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Digital Music News Archive 2013
Digital music news on apps, tech, streaming music and music technology

   
 
 
   
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Spotify Is Going Free On Its Mobile App, Download It Now
New features on your mobile phone or tablet ... FOR FREE!
 
Spotify Is Going Free On Its Mobile App
Spotify is going free for mobile users. Find out more.
 
Spotify Launched A New Website For Artists, Musicians & Their Managers
Spotify has launched a new website at www.spotifyartists.com, as a brand new way of letting artists, managers and musicians stay in touch with the general public and Spotify analytics.
 
Now It's Legit: Deezer Is Launching In The US
Deezer has just confirmed earlier reports that it will launch its streaming music service in the US in 2014. Find out more.
 
Pivot This: Turntable Live Will Replace Turntable.FM
In a digital world where things turn over quickly as an audience hell-bent on finding the next new thing moves to the next bright shiny object, Turntable.FM is turning the tide to create a new music service: Turntable Live.
 
The Death of Winamp: It Doesn't Need To End Like This
When the internet has been around long enough that old music apps are old enough to be retro or nostalgic, you know that the internet has come a long way.
 
Deezer Is Launching Its Streaming Music Service in the USA
Deezer will launch the streaming music service in the USA in 2014, to compete with Spotify and YouTube Music. Find out more.
 
Google Play iOS App For iPhone & iPad Arrives ... Finally
Google Play Music All Access arrived on Friday on iOS 7 for the iPhone and iPad. Streaming music apps like iTunes & iTunes Match will be challenged for users by Google cloud services. Find out more.
 
Google Glass Added Music Apps And Earbuds
Given that Google is way in on this wearable tech thing with Google Glass, and they're way into the music thing with Google Play, YouTube, the whole YouTube Music Awards ... and, well, everything else that they do; it was only a matter of time before Google Glass and music crossed paths.
 
Band Name Checker App Helps You Choose The Right Band Name
So you're starting a band ... big dreams and bigger music. What are you going to call yourself? The name is ultra-important -- it defines you before people even hear your music, giving a first impression to people.
 
Is The New YouTube Comments System A Legitimate Clean Up Or A Ploy To Boost Google+?
Google launched an new YouTube campaign to clean up its users comments section, home to some of the best music videos discussion on the web while at the same time hosting comments from the most degrading and immature internet trolls.
 
Rdio iPhone and iPad App Gets Recommends Feature, Android Soon
The recently announced Recommendation feature is out now for iPhone and iPad.
 

Rhapsody Radio Launches For Android, iPhone and iPad

Rhapsody Music has created a new mobile app for an online streaming radio service called Rhapsody Radio with the well-known group The Echo Nest. It’s available now for Android, iPhone and iPad. Find out more.
 

Pandora Radio Is Now On Google Chromecast

Pandora Radio has finally been added to Google Chromecast. Find out more.
 

Developing A Music App For The iPhone and iPad? Try Android First

If you're making a music app, consider making an Android app before an iOS app for iPhone and iPad. Most go for iOS first and make an Android app later, some choosing skip the Android App or Windows phone app altogether. This is probably a mistake.
 

Watch The YouTube Music Awards Live Stream

Watch the YouTube Music Awards live stream tonight for the first-ever awards show. It’s at 6:00 PM EST and you can watch the live stream here on Spacelab.
 

Pandora Radio Launched A New Music App For Android

Pandora Radio has launched a new Android app for online radio streaming, it’s available now at the Google Play app store. Find out more.
 

Twitter #Music App: Stayin’ Alive On The Twitter Website

The mobile app suffered sad declines after launch, but should be kept as part of the Twitter website itself.
 

iTunes Radio vs Pandora Radio: Who Wins Best Internet Radio?

In iTunes Radio vs Pandora Radio, who wins? What's the best internet radio streaming to listen to music online? A new study breaks it down.
 

SoundCloud Is Now Using  Instagram Photos on SoundCloud Songs

Instagram and SoundCloud are partnering to combine online picture hosting with online storage of sounds for musicians. Kaskade and Krewella are doing it, find out how they use Instagram photos in their SoundCloud songs.
 

Google Is Buying ... An Independent Recording Label?!

Soooo ... in addition to Google being likely to launch a new streaming music service soon, there's news of Google also throwing money on the table for an independent recording label as well.
 

