Google launched All Access music streaming service today, first leaked yesterday, that seeks to bring customized radio stations, on-demand streaming and the user’s stored music library into the same interface.
Google will launch music streaming through YouTube and Google Play, according to reports in The Verge and the Wall Street Journal. SocialTimes will be reporting from Google’s I/O conference for the rest of this week.
YouTube Offers ‘Sesame Street’ and Martial Arts, for a Fee (The New York Times)
YouTube on Thursday detailed its plan to let producers sell paid subscriptions to their videos, creating a prominent new marketplace for programming on the Internet. The first paid video channels appeared on the sprawling video Web site, a unit of Google, Thursday afternoon, with subscription rates ranging from 99 cents to $7.99 a month.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Tells University of Michigan Graduates: ‘Be Bold’
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, began his keynote at University of Michigan’s commencement ceremony Saturday not by speaking, but by tweeting. The CEO of Twitter and U-M alum sent a picture of the roughly 5,000 students sitting across from him in the Big House, waiting to graduate, to his more than one million Twitter followers.
Spotify has acquired Tunigo, a startup that builds a popular Spotify music-discovery app, the company confirmed today.
Storify Gets Down to ‘Business’ (SocialTimes)
Storify is expanding its VIP package to new businesses like a mullet in reverse. While publishers put their curated stories on the front page for their readers, other businesses can create private stories to take back to the office.
Music, TV shows, and movies have all gone digital, and there are a number of streaming services to choose from. But if you’re going to pay for them, you’re going to want to read the fine print. Should you switch from Netflix to Hulu Plus? Is Spotify better than Grooveshark? This infographic breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of different streaming services and provides statistics on how quickly other consumers are adopting new technology.
Public stock offerings of companies originally funded by venture capital investments dipped by more than half in the first quarter of 2013, and many expect the companies to wait until the end of the year to go public, according to a study from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters.
Netflix and cable networks like HBO might face competition from the digital music streaming service Spotify. Business Insider reports that Spotify is looking for investors to fund original content. What’s not clear from the report is why the company would go after Netflix instead of creating its own record label or music videos.
Tonight Spotify will air its first-ever television commercial during the premiere of NBC’s “The Voice.” The commercial is the first in a series of 30 and 15-second TV spots designed to make viewers nostalgic as they remember a moment when music changed everything.