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Sony Music is latest major label to license Boomplay in Africa

African music-streaming service Boomplay now has a full set of deals with the global major labels, with Sony Music the third and final major to strike an agreement. Sony’s catalogue of both African and international artists...
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UK Music and ERA reports offer positivity for UK music industry

The UK was the third largest recorded-music market in the world last year, according to the IFPI, with £1.05bn (around $1.4bn at the time) of trade revenues in 2018. For streaming specifically, it was the second biggest...
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Amazon’s free-streaming ambitions expand to more devices

When Amazon launched a free, ad-supported music-streaming service in April, it was only available in the US, for Echo smart speakers. That careful rollout is now expanding considerably: Amazon’s ad-supported music tier...
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Deezer takes its HiFi tier to smartphones and the web

When Deezer launched its hi-res music tier back in September 2014 in the US, it was called ‘Deezer Elite’ and was only available through Sonos devices. Since then it has been rebranded as ‘Deezer HiFi’ and made available...
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Bytedance streaming service could launch ‘as soon as next month’

Could the music industry be in for an early Christmas present of a new streaming service this year? The Financial Times has reported that Bytedance’s long-rumoured music-streaming service “aims to launch as soon as...
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Music may be losing out due to the growth of spoken-word audio

It would be wrong to generalise that ‘labels’ are unhappy with Spotify’s push into podcasts. It’s true that some executives do view the strategy with suspicion, as a development that will cannibalise both music-listening...
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A day after its launch, Disney+ had more than 10m signups

What qualifies as a successful launch for a new video-streaming service? How about 10m signups by your second day? That’s the number being touted by Disney yesterday for its Disney+ service, which launched on Tuesday. The...
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Idagio classical-music streaming service launches free tier

Classical-music streaming service Idagio is launching a free tier, which will make a catalogue of 2m tracks available to listeners without the need for a subscription. The company clearly hopes that the new tier will provide...
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Amazon set to add music videos to Amazon Music Unlimited

Fresh from adding an ‘HD’ tier to its Music Unlimited streaming service, Amazon appears to be preparing to add another element in to the mix: music videos. At least, that’s the gist of a ‘direct license amendment’...
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Tencent Music saw strong subscriber growth in Q3 2019

Tencent Music (TME) has announced its latest quarterly financial results, with the headline being a 42.2% year-on-year increase in paying online-music users to 35.4 million. As the company pointed out, this growth has been...
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Qobuz ditches its MP3-quality tier and lowers hi-res price

Hi-res music-streaming service Qobuz is (in the US, at least) getting rid of its cheapest MP3-quality tier, and lowering the cost of its higher-resolution offering. “MP3 is really bad for music, artists, and listeners –...
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Gaana financials include growth in subscriptions revenue

We’ve seen lots of big numbers this year for the amount of people streaming music in India, but what is that growth in listeners meaning for the underlying financials of the platforms providing those streams? One of the...