Sunday, 3 July, 2022

Topic: Spotify

Why Joe Rogan isn’t Spotify’s only podcast problem

Raging controversy began when singer Neil Young demanded his music be removed from the platform over concerns that its most popular podcaster, Joe Rogan, is spreading vaccine misinformation.

Clubhouse mixes podcasts, Spotify, Houseparty, Zoom. But not all can check in

The absence of visual cues on Clubhouse — no videos, no text-based comments or likes — is refreshing. From Indie musicians to tech entrepreneurs, everyone is lining up.

Self-love & storytelling — How India saw a podcast boom in the pandemic year 2020

Time Indians spent on audio streaming platforms grew by 42% in March last year. Spotify, JioSaavn and Gaana also diversified their podcast offerings in 2020 to meet growing demand.

Apple to slash App Store fees by half for most developers

The fee will be reduced to 15% from 30% for developers who produce as much as $1 million in annual revenue from their apps as part of an App Store Small Business Program.

Google is looking for an app store fix after Fortnite game row over high fees

Epic Games recently pulled its popular Fortnite game from Google, Apple app stores to protest against 'high fees'. Google now updating software to make it easier for consumers to use other app stores.

Apple debuts subscription bundles, its twist on Amazon Prime

The bundles start at $14.95 a month for a tier including Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ & 50 GB of iCloud storage. The lower tier will have a $19.95 version for families.

YouTube’s music services surpass Spotify, and local rivals JioSaavn and Gaana in India

YouTube's music service offers a library of songs on-demand, ability to download tracks, listen to music without ads and play tunes while using other apps.

Spotify releases Lite App for Android phones on slow networks, limited data plans

The company is counting on Spotify Lite for a much-needed boost in markets with lots of potential, in continents such as Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

TikTok owner to challenge Spotify, Apple with a new music app

ByteDance plans a paid music service which isn’t named after TikTok and will try to convert some of TikTok’s audience into paying customers.

Google’s paid music services reach 15 million subscribers, but still far behind Spotify

The YouTube Music numbers is good news for ad-supported Google that has rarely gotten customers to pay for its services.

On Camera


Kanhaiya Lal Teli’s body being taken for last rites in Udaipur on 29 June 2022 | Photo: ThePrint | Manisha Mondal

India’s blasphemy beheadings have a new audience—and they’re sitting behind smartphones

Videos on social media have become a key feature of blasphemy killings. Each inspires communal competitors to stage a more macabre act of revenge.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.


File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on the latter's first visit to India | Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi

India and Egypt work towards building strategic relationship with focus on defence & security

From holding joint military exercises to exporting wheat as Russia and Ukraine stop supplies, New Delhi and Cairo are redrawing their relationship as geopolitical tensions rise.    

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.