Apple Music, Spotify, playlists and the threat to traditional radio
The Guardian has an intriguing piece looking at the impact that Spotify and now Apple Music/Beats 1 is having on popular radio, particularly Radio 1 but also commercial stations. It opens on Zane Lowe defecting to Apple earlier...
June 10, 2015
Phonofile starts tracking Spotify playlists
There’s been a lot of talk about the growing importance of Spotify playlists in 2015 – but also about the comparative lack of detailed analytics on how music is being added to, shared and played within those playlists....
June 5, 2015
Playlists in the spotlight as a key part of streaming music’s future
“Playlists are key. Decision fatigue is a big problem for consumers: when you’re faced with a catalogue of 35m tracks, what are you going to listen to?” said Spintune CEO Brittney Bean, as she introduced this afternoon's...
May 15, 2015
Tidal expands to 43 countries and formally launches Discovery
Tidal is expanding, adding eight new countries yesterday. While some are very small – Monaco, Lichtenstein and Andorra, take a bow – others like New Zealand, Israel, Iceland, Thailand and Malaysia may have more of an...
May 1, 2015
Tips from the pros: how indie labels make the most of streaming playlists
Spotify playlists, YouTubers, music blogs and sundry other digital services are creating a new wave of music curators, even if quite a few of them are just the old curators trying on new platforms. A panel at AIM's Music...
April 9, 2015
One Direction set for ‘Teen Party’ takeover on Spotify
One Direction are the latest artist to take over one of streaming music service Spotify’s popular playlists, with a two-day long promotion that kicks off today. The boy-band will be put in charge of Spotify’s Teen Party...
February 6, 2015
Latest rumours predict $7.99-a-month price for rebranded Beats
Drip… drip… drip… Time for the latest leak on Apple’s plans for streaming service Beats Music, courtesy of 9 to 5 Mac’s Mark Gurman – whose sources within Apple are a.) good and b.) not sanctioned by the company....
February 5, 2015
Sandbox 125 – Rich ‘Li$t: How Playlists Are Reshaping Marketing
Lead: Warner Music buying Playlists.net at the end of last year was a sign of the times and this year playlists will become much more central in the marketing of artists, singles and albums. While they are easy to make, they...
January 28, 2015
SoundCloud debuts ‘Collection’ for web and iPhone
SoundCloud has changed a lot over the course of 2014, in terms of its design. The company had one more tweak in store before the end of the year though: a new feature called Collection. “We designed Collection to make...
December 24, 2014
Google revamps Google Play Music app with Songza features
Google bought Songza in July, promising to “explore ways to bring what you love about Songza to Google Play Music“. Now we know how: yesterday, the company updated its Google Play Music app with Songza-style “expert...
October 24, 2014
We don’t think streaming music is leaving snobs adrift
In yesterday’s Bulletin, we wrote about an opinion piece in the New York Times suggesting that streaming music is leaving self-confessed “music snobs” adrift, because now everyone has access to the same...
October 24, 2014
BBC says 200k playlists have been created in Playlister’s first year
We reported yesterday on the launch of BBC Music, and the expansion of its streaming playlists service Playlister. But we missed the Beeb’s announcement of a couple of stats: in the year since Playlister launched in...
October 10, 2014