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  1. Microsoft Opens Xbox Music to App Makers

    July 07, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Xbox Music has become the latest music streaming services platform to open up its API to third-party app developers , according to a post on Microsoft's MSDN blog  detailing API features like access to and management of metadata, affiliation ...

  2. Rdio Acquires Recommendation Company TastemakerX

    June 30, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Rdio, after announcing that it would "transition away" from the newly (at the time) Spotify-owned Echo Nest for its algorithmic recommendations, has announced its acquisition of the consumer-facing TastemakerX, a recommendation platform ...

  3. Spotify Offers Price Reduction for Summer as Streaming Price Wars Heat Up

    June 03, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Not to be outdone by Beats Music's recent, if modest , price reduction on the heels of its acquisition by Apple, Spotify has announced a far less demure drop of its own. Beginning today and ending June 15th, the service is offering customers ...

  4. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  5. Rdio to Expand Its Offerings as Cumulus Partnership Heats Up This Summer

    May 02, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Rdio’s tie-up with terrestrial radio operator Cumulus Media promises to be a transformative deal for the streaming music service, according to comments made by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey during that company’s first-quarter earnings call April 30. Cumu ...

  6. Rdio, Shaw Communications Form Strategic Alliance In Canada

    April 24, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Digital music service Rdio continues its global expansion with a newly announced strategic partnership with media company Shaw Communications, the companies announced on Thursday. The marketing, content and promotion pact that will aim to grow Rdi ...

  7. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  8. 'It's Still Day One': Rdio CEO Anthony Bay on Artist Payouts, Crowded Streaming Field

    April 02, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Rdio is one of three music subscription services -- along with Spotify and Deezer -- that operate across a significant portion of the world. Rdio operates in 51 countries, offering a catalog of music 30 million songs deep (and nearly identical to ...

  9. Rdio Acquires Shuttered Indian Streaming Service Dhingana

    March 14, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Rdio is acquiring shuttered Indian streaming service, Dhingana, for an undisclosed amount. Rdio 'Transitioning Away' from Spotify-Owned Echo Nest (Source) In a statement on Dhingana.com , Rdio announced it will re-launch the music servic ...

  10. Rdio 'Transitioning Away' from Spotify-Owned Echo Nest (Source)

    March 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rdio will likely not renew its business ties with The Echo Nest following Spotify's announcement  last week of its plans to acquire the music intelligence platform.  Speaking with CNBC  at SXSW, Rdio's Chief Executive Anthony Bay said, & ...

  11. Echo Nest Scientist Paul Lamere Explains the Future of Pressing 'Play'

    March 12, 2014 3:56 AM EDT While hordes of musicians were landing or sorting out their hotels on the first day of the SXSW Music, Paul Lamere gave a presentation to a small room in downtown's convention center centered on his experiments with music and data and the ba ...

  12. Spotify Obtains $200 Million Credit Line In Advance of Possible IPO (Report)

    March 10, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Spotify, one of the world's largest music music subscription services, has obtained a $200 million credit facility from lenders which may indicate an initial public stock offering is in the works, according to a report in the Financial Time ...

  13. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  14. Jay Z, Imagine Dragons Among Rdio's Top Streams of 2013

    December 19, 2013 11:38 AM EST Jay Z and Imagine Dragons were among the top artists in both the U.S. and around the world at on-demand streaming service Rdio in 2013 . Rdio listeners in 51 countries also heavily streamed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus.  The U.S. an ...

  15. Beats Music 'Locked and Loaded' for January

    December 04, 2013 2:20 PM EST Beats Music on Wednesday announced it will debut its music service in January, kicking off a year that promises to crank up the competition in the hotly contested U.S. music subscription business. Beats' Daisy Music Service Dials Up Carrie ...

  16. Rdio Names Anthony Bay, Former Apple, Amazon Exec, as CEO

    December 03, 2013 8:37 AM EST Rdio has found a new CEO after a five-month search, announcing today it is naming Anthony Bay, formerly of Amazon, Microsoft and Apple, to the top job. Former CEO Drew Larner will stay on as vice-chairman and strategic advisor to the company' ...

