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Issue #459: Is Life Easier with So Many Digital Formats?: Bayern Munich, Apple Music Extend Deal; UnitedMasters Quietly Rolls Out Service

Does the Multiplicity of Digital Formats Make Life Easier?

Paul Wilson looks at how digital audio has become more complicated…

Eight Months After Launch, UnitedMasters Quietly Rolls Out Online Distribution Service For Artists
Eight Months After Launch, UnitedMasters Quietly Rolls Out Online Distribution Service For Artistswww.billboard.com
In a crowded, competitive landscape for music streaming, distribution and analytics, UnitedMasters has arguably struggled to deliver on its lofty promises to date.

Bayern Munich extends deal with Apple Music
Bayern Munich extends deal with Apple Music www.bavarianfootballworks.com
You want a Bayern-specific playlist, Die Roten has you covered!

Is Instagram about to become the music industry's new best friend?
Is Instagram about to become the music industry's new best friend?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

On June 20, Instagram announced IGTV, the company’s attempt to compete with YouTube and distinguish itself with vertical video content.

Spotify Ad Studio launches in Australia
Spotify Ad Studio launches in Australiawww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Spotify has launched its self-serve advertising platform in Australia.

Streaming Music and Copyright
Streaming Music and Copyrightwww.cato.org
The Music Modernization Act has some beneficial aspects, but overall it simply incorporates streaming services like Spotify into the same anticompetitive regulatory framework that currently governs music copyrights.

Audio (R)evolution: From Mono To Stereo To Smart
Audio (R)evolution: From Mono To Stereo To Smartwww.twice.com
As the sonic landscape has transitioned from mono to stereo to smart, one thing has remained the same: the ability of recorded sound to take our breath away.

Spotify and Ek’s parlay
Spotify and Ek’s parlaymedium.com
Recode recently reported that two of the three major record labels had started selling their equity stakes in Spotify: How else can you read this but to infer that the major labels feel pretty secure…

Over 30? Survey Says You May Suffer From 'Musical Paralysis'
Over 30? Survey Says You May Suffer From 'Musical Paralysis'www.billboard.com
Radio programmers who work in country and other adult-leaning formats might well be heartened by a new study from an online company that suggests listeners over the age of 30 have little time for music discovery.

Issue #458: Smule Music App Steps Into the Spotlight; Why Does Spotify Still Separate New York City Listening Data by Borough?

Smule may be the biggest music app you haven't heard of
Smule may be the biggest music app you haven't heard ofwww.cnet.com
If you want to sing out, sing out.

Why Does Spotify Still Separate New York City Listening Data by Borough?
Why Does Spotify Still Separate New York City Listening Data by Borough?www.billboard.com
If you’re an artist and see “New York City” listed as one of your top cities for fans, that might not mean exactly what you think it does.

BMG to Relaunch ‘Live from Daryl’s House,’ New Episodes Coming
BMG to Relaunch ‘Live from Daryl’s House,’ New Episodes Comingvariety.com
BMG has partnered with executive producers Daryl Hall and Jonathan Wolfson to secure worldwide rights for Hall’s Webby Award-winning TV series, “Live from Daryl’s House” and will begin producing new segments beginning this fall, the company announced today.

Amazon AI predicts users’ musical tastes based on playback duration
Amazon AI predicts users’ musical tastes based on playback durationventurebeat.com
Researchers at Amazon have developed a method that uses playback duration and an AI model to predict musical taste.

Australia Wants to Impose 'Culture Quotas' on Streaming Music Services
Australia Wants to Impose 'Culture Quotas' on Streaming Music Serviceswww.digitalmusicnews.com
APRA AMCOS and SPA have sent a joint letter to the Commonwealth government asking officials to impose quotas on streaming services.

This SA creator of two Twitter apps - with over a million users - wants to build the next Spotify with blockchain
This SA creator of two Twitter apps – with over a million users – wants to build the next Spotify with blockchain www.businessinsider.co.za
Simon de la Rouviere co-founded music distribution platform Ujo Music in 2015, after starting TwimeMachine and Tweekly.fm as side projects.

Musical.ly Juggernaut Flighthouse Launches YouTube Channel
Musical.ly Juggernaut Flighthouse Launches YouTube Channelwww.billboard.com
The Flighthouse media brand, which is led by 19-year-old CEO Jacob Price, is a top channel on musical.ly with 1 billion-plus monthly views, thanks to its nearly 18 million fans.

