SHAZAM ACTING A FOOL? CHECK OUT THESE 5 OTHER WAYS TO IDENTIFY MUSIC

SHAZAM ACTING A FOOL? CHECK OUT THESE 5 OTHER WAYS TO IDENTIFY MUSIC We don’t always have Shazam or SoundHound at our fingertips, and sometimes the dark expanse of club walls and overwhelming festival settings can play havoc with reception and data. So what is one to do when confronted with an absolutely Earth-shattering track…

AFTER EXPANDING TO MUSIC STREAMING, AMAZON SETS SIGHTS ON TICKETING

AFTER EXPANDING TO MUSIC STREAMING, AMAZON SETS SIGHTS ON TICKETING After fully entering the music streaming market, Amazon has made yet another powermove: event tickets. Amazon Tickets is the newest branch of the online empire, and though the service saw a successful soft launch in UK last year, an expansions to Europe, Asia, and the U.S….

Google Play Music Gets Operating and Visual Upgrades

Google Play Music Gets Operating and Visual Upgrades Big data is going nowhere. Its vast amounts of usage, especially in the music industry, continue to bring new ways of utilizing this information. Google, being a little late to the game it seems, is finally rolling out software updates in order to take full advantage of…

Spotify Found Writing Tons of Uesless Data to Hard Drives

Spotify Found Writing Tons of Uesless Data to Hard Drives After being reported in the middle of June in the company’s official support forum, it seems like Spotify has finally taken some action in their latest version 1.0.42. The streaming app has been writing huge caches of data to user hard drives even during idle…

Soundcloud’s Annual Revenue Has Grown 43% to Almost $28 Million

Soundcloud’s Annual Revenue Has Grown 43% to Almost $28 Million Have the tides finally turned for Soundcloud? Its revenues have boosted 43% in just one year, according to financial data analysis by Digital Music News. According to preliminary details shared with DMN recently by PrivCo, Soundcloud was able to accumulate revenues of roughly $27,919,665. The New York-based company tracks private company…

YOUTUBE EARNT $9BN IN REVENUE LAST YEAR, TOWERING OVER SPOTIFY

YOUTUBE EARNT $9BN IN REVENUE LAST YEAR, TOWERING OVER SPOTIFY Google’s flagship video service YouTube pulled in $9bn in revenue last year, according to an analyst with in-depth knowledge of the service’s finances. Ken Sena, an analyst at investment bank Evercore ISI, estimates that the platform will have paid out around $5bn in the year…

Apple and Spotify Continue Their War

Apple and Spotify Continue Their War The nitpicking and gripping continue between the two music streaming services of Apple andSpotify. While this topic of discussion isn’t new by any means, their argument has been taken to the next level by Apple’s latest actions. Back it late May, Apple refused to allow Spotify’s latest update into…

SoundCloud to add video advertisements to US applications

SoundCloud to add video advertisements to US applications SoundCloud is rebounding from prior losses through strategic restructuring. The company recently received a $70 million investment from Twitter, and are entering the paid subscription arena with “SoundCloud Go,.” Because of this, SoundCloud is slowly moving toward a profitable future, while also ameliorating its free services that placed it among the top streaming…

HUNDREDS OF SPOTIFY ACCOUNTS HACKED, USER INFORMATION LEAKED ONLINE

HUNDREDS OF SPOTIFY ACCOUNTS HACKED, USER INFORMATION LEAKED ONLINE Several days ago, hundreds of Spotify users’ accounts were breached, spilling their personal details onto a website called Pastebin. Many of their email addresses, passwords, account types and dates of account renewal were included in the leak, causing some users to have their accounts changed or…

WHICH MUSIC STREAMING PLATFORMS ARE WORTH PAYING FOR?

