Google has launched its Play Music All Access subscription service in six new countries: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Ukraine.
As usual, new members will receive 30 days free when they sign up and have access to a catalog of 20 million songs, including offline support from their Android devices.
Yesterday’s launch follows expansions to Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and Mexico last year. Here’s the complete list of countries that support the All Access subscription:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.
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Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout.
Songza uses information about the user and context to determine the best playlists for you at any given time, all of which are curated by music experts (DJs, Rolling Stone writers, etc.).
Very few services look to human curation to enhance the music experience — Pandora, Spotify, and other big players rely heavily on algorithms — making this one of the key selling points of the service. Plus, Songza has tons of data around what people like to listen to based on the time of day, the weather, location, and activity, which can be immensely valuable to a company like Google who is looking to seamlessly integrate technology into every corner of your life.
Originally, Google was reported to be targeting the $15 million mark for this acquisition, though the company has not officially disclosed the terms of the deal. However, we’ve heard that there was also a possibility that Songza was being approached by other suitors, raising the price tag considerably.
Swedish music streaming service Spotify, with 40M users and 10M subscribers in 58 countries, launches in Canada in October.
Beats Music, the US-based subscription music streaming service owned by Beats Electronics, launches in Canada in January 2015.
These are facts shared with FYI by several well placed sources who say the new arrivals will shape the destiny of Canada’s music industry to an extent not seen since the launch of the compact disc 32 years ago, in 1982.
In 30+ countries, music industry revenues from streaming music services represent 23% of net income; whereas in Canada the take is closer to 5%. Spun out, that’s millions of dollars Canada’s music industry is missing out on.
German TV, radio, and media group ProSiebenSat.1 has taken a major stake in international music streamer Deezer, according to Die Welt. Details of the deal were not revealed, but sources put the new holding at less than 50%. To date, Deezer has raised $150 million; $130 million of which came last year from WMG and Beats investor Access Industries.
As part of the deal, ProSiebenSat.1 music service AMPYA will be merged into Deezer. Together the music services will be a dominate player in Germany, the world’s 4th biggest music market.
“Deezer and ProSiebenSat.1 are moving forward together. With Deezer we are offering the most intuitive personalised music service on the market,” Gerrit Schumann, ViP of Deezer Europe said in a statement. “With the reach of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group we will be allowing an even larger audience unlimited access to our music catalogue.”
The cash infusion also comes months before Deezer enters the competitive U.S. market later this year.
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Just in time for the FIFA World Cup, Spotify today launched its on-demand music streaming service in Brazil. It’s a huge market in Latin America and will almost certainly help the company to accelerate its fast-growing user base.
Spotify is now available in 57 markets worldwide and recently announced some fresh milestones; 10 million users are now paying for a Spotify subscription, while 40 million people are actively using the service.
The music streaming space is fiercely competitive, with Rdio, Deezer, Xbox Music and Google Play Music All Access – to name just a few – vying to become the preferred service around the globe.
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Where we live plays a major role in how we listen to, buy and engage with music, according to a Nielson study. For example, music fans in the Pacific region of the U.S. make up the largest group of subscription streamers in the country. However, the Mountain region has the highest overall listening rates across the country when factoring in all platforms.
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Get to know Dallas-based indie band, The Ascenders! Jenny & Anthony Ayers are on a pilgrimage to create an indie rock collection of stories chronicling life, love, faith, hope, sorrow & joy.
Check out a track from their previous EP below. The duo’s latest self-titled release is scheduled for June 3rd, and is now available for pre-order on iTunes!