What A YouTube Music Service Means For Spotify, iTunes Radio & The Others

The recent news that Google will be starting its own YouTube-branded streaming music service came as a shock that we really shouldn't have been shocked at.
 

Nokia Music+ Illustrates The Race To Go Global With Streaming Music Services

It’s a global connection game now, with all the players trying to expand anywhere there’s a potential audience.
 

With The Apple Take Down Of The HMV Music App From App Store, How Can Others Compete?

The event ends up showing not only the conflict of interest for Apple in music apps, but also the risk in making a music app for the iPhone or iPad.
 

YouTube Music Awards Name The Nominees .. Now Vote!

The nominations have been named, and we have the complete list for you.
 

Xbox Music App Gets Re-Imagined And Rebuilt For Windows Phone 8.1

Three major upgrades make Xbox Music better.
 

NEW STUDY: How Many Files On MegaUpload Were Copyright Infringing?

The initial word on MegaUpload, the file sharing site that was (almost) famous for its high-profile takedown last year.
 

Twitter #Music App Shutdown Rumors Surface

Twitter might be looking to kill it's Twitter #Music app because of poor usage numbers.
 
Songkick Spotify App: No Chance Of Missing Your Favorite Gig Or Concert
Spotify and Songkick will make sure you know about a gig while you still have a chance to get tickets! Find out more.
 
Pandora Radio's CFO Think iTunes Radio Is A 'Credible Threat'
He calls it "detrimental" to the music industry.
 
Telfonica Is Taking Rhapsody Music and Napster Deeper Into Europe and Latin America
Find out how.
 
BBC Playlister: A New Music Streaming Service With YouTube, Spotify and Deezer
BBC has partnered with YouTube, Deezer and Spotify to launch its new streaming music app: BBC Playlister.
 
Earbits Launches an Ad-Free Streaming Radio Service On iPhone & iPad
The streaming radio service is completely free and will have no ads of any sort.
 
Beats Music is Coming To iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 8
The long-awaited streaming music service Beats Music app will be launching soon with a variety of ways to listen.
 
iPad 5 Release Date Looms on Oct. 22 With iPad 5 and Mini, Check Out Features
The Apple release date cycle is due for the new iPad 5. The news is Apple has an announcement on Oct. 22, and it’s for the new iPad 5 release date with the Mini, as well as laptop computers. What follows is a check in on the latest features and specs alongside the juiciest of rumors. Your new iPad 5 price is below as well.
 
Band Promotion Online: ReverbNation Launches Crowd Review
Think of it as similar to product reviews on Amazon or food reviews on UrbanSpoon.
 
Google Play Music App Coming To iPhone & iPad
The long-awaited Google Play Music All Access is expected to launch this month on iOS 7 for the iPhone and iPad.
 
iTunes Radio Gets Global As Apple Expands to UK, Canada, Australia & Nordic Regions
Apple begins pushing iTunes Radio into global expansion, as Bloomberg and others report. The launch of iOS7 moved iTunes Radio forward, and Pandora Radio will see sharp competition. Find out more.
 
Rdio Launches Free Music Streaming
for iPhone and Android
New free streaming radio services from Rdio. "Stations" lets you listen to music online via streaming radio on the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones.
 
Awesome: SoundCloud And DailyMotion
Are Now On Hootsuite
Hootsuite has added Soundcloud and Dailymotion into the social media management tools in the Hootsuite app, to let indie musicians implement social network marketing across a variety of networks.
 

Rdio Partners With The Echo Nest

To Power A New Recommendations Feature

Streaming music service Rdio is partnering with The Echo Nest on a recommendations feature for Apple iOS and Android mobile app software.
 
Streaming Media Is Social Media:
Spotify Launches "Follow" Button
Spotify has launched a new Spotify Follow button, allowing users of the streaming music service to follow people like social media to get playlists and recommendations.
 
YouTube Music Awards: Old Media Vs New Media
This might be better than the People's Choice Awards: the YouTube Music Awards, based on the playback of YouTube music videos.
 
When Apple’s iTunes Match Deletes Your Music
Life in the world of the music cloud ... there's so many great features ... and problems too. If the cloud #fails, your music or anything else stored there is temporarily inaccessible. But what happens when your purchased tracks go missing never to return?
 
YouTube Music Videos Get A New
Download Feature to Download Free Music
YouTube music videos will get new offline use in a new YouTube video downloads feature being rolled out by Google.
 
