BlackBerry will shutter its cloud-based BBM Music service in June, less than two years after the music discovery initiative rolled out to consumers.
By Sandhya Raman The digital music industry, which relies heavily on the mobile channel, is already a fractured and intensely competitive market. There are established players like Apple (...
FierceMobileContent takes a look at the key issues that are hounding the development of the mobile music market and the dynamics that could affect both existing players and new entrants in this new special report .
Subscription-based and free Internet radio services like Pandora and Spotify accounted for 23 percent of average weekly music listening time among U.S. consumers between the ages of 13 and 35 during the fourth quarter of 2012, up from 17 percent in the year-ago period thanks to increasing mobile engagement, according to a new NPD Group report.
Pandora Media is extending its digital music platform to devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, pledging an uncapped mobile listening experience throughout the remainder of this year.
Amazon's is the latest digital media giant reportedly considering a streaming music service, following speculation that both Apple and Google are both readying efforts to challenge established players like Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody.
Spotify is pressing recording industry partners to consider offering consumers new ways to sample its streaming music service, contending that improving the mobile experience will increase interest in paid subscriptions.
Pandora Media reported fiscal fourth-quarter revenues of $125.1 million, a 54 percent year-over-year increase fueled by mobile growth. The streaming radio company also announced the resignation of longtime Chairman and CEO Joe Kennedy.
If it seems like there are already too many streaming music services to count, just wait until Apple and Google enter the mix. Neither mobile giant has officially confirmed plans to launch a streaming service, but both seem like foregone conclusions to challenge established players like Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody.
Google's YouTube unit reportedly plans to launch a streaming music subscription service later this year, complementing and in some cases overlapping with Google's previously rumored streaming radio effort optimized for mobile devices.