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For #Spotify and Pandora, Connecting Artists to Fans Is Good Business (billboard)

A computer showing Spotify playing “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles. (John Keeble/Getty Images)

With newcomer Apple Music already taking a sizable bite out of the market, competing services Spotify and Pandora hope to differentiate themselves by amping up ways to help artists connect with their fans.

Spotify continues to refine its artist portal feature, which makes… [Read more on billboard]

#iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free (TechCrunch)

iTunes Radio will no longer be free, as of January 28. In an email to customers, Apple said that the Pandora-like service will only be available for Apple Music subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month.

Apple will still be offering free radio, however. The Beats 1 listening channels, with live DJs, will remain in operation. (This is different than… [Read more on TechCrunch]

Bad News for the Five of You Using #BeatsMusic: It’s Over, as of November 30 (Re/Code)

ddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, Apple, Beats Music, Code Conference • Asa Mathat
Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, Apple, Beats Music, Code Conference • Photo by Asa Mathat

Here’s the development you’ve seen coming since Apple announced its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music last year — the Beats Music service will be shuttered as of Nov. 30.

Beats announced it would cancel subscriptions in a couple of weeks, and offered… [Read more on Re/Code]

Apple Doesn’t Need #AppleMusic to Win, Which Is Why It Will (Wired)

Eddy Cue, senior vice president of internet software and services at Apple Inc., speaks during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference. Bryan Derballa

When Apple Music launched at the end of June, some experts in the streaming music industry insisted that the world’s most valuable company wouldn’t win over listeners just because it was Apple. Spotify had already built up a sizable subscriber base, they said. As for Internet radio, Pandora and iHeartRadio had a serious head start.

About four months later, Apple hasn’t… [Read more on Wired]

#AppleMusic peine à faire payer les moins de 35 ans (Les Echos)

Le service de streaming du groupe de Cupertino a été lancé le 30 juin dernier – Shutterstock

L’heure du bilan approche pour le service de streaming de la firme à la pomme dont la période d’essai gratuite a pris fin le 30 septembre.

C’est bientôt l’heure des comptes pour Apple Music… [Lire la suite sur Les Echos]

First Click: Ok Apple, I’ll quit #Spotify because I’m a sheep (The Verge)

I’m canceling my four-year-old Spotify subscription not because Apple Music is a better overall service than Spotify, but because it’s better for owners of Apple devices. I’m an iPhone owner and I’ve grown accustomed to asking Siri to play specific bands, songs, albums, or playlists. “Hey Siri, play Beats 1 Radio,” I say and she delivers. And when I add a song on my iPhone at the gym, it’s automatically… [Read more on The Verge]

#AppleMusic aurait snobé le Chromecast Audio (PresseCitron)

Apple aurait décliné la proposition de Google.

Il y a quelques jours, Google a tenu une conférence de presse durant laquelle il a présenté la version stable d’Android 6.0, de nouveaux smartphones Nexus, la tablette Android Pixel C et deux nouveaux Chromecast.

De plus, la firme de Mountain View en a aussi profité pour annoncer que… [Lire la suite sur PresseCitron]

One of the music industry’s smartest voices just ripped #AppleMusic for being like the old Microsoft (Business Insider)

Jimmy Iovine and Eddy Cue, the execs in charge of Apple Music.

The consensus is growing: Apple Music is a mess.

The latest person to add his voice to this chorus is Bob Lefsetz, who writes a popular music industry newsletter.

Like me, Lefsetz finds the new Apple Music app to be really frustrating when we try to play our existing music libraries. The new app eliminated a… [Read more on Business Insider]

The dry stream of musicians’ #royalties (The Economist)

IN NOVEMBER last year, Taylor Swift withdrew most of her music from Spotify, complaining that the music-streaming service made her music available to all users, not just paying subscribers. She had previously called Spotify’s payments to musical artists—on average less than a penny per song—stingy. Nor is Spotify the only one to attract… [Read more on The Economist]

#Apple wants to make its own TV shows and movies, according to a new report (Business Insider)

Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

Apple has been meeting with Hollywood executives with an eye toward making its own original TV shows and movies, Variety reports.

The news comes just more than a week before Apple’s September 9 event, where it’s expected to… [Read more on Business Insider]

Apple Will Live Stream Its Newly Rebranded Apple Music Festival On #Beats1 (TechCrunch)

Have Apple And Spotify Already Lost The Chinese #Music Market? (Forbes)

Most Western music streaming companies look at China as sort of a golden goose. It’s not laying any eggs at the moment, but you think that one might come at any time. That goose may be stolen even before it makes its first deposit though, as the Chinese mega-company Alibaba recently announced that it will… [Read more on Forbes]

Apple Music, la fin de l’ère #iTunes? (Slate)

Le nouveau service de streaming de la marque à la pomme est là et vous n’achèterez peut-être plus jamais de chanson.

