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Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

UPDATED: Apple has attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stif...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Eu, EK, European Commission, Streaming, App Store, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Copyright Royalty Board


Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Tying To Squeeze... Artists Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

Apple attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." on Thursday in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifl...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Eu, EK, European Commission, Streaming, App Store, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Songwriters, Bruce Houghton, Copyright Royalty Board


Spotify Accuses Apple Of Unfair Business Monopoly Practices

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says that if Spotify pays this cut it has to “artificially inflate” its prices “well above the price of Apple Music.” But if it doesn’t pay, Apple applies “a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions” that make Spotify an inferior experience. Ek also notes that Apple “routinely blocks our experience-enhancing upgrades,” including locking Spotify and other competitors out of Apple services like Siri, HomePod, and Apple Watch. – The Verge
Tags: Apple, Art, Spotify, Music, EK, Daniel Ek, Siri HomePod, 03.13.19


Spotify's antitrust complaint against Apple is a neat parable about Big Tech's monopoly

Spotify has asked the EU Commission to intervene in its business relationship with Apple, citing the fact that Apple takes a 30% vig on all customer revenues from people who join the service or buy songs through an Iphone app, while Apple's own competing Itunes store does not have to pay this commission. That means that while Apple and Spotify pay the same wholesale rates for the music they sell, Spotify has to give 30% of its revenues to Apple, while either earning 30% less on each of its ...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Spotify, Post, Music, News, Elizabeth Warren, US, Eu, Reagan, Competition, EK, Antitrust, Warren, Streaming, Department Of Justice


Spotify Files EU Anti-Trust Complaint Against Apple

Spotify announced Wednesday that it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint is centered on the 30% that Apple charges for in app purchase and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."   "In recent years, Apple has introduced rules to the App Store that purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience - essentially acting as both a player and referee to...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, US, Eu, EK, Streaming, EC, App Store, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Apple Apple, Siri HomePod, EU Anti Trust Complaint Against Apple


Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Company [Cherie Hu]

In this piece Cherie Hu looks at how Spotify's major investments in third party licensing deals and original podcast development are validating investor predictions and causing it to become the Netflix of audio while potentially putting its brand at risk. ____________________________________ Guest post by Cherie Hu on Medium On October 28, 2018, as I was on Spotify’s mobile app searching for a certain music playlist I had made for myself, I received the following, unsolicite...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Hbo, New York, London, Amy Schumer, Disney, Syfy, Bbc, Netflix, Pandora, Guest Post, EK, Npr


The Elusive Obelus: Streaming’s Issue With Denominators

Here Christian Castle details issues regarding streaming rates, and the problem in the formula which prevents the creation of long-term shareholder value, and instead gives an immediate short-term rush to the beneficiaries.  _______________________________ Guest post by Christian Castle of Music Tech Solutions “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. No matter how much people would like ...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, EK, Bill, World Trade Center, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Ernest Hemingway, Company, Mike, Poughkeepsie, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Christian Castle of Music Tech Solutions


Daniel Ek explains Spotify’s future in audio – not just music

In a new statement Daniel Ek discusses the future for Spotify as they move beyond music streaming to become an all-round audio platform in an ever-changing industry. Spotify’s founder and CEO, Daniel Ek has written a large statement on Spotify’s focus moving forward. In particular he talks about their evolution from a primarily music streaming service to an overall audio platform with radio and podcasts a priority moving forward. Although Ek makes clear, “this doesn’t make music any le...
Tags: Spotify, Podcast, Music, Podcasts, Radio, EK, Streaming, Stream, Daniel Ek, Digital Music News, Music Stores, Spotify We


Spotify Acquires Podcasters Gimlet, Anchor To Create 'Audio-First' Streaming Service

Spotify has acquired two giants in podcasting, Gimlet Media and Anchor. "Gimlet and Anchor will position us to become the leading platform for podcast creators around the world and the leading producer of podcasts," Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a statement. Gimlet is a major podcast content creator whose its include Homecoming, which was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed show on Amazon Prime, and the internet culture hit Reply All. The Gimlet deal is reported to be worth $200 ...
Tags: Amazon, Spotify, Music, EK, Daniel Ek, Gimlet, Bruce Houghton, Gimlet Media and Anchor Gimlet


