Taylor Swift returns to Spotify after almost three-year boycott

Jun 9, 2017

Taylor Swift returns to Spotify after almost three-year boycott

Taylor Swift is releasing her entire catalog on all streaming services, ending the pop star's boycott of Spotify Ltd. over her ability to limit her songs to paying subscribers. The albums will become available at midnight New York time Thursday night, Swift's management said on ...

The top tech stories of 2016

/ Dec 30, 2016

The top tech stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these tech and digital stories as the most important of 2016. 1. All systems go: For a few weeks in the summer, it seemed to be all that anyone was talking about was "Pokemon Go," an augmented-reality game you play ...

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

| Oct 24, 2016

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

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Spotify's long-awaited launch last month has industry watchers wondering whether it will make a major breakthrough in altering Japan's $3 billion music industry, where 80 percent of sales still come from CDs and other physical formats. With most of the world's major streaming services now ...

Record industry warily embraces Apple Music

Jun 11, 2015

Record industry warily embraces Apple Music

A decade ago, Apple Inc. helped revitalize a music industry hit hard by online piracy with its iTunes Store. Now, amid a steady slump in digital downloads, the industry is hopeful that the tech giant's new streaming service will give record companies another desperately ...

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

Apr 17, 2015

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

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The decline in worldwide recorded-music revenues slowed last year as more people subscribed to online services. The proportion of sales from digital destinations equaled those from physical formats for the first time. Global revenue for the industry, whose best-selling album was the movie soundtrack to ...

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

Mar 17, 2015

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

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Hip-hop megastar Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, has fulfilled all the conditions to complete a takeover of Swedish technology company Aspiro, after shareholders gave the necessary approval to his offer. The Roc-A-Fella boss will hope that success is beyond reasonable doubt for Aspiro, which ...

Dec 23, 2014

Lower sales affected acts worldwide

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The Japanese music market has faced hard times as of late. Starting with an announcement from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in March that the country's music sales dropped 16.7 percent in 2013, the past 12 months saw no particular upswing in ...