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Amazon Music Streaming Service

Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a subscription music service

By on March 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a subscription music service

Amazon (AMZN) is the latest company rumored to be prepping a subscription music service, according to The Verge. Although the streaming music business has not yet proven to be all that profitable, a number of companies have expressed interest in joining a growing field of services. Amazon already offers a robust music store with features such as cloud music storage and a Cloud Player, however the company has reportedly reached out to various music companies about the idea of starting an “on-demand” subscription music service similar to Spotify. Earlier reports have indicated that Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) are also in talks with record labels to launch competing music streaming services.

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Music Piracy Study

Study finds illegal downloading doesn’t harm music industry

By on March 20, 2013 at 12:47 AM.

Study finds illegal downloading doesn’t harm music industry

A new study published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has found that illegal downloading doesn’t hurt the music industry. After examining the browsing habits of more than 16,000 Europeans, the research showed that there is actually a positive link between online piracy and visits to legal music stores — so rather than negatively impacting digital revenues, researchers found that music sales can actually benefit from piracy. More →

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Ford Sync Spotify Integration

Ford Sync’s new Spotify integration signals further decline of traditional radio

By on February 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM.

Ford Sync’s new Spotify integration signals further decline of traditional radio

We had the opportunity to tour the Ford booth on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress, and were treated to a first-hand walk-through of the newest version of the company’s Sync in-car media and voice command technology. Chief among the new features is Spotify integration, giving subscribers ubiquitous access to the streaming music service by way of a few simple voice commands. More →

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Spotify tops 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S., more than 5 million worldwide

By on December 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM.

Spotify tops 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S., more than 5 million worldwide

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced at a press event in New York City on Thursday that the company’s music streaming service has more than 5 million paid subscribers and 20 million active users worldwide, TheNextWeb reported. The latest numbers are an increase from July when the company said it had only 4 million paying members and 15 million active users. Ek noted that Spotify has been “growing like crazy” and that 1 million paid subscribers are located in the United States. As of today, the company has paid out more than $500 million to copyright holders and its users have created more than 1 billion playlists, 4 million of which have been titled “Love,” that have streamed 80% of Spotify’s music catalog. Earlier reports indicated that the music streaming service wasn’t living up to its hype since arriving in the U.S., although the most recent numbers seem to counter that argument. The biggest news of the day wasn’t the statistics, however. Spotify also announced that anti-sharing rock band Metallica will be joining the platform and making its music available for streaming.

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Spotify now has more than 15 million active users, 4 million paying subscribers

By on July 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM.

Spotify now has more than 15 million active users, 4 million paying subscribers

Spotify User Base

Spotify’s music streaming service is now enjoyed by more than 15 million active users globally, including more than 4 million paying subscribers, according to The Next Web. The news was announced at the Global Business Summit on Creative Content in London on Tuesday by Spotify’s chief content officer and U.S. managing director, Ken Parks, and comes shortly after the company released an update that added free streaming radio for the company’s Android app. Earlier this year, Spotify revealed that more than 20%, or 3 million, of its active users paid for premium monthly access. Despite the milestone, the service still falls short of rival Pandora (P), which recently surpassed 150 million users. More →

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Spotify finally brings streaming radio to Android devices

By on July 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM.

Spotify finally brings streaming radio to Android devices

Spotify Radio Android App

Spotify on Tuesday announced an update to the company’s popular Android app that adds the free custom radio feature that was previously only available for iOS and desktop users. The service is available for both free and premium Spotify users, and allows for unlimited streaming of artist, song, playlist or album-based radio stations to compatible Android devices. Of note, when users hear a song they enjoy and rate it with a thumbs up, the song will be saved to a “Liked from Radio” playlist on their phone desktop for easy access. The Spotify app is available now for free in Google’s (GOOG) Play store.

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Spotify said to be No.2 source of revenue for major music labels

By on June 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

Spotify said to be No.2 source of revenue for major music labels

Spotify Revenue Music Labels

Digital music streaming company Spotify is reportedly now the No.2 source of revenue for major music labels. The report comes from Business Insider and cites an anonymous source, who claims that while revenue earned by major labels from Spotify is nowhere near that of iTunes, it has catapulted ahead of competitors since launching in the United States last summer. An estimated 23 million people used Spotify’s streaming music service last month, which is available for free with advertising breaks or at two paid subscription levels that each offer ad-free music streaming. Spotify recently brought its new radio service to its iPhone and iPad app, allowing users to create artist, song or playlist-based streaming radio stations similar to those offered by rival Pandora. The move is seen by some as a potentially significant blow to Pandora, and the company’s stock has taken a hit recently as a result. More →

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Spotify brings streaming radio to iPhone, iPad app

By on June 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM.

