June 24, 2016Adele's '25' Will Finally Become Available to Stream
Seven months after its release, Adele's massively successful album '25' is finally available to stream on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. According to Billboard, "The decision is an about-face for the famously streaming-shy Adele, who called streaming music "a bit disposable" in a December 2015 TIME cover story. "I know that streaming music is the future, but it's not the only way to consume music," she continued in the interview. "I can't pledge allegiance to something that I don't know how I feel about yet." It remains to be seen if the addition to streaming services will fuel a rise in the charts for Adele, who has already broken several major sales records with '25'.
June 23, 2016Amazon Catching Up to Netflix
A new report out this week from Sandvine has revealed that Amazon's video service saw a surge in usage last year, helping it jump to third place behind Netflix and YouTube traffic. Amazon Video reportedly accounted for about 4.3% of downstream internet traffic during ...
June 22, 2016Tumblr Launching Live Video
Tumblr launched live video this week, giving users on the popular blogging site the ability to broadcast themselves directly to their followers' dashboards (and vice-versa). Users will receive push notifications when other users they follow go live or reblog a live ...
June 20, 2016Value of the Indie Music Sector
MiDiA recently published an interesting analysis of the independent music sector, and its contribution to the global recorded music business. The study interestingly revealed that the indie labels make up for about 37.6% of global recorded music revenue, rather than ...
June 17, 2016Amazon Launching Spotify Rival
Multiple sources are reporting this week that Amazon is just months away from launching a stand-alone music service to more directly compete with platforms like Apple Music and Spotify. Currently the only music service Amazon offers is available to Prime subscribers ...
June 16, 2016Snapchat Launches Ads API
With the launch of their official application programming interface (API) this week, it looks like Snapchat is ready to start displaying ads between messages from friends for the first time. According to the social media platform, these Snap Ads will appear between ...
June 15, 2016New Net Neutrality Ruling
This week a federal court ruled that the Internet is defined as a utility, not a luxury - a major victory for supporters of net neutrality, which prevents broadband companies from blocking or slowing Internet content from users. This was also a major victory for the ...
June 14, 2016Amazon Video Direct vs. YouTube
The recent launch of Amazon's new ad-supported online video service, Amazon Video Direct, has got a lot of people talking - especially on the direct competition the service poses to YouTube. Amazon's new offering allows content creators and users to upload videos in a ...
June 13, 2016Live Event Consumers
Midia published an interesting report last week, Decoding The Live Event Consumer, which delves into consumer behavior surrounding live events. The report focuses on the activity around smartphones and social media, and found (among other things) that: 78% of ...
June 10, 2016Snapchat's Predicted Growth
According to eMarketer's latest forecast on mobile messaging and apps, Snapchat is predicted to grow 27% this year, surpassing rivals Twitter and Pinterest in the US for the first time. This expected increase will grow the app's user base by double digits, which is ...