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Spotify is handing out some harsh warnings to Android users that are using hacked apps, bypassing its paywall to access premium content without paying. Spotify's premium tier allows listeners to skip the commercials and download tunes directly to their devices. Spotify has sent out warning emails to an unknown number of users warning them against using the hacked apps. The emails warn that the use of these hacked apps violates the terms of using Spotify and could result in account termination. One of these hacks is called "Dogfood" and Spotify recently had it removed from GitHub after having an official DMCA notice issued. Reports indicate that the email that Spotify sent out reads in part: We... Read more...
Spotify might be the biggest music streaming service out there right now, but that doesn't mean that it is turning a profit. Spotify has filed with the SEC to allow it to begin selling shares publicly via an IPO. Spotify will be listed on the NYSE and will use the ticker name "SPOT." The filing has shed some insight into what the company might be worth. According to the company, it has been selling shares on private markets for as much as $132.50 per share. That would indicate a value of over $23 billion based on the ordinary shares outstanding as of February 22 reports CNBC. We do know some specifics about Spotify already, with one key metric being subscribers. Spotify boasts 71 million paying... Read more...
The top dog in the streaming music business in the United States is Spotify, which boasts more paid subscribers than any of its rivals. However, that could change by the end of the year. Apple Music is on pace to overtake Spotify in paid subscriber numbers in the US by the end of the year, as Apple has been able to generate a higher subscriber rate for its streaming music service than Spotify since launching in June 2015. Citing "people in the record business familiar with figures reported by two service," The Wall Street Journal says Apple's streaming music service is growing at a 5 percent clip each month, versus Spotify's 2 percent growth rate. If those figures stayed the same over the next... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that the end is near for its unloved Groove Music app. As of December 31, 2017 the Groove music app will no longer offer the option to stream, purchase or download music. However, Microsoft says that it will continue to invest in and update Groove Music app on all Windows devices to support playback and management of owned music. If you want new music and streaming you will have to transition to a new service. Thankfully Microsoft has announced that it has teamed up with Spotify to move curated playlists and collections directly into Spotify. Microsoft wrote, "An update to the Groove Music app including the ability to move music to Spotify, will be available... Read more...
If you're an audiophile or someone who would simply prefer listening to the highest-quality version of a song or album possible, then Spotify's plans to offer a lossless subscription option should get you excited. That is, as long as you're willing to pay a bit more for the luxury. Starting this week, some of Spotify's customers have been receiving a prompt offering them a service upgrade, with premiums over the current subscription being $5 to $10. In some cases, people are offered nothing more than an upgrade to lossless audio (in addition to their preexisting premium subscription), while others get offers for a free vinyl as well as discounts on "limited edition" vinyl. If you're someone who... Read more...
Nothing is simple when it comes to the music industry, especially where streaming is concerned. Ever since Napster originally hit the Internet and caused musicians, songwriters, and anyone else involved in the industry to see just how easy it is to share music online, there's been constant debate on how to better do things. We've even seen mega-stars like Taylor Swift chime in on various matters - something we've learned can have real effect. While it could be argued that Apple's size - and the amount of cash in its pocket - will keep it safe in the music industry while things continue to be debated, there are some companies that can only endure so much. Spotify is a great example of this, and... Read more...
Spotify and Apple are unsheathing their claws. Apple recently rejected a recent update to the Spotify iOS app, and Spotify claims that Apple is using its App Store approval process as “a weapon.”Spotify General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez argued that Apple rejected a new version of their app due to an anti-competitive business model. He claimed that Apple wanted Spotify to use the company’s billing system in order to sell subscriptions. Apple charges a monthly fee of up to 30% for the use of that system. Spotify charges an additional $2.99 for in-app subscriptions to avoid the “App Store tax”. The update currently causing the Spotify-Apple debateGutierrez remarked, “It continues a troubling pattern... Read more...
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 multiple accounts and services. "Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor... 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 is a case of keeping your enemies closer than your friends. Whatever the case might be, this is... 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 service similar to the competition.Apparently Amazon has been meeting with publishers to discuss licensing... 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 same songs being played over and over again (on other services).Apple Music launched at the end of June... 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" album. However, letting Swift walk without meeting her and her PR team's demands amounted to a sorry-not-sorry... 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 to "seek the consent of your contacts to provide their personal information to Spotify" if necessary.... 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 the FTC's inquiry into Apple's music deals could throw a wrench in the company's plans to revamp... Read more...
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