Samsung has quietly started shutting down its Music Hub service for streaming and purchase of music from Samsung which is intended to compete with popular services such as iTunes and Spotify. However, they did not manage to compete with them so they decided the time has come to say goodbye.
Streaming music service Spotify since its beginnings in 2008 strongly relied on P2P (Peer-to-Peer) network, but times are changing. Music reproduction on Spotify desktop client was so far carried out in three ways: through the files stored in the cache of computers, via Spotify servers or through another user via P2P networks.
Apple's iTunes Radio service for music streaming was conceived as a competitor to music services like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora. After nearly a year of work it will finally get the new content, this time unrelated to music.
Not so long ago in 2012. Steve Wozniak sparked the idea that iTunes could become available on Android devices, because as he said at the time that he loves Apple products, including iTunes and would like to use them from his Android devices.
The American branch of Sony decided to sell the Gracenote service, which stores metadata about music, to media conglomerate Tribune for $170 million. Gracenote's vast database of music is used by many services for streaming content, mobile applications and multimedia systems in cars. The most famous among them are Spotify and Apple's services.
After they brought free music streaming to users on mobile devices in mid-December, Spotify has announced that in the first week after the introduction of these features they marked quadrupled numbers of their users.
Subscription streaming music service Spotify will soon launch a new free service for streaming music, which will be financed through advertising.
This year, according to data analyzed by Nielsen SoundScan, in the United States over the Internet was sold 1.01 billion songs, which is a decrease of 4% compared to the 2012. The total number of downloads of digital music content decreased by 1%, while the number of downloads of digital albums grow by 2% compared to last year.
Shazam announced that they globally have over 300 million users of their services. This application for detecting the performer of songs is available on smartphones and tablets. Andrew Fisher, Shazam CEO said “The number of Shazam users and their level of engagement continue to grow rapidly. We now have over 300 million Shazamers globally with an increasing proportion of whom use our app on their iPad or Android tablet devices to interact with television. This new version of Shazam optimizes discovery, engagement, transactions and exploration in a tablet environment“
According to the Financial Times, Google is reportedly negotiating with major music publishing companies regarding their services for streaming music. These services would supposedly be available at a subscription model or as a free service that would be financed through advertisements, similar to models from competing services such as Spotify and Deezer.