Spotify faces $1.6 billion lawsuit from music publisher alleging copyright infringement

Spotify is facing a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing, the publisher that represents artists like Tom Petty, Missy Elliot, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter first reported. The suit, filed December 29, alleges copyright infringement, specifically alleging Spotify is using thousands of its sungs without a proper license. The suit attempts at least $1.6 billion in damages and injunctive relief.

Before Spotify launched in the U.S ., the company made are dealing here with major record labels to obtain the appropriate rights to the sound recording copyrights in the ballads, the lawsuit countries. What Spotify failed to do, according to the lawsuit, was “obtain the equivalent rights for the compositions.”

The lawsuit goes on to say, “As a outcome, Spotify has built a billion dollar business on the backs of songwriters and publishers whose music Spotify is using, in many cases without obtaining and paying for the necessary licenses, ” the lawsuit alleges.

Wixen also alleges Spotify has “knowingly, intentionally, and repeatedly” reproduction those anthems over the internet to California residents.

This suit comes following a proposed $43 million settlement involving music rights holders and Spotify in a class-action lawsuit, Ferrick v. Spotify. That suit, Wixen alleges, “does not adequately compensate Wixen or the songwriters it represents.”

In that settlement, Spotify admitted to failing to obtain necessary statutory licenses to reproduce and/ or distribute musical compositions on its platform, the lawsuit says.

“Consequently, while Spotify has become a multibillion dollar company, songwriters and their publishers, such as Wixen, have not been able to somewhat and rightfully share in Spotify’s success, as Spotify has in many cases use their music without a license and without compensation, ” the lawsuit states.

I’ve reached out to Spotify and Wixen. I’ll update this story if I hear back. The example is Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. v Spotify USA.


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Spotify files to go public

Spotify has filed confidentially to go public, sources told Dan Primack at Axios.He became aware that the music streaming company filed with the SEC at the end of December.

The timing is consistent with what we are hearing. Sources told us that they’ve been targeting a debut for the first quarter of this year. We’ve gotten clues that it could happen within the next month or so.

But there’s also been chatter that it will not technically be an IPO, but rather a “direct listing.” Spotify has been investigating the possibility of setting up listing on the stock market without the fundraising event.

Many in the tech community have carried frustration with the traditional IPO process, and it looks like Spotify is looking to be a guinea pig and try out something different. Other companies have done direct listings, but it is an unusual scenario for a company of this size. Spotify was valued at $ 8.4 billion in 2015.

Spotify was lately dealt a $1.6 billion suit, alleging copyright infringement.

Spotify is a leader in the digital music space with more than 140 million active users and 60 million paying subscribers.But it’s a competitive scenery that also includes Apple Music and Pandora.

Pandora, which went public in 2011, has had a tough time on the stock market. It is currently trading at$ 5, less than one-third of its $16 IPO price.

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Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics

In the music streaming epoch, access to data is king. Artists want to know how their music is being detected, who’s listening, where, how many have streamed their release and what else their fans are into , among other things. Today, Spotify is releasing an app for artists that aims to answer these questions, while also devoting artists a route to update their profile and connect with listeners while on the go.

Essentially, this new “Spotify for Artists” app, as it’s called, is a mobile version of Spotify’s artist dashboard, which exited beta earlier this year. The key change is the convenience of mobile access — something Spotify product manager, Miles Lennon, says was a top demand.

“The first thing we’re trying to achieve is fulfilling the artists’ needs to have mobility, ” he says. “They don’t have desk jobs. While we have a desktop product, it’s not accessible to them.”

Like the web dashboard, the app lets artists update their profile on the service, including things like their bio, their artist’s picking and their playlists. These picks and playlists are one of the ways artists on Spotify engage fans — by telling them what favorite new sung they’re listening to, for example, or by featuring their favorite tracks.

The ability to upload new photos to the artist profile is not yet supported, but will be in a future release of the app, we’re told.

However, the key features in the Spotify for Artists app have to do with gaining native mobile access to streaming data, including real-time data on new releases.

As soon as a new release fells, the app will update instantly as the track get streamed. This will continue for the first week after a new single, EP or album is released, says Spotify.

This feature is exclusive to mobile and leverages Google’s Cloud infrastructure, explains Lennon. The one-week time frame was chosen partly because of the challenges of scaling such specific features, but also because it’s the most critical period to track. However, that time frame may expand in the future.

