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Spotify announced some new things today, MacStories has a good rundown.
Spotify is also revamping their music recommendation features with a simpler Now page. By combining editorial curation with algorithms for intelligent suggestions, Spotify wants to encourage users to start listening to music in different times of the day with a simplified UI that doesn't require users to carefully browse music and assemble playback queues. Spotify has been building up their curation features over the past year, highlighting curated playlists that are presented in the app depending on when a user opens Spotify's Discover section. It appears that Now is based upon the company's existing curated picks,...
Jason Tate on 05/20/15 - 05:07 PM
The Verge breaks down the leaked contract Sony Music had with Spotify.
This contract — like every other contract involving a music label and a streaming service — has been secret until now. Given the myriad ways Sony Music came out as the winner, it’s worth asking who really should shoulder the blame for the lackluster streaming payments that artists like Swift have been complaining about — the labels or the streaming service?

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Jason Tate on 05/19/15 - 11:19 AM
Starbucks is teaming up with Spotify.
All 150,000 U.S.-based Starbucks retail employees will receive a Spotify Premium account as part of the partnership, and the music service will also plug into the Starbucks rewards program. Starbucks employees, as well as customers who have signed up for the coffee chain’s rewards program, will be able to influence in-store music programming, according to the announcement. Starbucks rewards members will also have the opportunity to earn rewards points while using Spotify.
Jason Tate on 05/19/15 - 11:15 AM
Spotify is offering a 3 month premium subscription for 99 cents.

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Jason Tate on 05/06/15 - 12:26 PM
Apple and Beats are pushing ahead with a streaming service that would aim to take on the likes of Spotify and Rdio. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is said to be playing a major role in the new venture.
The new music app, which is a collaborative effort between Mr. Reznor and other Apple and Beats employees, including Jimmy Iovine — who founded Beats with the hip-hop star Dr. Dre — will feature the streaming music service with many of the same characteristics as the Beats Music streaming service, one Apple employee said. Those may include curated playlists and a more vivid visual appeal, while conforming to Apple’s sleek and minimal design aesthetic, one person said. The name Beats...
Blake Solomon on 03/26/15 - 08:00 AM
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Kendrick Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly broke Spotify's one day streaming record with 9.6 million full start-to-finish streams between 12:01AM and 11:59PM yesterday.
Jason Tate on 03/17/15 - 04:09 PM
Peter Kafka, writing at Recode, looks at how Apple and Beats may be relaunching their service later this year.
Apple executives, led by media head Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder Jimmy Iovine, have been arguing that the music business “needs to get behind a paywall,” say people who have talked to them. Apple bought Beats last year, partly to help it gain a foothold on streaming music just as iTunes sales of digital downloads had started to drop.
Jason Tate on 03/06/15 - 12:45 PM
The Hotelier's It Never Goes Out was put on Spotify and Rdio for the first time today.
Jason Tate on 02/24/15 - 12:27 PM
Taylor Swift recently offered breakup advice to a fan, along with creating a Breakup/Moving on playlist for her.

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Jason Tate on 02/12/15 - 04:19 PM
Mike Masnick, writing for TechDirt, on where most of the money from streaming services is going:
And, it appears, there's a decent reason why those labels haven't been eager to be transparent: because they're keeping most of the money. The Music Business Worldwide site has the details on a new report put together by Ernst & Young with the French record label trade group SNEP, concerning where the money from streaming services Deezer and Spotify ends up. Spoiler alert: it's not with the artists.
Jason Tate on 02/07/15 - 12:23 PM
You can check out Sylvan Esso's Spotify Session here.
Keagan Ilvonen on 02/03/15 - 09:38 AM
Aphex Twin's new EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2, can now be streamed on Spotify.
Jake Jenkins on 01/23/15 - 10:36 AM
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood composed the score for 'Inherent Vice' -- it's now available to stream on Spotify.
Jason Tate on 12/15/14 - 02:20 PM
Caitlin Dickson, writing for The Daily Beast, on the state of racist rock on online music services.
With the strict media laws in Germany and other European countries managing to prevent 'white power' bands from success, or at least making it into the mainstream, the SPLC’s report notes that it was America's free speech protections of U.S. that allowed the racist music industry to thrive here in the 90s. In addition to being a once-hugely profitable business, hate music has long served as a highly effective recruiting tool for the movements whose messages it espouses.

