Spotify Will Now Allow Indie Labels To Put Albums Behind a Paywall

Today, Spotify announced a new multi-year licensing deal with Merlin, the "global music rights agency" at the helm of independent music. Following a recent partnership…
Rob Arcand / April 20, 2017

Spotify, Universal Sign Deal to Temporarily Place New Albums Behind Paywall

Spotify has finalized a new, multi-year global license agreement with Universal Music Group that, as expected, gives UMG artists access to a "flexible release policy"
Marc Schneider, Billboard / April 4, 2017

Report: Spotify Might Start Withholding Big Releases From Free Users

A new Financial Times report claims that Spotify is negotiating a major shift in its service, ahead of a planned IPO. In exchange for lowering the royalty…
Jeremy Gordon / March 16, 2017

Who the Hell Comes Up With These Spotify Playlists?

As many of the streaming platform's 100-plus million users know, even the most popular Spotify playlists have terrible names. At this point, many of us have normalized…
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 14, 2017

RIP: Spotify’s Inbox Feature Is Now Gone

A few weeks ago, Spotify announced it was going to retire the inbox and messaging feature within the app. According to their announcement, the decision was made because of…
Geena Kloeppel / March 6, 2017

New Music: Whitney – “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” (Bob Dylan Cover)

Rising Chicago indie rockers Whitney just participated in a live session for the Spotify Singles, performing a new version of "The Falls" from their 2016…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 22, 2017

Prince’s Classic Albums Are Now on Streaming Services

As reported a few days earlier, Prince's Warner Bros. catalog is now available on multiple streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music. TIDAL has held…
Brian Josephs / February 12, 2017

Purple Ads at Union Square Hint at Prince’s Return to Spotify

Tidal has been the only streaming service with Prince's catalog since July 2015, but Spotify is hinting that might change soon. Billboard notes that purple ads with just the…
Brian Josephs / January 30, 2017

Report: Spotify Not Buying SoundCloud After All

Spotify won't be acquiring rival music streaming platform SoundCloud after all, TechCrunch reports. Rumors that a deal was in the works were reported by the Financial Times back…
Anna Gaca / December 8, 2016

Neil Young’s Music Is Back on Spotify and Apple Music

Last year, Neil Young took almost all of his music off of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Rdio, following a dispute over their default audio…
Jeremy Gordon / November 4, 2016

Black Mirror Creator Charlie Brooker Made a Playlist for the “San Junipero” Episode Everyone Is Talking About

Since the new season of Black Mirror hit Netflix two weeks ago,  the "San Junipero" episode has been the talk of fast-tweeting fans and publications alike.
Winston Cook-Wilson / October 31, 2016

Here’s Why Spotify, Soundcloud, and Twitter Are So Crappy Today

Perhaps you went to listen to the new D.R.A.M. album via Spotify's web app this morning, and noticed that Spotify wasn't working. Then, you went…
Andy Cush / October 21, 2016

Unofficial Remixes and DJ Sets Are Coming to Spotify and Apple Music

Spotify and Apple Music users can now use the services to stream unofficial remixes of some songs, and more remixed content, like hour-long DJ mixes, is soon…
Anna Gaca / October 8, 2016

Can Music Psychology Help You Get Laid on a Dating App?

  Our favorite music can uplift us, inspire us, comfort us in times of pain. That power is exactly what makes our favorite songs a valuable branding…
Andy Cush / October 5, 2016

Spotify May Soon Be Taking Over SoundCloud

Music-streaming giant Spotify is in talks to purchase its scrappier peer, SoundCloud, according to a report in the Financial Times. SoundCloud was recently valued at $700 million, though…
Andy Cush / September 29, 2016
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