Data like this is crucial for artists, who today compete for fan attention and acclaim on number of streams , not album sales. And on Spotify, half of users detect music by way of playlists or the radio, the company has said before. So if a new release drops but isn’t picking up steam, artists will know this information immediately, then can act accordingly — getting their tracks on the right Spotify playlists, or get other artists to feature their music on their own profiles, for instance.

In addition, the app will provide access to listener demographics, including through like gender, age, location and even what they creek, how they listen and what else they like.

Again, this is data the Spotify for Artists dashboard on the web also contains, but the focus here is the convenience of mobile be included with the power of data. It’s a style to drill down into the fan base, to separate the casual streamers from the more dedicated fans and understand better where and how the music is being received.

“Artists are always looking to understand did this next record I put out bring me to a new level of fandom, or did this new audio change the audience makeup ?, ” says Lennon. “Has the gender makeup of my audience changed? Has their age changed? Or even, perhaps the countries or cities ?… this is something artists have told us is truly critical for them.”

These demographic details also can help artists when they’re promoting their music outside Spotify — such as on Facebook by way of social ads — or for planning tours.

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Spotify launches an iMessage app for texting songs to friends

Spotify has softly launched its own iMessage application that let you text ballads to friends with just a few taps. The new app hasn’t been officially announced, but appears to be similar in functionality to Spotify’s Messenger app, which went live earlier this spring as one of Messenger’s new chats extensions.

As with the Messenger bot, the new iMessage app also lets you promptly search across Spotify’s full catalog for a way you want to share, then tap a button to paste a preview of that song into your chat session. This preview includes an album image, song title, and artist information.

But in the iMessage app’s instance, the image is much larger than on Messenger, and there’s no “play” button. Instead, a small Spotify logo at the top left is what indicates that what you’ve sent is a song.

The recipient then taps the image which launches a new window, overlaid on top of the chat session. From here they can play the provided 30 -second clip, or tap the “Play on Spotify” button below to hear the full way, if you’re a subscriber.( We also noticed that once it knows you’re a paying Spotify user, the option to stream a clip goes away and you’re only directed to the Spotify app to stream .)

Above: Spotify’s iMessage app begins indicating sungs as you type

The iMessage extension itself rolled out in Spotify’s latest iOS app update the coming week, and was then spotted by iGeneration, MacRumors, and others.

As reports have noted, a key discrepancies between Spotify’s iMessage app and Apple Music’s is that the latter allows you to listen to the full way right in iMessage. However, Apple’s is more limited because it only pulls up tracks that are in your’ lately listened’ list.

If you have Spotify’s iOS app already installed, you can switch on the new Spotify iMessage app from the iMessage App Store( unless you have your Sets configured to automatically enable all new iMessage apps by default, in which instance you can just start using the app ).

On iOS 11, that entails heading to the end of the horizontal row of iMessage apps that appear when you tap the App Store button next to the text entry box in iMessage, then tapping the “More” button. This launches a window where you can manage which apps are switched on.( Just tap the “Edit” button to display their toggle switches ).

Though the functionality on iMessage is limited to only sharing tracks- not observing hot or trending music or building group playlists, for example- that may actually has become a smart design selection on Spotify’s part.

One thing some iMessage apps have done wrong is require too many steps to use. When you’re in the middle of a back-and-forth dialogue, you don’t want to disappear from the chat for too long while you fiddle with apps. By simplifying the process to merely three steps- search, tap, and share- it’s a lot quicker to send a Spotify clip now, rather than hunting down the URL of the track instead.

Spotify’s Messenger app has also seemingly pared down since launch, we should note. Originally it also highlighted popular tracks and constructed various recommendations, but now it just lets you search, pulling from recent songs, or generate playlists.

Spotify confirmed the launching of the new iMessage app to TechCrunch in a statement.

“Spotify’s iMessage app is available now, allowing users to quickly search for and share music with friends directly from iMessage, ” a spokesperson said. “It’s the latest style in which we’re empowering users to share music with friends in a fast and fun way.”

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Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today announced it will shortly shutter both its Groove Music Pass streaming service and the ability to purchase songs and albums in the Windows Store.

Given how competitors like Spotify and Apple now own the markets for streaming and purchasing music online, this move doesn’t come as a total surprise. What does come as a surprise, though, is that Microsoft has partnered with Spotify to move all its Groove Music Pass clients over to Spotify.

Starting December 31, the Groove Music app will lose its features for streaming, purchase and downloading music. Microsoft promises that moving to Spotify will be fairly seamless and that virtually all the ballads and playlists that Groove users generated over the years will transfer to the new service.

