Tag - Streaming music
Spotify has broken a major milestone, with the streaming music service claiming it has now got more than 100 million active monthly subscribers. The Swedish streaming company advised earlier today that approximately 30 percent of its user base pay a monthly subscription fee, and the number of users of the service continues to grow at a rate of 1.8 million users per month, though at a cost to its bottom line.
Following the release of the first e-book volume of MacNN Pointers, we are offering another, shorter publication intended to help users -- a free PDF file called iTunes: More Than Just Your Music, a guide to exploring the various free and paid options for streaming music available through iTunes on OS X and through some third-party programs. The guide focuses on the differences between the built-in and free Internet Radio guide, the currently-free iTunes Radio feature (which will soon be folded into the subscription Apple Music section), Apple's flagship Beats 1 station, and of course the paid Apple Music services iTunes Match and Apple Music.
Rdio is allowing its users to download an archive of their collection, ahead of the streaming music service's shutdown next week. Triggered by an acquisition by Pandora, Rdio is giving anyone who previously used the service the option of collecting a copy of their personal data, with a dedicated "farewell" page offering facts relating to Rdio's usage alongside the user data, with the closure set for December 22 at 8pm EST.
Pandora is attempting to make its service more personalized towards its users' tastes, with the launch of Thumbprint Radio. Described as a "hyper-personalized station for each listener," Thumbprint Radio is a streaming music station on both the iOS and Android versions of the app, based on songs the user has given a "thumbs up" on over the entire lifetime of the account, with it also making extra changes to the list every time the user thumbs another track they're listening to.
It's not compulsory to like anything, and the world would be a dull place if everybody thought the same way. Plus, there are criticisms you can make of Apple Music's launch, its various limitations, and how iTunes 12 is still complex, some of which we delved into earlier today. Only Apple Music is getting a bad press primarily for being good, and for doing what you'd expect a streaming music service to do. It has honestly been criticized for being fun. Damn those Apple people, how dare they make something fun? Don't they know music is serious?
The launch of Apple Music may be beneficial to subscribers of some other streaming music services by increasing competition, with at least one service examining its pricing strategy. Major competitor Spotify is said to be looking into potentially making changes to what it charges its own subscribers for a family plan, in order to counter the relatively low family account pricing Apple revealed yesterday at WWDC.
Apple on Monday fulfilled expectations by debuting its Apple Music re-branding, which takes in iTunes on iOS, the former Beats Music, and iTunes Radio in a new effort to capture the wave of subscription-based streaming music services. Intended to both steal users from existing streaming services as well as expand the market generally, Apple has invested in a number of prominent musical and industry figures as well as a new emphasis on human curation of music in its efforts.
As with the expected announcement of Apple Pay expansion into other countries, another likely reveal during tomorrow's keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference has been said to be a revamping and re-branding of Apple's various streaming music services. Today at the Cannes Music Industry festival, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris was interviewed on stage, and when the subject of Apple's streaming music service came up, Morris responded, "it's happening tomorrow."
Spotify is expanding its service from purely streaming music into other areas, the company revealed at a press launch. Among other updates, Spotify is going to be bringing its long-rumored video service to its users, and following Deezer's recent addition to its own service, it will give listeners the chance to catch up on podcasts, with Spotify slowly turning itself into a one-stop shop for streaming content.
Sources familiar with plans for Apple's new streaming music service, supposedly now to be called "Apple Music," have revealed that the service will have a deep social networking aspect for artists, but will not be the same as Apple's previous attempt at fusing social and music together, dubbed "Ping." Artists will have their own page that can be used for posting samples, concert and tour information, photos, and other messages that fans can comment on and "like."