Spotify Considers Buying SoundCloud, Along With Their 200 Million Users

first_imgA few weeks ago, Spotify announced that they surpassed 40 million subscribers; this growth rate doubles over the streaming service’s rival Apple Music. While SoundCloud recently launched a paid subscription service, they haven’t made enough profit to sustain their once-free music streams. Now, it seems as though Spotify is currently seeking to formally acquire SoundCloud, according to The Financial Times. The plot continues to thicken, as the streaming wars ensue.SoundCloud has been in financial trouble for some time now, losing upwards of $70 million over the last two years, according to a report from February. Earlier this summer, the company considered selling their online streaming service for $1 billion. The report made it clear that, while the company had “adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future,” SoundCloud was heavily reliant on “further capital investment” to continue operating in 2015.Now, we see another potential – for the Spotify giants to step in and take over SoundCloud.  If they were to successfully do so, the company would acquire all 200 million SC users. This would be an interesting turn of events, as both companies started in October of 2008. The details remain unclear of how the transition would navigate paid subscriptions versus free memberships, but Spotify’s acquisition of SoundCloud would be an undeniable win for Spotify.Let’s see how this one pans out…[H/T CoS]last_img read more

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“UNPLANNED” is here! SCREENINGS (updated regularly)

first_imgAs we debate the abortion issue in New Zealand, the Unplanned movie and its message is a gift to us. Let’s use it!The movie is based on a true story. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the US, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counselled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.Until the day she saw something that changed everything…See the movie that two of the largest film distributors in Canada refused to distribute. (It was eventually shown after an independent distributor picked it up – similar to NZ).Family First is hosting the very first screening of Unplanned in NZ next Monday night – but it’s sold out! Fortunately, there are many screenings happening throughout NZ. Be quick. Many have already sold out. Watch the trailer….Screenings:Monday 16th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Manukau* Host: Family First NZ   SOLD OUTMonday 16th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Wairau Park* Host: Marina Young (Buttons Project)   SOLD OUTTuesday 17th September, 8:15pm Roxy Cinemas Wellington NZ* Host: Voice For Life Wellington  SOLD OUTWednesday 18th September, 6:30pm Rialto Cinemas Newmarket NZ* Host: Family Life International   SOLD OUTWednesday 18th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand Inc.   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 7:00pm Hoyts Cinemas Sylvia Park, Auckland* Host: Family First NZ   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 6:00pm Event Cinemas New Plymouth* Host: Unplanned   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 7:00pm Hoyts Botany Downs * Host: New Conservative   SOLD OUTMonday 23rd September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Waiora   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 8:30pm Event Cinemas Paraparaumu* Host: March For Life   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 8:30pm Event Cinemas Palmerston North* Host: Unplanned Manawatu  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 23rd September, 6pm Whakamax Movies, Whakatane* Host: They Ministries  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 25th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand Inc. SOLD OUTWednesday 25th September, 7:00pm Hoyts Wairau Park, Auckland* Host: Hangyul Cho  SOLD OUTThursday 26th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Voice For Life Hawkes Bay   SOLD OUTMonday 30th September, 6:00pm Event Cinemas Tauranga* Host: Pro Life   SOLD OUTMonday 30th September, 6:30pm Event Cinemas St Lukes, Auckland* Host: Hope Restorations  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 30th September, 7:00pm Hoyts, Whangaparaoa* Host: Whangaparaoa Baptist Church  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 30th September, 7:30pm Suter Theatre, Nelson* Host: Voice For Life Nelson  PURCHASE TICKETSTuesday 1st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Whangarei* Host: Family First NZ   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 2nd October, 7:00pm Hoyts Northlands Christchurch* Host: Right To Life New Zealand  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 2nd October, 8:00pm Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch* Host: Truth For Humanity NZ   PURCHASE TICKETSThursday 3rd October, 5:30pm Roxy Cinemas, Wellington* Host: Lobby New Zealand   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:00pm Event Cinemas, New Plymouth* Host: Unplanned   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 8:00pm Movie Max Digital, Timaru* Host: Discover Life   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Waiora   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Westcity* Host: Family Life International  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 7:00pm Event Cinema, Blenheim* Host: Family Life International  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 7:00 Pm Hoyts, Wairau Park* Host: March For Life Auckland  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 14th October, 8:00pm Monterey Cinemas, Upper Hutt* Host: Voice For Life Hutt Valley Branch  PURCHASE TICKETSTuesday 15th October, 8:15pm Cathay Cinemas, Kerikeri* Host: Family First NZ   SOLD OUTWednesday 16th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas Chartwell, Hamilton* Host: Unplanned  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 6:00pm Penthouse Cinema & Café, Wellington* Host: Family Life International NZ   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Prolife Hawkes Bay  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 16th October, 7:30pm Rangiora Town Hall Cinema* Host: Local Focus  PURCHASE TICKETSThursday 17th October, 6:00pm Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch* Host: Unplanned   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Tauranga* Host: Nick & Rebecca La Spina   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 5:30pm Anzac Theatre, Dargaville* Host: Sacred Heart Gospel Group, Dargaville   SOLD OUTMonday 21st October, 6:30pm Event Cinemas, Tauranga* Host: Nick & Rebecca La Spina   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 7:30 Pm Dome Cinema, Gisborne* Host: Grace Church Gisborne   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 7:30pm Regent 3 Cinemas, Masterton* Host: Heidi Hendrikse   PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 21st October, 8:00pm Event Cinemas, Havelock North* Host: Love   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 23rd October, 6:00pm Hoyts, Whangaparaoa* Host: The Truth  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 23rd October, 7:30pm State Cinemas, Motueka* Host: The Jeremiah Trust  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 6th November, 6:30pm Rialto Cinema, Dunedin* Host: Voice For Life Dunedin   PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 6th November, 7:00pm Metro By Hoyts, Hamilton* Host: Unplanned Waikato  PURCHASE TICKETSWednesday 14th November, 7:00pm SIT CentreStage, Invercargill* Host: Amelia Norfolk  PURCHASE TICKETSFriday 22nd November, 7:30 PM Maungatapere Community Church* Host: Nicola Van Lune  PURCHASE TICKETSMonday 25th November, 6:30 pm, Event Cinemas Westcity* Host: Hope Restorations     PURCHASE TICKETSIt is important to note that screenings are confirmed once a certain number of tickets have been sold. So book yours today to ensure that the screening happens!You can also apply to have the movie shown at your local theatre. Please consider doing this. It’s very easy to do.last_img read more