Streaming Has Taken Over the Music Industry
Streaming Has Taken Over the Music Industrywww.pcmag.com
Audio and video music streaming make up 75 percent of music consumption in the US, up from 50 percent in the first half of 2016, according to Nielsen’s US Mid-Year Music Report.

Data increasingly shaping how music is made, report finds
Data increasingly shaping how music is made, report findswww.m-magazine.co.uk

A new study suggests that while streaming services have helped recorded music return to growth, their greatest contribution may turn out to be the data they generate about fans’ listening habits.

Spotify + Patreon — Label = A Brand-New Success Model
Spotify + Patreon — Label = A Brand-New Success Modelwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify isn’t signing artists, and neither is Patreon. Which is exactly the point. So what happens when the next Amanda Palmer wants to get signed?

Issue #456: Rap Leads the Music Industry’s Resurgence; Sprint Debuts ‘Unlimited Plus’ Plans with Tidal Subscription Bundle

Rap Is Leading the Music Industry’s Resurgence
Rap Is Leading the Music Industry’s Resurgencewww.rollingstone.com

Nielsen report finds continued growth in streaming – led, again, by hip-hop and R&B

Sprint Introducing New 'Unlimited Plus’ Plans With Tidal Music Streaming Subscription Bundle
Sprint Introducing New 'Unlimited Plus’ Plans With Tidal Music Streaming Subscription Bundlewww.billboard.com
Sprint is introducing two new pricing plans for its cell service, including an Unlimited Plus plan that will come bundled with a subscription to Tidal’s music streaming service.

The decline of CDs and rise of streaming music show how little we value artists
The decline of CDs and rise of streaming music show how little we value artistswww.latimes.com
Before, one paid $15 for a CD. Now, artists receive pennies when single tracks of their work are sold or streamed.

Independent music gains global freedom
Independent music gains global freedomwww.asianage.com
The likes of Rock Machine, Agnee, Brahma, 13AD, Sugarfoot, among others, deserve credit for the genesis of independent sounds in India.

Spotify is fine. But let's mourn the passing of CDs
Spotify is fine. But let's mourn the passing of CDswww.latimes.com
CDs have become music’s bastard stepchildren: unwanted, unloved and misunderstood. The stereos in new cars can’t even play them.

Pandora users can share music to their Snapchat stories
Pandora users can share music to their Snapchat storieswww.engadget.com
Last month, Snap opened up its AR camera, Bitmoji and more for use within third-party apps. Pandora was one of the first to announce its partnership, and now th…

These are the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure
These are the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasurewww.kswo.com
Despite the increasing number of music fans who turn to streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora for radio-style programming, the broadcast format is by no means dying….

How Will The Net Neutrality Rollback Affect Music Streaming?
How Will The Net Neutrality Rollback Affect Music Streaming?www.project-disco.org

Perhaps a decade ago the absence of laws prohibiting this activity may not have been as well known, however, as our lives increasingly depend on the Internet, it is important to keep in mind the impact of this decision.

Spotify 2.0
Spotify 2.0medium.com

Growing Beyond a Personal Music Streaming Platform.

Issue #455: Spotify’s Content Bundling & Competing with Apple, Amazon; Will Digital Music Kill Vinyl Anytime Soon?

Spotify's Content Bundling Might Be Its Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon
Spotify's Content Bundling Might Be Its Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazonwww.billboard.com
The music and media industries went abuzz when Spotify announced last month that Dawn Ostroff, former president of entertainment at Condé Nast Entertainment, would be joining the streaming service as its new chief content officer.

The Music Industry: From Piracy To Profits
The Music Industry: From Piracy To Profitswww.forbes.com
The concept of music streaming not only shifted the consumer mindset away from ownership of music but also was able to battle piracy at the same price point: free.

Dave Matthews Band Announces Free Live Webcast From SPAC
Dave Matthews Band Announces Free Live Webcast From SPACwww.jambase.com
Dave Matthew Band will offer a free live webcast of their performance on Saturday from the SPAC in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Ariana Grande to Headline Amazon Music Prime Day Concert
Ariana Grande to Headline Amazon Music Prime Day Concertvariety.com
Today, Amazon Music announced that Ariana Grande will headline the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Day concert in New York on July 11, streaming for fans globally on Amazon.com beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Will digital music kill vinyl anytime soon?
Will digital music kill vinyl anytime soon?www.cnet.com
The LP fan base may make a lot of noise, but digital will eventually kill analog once and for all. Someday.