Vinyl VS Digital: This Is Why Amazon Online Wins
Do you buy vinyl? Do you do it because you get a download version too? Find out how this feature might be leading to a massive growth of online vinyl sales.
 
First Look: An iTunes Radio
Visual Walkthrough & Review
Now that iTunes Radio is out, lets take a look at it with a visual walkthrough and review. Apple is hoping to compete with Pandora Radio, Slacker Radio and Spotify, so how does iTunes Radio stack up?
 
Rdio Is Starting A Free Music Service
Spotify and the others are forcing Rdio to go free.
 
Twitter #Music Playlists Are Now On Rdio
'm personally holding out for Rdio to do a Spotify app, but that might reaching to far.
 
Twitter #Music Gets a New  Spotify App, Twitter a New Android App
Get your Twitter #Music on while you're doing Spotify.
 
iTunes Radio: What You Need To Know for iPad, iPhone & App
Word has hit the street -- find out the details for iTunes Radio and when you can expect a release date in your part of the world.
 
Mobile Apps: Xbox Music Hits The iPhone, iPad and Android. What?!
Xbox Music is now available on any device, anywhere at any time. This is a change that had to happen, with the decline of the walled garden approach. Apple and iOS should take notice.
 
Is a Sonic Revolution On the Way?
In a secret house in Melbourne, a group of sonic renegades have been exploring the boundaries of sound reproduction tech for music. Can they deliver a revolution in sound quality for online music?
 
iTunes Radio Launch: What To Expect From Apple and iOS 7 | Free Music Online | Streaming
The iTunes Radio release date is upon us, with the iTunes Radio app out this week with the new iOS 7 and upgraded Siri. It’s a great way to listen to free streaming music online and the iTunes Radio vs Pandora Radio battle will heat up in coming months.
 

Mobile Apps: Spotify Playlists At Stake in Mos Copyright Lawsuit

British electronic music nightclub label Ministry Of Sound has sued streaming music service Spotify for copyright infringement based on Spotify playlists that reproduce MoS compilations. It's at the heart of the electronic music remix culture as well as streaming music services that allow flexibility in how we listen.
 

New Mobile Apps: Spotify Launches Spotify Connect For Your Stereo and Smart Phones

Spotify wants in on the idea behind the Apple Airplay app, so they've created their own technology called Spotify Connect. It's a way of using Spotify as a platform for connecting your smart phones and tablet computers to your home stereo speakers, seamlessly.
 

Nokia Music Adds 2 Awesome Features For Windows Phone Mobile App

If you use Nokia Music your world just got a whole lot better.
 

Beats Music: The Curation Process Is Playlist Heavy

Check out how Beats Music will try to do Pandora Radio better than Pandora.
 

iPhone 5s Release Date Closes In: New Pictures & Rumors Emerge With Expanded Features

A new iPhone 5s release date is due in a few weeks, and new iPhones appeared online this week in pictures of the 5s and new iPhone 5c. Get the latest iPhone 5s features and rumors, and likely features ... we can buy a new Apple iPhone 5s with a release date sometime in mid-September.
 

Apple TV Update Could Include a TV Set, Apple TV Remote & Siri

Apple TV has added a Vevo app, and the update that’s coming is due for a refresh to the idea of what an Apple TV remote is, a Siri upgrade and improved streaming via Apple TV Airplay. The TV set as smart TV is more likely despite this week's arguments against it. CEO Tim Cook will compete with Google TV and its new Chromecast.
 

Apple Unveils "Live Listen" Before New iPhone 5s Release

Get excited for the launch of iTunes Radio: Apple has filed a patent for live listening. It's easy to see how this could tie into iTunes Radio. With the upcoming new iPhone event in September, the timing of this patent weighs in on the iPhone 5s release date, the new iOS7 and iTunes Radio.
 

Apple Unveils "Live Listen" Before New iPhone 5s Release

Get excited for the launch of iTunes Radio: Apple has filed a patent for live listening. It's easy to see how this could tie into iTunes Radio. With the upcoming new iPhone event in September, the timing of this patent weighs in on the iPhone 5s release date, the new iOS7 and iTunes Radio.
 

Rad: Soundcloud Sounds Are Now Part of Google+

SoundCloud and Google have made it possible to embed SoundCloud sounds on their Google+ social network, the same way that YouTube videos can shown. Find out more.
 

Infographic: Digital Music Ecosystem With YouTube, MP3 Download,  iTunes and More

This infographic breaks out the scene into categories and big names like Youtube, MP3 download, iTunes, Myspace, Rhapsody, Streaming Radio and more to show us how the field stacks up. Which ones do you use?
 