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Dream Cesarewitch for O’Briens

first_imgEl Salvador gave teenager Donnacha O’Brien a landmark big-race success in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh. Press Association The treble was initiated when Royal Navy Ship came out on top in what is likely to prove a very strong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. A host of well-bred newcomers lined up for the seven-furlong contest, with O’Brien’s The Happy Prince taking them along through the early stages, with Five Claw in close attendance. The leader’s stablemate Royal Navy Ship (6-1) raced just in behind on the far rail and the War Front colt took over when getting a nice split a furlong and a half out. Although green when he hit the front, Seamie Heffernan’s mount kept on well, eventually having a length and a half in hand on another O’Brien runner, the 100-30 favourite Jacobean, who finished best of all down the centre of the track from the rear in the hands of Joseph O’Brien. O’Brien snr, who had four runners in the race, said: “I’m delighted with that fella. He was well drawn, while Joseph’s horse was badly drawn. It comes to a time of the year when they have to start, and there wasn’t much between three of ours coming here.” The younger brother of champion jockey Joseph O’Brien, the 16-year-old had only ridden his first winner last month but defied his inexperience with a fine ride on his father Aidan’s five-year-old, running in the colours of his mother Anne-Marie. Burdened with top-weight, O’Brien’s 7lb claim proved invaluable as Hidden Universe and Pat Smullen pressed hard through the final furlong, with El Salvador finding plenty for pressure and seeing it out for a length success at 25-1. Joseph O’Brien finished third on another Ballydoyle contender, Marchese Marconi, with Asbury Boss fourth. Aidan O’Brien, who was completing a treble, said: “I’m delighted and it’s great for Donnacha. It’s a hard race to win. He’s a tall fellow and is doing his leaving certificate this year. It was a nice, patient ride as the start was a bit messy and he was a long way back. “He was second in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot this year, and is a tough horse.” It was a fourth winner for the jockey and a second Irish Cesarewitch for O’Brien snr after Bright Horizon in 2010. Earlier there was a Ballydoyle victory with Together Forever, who had the best form on offer in the Listed Staffordstown Stud Stakes and obliged with the minimum of fuss. Sent off the 11-10 favourite and kept out of trouble on the outside by Joseph O’Brien, the daughter of Galileo was wound up to strike two furlongs out and asserted the further she went. Seamie Heffernan and Cocoon made it a one-two for the yard, three lengths behind. The trainer said, “She quickened up well, and Joseph feels she is more of a Guineas than an Oaks type. She has more speed than we were giving her credit for. Before she won her maiden at Gowran we were making too much use of her. “We will probably leave her alone now as she is going a bit hairy, but she is a filly to look forward to.” last_img read more

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Lobi Beats Pillars to Go Six Points Clear at the Top

first_imgNPFL… NPFL… NPFL…By Duro IkhazuagbeAyo Saka’s lone strike for Lobi Stars made the difference in the tightly contested Match day 18 of the Nigeria Professional Football League clash with Kano Pillars in Makurdi yesterday. That 1-0 victory consolidated the Makurdi team’s leadership of the Nigerian top flight to 33 points from 17 matches, six points clear of closest rivals Katsina United.Ebube Duru set the stage for Saka’s goal with his brilliant cross from the wing to ensure that Solomon Ogbeide’s men keep their eyes focused on the title. Pillars’ left-back, Chris Madaki, was sent off for a second bookable offence.Elsewhere yesterday, there was also home win for second placed Katsina United who defeated El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 at the Mohammadu Dikko Stadium. El-Kanemi’s Razak Aliyu was sent off three minutes from time.Other winners of the Match Day 18 include; Niger Tornadoes, Akwa United and Nasarawa United, while Enugu Rangers bagged their first point ever at FC Ifeanyiubah.Wikki Tourists and Kwara United were also pegged back at home by Enyimba and Go Round FC, respectively.At the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna, Niger Tornadoes extended their unbeaten streak to eight games by beating Yobe Desert Stars 1-0. Andrew Ikefe netted the winner in the last minute of added time.In Uyo, Akwa United bounced back from their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup, edging out Sunshine Stars 2-1.Enyimba held Wikki Tourists to a 0-0 draw at the New Jos Stadium, improving their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.The Oriental derby between hosts FC IfeanyiUbah and Enugu Rangers ended in a goalless draw.Tomorrow, MFM FC welcome Rivers United to Lagos and Heartland battle champions PlateauMATCH DAY 18Nasarawa 1-0 Abia WarriorsKatsina Utd 1-0 El-KanemiLobi 1-0 Kano PillarsAkwa Utd 2-1 SunshineWikki 0-0 EnyimbaFCIU 0-0 RangersKwara Utd 1-1 Go RoundTornadoes 1-0 Yobe StarsTODAYMFM FC Vs Rivers UtdHeartland FC Vs Plateau UtdShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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