Spotify is spending big on podcasts

Feb 5, 2020
The music streaming service is buying podcasting heavyweight The Ringer, which has a strong built-in audience.
“What we really did with The Ringer, I think, is we bought the next ESPN,” says Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.
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Song lyrics are a big business online. Here's how it works.

Jul 9, 2019
Once upon a time, lyrics were extras. If you were lucky they were stuffed inside the sleeve of an LP. Now, they’re all over the place.
The original handwritten lyric sheet for the song "Royals" by New Zealand musician Lorde.
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Spotify's free streaming model now faces competition from Google, Amazon

Apr 29, 2019
Google and Amazon have both created new, free, ad-based tiers of their music services, cutting at Spotify's main profit model.
In this file photo illustration taken on April 19, 2018 shows the logo of online streaming music service Spotify displayed on a tablet screen in Paris.
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5 things you need to know about IPOs

What you need to know before you decide to invest.
The opening numbers are displayed on the floor during the Spotify IPO at the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange on April 3, 2018 in New York.
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Wall Street’s Tuesday morning playlist features Spotify IPO

Apr 2, 2018
Spotify has helped revive the struggling music business. Now can the streamer show a changed industry how to make a profit in a digital world? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Music streaming is a tough racket, unless you're Apple ...

Music licensing fees make it almost impossible to turn a profit in streaming.
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What tech companies are saying about the repeal of net neutrality rules

Dec 14, 2017
In a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC ruled to roll back net neutrality policy established under the Obama administration.
A small group of protestors supporting net neutrality protest against a plan by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head Ajit Pai, during a protest outside a Verizon store on December 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 
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An app gives you unlimited movie tickets for $9.95. Theaters aren't happy

Aug 25, 2017
Imagine being able to see an unlimited number of movies at your local theater for about the same price you pay for Spotify or Netflix. A subscription movie ticket service, called MoviePass, is doing just that…and not everyone’s happy about…

Spotify’s non-IPO: What’s a ‘direct listing’ anyway?

Apr 6, 2017
Here’s why the music streaming service is considering a method of going public that’s quite rare.
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Spotify says "it's been weird" to 2016

Dec 26, 2016
Spotify launched an ad campaign titled "Thanks 2016, It's Been Weird."
General view of the atmosphere at 'The Evening Before'- a pre-White House Correspondents' Dinner party hosted by Eric Podwall and Spotify at Chaplin's Restaurant on April 24, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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