Streaming Wars

Report: Facebook to Offer “Hundreds of Millions of Dollars” to Music Labels and Publishers in New Licensing Agreement

Facebook looks to be entering the music business. The site is offering major record labels and music publishers "hundreds of millions of dollars" so its…
Rob Arcand / September 9, 2017

Why Soundcloud Rap Couldn’t Save Soundcloud

There are two differing stories about Soundcloud currently percolating in the media. They are: The rise of "Soundcloud rap," which, as reported on most…
Jordan Sargent / July 14, 2017

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren Steps Down

Tim Westergren is out at Pandora. A day after news of his imminent departure began to surface, the streaming music company's co-founder has officially decided to step down…
Marc Schneider, Billboard / June 27, 2017

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

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

Prince Estate Sues Jay Z, Says TIDAL Doesn’t Have Streaming Rights

Prince's estate has sued Jay Z's Roc Nation over its claim that TIDAL has exclusive rights to stream the late artist's catalogue, as Pitchfork reports.
Anna Gaca / November 16, 2016

Amazon Launches New “Amazon Music Unlimited” Streaming Service

Amazon is launching Amazon Music Unlimited, a new on-demand music steaming service, the company announced today. Like other streaming services, Music Unlimited offers mobile apps, automated…
Anna Gaca / October 12, 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

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

With New iOS Update, Apple Is Really Hoping You’ll Sign Up For Apple Music

As of yesterday, Spotify has 40 million paid subscribers, a gain of ten million users since March. That's more than twice as many as Apple Music's 17 million,…
Anna Gaca / September 15, 2016

YouTube Details New Ad-Free Streaming Service, YouTube Red

Wednesday afternoon, YouTube announced a new paid, ad-free streaming service called YouTube Red. The new service will allow users to watch videos — including their…
Colin Joyce / October 21, 2015