How To Get On A Spotify Playlist (And How Not To)
How To Get On A Spotify Playlist (And How Not To)medium.com
For any artist trying to make a dollar in today’s digitally-driven economy, prospects seem bleak. The decline of radio and physical music sales is so chronicled that it would be inane and wasteful to…

Deezer’s lossless audio for Google Home has finally arrived
Deezer’s lossless audio for Google Home has finally arrivedwww.wistv.com
As far as music streaming services go, Deezer isn’t exactly a household name, at least not in the U.S., but that may not remain the case for long.

How Music Fans Built the Internet
How Music Fans Built the Internetwww.wired.com
In an excerpt from her new book, Microsoft researcher Nancy Baym demonstrates how music lovers used fan culture to build a worldwide web.

AirPlay 2 makes Sonos the best audio option for most iPhone owners
AirPlay 2 makes Sonos the best audio option for most iPhone ownerswww.engadget.com
For a long time, Sonos was only capable of streaming music to its speakers through a proprietary app, but that’s changed in the last few years. After working wi…

Issue #454: Why Apple Music is Finally Starting to Win Spotify’s game; Declining Audio Quality in Music

Why Apple Music is finally starting to win Spotify’s game.
Why Apple Music is finally starting to win Spotify’s game.slate.com
Because it’s going after serious music fans while Spotify targets low-effort listeners.

Music streams in the US grew by over 118bn in the first half of 2018 - the biggest jump in history
Music streams in the US grew by over 118bn in the first half of 2018 – the biggest jump in historywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Here’s an encouraging stat for the global music business: the amount of music streamed in the United States in the first half of this year grew by the largest volume ever seen.

Declining Audio Quality In Music
Declining Audio Quality In Musicmedium.com
In the early 1980s, I had a friend who was a songwriter. He asked me to play guitar on a few demo recordings he was making. It was my first opportunity to record in a professional recording studio…

Music analytics in 2018: 'Data will tell you what's hot, but not what is good'
Music analytics in 2018: 'Data will tell you what's hot, but not what is good'musically.com

Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI, an afternoon of presentations and panel discussion on the current state of music analytics / data and their future was held yesterday.

Spotify will open regional headquarters in LA’s Arts District
Spotify will open regional headquarters in LA’s Arts Districtla.curbed.com
The tech company’s Los Angeles offices will be in the new At Mateo complex

The Ujo Platform: A Decentralized Music Ecosystem
The Ujo Platform: A Decentralized Music Ecosystemblog.ujomusic.com
Our vision at Ujo is to empower music through a transparent and open ecosystem and our mission is to build resilient, sustainable and accessible infrastructure for artists, supporters, and…

The state of music streaming in Southeast Asia
The state of music streaming in Southeast Asiatheaseanpost.com
The digital music streaming business in Asia is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the world.

Why music's survival means going with the stream
Why music's survival means going with the streamwww.fin24.com
For a while it seemed the music industry was in critical condition. Then streaming services came along, a natural enough flow of events – but one that finally gave consumers what they wanted, writes Chris Cheetham.

Issue #453: Billboard Charts in the Streaming Age; Drake’s Latest is First to Stream 1 Billion Times in a Week

Billboard’s charts used to be our barometer for music success. Are they meaningless in the streaming age?
Billboard’s charts used to be our barometer for music success. Are they meaningless in the streaming age?www.washingtonpost.com
Kanye West released five seven-track albums, and Drake dumped 25 tracks all at once, hinting that pop artists might be using some savvy trickery to manipulate the charts.

Spotify's Artist Platform Runs Op-Ed On Reasons Not to Sign to Record Labels
Spotify's Artist Platform Runs Op-Ed On Reasons Not to Sign to Record Labelswww.billboard.com
Greg Puciato, the lead singer and frontman for The Dillinger Escape Plan and, more recently, The Black Queen, penned an op-ed for Spotify’s artist platform on leaving record labels behind — right at a time when Spotify’s relationships with labels are under a microscope.

