Category Archives: Entertainment

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is officially out amid company shakeup

 Following rumblings of a shakeup over the weekend, Pandora confirmed today that co-founder Tim Westergren is stepping down from his role as CEO. Naveen Chopra, who stepped in as the company’s CFO back in February will be filling in the top spot as interim CEO while the board of directors looks for a permanent replacement. Westergren was one of three founders of the music streaming service. Read More

Spotify “Sponsored Songs” let labels pay for plays

 A mysterious “Sponsored Content” opt-out setting recently appeared in Spotify, and now the streaming giant has confirmed to TechCrunch what it’s about. Spotify is now testing a new “Sponsored Song” ad unit that a company spokesperson tells us is “a product test for labels to promote singles on the free tier.” Instead of appearing as obvious ad banners… Read More

Time Warner will spend $100M on Snapchat original shows and ads

 Time Warner and Snap Inc. have announced a new deal that will bring increased ad spending and the development of new made-for-Snapchat shows. People familiar with the deal tell TechCrunch that the deal is valued at about $100M spent over the next two years. The newly created shows will span a variety of genres, including scripted drama, daily news shows, documentaries and comedy. The shows will… Read More

Apple Music quietly added a $99 annual subscription plan

 If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, chances are that you’re paying $9.99 every month, $14.99 for a family plan, or $4.99 per month if you’re a student. But Apple quietly added another option. You can now pay $99 for a 12-month subscription. This setting is quite buried as Apple doesn’t want you to know that you can pay less than what you’re actually paying. We… Read More

Actiview aims to streamline movie accessibility for millions of hearing and vision impaired

 Most people don’t have to think very hard about going to see the latest movie in the theater, but for millions, things aren’t that simple. If you’re hearing or vision impaired, getting the apparatus to provide you with amplified sound or scene descriptions can be a pain, if they’re even available. Actiview is a startup aiming to make accessibility in movie-going as… Read More

Apple legalizes and taxes in-app tipping for content creators

 Apple has activated a new revenue stream that could foster communities of digital content creators around the world like those already thriving in China. Apple’s newly published update to its App Store policies officially designates voluntary tipping via virtual currency as in-app purchases that Apple taxes 30%. By taking tipping out of the grey area, more app developers might… Read More

Taylor Swift embraces streaming, brings full catalog to Spotify and more

 After breaking up in 2014, Taylor Swift and Spotify are getting back together. To celebrate her album 1989 hitting 10 million records sold and her selling 100 million total songs, today the pop singer announced she’s making her full back catalog available on all streaming services starting tonight at midnight. Swift was already on Apple Music but now she’s opening up to Spotify… Read More

Gamer chat tool Discord secretly raised ~$50M as insiders cashed out

 It’s been a rocky road to glory for Discord, a startup whose iPad battle arena game, “Fates Forever,” earned it a top spot at our 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt show, but wound up flopping with users. What a difference a few years makes. After pivoting to a voice and text chat tool for video game teams and trash talkers in 2015, Discord’s current trajectory makes it one of… Read More