Streaming Wars

Apple Music Passes Spotify in Total U.S. Subscriber Numbers: Report

Apple Music has surpassed Spotify in total number of paid U.S. subscribers, according to a report from Digital Music News. The new report is based on…
Israel Daramola / July 6, 2018

Kanye West & Tidal Must Face Fraud Suit Over The Life of Pablo Exclusivity Claims

A fraud lawsuit against Kanye West and Tidal is being trimmed but will continue on, following a judge's ruling last week. On Friday,…
Colin Stutz, Billboard / June 26, 2018

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

Sprint Buys 33 Percent of TIDAL for a Reported $200 Million

Sprint has purchased 33 percent of TIDAL, the music streaming company owned by Jay Z and two dozen other artists. Terms of the sale were…
Taylor Berman / January 23, 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
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