Ever since it became the most popular music streaming service on the Internet, Spotify has been making artists angry. The streak continued earlier this week when musician David Lowery filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Spotify “has — and continues to — unlawfully reproduce and/or distribute copyrighted musical compositions.” More →
The Beatles used a webpage that looks like it was designed in the late 1990s to announce their arrival in the twenty-first century. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time on December 24th in every time zone around the world, a huge portion of The Beatles’ catalog will be available to stream on nine different services. In other words, a whole lot of Beatles fans will have a very merry Christmas this year, and a bunch of rich people just got much, much richer. More →
It’s official: Taylor Swift called Spotify’s bluff.
On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Spotify is planning to allow some artists to gate their music behind the service’s premium tier, forcing users to upgrade to a paid subscription if they want to stream the artist’s latest album upon release. More →
Perhaps the biggest revenue success story in the U.S. app market this year has been the stunning rise of Spotify in the iPhone revenue charts. This is all the more remarkable considering that Spotify has been facing direct competition from some of the biggest names in the music and software businesses in 2015. More →
Services like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and other streaming music solutions are fantastic when you’re at home, commuting or working out, but what happens when you’re in your car driving around? Listening to terrestrial radio really just isn’t an option considering how terrible it is these days, but only newer cars have Bluetooth or aux-in ports that let you play music from your phone.
If you have an older car, don’t worry — the BGR Deals Team has a simple solution for you that will let you stream music from your phone to any car stereo, and it only costs $17 on Amazon right now: Meet the JETech Wireless FM Transmitter Radio Car Kit. More →
The music industry isn’t in turmoil, but it’s undeniably in the midst of a transformation. These days, services like YouTube, Pandora and Spotify make it easier than ever for fans to discover new music and listen to old favorites. At the same time, many musicians have expressed concern that the economic model of a streaming-based music economy simply isn’t viable.
During a roundtable discussion on copyright issues at Belmont University in Nashville this week, songwriter Kevin Kadish said that he earned just $5,679 for more than 178 million streams of the song “All About That Bass“, a hit song he co-wrote for singer Meghan Trainor.
Spotify just updated its terms of service with language that further details the kind of data collection it practices, and why it does it. While some of the text additions and changes and might not actually have an adverse impact on users, the fact still remains that Spotify wants to collect even more data about you, in line with what other companies are also doing. Unlike others, though, Spotify doesn’t seem ready to let you do anything about it. More →
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?