Streaming & Cloud

Is Apple Music Better Than Spotify Or Tidal? The User Experience Is Put To A Test

This article offers a step-by-step breakdown of Apple Music’s functionality, looking at its design, ease of use, and how the streaming service compares to its competitors like Spotify and Tidal. ______________________________________ Guest Post by Jenny Cang on TryMyUI.com For music lovers around the world, Spotify has become the go-to for…

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Is The Music Industry Sleepwalking Into Disaster?

[UPDATED] While the popularity of streaming has been increasing, revenue from downloads has been declining, and as more companies like Apple and Spotify focus on a playlist model of distribution, traditional albums, and the music industry as a whole, could be in trouble. _______________________________________ Guest post by Darren Hemmings, Founder…

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Sony To Court: Of Course We’re Allowed To Contractually Screw Over Our Artists [INFOGRAPHIC]

Details regarding a recent lawsuit filed by several artists associated with American Idol have revealed some rather alarming details about the manner in which Sony is able to negotiate its contracts with third parties such as Spotify, effectively stating that Sony has the right to act in the interest of…

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How Much Money Is Music Streaming Actually Worth? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The ways in which music streaming services generate revenue and how that revenue is divided has been a topic of both controversy and confusion. This article helps break down how much money is made from streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, and how it is divided. ____________________________________________ Guest Post by…

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Sony Music Tells Court It’s Not Their Job To Make Artists Money

Sony Music is being sued by American Idol winners including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and their label 19 Recordings who say that the company’s equity stake in Spotify sells them short. The music giant offered an interesting and, to artists, a rather damning defense. Responding to a lawsuit by distributed…

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YouTube, Spotify And The Professionalisation Of The Amateur Internet

What if Spotify compensated popular playlisters?The disruptive nature of the internet has dramatically affected a variety of industries, with music no exception. But what changes occur as early adopters of platforms like YouTube transition into being sponsored professionals, and what is the potential for the same sort of evolution on…

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UPDATE: Rhapsody Shutting Down SoundTracking "Instagram For Songs" App Tomorrow

[UPDATED] Last summer, Rhapsody went on a small buying spree, aqcuiring music discovery platform Ex.fm and Schematic Labs, creators of SoundTracking. Both acquisitions were, in part, acquire-hires aimed at boosting music discovery on Rhapsody. UPDATE: It’s official. "As of tomorrow July 10, 2015, the SoundTracking website and apps will no…

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Spotify Emails IPhone Users: ‘Don’t Subscribe Via iTunes’

Inevitably the battle between Spotify and Apple is heating up. Spotify is rumored to have been a driving force behind the European Union’s current probe of Apple’s music service and the deals it has cut with labels. Now comes a new salvo from Spotify. ____________________________ Spotify is sending an email…

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UPDATE: Facebook Explores Music Video Service, Denies Music Streaming Plans

[UPDATE] The term "game changing" is overused, but Facebook launching a music service would deserve the descriptor. Tens of millions consuming music on the same platform that they share their likes and dislikes gives new meaning to the term viral. ___________________________________ UPDATE: In a statement to Billboard, Facebook today said…

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2 Years Ago Jimmy Iovine Was In Talks With AT&T To Launch Beats "Daisy" Music Service

Two years ago today we wrote about Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine in talks with AT&T about a new subscription music service codenamed Daisy. He was late to streaming music, and needed a high level partner to succeed. Daisy launched as Beats Music; and a year later, he found the big…

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