Spotify can never replace my iPod, but it can ease the pain (C|Net)

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Commentary: The quiet demise of Apple’s iPod Classic prompts CNET’s Nick Statt to reflect on the time before streaming services — when music was first set free.

“They’re trying to take our MP3s.”

That was the half-kidding, semiserious conclusion my college friends and I reached a few years ago when we realized subscription streaming services, namely Spotify, were not a fad. Whether “they” represented tech companies or the music industry, storage constraints on smartphones and the… [Read more on C|Net]

Le streaming légal sauve le marché de la musique en France (Le Figaro)

Deux millions de Français sont abonnés à un service de streaming audio comme Deezer, Spotify et Google Play Musique. Crédits photo : Jean-Christophe MARMARA/Le Figaro

Le téléchargement de musique, notamment sur iTunes, baissent pour la première fois depuis 10 ans.

Le marché français de la musique est en pleine recomposition. Au premier semestre, les revenus de l’écoute en ligne de musique, comme Spotify ou Deezer, ont dépassé pour la première fois ceux du téléchargement. Ils ont représenté 53 % du chiffre d’affaires numérique et 17,5 % du… [Lire la suite sur Le Figaro]

Watch Out, Spotify: New Music Streaming Service Coming to the U.S. (Mashable)

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Deezer, the second-biggest music streaming service worldwide, is entering the U.S. with a high-definition offering that will be available through Sonos home-audio systems.

The Paris-based company will offer subscriptions to Deezer Elite starting Sept. 15 that cost $19.99 a month, Tyler Goldman, chief executive of Deezer North America, said in an interview with Mashable. Sonos customers who sign up for a year of service will receive a… [Read more on Mashable]

Comment la musique s’exporte depuis Paris, Londres et Berlin (Les Inrockuptibles)

Pour son premier article sur Spotify Insight Data Blog, Eliot van Buskirk s’est intéressé à l’influence exercée par Londres, Paris et Berlin à travers le monde.

Spotify et sa filiale The Echo Nest ont lancé une nouvelle plateforme, Spotify Insight Data Blog, dédiée aux analyses et aux recherches effectuées dans le domaine musical. Eliot van Buskirk (un ancien du magazine Wired, chargé du contenu éditorial de ce nouvel espace) s’est basé sur l’algorithme et les rapports rendus par Spotify pour mesurer… [Lire la suite sur Les Inrockuptibles]

How Spotify Is Crushing Music Piracy In Australia (ToneDeaf)

It might be a bit early to call it mutiny on the music piracy bounty yet, but new figures suggest that illegal downloads have taken a significant dip in the last year.

Music streaming service Spotify have just released research findings that suggest the proliferation and access to music streaming services has been reducing the… [Read more on ToneDeaf]

Spotify is bringing video ‘takeover ads’ to its free service (The Verge)

Spotify is planning to roll out video ads on its music streaming service later this year. The ads are designed to get marketers and brands interested in advertising on Spotify to sponsor free streaming for listeners. AdAge reports that the mobile version of Spotify will let listeners watch a video ad in exchange for… [Read more on The Verge]

Spotify Hack Plays Only the Most Dramatic Part of Your Favorite Song (Gizmodo)

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There’s probably a perfect moment in your favorite song where everything just clicks. Wouldn’t it be great to skip right to the zenith of every tune? Music Machinery’s Paul Lamere think so—he’s just devised a Spotify plugin that takes you right to the most dramatic moment of any song.

The aptly-named Where Is The Drama does exactly what the label says: Type in an artist and… [Read more on Gizmodo]