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.
Untitled Unmastered is the name of Kendrick Lamar’s brand new album, that’s available for streaming right now on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. You can also purchase it on iTunes if streaming is not your kind of deal.
Is there a future for disconnected devices? Are we on the brink of coming full circle, arriving back at a place where dedicated devices that are cut off from the web will once again be en vogue? As the Internet of Things category gets ready to explode and companies continue to launch “smart,” connected versions of practically everything you can think of, one company thinks there is still a place for clever offline gadgets that
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently sat down for a Q&A session on Quora where the founder of the popular music streaming service answered a wide array of questions from users. For anyone who has followed the company closely, one of the reasons why it’s so beloved is that Ek and his team are bonafide music lovers who care just as much about delivering a superb listening and user experience as they do about the bottom line. In conjunction with this, Ek has historically been rather candid and upfront about most issues pertaining to Spotify.
That being the case, Ek’s Quora session was, as you might expect, refreshingly honest and informative.
Looking for a good reason to sign up for a Spotify Premium account? How about a free Chromecast? Spotify announced this week that new subscribers will be able to pay for three months of Premium up front and receive a free Chromecast Audio. The offer is available to U.S. and U.K. subscribers through February 28th or until supplies run out. More →
When it comes to questionably legal streaming music services, they’re often more hassle than they’re worth. Not only do they typically lack the features of the major players like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, but there’s no telling when the DMCA notices will start pouring in, forcing you to abandon your playlists and find a new alternative.
Wefre, the latest of these services, might be the exception to the rule.
Just hours after the original report surfaced on Monday, Spotify has launched its video streaming service on Android app. In order to access the videos, head to the navigation menu and tap the “Browse” button. From there, you should see a new section entitled “Shows,” which features both “Video Shows” and “Audio Shows.”
Spotify seems ready to move past streaming music and embrace video as well. Just as rumored before, the company wants to offer video content as well and the new product will reportedly roll out later this week with a heavy focus on mobile. Android users will get it this week via an app update, with iPhone owners set to receive it by the end of next week. More →
Building a Spotify playlist for a road trip or a get-together typically leads to undue stress. You can barely figure out what you want to listen to on your way to the grocery store — how in the world are you going to find hours worth of material for a group of people with completely disparate tastes? Rather than spend hours trying to mold the perfect playlist, you might want to check out Juke. More →
Remember when Apple Music was going to come along and kill Spotify? Well Apple Music has been around for a while now and it’s a pretty decent service, but Spotify is alive and well. In fact, it’s thriving and the Spotify app is still one of the highest grossing apps in the iOS App Store.
You use Spotify. You love Spotify. But are you getting the most out of the service that you possibly can? Probably not, but don’t worry because we found a great collection of tips that will push your Spotify experience to the next level. More →