Jio unites with Saavn for India’s answer to Spotify, Apple Music

Jio unites with Saavn for India’s answer to Spotify, Apple Music

India now has a true competitor to the likes of Spotify and Apple Music following the merger of Reliance Jio’s music service with Saavn. Earlier in 2018, Reliance Industries acquired over-the-top platform Saavn. At the time, it was announced that JioMusic would eventually be integrated with Saavn to form a combined platform worth $1bn – […]

Apple puts music service on Amazon Echo in subscription push

Apple puts music service on Amazon Echo in subscription push

Apple and Amazon announced their second partnership in November: the iPhone maker’s music-streaming service is coming to Amazon’s Echo devices this month. The move gets Apple Music onto the most-popular voice-controlled speakers, giving it distribution beyond Apple’s own devices. Subscribers will be able to control Apple Music with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, the first time Apple has […]

YouTube adds 100 new feature films that you can watch for free but you’ll have to sit through ads

YouTube adds 100 new feature films that you can watch for free but you’ll have to sit through ads

Streaming website YouTube has added about 100 new feature films that you can watch for free- but there’s a catch. You don’t need a subscription to watch these full-length films but you will have to sit through ads. Around 100 films have been added to the website’s free movie collection through partnerships with studios. The […]

Alexa or Alex? Neuroscience research reveals younger people prefer assistance from female voices

Alexa or Alex? Neuroscience research reveals younger people prefer assistance from female voices

A major study of consumers’ subconscious reactions to digitised voices has revealed a significant bias towards female voices amongst people under the age of 35. The study, which used brain imaging technology to explore the neurological response to male and female voice assistants, discovered that respondents of both genders within a younger age group found […]

Spotify celebrates International Podcast Day with major Twitter campaign

Spotify celebrates International Podcast Day with major Twitter campaign

Spotify is celebrating its growing library of podcasts on International Podcast Day on 30th September 2018 with a one-day Twitter campaign developed by media agency UM, in collaboration with creative agency Byte and tech platform Blue Robot. On 30th September, Spotify will be owning Twitter’s most premium product, First View, where the first promoted tweet […]

Spotify deepens relationship with Nielsen to offer better measurement for brands

Spotify deepens relationship with Nielsen to offer better measurement for brands

Spotify has expanded its relationship with data and measurement firm Nielsen to help brands gain a better understanding of how their ads are performing on the music streaming platform. The extended collaboration will see Nielsen Brand Effect adopted across Spotify in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Netherlands, Japan, and Australia. This will […]

Facebook Watch rolls out globally in bid to take on YouTube

Facebook Watch rolls out globally in bid to take on YouTube

Facebook Watch, the social network’s streaming video platform, is getting its global rollout, just over a year after the service launched in the US. Content will include familiar names as well as original programming and exclusive series. The content lineup includes entertainment, news and sports programs, and aims to position Facebook as a more legitimate […]

Pandora focuses on shorter ads and more personalisation

Pandora focuses on shorter ads and more personalisation

Music streaming service Pandora announced three advertising formats to help marketers target users better, and explained how ads of varying lengths can work together to help them meet their goals. The company said Short Form Audio, four to ten second audio spots; Dynamic Audio, tailored to listeners based on Pandora’s data; and Sequential Audio, which […]

Roku launches its ad-supported streaming channel to all

Roku launches its ad-supported streaming channel to all

TV and movie streaming firm Roku has brought its free streaming service to the web in the US, meaning that anybody with a PC, mobile phone, or tablet can access the service. The Roku Channel was launched back in September to offer free, ad-supported movies and TV shows to Roku device owners. Now, those without […]

Spotify Named Cannes Lions Media Brand of the Year 2018

Spotify Named Cannes Lions Media Brand of the Year 2018

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity announced that Spotify will be honoured at the annual Festival as the 2018 Media Brand of the Year. Daniel Ek, co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will accept the award on behalf of Spotify and its more than 3000 employees around the world at a ceremony on Wednesday, […]

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