Amazon Echo adds Spotify to its musical repertoire

Amazon’s Echo smart speaker just upped its music game, adding Spotify streaming to its ever-growing list of skills. Now playing your favorite artists and playlists is just a voice command away — at least if you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber. “Now playing your favorite music from Spotify is as easy as asking Alexa,” said Toni […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Rhapsody fights for relevance in streaming world it helped create

Apple Music cranked up the volume on music streaming, turning an insider topic into water-cooler fodder as musicians, industry bigwigs and tech analysts weighed in with questions about the future of the music industry. Seemingly everybody is suddenly talking about Apple Music subscription numbers and the chances of competitors like Spotify and Pandora. But in […]

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Apple Music is ‘not a slam dunk antitrust case’ says law professor

Apple Music’s edge over streaming services like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora means that Apple gets to take a 30 percent cut of rivals’ App Store subscriptions — thereby forcing them to jack up their prices or lose money. It’s the subject of a current FTC antitrust investigation, but according to Rutgers University law professor Michael […]

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One weird trick gets Spotify to stump up royalties for your favorite band

The Taylor Swift/Apple Music controversy has reignited discussion about what exactly the trend toward music streaming is going to do to artists. If you’re concerned that your favorite singer isn’t getting enough dough, you may be interested to check out Eternify,…Read more ›



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Why this music junkie won’t be subscribing to Beats

I’m a streaming music junkie. I’ve subscribed to Rdio, Spotify and Slacker to rein in my tendency to hoard (and then not back up) music.  Putting a tenner on monthly subscriptions for an all-you-can-listen auditory buffet model appealed to me more…Read more ›



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Twitter’s Little-Used Music App Shutting Down April 18 [iOS Blog]

One year after it launched, Twitter is killing off its #Music iOS app. The company announced today that it will be removing the app from the App Store this afternoon, with existing users continuing to have access to the app until April 18.

Twitter said in a tweet that it will „continue to experiment with new ways to bring you great content based on the music activity we see every day on Twitter.“

AllThingsD reported back in October that the app was likely to be discontinued because of „abysmal“ download numbers and a lack of user interest. With Apple launching its iTunes Radio streaming music service alongside iOS 7, the iOS music scene has become increasingly more competitive and crowded.

It was reported earlier today that Apple is considering a new on-demand streaming music service similar to Spotify, along with an Android platform of the iTunes Music Store and iTunes Radio.




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Apple’s iRadio Agreement With Universal Music Will Be Soon, Warner Music May Be Next [Rumor]

Here’s hoping it’s not really called iRadio.

Apple may be signing its first licensing deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) as soon as next week, according to several sources with knowledge of the matter, says The Verge. UMG and Apple are in the final stages of negotiations, and Warner Music is close behind, say those sources. All Apple needs now to complete the licensing for what the media has dubbed iRadio is an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment and other music publishers.

Apple is widely expected to launch a streaming music service later this year, perhaps this summer, with features similar to Pandora, assuming it can get all the licensing squared away for such a service.

While Apple is pushing hard for a summer 2013 release, it has also been reported that the technology giant has also been looking to pay less in royalties to the content owners, though how that will play out may be in the labels’ best interests, by helping push consumers toward new music and potential music sales via iTunes, and providing labels with a percentage of advertising.

While the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, there was a report last month that Apple’s initial offer was a lowball amount, around six cents per every 100 songs streamed. That’s about half of what Pandora currently pays. The current group of sources are saying that Apple will now pay rates similar to those that Pandora does, and with the number of iTunes users Apple has access to, it may surpass Pandora itself.

iTunes ruled the roost of digital music since 2008, but upstarts like Spotify, Rdio, and Pandora have quickly become consumer favorites, as streaming music takes up no drive space on mobile devices, and a low monthly fee allows those same customers to listen to any music they want, not just the songs they’ve purchased via a service like iTunes.

It’s a no-brainer to assume that Apple and the labels will come to some sort of consideration, fairly soon, over how such an internet streaming music service will work for all parties concerned. When the licensing gets worked out, and the specifics of it, is still only known to those in the negotiations.

Via: The Verge

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