March 27th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

taylor-swift

Taylor Swift’s withdrawal from Spotify last year hogged plenty of headlines, but her rapidly-growing subscriber totals on YouTube has been more under the radar. Yet it’s well worth following, because...

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March 26th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

rihanna

We’ve written about Dubsmash a few times in recent months: it’s the lip-syncing social app that’s gone mainstream, with millions of people mouthing along to famous film and music clips before posting...

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March 26th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

facebook-messenger

As predicted, Facebook announced plans yesterday to turn its Facebook Messenger app into a bona-fide platform for external developers, while also confirming that the messaging app now has 600 million monthly...

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March 25th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

vessel

Shortform videos service Vessel launched in invite-only mode this January, with iOS apps for people to watch videos from a range of creators, the promise of a $2.99-a-month subscription model, and a pitch...

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March 24th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

twitch

Live video service Twitch made its name with games, but the company has clear ambitions in the music world too. The latest example is a partnership with dance event the Ultra Music Festival, which takes...

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March 20th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

streaming

The current music industry debate about the value of 'freemium' streaming services is being driven from the highest levels of major labels in the US. That's why the sales trends in that particular market...

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March 20th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

pharrell

The ripples from this month’s ruling against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their ‘Blurred Lines’ track continue to spread. Now Williams has had his say in an interview with the Financial...

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March 19th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

us-flag

The much-anticipated 2014 recorded music figures for the US were published yesterday by the RIAA, providing an overview of the current digital transition in the market that’s most influential on the...

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March 18th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

rhapsody-twitter

We’ve seen several phases of social streaming, with the most notable one being Facebook’s debut of “frictionless” sharing in 2011 – also known as “blatting out everything you play to everyone...

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