Research In Motion (RIM) may soon be offering its own music streaming service for its BlackBerry platform. According to multiple insider sources, RIM is in late-stage negotiations with four major record label companies. The service could help RIM expand BlackBerry's appeal beyond enterprise to general consumers.
Spotify launched in the US less than a month ago and it's already proving that it could be just as popular stateside as it's been in Europe. Two weeks after launch, the music streaming service was rumored to have hit 70,000 paying subscribers. Well, new numbers are leaked now that reveal the service is still growing rapidly.
After launching for only about a week in the U.S., Spotify is estimated to have already reached 70,000 paid subscribers. The incredibly popular European-based music streaming service offers both free and paid subscription plans that offer unlimited access to a massive music library including the latest chart toppers as well as more obscure oldies.
The much hyped European music streaming service, Spotify, is making its US debut this week after months of wrangling deals with US record label companies. If you've been hearing about all the love for Spotify overseas and are anxious to hop on board, you may be a little disappointed when Spotify does launch because it could be by invitation only.
Spotify has recently confirmed a U.S. launch for next week. This news comes after months of delays as the popular European music streaming service struggled to close deals with U.S. record label companies. But perhaps the biggest deal it's landed is a rumored partnership with Facebook. Some leaked internal marketing materials reveal that Facebook will be a major key to Spotify's U.S. domination.
The Google+ social platform was unveiled last week in an invitation-only beta form but has already generated lots of excitement for its new features, including a group video calling service called Hangouts. Perhaps as a response, Facebook announced its own video calling service yesterday in partnership with Skype. But upon close inspection of Facebook's video calling code, software developer Jeff Rose discovered evidence of Facebook's future music service.
Amazon was first to offer a cloud-based music locker back in March beating out competitors Google and Apple. Despite its early arrival, Amazon's Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services still have a tough battle ahead against the imminent iCloud-powered iTunes juggernaut. Perhaps as a preemptive measure, Amazon today announced several new improvements to its cloud music service that hopes to lure new users with unlimited music storage.
According to Forbes, Facebook may be launching a music streaming service any day now. Sources familiar with the situation have divulged that the giant social network is partnering up with European-based music service, Spotify.
I've been downloading music since I first figured out that I could minimize my AOL window in Windows 3.1 and open up a Netscape browser. My thirteen-year-old self was ravenous for the media that I could find searching on early FTP directories that shall remain nameless. MP3 blew my mind at the time. I was amazed that data could be compressed like that (a 600+MB music CD could be compressed down to as low as 50MB). That kind of stuff was a lot of fun for me, but the music itself wasn't the goal. It was as much about the hunt, the technical challenge and the WOW! factor. It took about a half-hour to download a 128kbps bit-rate MP3 of a 3-5 minute song. Now, Apple is signing a deal with Warner Music to offer streaming, cloud-based music services. They haven't said anything publicly, but both they and Google are looking to grab as much of this market as possible after Amazon released their Cloud Player last month.
RIM has inked a deal with digital music provider 7digital for a Music Store on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The app will see over 13m MP3s available for on-device purchase on the QNX slate, when it launches in the US and Canada later this year, as part of RIM's attempt to take on iTunes and the iPad 2.