Big Data: Spotify & Free MP3 Downloads Are Used Less Than Streaming Radio

Big Data mining at its best: music on mobile phones gets almost half as much use as streaming radio does overall. This means Spotify and free MP3 downloads are still used less than streaming radio, whether that's AM and FM or online-only radio stations.
 

Is the Streaming Music Business Sustainable?

Pandora Radio and Spotify are relying on the “Field of Dreams” platform: build an audience and profits will come. But that business model is designed to work for technology startups expanding into new markets—not a digital music service trying to expand within a declining industry.
 

YouTube Live Streaming Video Is Now Open For Your Music Channel

YouTube is opening live streaming to any channels with 100 subscribers or more, so even if you're not a YouTube Partner you can get in on live streaming YouTube music videos like live performances or interactive live video sessions. Find out more.
 

Spotify Added 2 New Features For Curated And Social Music Playlists

The streaming music service Spotify has added a new music curation features to its service, with all new curated and user-generated playlists based around your daily activities.
 

Mobile Music, Streaming Radio & Music Downloads: Free VS Paid

With free music downloads and paid mobile downloads growing, this infographic takes into account streaming radio like Pandora Radio and other music options to break out how we listen today.
 

Amazon.Com Music  Charts For This Week: MP3 Downloads, Vinyl and CD

This week in Amazon.com best-selling music: the best mp3 music downloads in album format, CD’s and vinyl from the Amazon Music Store.
 

Rdio And Live Nation Are Streaming Music At LiveNation.com

Rdio and Live Nation are now working together to bring the Rdio streaming music experience to LiveNation.com, as the beginning of what could bloom into a much bigger effort.
 

Pandora Radio & Netflix Are In On Google Chromecast, The Apple TV Killer

New from Google is Chromecast, a low-cost way of getting Netflix, Pandora Radio, YouTube and more streaming music and videos on your TV via your mobile devices or computer. It’s part of the Google TV expansion that’s underway and includes Play Music as well and more as part of a package that’s meant to compete with Apple TV.
 

iPhone 5s Release Date Offers 2 New iPhones: Which One Will You Buy?

Your new iPhone is looking good for this Fall, and if this week’s news and/or rumors hold true you’ll have a choice of buying an iPhone 5s or a cheaper iPhone lite. The iPhone 5s release date is locking up around early September and will include the new Apple iOS7 and iTunes Radio.
 

iPhone 5s Release Date Rumors Point To a SLOW DOWN

Your new iPhone 5s release date is around the corner, if the iPhones creation process isn’t slowed down by fingerprint scanning technology. Otherwise, you’ll be buying a new Apple iPhone 5s with a release date sometime in September. Check out the latest iPhone 5s rumors and news, with a list of likely features.
 

New Apple TV Update Includes Apps, HD TV Set and Airplay

The new Apple TV ideas being kicked around would involve a combination of airplay and new Apple TV remote possibilities as part of an update to the product that’s been described as an “experiment.” After a review of the pulse of the scene, it seems that the Apple TV update that’s due will bring it out of the experiment phase and open up the possibility of a new Apple TV set in HD as well as usher in a range of Apple TV apps.
 

What A Difference 6 Years Makes: Music Tech in 2007

Live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword.
 

Google Play Store Does Redesign: Now You Can Download While You Drive

Google Play Music is part of the upgrade.
 

Could a Higher Quality Listening Experience Rekindle Consumers’ Commitment to Buying Music?

Neil Young’s hi-def music service, Pono, may be nearing completion, but only time will tell whether it can live up to its goal: to “rescue an art form” and revolutionize the way people experience music.
 

iTunes Radio and Siri: More Than Pandora Radio and Spotify

iTunes Radio will change online radio, as new iTunes Radio features add dimensions we don't get with Pandora Radio or Spotify.
 

New Spotify App for Windows Phone 8 Launches On The Fast-Growing Windows Phone

Following quickly on the heels of the recent Rhapsody Windows 8 App, Spotify just updated their Windows 8 app.
 
Rhapsody Music App Gets Free Windows 8 Download
Rhapsody jumps on the new school Windows 8 bandwagon.
 
