Spotify recently announced a major milestone: the music streaming service hit 10 million paying subscribers and now has more than 40 million active users across 56 markets worldwide. Since Spotify launched in 2008, more than 12 billion hours of music have been streamed. The most streamed artist? Eminem. (Rihanna is the most streamed female artist.) Continue Reading →
The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal deliberations. iTunes Radio, which launched in September with much fanfare, so far only sees about 1%-2% Continue Reading →
Which music streaming service do YOU use most often? A recent study found that iTunes Radio, which only launched last September, is now the third-most popular choice for music listeners in the U.S. The survey found that iTunes Radio had already surpassed Spotify and finds itself on the heels of iHeartRadio. The study, which polled Continue Reading →
iTunes Radio
When iTunes Radio launched last fall, the service was designed for music fans (and music labels). Now it is branching out: National Public Radio is adding the first news station to Apple’s audio streaming service, with more on the way. NPR’s station, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a Continue Reading →
iTunes Radio
In an effort to boost usage of its new streaming music service that launched alongside iOS 7 last fall, Apple is considering changes to iTunes Radio. The Cupertino company is now testing iTunes Radio as a standalone application with iOS 8, according to sources briefed on the plans. iTunes Radio first arrived as a feature Continue Reading →
iTunes Radio
iTunes Radio is only six months old but it’s already snagged third place among people in the US who listen to streaming music services, at least based on a recent survey. Polling more than 2,000 people in the US, Edison Research found that 8 percent listened to iTunes Radio in the past month. That compares Continue Reading →
According to the Radio Advertising Bureau, radio advertising in the United States topped $16 billion in 2012. While it was much bigger before the expansion of cable television and the advent of digital, it’s still a thriving, profitable business. That said, the success of radio in the US is (and always has been) inextricably linked Continue Reading →
Apple has acquired Topsy Labs, a social-analytics start-up that has an archive of every tweet published since Twitter launched in 2006. The purchase, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, was for more than $200 million, and will give Apple control of a company that is currently one of a handful with access to Twitter’s Continue Reading →
Missing Podcasts
I like a lot of things about Apple. I love my iPhone – it’s the best smartphone I’ve ever had. I love my iPad – I use it far, far more than I ever thought I would. I love how Apple (sometimes) innovates and (more often) takes things other companies have done and simplifies them. Continue Reading →
Apple TV
Apple has re-issued the 6.0 update for Apple TV devices it released last week, after the original version’s many problems including slow downloads, library loss and even some apparent bricking led the company to pull it from servers. The update is back live now, with new features including access to the iTunes Music Store for Continue Reading →