Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes

 It’s no longer enough to simply offer on-demand music as part of the value proposition for music streaming services – you have to enable discovery of new tunes and make recommendations, too. While it’s fair to say that Spotify is leading the market in terms of its influential playlist selections, rivals are quickly following suit – including Apple Music and Google… Read More

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Amazon Music says it doesn’t want to become a record label

 Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom shot down the idea that Amazon’s music arm would become its own record label at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017. It’s a question that he gets a lot, Boom told TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, largely in part because of Amazon Studios, the company’s television and film production arm.
But Amazon views the video and music industries very… Read More

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SoundCloud’s ‘The Upload’ uses machine learning to help you find new tracks

 SoundCloud made a name for itself among the landscape of music streaming services as the one where creators themselves were uploading music and other sound recordings — picking up the moniker “the YouTube of audio” in the process. Now the company is launching a new discovery feature that plays on that idea. The Upload, as it is called, will suggest new music to you that… Read More

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New partnership makes Google Play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity

 Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and music service including on new Samsung phone and tablets worldwide, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The deal comes with an added bonus for Samsung users – they’ll be able to upload up to 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free. This… Read More

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Spotify strikes new deal with indy giant Merlin, ‘competitive’ with big 3 labels

 Spotify — the streaming music company with 50 million paying users — has been working on renegotiating licensing deals with labels over the last several months — a critical move to improve its revenues and margins en route to going public — and today one of the big pieces of that process has fallen into place. The streaming music platform now has a new deal with… Read More

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Spotify’s artist dashboard exits beta, offering streaming insights, profile management & more

 In the battle to lure artists to its platform, Spotify has used exclusives, free advertising, the promise of more listeners, and open access to data artists care about, like number of fans and listens. On that latter front, Spotify released a data dashboard called Fan Insights in late 2015, allowing artists to see how well their music is performing on the service. Today, Spotify is taking the… Read More

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