Artists may have to pay for Spotify for Artists soon

Spotify’s artist platform offering fan insights, streaming analytics and customisation of their artist profile’s on the streaming service is going to be monetised – boo! hiss! Spotify’s third quarter for 2018 showed the streaming service is still growing at record speeds and is even approaching potential profitability. As Spotify solidify their position in music they are looking more at how they can restructure themselves to truly become profitable and escape the startup trap. But their earn...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Insights, Analytics, Platform, EK, Artists, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Artist, Independent, Digital Music News, Premium, Redburn, Nick Delfas, Customisation


Spotify For Artists Will Charge For Some Services, says CEO Daniel Ek

Spotify will charge for some Spotify For Artists products and services, CEO Daniel Ek stated during last week's earnings call. While "unlikely" that the it will charge for data, this mark's the first time that the streamer has said it will monetize any of the services that it has touted as empowering creators.   Spotify for Artists was brought up repeatedly during the earnings call: Charging For Spotify For Artists - Analyst Dick Delfa s asked,  " Do you have any plans to c...
Tags: Spotify, Music, EK, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Eric Sheridan, D.I.Y, Spotify for Artists, Dick Delfa, Daniel Ek On Spotify, Spotify For Artists Will Charge For Some Services


Spotify For Artists Has Plan To Charge For Some Services, says CEO Daniel Ek

Spotify will charge for some Spotify For Artists products and services, CEO Daniel Ek stated during last week's earnings call. While "unlikely" that the it will charge for data, this mark's the first time that the streamer has said it will monetize any of the services that it has touted as empowering creators.   Spotify for Artists was brought up repeatedly during the earnings call: Charging For Spotify For Artists - Analyst Dick Delfa s asked,  " Do you have any plans to cha...
Tags: Spotify, Music, EK, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Eric Sheridan, D.I.Y, Spotify for Artists, Charge For Some Services, Dick Delfa, Daniel Ek On Spotify


Is Spotify Negotiating To Invest In Universal Music?

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek refused to comment "on deal negotiations," when asked if the streamer was considering an investment in Universal Music Group. UMG corporate parent Vivendi is openly exploring investments in exchange for up to 50% of the world's largest music group. During the earnings call Q&A Thursday morning, Ek was asked if Spotify was considering an investment in UMG, as well as, the advantages and disadvantages of owning a portion of a major content partner.  Rather than deny...
Tags: Spotify, Music, EK, Tencent, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Vivendi, Music Business, Music Tech, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, Universal Music Group UMG


Is Spotify Already Too Big For Record Labels To Stop It From Competing With Them? [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify has made some radical moves lately including direct deals with artists that include cash advances to offering free Spotify distribution to all and then buying part of distributor DistroKid to help artists put their music on its competitors. Collectively, they are causing concern at the record labels.  But as analyst Mark Mulligan shows, there may not be much the labels can do about it. _______________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA from the Music Industry Blog S...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Taylor Swift, Netflix, EK, UN Security Council, Merlin, Drake, Daniel Ek, Amazon Prime Music, Umg, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, WMG, Fomo, SME


Music's $20M A Month Man: Spotify's Daniel Ek Shows Tim Westergren How It’s Done

The industry gave a collective gasp of horror when founder Tim Westergren was pulling down $1,000,000 by selling of Pandora stock while simultaneously fighting artists with royalty loopholes. Chris Castle writes that Spotify's Daniel Ek is leaving Westergren in the financial dust with a monthly windfall of $20 million. __________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle from Music Technology Policy Remember when we were all appalled that Pandora founder Tim Westergren was making $1,000...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Pandora, Guest Post, EK, Tim Westergren, Streaming, Nashville, SEC, Daniel Ek, Marin, Music Business, Digital Music, Ascap, Daniel, Chris Castle


