SoundCloud inching closer to licensing deal with UMG
Does SoundCloud finally have its long-negotiated licensing deal with Universal Music. There were conflicting reports yesterday, with Music Business Worldwide claiming that the companies were “on the verge of confirming...
August 18, 2015
SoundCloud flakk’d by Jakk’d over copyright takedowns
SoundCloud continues to walk a tightrope between copyright takedowns and the views of its community, with American DJs Jakk’d issuing a blistering broadside towards the company after their profile was blocked after repeated...
August 18, 2015
Next Big Sound tracked a trillion music streams in first half of 2015
Music analytics firm Next Big Sound may have been acquired by Pandora, but for now that hasn’t put the company off its habit of aggregating stats and then publishing them for the wider industry to pore over. For example,...
August 13, 2015
IFPI head defends labels’ streaming payments while firing shots at SoundCloud and YouTube
Frances Moore, the chief executive of the IFPI, has posted a blog about artist payments from streaming services. She opens by saying that artists are right when they claim they are seeing less money in royalty payments than...
July 29, 2015
SoundCloud subscription is coming – official
It has been promised by SoundCloud (and demanded by rightsholders) for a long time, but a subscription tier for SoundCloud is finally coming. Leaked documents recently suggested that this was something the service was cracking...
July 23, 2015
StreamSquid hopes to revive Grooveshark – but with legal music
We’re starting to lose count of the number of ‘new Groovesharks’ since the controversial streaming service shut down earlier this year. Many have tried to revive the Grooveshark name, but a new venture called StreamSquid...
July 13, 2015
Musician Dave Wiskus on the failings of Apple Connect
Musicians have been getting to grips with the finer points of Apple Music’s new Connect feature – and also its frustrations. David Wiskus, of independent band Airplane Mode, has outlined some of the latter in a blog post...
July 6, 2015
Ad-free YouTube launch ebbs further away towards the horizon
Reports are suggesting that YouTube’s planned ad-free tier has run into serious licensing barriers and its launch date is being pushed back again and again. The Information apparently has, well, the information behind this...
June 29, 2015
Resident Advisor launches its first consumer app
Electronic music website Resident Advisor is currently attracting nearly 2.7 million monthly unique visitors to its combination of editorial and events listings. Now it has turned the latter into a standalone iPhone app called...
June 25, 2015
Beatport takes on SoundCloud with stream embeds – and royalties
Dance site Beatport launched an early version of its streaming service earlier this year, but now it’s stepping up its activity – with SoundCloud squarely in its sights. Yesterday, Beatport launched an embeddable player,...
June 24, 2015
SoundCloud adds 15k-plays-a-day rate limit for third-party apps
SoundCloud has introduced a new limit on how many songs third-party applications can play from its catalogue – a move that is already sparking complaints from developers who’ve been using the streaming service as a source...
June 19, 2015