Apple iPad 5 Release Date Rumors Suggest October For Your New iPad
The latest news and rumors on the Apple iPad 5 release date move towards an October release. There also looks to be a lot of new Apple products with new features, so an iPad 5 release should be part of the new “army” of products. Whether a new iPad 5 price arrives is certain to be subject of many iPad rumors and news in the coming months.
 
New iPhone 6 Release Has Low iPhone Price and Colors, So Who Needs Cases?
The Apple iPhone 6 release date warms up with new colors, based on rumors as well as iPhone pictures and videos that emerged this week. The colors might make  iPhone unneeded ... Still, the iPhone price is looking to be getting as close to a free iPhone as we're likely to get. It will offer a cheap iPhone 6 for a price of around $100 though.
 
Twitter Music For iPad and iPhone Gets A Genre Update, Still No Android App
The Twitter Music app for iOS expanded its service for iPad & iPhone to include filtering by genre for a better experience, with deeper search and Rdio integration.
 
Xbox Music App Launch Set to Happen This Week, Including Android and iPhone
Microsoft should release Xbox Music this week, at music.xbox.com and it will allow you to use Xbox Music as a streaming music service.
 
Rhapsody Music App Gets Free Windows 8 Download
Rhapsody jumps on the new school Windows 8 bandwagon.
 
Apple iPad 5 Release Date Rumors Suggest October For Your New iPad
The latest news and rumors on the Apple iPad 5 release date move towards an October release. There also looks to be a lot of new Apple products with new features, so an iPad 5 release should be part of the new “army” of products. Whether a new iPad 5 price arrives is certain to be subject of many iPad rumors and news in the coming months.
 
New iPhone 6 Release Has Low iPhone Price and Colors, So Who Needs Cases?
The Apple iPhone 6 release date warms up with new colors, based on rumors as well as iPhone pictures and videos that emerged this week. The colors might make  iPhone unneeded ... Still, the iPhone price is looking to be getting as close to a free iPhone as we're likely to get. It will offer a cheap iPhone 6 for a price of around $100 though.
 
Twitter Music For iPad and iPhone Gets A Genre Update, Still No Android App
The Twitter Music app for iOS expanded its service for iPad & iPhone to include filtering by genre for a better experience, with deeper search and Rdio integration.
 
Xbox Music App Launch Set to Happen This Week, Including Android and iPhone
Microsoft should release Xbox Music this week, at music.xbox.com and it will allow you to use Xbox Music as a streaming music service.
 
BMI to Sue Pandora Over Publishing Rates
BMI believes Pandora is not providing the artists responsible for its music content with proper royalty compensation.
 
Pandora Radio Moves Into FM Radio: Blame iTunes Radio
The Pandora Radio takeover of every possible outlet continues on, this time with the purchase of an FM radio station. Find out why.
 
Slacker Gets Big Data With New 'Engagement Quotient' Ranking
Slacker Radio has a new Engagement Quotient ... tech speak for a metric to measure how much we dig or don't dig the song we're streaming on Slacker. It's a new big data feature meant to measure what kind of an experience we're having with Slacker Radio and whether it's blowing our minds or letting us down.
 
Pandora Radio Expands To TV
It’s probably no surprise that they’ve launched this prior to Apple’s developer conference (WWDC) next week where Apple is supposed to drop the new Apple iRadio and could even launch new Apple TV with licensing from broadcast outlets. Just sayin.’
 
Napster Moves Into Europe, Invading Spotify and Deezer Territory
OG Napster ... the original P2P MP3 place-turned-music-streaming-site is getting ready to expand globally after a long quiet period. Napster has gone through a bit of a slumber while being passed from Roxio to Best Buy to Rhapsody, and now Rhapsody is ready to move Napster into a number of European countries, the domain of Deezer and Spotify.
 
iRadio Shows Apple Changing To Keep Pace With The Times Ahead of WWDC
Why would Apple do a streaming iRadio when it could cut off music downloads from iTunes?
 
Rdio Added Pandora Radio-Like Features to Their Streaming Music Player
Find out what other features Rdio has added.
 
Google Launches Google Play Streaming Music Service
The keynote of Google's Developers I/O has unveiled a new Spotify-like streaming music service today, that will be offered through their Google Play Music Store.
 
Piki Adds Social Bookmarking to Become Your Ultimate Music Playlist For All The Music On The Web
Have you ever wanted to have one web site or web service to go to for all of the great music, videos and places you've found for music? Piki's new bookmarklet feature does just that on Pandora, Rdio, YouTube, SoundCloud, and of course the Piki creators own Turntable.FM, among others.
 
