In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community.
Spotify is up in arms over the 30% cut Apple is charging developers for the privilege of being part of its app store, going so far as to lodge an anti-trust complaint, as well as threatening to raise its price in order to cover the cost. Such actions, however, could be playing right into Apple's hands.
Being an artist is hard enough without having to manage the mini-department store that is your merch - luckily there are a number of tools out there designed to lessen the headache of keeping up with orders and streamlining sales.
The latest financial filings from Napster proves that music streaming - at least, the all paid variety - can be profitable. From 2017 to 2018, Napster moved from a net loss of $13.1 million to a net profit of $10.3 million.
Spotify it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint centers on the 30% Apple charges for app store subscriptions and purchases and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."
Samsung Galaxy customers will a free limited YouTube Premium! subscription which includes ad-free access to both YouTube and Google's latest streaming service, YouTube Music. The news came on the same day that Spotify announced that it will come pre-loaded on millions of Samsung phones and other devices.
Spotify and Samsung are expanding their partnership. Starting today, Spotify will be pre-installed on millions of new Samsung mobile devices globally. In addition, new Spotify users in the U.S. with select Samsung Galaxy mobiles will qualify for six months of free Spotify Premium, redeemable in app.
Marshmello isn't the only artist to capitalize on the popularity of Epic Games' Fortnite. Now Weezer has pulled their own digital promo stunt with the launch of their own band themed island in the popular game to accompany Weezer's new album release.
As the reality of data harvesting settles in among consumers, music tech companies are forced to choose where they in the coming privacy war, a where in which honesty and transparency could provide the greatest competitive advantage.
Most people are familiar with Shazam as the go-to music identification app, but in addition to it's powers of clarification, Shazam also has the ability to show the user top tracks being Shazam'd the world over.
Bandsintown and Facebook have partnered to relaunch the popular concert discovery platform's Facebook Event export feature. Once a day, Facebook scans Bandsintown events and automatically populates the Events tab on artists' Facebook Page as part of the Facebook Events service.
In response to a new wave of interesting music tech startups, we're bringing back THE PITCH, a semi-regular feature that allows promising apps and services to share a very short "pitch" about why we should all be paying attention. First up is music + fitness app Feed.FM.
The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.
Tinder is testing the ability to share Spotify songs in chat with potential hookups. Tinder and Spotify first hooked up in 2016 with the ability to share favorite songs in user profile pages. This data also became part of the algorithm used to surface potential partners.
Spotify is rolling out 'Car View,' a simplified larger print view designed to make it easier for users to control basic functions while driving. The feature is rolling out slowly Android devices. No word yet on when it will be added to the iOS app.
[UPDATED] Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, only Pandora and Amazon offer it within their own app.
While there are certainly a myriad of apps out there designed to help with music creation and promotion, not all of them are as beneficial as they claim. Here we look at three which do live up the hype which every DIY rapper should be using in 2019.
Audiobyte, creators of the popular music clip app Gifnote, has announced plans to extend its latest round of venture capital after “blowing past” its initial $6 million goal. The round, which was led by Manhattan-based Evolution VC Partners, will now be joined by Northwood Ventures, which provided earlier angel-stage funding.
Audiobyte, the parent company of Giftnote and Songbytes has completed a $6 million financing round led by Evolution. The company's apps create short licenced music plus graphics clips that can be shared in social and text messages.
Technological developments in cloud storage capacity and improved connectivity in combination with a need for creative interaction between artists and engineers has led to the development of a variety of collaborative music apps. Here we look at seven such tool allowing musicians around the world to work together.
Two Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else.
Spotify has launched a new Apple Watch app which includes improved access and control over music and podcasts, as well as, the ability to connect to speakers or devices. The streamer promises the more improvements ahead including the ability to listen to music and podcasts offline.
Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.