Universal debuts a vinyl buying service based on SMS recommendations

It isn't hard to find vinyl subscription services these days. All it takes is a scroll through your Facebook News Feed and you're bound to stumble across at least a few. While outfits like Turntable Lab and Vinyl Me, Please offer exclusive reissues (...

Mixcloud plans subscription service with Warner Music deal

Mixcloud -- a user-generated audio site similar to SoundCloud but with more of a focus on long-form content -- just signed a licensing deal with Warner Music, the Financial Times reports. This means that the site can soon begin to offer subscriptions...

Prince’s music videos hit YouTube following ‘Purple Rain’ reissue

Though Prince took major efforts to keep his work offline, a lot of it has been slowly making its way back to the internet since his death. The newest online addition of his increasingly accessible body of work are a handful of music videos posted to...

Dailymotion is trying to clean up its act with major redesign

Dailymotion announced this week that it has completely redesigned its app and advertising strategy. And the company hopes to attract viewers with higher quality content created through partnerships with media and entertainment brands. Three new partn...

Spotify agrees to let artists keep new albums off its free tier

One of the biggest points of contention between music streaming giant Spotify and the record labels that provide it with songs is the service's free tier. Regardless of whether you pay for a subscription or not, Spotify users have access to the same...

Universal Music Group is reportedly done with streaming exclusives

Apple Music and Tidal have tapped into exclusive releases to gain the upper hand on Spotify over the last year, but it appears one major record label may have had enough. Frank Ocean released his long-awaited follow-up to 2012's Channel Orange on App...

iHeart and Universal are partnering for VR concerts

iHeartMedia and Universal Music Group are teaming up to take music into virtual reality. From the sounds of it, this isn't going to be just a music visualizer a la what game developer Harmonix is doing. Nope, this will work to "leverage" the strength...

Apple reportedly has two labels signed for radio service, may reveal it at WWDC

Apple reportedly has two labels onboard for radio service, may launch June 10th

Apple's long-rumored internet radio service didn't materialize as quickly as some thought, but we're getting a sudden rush of hints that it may be close at hand. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal both claim that Apple has just signed a music licensing deal with Warner, giving it two out of the big three labels it needs to start streaming -- Universal being the first, Sony being the holdout. Despite lacking one of the necessary deals, Apple is reportedly optimistic that it could unveil the radio feature as soon as WWDC. We're not counting on any music news from Apple execs when they take the stage next week, but it's good to be prepared... you know, just in case.

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Source: New York Times, Wall Street Journal