UK Top 40 singles chart will now count video streams towards rankings

As the world catches up to the fact that music has found it’s primary home online and around the world through the wires, the UK Charts are updating to show that. The charts are catching…

You can listen to Pandora on-demand free as they take on Spotify

Spotify just gained another rival in Pandora as they’ve launched a free on-demand streaming tier supported by ads. Free streaming was Spotify’s bread and butter but more and more services are getting in on the…

Music streaming will have a greater impact on chart positions next year

Billboard have announced a change to how they count streams from services like Spotify and Apple Music towards chart positions. Starting in 2018 Billboard will have 2 different values for streams based on whether it…

Music Streaming Subscriptions see phenomenal rise in revenue

As music streaming services continue to grow massively, growing the music industry after 2000’s stagnation, subscription services are making massive gains. A chart from Statista published by Business Insider shows that whilst ad-supported music streaming…

Microsoft To Drop Free Xbox Music Streaming

Launched two years ago, Xbox Music has given its users the option of music through ad-supported streaming, subscription streaming, and purchase through the Xbox Music Store. It’s attraction lies in the platforms available. Tracks can…

Universal Music Group and Google Partner for Vevo

The rumours are true and Universal Music Group and Google have announced their joint venture, Vevo – a video site offering UMG’s music videos, with advertising revenues shared between the two. The full press release…

SpiralFrog Goes Under

There have been a lot of reports over the weekend about the demise of SpiralFrog. SpiralFrog was an ad supported music streaming and download service that never really took off. Having raised as much as…

Qtrax Signs Sony BMG To Their Ad Supported Service

Qtrax has released a press release this morning stating that they have finally signed Sony BMG to their catalogue. Qtrax is a legal P2P downloading service. In January 2008, Qtrax was overeager to announce it’s…

Universal Music, Are They Starting To Adopt Digital Business Models Correctly?

In the last year or so it has been tough times for the major record labels. The majors have not really been moving into the digital as fast as they should, whilst at the same…

We7 Launches Out of Beta With New Design and Added Features

After spending months in public beta and lots of changes to the ad supported music service, We7 is about to launch out of beta with a bang. We7 have launched with a “Big Listen” campaign….