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Someone posted a list to Pastebin containing compromised account credentials belonging to a relatively small number of Spotify users. The list, which is few hundred names deep, contains usernames, passwords, emails, account type, and other details, seemingly suggesting the site has been hacked. The accounts appear to all have been compromised within the past few days, though Spotify contends that it wasn't hacked. Assuming that's true, it would point to a collection of names gathered by other means, such as phishing attempts and poor computing habits, including the use of a single password for... Read more...
Well here's an interesting development—Amazon today announced that its Echo smart speaker now supports streaming directly from Spotify. That means if you're a subscriber to Spotify's Premium tier, you can bark commands like "Alexa, play ZZ Top from Spotify" and in no time you'll be boogieing out to "Sharp Dressed Man." It's interesting because the added functionality comes less than a week after reports emerged that Amazon is working on a standalone streaming music service of its own, one that would topple Spotify and other players in the space. Maybe those plans are a long way off or perhaps this... Read more...
Several companies have tried to topple Spotify in the streaming music space, including bigwigs Microsoft (Groove, formerly Xbox Music) and Apple (Apple Music), yet it remains one of the most popular options out there. But lest Spotify rest on its laurels, there's another big name reportedly crashing the party—Amazon.Amazon already dabbles in streaming music, which it offers as a free perk to its Prime members. However, it's not an all-out streaming service and instead boasts a comparatively small library of 1 million songs. What Amazon has in store for the streaming music space is a standalone... Read more...
It's taken Apple just three and a half months to amass 6.5 million paid subscribers to its streaming music service. That's nearly a third of the number of users who pay a monthly fee to Spotify, which is sitting at 20 million paid subscribers after seven years in the streaming business. As you imagine, Tim Cook is pleased with how things are going. Cook revealed the 6.5 million figure while speaking at The Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive 2015 event. According to Cook, "people love the human curation" that Apple Music offers, noting that prior to launching the service he was tired of hearing the... Read more...
Taylor Swift once said of the streaming music scene, and Spotify in particular, that it feels like a "grand experiment," one in which she's not willing to contribute her life's work to because it doesn't fairly compensate the artists, song writers, and everyone else who contributes to the creation of music. She ended up pulling her library of songs from Spotify, though looking back on the situation. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says the high profile breakup actually benefited the company. To be clear, Ek isn't lashing out at Swift, who removed her songs from Spotify just prior to the launch of her "1989"... Read more...
Loved today, hated tomorrow. That's how it goes on the Internet, which is made up of a fickle community of users that will turn on your in an instant if there's a perceived slight. Spotify, long considered one of the so called good guys of the Internet, is finding this out the hard way after making some key changes to its privacy policy. Spotify wants to collect certain information from your mobile device, including contacts, photos, and media files, all "with your permission," of course. What's more, Spotify puts the burden of local law on you, the user, to determine if that's a good idea and... Read more...
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating Apple's dealings with record labels in advance of the Cupertino company's roll out of a new version of its Beats Music streaming subscription service. What antitrust officials want to know is if Apple is using its position as the top seller of music downloads to encourage labels and artists to pull out of Spotify's free streaming tier, just as Taylor Swift and a few others have done.Rumors of the investigation hit the web earlier this week and have been gaining steam. Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg is reporting that... Read more...
If a report this week by The Verge is accurate, Apple is quietly encouraging music labels to part ways with streaming music service Spotify. Apple is reportedly developing a Beats streaming service that would compete with the likes of Spotify and YouTube. The service is expected to appear in the next version of iOS, likely this summer. Apple’s efforts to undermine Spotify are apparently drawing some attention from the Department of Justice, which is already keeping an eye on Apple for past issues.  It’s easy to see how talking to music labels about their contracts with Spotify could raise... Read more...
With more than 100 million record sales under his belt, rapper Jay-Z is already one of the most successful musicians, ever. But music is only part of Jay-Z’s estimated $520 million empire, which also features a clothing line and 40/40 Club bars. Now, the rapper is adding streaming music company Aspiro to his portfolio, to the tune of $56 million. Based in Sweden, Aspiro is the kind of music streaming company that is destined to attract attention from investors like Jay-Z’s Project Panther Bidco Ltd. Aspiro has two thriving music streaming services, including WiMP and Tidal, the latter of which... Read more...
Another year is almost in the books, but before we head into 2015, Spotify took a stroll down memory lane and revealed what we collectively listened to most this past year, which turned out to be Ed Sheeran. He beat out Eminem, Calvin Harris, Avicii, and David Guetta (in that order) for top male artist on the streaming service, while Katy Perry vibrated our eardrums more than any other female artist.The rest of the top 5 in the female category include Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, and Lorde. Unfortunately, Spotify doesn't include the exact number of times each artist was streamed, so it's... Read more...
Online services are slowing coming around to the idea that not all of its customers are single users who never learned how to share. The latest to experience this epiphany is Spotify, which is rolling out a discounted family plan for multiple member households. With Spotify Family, up to four members can share a single billing account while keeping music listening preferences separate. Each person on a Spotify Family plan has a separate listening history, recommendations, and playlists -- everyone has their own account, in other words. These are Premium level accounts, too. That means you and little... Read more...
It should strike no one as a surprise that music streaming is big business. But did you know that it's become so big, that it's begun to seriously eat away at downloadable music revenue? According to the Recording Industry Association of America, it has, and the fact that iTunes revenue dropped 12% in the first six months of this year highlights the fact well. In the same time that iTunes managed to drop 12% to settle at $1.3 billion, streaming music rose 28% to reach $859 million. That's a staggering gain, and could be a real sign to things. Being in Canada, I've had very little access to quality... Read more...
As of today, the Spotify app for Windows Phone offers free music streaming. Android and iOS users have been enjoying free music from the streaming service for months, but Windows Phone users have been impatiently waiting – first for a Spotify app, and then for a Spotify app that included the service’s popular free music feature. The wait's over for free Spotify streaming on Windows Phone. Spotify is a “freemium” service, meaning that that it has free component and offers extra features for a premium. The free music streaming is a popular features and the reviews on the Windows... Read more...
The chances that your data has been exposed by hackers in the last 12 months is nearing 50%, and it’s probably not your computer that gave up the goods. It was one or more of the dozens of companies you trust to keep your personal information safe. A new study by CNNMoney estimates that the past 12 months have seen as many as 110 million Americans have their data exposed by hacks – and many of them suffer that fate more than once. CNNMoney puts the total number of hacked accounts in the neighborhood of 432 million. Ouch. Target announced a new Digital Advisory Council this week to help... Read more...
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