Tag: spotify

What does Apple Music really aim to?

apple-music

The New York Times recently published an interview with Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson. During the interview, the executives discussed where Apple Music’s position is in the current music landscape. “We have no interest in being a label,” says Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine. “But we do have interest in making our platform the one that’s best to communicate with the audiences.”

Apple Music is known to the public for streaming tunes. But the whole platform is much bigger than that. By explaining to artists that Apple Music is also about marketing an artist, the service has been able to score exclusives on albums that eventually went on to top the charts. The part of the streaming service that the public doesn’t notice is the part that sponsored Drake’s 60-city tour this past summer, along with his promotional movie  “Please Forgive Me.” The latter remains an exclusive for Apple.

Referral reading: Pros and Cons of Apple Music, Apple Music and DRM

While it is easy for the media to focus on how quickly Apple Music has added subscribers, the most impressive thing Apple has done is to cultivate a relationship with musicians who have capitalized on Apple’s marketing prowess and technological strengths. Whether Apple planned this in advance, or stumbled onto this template, is not so important. By pointing to the success Apple Music has had with albums from Travis Scott, Future and DJ Khaled (all three debuted as number one on Billboard as exclusives to Apple Music), Apple can tell up and coming artists that this could happen to them if they give Apple Music an exclusive and allow them to promote their work.

“We have real understanding of what these artists are trying to accomplish both aesthetically and commercially. We’re really getting there in merging these cultures — tech and the arts. And we’re trying to prove that we are the best place for an artist to fulfill their vision.”-Jimmy Iovine, executive, Apple Music
If Apple does eventually overtake rival streamer Spotify, offering exclusives and getting in tight with the talent is how it will have to be done. Spotify already has 95 million users with 55 million using its ad-based free tier. While Apple does offer a one-time three-month free trial, it does not have a free level of service. Apple Music has 17 million subscribers at last count, and may never catch up unless it can continue to provide users with early access to music that Spotify can’t play. For that to happen, Apple Music will have to continue focusing on its relationships with musicians and not pay attention to head count for another 24 months. At that point, it should take a breath to see how this strategy is working in relation to Spotify.

Referral reading: Apple Music VS Spotify

source: NYTimes

 

Top 5 big and popular Streaming Music Services

Music is so important to us. When you are happy, you like some happy music. When you are sad, you will also need some music.

Where to listen to the music, the streaming Music services will be a good choice.

Here collect the top 5 big and popular streaming music services, and you will find one you like.

Spotify

spotify

Spotify is slowly but surely becoming the most popular subscription-based music streaming service worldwide that offers users unlimited access and streaming limits to an extremely wide variety of audio tracks, artists, genres, albums and playlists. With a free account, you can play any artist, album or playlist on shuffle for free.

Referral reading: Spotify VS Apple Music

All you need to do is sign up and start using it from the web, desktop application or mobile apps. You can use Spotify freely for however long you want, but if you want to listen to specific tracks any time or build more complex playlists for yourself, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium account.

Google Play Music

googleplaymusic

Google Play Music offers more music than you’d ever imagine in any genre that you want and by practically any artist or band that has ever existed. There are also tons of pre-built playlists that are suggested to you based on the date and time, taking into account activities you might be doing or holidays that are coming up. You can even upload and sync up to 50,000 tracks from your own music collection.

The one major downside is that Google Play Music is loaded with ads. As long as you stick with the free version, be prepared to sit through lots of long commercials between songs.

Pandora

pandora

Pandora is “free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love,” and at the moment it’s only available for listeners in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. The Pandora “Music Genome Project” involved analyzing over 450 qualities of individual songs to produce an advanced algorithm that seeks to help users discover the music that fits their styles and tastes as accurately as possible.

You can create up to 100 unique stations and tweak them as you listen. There’s also an upgrade you can make, called Pandora One, which takes away the ads, offers higher listening quality, adds desktop applications, provides different custom skin choices and minimizes interruptions while you’re enjoying music.

Apple Music

applemusic

Apple Music is a full-fledged subscription streaming music service that compares favorably with other top cloud music services such as Spotify, Pandora Radio, etc. It has excellent mobile support and also has good music discovery options.

Referral reading: Pros and Cons of Apple Music, VS iTunes Match

Rather than relying solely on algorithms to suggest new music, the service also extensively uses expert-curated playlists to serve up suggestions.

Amazon Music Unlimited

amazon-music-unlimited-796x398

Amazon Music Unlimited is a premium music subscription service featuring tens of millions of songs and thousands of expert-programmed playlists and stations. With Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to any song, anytime, anywhere, on all your devices – smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac, Fire TV, and Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo.

