U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Being Blocked From iAd

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    London-based streaming music service Bloom.fm is shutting down following the withdrawal of its main investment partner, TNT, a Russian television channel. TNT withdrew its funding following an organizational change, said VentureBeat.

    In a blog post, the Bloom.fm team said the withdrawal of funding was a surprise and that the company has no time to find new investment.

    Earlier this month, it was reported that Bloom.fm had been blocked from using Apple's iAd advertising service to gain new users because it competed too closely with Apple's own iTunes Radio service, which is preparing to launch in the United Kingdom.

    It's unclear whether the iAd blocking had anything to do with the removal of funding, but it was likely a blow to the company regardless.

    Article Link: U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Being Blocked From iAd
  2. larrylaffer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
  3. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Being Blocked From iAd

    While chronologically correct, this is some quality link bait.
  4. Brian Y, Apr 30, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014

    Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    <Revoking this post, since I'm just going to get attacked for it>
  5. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    Did this have anything with them being blocked from iAd?
  6. AstronomyiPhone macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2013
    You beat me to it: I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that...
  7. Chastepe macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2010
    Derby, UK
    Sounds a bit conspiring...who knows what Apple is capable of doing...
  8. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Antitrust against who ?

    I didn't read anywhere where Apple put pressure on the investor ? Perhaps you can direct me to the link.
  9. TheRainKing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2012
    Never used their service or heard of them until just now. But they seem like nice guys so I feel bad for them.
  10. Steven Jackson macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2006
    Lincoln, U.K.
    Right. Can we have iTunes Radio any time soon, then?
  11. AstronomyiPhone macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2013
    It doesn't really sound like it...
  12. pubwvj macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    Bummer. That must have been a hard letter to write. They did an extremely good, mature, job of it. I hope they do well in their next venture. Life is fully of squiggly twists and turns.
  13. rmatthewware macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2009
    Nope. It's not antitrust. Do you often see ads for CBS on Fox? Apple didn't allow them to advertize through iAd, they didn't block them from using other ad services on the App Store.

    Besides that, seems iAd had little to do with their failure. With over a million subscribers, one ad service rejecting them wasn't the killer.
  14. Tiguan, Apr 30, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014

    Tiguan macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2014
    What a grossly misleading title.

    Whilst I agree, it may have hindered them being barred from iAds, it's nothing on the same scale as having your primary funder pull out.

    Does every story have to be directly linked to Apple?
  15. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    In a situation like this, can't other investors show up and invest in the company? It's not like they went bankrupt or anything, they just lost an investor, so it's not less promising than it was...
  16. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    This title is so misleading. It makes it sound like the company was shut down because it was blocked from iAd. Besides, iTunes Radio isn't out in the UK yet, is it? I thought it was only in Australia and the US. You can't compete against something that isn't there.

    That reminds me, release iTunes Radio in Canada Apple!
  17. selfsilent macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2014
    So, over 1 million users in the last year.
    Why don't they have their own money to continue?
    Surely they didn't have all their eggs in 1 basket and was relying on 1 company to keep it going?

    Sounds like they saw the writing on the wall and decided to get out, claim bankruptcy and walk away with something before Apple wade in and decimate this sector and make them worth nothing.
  18. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    As the primary developer of a previously available app store app called "VintApps 3.1.3", I know a bit how they feel. :(
  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
  20. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2011
    Trollhättan, Sweden
    Are you kidding me?! These two completely unrelated events have been stitched together by a very irresponsible, tabloid reminiscent article title, and you have fallen for it.

    Bloom loses its funding due to corporate restructuring at its only main investor, and somehow that equates to calls for an antitrust suit against Apple, who control a whole 15.5% of the global smartphone market?? That hardly constitutes a monopolistic position.

    Seems pretty tinfoil hat to me, and shame on the editor for allowing such a misleading and ridiculous article title in the first place.


    And posts like these are why we should reimplement the down vote.
  21. redshovel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2007
    Whatever the story behind the shutdown I am disappointed to see Bloom go. I really liked their app for music discovery and the pricing model for rentals was fair.
  22. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Don't know much about Bloom.fm, but having acquired 1,158,914 registered users in a little over a year, that abrupt shut down seems regrettable.
  23. Mac-Mac-McAfee macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2012
    I'm sure the if there is a correlation between the iAd issue it was because TNT didn't like the way Bloom.fm took to the internet to whine about Apple. Sure TNT didn't want any backlash from these cry babies if they were in a similar situation.
  24. spooky2k macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2008
    "It's unclear whether the iAd blocking had anything to do with the removal of funding..." but we're going to heavily imply it in the headline anyway. Awful link baiting.

    The real headline here is: Bloom.fm shutting down after investor pulls funding.
  25. inscrewtable macrumors 68000


    Oct 9, 2010
    U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Total Lunar Eclipse

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