How does UK radio and streaming-playlist plugging work in 2018?
What’s more important for an independent artist in 2018: getting A-listed by prominent radio stations, or bagging some prominent slots on the playlists curated by Spotify and Apple Music? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con...
February 8, 2018
SiriusXM debuts ‘360L’ in-car satellite-plus-streaming service
US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM has launched the latest iteration of its in-car service, called 360L. That represents “360-degree listening” with a blend of satellite radio and streaming to pipe music into vehicles,...
January 17, 2018
Samsung tipped to unlock the FM radios in its smartphones
Samsung will soon be unlocking the FM radio chip in its smartphones in the US and Canada, according to the maker of the NextRadio app. Note, this isn’t (yet) an official announcement from Samsung itself, but NextRadio...
January 12, 2018
iHeartRadio hits new milestone, but user signups have slowed
Personal radio service iHeartRadio has announced its latest milestone, although frustratingly as ever it focuses on registered users, rather than active listeners. More than 110 million people have now registered for iHeartRadio’s...
January 9, 2018
How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era? (#SlushMusic)
“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed. We’ve always given stuff away to sell something. But that mindset in the consumption world...
November 30, 2017
Beats 1 launches its first Spanish-language radio show
Beats 1 tiene un nuevo programa de radio que es en español y se enfoca en la música latinoamericana. Or to switch back into English: Beats 1 has a new Spanish-language radio show, focusing on Latin American music.
November 6, 2017
FCC wants Apple to activate (non-existent) iPhone FM radios
The latest controversy involving Apple is a curious one: pressure from industry bodies and regulators to activate a feature in its iPhones which the company says does not exist. The feature is an FM radio chip, with Federal...
September 29, 2017
Recording Academy boss warns of ‘troublesome’ future for radio
Well, Neil Portnow thinks the future for radio is troubled if broadcasters don’t start paying performance royalties. But he’s tying that longstanding lobbying point to the disruption that streaming is creating for...
September 11, 2017
Pandora still setting sights on AM/FM ad budgets
When ad-supported music-streaming services attract criticism from rightsholders, one of the arguments – see our piece earlier today on YouTube's Robert Kyncl for example – is that there is plenty more money to be unlocked...
September 4, 2017
SiriusXM launches an Alexa skill for Echo access
Amazon Echo owners can now access another music-related service through their smart speaker: SiriusXM. The US satellite-radio service has launched its own Alexa skill, making more than 200 of its channels available for...
June 21, 2017
Drake ‘More Life’ hits new milestones on streaming services
A week after the release of Drake’s new album ‘More Life’, we have some more numbers to play with to gauge its success. Apple has announced that the album was streamed 300m times globally on Apple Music in its first...
March 27, 2017
iHeartRadio reaches 100m registered-users milestone
iHeartRadio has announced its latest milestone: 100 million registered users, with the last 10 million having been added since August 2016. That means the radio-streaming service is adding around 1.4 million new registrations...
March 24, 2017