Shiny Shiny snippets: Spotify latest tech firm to cull staff

Swedish music-streaming giant Spotify says it will cut 6% of its about 10,000 employees, citing a need to improve efficiency. "In hindsight, I was too ambitious in investing ahead of our revenue growth," boss Daniel Ek wrote on the company's blog.  Spotify has never posted a full-year net profit, despite its popularity in the online…

ShinyShiny snippets: Disney+ subscriber numbers overtake Netflix

Walt Disney edged past Netflix with a total of 221 million streaming subscribers at the end of the most recent quarter and announced it will launch a Disney+ option with advertising this December. In the just-ended quarter, Disney+ added 14.4 million Disney+ customers, beating the consensus of 10 million expected by analysts polled by FactSet, as it…

Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill number 2 on Spotify running playlists

Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill is topping the charts thanks to its inclusion in the pivotal scene of Stranger Things. Image: Netflix New research from PureGym has revealed that the 1985 Kate Bush classic ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’ is providing the soundtrack to fitness regimes around…

ShinyShiny snippets: Joe Rogan promises more balanced views on Spotify podcast

Joe Rogan has pledged to try harder to offer more balanced views on his podcast, after he was criticised by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell for helping to spread Covid misinformation. The Canadian musicians asked to have their music pulled from the streaming platform as a result. Spotify has since said it is working to…

ShinyShiny snippets: Virgin Media O2 will not introduce EU roaming charges

Virgin Mobile and O2 phone users will not face roaming charges following announcements by other networks to reintroduce extra fees after Brexit. It means customers travelling to Europe will be able to use their mobile data and make calls and texts on the same deal as they have in the UK. Vodafone, EE and Three…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Spotify testing a new TikTok-style video feed

Spotify is testing a new TikTok-style video feed in its beta iOS app that shows fullscreen video clips as songs are played, TechCrunch reports. The feature was first spotted by Chris Messina, who posted a video of the feed in action. When available, the video feed is accessible from a new fourth tab in the navigation bar labelled…

Currys PC World releases Sound Asleep Album

As a third (29%) of the nation reveals they are exhausted and struggling to sleep amid the stresses of 2020, Currys PC World has teamed up with music producers, Obelisk, and sleep expert, Hope Bastine, to create the Sound Asleep album. Made with technology to help the nation sleep better, it is available to stream…

Libratone launches Nordic black version of ZIPP wireless speaker, new Spotify features

For those who like the darker things in life, Libratone launches the new Nordic black version of its ZIPP wireless speaker Featuring an exclusive matte black base, the new ZIPP Nordic Black expands the Danish lifestyle brand’s extensive ecosystem of ZIPP wireless speakers for the home. The introduction of ZIPP Nordic Black comes with a…