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June 26, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Yahoo on Tuesday tapped Spotify to fill the gap left open when the Silicon Valley Internet media company killed its Yahoo Music Unlimited digital on-demand streaming service in 2008. The deal lets Yahoo distribute Spotify's popular music service to the 700 million people who visit its site each month. "Delivering compelling premium experiences across screens is core to our mission at Yahoo," Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo's interim chief executive, said in a statement. "Spotify is the leader in the digital music field and together we can provide the 'soundtrack' for users around the world.
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March 10, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Randy Lewis
Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store - a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter. Apple executives contend that on-demand music services have begun to cannibalize download sales, and its representatives are demanding the labels create a period reserved for digital purchasing. Music industry insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the industry's dominant retailer, said Apple's push for a new release window - similar to the one that some Hollywood studios impose for films newly released for home viewing - shows the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is scrambling to retain its competitive advantage in an evolving digital music market.
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February 21, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Got discerning taste? Interested in digging in the digital crates for the best music available in the cloud? Then you've no doubt been targeted by Beats Music in the past few months. The much-hyped streaming service is the latest entry in an increasingly crowded field that includes Spotify and iTunes. It offers access to millions of songs and hundreds of hand-selected playlists for $9.99 a month (or, for ATT customers, $14.99 for a family plan). It was unveiled last month during a big budget rollout by longtime music business executives and hitmakers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine through their company, Beats Electronics.
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March 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, is buying The Echo Nest, a data company that has analyzed more than 35 million songs.  With the acquisition, Spotify will improve the ways users discover new music, the company said Thursday. The move comes as Spotify, founded in 2008, faces increasing competition from rivals such as the heavily promoted Beats Music, launched in January by headphone company Beats Electronics.  INTERACTIVE: Discover songs of L.A. "We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet," Daniel Ek, Spotify's chief executive, said in a statement . " With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible.” Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.  The purchase of Somerville, Mass.-based  Echo Nest will also make it easier for third-party developers to build applications for Spotify, which completed a funding round of about $250 million in November.
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June 18, 2013 | By August Brown
Another brick in the wall -- the one that's separated Pink Floyd fans from the band's music on Spotify -- has come down. The legendary rock group, one of the last major holdouts from Spotify's vast catalog of streamable music, announced that its ouvre would go live in Spotify after fans played a millionth stream of its single "Wish You Were Here" on the service. Though it's certainly an occasion for prog fans on Spotify to celebrate, the news isn't entirely unprecedented for the band.
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September 1, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Once upon a time, I listened to the radio. I even bought LPs, cassette tapes and CDs. But gone are those days. Now, I listen to streaming music, which has made staying on top of all the latest tunes as easy as a couple of clicks, all for about $10 a month. Some music apps focus on the basics (oldies are the goodies), others make recommendations based on your preferences or musical discovery, while others emphasize features like lyrics, sound adjustment and user interface.
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May 2, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
The long-awaited Spotify app for iPad is here. And your first reaction is likely to be, "Hey, that's a nice-looking app. " The paid streaming music service's 17 million tracks are now available to Apple's tablet users. The iPad app, Version 0.5.0 of Spotify's iOS app, is iPad-3-ready with Retina graphics and high-definition album art. Users can search for playlists, other subscribers and music from the same view. The "What's New" section features recommended albums, trending playlists among friends and nearby, as well as new releases.
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August 1, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Spotify, the popular digital music service, said it now has 15 million active users worldwide, 4 million of whom pay a monthly fee for the premium version. This week marked the first time Spotify had updated its subscriber figures since last year, when the Swedish company announced it had 7 million free users and 3 million paying customers. The new figures, disclosed by Chief Content Officer Ken Parks in a speech at the Global Business Summit on Creative Content in London, coincide with the company's release of a free streaming radio service for Android devices.
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April 19, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
An iPad app of popular music streaming service Spotify is "in the works," according to CEO Daniel Ek.  That was his response as the question bubbled up during the announcement of a marketing deal with Coca-Cola on Wednesday.  No details were revealed about the app, which tablet users have been eagerly awaiting. The current offering for the iPhone doesn't take full advantage of the features of the iPad. Spotify has been on a roll with announcements, some received better than others . In addition to the announcement that Coke is it, Spotify recently launched a play button for embedding across the Web and a listen button to artist pages on Facebook.
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March 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, is buying The Echo Nest, a data company that has analyzed more than 35 million songs.  With the acquisition, Spotify will improve the ways users discover new music, the company said Thursday. The move comes as Spotify, founded in 2008, faces increasing competition from rivals such as the heavily promoted Beats Music, launched in January by headphone company Beats Electronics.  INTERACTIVE: Discover songs of L.A. "We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet," Daniel Ek, Spotify's chief executive, said in a statement . " With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible.” Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.  The purchase of Somerville, Mass.-based  Echo Nest will also make it easier for third-party developers to build applications for Spotify, which completed a funding round of about $250 million in November.