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Jason Tate on 12/11/14 - 12:24 PM
James Blake has just released a new EP titled 200 Press, which you can stream on Spotify.
Jake Jenkins on 12/10/14 - 05:45 PM
Spotify is offering a 3-month premium service for only $0.99.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 12/06/14 - 09:09 PM
Spotify has created a pretty cool "Year in Music" feature, which is chock full of listening data for the year. They'll even make you a playlist for next year, based on your tastes from 2014. Check it out here, and share some of your stats in the replies.
Blake Solomon on 12/04/14 - 08:10 AM
Starting December 4th, streaming services and downloaded tracks will factor into Billboard's weekly album chart.
SoundScan and Billboard will count 1,500 song streams from services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody and Google Play as equivalent to an album sale. For the first time, they will also count “track equivalent albums” — a common industry yardstick of 10 downloads of individual tracks — as part of the formula for album rankings on the Billboard 200.
Joe DeAndrea on 11/19/14 - 05:33 PM
I fumbled through trying to explain this on last week's podcast episode, so here's Sharky Laguana writing on Medium and doing a far better job:
Since Spotify is so reticient on this topic, allow me to explain what will happen to 99.9% of the payable royalties generated by Butchers Of The Final Frontier: that money will largely wind up in the pockets of major pop artists like Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5, and Avicii. That’s right: essentially all of the revenue that was solely generated by a small death metal band will be divvied up among a bunch of major dance-pop artists. The horror.
Jason Tate on 11/18/14 - 08:45 PM
Soon you'll be able to stream your Spotify playlist when you get an Uber ride.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 11/17/14 - 01:40 PM
Back and forth we go. Taylor Swift's label boss says that Spotify did not pay the multi-million dollar number implied in a recent blog post by the company's CEO. Following that, Business Insider looked at the numbers for the revenue from physical sales -- they will likely be in the 12 million range for one week. To quote a wise man: Any questions?
Jason Tate on 11/12/14 - 08:04 PM
After Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify and started a huge topic of discussion, Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify has finally spoke up.
Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it. We started Spotify because we love music and piracy was killing it. So all the talk swirling around lately about how Spotify is making money on the backs of artists upsets me big time. Our whole reason for existence is to help fans find music and help artists connect with fans through a platform that protects them from piracy and pays them for their amazing work. Quincy Jones posted on Facebook that “Spotify is not the enemy; piracy is the...
Keagan Ilvonen on 11/11/14 - 08:44 AM
Jason Aldean, one of country music's biggest stars, has pulled his latest album off Spotify. We talk quite a bit about a future in which some artists are on Spotify, some are not, and some are elsewhere on the latest episode of the AP.net Podcast. I feel like we've been spoiled so far and may be headed more toward a Netflix like future.
Jason Tate on 11/10/14 - 02:39 PM
Aloe Blacc, writing for Wired:
First, unlike most people in creative industries, songwriters seem to have less control over our work than ever before. Knock off a handbag design from a high-end fashion house or use a sports team’s logo in your new t-shirt line, and expect a lawsuit in short order. And good luck copying a big tech company’s patented innovation. You need express permission from the original creators to use or copy their work before you resell it. That’s how they protect the value of their work.