Tens of millions of songs with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download for offline listening.

Some sources from https://www.lifewire.com/best-online-music-services-for-streaming-songs-2438823

Spotify and Apple Music get the remix treatment

spotify-apple

Spotify and Apple Music now feature unofficial song remixes on their streaming platforms, months after sealing deals with mix- and remix-centric music licensing company Dubset, TechCrunch reports.

Related: Apple Music DRM Removal

This could lead to a deluge of music from independent artists – creating new opportunities for musicians, and an expanded listening experience for users.

Apple Music and Spotify each reached agreements with Dubset in the first half of 2016.Dubset scans mixed and remixed music to attribute content and distribute royalties to original rights holders. Their partnership with Dubset has a number of implications:

  • SoundCloud stands to lose out in this scenario. Unofficial remixes and mixes uploaded talented bedroom producers are one of SoundCloud’s key differentiators in the music streaming space. It’s the reason SoundCloud has over 125 million tracks, compared to Spotify and Apple Music’s 30 million-song catalogs. With Spotify and Apple Music gaining more of this content, SoundCloud’s edge in this space could begin to wear down.
  • In turn, SoundCloud’s acquisition potential could falter. The company is reported to be in negotiations with Spotify about a merger, but Spotify could opt out of a deal if it can get SoundCloud’s content without having to spend $1 billion or so on an acquisition. But backing out of this deal would cause Spotify to miss out on tens of millions of SoundCloud users who might have otherwise been Spotify-converts.
  • And SoundCloud’s catalog is only one of its core strengths. The platform also excels in the social aspect – facilitating connections between musicians and fans, and helping to establish collectives formed by artists and independent labels. The fact that artists participate on SoundCloud like, and alongside, regular users lends to an experience absent on other platforms.
  • Spotify and Apple Music’s catalog is still short on one front. For now, the two music streaming services are only adding remixed songs to their catalogs, and not DJ mixes comprised of several songs in succession. Excluding mixes from their catalog is a missed opportunity – to expand their catalogs, satisfy fans, and compensate artists – as 700 million people listen to mixed content every month, according to Dubset CEO Stephen White.

Related: Apple Music on iPhone 7

The article source from: http://www.businessinsider.com/spotify-and-apple-music-get-the-remix-treatment-2016-10

As a Music Artist, how to choose among Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud

Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud: Which Is Better For The Artist?

music-artist
If you are one Artist, how to choose among Pandora Vs. Spotify Vs. Apple Music Vs. Soundcloud

Pandora Media Inc has rolled out is new Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), which features a number of marketing tools that artists can use to promote their music.

Streaming music services have gotten a lot of criticism lately for how little they pay artists for their music. Taylor Swift has been one of the most recognizable and vocal artists speaking out against how streaming services like Spotify treat musical artists.

Pandora’s new AMP is the company’s latest effort to reach out to those artists that provide the content that their business is based on. Here’s a look at what each of the major streaming services offer artists in terms of pay, perks and marketing services.

Pandora

Pandora’s new AMP includes several artist-friendly features. Artist Audio Messages allow artists to record short, targeted spoken messages to play before or after their tracks to help with marketing. Featured Tracks allows artists to promote single tracks and receive real-time feedback from listeners. Ticketfly Integration allows artists to customize their audio messages, integrate concert ticket sales (including a “click to buy” ticket link), and optimize promotions for specific events and locations.

Back in February, federal judges ruled that Pandora must pay artists a blended advertising/subscription rate of $0.0017 per stream.

Spotify

According to Spotify Artists’ website, Spotify also has several useful features for artists. Spotify automatically sends out email and mobile notifications to followers every time an artist releases new music. Songkick integration allows artists to display tour dates directly on their profile. Merchbar also allows artists to easily list and sell merchandise.

In addition, Spotify offers artists a wide range of other data and marketing tools.

As of about a year ago, Spotify was reportedly paying artists $0.0011 per stream.

Apple Music

Apple Music for Artists allows artists to share content and activity on Connect. Artists can post links and thoughts on their Connect feed. Apple Inc. reportedly pays artists $0.0013 per streaming play.

Related Link: Apple Music vs iTunes Match, Apple Music to MP3

SoundCloud

SoundCloud Spotlight allows artists to pin up to five tracks or playlists to their profile to showcase their best work. Timed comments allows artists to engage with their fans about individual tracks. Artists can edit in batch by simultaneously updating artwork for many tracks at once. Artists can also tag their music to optimize search traffic.

In addition, artists can track activity over time and identify top cities, countries and users for each track. Artists also get to see which websites have embedded their music and which SoundCloud apps their tracks are being streamed from.

