Beatport has acquired Pulselocker, a streaming and storage platform designed for DJs to access and play music from the cloud. Announcing in November that they were to cease operations, Pulselocker had already been adopted into both Serato DJ and rekordbox, allowing users to stream tracks directly into the DJ software.
The streaming wars are warming up with the revelation that Apple Music has overtaken Spotify in the US, the biggest music streaming market in the world.
But don’t be fooled though, Spotify still has almost double the number of subscribers and is still the leading streaming service in several other major regions, including Europe.
According to the WSJ, Apple Music — which only launched a couple of years ago — has seen a huge increase in users, partly due to the fact it’s been preloaded on every iPhone sold since Apple bought Beats from Dr Dre for $3 billion.
YouTube has revealed its intentions to launch a paid music streaming service in early 2018. The Spotify rival is internally being called Remix.
Reports indicate a planned start date of March 2018. YouTube has already secured an agreement with Warner Music Group and is in talks with Sony, Universal, and independent-record labels collective Merlin.
Remix follows Red and Music Key in YouTube’s attempts to further compete with music-streaming platforms. The Remix platform will incorporate certain YouTube elements like video clips.
SoundCloud is running out of cash and will only survive “until Q4” reports sources within the streaming platform. Q4 starts in 50 days.
The news arrives less than a week after co-founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforsshref laid off 40% of their workforce and shut down their San Francisco and London offices.
Whilst not everyone is reaping the rewards of the current music streaming boom, a new report from Music Business Worldwide states that the three major labels are making $9,000 a minute from streaming music alone.
That works out at $540,000 per hour and $12.5 million every day, which means this year the three major labels — Sony, Warner and Universal — could pocket a staggering 5 billion between them if growth continues at the same rate.
Coachella's first weekend is almost upon us and if you can't make to Indio fear not as there will be three channels of live streams on Coachella's Youtube channel to keep you entertained.
You can check out the entire live streaming running schedule here — where you can actually create you're own custom made schedule using Coachella's handy scheduling tool — but we've also gone to the trouble to pick out all the dance-orientated acts across the festival's three days.
YouTube has announced it will no longer have unskippable, 30-second adverts come 2018.
Advertising on the platform is used to generate revenue for the company and content creators, so this doesn't mean a total end to advertising on the platform.
However, the company will "focus instead on formats that work well for both users and advertisers", a Google spokesman told BBC Newsround.
Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine has confirmed that the streaming platform is aiming to branch out beyond just music.
In a Q&A session during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour last weekend, Iovine said: "At Apple Music, what we're trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video."
SoundCloud may "run out of cash" by the end of the year, Music Business Worldwide reports.
The news follows a reported loss of $52 million in 2015 by the music streaming platform, who've warned they may need to seek additional funding if the company's newly-implemented subscription service doesn't render high returns.
Google is rumoured to be interested in buying SoundCloud, a new article from Music Business Worldwide claims.
Sources report the tech giant could purchase the streaming platform for around $500 million, a significant reduction since Spotify pulled out of negotiations last year due to a $1 billion pricetag.