The BitTorrent Bundle: Redefining The Album Release Into Something Bigger and Better
BitTorrent is looking to be a big AND legit distribution platform, and their new BitTorrent Bundles are part of that. Instead of thinking in terms of just the traditional album release, tour, album release cycle, they're offering the BitTorrent Bundle as a way to expand the idea of a release.
 
Get Yer DJ On With Grooveshark’s
New Broadcast Feature
All of you John Peel wannabes, Pump Of The Volume fans, or anyone who has wanted to start your own online radio, Grooveshark’s your new bud.
 
YouTube Playbook For Musicians - Releasing New Music: Things To Do On YouTube
The second in a week-long series on the new YouTube Guide For Musicians. Today: what to do when releasing new music -- like a song, EP or album.
 
YouTube Playbook For Musicians: How To Get Found On YouTube
YouTube delivered a Playbook for Musicians last week, with words on how to deliver your videos in a way that people can find them. Cutting through the noise is tough on YouTube ... find out how to get found.
 
Twitter #Music Is #Now Playing
Twitter Music has gone live! They're actually calling it Twitter #Music, it's a free app with all things music that focuses on artists and people you follow. It's at music.twitter.com and works with iTunes, Spotify or Rdio as a supporting music service.
 
Napster FM: The New Replacement
For The OG Napster?
If this had rolled out on Apr. 1, there would be no question that Napster.FM had to be a prank. Instead, Napster.FM streams music along with the chat, Hot List and user features that the OG Napster once had.
 
Twitter Music App Is Set To Launch
Any music or news fan using Twitter to stay on the pulse will be excited to find out that it's going to get even bigger with the launch of the new Twitter music app this week. They're giving a dedicated location: music.twitter.com and early reports are saying it's an iOS-only device (read: iPad and iPhone), but take a trip their on your computer and you'll find a spot reserved for it as a twitter music page.
 
Mom + Pop Goes Full-On Into
Music Subscription Service
Add Mom + Pop Music to the list record labels going full-on into a subscription service in 2013 ... they're going with the popular Drip.fm service to offer up a service called Boombox that will deliver all sorts of vinyl and downloads to you every month, including subscription-only exclusives.
 
Amazon Might Be Starting a Subscription
Streaming Music Service
Place this in the believe it when you see it category: Amazon is supposedly looking into starting a streaming music service with a subscription, akin to the same rumors we've heard about Apple and Google or YouTube. This also could mean trouble for Spotify, Pandora, the forthcoming Beats / Daisy, Rdio and all the others that have staked out their future on exactly this kind of streaming music service subscription model.
 
 
Red Bull Accelerator Gives Your Music Startup Wings
Red Bull wants to do more than give wings to your music tech startup -- it wants to accelerate your startup. It announced today the launch of "Red Bull Amplifier," a chance for you to tap into Red Bull's massive audience via social media channels and its popular Red Bull website.
 
New Google Music Streaming Service
Might Be Ad-Free YouTube Subscription
Google has the world's most popular music streaming service in YouTube, and a dedicated streaming music service would be a cool product to add -- giving people the ability to customize and curate music streams. Plus all the cool kids are doing it (Spotify, Apple, Pandora , Beats et al) So why shouldn't YouTube get in on that action?
 
Spotify Might Go Free on Mobile Devices
Like iPhone and Android
This could be a prediction into what Spotify sees about its future: it wants to keep the paid subscription but is realizing that without a broad base of free service, people will stop using it after the free trial is over.
 
Slacker Radio Relaunches With New
Site Design and Interactive Experience
Slacker Radio joins the chorus of streaming music sites going through major upgrades.
 
Daisy Music Service from Beats (ex-MOG)
Will Curate The Future of Music
Jimmy Iovine thinks that algorithms and listening history and social network recommendations fall short because they end up being so random, where like-minded interests can recommend a song based on human insight, note ones and zeroes guessing at what to deliver.
 
eMusic Just Dropped Its Membership Requirement
Now comes the hard part -- eMusic faces the same challenge as Myspace to redefine when many consumers have moved on.
 
Twitter #Music Is #Now Playing
Twitter Music has gone live! They're actually calling it Twitter #Music, it's a free app with all things music that focuses on artists and people you follow. It's at music.twitter.com and works with iTunes, Spotify or Rdio as a supporting music service.
 
