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Börsenpläne von Spotify: Der Sound der Zocker
Eine Milliarde Dollar (880 Millionen Euro) leiht sich der Musikdienst laut "Wall Street Journal" bei Finanzinvestoren und der Großbank Goldman Sachs. Spotify verspricht den Geldgebern neben Zinszahlungen auch Anteile am Unternehmen. Wie viel Spotify zahlen muss und in welcher Größenordnung Anteile den Besitzer wechseln, hängt davon ab, wann die Schweden an die Börse gehen. Mit jedem Halbjahr, in dem das Start-up die Erstemission herauszögert, wird es jedenfalls teurer.

Das macht den Deal hochriskant für Spotify: Von Profitabilität ist der Dienst weit entfernt, 2014 fuhr der Dienst einen Verlust von 162 Millionen Euro ein. Die neuen Schulden könnten das Unternehmen in einen ruinösen Strudel von schrumpfenden Geldreserven, drückender Zinslast und immer mieseren Börsenaussichten reißen. [...] [ M&A out of question ] &! bit.ly/1MYHBK4 &! on.recode.net/1oo4GQ1
Spotify  IPO  growth  round  Private  Equity  Goldman  Sachs  liquidation  preferences  termsheet  Box  Aaron  Levie  Apple  Music  Apple  Google  Inc.  Google  Play  Music  Google  Play  Amazon  Prime  Amazon  M&A  Soundcloud  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  Microsoft  Venture  Capital  Unicorn  business  model  subscription  model  freemium 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Pando: Pandora the TiVo-esque tragic hero?
Perhaps we’re only allowed to have one publicly traded Internet music company at a time. Pandora beat extreme odds to survive long enough, and well enough, to make it to an IPO, than. And then almost immediately things started to go wrong. A $7 billion market cap has dwindled to just north of $1 billion-- a fraction of Spotify’s private valuation. The New York Times broke a story yesterday that it was in talks to sell itself, halting trading for part of the day. There was no speculation on who the buyer might be. Pandora may go down in Silicon Valley history as a TiVo-esque hero
Pandora  Soundcloud  Spotify  Apple  Music  Music  Industry  business  model  Rdio  Deezer  pageviews 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pandora 'meeting with potential buyers' ahead of possible sale - Music Business Worldwide
Pandora has turned to Morgan Stanley to help match it up with potential buyers.
Pandora  Music  Industry 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
SoundCloud to seek more funding in 2016 - FT.com
SoundCloud will need to raise more money in the next 12 months to stay in business, according to the music streaming service’s latest financial statements. The lossmaking company, which has 175m monthly listeners, reported that in the year to the end of December 2014 it made a loss of €39m on revenues of €17m. KPMG, SoundCloud’s auditor, said in the report that the need for additional funding represented “a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern”. However, SoundCloud said that its directors were “confident” in their ability to raise sufficient equity funding this year to continue operating ... //&! It's hard to make money when the average revenue per user is just 11 cents. - http://bit.ly/1PQ5fgG //&! bit.ly/1QbVPOD //&! Competition is running circles around them! - bit.ly/1mwH3Uy //&! bit.ly/1oa9nhd //&! On Business Model & that it failed to sell itself to Twitter for 1bn - bit.ly/1orhLJ6
Soundcloud  ARPU  creative  destruction  Apple  Music  Pandora  Google  Play  YouTube  Spotify  business  model  pageviews 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Adele reveals why she doesn't like streaming - BBC Newsbeat
[ Taylor Swift & those who have pull, can afford to do it ] Adele has revealed why she's decided not to allow fans to stream her new album, 25, on services like Spotify and Apple Music. "I don't use streaming. I download [music], and I buy a physical [copy]." "It's a bit disposable, streaming," she told Time magazine. "I believe music should be an event." Adele's 25 has sold more than two million copies in the UK since it was released on 20 November. "I know that streaming music is the future, but it's not the only way to consume music," she said. "I can't pledge allegiance to something that I don't know how I feel about yet." The 27-year-old's previous two albums, 19 and 21, are currently available to stream.
Music  Industry  content  discovery  content  distribution  Spotify  Apple  Music  Deezer  Pandora  Rdio 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Spotify Shrinks Music Download Sales, Fights Piracy – Study | Re/code
Is Spotify shrinking the music business, by giving people a good reason not to buy music anymore? Or is Spotify helping the music business, by giving people a good reason not to steal music anymore? Yes! That’s the conclusion from a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research this month. [...] The nice thing about the study is that it manages to bolster both Spotify’s main argument to the music industry for the past few years — if you don’t let us distribute your music, and get some money for it, the pirates will do it and you’ll get none — and the music labels’ primary worry about streaming — there’s no way we’re going to sell enough subscriptions to replace albums and single-track sales!
Spotify  Music  Industry  The  Content  Wars  Entertainment  Escapeism  mobile  homescreen  Smartphone  mobile  first  Pandora  YouTube  Google  Play  Amazon  Prime  Apple  Music  business  model  subscription  model  discovery  distribution  curation  curation  curator  editor  editorial  digital  economy  digital  digital  publishing  publishing  2.0  Artist  digital 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon launches music streaming service in the UK - BBC News
- added value, net-net 0 if at scale, will cost them nothing, but creates added value to customers (perception), for their subscription model Amazon Prime. // However, there are some big holes in the Amazon Prime catalogue. The likes of Amy Winehouse, Abba, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Eminem - all part of the Universal Music Group - are unavailable at launch. Universal's artists were also unavailable in the US version of Amazon's service when it launched last year. At the time, The New York Times suggested the record company, which accounts for about a third of the global music market, was holding out over a royalty payments dispute.
Amazon  Prime  convenience  Google  Play  Apple  Music  Spotify  Amazon  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  subscription  model  Music  Industry 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
SoundCloud will Apple, Spotify und Google angreifen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
SoundCloud plant einen eigenen Bezahldienst für Musik aus dem Internet - und greift damit Spotify und Apple an. Der Gründer des Berliner Start-ups erklärt, wie er trotzdem eine Milliarde Nutzer erreichen will. [...] Zusammengefasst: Der Streamingdienst SoundCloud aus Berlin startet noch in diesem Jahr einen eigenen Bezahlservice. Gründer Eric Wahlforss glaubt, dass seine Community von Künstlern und Musikliebhabern stark genug ist, um gegen die Angebote von Apple und Spotify zu bestehen.
Soundcloud  Spotify  Apple  Music  subscription  model  business  model  Music  Industry  DMCA  copyright  infringement  Remix  Culture  differentiate  differentiation  audience  Social  Media  Platform  burn  rate  runway  cash  flow  niche  Content  pageviews  advertisement  YouTube  Pandora  Rdio  Deezer 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Spotify doomed because of Apple Music? No — Spotify’s been doomed from the start | PandoDaily
Spotify is really the only legitimate competitor left. But its fate, like that of every streaming music service, is also subject to forces outside of its control — forces that are guided by the three-headed hydra of Warner, Universal, and Sony. [...] Although Apple Music and Spotify’s paid tier offer perks that free subscriptions do not — namely, full mobile access and no ads between songs — the majority of users will not pay for something they can basically get for free, even if they miss out on a handful of features. The percentage of Spotify users who pay for the service bears this out, having held steady for years at only 25%. And this trend shows no sign of abating — according to the most recent figures, paid users as a percentage of the whole crept up a hair but still sits at only 26.7%. [rather spend limited disposable income (and time) on weed and other offline experiences (leisure activities) with friends. -VS- The time of u and ur buddy(s) listening 2 new vinyl release]
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Music: Neuer Streamingdienst verschlägt der Konkurrenz die Sprache - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es kommt wie erwartet, und doch ist die Branche in Aufruhr: Bei der Entwicklerkonferenz WWDC hat Apple seinen neuen Streamingdienst Apple Music angekündigt. Umfang und Art des Angebots dürften der Konkurrenz das Leben schwer machen. [...] Apple muss damit nicht reich werden Allerdings sind die Ausgangspunkte sehr unterschiedlich. Bei einem Umsatz von 1,3 Milliarden Dollar machte Spotify im vergangenen Jahr 197 Millionen Euro Verlust. Mit dem Geldverdienen klappt es also nicht einmal beim Marktführer so richtig. Und trotzdem wird das schwedische Unternehmen mit acht Milliarden Dollar bewertet. Für Apple aber ist es viel einfacher: Der kalifornische Konzern muss mit seinem Angebot gar kein Geld verdienen. Der iTunes Store und der App Store dienen in erster Linie dazu, Kunden an Apples Plattformen zu binden und damit den Verkauf der viel profitableren Apple-Hardware anzukurbeln. Genauso ist es auch mit Apple Music.