Mardi, quand j’ai tapoté pour la première fois sur l’icône Apple Music de mon iPhone, l’écran est resté blanc un court instant. Durant ces quelques secondes, j’ai ressenti ce petit pincement d’excitation qui vous prend lorsque… [Lire la suite sur Slate]

Taylor Swift Slams ‘Shocking, Disappointing’ Free #AppleMusic Trial (Variety)

Here’s What Happens to Your $10 After You Pay for a Month of #AppleMusic (Re/Code)


You don’t have to pay anything to try Apple’s new streaming music service, since the company will offer a free three-month trial when it launches at the end of June.

But if you stick around after that, you’ll need to pay $10 a month for the on-demand, all-you-can-eat subscription service. And Apple will end up… [Read more on Re/Code]

Apple Launches #Beats1, A 24/7 Worldwide Radio Station (TechCrunch)

Le #streaming musical mise sur plus de proximité entre fans et artistes (L’Atelier)


Apple a présenté son service de streaming musical lors de sa conférence annuelle WWDC destinée aux développeurs. Mis à part un service complet, Apple a mis l’accent sur la proximité entre les utilisateurs et les artistes.

Depuis une quinzaine d’années, l’industrie musicale est en pleine mutation. L’arrivée et la démocratisation d’Internet a mis fin à l’âge d’or de l’industrie du disque. Le symbole de cette révolution est sans doute le… [Lire la suite sur L’Atelier]

This Is Apple’s New #Spotify Killer (Time)

Apple Launches #AppleMusic Subscription Service (Variety)

#AppleMusic ciblerait une période d’essai gratuite de trois mois (Numerama)


Avec la sortie de son service d’écoute de musique en streaming, Apple doit encore se demander quel est le meilleur moyen de fidéliser les auditeurs alors que le terrain est d’ores et déjà occupé par quelques poids lourds, comme Spotify ou Deezer.

Si le prix de l’abonnement et l’accès à des exclusivités constituent… [Lire la suite sur Numerama]


This was Sony Music’s contract with #Spotify (The Verge)

digital entertainment marketing sony music

The details the major labels don’t want you to see

Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels, and streaming services jockey over the best way to build the future of their business. Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify; Tidal launched a new platform owned by artists, not record companies; and Apple is preparing to muscle in on the market with its own offering. The one thing missing from much of this discussion has been the details on how deals get done between these groups, but that is… [Read more on The Verge]

#Apple Music : le service de streaming d’Apple a un nom et intégrera un réseau social (01net)

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Le futur Spotify-killer d’Apple devrait s’appeler Apple Music et permettra aux artistes de construire un espace social au sein même du service. Il devrait être…

[Lire la suite sur 01net]

Apple voudrait affaiblir #Spotify pour mieux imposer son propre service (01net)

La firme encouragerait les principaux labels de musique à réclamer l’arrêt de la formule gratuite de Spotify et à se retirer de YouTube. Le tout pour favoriser le lancement prochain de son propre service de streaming musical.

En négociations avec Spotify pour renouveler sa licence, Universal laissait transparaître une certaine… [Lire la suite sur 01net]

How #Spotify Is Getting Ready For Apple’s Musical Onslaught (Time)

Apple’s New #Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay (Bloomberg)

Recording artist Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographer: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Apple Inc. has asked Florence and the Machine and more than a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote a revamped Beats Music, and persuade people to ante up for… [Read more on Bloomberg]

How much do musicians really make from #Spotify, iTunes and YouTube? (The Guardian)

Spotify is one of the most prominent digital music services, but how do its payouts compare to rivals? Photograph: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

Plus Tidal, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats Music, Google Play and other digital services, as Information Is Beautiful updates its 2010 infographic

In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians earned online from sales and streams of their music.

It caused quite a stir within the music industry, which even then was… [Read more on The Guardian]

How #Beats Music can dethrone Spotify (BGR)

This Is #Apple’s Plan to Kill Spotify (Time)

Apple puts targeted ads in your #iTunes Radio stream (Engadget)

For months, Apple has tried to find different ways to solidly monetize iTunes Radio, but it hasn’t been an easy task to accomplish. While the company does offer… [Read more on Engadget]

Drake dropped a surprise album on #iTunes overnight (Business Insider)

The rapper Drake released a surprise album on iTunes on Thursday night, announcing the… [Read more on Business Insider]

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