Napster FM: The New Replacement
For The OG Napster?
If this had rolled out on Apr. 1, there would be no question that Napster.FM had to be a prank. Instead, Napster.FM streams music along with the chat, Hot List and user features that the OG Napster once had.
 
Twitter Music App Is Set To Launch
Any music or news fan using Twitter to stay on the pulse will be excited to find out that it's going to get even bigger with the launch of the new Twitter music app this week. They're giving a dedicated location: music.twitter.com and early reports are saying it's an iOS-only device (read: iPad and iPhone), but take a trip their on your computer and you'll find a spot reserved for it as a twitter music page.
 
Mom + Pop Goes Full-On Into
Music Subscription Service
Add Mom + Pop Music to the list record labels going full-on into a subscription service in 2013 ... they're going with the popular Drip.fm service to offer up a service called Boombox that will deliver all sorts of vinyl and downloads to you every month, including subscription-only exclusives.
 
Amazon Might Be Starting a Subscription
Streaming Music Service
Place this in the believe it when you see it category: Amazon is supposedly looking into starting a streaming music service with a subscription, akin to the same rumors we've heard about Apple and Google or YouTube. This also could mean trouble for Spotify, Pandora, the forthcoming Beats / Daisy, Rdio and all the others that have staked out their future on exactly this kind of streaming music service subscription model.
 
 
Red Bull Accelerator Gives Your Music Startup Wings
Red Bull wants to do more than give wings to your music tech startup -- it wants to accelerate your startup. It announced today the launch of "Red Bull Amplifier," a chance for you to tap into Red Bull's massive audience via social media channels and its popular Red Bull website.
 
New Google Music Streaming Service
Might Be Ad-Free YouTube Subscription
Google has the world's most popular music streaming service in YouTube, and a dedicated streaming music service would be a cool product to add -- giving people the ability to customize and curate music streams. Plus all the cool kids are doing it (Spotify, Apple, Pandora , Beats et al) So why shouldn't YouTube get in on that action?
 
Spotify Might Go Free on Mobile Devices
Like iPhone and Android
This could be a prediction into what Spotify sees about its future: it wants to keep the paid subscription but is realizing that without a broad base of free service, people will stop using it after the free trial is over.
 
Slacker Radio Relaunches With New
Site Design and Interactive Experience
Slacker Radio joins the chorus of streaming music sites going through major upgrades.
 
Daisy Music Service from Beats (ex-MOG)
Will Curate The Future of Music
Jimmy Iovine thinks that algorithms and listening history and social network recommendations fall short because they end up being so random, where like-minded interests can recommend a song based on human insight, note ones and zeroes guessing at what to deliver.
 
eMusic Just Dropped Its Membership Requirement
Now comes the hard part -- eMusic faces the same challenge as Myspace to redefine when many consumers have moved on.
 
Mega Goes Live, Kim Dotcom Looks to the Future
Kim Dotcom and his partners have set out here to make sure that they're not legally liable for anything that happens with Mega with the sharing of copyrighted material ... which means it's on you, buddy. If you get caught distributing copyrighted music on Mega, you're responsible for your actions and the fuzz and copyright holder will knock on your door, not Dotcom's.
 
Bandcamp Gets A Big Overhaul: Bandcamp For Fans
If you're a band with music on Bandcamp, you'll dig this. If you use Bandcamp to find and buy music, you'll dig this even more. A feature launched last year called "Bandcamp for Fans" has had a major overhaul that creates dedicated fan blogs -- i.e. a social feature that lets people create an account a share music on the Bandcamp site. The big story is that it's not the "frictionless sharing" that dominated streaming music services in 2012 but rather the "high friction" approach that seems destined to be a big part of social music in 2013.
 
iPhone 6 Release Date Could Be
iPhone 5S in Summer Release
The idea of the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5S is gaining momentum, and whichever way you slice it, we had news this week of an iPhone 6  release date in early Summer, possible June or July as Apple could continue its new trend of 6 month release cycles to allow for a more continuous flow of updates.
 
Slacker Radio Is Expected To Do A Major Overhaul
2013 is looking to be a year of major change in music technology and streaming music sites -- the next one up seems to be Slacker Radio.
 
eMusic Drops Membership Requirement
eMusic has decided to come in from the cold and open up its doors to anyone, instead of being a subscription-only online music store.
 
