify will at least severely restrict users’ ability to stream songs for free. Digital Music News’ sources claim that Spotify is planning to limit users’ ability to stream music for free to just three months. After this, they’ll have to pay a subscription fee to continue having unlimited access to the service. More →

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Tidal Vs Spotify

Tidal vs. Spotify: Indie hip hop producers release album on both and declare a surprising winner

By on May 14, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Tidal vs. Spotify: Indie hip hop producers release album on both and declare a surprising winner

Tidal seemed like a service with such promise, but a botched launch caused the iPhone app’s popularity to plummet soon after it was released. Jay-Z’s music service was supposed to be a haven for music fans and artists alike, giving fans access to higher-quality premium tracks while ensuring that artists — independent artists in particular — make more money in the process. Then, to promote Tidal to the world, the service paraded around a bunch of multi-millionaires no one wants to support.

But forget everything you’ve read in the media and forget the fact that even Kanye seems to think the service is doomed, because Tidal now has some support from just the type of people it needs to begin vocally supporting it: Independent artists. More →

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Spotify Vs. Apple Beats Music Event

New details emerge on Spotify’s plans to fend off Apple and Beats Music

By on May 7, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

New details emerge on Spotify’s plans to fend off Apple and Beats Music

Hurricane Apple is coming after Spotify, but the beloved music streaming app seems to have a plan to weather the storm. First, per The Verge, Spotify has announced a major media event for May 20th. The press invite doesn’t hint at any details about what Spotify will announce but it is worth noting that this announcement is slotted to happen before Apple is expected to unveil its big new Beats Music relaunch in June. More →

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Spotify Premium Discount

With Beats Music relaunch looming, Spotify offers a killer deal with a 97% discount

By on May 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

With Beats Music relaunch looming, Spotify offers a killer deal with a 97% discount

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch a new and improved Beats Music service, and the impact could be felt throughout the industry. In fact, there have been rumblings for months now that Apple is trying to convince music labels to eliminate the free streaming tier on services like Spotify.

It indeed feels as though we’re on the cusp of some serious change in the streaming music market, but Spotify is apparently going to do everything it can to attract new business before Apple unveils its revamped streaming service next month. And to help move things along, the company is now offering a killer deal. More →

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Apple Beats Music Vs. Spotify Free Tier

If Apple kills free Spotify streaming, it will make Beats Music even more hated than Tidal

By on May 4, 2015 at 2:05 PM.

If Apple kills free Spotify streaming, it will make Beats Music even more hated than Tidal

When I heard that Apple was pressuring record companies to effectively kill Spotify’s free streaming tier this morning, I’ll admit I was surprised. Not because I think Apple is some altruistic good guy, of course, but more because Apple is normally much smarter when it comes to going after competitors. More →

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Beats Music vs Spotify

Apple wants to ruin Spotify in order to give Beats Music a better shot at success

By on May 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Apple wants to ruin Spotify in order to give Beats Music a better shot at success

When Apple finally relaunches Beats Music later this year, it’s going to have to compete with some of the most popular streaming services on the market, including the seemingly omnipresent Spotify. But Apple knows it’s going to be an uphill battle, which is why we’re inclined to believe a report from The Verge claiming that Apple is trying to convince music labels to force Spotify to drop its free streaming tiers altogether prior to the debut of Beats Music. More →

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Industry insider says free music streaming from Spotify, YouTube and more may soon vanish

By on April 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Industry insider says free music streaming from Spotify, YouTube and more may soon vanish

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 →

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Beats Music Vs Spotify

How Beats Music can dethrone Spotify

By on March 31, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

How Beats Music can dethrone Spotify

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.

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Spotify PS4 Launch

Spotify launches on PS4, PS3 and Xperia devices

By on March 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Spotify launches on PS4, PS3 and Xperia devices

Starting today, PS4, PS3 and Xperia smartphone and tablet owners will have access to Spotify through the new PlayStation Music app. PlayStation Music will replace the outmoded Music Unlimited service, giving Sony device owners access to Spotify’s 30 million songs and 1.5 billion playlists. More →

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Kendrick Lamar Spotify Record

Kendrick Lamar’s new album sets Spotify streaming record

By on March 18, 2015 at 4:36 PM.

Kendrick Lamar’s new album sets Spotify streaming record

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.

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Spotify Grammy Award Predictions

These are Spotify’s predictions for the Grammys

By on February 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

These are Spotify’s predictions for the Grammys

In just a few short days, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS, highlighting the best songs, albums and artists of 2014. In anticipation of the show, Spotify has sorted through its mountains of data in order to predict the winner from each of the main categories. More →

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