Netflix shares tumble after it misses subscriptions forecast
Here’s a taste of what life is going to be like for Spotify in the quarters and years ahead: Netflix’s share price took a tumble last night after the video-streaming service missed its own forecast for subscriber growth....
July 17, 2018
US charts to add Pandora and iHeartRadio subscription streams
Hot on the heels of the UK official-chart changes announced yesterday, Billboard has confirmed the latest tweak to its Hot 100 and Hot 200 rankings, among other US charts. From the week of 29 June - 5 July, subscription streams...
June 26, 2018
iOS to support introductory subscription pricing offers
This is a small change to the way in-app subscriptions work on Apple’s iOS platform, but a potentially good one for third-party music-streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and the rest. Apple’s next software...
November 7, 2017
There could be 147m music subscriptions by the end of 2017
While we’ll have to wait for the IFPI’s official numbers later this year, there’s a consensus that the music industry ended 2016 with around 100 million people around the world paying for music subscriptions. Now...
February 8, 2017
Hip-hop and dance fans are the secret motors of digital music
That is the finding from LOOP's analysis of consumption patterns across some 50 genres.
August 4, 2016
Netflix financials: ‘Disrupting a big market can be bumpy’
“We are growing, but not as fast as we would like or have been,” admitted Netflix in its latest note to shareholders accompanying its quarterly financial results.
July 19, 2016
Rhapsody completes Napster rebrand but subs stuck at 3.5m
“Yes, the cat is back,” claimed a blog post yesterday from ‘The Napster Team’ as Rhapsody completed its rebrand in the US, which like its business elsewhere in the world is now just Napster.
July 19, 2016
The impact on Netflix of price rise and recommendations
Two separate studies shed some interesting light on how Netflix’s pricing strategy and recommendations engine affect the video-streaming service’s finances.
June 21, 2016
Apple and Google shift to 15% app-subscriptions rev-share
Big news for music-streaming services that charge subscriptions using the billing systems of Apple and Google’s app stores. And, indeed, for any music-related app that does that. Both Apple and Google are halving the...
June 9, 2016
Spotify aims its guns at Apple’s 30% App Store tax
The fact that Apple takes a 30% cut of all in-app purchases made within iOS apps has been a sore point with streaming music services for some time. That’s even more the case now: companies like Spotify charge an extra $3...
July 10, 2015
Smule talks music apps, Jessie J, subscriptions and songwriters
“How important is a record deal now? Bieber was one of the first discovered through social media, then he went off and signed the record deals and the rest, but I wonder how important those deals are now, and in the future?” Jeff...
July 2, 2015
Apple tipped to push music buyers towards subscriptions
Today’s Apple Music speculation comes to you via the Wall Street Journal, which has some more titbits on what Apple may be announcing next week at its WWDC conference. It pegs the price at $10 a month rather than the lower...
June 2, 2015