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Free mobile version of Spotify to be introduced

According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify is about to introduce a free mobile version. The new ad-supported offering will allow nonpaying mobile users to play a limited number of songs on demand, but will mostly serve up music based on the user’s input, much like custom radio services such as Pandora. This move makes […]

Rdio, please don’t die!

According to Techcrunch, Rdio is laying off people – allegedly up to 35 people or 25% of the work force –  “to improve its cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long-term”, as TC quotes a Rdio spokesperson. In other words: Rdio’s investors are getting cold feet thinking about the burn rate. […]

The 3 stages of music discovery

Recently Spotify’s Daniel Ek introduced Spotify Discovery (read the wrap up here). In his speech he pointed out the benefits of context for music discovery. So just to pick up his point, here’s what I think are the three stages of music discovery – radically simplified. 1) User searches 2) Recommendations 3) Context In the […]

Do we really care what music our friends like?

Back in 2011 Spotify said that “Music is one of the most social things there is.” In what sounded like a threat they added “You’ll now start seeing new music posts and play buttons all over your newsfeeds.” And indeed, we did. Even when the posts became more balanced, I never really felt that it was […]

WiMP enters German market

After the music streaming services Rdio, and Deezer only recently entered the German market, yet another player will join the merry crowd : WiMP (yes… let’s hope they change their name for the English-speaking market!) is the name of the service, and users beta access can be requested on their German website So what […]

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