Apple  Music  Apple  Spotify  Tidal  Pandora  Rdio  Deezer  Platdorm  Silo  aspirational  product  Branding  Brand  iTunes  Apple  App  Store  ecosystem  marginal  cost  margin  cash  cow  business  model  multi-product  company  freemium  subscription  model  commodity  business  commoditization  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Google  Play  Amazon  Netflix  differentiate  differentiation 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple reveals new Music app to rival Spotify - BBC News
Apple has announced a new app that combines a streaming song and music video library, an internet radio station and a way for artists to share unreleased tracks and other material. It includes a recommendation system that uses both human curators and computer algorithms to suggest songs. [...] "Apple is arriving late to the music streaming business, due in part to Steve Jobs' refusal to believe that music subscription services would ever work," said James McQuivey from the Forrester consultancy. But, he added, that he believed it would catch up with market leader Spotify's 15 million paying subscribers in less than a year. Another analyst suggested Apple might face a challenge explaining all the features on offer. "Apple Music is a complex mix of services including music streaming, live radio, music discovery and social interaction with artists, [...] three month free subscription [ $9.99 (£6.50)] and family bundle [14.99 up to 6 ppl] [...] Beats 1 [is free] // apple.co/1IrFWfp
Apple  Spotify  curation  content  curation  Signal  vs.  Noise  pollution  The  Wars  Entertainment  Entertainment  Industry  Music  Industry  Apple  Music  Tidal  Pandora  Rdio  subscription  model  business  model  freemium  Apple  Pay 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
After years of false starts, Apple is finally poised to kill Spotify and take over streaming music. There’s just one catch… | PandoDaily
No wonder streaming platforms can barely make a profit — if at all — while most artists have been forced to view streaming not as a legitimate revenue source but merely a form of exposure. That’s why Apple’s refusal to offer a free option makes perfect sense. But will users agree to pay, especially with free options on the table? Possibly not. And if they don’t it will be because of the greed of record labels, not Apple. [...] labels rejected Apple’s $5 price-point. So the company offered a compromise: $7.99 a month. But the labels still claimed that’s still too low. And so now Apple is back to offering $9.99 a month — the same amount Spotify charges and the same amount 75 percent of its users refuse to pay and will continue to refuse to pay as long as the company stays in business. So now Apple is rightly worried that listeners won’t choose its service over a free one, even if it can offer a deeper catalog with more exclusive content.
Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  content  discovery  content  distribution  Spotify  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  Apple  iTunes 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple’s possibly illegal plan to kill Spotify’s free service is reportedly under investigation by the FTC | PandoDaily
[ history rhymes - Google Search and Apple iTunes ]FTC officials have discussed Apple’s practices with more than one record label, according to music-industry executives with knowledge of the matter. The FTC’s investigators, still in the early stages, of their inquiry, are asking whether Apple’s efforts will change the way music labels work with other streaming services, for example curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates, according to one of the people. // &! http://pando.com/2015/05/04/apple-reportedly-plays-dirty-to-kill-spotifys-free-tier-and-i-hope-it-gets-away-with-it/ - Apple reportedly plays dirty to kill Spotify’s free tier
FTC  antitrust  abuse  of  power  corruption  Apple  Microsoft  Google  Search  iTunes  Spotify  Rdio  Pandora  Deezer  Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  YouTube  Google 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple reportedly plays dirty to kill Spotify’s free tier — and I hope it gets away with it | PandoDaily
[ Apple's Might. History Rhymes. ] There’s a report out that Apple is pushing music labels to “force” Spotify to abandon its free, ad-supported tier. As Apple prepares to gather the ashes of Beats Music and relaunch its own streaming music service — which sources say will likely to be paid-only — this gambit would decimate Spotify’s user base from 60 million total users to only 15 million paid users. Moreover, sources told the outlet that if Universal Music Group removed its catalog from YouTube, Apple would pay the licensing fee the label conglomerate receives from that platform. (YouTube also has a streaming service in the offing). Considering Apple’s ability to preload apps onto new versions of iOS — not to the mention the fact that it already has 800 million credit cards on file and so only needs to convince a tiny portion of them to sign up in order to beat Spotify — the move would be an effective knockout punch for Apple in America’s streaming music fight.
