Streaming Wars

YouTube Announces Expanded Music Credits on Videos

YouTube announced a new feature, rolling out today, that displays music credits in more detail than before. According to Pitchfork, the platform's "music in this video" feature…
Joshua Copperman / May 16, 2018

Now Tidal Is Reportedly Late on Payments to Labels

Tidal is struggling to make on-time payments to record labels and music distributors, multiple sources have reportedly told Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. The Jay-Z-owned music streaming service is "behind with…
Anna Gaca / May 16, 2018

U.S. Copyright Authorities to Make Subscription Music Services Increase Payout Rate to Publishers and Musicians

American copyright authorities have ruled to increase royalty payments on streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora over the next five years. On Saturday,…
Rob Arcand / January 28, 2018

Report: Jimmy Iovine Is Leaving Apple [UPDATE]

Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine is expected to leave the company in August, Billboard reports. Iovine has led Apple's music division since 2014, overseeing the launch of Apple…
Anna Gaca / January 4, 2018

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