Back in February we covered rumours that Google were about to enter the music streaming game and launch a challenger to Spotify. Well, tonight The Verge are reporting that this is no longer a rumour but actually that Google have signed a deal with Universal and Sony Music for distribution deals for both Google Music and Youtube. With the recent launch of Youtube subscription services earlier this month, this would be a natural extension to the model and could well net Google a whole heap of Spotify subscribers . . . → Read More: Google Music to challenge Spotify?
Back in February we covered rumours that Google were about to enter the music streaming game and launch a challenger to Spotify. Well, tonight The Verge are reporting that this is no longer a rumour but actually that Google have signed a deal with Universal and Sony Music for distribution deals for both Google Music and Youtube . . . → Read More: Google Music to challenge Spotify?
New sorting methods for your tunes and playlists plus bug fixes make today's update a must-have If you're a Spotify . . . → Read More: Spotify update brings filters and sorting to playlists and tracks
New licensing agreements with Google Play , Microsoft ( MSFT ) and other services helped musicians generate more royalties in the U.K. from digital music services than radio for the first time last year, The Guardian reported . Songwriters earned a total of £51.7 million in the U.K . . . → Read More: Digital music licensing revenues top radio for first time in U.K.
Spotify is reportedly planning a major change that will put it in direct competition with Netflix ( NFLX ) and other video streaming services. According to Business Insider , the on-demand music service is interested in expanding to become an on-demand video service alongside its music offerings. . . . → Read More: Spotify reportedly interested in expanding to streaming video service with orignal content
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 . . . . → Read More: Amazon is reportedly preparing to launch a subscription music service
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. . . . → Read More: Study finds illegal downloading doesn’t harm music industry
Music streaming may not be making much money right now , but that’s not stopping music streaming hopefuls from trying. The latest development comes from Deezer , which is announcing a series of new services based around its APIs to drive more users to its service . . . → Read More: To Boost Music Subs, Deezer Turns On Affiliate Deals, Gaming APIs, And (Ahead Of Spotify) 3rd Party Apps On Mobile
Fresh on the heels of a Windows Phone 8 launch , Spotify has just released a major update to its iOS app , which revamps the interface quite a bit. The latest version is dubbed Spotify 0.6.0 , and it cleans up the interface while adding easier navigation for users. There’s a new sidebar which lets users swipe left and right to access further information and an all-inclusive menu for What’s New, Radio, Playlists, Friends, Inbox, etc . . . → Read More: Spotify Updates iOS App With Revamped Interface, New Navigation Tools
Spotify has just landed on the Windows Phone 8 platform, giving Microsoft’s mobile users access to one of the world’s largest music streaming platforms. Before today, the app was only available on iOS, Android, Symbian, and to legacy Windows Phone users, but Spotify has spread the love around to the newest version of the Windows Phone software. The app is currently being released as a free beta in the Windows Phone Store. . . . → Read More: Spotify Lands On Windows Phone 8