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September 1, 2017
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Spotify ousts head of video & podcasts as early original content efforts fail

Spotify’s foray into creating original video content hasn’t garnered as much attention as the company would have liked, despite launching a multitude of shows. Now, Bloomberg reports that the streaming service has ousted its head of original video and podcasting … Continue reading

June 15, 2017
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Apple Music rival Spotify tops 140 million free & paid subscribers

Keeping ahead of Apple in on-demand streaming, Spotify on Thursday revealed that it has over 140 million active users worldwide, including both Premium customers and people on its free ad-supported tier. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

June 9, 2017
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Apple Music loses important exclusive as Taylor Swift comes to Spotify, other services

Beginning on Friday, the back catalog of pop singer Taylor Swift will be available on all major streaming services, putting an end to one of Apple’s most useful exclusives. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

May 19, 2017
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Spotify buys AI firm Niland to power recommendations, stave off Apple Music advances

In an escalating war with Apple Music, streaming music market leader Spotify on Thursday announced the acquisition of Niland, a small machine learning startup whose technology will help deliver song recommendations to users. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

April 18, 2017
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PSA: Pandora Premium now launched, competing with Apple Music & Spotify

Pandora has how launched its on-demand music streaming service, competing with Apple Music and Spotify. It costs the same $ 9.99/month as existing services (a price dictated by the labels, which receive most of the revenue). Anyone can get a free … Continue reading

April 8, 2017
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Jay-Z quietly removes catalog from Apple Music and Spotify as Tidal continues fight for exclusives

Both Spotify and Apple Music users today have noticed that albums from hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who happens to be owner of competing music streaming service Tidal, have been removed from the services. It appears that most of the artist’s original … Continue reading

March 31, 2017
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Apple hires former YouTube, Spotify exec to further video content ambitions

According to a report published Thursday, Apple has hired Shiva Rajaraman, a former YouTube and Spotify executive, to help architect a video content strategy as it takes on established industry players like Netflix. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

November 4, 2016
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Neil Young restores catalog to Apple Music, Spotify & other streaming services

Folk/rock artist Neil Young’s back catalog has returned to streaming music services including Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify, a report noted on Friday, a little over a year after the musician declared a moratorium over audio quality issues. AppleInsider – … Continue reading

August 30, 2016
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Sonos is bringing voice control to the speaker system through Amazon Echo, integrating with Spotify app

Earlier this month we mentioned that Sonos is hosting a media event in NYC today, and now we’re hearing what the speaker company is announcing. It turns out it does have something to do with voice as I suspected: starting … Continue reading

August 27, 2016
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Spotify Punishing Artists Who Offer Apple Music Exclusives [Updated]

Spotify and Apple Music are becoming increasingly bitter rivals, and according to new reports from The New York Times and Bloomberg, the feuding is now affecting artists. Spotify has been punishing artists who agree to Apple Music exclusives, displaying their … Continue reading

August 26, 2016
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Report: Spotify punishing artists that take Apple Music exclusives by limiting promotion

Following reports that Universal Music is preventing artists from agreeing to exclusive streaming deals with Apple Music and others, new reports claim Spotify is now limiting promotion of artists that take deals with rivals. more… Filed under: Apple 9to5Mac

August 24, 2016
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Apple’s Deep Pockets Affecting Spotify Contract Renewals

Several of Spotify’s contracts are up for renewal and the high rates Apple pays record labels are affecting Spotify’s negotiations, reports MusicBusinessWorldwide. As it considers a future IPO, Spotify is aiming to strike long-term deals with record labels at lower … Continue reading

July 16, 2016
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Apple’s New Music Royalty Proposal Would Make Streaming Costlier for Free Services Like Spotify

Apple has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board calling for a simplified way to pay songwriters and music publishers for streaming music, according to Billboard. While the change would benefit labels, artists and publishers, it would make it … Continue reading