March 17, 2017Pandora Premium Launches
This week streaming radio service Pandora finally launched their answer to Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora Premium. Pandora Premium is a full-fledged on-demand music service, which will cost $10 a month and deliver millions of songs for users to listen to at will (and offline). The new service of course still has a radio function, and a few other features to help it stand out from the crowd including: a simple, clean interface, curated catalog (which eliminates karaoke, duplicate and tribute tracks), and sophisticated playlist technology. According to the Verge "Pandora has taken the musical analysis and data science behind its radio stations that clusters songs that work well together and combined that with your musical tastes to offer up a small collection of songs every time you tap the magic wand." Read a comprehensive review here.
March 16, 2017Snapchat's Music Biz Plans
Hypebot posted a pretty interesting article this week speculating on down how Snapchat might plan to further cultivate their relationship with the music industry in 2017. Major acts like Ed Sheeran and Sage the Gemini have already used the social media platform to ...
March 14, 2017YouTube Launches Social Viewing App
This week YouTube launched a new app called Uptime, which lets users watch videos together. During shared viewing, users of the app can comment and post emojis and reactions for others to see. Uptime is not designed for private sharing, and is geared for users to ...
March 9, 2017Amazon Launches Twitter Competitor
This week the popular Amazon-owned gaming site Twitch launched a Twitter-clone called Pulse. According to a press release, Pulse is “a place where streamers can post and engage with all of their followers and ...
March 8, 2017CNN Adds 360-Video
This week CNN announced the launch of their CNNVR unit, which will lead the networks push into virtual reality and immersive journalism. CNNVR will have correspondents in 12 countries around the world, who will ...
March 3, 2017Global Recorded Music Industry Growth
This week it was reported that in 2016 the global music industry revenue saw the largest growth in over 15 years. According to MiDIA research, the industry grew $1.1 billion in 2016 to reach $16.1 billion - up 7% from 2015. A few factors contributed to this impressive ...
March 2, 2017YouTube Hits Huge Milestone
This week YouTube hit a pretty gigantic milestone with the announcement that people now watch over a billion hours every day watching the video platform. This number, boosted no doubt by algorithms and personalized user lineups, is a ten-fold increase since 2012 - and ...
March 1, 2017New Snapchat Usage #s
eMarketer just released new Snapchat usage numbers, revealing 2017 usage projections that forecast 70.4 million Americans will use the platform this year. This is a 5% jump from predictions made in June (for 2017), and shows some significant momentum for the company ...
February 28, 2017WeChat Launching Paid Content
This we WeChat announced the introduction of paid content for premium accounts. This means that premium users will now have the option to charge users to access select content on their accounts. This new feature will make monetization even easier for WeChat users, who ...
February 27, 2017Spotify to Produce Original Podcasts
This week Spotify announced plans to launch their own original podcast production. 3 shows have been announced so far: Showstopper (on TV shows & music), Unpacked (exploring music festivals) and The Chris Lighty Story (chronicling the hip-hop music exec). Spotify has ...