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Spotify’s Q2 2019 — The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Spotify has released its financial report for the second quarter of 2019 (Q2 2019). First, the good news. For the three months ended June 30th, 2019, the music streaming giant reported 232 million monthly active users (MAU), up 29% over the same period last year.  This figure outperformed Spotify’s estimates.  The company had expected between […]

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As Piracy Significantly Declines, Italy’s Music Industry Association Reveals the True Problem — Spotify and YouTube

According to an Italian rights organization, Spotify and YouTube – not piracy – remain the music industry’s worst problem. In 2014, the United States Trade Representative removed Italy from the Watch List in its Special 301 report.  The Watch List tracks the countries that don’t do enough to combat piracy. In a special announcement, the […]

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Spotify Barely Crosses 2 Million Users in India — Though ‘Lite’ Is Growing Dramatically

Shifting the global music streaming race, Spotify recently rolled out its ‘Lite’ app in over 36 countries. The move comes after a year of testing the 15 MB app in emerging countries, including Brazil. So, what makes the ‘Lite’ app so unique? Spotify simply allows users to save battery, storage, and data with the slimmed-down footprint. […]

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Spotify Launches the Disney Hub Featuring Classic TV and Movie Songs

The Walt Disney Corporation has unveiled a partnership with Spotify. The music streaming giant will now feature a “prominent spot” for Disney in its iOS and Android mobile app. Starting today, users in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will find a designated music hub after searching for “Disney.” On […]

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Vodafone’s ‘My Muze’ Music Streaming App Quietly Reaches Over a Million Downloads in South Africa

In March 2018, Spotify went live in South Africa. The company would offer local users a Premium subscription for R5.99, or about $0.42 USD at the time. Yet, the low price only lasted for a short time.  Shortly after the introductory offer – good for only three months – Spotify jacked up the price to […]

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Surprise! Spotify Hands Over Your Personal Information to Major Labels When You ‘Pre-Save’

Spotify’s reputation isn’t exactly in top shape right now. This year by yourself, the company has gone to war along with songwriters over much-needed royalty obligations, lost multiple high-profile executives, severely damaged its relationship with Warner/Chappell and Warner Music Group, received negative stock ratings from top financial firms, demanded ‘refunds’ from music publishers, violated European Union law, […]

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