Spotify Hits 10 Million Subscribers, a Milestone

The company, which made the disclosure on Wednesday, faces potential competition from Apple as it also prepares for a likely initial public offering.

Digital Music Service to Pose New Challenge to Subscription Model

A new company will sell licensed smartphones that allow users unlimited free music downloads, hiding the price of the music in that of the phone.

Apple’s Pursuit of Beats May Foretell a Shift

Apple, which has been hesitant to enter the streaming market, could finally be taking the plunge.

TV Sports: NBC’s Olympic TV Deal Accounts for Advances in Technology

If an amazing technology, with enormous profit potential, breaks through in 2028, the International Olympic Committee would not reopen talks to seek additional money from NBC.

A Show About Nothing Begets Something You Can Play Online

What if new episodes of “Seinfeld” were still on television? This haunts Jason Richards, the hyperactive mind behind the Twitter account @Seinfeld2000.

Spotify Teams With Sprint on a Mobile Music Plan

The deal gives Sprint customers in the United States free access to Spotify’s paid version for up to six months, and further discounts beyond that.

The Media Equation: New Challenges Chip Away at Cable’s Pillar of Profit

A future where consumers will be able to assemble an à la carte menu of entertainment suddenly seems much closer.

Advertising: For a New Burt’s Bees Line, Check Your Calendar

The personal care brand Burt’s Bees is promoting anti-aging products in messages that will appear as appointments in electronic calendars.

The Media Equation: Aereo Case Will Shape TV’s Future

A lot of people will be watching to see how the Supreme Court rules over the legality of Aereo because of what it could mean for the broader media ecosystem.

Comcast’s Real Repairman

David Cohen, Comcast’s executive vice president, is the point man for moving deals like the one for Time Warner Cable past regulatory hurdles.

The Media Equation: Yahoo Rolls the Dice on TV

Winning in the distribution of high-end content is about mining an audience, and you can’t blame technology companies for believing they have relevant skill sets.

Comcast Gears Up to Persuade Regulators

The companies filed documents in support of the plan, which has faced opposition and will be the subject of a Senate hearing this week.

Machine Learning: Review: The Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Set-Top Box

An entrant in the growing field of devices and services to stream media, the Fire TV is likable but falls short of some rivals, a reviewer says.

Campaign Spotlight: ‘Rio 2’ and Vita Coco Kids Embark on a Partnership

The coconut water drink company is among more than a dozen brands that have “Rio 2” promotion deals with 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

With Fire TV, Amazon Seeks a Beachhead in the Living Room

The company’s new device, called Amazon Fire TV, will marry its video library with content from other providers.


Digital Music Pioneer Is Found Liable in Copyright Suit

Michael Robertson may have to pay up to $41 million in a long-running case involving digital music files.


Common Sense: A Vision Beyond Cable for Comcast After Merger

If its acquisition of Time Warner Cable is approved, Comcast will become much more than a regional cable company, says its chief executive, Brian Roberts.


Tweets About Music to Get Their Own Billboard Chart

Twitter and Billboard plan to create the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts: continuously updated lists of the songs being discussed and shared the most on Twitter in the United States.


Patrick McGovern Dies at 76; Founded Publishing Empire

The company he founded in 1964, now called International Data Group, or IDG, developed the “For Dummies” instructional reference books and organized technology events, including the Macworld trade shows.


News Analysis: Pandora Wins a Battle, but the War Over Royalties Continues

A judge’s decision on royalty rates the streaming-music service must pay to the licensing group, Ascap, appears to have split the issue down the middle.