  17. Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio Service for Mobile in North America, Australia

    October 03, 2013 6:01 AM EDT Digital music service Rdio is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. The move capitalizes on Rdio's tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it compete with digita ...

  18. Rdio Partners With Cumulus Media (Report)

    September 15, 2013 10:49 PM EDT On-demand music service Rdio and broadcast radio network Cumulus Media have entered into a partnership that will provide Rdio reach and resources and give Cumulus an additional online platform for its content.   The deal, first revealed by the ...

  19. Business Matters: How Many Subscribers Does a Digital Music Service Need to be Profitable?

    September 03, 2013 8:18 PM EDT How many subscribers does a music service need to be profitable? Rdio CEO Drew Larner recently told NPR the service would "absolutely be profitable" when it achieves "real scale" of 25 million to 30 million subscribers. Lar ...

  20. Rdio Partners with Live Nation, Boasts Listener Gains

    July 23, 2013 9:48 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is now a Live Nation sponsor and will power audio streaming at LiveNation.com. The partnership kicked off last weekend with the Faster Horses country music festival and will continue with the Watershed Music Fest ...

  21. The Eagles Catalog Available at Subscription Services

    June 25, 2013 11:03 AM EDT One less band is unavailable to the millions of people who pay to access music. As of Tuesday, the Eagles catalog can be found at music subscription services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.   The nine titles available for streaming i ...

  22. Rdio CEO Drew Larner Stepping Down

    June 07, 2013 10:03 PM EDT Rdio CEO Drew Larner is leading a search for a new CEO at the streaming service, one who will expand its efforts to sell music and video subscriptions, according to Bloomberg . After his replacement is on board, Larner plans to remain with the c ...

  23. Exclusive: On-Demand Streams Now Count Toward RIAA Gold & Platinum

    May 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT In an uncommon move to tinker with the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards, the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday announced it has started to incorporate on-demand streams towards its calculations for certifying ...

  24. Twitter #Music, Hands-On: The Good and the Bad

    April 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Twitter music was already a concept long before it was an application, so it comes as little surprise that Twitter’s new #music app is built top to bottom around how users already interact with music on Twitter.  #Music arrives with the potent ...

  25. Business Matters: Twitter #Music Has Potential -- But It’s Limited

    April 18, 2013 6:33 PM EDT The Twitter #Music service launched to the public Thursday is a smart tactical move and a decent music discovery tool. But unless efforts are made to widen its potential reach, Twitter #music will play a small role for the social media company ...

  26. Updated: Twitter #Music App Launches

    April 18, 2013 8:21 AM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Twitter, which released its music application to a handful of celebrities last week, announced today on "Good Morning America" and via a blog post that the rest of the world can now pile in. ...

  27. Rdio Launches Vdio, New TV and Film Marketplace (Updated)

    April 03, 2013 2:07 PM EDT On-demand music subscription service Rdio announced the launch on Wednesday of Vdio, a video service that streams movies and TV shows. Vdio (pronounced vee-dee-oh) becomes the first video service offered by a standalone company that also offers ...

  28. Spotify, Rdio, Xbox Music Reps Debates the Merits of Subscription Music Streaming at SXSW

    March 14, 2013 8:26 PM EDT With the rapid growth of platforms like Spotify and Deezer -- and white hot rumors of competing offerings emanating from the likes of Apple and Google -- it’s no surprise that the rise of music streaming subscription services is some of the most ...

  29. Spotify Rolls Out Browser-Based Music Player in Beta

    November 15, 2012 3:36 PM EST Spotify is today rolling-out its first ever browser-based music player in beta, according to a report published on The Verge that was confirmed by the company. Spotify told Billboard it is looking to release the fully baked product "over the ...

  30. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  31. Rdio Embarks on Experiment to Gain Subscribers Through Artists

    October 02, 2012 9:24 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio has launched a program Tuesday that pays artists directly for the new subscribers they bring to the service. The program is a creative attempt to solve two of subscription service's biggest problems: lack of su ...

  32. Rdio Licenses 3 Million Tracks from CD Baby, TuneCore

    August 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Rdio announced Thursday it has added the catalogs of distributors CD Baby and TuneCore. Rdio CEO Drew Larner tells Billboard.biz the deal increases Rdio's catalog by 3 million tracks to over 18 million. Rdio, currently working on a program to ...