Music's $20M A Month Man: Spotify's Daniel Ek Shows Tim Westergren How It’s Done

The industry gave a collective gasp of horror when founder Tim Westergren was pulling down $1,000,000 by selling of Pandora stock while simultaneously fighting artists with royalty loopholes. Chris Castle writes that Spotify's Daniel Ek is leaving Westergren in the financial dust with a monthly windfall of $20 million. __________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle from Music Technology Policy Remember when we were all appalled that Pandora founder Tim Westergren was making $1...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Pandora, Guest Post, EK, Tim Westergren, Streaming, Nashville, SEC, Daniel Ek, Marin, Music Business, Digital Music, Ascap, Daniel, Chris Castle


Spotify's Risky Play: Direct Artist Licensing

Music streaming service Spotify is seeking to bypass the major labels by dealing directly with artists and their reps.  Spotify has quietly struck licensing deals with a number of independent artists. While the deals themselves have been modest so far, several people with knowledge of the agreements told the New York Times that major labels see the licensing deals as a very real threat with the potential to reimagine how the music industry functions. Six different sources with knowled...
Tags: Amazon, Spotify, Music, Pandora, New York Times, EK, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Major Labels, Licensing, Bruce Houghton, Universal Music Group, Apple Amazon, Bill Werde, Syracuse University 's Bandier Program


A New Spotify Initiative Makes the Big Record Labels Nervous

The streaming service has been making deals with independent artists. Could it change the music industry as we know it?
Tags: Spotify, Music, News, EK, Daniel, Warner Music Group, Sony Corporation, Universal Music Group


How Spotify, at 10, Is Transforming the Music Business

Since launching in Sweden in October 2008, the 10-year-old Spotify has up-ended the global music industry, turning streaming music into a must-have service and proving that ownership of music is firmly a thing of the past. Its mission is simple: “To unlock the potential of human creativity—by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by it.” Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming serv...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Spotify, Music, Sweden, Podcasts, Entertainment, Uncategorized, Advertising, Digital, Samsung, Cnn, New York Times, EK, Streaming


6 Major Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

Fast Company has published the first in depth interview with Daniel Ek in three years and the first behind the scenes look at the world's biggest streaming service since it went public. While there are no big reveals, it offers a well sourced portrait of a company deeply committed to and quite capable of truly transforming the music business. 6 major takeaways from the Fast Company Spotify profile: Sweden is the key to Spotify's success and its corporate ethos. Asked if he could...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Sweden, Taylor Swift, Pirate Bay, EK, Streaming, Coachella, Abba, Fast Company, Swift, Daniel Ek, Stockholm, Troy Carter, Music Business, Music Tech


Troy Carter On His Spotify Exit: 'Right Time To Move'

Troy Carter is exiting Spotify in early September, the streamer confirmed on Monday. Statements issued by Carter and and CEO Daniel Ek point to an amicable exit after a fruitful partnership. ___________________________ Troy Carter  “I came to this company to help bridge the gap between Spotify and the creative community. Over time, that goal evolved from fixing a challenge to building a global team focused on changing the game for artists around the world, partnering with them...
Tags: Spotify, Music, EK, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Troy Carter, Music Business, Bruce Houghton, Carter, Troy, Spotify When


9 Big Takeaways From Spotify's Q2 Earnings Call

Today's Q2 2018 earnings call was, as CEO Daniel Ek promised they would be, filled with information both for investors and the rest of us. Here are 9 big takeaways: Users are continuing to flock to the streamer - Spotify ended June with 180 million monthly active users, including 83 million paid subscribers. That's up 30.4% and 40.7% respectively over the same quarter 2017. Losses continue despite revenue growth - Spotify generated revenues of $1.5B USD in Q2, up 26.4% year-on-year.  B...
Tags: Spotify, Music, US, EK, Streaming, Scandinavia, Hulu, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Bruce Houghton


Spotify hits 180M users but loses €394M in tepid Q2 earnings

Spotify is racing to sign up users before Apple Music can, even at the expense of its finances. Spotify’s as a public company saw mixed performance compared to estimate as it reached 83 million paid subscribers, up 40 percent year-over-year and up 8 million from its 75 million count last quarter. Spotify now has 180 million total users, coming in at the high end of its guidance with a 5.9 percent quarter-over-quarter growth rate, though it added fewer users than last quarter. But Spotify sa...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Spotify, Music, Media, US, Tech, EK, Streaming Music, North America, Hulu, Daniel Ek, Apple Music, Spotify Spotify


This Week In Music Commentary

Commentary inside the music industry this week gave us news and opinions on the complex backstory of Starset's Dustin Bates, how Apple could find success as a music publisher, whether Spotify and Apple need a new model to pay musicians, and more. Starset's Dustin Bates On Building A Complex Backstory How Apple Could Succeed As A Music Publisher [Mark Mulligan] Spotify Is 'Cash Flow Positive,' says CEO Ek, Admits Hate Policy Handled Badly Does Spotify, Apple Need A Ne...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, EK, Music Business, Music Tech, Owen Davie, Mark Mulligan, Dustin Bates, Starset


Spotify Is 'Cash Flow Positive,' says CEO Ek, Admits Hate Policy Handled Badly

Spotify CEO Daniel EK has now publicly admitted that the company handled the implementation of its new "hate content and hateful conduct" policy badly. More surprising was how the founder and CEO says that he views profitability at the music streamer. Though intended to offer transparency, Spotify's new "hateful conduct" policy has drawn criticism as censorship, with some artists, including Kendrick Lamar, threatening to pull their own music off the streamer. "The whole goal with this wa...
Tags: Spotify, Music, EK, Kendrick Lamar, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Startups & Funding


What To Expect From Tuesday's Spotify Announcement

UPDATED: Spotify is holding  held a press event this morning at the Gramercy Theater in New York City that featured three key executives.  Here's what Spotify announced Tuesday and what it means for musicians  and labels. _______________________________ Tuesday's Spotify press event will feature chief R&D officer Gustav Söderström, VP of Product Development Babar Zafar and Troy Carter, Global Head of Creator Services, according to an invitation to the event. Based on i...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, UK, New York City, EK, Reddit, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Troy Carter, Gustav Söderström, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Carter, Gramercy Theater


What To Expect From Today's Spotify Announcement

Spotify is holding a major press event this morning at the Gramercy Theater in New York City that is expected to include major changes to its mobile app, alongside additional announcements from at least three key executives. We're live tweeting today's Spotify event starting at 9:30 AM ET via @hypebot. _______________________________ Tuesday's Spotify press event will feature chief R&D officer Gustav Söderström, VP of Product Development Babar Zafar and Troy Carter, Global Head of Cr...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, UK, New York City, EK, Reddit, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Troy Carter, Gustav Söderström, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Carter, Gramercy Theater


Spotify To Announce Major Mobile Updates Next Week

Spotify will reveal major changes to its mobile app next week, alongside other announcements to be shared by key executives, according to a new press event invitation that surfaced yesterday.   Spotify's Tuesday press event will also feature chief R&D officer Gustav Söderström, VP of Product Development Babar Zafar, and Troy Carter, Global Head of Creator Services. The presenters, which give credence to previous leaks (see below), where revealed in a new event invitation obtained by Th...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, UK, Taylor Swift, EK, Reddit, Streaming, Daniel Ek, Troy Carter, Gustav Söderström, Music Business, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Bruce Houghton, Carter


What To Expect At Spotify's Big 'News Announcement'

Spotify has invited journalists to a strangely worded "news announcement" on Tuesday April 24th in New York City. While the invite is void of details or even hints, here's what a combination of leaks, rumors, insider tips and educated guesses leads us to expect. ________________________________ Here's what we think Spotify will announce on April 24th, in order of likelihood : 1 ) Spotify is anxious to unveil its first device , ahead of Facebook and others. Multiple sources an...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, Taylor Swift, New York City, EK, Reddit, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Spotify’s Wall Street Debut Is a Success

After its first day on the New York Stock Exchange, the music streaming service was valued at $26.5 billion, putting it in the company of firms like General Mills.
Tags: Spotify, Music, News, EK, New York Stock Exchange, Daniel, Stocks and Bonds, Audio Recordings, Downloads and Streaming, Dropbox Inc



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