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Spotify accuses Apple of using App Store 'weapon' to block update

Apple recently rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, refusing to approve the new version and preventing it getting to users. Spotify now alleges Apple made the move to stifle competition and hurt its business, increasing the growth of Apple Music.

Spotify denies it was hacked as lists of passwords appear online

A list that contains hundreds of Spotify usernames, email addresses and passwords has appeared online. Spotify says it wasn't hacked but users have confirmed many of the details are valid and have reported problems with their account.

PÆRISH, a Paris-based alternative rock band Special

You may not know the name, but chances are you soon will. The French rockers' riff-roaring debut single, "Undone," has been streamed over two million times - with no promotion whatsoever - on Spotify. Digital Journal spoke to band member Martin Dupraz.

Spotify quietly funding startup that could change streaming music

Spotify is closing in on 30 million paying users, but there is one market that has remained underserved by its ascendance in music streaming: businesses.

Spotify reportedly launching streaming video service this week

Spotify will launch its upcoming streaming video service later this week according to reports. Android users may be able to start watching video within the next few days and iOS users will only be waiting a little longer.

iTunes Radio free streaming to end as it folds into Apple Music

Apple has announced it will be folding iTunes Radio into Apple Music from the end of January, discontinuing free streaming and requiring users buy an Apple Music subscription to keep listening. The company will continue its free Beats 1 service.

Spotify hit by new $200 million copyright suit

Los Angeles - Streaming leader Spotify has been hit by a new copyright lawsuit seeking $200 million, in the second such case within weeks.

Beatles are now streaming to the top of the charts: Billboard

The music of The Beatles was at last made available for streaming just two weeks ago, on Christmas Eve, and the results are already in. Billboard reports the songs and albums of the Fab Four are doing well.

Mat Clayton, one of the creative minds behind Mixcloud Special

Online radio platform, Mixcloud, has recently launched an exclusive app for the latest version of Apple TV. Co-founder, Mat Clayton, filled Digital Journal in on the details.

London duo Oh Wonder attracted big buzz thanks to online smarts Special

Few musicians attracted as intense attention as Oh Wonder, a London duo who were earning rave reviews a year before their first EP was released. How? By teasing fans with posting one song a month for a year on Soundcloud.

6.5 million people are now paying for Apple Music

Apple CEO Tim Cook has ended the speculation surrounding how many users Apple Music has managed to retain by saying the service now has over 6.5 million paying subscribers. The number still falls significantly short of industry leader Spotify.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

Spotify set to end 'free' streaming next year

Music streaming service Spotify is looking to move towards a premium-only model next year, according to reports this weekend. Listening for free with adverts will no longer be an option as the music industry pushes for greater revenue from streaming.

Spotify will now make you a new playlist to try every Monday

Spotify is launching a new way of discovering music to listen to. The streaming service will be adding a feature that will automatically generate users personalised playlists of tracks that they may like, refreshing the list with new entries each week.

Facebook wants to launch a 'unique' music service

Just days after Apple Music launched in a new iOS update, a report has indicated that Facebook may be in talks with a view towards launching its own streaming service too. It will bring yet another tech company to an increasingly crowded market.

Apple Music probed by two U.S. states over antitrust concerns

Apple's all-new subscription music streaming service announced just two days ago is under investigation by two US states over concerns that the technology giant may have colluded with the music industry to make life harder for its established rivals.

Starbucks and Spotify pairing announced for customers and workers

Coffee chain Starbucks has announced a new streaming music deal with Spotify which will give customers the chance to choose what is played in Starbucks stores via a series of special playlists integrated into the company's mobile app.

Apple wants to end free music streaming — here's why

Spotify's free music streaming tier was meant to be the first step in saving the music industry. Since 2009, the streaming service has offered a free tier that uses an ad-supported model to bring in revenue.

Op-Ed: In period of streaming upheaval, Vevo shows intrinsic value

It's been an interesting quarter for streaming music. Platforms are growing, merging and partnering. Valuations are shooting up, plummeting and veering sideways. One company, Vevo, just keeps growing, despite losing its CEO and facing stiffer competition.

Armin van Buuren is EDM king on Spotify

Armin van Buuren has accomplished a major milestone. He has the second most streamed artist playlist on Spotify and he is nearing One Direction.

SoundCloud joins billionaire club, but will it matter?

For all of its recent controversy over its business tactics, giant German music streaming platform SoundCloud seems to have emerged mostly unscathed. Let's take a closer look.

Tears for Fears celebrate 30 years of 'Songs From The Big Chair'

Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith are marking the 30th anniversary of Tears For Fears' groundbreaking second album with a first-ever live Spotify Landmark Session and the release of a deluxe edition box set of 'Songs from the Big Chair.'

All Taylor Swift music pulled from Spotify free music service

As her latest album climbs the charts, musician Taylor Swift and her record label Big Machine Records are insisting as many listeners as possible pay to access her music on their computers or mobile devices.

Ariana Grande scores a Number One album across the globe

Not only has the pop diva hit the top spot on the Billboard charts, but her second album, 'My Everything,' is Number One in 85 countries (on iTunes) and has garnered over 200 million streams (on Spotify). It's truly a historical week for Ariana Grande.

With Rockbot investment, Universal adds another partnership

With its recent investment in social jukebox company Rockbot, Universal Music Group is continuing a trend of teaming with start-ups in the fledgling streaming music sector.

With sale looking likely, Vevo keeps growing brand

Can Vevo survive life after YouTube? Will it be sold to the highest bidder? The company is hoping for both, and moving swiftly in the new-media sphere to hedge its bets.

Universal Music Int'l CEO: Asia holds key to industry’s future

In his recent keynote address at Music Matters in Singapore, Universal Music Group International CEO Max Hole told the audience of Asia's massive importance in the future of the music industry.

Streaming's stalling profits force record companies to diversify

Iggy Azalea recently achieved the rare feat of having the No. 1 and 2 songs on the Hot 100. Her parent company, Universal Music Group, is trying to match her success.

Spotify hits 10 million subscribers

The Internet streaming music service Spotify has announced that it has reached 10 million premium subscribers. The service also has also has 40 million monthly active users in 56 countries.

Review: Foster The People shares Best Friend playlist on Spotify Special

In anticipation of the release of their new album, Supermodel, on March 18th Foster The People shared another single on Spotify along with tracks from some of their best friends.
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