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    1. August 20, 2015

      Spotify bans ‘payola’ on playlists

      Spotify is cracking down on a controversial practice known as “payola”, in which record labels pay people who control...

    2. August 6, 2015

      Apple gains ground in music streaming battle

      Apple has announced that 11m people have signed up to the trial version of its music streaming system in the month...

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    1. August 5, 2015

      ‘Walking on Sunshine’ marches to the top of moneymakers’ chart

      “White Christmas”, “Happy Birthday” — even “Yesterday” by The Beatles: the world’s most commercially successful songs...

    2. July 21, 2015

      European tech: In Silicon Valley’s shadow

      Ambarish Mitra remembers the phone call well. The voice at the other end — from a US company he refuses to identify —...

    3. July 5, 2015

      Taylor Swift is fighting the wrong part of the music industry

      Ever since their incomes from recorded music started to shrink more than a decade ago, musicians have pondered long and...

    4. July 2, 2015

      Apple Music: attempting to recapture the spirit of the iPod

      After the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple looked like it had relegated music to being just another app, while...

    5. June 26, 2015

      Week in Review, June 27

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Swift change of tune after Apple...

    6. June 23, 2015

      Google launches free music streaming

      Google introduced a free version of its subscription music service in the US on Tuesday, days ahead of the launch of...

    7. June 22, 2015

      Apple’s deep pockets pose threat to Spotify in music battle

      When Spotify raised more than $500m this month in a funding round that valued the music streaming company at $8.5bn,...

    8. June 21, 2015

      Taylor Swift takes pop at Apple Music

      Singer Taylor Swift has lashed out at Apple’s new music streaming service, calling a key part of its digital model...

    9. June 19, 2015

      Euro tech special: The music man

      Daniel Ek is reflecting on how he has changed over the past decade. “I used to have hair and now I have none,” he says....

    10. June 12, 2015

      Week in Review, June 13

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Apple takes on Spotify with music...

    11. June 12, 2015

      Who will win the streaming wars?

      Last Monday, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet services, stood before a crowd of software developers...

    12. June 11, 2015

      Japanese chat app Line hooks on to music streaming

      The Japanese messaging app Line has launched a music streaming service in a move that highlights the barely-tapped...

    13. June 10, 2015

      Spotify raises $526m as it braces for costly battle with Apple

      Spotify has raised $526m in a funding round that values the lossmaking music streaming company at $8.5bn, days after...

    14. June 10, 2015

      Apple’s music deals draw antitrust scrutiny in US

      Apple’s new music deals with record labels are under scrutiny by the US state officials whose investigations into the...

    15. June 9, 2015

      Apple and Spotify gear up for music streaming battle

      If Daniel Ek was nervous when Apple unveiled its hotly anticipated new music service this week, the Spotify chief...

    16. June 8, 2015

      Apple launches new streaming service

      Apple has made its biggest push into digital music since it began selling downloads on iTunes 12 years ago, launching a...

    17. FT Alphaville

      June 8, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Cryan game after Jain

      It’s the Cryan game after Jain, Saint-Gobain is selling a bottle business in a €3bn deal and GE is close to offloading...

    18. June 5, 2015

      Apple looks beyond iTunes with launch of its streaming service

      Apple to launch streaming service When Apple unveils a new music streaming service at the Worldwide Developers...

    19. May 27, 2015

      Sonos chief rings alarm over preferred stock

      Too many leading private technology companies are putting early shareholders and employees at a disadvantage by...

    20. May 20, 2015

      Spotify pushes into video and podcasts

      Spotify has launched a big push into video and podcasts, announcing content deals with providers ranging from sport...

    21. May 20, 2015

      Martin Mills: shaping global music tastes from an indie stronghold

      Martin Mills may have built one of the world’s largest independent record companies — launching artists from Adele to...

    22. May 7, 2015

      Spotify to launch video-streaming service

      Spotify is working on a video-streaming service that will complement its music platform as the battle for dominance in...

    23. April 30, 2015

      Amazon and Google join music rights group

      Amazon, Google and Pandora have joined forces with radio stations, restaurants and other music distributors to push...

    24. April 14, 2015

      Music groups claim YouTube ‘abuses’ copyright law

      The world’s biggest record labels have accused Google’s YouTube video hosting service of “abusing” exemptions to...

    25. April 13, 2015

      Performers step up pressure for US radio royalties

      US record companies and performing artists are increasing pressure on Congress to close a century-old provision in...

    26. April 3, 2015

      Music’s Roc-A-Fella sees Tidal’s rise

      “At least 15 artists were named on Monday as co-owners of Tidal, the streaming service acquired by Jay Z” Financial...

    27. April 3, 2015

      Jay Z sees Tidal as leading artists’ fight against the techies

      The gathering of some of the world’s top musical talent by hip-hop star Jay Z this week was on a scale unseen since...

    28. April 2, 2015

      European regulators scrutinise Apple over music streaming plans

      European regulators are scrutinising Apple’s dealings with record labels, amid an intensifying battle over the future...

    29. March 31, 2015

      Stockholm: the unicorn factory

      On a dark, snowy night in Stockholm, a mural showing the Taj Mahal is lit up in the conference room at the offices of...

    30. March 30, 2015

      Jay Z enlists top acts to promote new streaming service

      Jay Z has enlisted some of music’s biggest names as equity partners in his new streaming music service, offering stock...

    31. March 22, 2015

      Streaming sets off a painful debate in the music industry

      Piracy is a problem as old as the music industry itself. In Victorian times, it was illicitly copied sheet music that...

    32. March 20, 2015

      Universal takes on Spotify freemium model

      The “freemium” model used by Spotify to amass 60m users and 15m paying subscribers around the world is facing a new...

    33. March 18, 2015

      US streaming revenues overtake CD sales

      Streaming music services such as Spotify have eclipsed CD sales and are closing in on digital downloads as the largest...

    34. March 17, 2015

      Ecigs, craft beer and Spotify counted as UK consumer staples

      Ecigarettes and craft beer are in, but sat navs and yoghurt drinks are out, in the official update of the basket of...

    35. March 2, 2015

      Will streaming save the music industry?

      Digital downloads — once seen as the salvation of a music industry ravaged by online piracy and falling CD sales — are...

    36. February 26, 2015

      Sheeran rules Brits as industry accepts power of the stream

      It was Ed Sheeran’s night at the Brit Awards in London on Wednesday, as the 24-year-old singer was crowned best male...

    37. MBA blog

      February 12, 2015

      Tech trek

      ‘Going on a trek’ is a popular notion in American business schools. At HBS, we have at least two dozen, with the most...

    38. January 30, 2015

      Rap artist Jay-Z bids for Nordic music streaming service Wimp

      Jay-Z is following the lucrative trail blazed by rival hip-hop star Dr Dre by buying a music-streaming service that is...

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