  33. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  34. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  35. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  36. Business Matters: Subscription Services Gone Global

    March 29, 2012 9:01 PM EDT Subscription Services Gone Global -- The days of the single-market subscription service are over and the land grab is upon us. From Spotify to Deezer, companies are looking for growth well beyond their countries of origin. Operating in more countr ...

  37. Rdio Launches in Canada, Signs European Deal With PRS

    March 22, 2012 9:26 AM EDT Rdio has released a string of announcements in recent days, with a major cosmetic overhaul debuted at SXSW and the streaming service reaching the 15 million songs threshold. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event Now Rdio has signed on to be t ...

  38. Is Beats Audio Acquiring Mog?

    March 19, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Is Beats Audio buying music-subscription service Mog? A report Monday at Business Insider has an unnamed source saying the deal was done last week, although a report Tuesday at All Things D said the deal has not yet closed. While at press time, ne ...

  39. Australian Recorded Music Market Down Slightly in 2011, Digital Surges

    February 29, 2012 7:36 AM EST Australia's digital music market is providing a huge shot in the arm to the country's recorded music industry, but the boost provided by new technologies and formats wasn't enough to spark the market into growth, new trade figures r ...

  40. Rdio, Rara Launch Subscription Streaming In Australia

    January 20, 2012 10:42 AM EST Australia's streaming music marketplace is finally making strides with the launch this week of Rdio and Omnifone-powered Rara.com. Rdio monthly subscriptions are priced at Australian $8.90 ($9.25) for Net-only access or Australian $12.90 ($13 ...

  41. Spotify, Getty Images Music, Turntable.fm, Slacker Amongst NARM, Digitalmusic.org's Newest Members

    November 08, 2011 3:15 PM EST NARM, the nonprofit trade association for music business, and digitalmusic.org (DMO). the home for NARM's digital incentives, have announced six digital music companies have become the association's newest members. Don't miss Billbo ...

  42. Rdio Expands to Brazil

    November 01, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio announced Tuesday it is launching in Brazil later this week. The expansion makes Brazil the third Rdio market after the U.S. and Canada. Brazil's recorded music industry has a reputation for rampant piracy and ...

  43. Killers, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction Rock Sean Parker's f8 Conference/Party

    September 23, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Mark Zuckerberg, Snoop Dogg and Sean Parker in San Francisco Thursday night night (Photo: WireImage/ Kevin Mazur) To celebrate Thursday's f8 announcement of Facebook and Spotify's partnership , Sean Parker hosted an exclusive "A Cel ...

  44. F8 Conference Was Digital Music's Generational Divide

    September 23, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday may not have been a changing of the guard in digital music, but it will certainly go down as a critical inflection point. There was a noticeable generation gap in the day's events. Missing from f8 wer ...

  45. Facebook Music: What it is, What it isn't, and What it Means

    September 22, 2011 4:56 PM EDT "It's not what you're like; but what you like," said John Cusack's character in "High Fidelity." Facebook took that axiom to heart, rolling out massive changes to the popular social networking platform that found ...

  46. Rdio Launching Free Service

    September 15, 2011 5:54 PM EDT Rdio, a subscription music service that offers unlimited song plays on mobile devices for a monthly fee, plans to replace its seven-day free trial with one that offers more free listening. Rdio CEO Drew Larner said the system would be "dynami ...

  47. Business Matters: Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now

    August 29, 2011 10:31 PM EDT Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now -- Did Spotify make a profit in 2010? It's a nice question, but ultimately one that doesn't matter much. The company is growing quickly and it no doubt has enough capital ...

  48. @NARM: Digital Think Tank Propels NARM Into the Future

    May 12, 2011 8:37 PM EDT While veterans of the legacy music business milled about in the hotel lobby bar and conducted private meeting on the sidelines, the most exciting part of the NARM conference in Los Angeles was taking place inside a small room in the lower levels o ...

  49. Rdio Partners With Echo Nest

    May 03, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Cloud music service Rdio has partnered with the Echo Nest so developers can create web applications that use Rdio's licensed catalog of eight million tracks. The Echo Nest's music intelligence allows developers to tap into the characteri ...

  50. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

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