Streaming music provider iHeartMedia files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Saddled with $20 billion in debt, iHeartMedia today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is reorganizing its financial obligations. The company, which streams music online, also owns 850 radio stations and promotes concerts. Under Chapter 11, a company is protected from creditors seeking repayment of debt while it reorganizes. The media giant has reached an agreement in principle with holders of $10 billion of its debt, which will halve iHeartMedia’s debt load to $10 billion when it emerges from bankruptcy in the future.

Currently, the iHeartRadio app is …

Apple hits 38 million paying subscribers to Apple Music; update on the "Race to $1 trillion"

Apple announced today that it now has 38 million paying subscribers for its streaming music app, Apple Music. That is a pick up of 2 million new subscribers, or 5.6%, since February. The leading streaming music provider remains Spotify, which has 71 million paid customers for its premium service. Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, passed along the latest stats at the annual SXSW in Austin, Texas. Apple Music launched on June 30, 2015. Spotify had a huge head start as it debuted October 7th, 2008.

Unlike Spotify, Apple offers a three-month free trial …

Apple Music for Android update significantly improves stability, adds new features

Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal, Deezer are just some of the music streaming services that competing for market share. Obviously, the fierce clash between the giants behind these services is good for customers since these companies are trying to make their products as appealing as possible.

Apple has taken another step towards making its music streaming service better than ever. The Cupertino-based company has just updated the Android app with important new features and improvements.

According to Apple, the update should significantly improve stability, “making music …

The new HomePod ad features music, dancing, and space-time bending

Ads can be quite the art. Apple has proved this not once and does it yet again with its most recent ad, which shows how easily you can be immersed in music. That’s in case you own the HomePod, of course.
The ad shows a young woman, played by English singer and dancer FKA Twigs, coming home on a rainy night. The moment she steps inside her loft, she asks Siri to play her favorite song. What then follows is a 3-minute spectacle including dancing and apartment extensions, while playing in the background is ‘Til It’s Over’ by Anderson .Paak. …

These 11 queer artists are on the frontier of pop music


From Drag Race to Olympic figure skaters, queer people are owning culture, while the rest of you are regurgitating it at an alarming rate.

However, it’s no secret that many queer artists are still finding their footing in mainstream pop music. As audiences grow progressively more tolerant, these artists are starting to find a way to step forward. This growing camp of musicians share a use of electric, synthpop sounds, and introspective lyrics that reflect the way they see the world through their multifaceted identities.

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Music streamer Spotify files for an IPO; company could be valued as high as $23 billion

With 71 million paid subscribers, and 88 million listening to an ad-supported free tier of service, Spotify is the world’s largest streamer of music. Spotify might not hold that position forever, which is why the company has decided that now is the time to file for an IPO (Initial Public Offering). In second place is Apple Music, which has garnered a total of 36 million paid subscribers and is projected to surpass Spotify in the U.S. by this summer. Apple does not have a free ad supported tier of service although it does offer a free three-month trial.

One of the bad things about going public, …

Would you buy the Apple HomePod if it streamed Spotify or Google Play Music?

So, the Apple HomePod is finally out. Apple’s own smart speaker… or just call it speaker with Siri? In any case, three things are known about it: it sounds great, it’s a bit pricey, and it only streams music from Apple Music (alternatively, you can use AirPlay manually, but you know… every time!).

While it’s no surprise that Apple released a product that is locked to its ecosystem, the fact that Apple Music is the only service that can play tunes on this speaker seems to be the major gripe for plenty of users, critics, and reviewers. So, we thought — would this be the only thing …

Apple Music will soon overtake Spotify as the number one subscription music streamer in the U.S.

For as long as we can remember, Spotify has had the largest number of subscribers to its paid music streaming service. And while Apple has been gunning for the top spot ever since it gave birth to Apple Music in 2015, Spotify has remained on top. In fact, the most recent data show that Spotify’s 70 million paying customers (another 70 million users subscribe to the ad-supported free tier) are almost double the 36 million that shell out monthly for Apple Music.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music’s subscriber growth is on a pace that will allow it to soon overtake Spotify. When …

Copyright Royalty Board gives song writers a 44% hike over 5 years from music streamers

The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has put some more money into songwriters’ pockets. The board has just awarded tunesmiths a 43.8% hike in royalties from streaming music services over the next five years (from 2018 to 2022). The annual increases will range from 10.5% to 15.1%. The royalties hike was the result of a trial that took place between March and June of last year. That legal battle pitted the National Music Publishers’ Association and the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International against music streamers Google, Amazon, Apple, Spotify and Pandora.

Even though this is the largest …

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music hands-on

Say hello to Garmin’s first fitness device capable of storing music – the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music. With the ability to store about 500 songs, the Forerunner 645 takes a smart, albeit late step in the direction toward mainstream wearable success.

Garmin’s well-known in the serious running community as a reliable brand for GPS watches. But only recently has the company made meaningful strides towards accessing the more casual wearable/fitness enthusiasts. While watches like the touchscreen-equipped Vivoactive 3 offered a more appealing, sub-$300 price, with a stylish look …