Why the Future of Music Is All Bundled Up With Other Services

Today, Sprint launched a partnership with Spotify, which offers special deals on the premium version of the music service to Sprint subscribers. That's great because it'll gets you a marginally lower price for a great music service—but it's also the beginning of what could one day make streaming music services… »4/29/14 4:48pm4/29/14 4:48pm

Last week, we learned that digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes in 2013.

Last week, we learned that digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes in 2013. Thanks to Billboard and Nielsen's fresh year-end music report, we now know that there was significant 32 percent uptick in music streams in 2013. This doesn't prove that Spotify and the like are killing music sales, but it… »1/10/14 9:48am1/10/14 9:48am

Rdio's New Personalized Radio Automatically Plays Exactly What You Like

In the future, streaming radio stations will be so sophisticated that they'll know based on all sorts of factors exactly what it is you want to listen to. We're not quite there yet, but Rdio—our favorite streaming radio service—has a new personalized radio feature, which takes a bold step in that direction. »8/08/13 2:01pm8/08/13 2:01pm

Pandora Actually Pays $1,300 for a Million Plays Not 16 Bucks

Math! It can solve a lot of problems. It can be made deliberately fuzzy. It can help us break down complicated things. Like artist music royalties from streaming music stations. When David Lowery revealed that Pandora paid him only $16 for 1 million plays, there was an outrage. But some deeper math reveals that… »6/26/13 11:12pm6/26/13 11:12pm

An Artist Got 16 Bucks for a Song That Pandora Streamed a Million Times (Updated)

A million of anything is pretty much always an insanely impossible number. Winning a million dollars, having a million Twitter followers, selling a million products—anything done a million times is something to be proud of. But maybe not getting your song streamed on Pandora a million times. All you get sometimes is… »6/24/13 10:00pm6/24/13 10:00pm