Windows Insiders will be able to exam this out with the next update, which is scheduled to roll out next week. Users will have until at least January 31, 2018 to make the move, though.

For the most part, Spotify offers a superset of Groove’s music catalog, so except for a few edge examples, there’s no reason to believe that moving to Spotify would be a great loss for Groove Music Pass customers. And because Spotify is available on Windows Phone, too, even the few users still left on Microsoft’s failed mobile platform won’t miss out.

As for Groove Music itself, Microsoft says the actual app won’t go away anytime soon. It’ll still be available for playing back and managing music that’s stored locally.

Microsoft isn’t likely to come out and bluntly say that it has failed to capture any relevant market share in this space, but this move is about as clear an admission as any. The $9.99 Groove Music Pass subscription never offered any features to set it apart from Spotify, iTunes and similar services. To be fair, it was a perfectly competent music streaming service, but there was nothing special about it.

It’s worth noting that the Windows Store also offers games, video content and books. Here, too, Microsoft faces formidable challengers ranging from Steam( at least for PC gaming) to Netflix and Amazon. It doesn’t sound like we should expect similar “partnerships” in these areas, though, which attains sense, bearing in mind the fact that games and video content also play a major role in the Xbox ecosystem. As for volumes, though, I can’t imagine Microsoft is making a lot of money here or that offering an e-book store dedicates it much of an edge.

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Spotify preps to go public with 60M subscribers, outpacing Apple

Spotifys singular focus on music sees it adding subscribers faster than the iPhone company with a streaming app on the side. Spotify has added 20 million paid subscribers in less than a year, while its taken Apple Music more than a year and a half to stimulate that progress. Spotify currently has 60 million subscribers, compared to Apple Musics 27 million( as of June ).

Spotifys ability to accelerate its growth rate despite competitor from arguably the worlds most powerful company is a testament to the product and community its built.

Apple Music offers three-month free trials, goes pre-installed on iPhones and pays big bucks for exclusive early access to top albums. Those advantages might help Apple Music win fans of particular artists, plus mainstream listeners ultimately switching over from MP3s. Yet Spotify remains the go-to streaming service for music lovers.

Spotify grows its events profile with tickets from Eventbrite

Less than a week after acquiring Ticketfly from Pandora for $200 million, today Eventbrite has announced another bargain to mark its deeper move into music events: the company will now show information about concerts and music celebrations Spotify. Specifically, it will recommend Eventbrite-powered events relevant to the music people are listening to on the streaming music service and their overall music preferences.

Interestingly, although Spotify has already launched a Songkick-style nearby concert recommendation service, it has yet to move into ticketing for events immediately itself. My guess is that this Eventbrite integration is one way of testing the water for such a service. Weve heard anecdotally that the company is, in fact, looking to build out ticketing of its own, since that is where the money is, although it has yet to launch anything.

For now you will not purchase on Spotifys site, but on Eventbrites in two quick taps, similar to how you purchase tickets there on the back of other distribution partnerships that Eventbrite has withFacebook, Bandsintown, Discotech, and Songkick.

We have reached out to both companies to ask about what the breakdown is for revenues for sales for events when the referral for the sale comes from Spotify, and also whether Eventbrite will use account information from Spotify when attaining the sales( thats another reason why you can imagine Spotify would be a murderer place to make ticket marketings: it already has a lot of users pay details ). The idea, however, seems to be that this relationship should be beneficial for both sides 😛 TAGEND

On the side of Eventbrite, its dedicating the ticketing and online event listings service a direct marketing route to would-be concert goers most likely to be interested in buying tickets. Just earlier today, Spotifyannounced that its now at 140 million users, giving some significant scale to that strategy.

On the side of Spotify, its potentially another route to revenue generation for the company: Spotify today also announced that it will be paying out some$ 2 billion to artists over the next couple of years, on annual revenues this year of $3.3 billion.

But all the same, for the average musician, its hard to make a living from streaming music or simply any recorded music, for that matter and so they are increasingly looking to things like merchandise and touring to make up the difference.

Thats led Spotify to attaining some acquisitions and build analytics tools to expand on this idea of artist as businessperson for example it purchased CrowdAlbum for marketing tools last year. And promoting concerts is one more step in that direction. Eventbrite claims that 42 percent of people detect artists and bands through streaming services and that half of these fans go on to purchase tickets to assure those artists live.

Events will appear near albums, from artists if you follow them( which youll get by email ), and on their artists pages, and on Spotifys Concerts tab where it runs its nearby/ relevant concert recommendations.

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