Sprint Throws a Life Preserver to Drowning Tidal

Cash Infusion Buys Time for Struggling Service Tidal, the musician-owned music streaming service put together by rapper Jay Z, announced this week that it has sold a third of the company to telecom giant Sprint. Although the original announcement did … Continue reading

More Than 7 Out of 10 Music Industry Execs Say Tidal Won’t Last a Year

If I were Jay Z’s publicist, I’d be nervous right now. The popular rapper’s reputation as a savvy businessman is in serious jeopardy. Billboard, one of the oldest and most prominent music industry publications, has recently launched a new annual … Continue reading

Instead of a Wave, Tidal Turns into a Tempest in a Teapot; Another CEO Exits

Tidal Music Service has, for the second time in only a matter of months, dismissed its CEO. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Tidal has dismissed interim chief executive Peter Tonstad who held the position for only … Continue reading

Apple Faces the Music – Multiple Investigations Launched

Just days after Apple, Inc. announced its plans to attempt to reassert its leading role in the music distribution and streaming businesses, we learn from the New York Times that two powerful state attorneys general in New York and Connecticut … Continue reading

Tidal Narrative Turns from Quality of Sound – to Quality of Royalties

Soon to Face New Competitor in Service Created by Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre The narrative surrounding Tidal, the latest music streaming service to enter the increasingly crowded music delivery market last year, has taken a new and unforeseen … Continue reading

Soon to be Resident on Russound Products – Spotify

In a conference call with the press last Thursday, Russound executives proudly announced that they have closed a deal to offer Spotify streaming music content in Russound products. Spotify, one of the two most popular music streaming services in the … Continue reading

Smart! Spotify Streamed to Your Smartphone is Now Free; Now Offers Led Zeppelin

Spotify, the popular music sharing app, announced today that it will offer streamed music to smartphones for free (ad-supported), starting today. Spotify has long offered this capability on desktop computers for free (again supported by advertising), but had required a … Continue reading

Onkyo Demos New Technologies at CES

<January 25, 2012> Onkyo Corporation had a very busy CES, not just because of the recent news of their strategic partnership with Gibson Guitar (and subsequent to CES, a partnership with Teac), but because the company was showing and demonstrating … Continue reading