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Spotify India launch: Company is now at loggerheads with music label companies

Warner, Sony, and Universal, the big three American music labels have interrupted the Swedish music streaming giant Spotify’s India launch. The above three music labels account for the vast majority of music in the US and across the Western world. According to them as music licenses are sold by territory, Spotify can’t launch in India …

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Cadillac Models now have Spotify app

Swedish music streaming giant Spotify has introduced a standalone app for Cadillac which will enable the Cadillac owners to access the app without a phone. The app which is integrated into the infotainment system will use the built-in 4G LTE connection, a feature which is available in most new models from the US manufacturer. Integration …

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Spotify releases free music station app for Android

Spotify, the Swedish streaming giant has come up with a new Android app that would allow users stream curated music station without frequent manual intervention. The service will be available without having to pay for a Spotify premium subscription. The app is aimed to address the infinite choice problem which most audio streaming services face. …

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Subscription fees likely to be increased owing to hike in royalty

The Copyright Royalty Board of the U.S. Library of Congress has increased the royalty rate from 10.5% to 15.1% of total revenues of streaming services to be paid to artists and their publishers. With the decision standing effective from 2018 to 2022, an increase in the subscription fee might be on cards. Music streaming services …

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Facebook inks music deal with GMR, Kobalt, and Indie Publishers

In its quest to become the alternative to YouTube, Facebook has joined hands with the YouTube’s most vocal critic Irving Azoff who has represented several popular music artists in the past. Tamara Hrivnak, Facebook’s head of music business development and partnerships, blogged, “Today, we are excited to announce that Global Music Rights, Irving Azoff’s US …

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Licensed Audio Streaming Up by 8%: Reports

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) 2017 Music Consumer Insight Report, global consumers listening through a licensed audio streaming service has grown to 45% from 37% last year. 96% of all internet users consume at least some licensed music, even as 40% of consumers still access unlicensed music. Some 90% of …

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Regional audio streaming services to be expanded by ABC

ABC has extended its regional live audio streaming service offering. Regional live audio (radio streaming) expansion was announced for Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Horsham and Mildura apart from Port Macquarie and Broken Hill. These new regional radio streams are in addition to the current line up of 16 streams. ABC plans to continue adding streams for …

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Spotify researching on voice dictation and commands driven driving mode

Spotify is conducting tests on a driving mode that hopes to make listening on the go safer. The mode is launched by clicking a little car icon on the bottom left of the normal Spotify song UI. A little intro is played, the first time it is clicked displaying all the new features. The next …

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Evolution of audio across generations

Listening habits vary wildly across the generations — except, apparently, when it comes to respect for the turntable. That’s the takeaway from a new report released by the research and consulting firm Jacobs Media Strategies, which asked more than 51,000 respondents about their listening habits. Those results have been released in the Jacobs Media 2017 …

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