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Streaming Music Service Users Look to Music Recommendations on Rainy Days

Streaming Music Service Users Look to Music Recommendations on Rainy Days

SEOUL, Jul. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent survey by KaKao, the operator of the nation’s largest music streaming service, Melon, found that subscribers to the service used the “music recommendation function” 28 percent more often on rainy days than on sunny ones. The recommendations are based on the weather conditions of the day. Especially [...]

High-Quality Online Music Service the Next Big Thing

High-Quality Online Music Service the Next Big Thing

SEOUL, Jul. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — As the number of high-spec smartphone users continues to rise in South Korea, and with the music industry eyeing new business models, high quality music downloading and streaming services are no longer the exclusive property of audio system lovers. Similar to how the broadcasting industry has been progressing from [...]

Midnight Releases Will No Longer Affect Music Charts

Midnight Releases Will No Longer Affect Music Charts

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Major Korean music platforms have decided to challenge the conventional practice of releasing albums and singles at midnight, after criticism that the custom is distorting local music charts.  South Korean artists typically release their music at noon or midnight.  However, midnight has long been the more popular time of [...]

Apple Music Takes a Step Forward to Korean Market Entrance

Apple Music Takes a Step Forward to Korean Market Entrance

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) – After months of rumors and speculation, Apple’s music streaming service, Apple Music, has made a big step forward to introducing its services in Korea. In contrast to the global popularity of music services like Spotify, Deezer, and Pandora, the Korean music market for music sales and streaming is dominated [...]

Kakao to Acquire S. Korea’s Top Music Streaming Provider

Kakao to Acquire S. Korea’s Top Music Streaming Provider

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s top mobile messenger operator Kakao Corp. said Monday it will take over a controlling stake in LOEN Entertainment Inc., expanding its business scope to cover music streaming. Under the plan, Kakao will purchase a 76.4 percent stake in the country’s leading provider of music streaming and download [...]

Music Industry Pressures Melon to Stop Song Suggestion Service

Music Industry Pressures Melon to Stop Song Suggestion Service

SEOUL, Dec.24 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean music organizations are demanding that music sites abolish their ‘Song Suggestion’ features. The Recording Industry Association of Korea (RIAK), the Korean Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (KOSCAP), the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA), the Federation of Korean Music Performers, the Korea Singers Association and the Korea Entertainment Producer’s [...]

Mnet Music Cancels Music Recommendations, Will Melon and Genie Follow?

Mnet Music Cancels Music Recommendations, Will Melon and Genie Follow?

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – CJ E&M, which manages the music site mnet.com, has decided to abolish its ‘recommended music’ section. ‘Recommended music’ refers to songs that are selected by music sites for increased promotion, and are displayed right above the ranking charts. If a song is selected as ‘recommended music’, it is easier [...]

Music Chart Rankings Arouse Suspicion

Music Chart Rankings Arouse Suspicion

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Korea Bizwire) - With suspicious IDs turning up in large quantities on music sites, industry watchers are expressing concern that sales charts are being manipulated. Questions over entertainment companies purchasing songs in bulk have been stirring since 2012. But after thousands of IDs with serial numbers of a similar pattern were found [...]