Drip shuts down after ‘hard look’ at its future
We’re sorry to say that Drip – the platform that helped indie labels including Domino, Ninja Tune and OWSLA to launch their own subscription services for fans – is shutting down. “We’ve decided to conclude the...
February 19, 2016
Early Australian streaming service JB Hi-Fi Now shuts down
Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi was one of the first companies to launch a music-streaming service in its home country back in 2012, but intense competition from global players is now forcing it to close. “Sadly, the JB...
February 18, 2016
Line to shut down MixRadio streaming service
Music-streaming service MixRadio is to shut down in the coming weeks, after parent company Line decided that the “financial challenges” of the streaming market were too high. “The MixRadio music streaming service...
February 16, 2016
Clubbing app Beatguide shuts down
We’re sad to report on the first startup shutdown of 2016, as dance-events app Beatguide announced that it is closing its doors. “Goodbye, friends. We gave it a shot! We had a great time. Much love from Berlin,”...
January 18, 2016
Yahoo shuts down its Yahoo Screen online-video service
It’s not that long since Yahoo was being tipped as one of the firms capable of giving YouTube some decent competition in the online-video market – including poaching some of its big stars. Now, though, Yahoo is shutting...
January 5, 2016
Rdio starts shutdown process with subscription cancellations
Pandora’s acquisition of certain Rdio assets has yet to close, but the latter company is nevertheless beginning the process of shutting down its streaming service. “Effective Monday, November 23, if you currently have...
November 23, 2015
Why didn’t Pandora buy Rdio? It was $220m in debt
Pandora was clear in its announcement on Monday: it was buying certain assets of streaming service Rdio – technology and IP – while hiring a number of its employees. But it wasn’t buying the business as a whole. “The...
November 18, 2015
Another social music startup bites the dust as Boomio shuts down
People love social apps, people love music, so social music apps will be a path of immense demand to popularity and riches, right? Well, wrong so far for pretty much every social music startup that’s tried to become...
November 16, 2015
Bop.fm shuts down abruptly after being acquired
The corporate slogan of digital music service Bop.fm was “the music never stops”. Yesterday, though, it did: the company has been acquired by a firm unrelated to music, and has abruptly shut down its platform for sharing...
October 30, 2015
Report claims music-videos service Muzu to be liquidated
Irish firm Muzu was one of a handful of music-focused challengers to YouTube in its day, albeit on a much smaller scale. Now it seems the end of the road may be in sight, with Music Business Worldwide reporting that Muzu...
October 12, 2015
Microsoft retiring its Zune services in November
Behold, the quote that spawned dozens of ‘what, Zune services are still going?’ comments in the media: “As of November 15, 2015, Zune services will be retired. You will no longer be able to stream or download content...
September 17, 2015
RIAA hails Sharebeast shutdown as ‘huge win’ for music industry
One of the largest music filesharing sites in the US has been shut down, after its domain was seized by the US Department of Justice. Sharebeast and a related links site called Album Jams have both been taken offline, replaced...
September 14, 2015