But the world doesn’t work that way for songwriters.
Jason Tate on 11/05/14 - 11:29 AM
Taylor Swift has removed her music from Spotify.
We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists. We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want...
Jason Tate on 11/03/14 - 11:36 AM
The Spotify insights team did some research on how students listen to music.
We looked at a wide range of data including what artists were played, what songs were played and when, what playlists played, what genres were played and so on. We focused mostly on looking for distinctive listening patterns and behaviors at the different schools.
Jason Tate on 09/19/14 - 11:51 AM
Vinyl Theatre has signed to Fueled By Ramen. Amazon says their new EP, Electrogram, will be out on September 23rd and the single, "Breaking Up My Bones," can be streamed on Spotify.
Joe DeAndrea on 08/19/14 - 12:10 AM
To celebrate their new single "Believer," American Authors have a featured Spotify playlist for the World Cup.
Ryan Gardner on 06/25/14 - 08:16 PM
Going to a show but not familiar with an artist's catalog? A new web app called "Set Listener" will create a Spotify playlist for you of an artist's most recent show's setlist.
To use The Set Listener just type in the artist name, and hit the search button, you’ll be presented with a playlist of songs from that artist’s most recent show. Hit the ‘Save this playlist to Spotify’ button and you’ll have a Spotify playlist that you can listen to on your desktop or on your mobile phone.
Jason Tate on 06/24/14 - 11:38 AM
Roadtrip Mixtape is a cool app you may be interested in; it generates a Spotify playlist of artists based on location for long trips.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/18/14 - 09:15 AM
Amazon has unveiled a new music streaming service, Prime Music, which is in a similar vein to Spotify and Rdio. Subscriptions are included for people who are already Prime subscribers, and it marks an interesting new turn in the website's popular service. What do you think? Will Amazon be able to break into the market in a meaningful way, or is it already too late to make an impact?
Blake Solomon on 06/12/14 - 08:58 AM
Beginning today and ending June 15th, Spotify is offering customers three months of its premium service for $9.99 -- that's a price cut of two-thirds.
Jason Tate on 06/03/14 - 11:27 AM
You can stream a new Jenny Lewis track titled "Just One of the Guys" via Spotify, Rdio or NPR. The song is produced by Beck and is off her upcoming album, The Voyager, in stores July 29th.
Drew Beringer on 06/03/14 - 07:28 AM
Billboard is reporting that Spotify now has 10 million paid subscribers, and 3 million of those are in the US.
The news of Spotify’s growth comes as speculation mounts about the company going public later this year. The anticipation has grown as Spotify has advertised for SEC regulatory staff, agreed a $200 million credit line with several Wall Street banks, inked a partnership with Sprint wireless partnership, expanded in Latin America and acquired EchoNest, a data service.
Jason Tate on 05/21/14 - 11:35 AM
Yeah, I know I'm a nerd ... but this data looking at "the skip button" and how it's used and how often on Spotify fascinates me.
First, lets look at how often a song is skipped within the first five seconds of play. I call these quick skips. The likelihood that a song will be skipped within the first five seconds is an astounding 24.14%. Nearly one quarter of all song plays are abandoned in the first 5 seconds. The likelihood that a song will be skipped within the first thirty seconds rises to 35.05%. The chance that a song is skipped before it ends is a whopping 48.6%. Yes, the odds are only slightly better than 50/50 that a song will be played all the way to the end.
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 11:31 PM
Vulfpeck from Los Angeles apparently wrote an album of entirely silent songs named Sleepify and uploaded it to Spotify's service. Encouraging their small fanbase to stream it while they slept, the band generated around $20,000 at $.007 a stream. The stunt was intended to fund a small stint of free shows, but the album has been removed and it's not clear if they'll receive the entire royalty check.
Ryan Dennehy on 05/08/14 - 06:24 AM
Billboard is reporting that Spotify is finalizing a deal with Sprint to bundle their on-demand music service with Sprint family plans.
Mobile plan bundling is generally believed to be the Holy Grail for taking on-demand music services to mainstream users in the U.S. and Europe as the right kind of plan can make paying for music seamless – similar to how consumers pay for premium networks on their cable TV bills.
Jason Tate on 04/14/14 - 12:31 PM
Spotify has redesigned their platform ... going with a darker theme and feel.
Now Spotify functions more like the familiar iTunes interface, where you have a home base of all your favorite jams. Except instead of keeping a copy of the actual sound files, it’s a cloud-based collection. This is a big step up from the Starred playlist, which was just a rearrangable list of songs that couldn’t be sorted. You can dump whole artist catalogs, albums, or friends’ playlists into Your Music, and then sort it all any way you want.
Jason Tate on 04/02/14 - 10:43 AM
Dan + Shay's new album, Where It All Began, is streaming a week early on Spotify.
Joe DeAndrea on 03/25/14 - 12:16 PM
Spotify is offering students a discounted rate for their service.
Jason Tate on 03/25/14 - 11:59 AM
The Summer Set's "Live at Warped Tour 2013" set is streaming on Spotify.
Joe DeAndrea on 03/06/14 - 01:23 PM
Spotify is now letting artists list their merchandise from Topspin from within Spotify.
There are zero fees or commissions from Spotify or Topspin and you don’t need to change how you sell merchandise at all. ArtistLink links to your existing merchandise anywhere on the web and displays it on Spotify’s artist pages.
Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 11:26 AM
Spotify has announced that they will be dropping all time limits on their ad-supported desktop streaming platform.
Most companies that use a so-called "freemium" model report that the longer a person uses their service, the more likely they are to pay for that service at some point. That's one reason that Spotify has millions more users than any other on-demand music streaming service: its free offerings have always been significantly more generous than its peers. Eliminating the caps on free listening will cost the company more money in the short run — but it may also help the company pull away from its competition even faster.
Jason Tate on 01/15/14 - 09:39 PM
Spotify has released "Spotiamp" -- a Spotify client for Windows that looks just like Winamp.
Once you've signed into the app using a Spotify Premium account, the app lets you play your playlists, search for tracks to play, listen to a built-in radio feature, shuffle your music, stream to Shoutcast-compatible speakers, and mess around with an equalizer — a feature Spotify's Windows app doesn't provide. The app even supports old school Winamp visualization plugins, assuming you still have them.
Jason Tate on 12/23/13 - 01:59 PM
An AP.net user put all of the top 30 albums from our staff list into a Spotify playlist. If you haven't checked them all out yet -- now you have no excuse.
Jason Tate on 12/18/13 - 12:36 AM

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