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Rumor Fact(ory): Spotify nearing major label deals with some surprising propositions

Financial Times is the source of the latest Spotify speculation, reporting that the streaming service is close to final licensing deals with the major labels. The core of those arrangements, is that Spotify would pay a lower royalty fee to the labels, but in exchange would temporarily gate major album releases for paying customers. Continue Reading

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Rumor Fact(ory): Spotify exploring SoundCloud acquisition

Financial Times reported that Spotify is in “advanced talks” to acquire SoundCloud. The talks might be advanced, but sources told the publication that there were no details on how much money might change hands and the potential deal could still fall apart. We’ve been expecting to see more consolidation within the streaming music space, so this possible tie-up is an intriguing proposition. Continue Reading

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Rumor Fact(ory): Will Amazon’s Prime Music become a standalone streaming service?

The New York Post is reporting that Amazon may have a vision for Prime Music far beyond the casual listenership it has attracted so far. The Post’s Claire Atkinson cited sources who said Amazon has hosted meetings about licensing music to create an on-demand music service. It is possible, likely in fact, that Amazon does have a grander plan for its music platform. But what exactly will they be? Continue Reading

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Rumor Fact(ory): Pandora may be eyeing an international expansion

Pandora has long been a top dog in the streaming world despite its presence in only three global markets. But new rumors point to that number potentially changing. Unnamed sources have told Bloomberg that the online radio service has started early negotiations with rights holders to take its music access international. Continue Reading