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Spotify Has a Very Different Artist of Year Than Grammys

Ed Sheeran, largely shut out of awards nominations, is most streamed artist of the year

(Newser) - The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he's the most streamed artist of the year. The streaming service announced Tuesday that Sheeran tops its 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams. He also has Spotify's biggest album of the year with Divide, streamed 3.1... More »

Here's Where People Are Publicly Netflixing

7% of people admit to streaming TV shows, movies while in public restrooms

(Newser) - "Netflix and chill" is out; Netflix and (shudders) pee is in. In a survey of 37,000 adults around the world conducted a few months ago, Netflix found 7% of people admit to streaming movies or TV shows while in a public restroom, Quartz reports. Overall, the company found... More »

Disney to Ditch Netflix, Launch Own Streaming Service

Services will be launched for both movies and live sports

(Newser) - Disney is launching streaming services for both its movies and live sports, shaking up how it interacts with viewers as it navigates a changing media landscape, the AP reports. The Magic Kingdom will launch a new streaming service in 2019 that will exclusively offer animated and live-action Disney and Pixar... More »

This Is Now Music's Most-Streamed Song

'Despacito'

(Newser) - "Despacito" has become the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.6 billion plays across streaming platforms. Universal Music Latin Entertainment announced Tuesday the song by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and the accompanying remix featuring pop star Justin Bieber had surpassed the... More »

Most Pay-TV Subscribers Keep It for One Reason

It's bundled with internet, says survey

(Newser) - The day of the couch potato is gone in one sense: We're not necessarily on couches when we binge on video content. But it's alive and well in another: We're watching a heck of a lot of content, usually while multitasking. These are among the findings in... More »

The Genius Way People Are Paying Nelly's $2.6M Tax Bill

By streaming 'Hot in Herre' and other Nelly hits about 287.2M times

(Newser) - Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. is in trouble with the taxman, but you may be able to help. You also might be more inclined to lend a hand if you recognize Mr. Haynes by his stage name, Nelly, and realize that it would take just a few minutes on Spotify to... More »

You Can Now Stream the Beatles. That Sucks for Some

All 13 albums available on 9 services, including Spotify

(Newser) - Christmas has come a day early for Beatles fans: All of the band's 13 studio albums went live on nine music streaming services—including Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music—at midnight on Thursday, reports Rolling Stone . Terms of the deal haven't been released, but a music industry... More »

A Stolen Netflix Account Can Be Yours for Only 50 Cents

No one should be able to pay that little to watch Frasier

(Newser) - Digital moochers are using Netflix and HBO Go accounts that don't belong to them without even having the decency to suck up to their family and friends to do so. Business Insider reports hackers are selling accounts to digital streaming services—everything from Netflix to Spotify to Marvel Unlimited—... More »

Adele's New Album Won't Be on Spotify, Pandora

But it's expected to sell 'N Sync numbers in its first week

(Newser) - Adele's 25, her first album in nearly five years, will soon be blasting from every commercial, shopping mall, and cellphone from here to Timbuktu. But there's one place you won't be hearing it: streaming online. The New York Times reports 25 will not be available on Spotify,... More »

Say Goodbye to Google, Apple Devices on Amazon

Retailer bans Apple TV, Google Chromecast media-streaming products

(Newser) - Amazon is dumping popular media-streaming devices by two huge rivals to bolster its own video-streaming service, it announced in an email yesterday to marketplace sellers. The retailer won't be accepting any new listings for Apple TV or Google's Chromecast, and all current listings will be yanked from the... More »

Streaming Customers Sue Over 'Netflix Tax'

Chicagoans claims tax violates federal law

(Newser) - Angry streaming customers in Chicago are fighting back against the so-called "Netflix tax," filing a lawsuit against the city last Wednesday that could have national implications, the Daily Dot reports. The plaintiffs—including Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify customers—allege the 9% tax on streaming services (an extension of... More »

Hulu Now Offers Commercial-Free Option

For $12 a month

(Newser) - Until today, Hulu's streaming content featured commercials—even if you were a paying subscriber. But as of today, the company announced, you can pay $12 a month for an ad-free version of the streaming service. The move is intended to help Hulu better compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime,... More »

Music Streaming Pioneer Found Dead in Bed

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg 'looked like he was sleeping,' mom says

(Newser) - The co-founder of an online music streaming service has mysteriously died just months after the company was forced to shut down, the Gainesville Sun reports. Josh Greenberg, who helped start Grooveshark in 2006 and inspired fellow startup pioneers, was found dead by his girlfriend last night in Gainesville, Fla. His... More »

Neil Young Pulling Music Off Streaming Services

But not because of royalties

(Newser) - Neil Young says he's yanking his entire music catalog off streaming services—because of sound quality, not royalties, reports Rolling Stone . "Streaming has ended for me," he wrote on Facebook . "I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history... More »

Apple Bowed Down to Swift After Just 17 Hours

Apple Music will pay rights holders per stream during 3-month trial

(Newser) - Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple criticizing the company's decision not to pay "writers, producers, or artists" for music streamed during a three-month free trial of its new service has not only drawn support from other artists, but, it turns out, from Apple itself. In what Vanity ... More »

Dear Apple: You're Ripping Off Artists. Love, Taylor

Singer disses free trial period for streaming: 'We don't ask you for free iPhones'

(Newser) - First she yanked her music off Spotify . Now Taylor Swift is taking on an even bigger music-streaming behemoth: Apple. The singer decided to keep her 1989 album off of Apple Music after discovering users could hear her songs, and others', for free during the three-month trial period, but that those... More »

Apple Unveiling New Streaming Service Today

$10-per-month service hopes to attract 100M subscribers

(Newser) - Apple is about to make sound waves: The company that brought you iTunes is expected to announce a paid streaming service at its annual developers conference in San Francisco today, reports the AP . The Wall Street Journal , which broke the news, reports the subscription will cost $10 per month. Though... More »

Jay Z: Tidal's 'Doing Fine,' Give Us Time

iTunes wasn't built in a day, he says

(Newser) - The iTunes store wasn't built in a day and it took Spotify almost a decade to become successful, Jay Z pointed out in a series of tweets over the weekend claiming his Tidal music service was the victim of a "smear campaign" from big companies. "Tidal is... More »

Jay Z's Music Service Flops

Tidal drops out of iPhone top 700 as rivals surge ahead

(Newser) - "Like Spotify, but you have to pay for it" hasn't turned out to be a great business model for Tidal, the music service Jay Z and other superstar co-owners relaunched last month . After a month, the service has already dropped out of the iPhone top 700 download chart,... More »

Cable-Free HBO Available for Apple Customers

Cablevision also in on 'HBO Now' streaming for $15 a month

(Newser) - It's another win for cord-cutters, but in this case they'll still need some ties to Apple or Cablevision. Customers of either company now have access to HBO Now, a stand-alone streaming service that offers HBO content for $15 a month, reports the Wall Street Journal . Those who sign... More »

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