On Monday, T-Mobile added several new music apps to its list of Music Freedom services, including Google Play Music and SoundCloud. The program allows users to stream music from various services without data usage counting against subscribers’ monthly data allotments.
Apple’s latest iOS update finally introduces CarPlay support, fixes a bug that caused devices to crash, and brings along some nice UI tweaks.
The streaming music space is heating up thanks to API services that put incredible amounts of music data in the hands of developers who want to build their own streaming services. Can Pandora’s “less is more” approach survive?
Pandora pushed for a law to equal the playing field when it comes to the rates that different types of radio service must pay to license content, but it came up short. The outcome could hurt the service when its current contracts expire in 2015.
YouTube is reportedly planning to launch its own subscription music streaming service, which would include video, this year. It will enter a very crowded marketplace.
Rdio wants to grow its user base with the launch of free, ad-free streams on mobile devices. The company isn’t just taking on Pandora, but also beating Spotify to the punch.
Later today, Apple will release iOS 7 and with it, iTunes Radio. Although I’m a big user of Google services and devices, iTunes Radio is consistently playing better music to my ear than Google’s competing service.
Apple radio arrives in September – but it will come with fast food ads and playlists of the company’s choosing, much like old FM radio. Users can avoid the ads if they sign up for the company’s cloud music service.
Halfway through this year, digital song sales are actually down 2.3 percent: 682.2 million in 2013, versus 698 million a year ago. Meanwhile, digital streams of music are up 24 percent.
The debate between Pandora and artists over royalty rates continues. And with Apple releasing the royalty terms for its soon-to-launch iTunes Radio, the plot thickens.