Spotify is Officially Going Public, CEO Says it Will Now Be Some Kind of Global Cultural Nexus or Something

Stockholm-based streaming giant Spotify finally made it official and filed documents for its much-rumored plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, pursuing the unusual option of a direct listing instead of a traditional IPO. Read More >>

Apple Music Was Always Going to Win

Everybody knows that Apple is rich and powerful. So few will be surprised to learn that, despite showing up to the party late, the Cupertino company now appears to be winning some key battles in the streaming music wars. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify as the most popular streaming music service in the United States. In fact, it may have alregady done it. Read More >>

YouTube Is Asking Promoted Musicians to Sign Non-Disparagement Agreements

YouTube is asking musicians who have signed up for a new partnership programme in which it provides big-ticket funding for videos and promotional support to sign sweeping non-disparagement agreements, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $70 million (£56 million) in debt funding—basically a loan from various investors—in order to stay in business. Read More >>

Your Favourite Music App Has Higher Quality Audio Than You Think

Chances are you’ve signed up to at least one streaming service—but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you’re always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files. Read More >>

Amazon Comes for Spotify With Cheaper Music Subscriptions

Amazon has just launched its long-awaited Spotify competitor in the US, Amazon Music Unlimited. Like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, and Deezer, Amazon Music Unlimited offers on-demand access to tens of millions of songs. And like those services, it also offers “thousands” of “hand curated playlists” and personalised stations. Read More >>

What’s Better: Apple Music or Google Play Music?

Think streaming music, and the first name that springs to mind is probably Spotify—but there are some great alternatives out there. Both Apple and Google have music services for streaming, downloads, and playing local files across phones, tablets, and desktop. There are lots of different ways to compare the two services, but we’re going to try and simplify it by starting with all the similarities. Here’s how Apple Music compares to Google Play Music. Read More >>

Apple Might Be Buying Tidal for Some Reason

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Tidal, also known as Jay-Z’s music streaming service that lets you listen to Kanye’s music a little bit earlier. Read More >>

Apple and Spotify are in a Legal Punch-Up

Apple is under fire after it allegedly blocked Spotify’s new iPhone app from being released in the App Store. According to a Recode report, Spotify’s general counsel sent a letter to Apple’s legal team claiming that Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by not allowing the latest version of the app to reach iPhone users. Read More >>

A Collection of the Weirdest Shit I’ve Found on Spotify

The way I see it, everybody has a “thing” they do when they get high. Some people gorge themselves on as many edible objects as will fit in their cottony mouths. Other people lay in the dark and listen to Phish. Still other people sit on their couch and look at Vine. Read More >>

How to Add Your Old CDs to Spotify

If you jumped on the music-streaming bandwagon, there’s a good chance you’ve been left with a shelf full of CDs gathering dust. Lucky for you, there are a couple of apps that make adding your old albums to Spotify super easy—so you can finally throw out all of that physical media for good. Here’s how to do it. Read More >>

Beyoncé Defeats Piracy and Makes Us Finally Embrace Tidal

Did you listen to Beyoncé’s hottest new record? Maybe watch her hour-long short film? If you have, then it’s very like because you signed up for Tidal. Which begs the question: is Tidal starting to actually win? Read More >>

How to Use One of iTunes’ Best Features in Google Play Music

One great feature we lost in the transition from iTunes to all-you-can-eat streaming services is the smart playlist. When you have 30 million tracks to choose from, queueing up everything you’ve not heard for six months makes less sense. Thankfully, you can bring the feature to Google Play Music with a simple Chrome extension. Read More >>

Soundcloud’s New Subscription Service is its Latest Death Rattle 

Soundcloud has introduced a paid-for streaming music service called Go, which adds only two new features to the existing offering: the ability to listen ad-free and download music for listening offline. It cost's $10 in the US ($13 through iTunes) where it is initially launching, before coming to "other territories" later this year. Read More >>