Apple  Spotify  Deezer  Pandora  Rdio  antitrust  iOS  Android  Microsoft  abuse  of  power  corruption  bribery  YouTube  Google  RIAA  Indie  Music  content  discovery  content  distribution  Music  Industry  business  model 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple poaches top producers from BBC Radio 1 for new Spotify rival - Music Business Worldwide
Apple poaches BBC staffers - Apple has hired four producers from BBC Radio 1 to work for its upcoming music-streaming service, according to Music Business Worldwide. The hires are thought to be motivated by Apple’s desire to find emerging artists and provide “the contextual appeal of British broadcast radio” on its service. (via Pando)
Apple  Spotify  differentiate  differentiation  curation  curator  content  curation  Amazing  Radio  Pandora  Rdio  Deezer 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
3 biggest misconceptions about the music industry and Jay-Z’s Tidal (which is doomed anyway) | PandoDaily
But the reason most artists are not compensated properly for their work has been the same since the advent of recorded music: Record labels. According to a report from the audit firm Ernst & Young, record labels net 45.6 percent of the revenue created by streaming music. The supposedly evil, greedy platform itself — which in this particular study was limited to Spotify and Deezer — only takes home 20.8 percent. After 16.7 percent is taken out for taxes, that leaves 10 percent for songwriters and publishers, and 6.8 percent for artists. And even if Tidal makes users pay (upwards of $20 for the highest sound quality!) artists will still have the same shitty record deals and see the same shitty ratios they’ve had for decades. [...] Even as Spotify has grown its total user base, the number of paid subscribers has held steady at only 25 percent. [ future is to divorce content discovery & distribution from revenue/income streams, bc digital is commodity! ] &! TC Rant Video tcrn.ch/1BYSfL2
Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  content  creator  Pandora  Tidal  Spotify  Deezer  Rdio  iTunes  Apple  Beats  freemium  business  model  content  discovery  content  distribution  digital  artist  digital  content  digital  economy  convenience  frictionless  friction  commoditization  commodity  business  economics  of  abundance  abundance  marginal  cost  Age 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Zane Lowe to leave Radio 1 in March - BBC Newsbeat
[ is Apple getting into content? Or is Zane Lowe going to be an editor for 'featuring' new albums and artists on its new streaming platform?! ] --- BBC Radio 1 DJ @ZaneLowe stepping down in March to move to US & work for Apple, BBC reports; Lowe joined station in '03; known for championing emerging artists & for his 'Masterpieces' series, in which he plays a full album & interviews artist; Apple's subscription music streaming service expected to launch this summer
Apple  iTunes  Spotify  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  content  curation  Signal  vs.  Noise  filter  bubble 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Labels, not Spotify, are screwing over artists and breaking the music industry. Here’s how to fix it. | PandoDaily
[ Platform - everyone (middlemen, plural) is taking a cut. ] A new report from audit firm Ernst & Young and the French record label trade group SNEP reveals better estimates than we’ve ever seen on the payout distribution of music streaming services. And who do you suppose takes the biggest cut? You guessed it, labels. According to the report, labels net 45.6 percent of the streaming revenue created by Spotify and Deezer, the two platforms included in the study. The streaming platforms themselves — most of which have yet to achieve profitability despite fielding frequent attacks for their supposed greed — take home 20.8 percent. An additional 16.7 percent is paid in taxes before songwriters and performing artists finally see their shares — which amount to 10 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.
middleman  Music  Industry  digital  artist  Entertainment  Industry  Entertainment  Spotify  iTune  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  YouTube  Platform  TOS  freemium  business  model  free  digital  content  digital  economy  digital  natives  Millennials  Trend  Generationy  user  behaviour  user  experience  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  Music  1000  True  Fans  Multimedia  Social  Media  marketing  advertisement  added  value  Proposition  exploitation  fairness  Silicon  Valley  Signal  vs.  Noise 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Musik-Downloads in den USA erstmals seit zehn Jahren rückläufig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Musikindustrie bieten Streaming Dienste wie Rdio, Deezer oder Spotify neue Absatzmöglichkeiten, auch Internetgiganten wie Google wollen den Boom nutzen. Einzelne Musiker und Bands sehen den Streaming-Trend jedoch mit Sorge. Unter anderem beklagten "Radiohead"-Sänger Thom Yorke und der einstige "Talking Heads"-Frontmann David Byrne, dass diese Dienste mit ihren geringeren Auszahlungen Künstlern auf Dauer kein ausreichendes Einkommen bieten könnten. + http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-improve-music-streaming/ + http://www.spin.com/articles/music-documentaries-netflix-best-streaming-movies/ + Internet Radio Stations (Amazingradio, Capitalxtra).
RIAA  MPAA  Music  Industry  streaming  Spotify  Apple  iTunes  Rdio  Deezer  Google  Google  Play  Music  freemium  digital  content  digital  artist  digital  natives  digital  economy  Gary  Vaynerchuk  YouTube  distribution  content  distribution  Simfy  Smartphone  Tablet  attention  attention  span  youthification  Napster  Juke  Grooveshark  Soundcloud  Facebook  Xbox  Playstation  Pandora  streaming  service  internet  culture  Radio 
january 2014 by asterisk2a
Case Studies in Freemium: Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic and MailChimp
Don’t spend money on marketing, do offer flexibility and data exporting to eliminate buyers’ regret, make sure to capitalize on and value goodwill, and only charge for things that are hard to do. That’s what some startups say is the key to success in the freemium business. But the biggest reason the five presenters this morning at the Freemium Summit in San Francisco — Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic (see disclosure at the bottom) and MailChimp — are doing well is because they have great products that people want. They’ve been able to get those products to a broad audience by using the freemium model — that is, offering a free service with the option to upgrade.

The fact was that Dropbox was offering a product that people didn’t know they needed until they tried, and “search is great for harvesting demand, not creating it,” Houston said.
freemium  Pandora  dropbox  evernote  entrepreneurship  businessmodel  monetization  startups  marketing  business  advertising  product  design 
march 2010 by asterisk2a

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