Crunch Report | SoftBank Buys Boston Dynamics

SoftBank is buying Boston Dynamics, Pandora sells 16% of company to SiriusXM and Taylor Swift is coming back to music streaming. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Google brings podcasts to Google Play Music

Play_Music_Podcasts Google today announced that it is (finally) bringing podcasts to its Google Play Music service in the U.S. and Canada. With this, it follows in the footsteps of services like Spotify, which recently launched podcast support out of beta, and — of course — iTunes, which was one of the first music players to support podcasts back in 2005. Last October, Google launched a portal for… Read More

You can now share Spotify music inside of Facebook Messenger

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Facebook Messenger threads are about to get a lot more musical.

Facebook added a new Spotify integration to its messaging platform, the company announced Wednesday. The new feature allows people to share playlists and songs with friends inside of conversations on Messenger.

The integration doesn't allow you to actually play Spotify music inside of Messenger, at least not yet, but it does allow you to share tracks, playlists and artists within message threads. You can add Spotify tracks to messages from the "..." menu and selecting it from the list of apps. Read more...

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Report: SoundCloud Secures $35M In Debt Funding

soundcloud-money SoundCloud has raised 300 million Swedish krona (the equivalent of around $35 million USD) in debt funding with Tennenbaum Capital Partners, according to Swedish news site Digital. The report also indicates that SoundCloud has an option to borrow another 600 million Swedish krona (~ $70 million USD) through convertible bonds. Tennenbaum Capital Partners is an American firm that specializes in… Read More

Vevo Buys Showyou To Take On YouTube In Subscription Content

vevo ios app Vevo, the world’s largest music video platform, has today announced its first acquisition: Showyou, a subscription-based video streaming platform that helps users find video content that might appeal to them. Vevo is a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Google, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media, and offers music videos from major record labels, which are then… Read More

Facebook now lets you add music clips of your favorite bands

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Videos, pictures and news — Facebook is big in all three. Now, it's testing the waters in music.

Facebook has introduced Music Stories, a new discovery tool that will let users post 30-second clips of their favorite songs and albums to the News Feed

Music can be posted from either Apple Music or Spotify and will play within Facebook. Michael Cerda, director of product at Facebook, said in a blog post that other streaming services will be added soon

Music Stories will only appear on Facebook's iOS app and will be rolling out around the world on Thursday. Facebook is working on adding the feature for Android users as well as for desktop users. Read more...

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Spotify Comes To Google Chromecast And Chromecast Audio

spotifychromecast562x374 Every platform and device needs a “killer app.” For Google’s brand new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, that killer app might just be music streaming app Spotify. Today, at Google’s big event, along with new Chromecast and Chromecast audio hardware and software, Spotify announced its adoption of the platform, allowing you to cast music to your TV or speakers that have… Read More

Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation

Apple-music As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers,… Read More

Prince Won’t Stream 4 U (Unless You’re On Tidal, Or Maybe Google Music)

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 13.50.47 Call it the Taylor effect: it looks like another high-profile musician is sharpening his arrows to take aim at how streaming music services pay artists. Music from the artist currently known as Prince has been pulled from Spotify and Rdio. And Deezer — where at the time of writing Prince’s music is still streaming — has confirmed to us that it has received a takedown notice… Read More

Apple’s Streaming Music Service Said To Cost $10 Monthly, Debut Next Week

iTunes Record Label Apple will indeed reveal a new streaming music service next week, according to the Wall Street Journal, and said service will cost $10 per month and provide unlimited listening. The service will be similar to Spotify in features and function, but won’t offer a free, ad-supported on-demand tier across the catalogue, instead opting to leave that for iTunes Radio, which will gain… Read More
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