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Those Facebook / Spotify acquisition rumours are back

The last time we reported on speculation about Facebook getting into streaming music, the social network flatly denied it. One of Spotify’s investors, GP Bullhound, still has hopes that Facebook may change its mind… by...
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iHeartMedia following Pandora into on-demand streaming

Pandora’s intentions to launch a $9.99-a-month on-demand streaming service are well-known, but its main radio rival in the US is now following suit. The New York Post reported that iHeartMedia will announce its own on-demand...
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Free services dominate US weekly music-streaming hours

The latest study from research firm MusicWatch is likely to fuel the arguments about the “value gap” between free, ad-supported music streams and the revenues they generate for rightsholders. The study quantifies weekly...
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SoundCloud Go gets its own $0.99-for-three-months offer

Spotify has made a habit of 99-cent premium trials, offering three months of its subscription tier for less than a dollar. Now SoundCloud is following suit with its first such deal for its SoundCloud Go subscription service.
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Behind The Campaign: Jack Garratt – Sandbox 155

Jack Garratt released his debut album, Phase, in February but had already been named as the winner of both the Brits Critics’ Choice award and the BBC Sound Of 2016 poll. Guillermo Ramos, senior marketing manager, Island...
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Campaigns: PAUL McVR-TNEY – Sandbox 158

Paul McCartney has been part of the virtual reality (VR) game for a while now – a rare example of a “heritage act” who seems genuinely interested in new technologies, rather than one being advised to jump on the departing...
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Adding Pandora would make streaming’s top 10 33% bigger

Glenn Peoples is blogging again about the role and importance of Pandora, this time making the argument that factoring in its streams to official US streaming numbers would massively boost the market.
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The Piano Guys reach 1bn views on YouTube

You can file The Piano Guys alongside Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix as bona-fide YouTube success stories.
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Hulu going subscription-only with ad-supported Yahoo deal

Yes, that headline sounds like a contradiction, but what’s happening with streaming TV service Hulu does make sense.
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Chew swallows Mixify community

UK-based Chew, which streams DJ sets, has announced that it is integrating the community Mixify, its largest rival, into its own offering. In a posting on Medium, Chew co-founder Will Benton outlines what this means.
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Deezer will be profitable by 2018

That’s the claim from Alexis de Gemini, the streaming service’s MD. He said this in an interview on BFM business radio, subsequently picked up by Digital Music News.
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Inside QQ Music – the “Spotify of China”

Mashable has a brief, but no less fascinating, piece on QQ Music, the Chinese streaming music service that now claims, while other services in the West continue to rack up debts, to be profitable.