Whether sold track by track or offered as a service, unbundled music has never generated the level of revenue or profit produced when music was only sold in bundles,
Google has acquired the curated playlist site Songza. Songza stands apart from services like Spotify and Pandora by offering human-curated playlists for various moods and activities, with no ads.
Amazon rolled out its rumored streaming music service for Prime members, Prime Music, overnight Wednesday. With about a million songs and little new content, this isn’t Spotify. But it’s ad-free and users can listen offline.
The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing antiquated antitrust rules in a move that might eventually lead to higher licensing rates for streaming music providers. Even if those rates aren’t increased, though, online music is at a crossroads.
It looks as if you can add Amazon to the list of companies adding music streaming. A new report suggests the service is coming to Prime in June or July.
Apple can’t really start releasing Android-based products under its own brand. But it could release high-end Android products and services under the Beats brand.
Who has the largest music streaming collection? If you said Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, it’s Nokia’s MixRadio which now boasts 30 million tunes, right in time for a potential launch in China.
Media businesses have long operated from the premise of inherent value — that each media property has some fixed and immutable appeal based on its particular inputs.
Streaming music service Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest and its graph of musical data spanning more than 35 million songs and 2 million artists. It’s an easy way for Spotify to match companies like Google and Pandora on the data science front.
New trademark filings suggest Samsung has its eyes on building its in-house Tizen operating system into a full blown device-and-content ecosystem along the lines of iOS/iTunes and Android/Google Play.