Rhapsody Streaming Music Service
Prepares To Live Large Across Europe
Rhapsody is expanding its streaming music service globally, making it available in 16 new countries in Europe. This should make them competitive with Spotify and other streaming music sites, considering they already boast about 1 million paid subscribers.
 
iPad 5 Release Date In March:
A New Furious iPad Release Cycle
The weekly grind on the iPad 5 release date, with fresh news of analyst reports, the latest features and rumors including the IGZO screen display and the Consumer Electronics Show  in Las Vegas. An iPad 5 release would bring a fresh version swiftly after the previous release, so bets are 50/50 on whether or not we'll see a new one so quickly ... still the money's on an iPad release date in March. This could be part of a new 6 month release cycle in 2013 to keep pace with technology.
 
Big Data: Top Paid Music Subscriptions for Streaming Music Sites

*Big Data is a new feature from Spacelab that breaks down data for a deeper view of what's the data means to us as music lovers or technology users. Look for more of this as we roll through 2013.

Find out who landed where on the list, and tell us what services you use, and who you think will make the cut or drop out of existence in 2013.

 
iPhone 6 Rumors Point To iOS 7, iPhone 6 Release Date and New Concept Design
The new iPhone theories are back once again ... It's time to rethink that old iPhone game: the iPhone 6 rumors and iPhone 6 release date guessing game. This week got the year off to a fast and furious start -- iPhone 6 rumors about new features and what the iPhone 6 release date will be proved to be rampant; with design concept video and renderings, iOS 7 surfaced in the wild and the iPhone 6 release date already has some target dates.
 
YouTube Music Video Counts Drop as YouTube Wipes Out Fake Views
Have YOU been engineering fake views for your YouTube videos? Your day of reckoning has arrived. Find out who lost millions of views.
 
iPad 5 Release Date: Rumors Point to New
IGZO Technology for iPad 5
Yep, we're going there. Kick off the year with fresh iPad 5 rumors, the first of the year: new IGZO display technology could make the iPad 5 touch screen thinner, more responsive and use less battery power. As for an iPad 5 release date, the current theory is late Winter similar to previous iPad 5 releases.
 
Roku VS Apple TV: Roku Adds Spotify and Vevo Channels
For the Roku Nation there are two new items to make your music world better: Spotify and Vevo have been added as Roku channels for your music experience. It's part of the ongoing expansion of the digital TV / radio / streaming cocktail that's destined to be a major technology story in 2013.
 
Beats + Dre + Trent Reznor Streaming Music Service Spells The Death of MOG
Find out why the Beats + Dre + Trent Reznor collaboration on the new streaming music service called Daisy is likely to spell the death of the MOG streaming music service as we know it 2013.
 
Turntable.FM Has Relaunched as Piki,
Bye Bye Turntable.FM
Remember Turntable.FM? It would be understandable if you didn't. What became the hottest new digital music happening since the OG original Napster quickly faded away a little over a year ago. Now the people that started Turntable have launched Piki, a cocktail of social media and streaming music.
 
The Pirate Bay Spins The Promo Bay
Into Full-On Web Site
Has The Pirate Bay gone legit?
 
iTunes 11 Release Date Happening
It should be the biggest update they've ever made to iTunes, but the bigger question might be ... will the new Apple Radio / iTunes Radio streaming service be part of the launch?
 
Myspace Music Relaunch as Myspace 2.0 Leaked
If you're laughing at Myspace's chances right now you're looking backwards in time, instead of forwards and recognizing the trend.
 
Sony Music Unlimited Gets Cheap with PlayStation Plus Membership for Music Unlimited Premium Service
Must read for PlayStation peeps who dig music or anyone interested in diving in to Sony's streaming music service, Playstation or not.
 
After Going Down, Demonoid Tracker
Comes Back Online
Its tracker has resurfaced operationally and looks like Demonoid might be staging a come back.
 
Stream This: New Rhapsody Replay Feature Recommends Music Based on What You Listen to at a Given Time of Day
Rhapsody Replay recommends not just the music you like, but avoids get-up-and-jump jams in the morning if you prefer to ease into the morning commute with something chill, or avoids the chilled out downtempo beats if you prefer something slammin' with your moring dose of supercharged coffee.
 
Pandora Radio Sues ASCAP to Lower Royalties, Musicians Want More Money. AWKWARD
Pandora Media, who runs the uber-popular Pandora Radio, has sued publishing royalties powerhouse ASCAP in the interest of paying lower royalties to songwriters. Sound evil? The NMPA (National Music Publishers Association) thinks so.
 
 
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