Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple Music/Spotify subscriptions, and new hires in Special Projects.
The number of Apple Music paid subscribers have overtaken Spotify in the United States, with the former reaching 28 million.
Host Kelly Guimont chats with Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin about Charlotte’s new Mac, and Apple’s statement regarding Spotify’s claims.
Spotify CEO Daniel EK said its relationship with Apple is ‘completely unsustainable,’ after his firm logged a complaint with the EU.
A Spotify EU complaint brought against Apple says that Apple stifles competition because of Apple’s 30% App Store tax.
Spotify Premium users can now access Hulu’s ad-supported tier at no extra cost. However, The Verge said that these users cannot add premium channels, such as Showtime or HBO, to their account alongside Hulu. The deal also excludes those who have a family plan on the music streaming service, but others can access Hulu via the ‘Your Services’ section of an account. This offer is time limited though – it will close on June 10th, 2019. Hulu recently lowered its pricing to $4.99 a month, following Netflix’s recent price hike.
To take advantage of this deal, new Spotify users can sign up now. Just be sure to activate Hulu on the “Your Services” page within account settings. If you already get Hulu through Spotify, you won’t have to do anything to start saving an extra $3 per month. On the other hand, if you subscribe to Hulu and don’t yet have a Spotify account, you’ll need to cancel your billing through Hulu, then set it up through Spotify to receive the discount.
Apple Podcasts dominate the world as the most popular podcasting platform…except South America where Spotify is already dominant.
Spotify launched in India under a week ago. It now has over a million unique users in the country, providing more competition to Apple Music.
Spotify updated its user guidelines to take a tougher approach against listeners who use ad blockers. TechCrunch reported that the new guidelines said that those using ad blockers will be immediately suspended from the service or have their account terminated. In an email to users, the company said that “all types of ad blockers, bots and fraudulent streaming activities are not permitted.” The new guidelines will come into force on March 1st, 2019.
Ad blockers have long been a headache for Spotify. The company disclosed in March 2018 while preparing for its initial public offering that it discovered two million users, or about 1.3 percent of its total user base at the time, had been using ad blockers on the free version of Spotify, enough to force it to restate usage metrics.
Charlotte Henry and Dave Hamilton join host Kelly Guimont for a discussion of Angela Ahrendts leaving Apple and Spotify’s latest purchases.
Spotify has bought podcast firms Gimlet and Anchor as it bets big on podcasting and bids to become an all-in-one audio platform.
The new integration with Apple Watch makes accessing your recently played songs simple, even with your phone in your pocket.
Spotify for the Apple the Apple Watch is on its way but a first look shows that the functionality is pretty basic at this stage.
Spotify increased its number of paying users in the last quarter, keeping it ahead of Apple Music.
The company announced today that students on this plan get Showtime, and the cost is still US$4.99/month.
Verizon recently throttled a fire department’s command and control vehicle in a pursuit of $2, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have some thoughts about the propriety of such an action. They also wonder whether rumors of a new iMac mean we can start trusting Apple to update its Macs again, or if Lucy will just yank the ball away instead. They cap the show with a look at Netflix’s baby steps towards rebellion against Apple’s App Store cut for subscriptions.
Spotify has 83 million paying subscribers around the world, which is a lot more than Apple Music’s 40 million, yet still isn’t showing a profit.
Two Senators, one from Hawaii and one from South Dakota, introduced a bill called the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI).
Last Thursday, Digital Music News reported that Apple Music beats Spotify in terms of subscribers. And there might be a reason why.
Apple Music has more paying subscribers in the United States than Spotify, according to data from a major music distributor.