Tag Archives: music streaming

On Spotify’s US delays and Apple’s streaming future

With European success behind the firm, Spotify is planning to launch in the UK, even while fresh reports confirm (what we’ve been saying for some time) that the cash artists get from streaming services isn’t enough to justify prosecuting file-sharers.

A Billboard analysis shows that even the amount of money earned by top artists from on-demand streams and noninteractive streams (such as Internet radio) is, in plain terms, shockingly low. “Of the more than 100 artists examined to compile the Money Makers list, only 10 made more than $2,000 from noninteractive streams in 2009,” a Billboard report eplains.

Interestingly, the labels seem to do alright out of the streaming music deal. Rob Wells, the senior vice-president Digital for Universal Music Group International says Spotify was Universal’s fourth largest digital partner last year in terms of the amount of revenue it generated for the company.

Continue reading

Sonos Controller ready for iPhone OS 3.0

The Sonos Controller for iPhone 3.0 is now available as an update on the Apple App Store.

The free upgrade brings all of the features of the Sonos CR200 Multiroom Music System Controller to the iPhone controller for the Sonos BU250 Multiroom Music System. One of these features includes the “Info View” command. This new feature (accessed using the “i” button on the Now Playing screen) allows you to discover even more music via the various music services available on Sonos.

Continue reading

Labels own shares in Spotify, iTunes target?

spotify_logoSpotify continues to attract attention, with whispers that the service may be gearing up to compete with iTunes gaining a little more credibility on news the major amd indie music labels own a slice of the service’s action.

Sony BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music, EMI and Merlin (the body which represents Europe’s independent labels all own shares in Spotify, shares the company offered the labels for an aggregate €8.8 million – presumably as part of the negotiation to secure permission to stream their music online.

Together, the labels own 18 per cent of Spotify. Sony BMG took the lion’s share, now owning 5.8 per cent of the service.

Continue reading

We7 responds to Spotify funding news

stevepurdhamWith all the focus on ads-funded music streaming service, Spotify, its no surprise other similar services now think they may be on the edge of seeing the good times roll.

We spoke with We7 boss, Steve Purdham this morning, and he seems pleased his competitor’s found some funding.

“Spotify’s success in gaining funding is very positive news for we7 and other ad funded models,” Purdham said. Continue reading

Spotify grabs $50m while iPhone approval waits

spotify_logoSpotify has secured $50 million in investment funding, even while company staff anxiously wait to see if Apple gives permission for the music streaming service to offer an application to iPhones.

Spotify has attracted over two million users so far and is whispered as a service likely to threaten Apple’s iTunes. It offers users the chance to stream songs using the internet without downloading tracks.

Ads-supported, it also offers download sales and a £9.99 ad-free subscription service, membership of which is required to use the iPhone app.

Continue reading

Apple may plan ad-funded iTunes music sales

itunesdownloadHot news from the analysts at Music Ally, who recently pored through transcripts of a hugely important UK Copyright Tribunal case to surprisingly find out that Apple’s iTunes has some ambitions toward launching an ad-supported music service.

We’re not going to give out all the information on the matter – you’ll have to contact leading UK music industry analyst firm Music Ally to find out more, but Judge Fysh QC, presiding over the Tribunal, was driven to state, “iTunes may well carry advertising in future”.

Continue reading