Posts Tagged Spotify
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 »
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 »
That’s the trouble with announcing a revolution. If you fall short of your lofty ideals, you’re left looking somewhat exposed.
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.
I’m a big fan of Spotify but can’t help feel a little confused by the way publishers have signed up to its new Play button.
Launch partners for the Play button, which allows most website owners and bloggers to embed streaming music with an ease not seen since YouTube, include The Independent, The Guardian, Mashable, NME and Rolling Stone. Read the rest of this entry »