Rdio to launch €3.99 ‘Select’ tier in Europe
Streaming service Rdio launched its $3.99 Rdio Select tier in the US in May, describing it as the “coach” class to the “business class” of fully on-demand services. It blends Pandora-style personal radio with limited...
June 16, 2015
EC sets out its plans for a digital single market in Europe
Here’s a sign of the times: the European Commission’s announcement yesterday of its Digital Single Market strategy was accompanied by two hashtags: #DigitalSingleMarket and #TeamJunckerEU. “I want to see pan-continental...
May 7, 2015
Live-music subscription service Jukely raises $8m
Jukely is the American startup charging music fans $25 a month to attend an ‘unlimited’ selection of gigs – well, apart from the fact that it’s limited both by the number of days in the month, and the selection of...
April 29, 2015
Patreon criticised over VATMOSS taxes issue in Europe
Europe’s new VATMOSS taxation rules mean VAT for “telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services services” (relish that last phrase!) will have to be charged in the country of each customer, not the country of the...
February 10, 2015
Apple’s smartphone market share rising says Kantar
2015 must be underway: the smartphone market-share analysts are back at work. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has published its first figures of the year, examining the market share for sales of new smartphones in various parts...
January 20, 2015
European Parliament votes for search-engine unbundling
As predicted, European politicians have voted in favour of breaking up Google. Without, as it turns out, actually mentioning Google by name at all. In a vote passed by 384 to 174, the European Parliament voted yesterday...
November 28, 2014
Kobalt songwriters’ Spotify royalties overtake iTunes in Europe
Watch out for some lazy ‘Spotify overtakes iTunes’ headlines this morning: the story is more specific than that, but still interesting. Publisher and label services firm Kobalt is the source, having announced that in...
November 7, 2014
Google facing new antitrust investigation in Europe, over Android
Indie label bodies WIN and Impala are hoping the European Commission will investigate YouTube over its licensing practices, but parent company Google already has one major regulatory investigation in Europe to contend with,...
August 1, 2014
Spotify’s VP of Europe Chris Maples leaves for pastures new
Spotify’s European boss Chris Maples has left the company. The ad industry veteran joined the streaming service in April 2011 as its UK managing director and European sales director, before being promoted to VP, Europe...
July 21, 2014
Google sets aside $100m to invest in European startups
Google’s investment arm, Google Ventures, is setting up shop in Europe, with an initial $100m to invest in startups from the continent. “Our goal is simple: we want to invest in the best ideas from the best European...
July 11, 2014
Demi Lovato’s next European tour to be driven by Shazam tagging data
Shazam’s latest big music data partnership is with an artist, Demi Lovato, with the claim that her upcoming European tour will be planned around cities where she’s most popular with users of Shazam’s app....
July 1, 2014
Spotify’s Kevin Brown predicts service will overtake iTunes in Europe
Once upon a time, Spotify executives were wary of publicly comparing the streaming service’s prospects to Apple’s iTunes – not least because Apple was a key distribution platform for its mobile app. In recent...
July 1, 2014