iHeartRadio catching up to Spotify numbers with 90 million users

Internet radio iHeartRadio has been building an impressive user base and are now celebrating an impressive 90 million users.

iHeartRadio, the online radio streaming service from iHeartMedia, has just surpassed a landmark of 90 million registered users. That’s impressive in it’s own right but also put it’s just 10 million users behind Spotify’s last confirmed 100 million total users, paid and free.

Just 7 months ago iHeartRadio were celebrating 80 million users which shows unparalleled growth. Additionally, iHeartRadio also boasts millions of users tuning every day that aren’t registered and therefore don’t count towards the numbers, meaning their total user count is even higher. If all that isn’t enough to convince you that they’re making giant steps with their music service, iHeartRadio has been downloaded over 1 billion times.

President of iHeartRadio, Darren Davis said: “Radio continues to evolve — and so does iHeartRadio. We know our users want to listen to our broad range of content on the device of their choice — and we also know they want to enjoy amazing stories that have emerged from the recent podcast boom or hear their hometown DJ wherever they travel. For those reasons and more, people continue to embrace iHeartRadio, and it’s reflected in the continued rapid growth of our registered user base.”

Spotify’s top 10 streaming charts for US, UK, and global, August 5th-11th

Here’s the top 10 most streamed tracks on Spotify from August 5th-11th in the United States, United Kingdom and across the entire globe.

Streams shown represent the amount of times the track was streamed between August 5th and 11th.

  1. Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ) by Major Lazer (38,584,490 streams)
  2. One Dance by Drake (29,026,182 streams)
  3. Closer by The Chainsmokers (24,741,588 streams)
  4. Heathens by Twenty One Pilots (21,963,157 streams)
  5. This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris (20,959,587 streams)
  6. Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes (19,958,748 streams)
  7. Let Me Love You by DJ Snake (19,765,534 streams)
  8. Too Good by Drake (19,323,553 streams)
  9. Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers (19,276,187 streams)
  10. CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! by Justin Timberlake (17,017,978 streams)
United States
  1. Closer by The Chainsmokers (9,812,869 streams)
  2. Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ) by Major Lazer (9,202,723 streams)
  3. One Dance by Drake (8,407,719 streams)
  4. Heathens by Twenty One Pilots (7,775,766 streams)
  5. Too Good by Drake (7,131,362 streams)
  6. Needed Me by Rihanna (5,924,499 streams)
  7. Broccoli by D.R.A.M. (5,790,133 streams)
  8. Let Me Love You by DJ Snake (5,440,092 streams)
  9. Ride by Twenty One Pilots ( 5,301,092)
  10. This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris (5,187,727 streams)
United Kingdom
  1. Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ) by Major Lazer (4,457,111 streams)
  2. One Dance by Drake (2,479,892 streams)
  3. Perfect Strangers by Jonas Blue (2,477,010 streams)
  4. Too Good by Drake (2,193,617 streams)
  5. Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes (2,149,418 streams)
  6. Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers (2,112,591 streams)
  7. Let Me Love You by DJ Snake (2,013,254 streams)
  8. This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris (1,879,099 streams)
  9. This Girl (Kungs Vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners) by Kungs (1,813,467 streams)
  10. Don’t Mind by Kent Jones (1,811,748 streams)

Microsoft detail all new updates coming to Groove Music

Microsoft have shared information on new updates coming to Groove Music, available to users in the Windows Insider Fast ring now.

Microsoft are quickly turning the rebranded Xbox Music, now Groove Music, into a formidable music streaming service that stands it’s ground next to major competitors like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. They’ve just launched another update to certain users, coming to everyone soon, just 2 weeks after releasing their last batch of updates to the service.

The next in a series of recent updates has been launched early for Windows Insiders users on the fast ring and brings a bunch of great improvements.

