Tidal enters Africa with telco MTN, starting with Uganda
Tidal is the latest global music-streaming service to target Africa as its next region for growth. The company has announced a partnership with telco MTN, kicking off with a bundle deal in Uganda.
August 23, 2018
Get Pandora Plus for free for one year (for one day)
Every now and again, a service might come along with an offer of “three months for $1 a month (and then back to $9.99)” as a means to hook new users and to hit quarterly growth targets. But Pandora is offering a year...
August 16, 2018
Verizon bundle will offer six months of Apple Music
Fresh from reportedly overhauling Spotify for paid subscribers in the US, Apple Music is looking to capitalise on its advantage with a new telco deal. The telco in question is Verizon, which from 16 August will be offering...
August 9, 2018
US telco Sprint bundles Tidal into a new Unlimited Plus plan
Having taken a 33% stake in Tidal early in 2017, US telco Sprint has launched the latest element of its partnership with the streaming service. It’s a bundle called Unlimited Plus, which will be available to customers from...
July 13, 2018
Magic Leap promises to ship its first AR headset this summer
Augmented-reality hardware startup Magic Leap has raised $2.3bn over six funding rounds since February 2014, without yet launching a commercial product. That’s changing, the company promises: its first headset will be...
July 12, 2018
Apple Music gets six-month bundle with Etisalat in the UAE
Telco music-streaming bundles don’t always make headlines – indeed, they don’t always get announced by the streaming companies. But they’re an under-the-radar element in the increasingly-global competition between...
June 27, 2018
Pandora and Amazon part of mobile-plan bundle launched by AT&T
It’s been a while since the music industry first got excited about the idea of bundles – be they ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ – of streaming services with mobile data contracts. But AT&T has launched a new offering...
June 22, 2018
Reliance claims $1bn valuation for Saavn and JioMusic merger
Indian telco Reliance Industries is merging its own music-streaming service JioMusic with independent player Saavn, in a deal that it says values the merged entity at more than $1bn. It’s promising that the resulting...
March 26, 2018
Deezer reveals new Singtel deal and Midemlab sponsorship
Deezer has announced its latest deal with a mobile operator: Singtel in Singapore. It’s not quite a hard bundle, but it’s more than just a marketing partnership. Singtel’s post-paid customers will be able to pay...
February 23, 2018
7digital’s Pete Downton talks streaming, telcos, voice control and Apple
In the mid-2000s, Pete Downton had a PowerPoint presentation. It included a slide with a map of the world plotting Warner Music Group’s licensing partnerships with 40 mobile operators: a network with a theoretical reach...
December 14, 2017
Deezer hires former Spotify exec for partnerships role (interview)
Deezer has appointed former Spotify executive Pascal De Mul as its chief partnerships officer, tasked with building on his new company’s deals with telcos, hardware firms and other partners. De Mul spent five years at...
January 9, 2017
Taiwan to get first music/humming recognition service
Taiwanese music firm Omusic is launching its own version of Shazam: a music and humming recognition service. It’ll help people identify songs that are playing in the real world, as well as getting them to hum into their...
January 13, 2016