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March 4, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Beats Music is bringing more tools for musicians into the fold.  The new music streaming service is acquiring Topspin Media, a company that helps artists promote and sell their music and merchandise to consumers. Ian Rogers, Beats Music's chief executive and the former CEO of Topspin, said the acquisition will help artists connect directly with fans.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "We're committed to establishing Beats Music as a conduit for the artist-fan relationship, a platform where artists have a voice, and a provider of useful data and analytics on how fans interact with artists and their music," Rogers wrote in a blog post on the Beats Music website .  "This acquisition puts our money where our mouth is. " Financial details were not disclosed.  Beats has already integrated some of Topspin's features into its service to let artists update their profiles with photos and merch offers.  Launched in January by Beats Electronics, the headphone company started by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Beats Music offers a variety of ways to help people discover music, including play lists created by artists and taste-maker publications.
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March 2, 2014 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
The gig: Veteran digital media executive Anthony Bay took over in December as chief executive of Rdio, a streaming music service created by Janis Friis, the co-founder of the Internet phone application Skype (and the file-sharing service Kazaa). Rdio has received favorable reviews, but the 4-year-old Internet jukebox nonetheless has struggled to match the momentum of competing services such as Spotify, which boasts some 9 million paying subscribers. Rdio has undergone layoffs, a management shake-up and a strategic shift (it now offers a free, advertising-supported version through its website)
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February 21, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Got discerning taste? Interested in digging in the digital crates for the best music available in the cloud? Then you've no doubt been targeted by Beats Music in the past few months. The much-hyped streaming service is the latest entry in an increasingly crowded field that includes Spotify and iTunes. It offers access to millions of songs and hundreds of hand-selected playlists for $9.99 a month (or, for ATT customers, $14.99 for a family plan). It was unveiled last month during a big budget rollout by longtime music business executives and hitmakers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine through their company, Beats Electronics.
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January 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Major Grammy wins and a rare televised performance by Daft Punk helped increase plays of the masked French duo's electronic music on Spotify.  Of all the performers and nominees from Sunday night's 56th Grammy Awards, Daft Punk got the biggest boost as streams of its music more than tripled from Sunday to Monday, according to the Swedish streaming music company. Plays increased 205% for the duo that won album of the year for "Random Access Memories" and record of the year for "Get Lucky.
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January 17, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Internet music service Rdio is now letting people in the U.S. access its 20-million-song library on the Web without paying -- though those users will hear ads.  The change is part of a deal announced last year in which terrestrial radio company Cumulus Media acquired a minority stake in San Francisco-based Rdio, which was launched in 2010 by Skype co-creator Janus Friis. Rdio's on-demand Web version was previously available only to paying subscribers. The company had already made its algorithm-based, Pandora-esque stations feature available free of charge through its mobile app. To get unlimited, ad-free Web and mobile, users must upgrade to the $10 monthly fee.   On the set: movies and TV Rdio has never revealed how many users it has, but it's thought to lag behind Swedish company Spotify, which has also expanded its offerings.
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January 13, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The long-anticipated Beats Music service, from veteran music executive Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre, is on the launch pad, with AT&T touting a new family plan. Beats Music, set to launch on Jan. 21, will vie with Pandora, Spotify and Apple's iTunes Radio for listeners in the digital era. As digital download sales have reached a plateau, after more than a decade of growth, such streaming music services have become a major focus of the industry -- and the fastest-growing part of the business.
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April 18, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Spotify is hoping that Coke will teach the world to click its play button. The Swedish digital music service on Wednesday announced a broad-ranging marketing deal withCoca-Cola Co.that could help turbocharge the number of people who are exposed to, and ultimately sign up for, Spotify. Although the partnership does not involve any money changing hands, both parties describe it as invaluable to their efforts to market their products. For Spotify, the burgeoning music-streaming service that launched in the United States in July, getting access to Coca-Cola's formidable global marketing engine will come in handy as it expands its international footprint.
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March 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Spotify, the popular on-demand music-streaming service, may soon branch into streaming on-demand video, according to a report Monday. The London-based company would stream video much the same way as Netflix. On top of that, Spotify also plans to create its own original content, according to Business Insider , which cited two unnamed sources. Original video could help Spotify attract more subscribers the same way HBO managed to do when it began making its own shows, the report said.
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January 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Streaming music apps may be hot these days, but it will be a long time before they top the old-fashioned radio dial.  Traditional AM/FM radio is still the most popular way for people to listen to music, news and talk, even as digital music offers more control and becomes easier to use on the go, according to a study by media agency MediaVest and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, the nation's biggest radio company.  According to the study,...
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December 12, 2013 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated, as indicated below. A belated arrival on the streaming-music scene, Led Zeppelin quickly shot up the charts on Spotify this week despite not having released an album of new material in more than 30 years. The service made the band's first two albums (both from 1969) available Wednesday -- the first Led Zep releases to appear on any of the licensed music subscription services -- and within a day they were both in Spotify's Top 25. [ Updated, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 13: Spotify made two more of the band's releases available Thursday, and all four were in the Top 25 by noon Friday.]
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