Drake's new album is the first to stream 1 billion times in a week
Drake's new album is the first to stream 1 billion times in a weekwww.engadget.com
We know, we know — you’re probably tired of hearing about Drake’s new album setting records and otherwise dominating the internet. However, this is one record…

Watch Ben Affleck predict Spotify and Netflix streaming back in 2003
Watch Ben Affleck predict Spotify and Netflix streaming back in 2003mashable.com
Ben Affleck rambled on about subscription services that he imagined were only five years away. He was right.

Can Kobalt’s AWAL rewrite the rules of A&R?
Can Kobalt’s AWAL rewrite the rules of A&R?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

In the annals of labels around the globe, you’ll find plenty of statistics that prove, when it comes to frontline signings, there are many, many more commercial disappointments than there are commercial Despacitos.

Which artists benefit from Amazon Music?
Which artists benefit from Amazon Music?www.getrevue.co

Smart speakers remove the friction required to activate the first stream, not necessarily the friction required to achieve long-tail content discovery.

Stem Offers Digital Music Distribution Alternative
Stem Offers Digital Music Distribution Alternativewww.hypebot.com
Founded in 2015, Stem.is is a unique digital aggregator which submits your music to all major streaming services and, unlike most other digital aggregators, has a more streamlined payment process, meaning you and your collaborators can earn royalties with fewer accounting hassles.

An Anime-Focused Streaming Music Service Is Coming In August
An Anime-Focused Streaming Music Service Is Coming In Augustwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Want your favorite anime music without having to tune in to any shows?  Now, a highly-specialized streaming music service called Aniuta is coming to America.

Sendmate generated 53.8% click-through rate for Imogen Heap
Sendmate generated 53.8% click-through rate for Imogen Heapmusically.com
Artist Imogen Heap is heading off on a world tour soon under her ‘Mycelia’ banner – you may remember us reporting on the plans from her launch event in December – and she’s been testing a new tool to let fans know about it.

YouTube Music ✕ Soundsgood
YouTube Music ✕ Soundsgoodmedium.com
Hey guys, you have been a lot asking for YouTube Music on Soundsgood. Well… it’s done! Here are a few notes and tips to get the most of out Google’s new music streaming service. When sharing the…

Issue #452: Glassnote Sues Donald Glover Over Streaming Royalties; Tencent Plans Spinoff, U.S. Listing of Online Music Biz; Apple Music Overtakes Spotify in U.S. Subscribers

Glassnote Sues Donald Glover Over Streaming Royalties
Glassnote Sues Donald Glover Over Streaming Royaltieswww.stereogum.com

TMZ reports that Glassnote Records has filed a lawsuit claiming that Glover has received over $700,000 in streaming royalties since 2012 and hasn’t paid them their percentage of the earnings.

Tencent Plans Spinoff, U.S. Listing of Online Music Business
Tencent Plans Spinoff, U.S. Listing of Online Music Businesswww.bloomberg.com
Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. is planning to spin off its online music entertainment business and list its shares in the U.S. through a public offering, the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange Sunday.

Apple Music reportedly has more US subscribers than Spotify
Apple Music reportedly has more US subscribers than Spotifywww.engadget.com
Thanks to a Wall Street Journal report in February, we knew Apple Music was poised to overtake Spotify in terms of US subscribers this summer. Well, it reported…

Kobalt Music Appoints Rian Liebenberg as CTO, Richard Thompson Steps Down
Kobalt Music Appoints Rian Liebenberg as CTO, Richard Thompson Steps Downwww.billboard.com

Kobalt Music announced  that Rian Liebenberg will be taking over as CTO, as Richard Thompson has decided to step down from the position. However, Thompson will continue to advise the company as emeritus CTO.

Drake reigns supreme as streaming music reaches new highs
Drake reigns supreme as streaming music reaches new highsnypost.com
Fueled by a 45 percent rise in on-demand streams, the amount of music Americans either bought or streamed during the first half of 2018 increased by 18 percent over the same period a year earlier, a report out Friday revealed.

Imogen Heap Talks Mycelia, Mi.Mu Gloves And Creative Passport Blockchain Project
Imogen Heap Talks Mycelia, Mi.Mu Gloves And Creative Passport Blockchain Projectwww.forbes.com
Imogen Heap is trailblazing blockchain technology to redress the imbalance many musicians suffer. Actually getting paid for their work.

