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Dan Rys / Billboard:
Profile of Audiomack, which started as a mixtape hosting site and now has a popular free music streaming service with 1.5M users, up from 400K a year ago   —  “We're not intent on becoming Spotify.  We're not trying to become Apple Music," says co-founder and CMO Dave Ponte.
Jan 20, 2019, 9:35 PMIn context
Cherie Hu / Billboard:
MusicWatch: paid music streaming subscribers surpass 50M in US, nearly doubling since end of 2016, with ~20M separate users sharing but not paying for access   —  An estimated 51 million people in the U.S. are now paying monthly subscriptions for music streaming services …
Sep 16, 2018, 10:55 PMIn context
Monica Mercuri / Billboard:
Bytedance merges lip sync app Musical.ly, which it bought in November 2017, into its Tik Tok app, which has a new interface for easier video capture and editing   —  Musical.ly's new owner decides to nix the name and migrate the app's 100 million monthly active users to TikTok.
Aug 2, 2018, 5:50 PMIn context
Hannah Karp / Billboard:
Sources: Spotify offers several hundred thousand dollar advances and 50/50 per stream revenue share to music managers and indie acts for direct licensing   —  Spotify has offered advances to a number of managers and indie acts in exchange for licensing their music directly to the streaming service, sources tell Billboard.
Jun 8, 2018, 2:25 PMIn context
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify updates its hateful content and conduct policy, says it will no longer use the provision that led to removal of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from playlists   —  Three weeks after Spotify announced a new policy regarding hate content and hateful conduct on its service …
Jun 1, 2018, 12:55 PMIn context
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify removes R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from the service's playlists, including-algorithmically generated ones, as part of new “hateful conduct” policy   —  YOUTUBE  —  Beginning today (May 10), Spotify users will no longer be able to find R. Kelly's music …
May 10, 2018, 5:59 PMIn context
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Amazon Music says it now has “tens of millions” of paid subscribers, with Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions doubling in the past six months   —  Amazon Music tells Billboard it has “tens of millions” of paid customers, with Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions having more than doubled …
Apr 3, 2018, 2:15 PMIn context
Melinda Newman / Billboard:
Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard to provide musicians with insights into their fans' listening and purchasing habits, currently in beta   —  Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight …
Jan 22, 2018, 2:10 PMIn context
Billboard:
Sources: Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August, a time believed to coincide with the full vesting of his Apple stock   —  His planned departure is likely timed to his shares fully vesting, sources tell Billboard.  —  Look for Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August.
Jan 4, 2018, 5:26 PMIn context
Hannah Karp / Billboard:
Interview with Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine, Zane Lowe, and Larry Jackson on how to continue to grow the service, as it tops 30M paying subscribers   —  From left: Zane Lowe, Larry Jackson and Jimmy Iovine photographed Sept. 18 at Apple Music's Beats 1 Studio in Los Angeles.
Sep 28, 2017, 11:15 AMIn context

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