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Spotify users who have taken advantage of the company's no-cost, no-limits listening won't be held to any new limits just yet.
The music-streaming company announced today that it will extend its "honeymoon for unlimited free listening" for an indefinite period of time. When Spotify launched last year, the company said that users would be able to listen to free, ad-supported music for six months. After that, they would have been subject to a 10-hour monthly listening cap.
Spotify's decision to extend the unlimited listening isn't necessarily a surprise, since the company has been doing … Read more
Here's a message that Spotify and Rhapsody will surely forward to the handlers of Adele, Coldplay, Tom Waits, Paul McCartney, and especially those guys in The Black Keys: Subscription music services saw revenue increase 13.5 percent last year, while the number of the sector's paying customers climbed 18 percent.
That's according to the Recording Industry Association of America, which yesterday released year-end music shipment statistics for 2011. The RIAA reported that subscription revenue went from $212 million in 2010 to $241 million last year. The number of users rose from 1.5 million to 1.8 … Read more
Sean Parker is an enemy of music artists.
That's according to Patrick Carney, drummer of the rock band The Black Keys. Carney offered his opinion of Parker during an interview with radio station WGRD.
"He's an ass----," Carney told the station. "That guy has $2 billion that he made from figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists, and that's the bottom line. You can't really trust anybody like that."
Parker is an investor in Spotify and Facebook, but his connection to Spotify is presumably only one part of why Carney finds … Read more
Spotify's announcement late last year that it would be offering an application platform for developers seems to be paying off.
The streaming-music company announced today that there are 12 new apps available on its service from a host of companies, including Universal, Sony, Warner, and Def Jam.
For classical music fans, Spotify boasts a new app called Classify that allows users to find songs based on composers, eras, and moods. Def Jam Recordings has unveiled an application designed for hip-hop and R&B fans that will "give you new experiences in music discovery and curation." There'… Read more
If Beats Electronics acquires Mog, the maker of the popular headphones has plans that go way beyond subscription music.
A Mog spokesperson did not respond to an interview request. A Beats representative wasn't immediately available.
Sources close to Beats say managers intend to build a Web store that will sell music, headphones, and numerous other products. Apparently, the idea is to cash in on the … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--Despite the success of Spotify and its competitors, music sharing still hasn't caught up to what Napster offered before being neutered by the courts, that service's founders, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, said today.
During a on-stage discussion at South by Southwest here, Parker and Fanning argued that though new technologies and licensing models finally allow music lovers to legally access and discover vast collections of songs online, even the best new services are still philosophically behind what Napster originally offered its users.
Parker, who appeared earlier this week alongside former U.S. vice president Al Gore … Read more
Turntable.fm, the music-sharing service that took music fans by storm last summer, has signed licensing agreements with all four of the top recording companies.
Last week, CNET reported that the company was very near to becoming a licensed operation. Turntable.fm is a little bit Napster and a little bit online radio. Users can become DJs and share music within virtual "rooms."
Billy Chasen, the company's founder, made the announcement at the South by Southwest conference. According to a report in Billboard, Chasen gave some credit to the labels for making the deals.
"Our model … Read more
The big film studios have made a pile of money by controlling where their movies are distributed and for how long.
A similar strategy has begun to attract supporters among big-name music acts. The idea is to debut music at Apple and Amazon and force subscription services such as Spotify and Rhapsody to the back of the line. According to the acts that have complained about subscription services, they are less profitable and also allegedly cannibalize iTunes sales.
Already, some acts, including Coldplay, have debuted tracks at iTunes and then later distributed them through subscription sites.
Critics say this will … Read more
Mog, a subscription music service that competes against Spotify and Rhapsody, is for sale, CNET has learned.
Mog's representatives have contacted a varying range of companies about potential interest, according to numerous sources in the digital-music sector.
Marni Greenberg, a Mog spokeswoman, had little to say. "We're constantly speaking with companies and looking for the best opportunity for our business and our shareholders," Greenberg said. "We don't comment on the specifics of those conversations."
Founded in 2005, Mog is one of the smaller players in a market segment still trying to prove itself. … Read more