Radio group Cumulus Media and audio platform Audioboom have announced a major strategic partnership to produce and distribute on-demand audio. Westwood One will be the exclusive ad-rep agency for Audioboom's monetization efforts of the content.[read more]
by Brad Hill
Looking at what a regular, non-techy person must do to listen to Beats 1, the flagship product of Apple Music, it seems as if Apple is making discovery as difficult as possible.[read more]
Samsung has resolved its legal issue with the Korea Music Copyright Association over the Milk Music app. The tech major has inked a new contract with distributor Soribada that will take effect from the start of July 2015. The deal got the KMCA seal of approval on the condition that Milk "will strengthen its premium service," according to the Korea IT Times.[read more]
Pop performer Prince has started removing all of his music from streaming platforms. His discography went down at Spotify this morning, and a note on his artist page reads “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.”[read more]
Facebook has allegedly had early discussions about working with the major music labels. According to a report by The Verge, the social network has expressed an interest in getting involved with the music industry, but it is still unsure what form that interest might take. It has reportedly spoken with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.[read more]
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Last week Edison Research released new information about the podcasting audience, revealing that teens are listening as much as some older groups, unlike in terrestrial radio. But where are the young podcast stars?
Tatiana Simonian, a vice president at Nielsen, gave a presentation at the EDMbiz conference. During the talk, she shared two slides from the Nielsen Music 360 report with data about the industry. The Nielsen data asked its survey respondents who said they paid for streaming which services they spent on. The results showed a larger percentage of paying customers at Pandora One and Spotify, where 33% and 32%, respectively, currently subscribe to the service.[read more]
RAIN Enterprises is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Fischer as Director of Business Development for RAIN News and RAIN Summits. Michael Fischer is a 30-year veteran in radio and digital media.[read more]
Mobile music app 6 Seconds has been updated, marking version 2.0 of the original app which was launched in April. A timely and seemingly playful addition to the station array is FreeBeats1, which plays only the music from Apple's new station.[read more]
Shazam and SoundHound have been making some speedy updates behind the scenes in light of the new Apple Music launch. Both have added integrations prompting the user to listen to a newly tagged song on Apple's streaming music platform.[read more]
"We weren't sure we'd get this thing on the air," declaimed Beats 1 co-founder and first host Zane Lowe. We listened to the first two hours of Apple's new live, global Internet radio station. Lessons flowing in both directions between Beats 1 and terrestrial radio.[read more]
iHeartRadio announced that it has entered a partnership with Virgin America. This arrangement will bring six iHeartRadio Original stations to Virgin’s in-flight entertainment.[read more]