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Is YouTube Music Already Doomed?

Google isn’t giving up on its quest to get you to pay it for music. That’s the main takeaway from Thursday’s announcement of YouTube Music, a re-imagining of how music-listening works on YouTube. The new streaming service will come in two flavors: a free tier called YouTube Music and a $10-per-month tier dubbed…Read more… Continue […]

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Frank Ocean’s music gets in-depth analysis in Spotify Studios’ Dissect podcast, stream the first episode now

Over the course of two seasons, Spotify’s award-winning Dissect podcast broke down Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly with the hopes to develop a deeper understanding of the artists and what their music conveys about the human experience. Accordingly, Frank Ocean’s Blonde is the new subject for Dissect’s third […]

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All eyes on Spotify: The music streaming giant is called to continue removing artists accused of sexual misconduct

Following last week’s removal of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from Spotify‘s “editorial or algorithmic playlists,” as part of the platform’s new Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy, many voices have sprouted up in response to the controversial move. To some, the move seems altruistic and honorable. In an age of conscious consumerism, media companies have not only the right, but a […]

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Elon Musk blasts streaming services for “crazy low payouts”

Music creatives have long gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to music streaming royalties. Once the honey pot is divvied up between streaming platforms and music labels, artists and songwriters walk away with only a small piece of the pie. Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, is the latest powerful voice to […]

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Spotify halts promotion of R. Kelly’s music amid sexual misconduct allegations

Spotify plans to remove R. Kelly’s music from its algorithmic and official playlists under its new hate content and hateful conduct policy, a set of guidelines that enables Spotify to remove “hate content,” defined by the streaming service as “content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or […]

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Spotify tests new ‘Friends Weekly’ playlist comprised of your friends’ favorite songs

Some Spotify listeners might have noticed a new weekly playlist feature appear on their apps. Although the playlist function remains in testing stages, Spotify has created “Friends Weekly,” a playlist featuring song selections curated from your friends’ recently played Spotify tracks, available to a group of subscribers. The feature was originally perceptible to a smaller […]

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Instagram and Spotify introduce new story feature to simplify music sharing

The days of screenshotting that track that you’ve been digging in order to share it on your Instagram story are over. Instagram and Spotify introduced a new music sharing feature that allows Spotify listeners to share the song that they’re currently streaming with their Instagram followers. Spotify users need only to select the ‘Share to Instagram […]

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Upcoming Spotify changes give free-tier users more accessibility

Although Spotify has declined to comment, there have been reports of forthcoming changes to the music platform’s free user membership involving an updated user interface to select listeners. These UI changes include the option to stream songs on demand in playlists, which would amp up the free membership’s features, making the account almost as accessible […]

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Apple Music reaches 40 million subscriber mark, promotes new VP

Congratulations are in order for Apple. Apple’s subscription streaming service, Apple Music, recently reached the 40 million subscriber mark, a milestone for the platform that is rumored to be outpacing Spotify in the U.S. Apple Music has notably expanded its subscriber base by five percent each month, making for a three percent differential between Apple […]

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Spotify and Hulu to offer a joint subscription service at $12.99

Potential new Spotify subscribers will have greater incentive to pay for a subscription given the music streaming platform’s latest collaboration with Hulu. Arriving this summer, the joint subscription will offer users ad-free Spotify streaming and movies on Hulu’s ad-supported platform, for $12.99 a month. The package’s price will be attractive to those who concurrently subscribe […]

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Could Spotify be developing its own unique listening device?

Spotify may have something up its sleeve. Following the streaming giant’s colossal debut in the public market, it seems the company’s next move may involve an entrance into the physical listening realm. Although Spotify’s yet to confirm the device or its development, it’s the next logical move for the company, considering they’ve recently been testing […]

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SoundCloud’s revenue soars past $100 million mark, but is it enough?

SoundCloud’s 2017 revenues have dramatically increased, but despite the financial gains made by the music streaming service, SoundCloud isn’t out of the woods just yet. After facing what then appeared to be imminent bankruptcy last year, SoundCloud has made strides in the economic arena, exceeding its financial and user growth targets. SoundCloud has additionally surpassed […]

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How to Find New Music You’ll Actually Like

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas, taken from Twitter users, my colleagues at Lifehacker’s publisher Gizmodo Media…Read more… Continue […]

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Spotify stock opens at $165.90, giving streaming giant opening value of $29.5 billion

Spotify made a splash with its long-awaited debut on the public market, opening at $165.90 a share, placing the company’s valuation at $29.5 billion — up significantly from their $8.5 billion valuation back in 2015. Opening figures turned out to be considerably higher than projected numbers from last month when privately traded stocks were going […]

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Apple Music outpaces Spotify with The Weeknd’s ‘My Dear Melancholy,’

Many of us spent Easter weekend crying in the mirror to The Weeknd‘s My Dear Melancholy, many times over. According to data from the record’s issue date however, a staggering 88% of U.S. listeners did so on Apple Music, despite Spotify’s considerable promotional advantages leading up to the release. In the first 24 hours, Apple Music listeners absolutely […]

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Alan Walker plays Spotify ad during Main Stage Ultra set [Watch]

Spotify ad breaks seem always to arrive at inconvenient times: prior to the listener’s favorite song in the music streaming service’s queue, or in Alan Walker’s case, during a Main Stage set at Ultra Music Festival. Walker appeared to have been using the ad supported free version of Spotify during his March 24 set at […]

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