WHICH MUSIC STREAMING PLATFORMS ARE WORTH PAYING FOR? The music industry in 2016 looks very different to the way it did just a decade ago. To cope with the huge shift which is largely due to the internet and easy access, the music industry has had to adapt and to change. In 2015, for example,…

THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON SPOTIFY IS A SHAREHOLDER IN TIDAL

THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON SPOTIFY IS A SHAREHOLDER IN TIDAL Rihanna became the biggest artist on Spotify yesterday, overtaking Justin Bieber by storming to 31.3m active fans worldwide on the platform. That’s a big number: ten times more than TIDAL’s entire user base, in fact. Not only that: if Spotify, as we believe, has around…

PEOPLE ARE ALREADY FIGHTING AGAINST SOUNDCLOUD’S NEW CHANGES

PEOPLE ARE ALREADY FIGHTING AGAINST SOUNDCLOUD’S NEW CHANGES Two days ago, Soundcloud launched their paid subscription service, Soundcloud Go. In the past 48 hours, reactions to the service have been overwhelmingly mixed, but it seems the majority is negative. The lack of focus on creators is a main factor in the backlash, as most creators…

IS MUSIC STREAMING KILLING OFF THE CREATIVE MUSICIAN?

IS MUSIC STREAMING KILLING OFF THE CREATIVE MUSICIAN? Music streaming may be making it more difficult for creative and groundbreaking musicians to become relevant. According to an article by Newsweek, music streaming has created a boatload of Adeles but very few Bowies. Though the British songstress has shattered records with her soulful balladry, according to…

TIDAL HAS HIT 3M SUBSCRIBERS, ADDING 2.5M SINCE JAY Z BUYOUT

TIDAL HAS HIT 3M SUBSCRIBERS, ADDING 2.5M SINCE JAY Z BUYOUT Much-discussed streaming service TIDAL has put out some numbers regarding its last 12 months – and although it’s by no means in the digital music big leagues, its performance might just surprise some critics. The headline figure: according to the company, TIDAL has now…

SPOTIFY JUST RAISED $1 BILLION IN IT’S QUEST FOR STREAMING DOMINANCE

SPOTIFY JUST RAISED $1 BILLION IN IT’S QUEST FOR STREAMING DOMINANCE The streaming war continues to heat up as Spotify recently reported raising funds of $1 Billion in it’s quest for music streaming superiority, according to The Wallstreet Journal. TPG, Dragoneer, and clients of Goldman Sachs are the new investors and as the money in convertible…

SOUNDCLOUD RELEASES PAID SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, SOUNDCLOUD GO

SOUNDCLOUD RELEASES PAID SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE, SOUNDCLOUD GO After years of speculation, SoundCloud has entered the paid streaming game with its new, hybrid service: SoundCloud Go. The service introduces a new tier of paid tracks to the streaming giant that includes the catalogs of three major labels and 20,000 independent labels. SoundCloud touts Go as having…

UNRELEASED DAVID BOWIE TRACK, ‘TO BE LOVE’

UNRELEASED DAVID BOWIE TRACK, ‘TO BE LOVE’ A David Bowie recording from early 1970s has surfaced, available to stream and download Thanks to The Huffington Post we have been graced with a rare unreleased demo by David Bowie titled ‘To Be Love’. Here is a portion of that piece to introduce the track: In the fall of…

Spotify to pay $30 million settlement in publishing lawsuit

Spotify to pay $30 million settlement in publishing lawsuit Spotify has reached a settlement with the National Music Publishing Association for unpaid royalties resulting in the platform’s hosting of unmatched songs. The payout is estimated to be between $20-$30 million with an independent accounting firm holding the embattled streaming giant accountable for accurately determining and disbursing backpay…

SoundCloud may be a paid service within nine months

SoundCloud may be a paid service within nine months According to sources at Digital Music News, SoundCloud may launch a paid subscription service by October this year. The online streaming service currently is free to all users, though the company introduced audio ads in August 2014. The speculation is corroborated by the March 7 hiring of Allison…

Google, Spotify & Samsung Are All Eyeing The Purchase Of TIDAL

Google, Spotify & Samsung Are All Eyeing The Purchase Of TIDAL Only a few weeks after Kanye West made TIDAL the most downloaded music streaming service in the iOS App Store, it seems the recent success has done little to bolster the reputation and long-term sustainability of the music application. Despite efforts to make the product more appealing – offering…

