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Amazon reportedly looking to launch free music service

Amazon is in talks to launch a free music streaming service that will see it go head-to-head with Spotify, according to a report by Billboard. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is in discussion with music labels to obtain licences for a service that would be made available through its voice-activated Echo speakers […]

Spotify outlines ‘audio-first’ strategy, buys Gimlet and Anchor

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has said that the future of the streaming service is audio, not just music, as the company announced the acquisition of two podcasting companies, Gimlet Media and Anchor. Outlining his overall vision for the company, Ek said that he wants to bring radio listening to Spotify and deepen engagement with users. […]

Vodafone Deutschland integrates Spotify for mobile subs

Cable and mobile service provider Vodafone Deutschland has struck a partnership with music streaming outfit Spotify to enable its mobile subscribers to add Spotify’s premium service to their mobile packages for €9.99. Vodafone customers can sign up for Spotify via the MeinVodafone app and pay via their mobile bill or from pre-paid credit. The service […]

Spotify hires Condé Nast exec to build content business

Spotify has hired Condé Nast Entertainment’s (CNE) acting president Sahar Elhabashi as VP of content business, where she will join former boss Dawn Ostroff to build the platform’s content business. Elhabasi joins Ostroff who linked with Spotify as chief content officer in June and formerly acted as CNE president. The duo helped to develop Conde Nast […]

Spotify appoints Condé Nast exec as chief content officer

Spotify has appointed Condé Nast’s president of entertainment, Dawn Ostroff, as its chief content officer, overseeing partnerships across music, audio and video. Ostfoff, who has a strong background in television, replaces Stefan Blom, who was the music streaming service’s New York-based chief strategy and content officer until earlier this year. Ostroff helped to found Condé […]

Sky Q upgrades to include Spotify, HDR and more personalisation

Sky has pledged to roll out new features for its advanced Sky Q platform, including Spotify integration in the UK and Ireland from this spring. Sky said that starting next month it will progressively introduce new product features for Sky Q such as greater personalisation based on a household’s viewing habits, with voice functionality to […]

Spotify launches ‘new multimedia format’

Spotify has introduced a new media format called Spotlight, which adds visuals to podcasts, audiobooks and other audio content. The music streaming service said it will offer contextual photos, video and text as users listen to content to give a “deeper insight to their favourite artists, playlists, books, publishers and more”. “We are excited to […]

Report: Spotify sets new video plans under Courtney Holt

Music streaming service Spotify has reportedly reset its video strategy under the leadership of its new head of video and podcasts, Courtney Holt. According to a Bloomberg report, Holt is exploring a “new format unique to Spotify” and the  music company has cancelled its other unreleased video series. Holt joined Spotify last month as head […]

Discovery appoints Spotify exec to head digital strategy

Discovery Communications has appointed former Spotify executive Francis Keeling to lead its digital strategy. Keeling becomes senior vice-president of international digital, based in London. He will develop new digital products and his appointment marks one of a number of new digital hires by Discovery. Jay Trinidad, who is currently running Discovery Northern Asia, takes on […]

Spotify’s head of video departs

Spotify’s head of video content, Tom Calderone, has reportedly left the company in an apparent winding down of its video content efforts. Bloomberg, which first reported news of the departure, said Spotify will “narrow its video ambitions” and instead focus on expanding video offerings on popular Spotify playlists like Rap Caviar and Rock This. Calderone, […]

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