Week in Review – March Week 1

This Week in Review has announcement after announcement, with Google announcing a brand new live TV service and Soundcloud revealing a cheaper subscription option. Additionally, Spotify have taken to Twitter to make public the subscriber milestone it has reached and Jacobs Media have released the results of their consumer survey.

Google Announce YouTube TVYouTube

Google have officially announced its live TV service – YouTube TV. Christian Oestlian, Google Product Management Director, said that YouTube TV has been “designed for the YouTube generation – those who want to watch what the want, when they want, how they want without commitments.”

The service will cost $35 USD a month and will include live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, Fox and more than 40 other network. Furthermore, YouTube TV will offer a cloud DVR and access to YouTube Red Originals.

 

SoundCloud introduce a Mid-Tier Subscription Option

SoundCloud has announced a change in its subscription offering. Their new mid-prices subscription plan lets you listen to SoundCloud ad-free for $4.99, The plan is being named SoundCloud Go, and the premium subscription (previously known as SoundCloud Go) is not SoundCloud Go+.

SoundCloud Go gives users full ad-free access to over 120 million tracks, with the option of saving offline on mobile. SoundCloud Go+, on the other hand, gives users access to even more songs; over 150 million songs with no previews.

 

How Commercial Radio Listeners Consume Media – Survey Results

Jacobs Media have revealed the results of their 12th annual national web study of radio listeners. The results have shown a highly evolving radio audience. The results highlighted several interesting points; nearly eight in ten respondents now own a smartphone. Additionally, nearly half of respondents own a Smart TV or one connected with a device like Chromecast or Apple TV.

 

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Spotify Hits 50-Million Subscribers

Spotify have taken to Twitter on March 2nd to thank its customer for 50-million subscribers. This is more than double the number rival Apple Music has, who hit 20 million subscribers in December 2017.