Beats Music raised a big round of new funding, according to multiple reports that put the total amount raised between $60 million and $100 million. The new raise comes after Beats secured a $60 million round of financing a year ago, once again proving the point that digital music is a really expensive business. Beats competitor Spotify, for instance, has raised close t0 $540 million so far, and is now looking to go public to bring in more cash.
Bop.fm allows users of subscription music services to share songs and playlists with users of other services. The startup just added Beats Music to the mix.
Chromecast is getting more music content soon, courtesy of Beats and Rdio. Spotify on the other hand seems to be busy with other things.
Updated. The iPhone app for Beats Music, the much-anticipated music subscription service that is spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, went live in Apple’s iTunes app store ahead of its official launch Tuesday morning. Beats will also be available on Android, but the app can’t be found on Google Play yet — and we just got words from Beats that the version on the app store (1.0.0) isn’t actually the final launch version, so installing may not get you very far. Beats has a big focus on mobile; new users that want to take advantage of the services 7-day free trial need to go through an onboarding process that is only available through its mobile apps. A sign-up page with links to the apps is also already available online. This post was updated at 9:12pm with more information on the iOS app.
Beats Music isn’t going to launch for another week, but we found the door to its website unlocked, and couldn’t help us but snoop around.
Beats Music has kept its user interface and key details on the pricing of its offering secret — until now: We got a screenshot showing the service’s UI across three platforms.
Beats Music will launch its music subscription service in January, likely at CES, and the company is partnering with AT&T to get on people’s mobile phones.
Spotify is adding playlists curated by music experts to its service. Feel like you’ve heard this before? That’s because it’s the main pitch of the yet-to-be-launched Beats Music service.