Here’s the full list of new features and improvements:

  • Playlists from Your Groove and Explore now get tracked in the recent plays section
  • When adding duplicate tracks to a playlist you will now be notified
  • With a Groove Music Pass, Cortana will now play music by genre even if your collection doesn’t have any music in that genre
  • Cortana will now play music when you ask her, even if you don’t have any in your library (she will play from Top Music in that case)
  • They added more telemetry to Cortana’s integration with Groove Music so that they can better understand when she doesn’t deliver on your requests related to music
  • The app now automatically enters full screen mode on the console
  • The Feedback Hub app has been updated to collect even better information about your collection when you submit feedback about the app
  • The way the app looks for music on SD cards has been updated to make discovery more reliable
  • Changes to improve local playback

Windows Insider Microsoft update Groove music streaming service

After the update details were revealed by Microsoft’s Ellen Kilbourne she added that “we decided to press pause on this one briefly to allow us to flight one more update to the last major payload published.” We’re not sure if that means the update isn’t available for Windows Insider Fast ring members at the moment.

Spotify debut “How EDM Changed the World”, first original video content

Spotify have joined other streaming services like Tidal and Apple Music by launching it’s own original video content on their music streaming platform.

Last Thursday Spotify released their first original video with a short animated history of EDM and how it “changed the world”. The video was first in a video series from Spotify called ‘Deconstructing’ which takes a look at the influence, social effect, and history of various parts in the world of music.

Spotify announced earlier this year in May that they were launching 12 original video series as their first phase of video production. Unfortunately their debut hasn’t been as popular as they might have hoped with some saying the video was too short, skimming over to many details in EDM’s history, and confusion as to why Spotify’s video content is only available on their mobile apps still, leading many to just watch it on YouTube.

Whilst the first video may have not been met with universal adoration their upcoming ‘Landmark’ series looks to be a lot more successful. The series looks at monumental moments in musical history, created for “a new generation of listeners”, and starts with ‘Metallica – The Early Years’ releasing tomorrow August 18th. Another episode covering Beach Boys’ monumental record ‘Pet Sounds’ has also apparently been recorded.

Spotify described ‘Metallica: The Early Years’ saying:

Metallica: The Early Years celebrates penpals, the birth of thrash metal, heavy-riffing cellists, and the origins of one of rock’s most influential bands. Focusing on the period from band’s formation in 1981 through the release of 1984’s Ride The Lightning, each chapter features candid interviews, rare archival footage, messed-up animations from Anthony Schepperd, and unusual context showcasing the strange ways Metallica’s tentacles continue to worm their way through our collective unconscious.

Spotify say that each installment of Landmark will be made up by a series of short videos, rather than one extended one. They wanted to release each installment in multiple parts so that viewers could choose whether to watch the sections of their choice or watch them all together, which Spotify say will total about half-an-hour for each installment.

Spotify isn’t the only music streaming service getting into video as both Apple Music and Tidal have been experimenting with various bits of video content the past year. However Apple Music and Tidal have both been producing a mix of original video content as well as making music videos available through their services.

Spotify launched a videos section earlier this year but was weirdly filled with news, skits, TV clips, and episodes of cartoons. Spotify Videos is also curiously only available on their mobile apps and not their desktop. Perhaps that will change with the introduction of original video content.

Apple Music lands in Korea for unlimited music streaming

Apple have launched their 1 year old streaming service Apple Music in South Korea just 2 days after releasing it in Israel.

Apple’s music streaming service surpassed it’s one year anniversary last month and has seen great success, gaining over 15 million subscribers. That’s half of the 8 year old dominating service Spotify, which now has over 30 million paid subscribers and over 100 million users including free users.

Apple Music have just made their service available in South Korea, just two days after they launched their popular music streaming service in Israel. Apple were rumoured to be launching in Korea after an official from the country’s music copyright association confirmed the completion of contract negotiations between them and Apple. Now the rumours have come true as anyone in South Korea can sign up for a free 3-month trial of Apple Music right now.

After the 3-month trial South Korean users can access the service for a monthly price slightly under the cost of a subscription in the US and the UK. An Apple Music subscription is South Korea will cost the equivalent of roughly $7.99/£6.15 for an individual plan or $11.99/£9.20.

Interestingly Apple cancelled music downloads in South Korea shortly after launching Apple Music there. They introduced a new version of iTunes to the country that completely removed the ability to buy and download songs and albums. It’s not currently clear why Apple made this decision.

There have been reports in the past year that Apple might phase out downloads completely, universally. These reports have been repeatedly refuted by Apple and close Apple sources, though getting rid of downloads in South Korea suggests these rumours may be true.