• Spotify Reported to Acquire SoundCloud

    Posted on December 9th, 2016 Echo Brown | 319 comments

    It is reported that music-streaming service Spotify was in “advanced talks” to acquire rival streaming service SoundCloud. However, months of discussions between the two have apparently been fruitless, and Spotify has abandoned its takeover plans, TechCrunch reported Thursday, citing a source within Spotify.

    Spotify feared the acquisition could muddle its plans for going public next year, the unidentified source said. A sales price wasn’t mentioned, but Bloomberg reported in July that SoundCloud’s owners were considering a sale that could value the company at $1 billion.

    The breakdown in negotiations comes amid intensifying competition for streaming-music customers. In the last three years, consumers have shifted from digital downloads to memberships that charge a monthly fee for unlimited access to tens of millions of songs.

    Spotify currently dominates the market with 40 million paying subscribers worldwide, up from 30 million paying subscribers in March, according to market researcher Statista. Apple has been catching up fast, saying earlier this week that had surpassed the 20 million subscriber milestone just 18 months after its launch.

    Soundcloud is a music-hosting service and music publishing tool which allowed musicians to share and distribute their music tracks. SoundCloud uses other social networks to spread music uploaded by its members. Users can place the widget on their own websites or blogs and then SoundCloud will automatically Tweet every track uploaded. Often referred to as the “YouTube for audio,” it differs from services like Spotify and Apple Music by allowing people to upload tracks.

    For downloading music from Spotify or SoundCloud, Leawo Software release the newest music recording software, Leawo Music Recorder for all music lovers. The software helps users record audio and music from computer audio and online music sources like YouTube, AOL Music, Last.fm, etc.

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  • Samsung to Shut Down Milk Music in September

    Posted on August 22nd, 2016 Yuson Zou | 71 comments

    Samsung, the Korean smartphone manufacturer, has officially announced that the company is going to halt its streaming radio service Milk Music, which means Samsung users will have to look for a music alternative for them to listen to music. According to Variety, Samsung will be shutting down Milk Music on September 22nd, urging its Galaxy and Note smartphone users to switch over to Slacker Radio.

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    The elimination of the service has been rumored for several months, with reports that the company was going to shutter the service because it had failed to gain traction with users.

    Samsung said in a statement that Milk is being closed down “invest in a partner model focused on seamlessly integrating the best music services available today into our family of Galaxy devices.” Samsung launched the music streaming service to much fanfare in 2014 as an alternative to ad-supported services such as Spotify and Pandora. Later that year, it launched a video service called Milk Video. That system lasted only a year before it was closed. It’s not clear what Samsung’s plans are to replace the service, other than to direct users to Slacker, an ad-supported music streaming service.

    After Milk Music is shut down, Samsung users can switch to other online streaming music provider such as Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, etc. During the time of experiencing those online music, an online music recorder can be used to record online music if necessary.

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  • 5 ways to get music for free and legally on the internet from online video sharing sites and radio stations

    Posted on July 30th, 2013 David Brooks | 57 comments

    With the improved attention on copyright protection, there’re a lot of laws being actively discussed around the Web to define the legality of free music. The only problem now is what free and legal music is and what is not. Even though a consumer has purchased the commercial music album or tracks from Amazon or iTunes, he or she does not actually own the copyright, and therefore the track cannot be legally used as the background music for video or animation. Actually, whether the free music is legal or not is depending on its usage. It’s all about how you’re going to use that music – simply listen or gain profit on its distribution. If you just get these free music for listening, you could have a look at the following 5 methods to get music for free and legally.

    Video sharing websites

    Video sharing sites

    There are a lot of video sharing sites such as YouTube, Vevo, and MTV Music that get branded channels where singers and bands release their music videos and audio videos. You have the chance to find and listen to almost any audio track, add it to your playlists and share with friends. But you have to play videos in order to listen to music.

    Music streaming services

    Music streaming services

    There are numerous online services which transmit music on demand from the Internet. The most popular of them are Last.fm, Pandora, Grooveshark, Spotify, Rdio and Dezeer.

    The best part is that these websites are accessible from almost any PC, Mac, or mobile device.

    The services have agreements with major record labels and thus provide legal access to music. All services have free membership option (usually ad-supported and with limited features). Still to get most, you have to buy a subscription.

    Unfortunately, geo-restrictions (often set by record companies) make most music streaming services useless for third world countries. This fact gives rise to local Internet radios like In.com.

    Music streaming software

    music streaming software

    Various music streaming software are available for you to choose from for getting music for free, just like Leawo’s Music Recorder, which lets you easily record any sound from either internal or external audio sources of  your computer.  This music recording software could allow users get music for free from online video sharing sites like YouTube and Facebook, and FM radio stations just like AOL Music and Last.fm. No download functionality, so the software is absolutely legal.

    Music archives

    music archives

    Amazon has a section of free music downloads. iTunes throws out a couple of free songs every week, encouraging listeners to discover new music. Fan communities such as Etree and OverclockedRemix give access to free music tracks, live concerts, and remixes on a non-commercial basis.

    AudioJungle offers royalty-free tracks free or under $1.

    Archives like Jamendo distribute free and legal music under a CreativeCommons license, meaning that the music can be freely listened to, used, and redistributed under the same license.

    Music blogs

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    Music blogs are also a good source of free legal music. Usually, such blogs are used by newborn bands and artists for self-promotion. In fact, there is a great number of such blogs, each of them focused on a specific audience and offering different kind of music – from indie-rock to the avant-garde. The examples of such blogs are ObscureSound, Spinner, Elbows, HypeMachine, etc.  If it’s not always free to download music from these blogs, you may play songs on them with no limitations.

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