Spotify brings streaming radio to iPhone, iPad app

Spotify Radio iPhone iPad

Spotify on Tuesday announced the addition of free mobile radio to the company’s popular Spotify app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Spotify’s radio features were previously only available to desktop users, however free and premium Spotify users can now stream limitless artist, song, playlist or album-based radio stations to Apple’s iOS devices. “Our focus has always been on creating an amazing user experience,” said Spotify VP of product, Charlie Hellman. “The radio feature we’ve added to our iPhone and iPad apps gives users the ability to discover, listen and save what they like on the go – all within one app – for free.” Spotify’s full press release follows below, and Spotify’s app is available for free in the iOS App Store. More →

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Overhauled Spotify app for Android now available

By on June 12, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Overhauled Spotify app for Android now available

Spotify Android App Update

Spotify on Tuesday announced that an overhauled version of its Android application is now available for download in the Google Play marketplace. The updated Spotify app has been rewritten with full support for Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich and it adds a host of new features including slide-out navigation, a new home screen widget, new sharing social features, 320Kbps streaming support and Last.fm scrobbling. “For all our Android users, this Spotify update is a huge leap forward. We’ve rebuilt it from top to bottom, making it faster, slicker and much better looking,” Spotify VP of products Gustav Södertröm said. “The feedback we got from the preview we released a few weeks back was really positive. We wanted to give our users something special – we really hope you like it.” Spotify’s full press release follows below. More →

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Pandora touts more than 150 million users

By on May 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

Pandora touts more than 150 million users

Pandora has more than 150 million listeners

According to CEO Joe Kennedy, Pandora has surpassed 150 million users in the United States and is the second most downloaded app in the history of Apple’s App Store, CNET reported on Wednesday. The Internet radio service has big plans for the future and is working with automakers to integrate the service into virtually all future vehicles. “We truly believe this is just the beginning,” Kennedy said at the CTIA Wireless trade show in New Orleans. Over the past year, the company has faced increased competition from streaming service Spotify, however it doesn’t seem to have affected Pandora’s continued growth. More →

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Spotify for iPad now available [video]

By on May 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Spotify for iPad now available [video]

Spotify for iPad now available

Spotify on Tuesday announced that its highly anticipated iPad application is now available for download in Apple’s App Store. The free app allows premium Spotify subscribers to access the company’s huge portfolio of music, stream tracks and playlists, and share songs. The new Spotify iPad app also features gapless playback, a crossfade function and AirPlay integration, allowing users to stream music wirelessly from the iPad to AirPlay-compatible devices. Spotify’s full press release follows below along with a video. More →

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Spotify reportedly prepping Pandora competitor

By on April 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM.

Spotify reportedly prepping Pandora competitor

Web-based streaming music provider Spotify is reportedly preparing to launch a new service that will add new radio and content discovery elements to its portfolio. Citing multiple unnamed sources, Bloomberg on Thursday reported that Spotify is developing a new online radio service that will compete directly with Pandora. Due to launch by the end of this year, the ad-supported service will allow users to stream unlimited music through Spotify’s software, and the service may launch with new music content that is not currently available to Spotify customers. It is unclear exactly how the new offering will differ from Spotify Radio, which was unveiled late last year as an artist-based streaming radio service available for free to all Spotify users. The company’s current core product allows Spotify’s 10 million users to stream music from its online catalog in an iTunes-like player that also allows subscribers to search for content, create playlists and share content with friends. More →

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Pebble smartwatch raises a record $3.6 million through Kickstarter [video]

By on April 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM.

Pebble smartwatch raises a record $3.6 million through Kickstarter [video]

Kickstarter is filled with some brilliant, some not-so-brilliant and some very strange ideas, and if user interest is any indication, the Pebble ePaper smartwatch can likely be filed under brilliant. Allerta, the company behind the product, opened a Kickstarter page less than a week ago and has already become the most funded project of all time on the site, which allows users to make small and large donations toward projects they want to back. The company’s initial goal was to raise $100,000, however in the past six days the project has accumulated a whopping $3.6 million in funding. Read on for more. More →

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