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Apple tipped to launch hardware/services subscription

Apple will introduce a combined subscription model for its hardware and services in 2018. Well, that’s the prediction of analyst firm CCS Insight, in its latest report with forecasts for 2017 and beyond. “The concept...
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Snapchat has filed (secretly) for its IPO

Snapchat’s parent company Snap has filed for its long-awaited IPO, although for now financial data about the company remains under wraps. That’s because it has taken advantage of US legislation that enables companies...
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Radio still top dog for US music listening says LOOP

Digital listening may be growing for younger drivers in the US, but AM/FM radio is still the most popular form of music access in the car. That’s according to a new study published by research firm LOOP via the Music Business...
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BMG’s parent has big plans for China, India and Brazil

Media group Bertelsmann, the parent company of music firm BMG, is setting its sights on emerging markets in the years ahead. The company is planning to double its investment in “growth regions” like China, India and Brazil...
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Napster posted a $1.6m profit for its latest quarter

A profitable music-streaming service? That’s crazy talk! Yet Napster did indeed record a net profit of just over $1.6m in the third quarter of 2016. That’s according to the financial results of RealNetworks, which still...
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Pandora sets new diversity targets for 2020

We know that Pandora is aiming for $4bn of annual revenues by 2020, because CEO Tim Westergren has outlined that goal publicly. Now the streaming service is setting another target: to ensure its workforce is even more diverse...
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Research claims music subscriptions still ‘too expensive’

Subscription-billing firm Zuora has teamed up with YouGov to produce some new research on attitudes towards paying for music in the UK, and the results may well be relevant to other markets around the world. Especially as...
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Research: 3% of Brits will buy a VR headset this year

We’re enthusiastic about the creative potential for virtual reality, but more sceptical – or perhaps realistic – about the speed at which VR technology will be adopted. Some more data backing our view comes from research...
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Pinterest now has 150m monthly active users

Visual sharing service Pinterest has published some new figures to show its growth. The company says it now has more than 150 million monthly active users, up from 100 million a year ago. How does that break down? Just under...
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Snapchat parent reportedly planning $25bn IPO

Snap Inc, the newly rebranded parent company of Snapchat, is preparing to go public in the spring of 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal. It claims Snap is “preparing the paperwork for an IPO with a view to selling...
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VR entertainment spending tipped to reach $3.3bn by 2020

You wait ages for an analyst VR prediction, then two come along at once. We reported on Juniper Research’s claim that consumer spending on VR hardware will climb to more than $50bn by 2021 earlier this week, but now IHS...
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Google Play Music store launches in India

Google has launched its Google Play Music downloads store in India, although for now its sister on-demand streaming service does not appear to be available in the country. TheNextWeb reported that the store has “a few broad...