SoundCloud currently offers four distinct membership tiers for artists. The features mentioned above are available at the Pro Unlimited tier, which costs $15 per month. The top tier, Premier, is by invitation only. Premier is the level at which artists can begin making money for their tracks via advertising revenue sharing, but there is no set rate of payment for each streaming play.

Summary

This summary is just a basic overview of some of the options that are out there for music artists. The best option comes down to which goals are most important for each individual artist. However, it’s important to keep expectations for streaming revenue fairly low unless you’re already a well-established star.
One band that drew more than a million streams on Spotify back in 2013 reported only $4,955 in total revenue. Even that rate comes in at $0.004891/stream, well above the latest reported rates of the major streaming services.

Source from https://www.benzinga.com/general/education/16/10/8569020/pandora-vs-spotify-vs-apple-music-vs-soundcloud-which-is-better-for-

News: Apple Music Loses 3 Times More Subscribers a Month Than Spotify

Apple Music has a huge problem.  It’s called ‘churn’…

video.yahoofinance.com@10d815b5-1cb5-35b6-9887-406d226c4c9e_FULL

Last week, Cowen’s John Blackledge and Tim Arcuri shared some information in a recent report related to streaming churn.  Specifically, on the rate at which Spotify and Apple Music lose subscribers on a monthly basis.  According to Cowen, Apple Music have a subscriber churn rate of 6.4%, which is nearly three times higher than Spotify, whose churn rate is 2.2%.

The news is shocking, especially for those prognosticating that Apple’s streaming service has the potential to outgrow Spotify. But in light of this new information, it’s hard to see this being a possibility.  At last count, Spotify surpassed 30 million paying users, and Apple Music announced half of that, with 15 million paying users.

Suddenly, this horse race is taking on an entirely different dimension.  Both streaming services are adding, on average, one million paying users per month.  But some simple math calculating churn shows how difficult it will be for Apple to catch up to Spotify.  If these churn rates are indeed correct, it could prove impossible.

Meanwhile, Apple has been working on securing as many artist exclusives as possible, all part of a strategy to sway customers from Spotify and other competing streaming services.  Considering the churn stats, that might be working in terms of getting people to sign up, but not when it comes to keeping people around.

And what about lingering chatter of an Apple acquisition of Tidal?  If this is indeed the case, then Apple Music may have a chance to rule the music streaming market.  But without a Tidal takeover, the chances of Apple Music catching up to Spotify now seem very slim, at least without radically new growth strategies implemented.

Source from: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/07/06/apple-music-loses-3-times-users-month-spotify/

And other article you may be interested:

Know more details of Apple Music and Apple Music Converter

How to remove Apple Music DRM limitations.

How to convert Apple Music to MP3 format

 

 

News: Apple Music has one huge weakness in its fight against Spotify


Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify. Photo source: Andrew Burton, Getty

Apple Music’s big problem is that its new subscribers just don’t stick around, according to new research by Cowen.

Though Apple Music still lags behind Spotify’s 30 million paying subscribers, it has recently picked up some growth momentum and is sitting at 15 million paid users. But its issue might not but picking up new subscribers, but rather keeping them.

In a note last week, Cowen’s John Blackledge and Tim Arcuri wrote that Apple Music’s subscriber churn rate of 6.4% per month is almost three times that of Spotify. That means that even though Cowen’s survey suggests that Apple Music will add nearly as many paid subscribers as Spotify in the next year, roughly three-quarters of those could quit the service, the analysts write.

This could be one reason Apple might be sniffing around an acquisition of Jay Z’s Tidal music streaming service. Tidal has relatively small user base of three million, but has secured a series of high-profile exclusive releases because of Jay Z’s personal relationships, and the equity some artists have in the company. Apple has gotten its own exclusive windows on album releases, such as with Drake, but the combined force of Jay Z and Apple’s current dealmaker, legendary music exec Jimmy Iovine, could give them a more comprehensive slate.

Jimmy Iovine

For “exclusives” to stop people from canceling their Apple Music subscriptions, they have to feel like there isn’t significant downtime between one and the other, that there is a steady stream of releases they don’t want to miss. Apple Music is not there yet, but it could be a potent weapon against Spotify if it were to team up with Tidal.

The analysts also note that Apple Music is just now entering its second year of operation, and that new subscription businesses generally experience higher churn rates. That said, having almost three times the cancellation rate of your biggest competitor might say something about the value people think they actually get from the service.

Source from http://nordic.businessinsider.com/apple-music-has-much-higher-churn-than-spotify-2016-7

You May also want to read:

How to backup iTunes music library just in case

How to convert M4P to MP3 from Apple Music Store on Mac

How To Bypass DRM from Apple Music

 

How to choose one music subscription for you among Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora Radio and Rdio

Apple Music VS Spotify VS Pandora Vs Rdio

Wiki of Apple Music, Spotify , Pandora and Rdio

Apple Music is a music streaming service by Apple Inc. Users select music to stream to their device on demand. The service includes the curated Internet radio station Beats 1 and the blog platform Connect for artists to share media with fans. 

Spotify is a Swedish commercial music streaming, podcast and video service that provides digital rights management-restricted content from record labels and media companies including BBC, Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group, and Universal. Music can be browsed or searched by artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label.

Pandora Internet Radio (also known as Pandora Radio or simply Pandora) is a music streaming and automated music recommendation service powered by the Music Genome Project. 

Rdio is an online music service that offers ad-supported free streaming and ad-free subscription streaming services in 85 countries.

How much do you need to cost for the service?

Apple Music: the $9.99-per-month Apple Music boasts more than 30 million tracks, and $14.99 family plan.

Spotify: There is free version to use, and also $9.99 per month for the ad-free Premium service including 30 million songs.

Pandora Radio: it provides with the free service, users only get six skips an hour or 24 fast-forwards per day. And also Pandora One, the company’s $4.99 per month subscription.

Rido: It offers free and paid plan ($3.99 per month Rdio Select and $9.99 per month, Rdio Unlimited ) to choose, including the same 30 million-sized library as Spotify and Apple Music.

Where you can play and install

Apple Music is compatible with iOS devices running version 8.4 or later, iTunes version 12.2 or later (OS X Mavericks or later; Windows 7 or later), and the Apple Watch. It will also receive a release for Android devices and Apple TV in fall 2015.

Spotify is available for Android, BlackBerry, Boxee, iOS, Linux, MeeGo, Microsoft Windows desktop, Openpandora, OS X, Roku, S60 (Symbian), Samsung Smart TV, Sonos, HEOS by Denon,[16][17] PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Squeezebox, Telia Digital-tv, TiVo, WD TV, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone; it is not available as a Windows Store app for Windows 8, though a third-party client, Spotlite, exists.

Pandora is available on the iPhone and on Google Android OS (for tablets and mobile phones). Pandora can be played on home CE devices such as WD TV, Roku, Google TV, Xbox One, audio-video receivers, and Blu-ray players. Many HDTVs can also stream Pandora. Pandora can be played in some vehicles.

Rdio: It is available as a website and also has applications for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone mobile devices, which can stream music from its servers or download music for offline playback. There are also clients for the Roku and Sonos systems. The web-based service also offers a native desktop client application for Mac OS X and Windows, as well as a Windows Store application.

How about the sound quality.

Apple Music

Apple Music is streamed at 256Kbps in AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format.

Spotify

Spotify offers two music streaming tiers: Spotify Free (160kbps) and Spotify Premium (up to 320kbps). Both tiers are lossy quality better than Apple Music.

Pandora

On the Web Pandora delivers 64kbit/s AAC+ for free listeners and 192kbit/s for Pandora One subscribers. On in-home devices Pandora plays 128kbit/s audio, whereas mobile devices receive different rates depending on the device and network capabilities, but “never more than 64kbps AAC+”.[21] Pandora does not offer digital music streaming in CD quality (e.g. FLAC 16-Bit/44.1 kHz).

Rdio:

All Rdio users can choose between data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to 192 kbps. Rdio will now be offering that 320 Kbps quality AAC files to those who subscribe to its $10 monthly premium service.

How many files you can listen to?

Apple Music: more than 30 million tracks

Spotify: including 30 million songs.

Pandora: currently more than 1.5 million audio tracks.

Rdio: Over 30 million songs to high-quality AAC audio.

Including Radio or not:

Apple Music: Yes

Spotify: Yes

Pandora: Yes

Rdio: No

How many countries it supports?

Apple Music: 110

Spotify: Almost 100

Pandora: 3. (To comply with the requirements and protections offered by the DMCA, Pandora only serves users in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.)

Rdio: 85

Special Features:

Apple Music:

Provide music recommendations based on user taste and is integrated with Siri voice commands.

Spotify:

Create playlists and follow fellow music lovers.

Pandora

Discover new artists and new songs.

Rdio:

Online interface, making database searching and playlist curation easy

From all the comparison, you can choose one music subscription as you like. If you want to convert Apple Music or backup your iTunes Music, you can try the iTunes Music Converter

http://www.macsome.com/itunes-converter-mac/apple-music-converter.html .

Have a nice time!

Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Music

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotify

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora_Radio

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rdio