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Online music streaming sets tune for global music industry as live streaming outshines digital download 26 April 2018

Online music streaming has finally edged out digital downloads and physical sales, becoming the industry’s biggest source of revenue. Live music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, now make up 34.3 percent of sales, up from 29% the year before. According to reports, global recorded music revenues led up to $17.4 billion in …

Amazon Music follows iTunes in Windows 10 Microsoft Store 15 February 2018

Amazon music streaming app debuts in Microsoft Store on Windows 10 following Spotify and iTunes. The app is available for consumers running the Windows 10 Anniversary update or greater in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Although the app appears to be a port of the existing Amazon Music desktop app …

Spotify to hit 100 million subscribers soon 15 February 2018

There is no looking back for the Swedish online audio streaming giant Spotify, as it is going to enter the 100 million hallmark very soon. Spotify which was hit with a whopping $1.6 billion lawsuit recently, following allegations of bypassing mechanical licenses, according to rumors, may go public on the NYSE next month. Spotify has …

Facebook inks music deal with GMR, Kobalt, and Indie Publishers 15 January 2018

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 …

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 …

TurnUp music to launch streaming service 22 November 2017

TurnUp Music, a platform that has been dedicatedly hosting local music talents for over a year now, has partnered with Samsung to launch a streaming service on the Samsung Z Series mobile devices. The company has made the announcement at AfricaCom, one of the largest events among telecom, media, and technology companies in Africa. Through …

The rise and fall of MP3 27 October 2017

MP3 was a much sought-after term in the 1990s and early 2000s. A lot of us will be able to relate to the days of slow dial-up when downloading a song could take close to an hour. This was one of the major reasons why MP3 rose to power.   MP3, also known as MPEG-1 …

Spotify takes over Groove Music 16 October 2017

Microsoft is divesting from its music streaming service, Xbox Music that was rebranded as Groove Music in 2012. However, the service is not being shut completely and customers will be migrated over to Spotify. Starting January 2018, the Groove Music app will support playback and management of owned music but will no longer allow customers …

Audio streaming on the rise from 8% to 45% 23 September 2017

According to the latest music consumer insight report published by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI), there is a rise in the number of music consumers across the world that are listening via licensed audio streaming services.   The survey of internet users aged 16-64 in the world’s leading music markets revealed the …

Pandora users get the choice of playback and skip for ads 21 September 2017

Pandora has launched Video Plus which is rolled out with T-Mobile, that offers rewards to viewers with song replays and the ability to skip tunes if they view ads. 42% of Pandora users, which is equivalent to 76 million monthly users, have already opted for the Video Plus program. Video Plus ads are’nt for Pandora …

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