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screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-2-34-57-pmThe Platform & Stream daily digest newsletter keeps you up to date on the best music streaming news & ideas.

Our handcurated newsletter covers a variety of topics related to the business of music streaming: technology, data, content rights, streaming platforms, and distribution. We also as spotlight the people and innovation shaping the future of the music streaming industry.

Oh yeah, and there’s also the folks who actually play the music! We’ll keep an eye on how the artists are dealing with the new world of music streaming.

“Streaming Has Officially Taken Over the Music Business.” That was TIME Magazine’s big headline in March ’16. We couldn’t agree more! What better time to dive in to All Things Music Streaming with Platform & Stream.

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Can Blockchain Make Music Great Again?

Blockchain technology can’t write songs or play instruments – at least not yet. But, it might be able to ensure that those who do get the proper credit and compensation, a problem that has always bedeviled this $15bn industry.

Since the start of the 2017 alone, both The Three Degrees and The Carpenters have brought cases against their record companies for alleged unpaid royalties. And the modern move towards streaming services, like Spotify and Jay Z’s Tidal, has brought a plethora of cases where artists said they have not been adequately compensated for the use of their music.

Read Article: CoinDesk

Country Music May be Pandora’s Secret Weapon

pandoraWhen Pandora Media Inc. launches its $10-a-month music service next month, it faces steep competition from a host of more established streaming providers.

But the Internet-radio giant has an edge with one relatively untapped fan base that has long been willing to pony up for tunes, albeit often in the form of CDs at Wal-Mart: country music lovers.With 55 million of its 78 million active monthly listeners having tuned into its “Today’s Country” station, Pandora is a trusted brand in the country world, said Cindy Mabe, president of Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group Nashville.

The country-music subsidiary says 10 of its artists each have had songs streamed on Pandora more than 1 billion times.

Read Article: MarketWatch

Don’t Look Now, but the Great Unbundling Has Spun Into Reverse

dsc_0328-696x464We are in the age of the great rebundling, when firms use packages of services as a way to increase their scale advantage and thus deepen the moat around their businesses.

In music, the story is even starker than in television. At one time, consumers used to buy a collection of songs — on vinyl, cassette and then compact disc. It was possible to buy a single song or two in these formats, but the internet facilitated more and more people downloading individual tracks.

Yet, today, there is an inexorable consumer shift to all-you-can-eat bundles of music. Already more than 60 million people pay for Spotify, Apple Music and others. These music bundles will increasingly be combined with other services as well to build competitive advantage.

Read Article: NYT

FC Bayern Munich Announces Exclusive Collaboration with Apple Music

From today, music fans will be able to get even closer to their favourite team and players from FC Bayern Munich with exclusive playlists and content, curated especially for Apple Music.

From inspirational and uplifting songs to listen to during training to celebratory playlists post-match, there will be music for everyone to enjoy throughout the season. The first team playlist is available now. Alongside exclusive content and videos, Apple Music will also be FC Bayern Munich’s music service of choice.

Music has always played an important role in sport, helping athletes and footballers train and providing anthems for fans on the terraces. Bayern Munich star Mats Hummels proves just how important music is to him in the current Deutsche Telekom and Apple Music commercial in order to prepare for a match.

Apple Music is a single, intuitive app that combines the best ways to enjoy music including your music library, a revolutionary music streaming service offering access to over 40 million songs, radio led by the flagship Beats 1 station, and playlists curated by world class music experts. Twenty million subscribers are already listening to new music first and rediscovering old favourites with playlists including Chart Hits, Relax and the best of the week.

In addition to today’s music news, it’s also been announced Beats by Dr. Dre will continue to be the official sound partner of FC Bayern Munich providing the club with premium headphones and speakers.

Emerging Markets: The Next Big Opportunity For Music Streaming Services

Though music streaming is not limited to mobile phones, the increasing ownership of smartphones across regions beyond developed economies that presents significant opportunities for music streaming services. As people in emerging economies don’t own top-of-the-range mobile handsets and tend to use pay-as-you-go mobile plans, though there will be some challenges for music streaming companies to overcome.

Read Article: The Market Mogul

Love Streaming, Still Buying Music

I recently discovered a terrific, country-meets-Southern-R&B band called The Deslondes. It was via Uncut’s recent Sounds of the New West CD compilation.

As it goes with most of my new musical discoveries, I jump in hip-deep and start listening to as much of the band’s music as possible.

Once I heard the CD track I was hooked. It wasn’t long before I opened Spotify and started listening to the New Orleans quintet’s self-titled album.

And yet there I was a few days later downloading the album via iTunes. Did I really need to buy the digital version of the album when I already have it available to me via a music streaming service? As much as I love music streaming, I am still connected to the practice of buying various songs and albums via iTunes.

I don’t buy as much as I did way back in the early days of iTunes, but I continue to purchase a healthy number of songs. I still have an old 5th Generation (30GB 5.0) iPod, which I faithfully update with new music. Continue reading “Love Streaming, Still Buying Music”

Change Is Afoot In Music Video

sz_header_image-1Music video’s two power players are both in the news for strategic resets. On the one hand YouTube has announced that it is merging its YouTube Music and Google Play Music teams while on the other hand Vevo has announced it is postponing the launch of its subscription service in favour of prioritising global expansion. These are both important developments in their own rights but together form part of a changing narrative for music video.

Music video is streaming music’s killer app. According to MIDiA’s latest consumer survey, 45% of consumers watch music videos on YouTube or Vevo every month, while 25% of consumers use YouTube for music every week (more than any of the streaming audio services). So what YouTube and Vevo do has real impact.

Read Article: Music Industry Blog