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Digital music roundup: SoundCloud, Pandora, Twitter, eMusic and Spotify

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SoundCloud staff reductions cut deep, Twitter strikes live-streaming deal with Live Nation, Pandora slims down its operations, internet music pioneer eMusic relaunches and Spotify defends itself from ‘fake artist’ accusations.

SoundCloud has cut 40% of its staff in a defensive move to protect its independence within an increasingly tough online music market. The decision comes despite doubling its revenue in the last 12 months, but co-founder Alex Ljung said that, alongside the cost-cutting, further growth is needed from its advertising and subscription revenue streams. Less than a week after that announcement Ljung was forced to put out a statement saying ‘SoundCloud is here to stay’. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digital music roundup: Spotify, US streaming market, Samsung music, Neil Young and Gorillaz

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In this digital music roundup – the first in a possible series: Spotify’s paywall, the US streaming market, Samsung and Google Play Music, Neil Young’s new streaming service Xstream and two augmented reality apps from Gorillaz (pictured above)

Spotify will allow labels to put new albums behind a two-week ‘paywall’, during which time they will only be available to the streaming service’s paying users. It concluded separate deals with digital rights agency Merlin, which negotiates on behalf of thousands of indies – including Sub Pop, Epitaph and Domino, and Universal Music Group (UMG). The flexible release policy also provides “unprecedented access to data, creating the foundation for new tools for artists and labels to expand, engage and build deeper connections with their fans”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Travel in the opposite car

Spotify and Uber appear to have added a new way to annoy your taxi driver with a partnership that allows Spotify users to choose the music that plays in the taxi firm’s cars.

Soon users that connect their Spotify and Uber apps will be able to select music from either featured Uber playlists or their own ones on Spotify within the Uber app, or pick tunes from via the Spotify app. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter’s revolution blues

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That’s the trouble with announcing a revolution. If you fall short of your lofty ideals, you’re left looking somewhat exposed.

And while Twitter didn’t explicitly proclaim the music service it launched last month to be revolutionary, it certainly sailed pretty close on its official blog: Read the rest of this entry »

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We7 moves on (again)

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Pity poor We7. First the UK-based streaming music service was aiming, not entirely unsuccessfully, to be a browser-based Spotify, then it shifted to something more akin to Last.fm, and now it’s moving on again.

Or more accurately, Tesco has decided to subsume the company into its online film and TV download and streaming brand Blinkbox, nearly a year after taking a majority stake in the company for £10.9m. Read the rest of this entry »

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A digital music nation?

The recent release of a new album by indie cult favourites My Bloody Valentine was, if it ever happened, always going to be a big deal.

It’s not just that they invented a sound that simultaneously inspired a genre of music while  remaining impossible to accurately emulate. There’s also the small matter of the 22 year gap between new record M B V and Loveless, their last.

For the purposes for this blog what struck me about the record was the way it arrived, which was with almost as big a surprise as the new David Bowie album. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who does Tesco want to compete with now that it owns We7?

Whether Tesco’s acquisition of We7 last week is a measure of the music streaming company’s attractive vitality, or just a sign it’s gone from being the poor man’s Spotify to a pale version of Last.fm is besides the point.

The deal, which saw Tesco take a 91% stake in We7 for £10.8m, marks another move by a bricks-and-motor retailer to grapple with digital retail, but at least it’s a stronger step for We7 than Sainsbury’s £1 purchase Anobii (also last week) was for the ebook retailer.

Despite a tongue-in-check headline from Techcrunch that asked What the heck is a grocery store doing buying a music streaming service? Tesco hasn’t been just a ‘grocery store’ for quite some time. Read the rest of this entry »

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