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Amazon Prime Music inks deal with IPRS for ad-free music streaming 15 March 2018

Amazon India and Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) have joined hands for ad-free music streaming service, Amazon Prime Music. Amazon Prime Music will have access to more than a million titles in multiple languages of different era and genres. IPRS which is the authorized body to issue licenses for usage of musical works and literary …

Spotify spreads musical vibes to Israel, Romania, South Africa, and Vietnam 15 March 2018

Swedish audio streaming giant Spotify has expanded its footprint to Israel, Romania, South Africa, and Vietnam. The expansion has come just ahead of Spotify’s public enlisting in New York stock exchange. Expansion to the above-mentioned countries takes Spotify’s global tally to 65 markets. The music streaming giant’s counterparts such as Deezer (189 countries) and Apple …

Spotify all set to debut in SA 08 March 2018

Swedish online audio streaming giant Spotify is all set to debut in SA, putting rest to the speculation that stemmed from its advertisement for a senior editor and music programmer for South Africa back in September 2017. The pricing details are yet to be disclosed by Spotify. The Proteas already have an array of music …

Facebook to have its own Alexa 26 February 2018

The thriving success of Google Home and Alexa have prompted the social media giant Facebook to come up with its own smart speaker and if rumors are to be believed, it may see the daylight in the upcoming summer itself. Allegedly named Aloha and Fiona, are tipped to arrive with 15-inch displays and will have …

Subscription fees likely to be increased owing to hike in royalty 01 February 2018

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 …

Pandora to help shows monetize via ‘podcast genome project’ 15 January 2018

After launching a competition to Apple Music last spring, Pandora is all set to build a massive podcast catalog called “podcast genome project” that would help podcasters monetize shows more easily. Talking to Variety, Pandora Internet Radio CEO Roger Lynch said that the company is working on a deep integration of podcasts that will allow …

Build your own Spotify 15 December 2017

Building a music streaming service might not seem as daunting as launching a VoD service. The content in itself being not so data intensive creates a general perception that it’s easier to launch and run an online music streaming platform. Contrarily, that’s not the case. Although there aren’t as many players offering music streaming as that …

Top features to look for in an Audio Streaming platform 12 September 2017

Let’s say you have a large collection of on-demand audio content but aren’t sure about how to sell it. You learnt of audio streaming services but didn’t know how to launch one. If you thought of building your own platform, did you begin and backtrack right after? Was it the enormity of the entire process …

Google to merge various music streaming services into one 28 July 2017

Google will merge YouTube Red, YouTube Music and Google Play into one new music streaming service. Google Play Music and YouTube Red are subscription based streaming service. With YouTube Red, users can save music videos for offline viewing. It also lets them remove ads from videos. Additionally, users also get exclusive access to original shows. …

Top players in music streaming compared – UK 08 June 2017

There are 4 music streaming services that are considered “big players” namely Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Amazon Music Unlimited. Even though all four offer similar large catalogues of music, each of them have their own set of unique features that differentiate each one from the rest. So, picking a music streaming service …

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