THIS EDM STAR IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

THIS EDM STAR IS CHANGING THE GAME FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY At the end of 2015, Norwegian superstar Kygo, broke Spotify records by being the first artist to hit 1 billion plays. And he did it without even releasing an album. In a day and age where music fans use stream services such as Spotify,…

Apple Music Is Catching Up To Spotify With 11 Million Users

Apple Music Is Catching Up To Spotify With 11 Million Users Apple Music launched on June 30th, 2015. Now, less than a year later, the service has grown to over 11 million subscribers. Just to compare, it took Spotify six years to reach that number. However, it’s no wonder Apple can achieve such vigorous growth,…

STREAMING MUSIC SUCKS FOR ARTISTS – BUT FANS HAVE THE POWER TO HELP

STREAMING MUSIC SUCKS FOR ARTISTS – BUT FANS HAVE THE POWER TO HELP Like it or not, streaming is the future of the music industry. And while Spotify and its competitors obviously provide more revenue for artists than illegal downloads, it is harder than ever for artists to make a living directly off their music….

Listening To More Music Together Leads To More Sex

Listening To More Music Together Leads To More Sex A new study conducted in partnership with Sonos and Apple Music concludes that listening to more music together equates to more frequent bouts of intimacy. The two companies “hired a consultant, neuropsychologist Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, to help craft the study,” and 30,000 participants were examined and…

SPOTIFY AND STARBUCKS ARE SORT OF DOING SHAZAM WITHOUT SHAZAM

SPOTIFY AND STARBUCKS ARE SORT OF DOING SHAZAM WITHOUT SHAZAM Spotify and Starbucks have started rolling out their official partnership in 7,500 of the coffee chain’s stores in the US – and, in a limited way, the duo are trying to pinch users from Shazam. Customers looking to identify music playing overhead in Starbucks stores may…

EVEN ADELE CAN’T STOP ‘OLD’ ALBUMS OUTSELLING NEW ARTIST RELEASES

EVEN ADELE CAN’T STOP ‘OLD’ ALBUMS OUTSELLING NEW ARTIST RELEASES 2015 was a historic moment in the history of the LP in the United States, but not one that will delight many A&R executives. It was the first year in living memory in which catalogue album sales overtook those of ‘current’ releases. According to Nielsen…

Shazam Reveals Music-Based Finder For Your City’s Twin

Shazam Reveals Music-Based Finder For Your City’s Twin Shazam, lately in the news for the release of their top 10 most searched for dance music songs of 2015, has just unveiled an interesting, new feature in conjunction with the BBC music database. After taking search data from nearly 5,000 cities in over 200 countries around the world,…

New Study Predicts The Exact Year Paid Digital Download Will End

New Study Predicts The Exact Year Paid Digital Download Will End According to Nielsen SoundScan (a system that tracks music sales in the United States and Canada), paying to download music will soon be a thing of the past. Nielsen SoundScan predicts that by 2021, streaming music will have fully taken over and that there…

The Beatles Are Back…

The Beatles Are Back… Kind Of, Listen To Them On All Streaming Services Now! Well this is amazing news for all music fans! As an early Christmas gift, The Beatles’ lengthy catalog is available on all major streaming platforms right now! That means that as long as you either subscribe to or use any of…

PANDORA’S AGGRESSIVE PLOT TO DEFEAT SPOTIFY: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

PANDORA’S AGGRESSIVE PLOT TO DEFEAT SPOTIFY: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Pandora is feeling mighty bullish. Last night, the US streaming platform announced its intention to acquire key assets from on-demand music service Rdio – which, it transpires, is about to file for bankruptcy in the States. Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews (pictured, main) and…

DJ Steve Aoki: Streaming music a ‘pension plan’

DJ Steve Aoki: Streaming music a ‘pension plan’ Donning his other persona as music entrepreneur, Steve Aoki, known worldwide for his energetic electronic dance shows, said Wednesday he doesn’t expect to get rich anytime soon from streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. “They’re still an income stream. You can’t say that we don’t…