Apple Music’s bar for success just got higher. Spotify on Wednesday reported that it now has 20 million paid subscribers, up from the 15 million paid subscribers it had in January. In total, Spotify now has 75 million users, up from the 60 million users it reported earlier this year. The new paid subscribers number is also double the 10 million paid subscribers that Spotify reported in May of 2014. More →
One of the most important Apple announcements coming from WWDC 2015 concerns music. Apple has finally announced its Beats-based music streaming service, which will be available starting with late June on iOS 8.4, Mac and Windows devices, and on Android in the fall. Most importantly, Apple Music is already changing the music streaming landscape, and you’ll totally love it, even if you don’t plan to ever use it. More →
Over the weekend, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris effectively confirmed that Apple later today will finally take the wraps off of Apple Music, the company’s own on-demand streaming music service.
While the impending launch of Apple Music is hardly breaking news in and of itself, Morris did articulate why he thinks Apple Music is poised to succeed, even in the face of strong competition from the likes of Spotify. Though Spotify currently boasts over 60 million active users, Morris believes Apple can make up a lot of ground quickly because they’ll actually be able to advertise.
Just because Jay-Z’s Tidal service has been a bomb so far, that doesn’t mean artists aren’t right to be upset about the paltry sums of money they’re receiving from Spotify. However, Fort Frances lead singer David McMillin argues over at PopMatters that musicians shouldn’t be upset at Spotify at itself but at their own record labels for taking such huge chunks of cash from Spotify royalties. More →
On Wednesday, Spotify took the stage in NYC to unveil a host of additions that will soon be arriving on its service, including videos, podcasts and a surprisingly extensive list of content partners. We got a peek of the updated app during the presentation, but on Friday, 9to5Mac shared a heap of screenshots from the redesigned Spotify app on iOS. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →