Yahoo shuts down its Yahoo Screen online-video service
It’s not that long since Yahoo was being tipped as one of the firms capable of giving YouTube some decent competition in the online-video market – including poaching some of its big stars. Now, though, Yahoo is shutting...
January 5, 2016
Rdio starts shutdown process with subscription cancellations
Pandora’s acquisition of certain Rdio assets has yet to close, but the latter company is nevertheless beginning the process of shutting down its streaming service. “Effective Monday, November 23, if you currently have...
November 23, 2015
Why didn’t Pandora buy Rdio? It was $220m in debt
Pandora was clear in its announcement on Monday: it was buying certain assets of streaming service Rdio – technology and IP – while hiring a number of its employees. But it wasn’t buying the business as a whole. “The...
November 18, 2015
Another social music startup bites the dust as Boomio shuts down
People love social apps, people love music, so social music apps will be a path of immense demand to popularity and riches, right? Well, wrong so far for pretty much every social music startup that’s tried to become...
November 16, 2015
Bop.fm shuts down abruptly after being acquired
The corporate slogan of digital music service Bop.fm was “the music never stops”. Yesterday, though, it did: the company has been acquired by a firm unrelated to music, and has abruptly shut down its platform for sharing...
October 30, 2015
Report claims music-videos service Muzu to be liquidated
Irish firm Muzu was one of a handful of music-focused challengers to YouTube in its day, albeit on a much smaller scale. Now it seems the end of the road may be in sight, with Music Business Worldwide reporting that Muzu...
October 12, 2015
Microsoft retiring its Zune services in November
Behold, the quote that spawned dozens of ‘what, Zune services are still going?’ comments in the media: “As of November 15, 2015, Zune services will be retired. You will no longer be able to stream or download content...
September 17, 2015
RIAA hails Sharebeast shutdown as ‘huge win’ for music industry
One of the largest music filesharing sites in the US has been shut down, after its domain was seized by the US Department of Justice. Sharebeast and a related links site called Album Jams have both been taken offline, replaced...
September 14, 2015
This Is My Jam shutting down, but staying online
Music discovery service This Is My Jam is bowing out, with its founders announcing over the weekend that they have “decided to stop operating” the service in its current form. Launched in 2011, the site focused on getting...
August 12, 2015
Grooveshark shuts down: ‘We apologise. Without reservation’
Controversial streaming music service Grooveshark has shut down, as part of a settlement with major labels following its most recent legal defeat. “We have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all of the...
May 1, 2015
Live Nation Labs shuts down as key execs depart
Changes are afoot within Live Nation, as its Live Nation Labs division appears to have been broken up and dispersed throughout the company. Both Hypebot and Digital Music News reported yesterday that executives Eric Garland...
January 12, 2015
Torrent site Fenopy shuts down with broadside at internet trends
Veteran torrent site Fenopy has shut down after nine years, although of its own volition rather than as the result of a Pirate Bay-style raid by police. “Fenopy was being operated by an Artificial Intelligence that I created...
December 29, 2014