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Google Playing a Sweet Tune As Major Competition Looms Large

Google Playing a Sweet Tune As Major Competition Looms LargeIn one week’s time, Apple Music will be up and streaming.

But Google isn’t standing by and letting Apple enter the streaming music market without as much formidable competition as possible.

This week, Google took a step that could be an attractive alternative to some music fans considering a subscription to Apple Music.

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Music Streaming Giant Goes Programmatic

Music Streaming Giant Goes ProgrammaticPandora, the juggernaut Internet radio service, says its display inventory is now available for programmatic buying across smartphones and tablets.

Confirmed this week, Pandora says its new programmatic solution supplements its desktop offering to deliver viewable inventory, qualified data and a robust, engaged audience at scale across devices.

“The power of Pandora’s data fuels our digital advertising leadership and helps brands reach the right listener, with the right message at the right time,” said John Trimble, chief revenue officer at Pandora.
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Spotify Backers Not Sweating Apple Music

Spotify Backers Not Sweating Apple MusicApple may have impressed the world on Monday with its unveiling of a new streaming music service but Spotify and its backers aren’t backing down.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify just completed another round of funding that will only

The music-streaming company closed a $526 million round of funding valuing it at $8.53 billion, said a person familiar with the matter. The financing, which The Wall Street Journal first reported on in April, closed on Tuesday.
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Music at the Core of Apple’s WWDC 2015 Keynote

Music at the Core of Apple's WWDC 2015 KeynoteAlthough Apple definitely had no shortage of treats in store for those looking to the future of iOS and Mac, the major standout from yesterday’s kick-off to WWDC 2015 was the announcement of Apple Music — a new streaming music service that could instantly rival the giants in this space.

Apple Music is billed by Apple as a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music all in one place.

In short, Apple Music is a global live radio station from Apple broadcasting 24 hours a day and a “great new way for music fans to connect with their favorite artists.”

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Apple’s Next Venture Won’t Be Music to the Ears of Spotify, Pandora

Apple's Next Venture Won't Be Music to the Ears of Spotify, PandoraIf sources at the Wall Street Journal are correct, Apple will be singing a sweet tune on stage next week for the start of its annual developer conference.

We’re told that the WWDC 2015 keynote will bring with it an announcement from Apple that it will challenge the likes of Spotify and Pandora head-on in the streaming music market.

The service will reportedly cost $10 per month.
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Digital Music Downloads Singing the Blues

Digital Music Downloads Singing the BluesOver the weekend, freshly published data from Nielsen SoundScan left digital music proponents singing the blues.

According to the information presented, 2014 was not a banner year for digital music.

“Sales of downloaded albums and songs plummeted in the U.S. in 2014,” the WSJ reported following the publication of data from Nielsen SoundScan.
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Google Singing a New Tune in Battle with Apple

Google Singing a New Tune in Battle with AppleOn Wednesday, Google rolled out its new music streaming subscription service.

Hailed as “YouTube Music Key,” the service is a direct challenger to Apple’s Beats music platform, as it delivers streaming music directly from YouTube.

Google confirmed that YouTube Music Key, now in beta, will cost $7.99 per month during the promotional period before settling at $9.99 a month.
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