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 […]
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 […]
After the music streaming services Rdio, Rara.com 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 www.wimp.de. So what […]
Rhapsody announced on Thursday that they have acquired Napster International, i.e., the non-US branch of Napster, which is currently operating in the UK and in Germany. Unlike in the US, where the Napster brand is put on ice, Rhapsody will retain the Napster brand in the UK and Germany, because of its high brand awareness. […]
According to Music Week, Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks revealed the figure at an industry event at Universal Music UK’s offices. Not bad!
WHY RARA.COM IS FAILING TO ADDRESS THE MASS MARKET The other day I pointed out four reasons why Rara.com is worth checking out. While Rara.com certainly brings a fresh breeze into the market, I believe they will have a tough time. Here’s why: Let’s look again at what lets Rara.com stand out in the ecosystem […]
As of today Grooveshark has shut down in Germany. According to their website, they did so because because of “excessive operating costs”. They continue to imply that this is the fault of the GEMA, and suggest to get in touch with them to help bring down these costs. It would appear they are referring to […]
It’s getting cozy in the German online music streaming market: After the recent launches of Deezer and Rara.com, US based Rdio now announced their Germany launch starting January 12, 2012 (blog.rdio.com). Spotify, any news?
Recently I mentioned the new streaming service Rara.com. Here are a couple of things about them that are quite interesting (the following is all based on their launch press conference video and their press release): 1) Innovative User Interface Instead of a “boring” Excel spreadsheet look, Rara.com wants to give users a more visual user […]
Good news for the German online music market: After years of negotiations GEMA and the industry association BITKOM have finally reached an agreement on online music services. As announced in a press release on Dec 8, the agreement covers the compensation for authors, that music services have to pay to the GEMA, and allows for […]