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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
Life and death in the App Store | The Verge
[ land grab and winner takes all environment, the long-tail is not what it was supposed to be promised by some ] 'the app store resembles now a lottery' [...] Today, profiting from the App Store most often requires a mix of in-app purchases, subscriptions, and advertising. [...] Meanwhile, a fatigue is setting in among customers. There are now more than 1.5 million apps in the App Store (Android users have 1.6 million to choose from), but by 2014, the majority of Americans were downloading zero apps per month. And it turns out people simply don’t use most of the apps they do download. According to ComScore, the average person spends 80 percent of their time on mobile devices using only three apps.
appstore  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Platform  iOS  Android  business  model  SME  SMB  long-tail  mobile  homescreen  Silicon  Valley  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  e-book  YouTube  filter  bubble  Soundcloud  noise  curation  content  curation  curator  editor  Google  News  Google  Search 
march 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
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
SoundCloud could be forced to close after $44m losses
The report makes it clear that while the company had “adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the forseeable future,” SoundCloud was heavily reliant on “further capital investment” to continue operating in 2015. According to the Financial Times, SoundCloud auditor KPMG said in the report that the need for more investment represented “a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Why podcasts are suddenly “back” – Marco.org
>> listening to podcast eats time away from the existing pie pieces of other forms of entertainment, escapism, and snacking. But it shares similarities with Music, TV, Movie, ... you can let it run in the background and do something different and listening in.
Podcast  podcasting  Multimedia  Entertainment  Escapeism  snacking  user  behaviour  commuting  TV  Television  Radio  Social  Media  Music  Movie  content  discovery  content  distribution  vertical  category  community  Personal  Brand  Branding  YouTube  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  iPod  Apple  Android  distribution  model  iTunes  Soundcloud 
august 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]
Apple  Music  iTunes  Spotify  Soundcloud  subscription  model  business  model  Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  self-publishing  The  Content  Wars  attention  span  user  behaviour  snacking  Pandora  Deezer  Radio  8tracks  Tidal  YouTube  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  abundance  friction  frictionless  convenience  Netflix  disposable  income  offline  experience  shared  experience  Millennials  generationy  aspirational  product  Apple  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  commodity  business  commoditization  commodities  Media  mass  market  consumerist  consumer  product  antitrust  freemium  Venture  Capital  value  creation  Core  Proposition  Proposition  intangible  value  added  value  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Silicon  Valley  corporate  strategy  exit  strategy  business  strategy 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Death to remixes: The enormous hidden threat of Soundcloud’s ZEFR partnership | PandoDaily
And Stuckey isn’t alone. Two days ago, remix artist DJ Cotton said on Twitter that SoundCloud removed 30 of his uploads due to copyright infringement. And some DJs have talked of abandoning SoundCloud altogether thanks to its ramping up of copyright enforcement. Legally speaking, it would appear that SoundCloud has every right to take down this copyrighted material, but the matter is not so clearcut. The legality of remixes and mashups has always been precarious, relying on a fair use doctrine that is vague by design. The work must be sufficiently “transformative” to avoid violating copyright law, but that distinction is subjective and can only be made by a judge, not a piece of software like the one used by ZEFR.
Soundcloud  RIAA  Remix  Culture  fair  use  YouTube 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter Might Have to Buy Its Way to Growth. Here’s a List of Possible Targets. | Re/code
In short, Twitter still hasn’t solved its growth problem. ... Based on conversations with a handful of people in the industry, including VCs and ad execs, here are a few possible acquisition targets for Twitter, and why we think they might be a fit.
Twitter  M&A  Wall  Street  Platform  growth  capitalism  profit  maximisation  user  acquisition  user  churn  Soundcloud 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Why We Think Soundcloud Is Preparing For A Giant Data Mining Operation | Do Androids Dance
The sad fact is that this industry has nothing to do with art anymore. We’re living in a landscape where PR firms, booking agents, managers, labels, and websites are collaborating to convince fans that their product holds value, regardless of whether or not it’s good. Dozens of genres produced by hundreds of next-level artists are being systematically pushed to the side. Fans don’t question it because they’re expecting their trusted resources to be handing them the best and most relevant music. The pool of people that control placement and flow (and ultimately the audiences) will get smaller and smaller. [...] + Follow-up http://doandroidsdance.com/features/soundcloud-boldly-releases-new-app-allows-universal-flag-account-quietly-announces-data-mining-one-month/
Music  Industry  Soundcloud  YouTube  Indie  Music  Indie  Artist  digital  content  digitalnatives  digital  digital  economy  digital  natives  Big  Data  mining  Privacy  Internet  Privacy  TOS  Platform 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Twitter, AT&T and GoPro all want to be media companies and Bing Launch of the Week - YouTube
Run of the mill companies which found traction and executed well(ish) to a certain degree (which is debatable) = Technology (which removes friction and enables discovery and builds graph of x [ friends, work, hobby, interests ] & user data [Big Data] ) +++ Media, Content. ... ie. Yahoo! - Tumblr, Twitter, Fb, Pinterest, Soundcloud. There is no free lunch. Period. Soundcloud monetization options: pro accounts, ads, + pre-roll in audio - targeted at same music taste. But intent - to buy - is much lesser degree.
Twitter  Soundcloud  monetization  monetisation  freemium  advertising  ad  advertisement  advertisement  targeting  Facebook  GoPro  Pinterest  interest  graph  intent  YouTube  Twitch  Google  Tumblr  Yahoo!  business  model  Big  Data  Platform 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Dropbox Buys Bubbli, Will Integrate The 3D Photo Tech Into Its Photo Service | TechCrunch
DropBox turining itself into a data platform with all the imaginary auxillary apps and services you can think of. Being your storage place for everything and the gateways are apps, services and software. .... SMART. Very SMART. Documents. Pictures. ... Video and Audio Files next. Blogging Style Public documents w comments ... would be quiet a stretch but not impossible. ... >> Dropbox acquires Bubbli (iOS), a startup that built tech for people to capture 360° views w/ their phones; will integrate tech w/ @dropbox; raised $2M from August Capital - Link
friction  Platform  Open  Platform  Dropbox  Cloudstorage  googledocs  googledrive  Google  Drive  Microsoft  Google  Flickr  Picasa  Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Vine  YouTube  Soundcloud  acquisitions  acquisition  acquihire  acqui-hire  customer  acquisition  freemium  business  model  publishing  2.0  publishing  Wordpress 
may 2014 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

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