April 15, 2014Spotify + Sprint Team Up
Big news in the music world this week – it was announced that Spotify and Sprint will be teaming up to offer Sprint customers free trials of the popular music streaming service. Once the trials end for Sprint customers, they will have the option to pay for Spotify through the carriers billing system, and may even qualify for discounts on the premium version of the service. Read more on the Spotify/Sprint partnership, and how it compares to competitor Beat's deal with AT&T here.
April 14, 2014iTunes Music Store to Get Overhaul?
According to inside sources, iTunes Radio's inability to halt declining music downloads (only 1%-2% of listeners click the buy button) has prompted Apple to give the iTunes music store a significant overhaul. The overhaul is said to potentially include: "an on-demand ...
April 11, 2014Issues with Reliance on Big Data
The NY times published an interesting article this week which takes a look at the less talked about side of the big data revolution – the possible downsides. The Times outlines 9 problems we might face with big data, including: it doesn't tell what correlations ...
April 10, 2014Marketing and Facebook's Updated News Feed Algorithm
Last month Facebook rolled out a new news feed algorithm that "prioritizes news and engaged posts from friends rather than a chronological display of posts". This week Recode published an excellent and important article which breaks down how the updated news feed will ...
April 9, 2014Why YouTube's Music Service is Delayed
Rumor's on YouTube's upcoming music service have been swirling for the past week – leaving many to speculate as to why the launch has been so delayed from YouTube's original goal of late last year. YouTube's parent company, Google, has had deals signed with all ...
April 8, 2014JLo Acquires Fuse TV
It was announced last week that pop superstar Jennifer Lopez and the channel that she has minority ownership of, NuvoTV, have outbid Sean Combs to acquire the cable music channel Fuse TV. The deal is reportedly valued at over $200 million, but sources declined to ...
April 7, 2014MTV + Tomorrowland Partner
A partnership was announced between music giant MTV and the Tomorrowland Festival last week, which allow MTV to exclusively broadcast the popular EDM festival in 2014. This is the first time Tomorrowland will be televised, and MTV will be airing footage live via their ...
April 4, 2014DirecTV Orders Original Comedy Series
DirecTV announced this week the they have ordered their first ever original comedy series – an adaptation of Peter Ackerman's play Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. The show will film in May, and is slated for release later this year. The new show will be ...
April 3, 2014Amazon Launches Amazon Fire TV
As expected this week, Amazon launched their answer to the set-top box – the Amazon Fire TV. The tiny, streaming media device will retail immediately for $99. According to Amazon, the device is simple and powerful, will offer a huge selection of content (both new ...
April 2, 2014YouTube to Release Music Service This Summer?
According to a new report, YouTube plans on releasing their own (separate from Google Play) music streaming service this summer. According to sources, the service will be released alongside a redesign of the popular online video site, and will launch via Android's ...