Last.fm, a pioneer in online music, said Wednesday it will end its subscription radio streaming service on April 28. Instead, the company will plug into YouTube and VEVO to provide music streams to people who use its online music player, introduced earlier this year.
CD Baby announces it has paid out $1 million in YouTube sync licensing to its artists. De La Soul dives into the BitTorrent crowd. And advertising inside of mobile apps rocketed 56% last year is projected to overtake PC display ads by 2017 in key countries, according to a joint survey by App Annie and IDC.
Linkin Park, a band known for its experimental approaches to technology, is debuting its newest music video as a fully playable game inside of "Project Spark," a game-building platform created by Microsoft for Xbox One and Windows 8.
It's a music video. It's a game. It's Linkin Park's latest play on technology -- a six-minute video game debuting on Tuesday (March 25) that's based on the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same," featuring Rakim.
Citing higher royalty costs, Pandora on Tuesday said it is raising the price of its ad-free PandoraOne service to $4.99 a month for new subscribers, starting in May. Existing PandoraOne subscribers will continue to pay $3.99 a month. Pandora is also doing away with its annual subscription option, which cost $39 a year for ad-free listening.
Flat is the new up. The U.S. recorded music industry posted $6.996 billion in revenue for 2013, down a fraction from $7.016 billion in 2012. Sales from CD's, vinyl and other physical formats dropped 12.3%, while digital grew 7.6% last year, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.