Streaming Music Service Users Look to Music Recommendations on Rainy Days
Streaming Music Service Users Look to Music Recommendations on Rainy Dayskoreabizwire.com

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.

Indie Labels Now Account For 14 Billion Streams Per Month
Indie Labels Now Account For 14 Billion Streams Per Monthmusic3point0.com
Indie labels now have a global reach has they now account for more than 14 billion streams a month, according to indie label association Merlin.

MIT's music AI can identify instruments and isolate their sounds
MIT's music AI can identify instruments and isolate their soundswww.engadget.com
If you’ve ever played a YouTube video for what it seems like the thousandth time to listen to your instrument’s part of a composition, you’ll love MIT’s new AI….

Music, Copyright and Creativity
Music, Copyright and Creativitywww.bloomberg.com
Laurence Juber, former guitarist for Paul McCartney and Wings, shares some thoughts.

The best music streaming options for Canadians
The best music streaming options for Canadiansmobilesyrup.com
Here’s a comprehensive look at all the music streaming options available to Canadians, and how they stack up.

Issue #451: Spotify on Tour; Three Lions Reaches All Time Streaming High; Bango Partners with Pandora

The Biggest New Artist on Tour in 2018 Is… Spotify
The Biggest New Artist on Tour in 2018 Is… Spotifywww.rollingstone.com
Streaming service is turning playlists into tours as it takes on more of the music industry

Mastodon: Music streaming could put bands out of business
Mastodon: Music streaming could put bands out of businesswww.loudersound.com
Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher says there’s a real chance of bands going to the wall unless there are changes to the way artists are paid through streaming services

Three Lions Reaches All Time Streaming High
Three Lions Reaches All Time Streaming Highwww.radiox.co.uk
The vintage England World Cup song was streamed over 450,000 times on Spotify on the day of England’s match against Colombia.

Bango partners with music streaming service Pandora to deliver mobile subs
Bango partners with music streaming service Pandora to deliver mobile subswww.telemediaonline.co.uk
Bango has partnered with Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the US, to power subscriptions through Pandora reseller partners.

Tunecore, Sentric Partner For Improved Publishing Services
Tunecore, Sentric Partner For Improved Publishing Serviceswww.hypebot.com

TuneCore has partnered with Sentric Music to improve its music publishing administration service.

Spotify India launch seems imminent as app shows up on Play Store for some users
Spotify India launch seems imminent as app shows up on Play Store for some userswww.digit.in
The Spotify app has popped up on the Play Store for some Indian users and the company has also created a dedicated section for “Desi” Indian music. Spotify

The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map Is Now Online
The Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map Is Now Onlinewww.radiosurvivor.com

Brooklyn, NY has one of the densest populations of unlicensed pirate radio stations in the U.S.

How to enable High Quality Streaming in Apple Music over cellular
How to enable High Quality Streaming in Apple Music over cellular9to5mac.com

By default, Apple Music will use adaptive streaming techniques to play music when streaming over cellular. While this won’t be an issue if you’re on good Wi-Fi or have a solid cellular connection, it can become an issue in low coverage areas.

How Technology Is Making It Harder For Songwriters To Work
How Technology Is Making It Harder For Songwriters To Workblog.reverbnation.com

In 2018, solitude is a hard thing to come by. Because our daily lives are often revolved around technology, the non-stop noise of the internet seems to follow us everywhere we go.

Drake Breaks Spotify, Apple Music Global Streaming Records With New Album Scorpion
Drake Breaks Spotify, Apple Music Global Streaming Records With New Album Scorpionpitchfork.com
Setting new marks for the most album streams in one single day

Experimentation is Crucial in Music's Streaming Era, but Execution is Key
Experimentation is Crucial in Music's Streaming Era, but Execution is Keydjbooth.net
Artists are reshaping the form, length, and method of releases to help their albums stick beyond their first week. We explore both the hits and misses.

Issue #450: How Smart Speakers Are Changing the Way We Listen to Music; Too Much Drake!!

How Smart Speakers Are Changing the Way We Listen to Music
With everyone from Amazon to will.i.am trying to get us to talk to their speakers, should listeners be excited, or worried?

Spotify Subscribers Demand Refunds Over Too Much Drake Promotion
Spotify Subscribers Demand Refunds Over Too Much Drake Promotionwww.billboard.com
With the release of Drake’s latest album, ‘Scorpion,’ on Friday, Spotify spent the weekend spreading the news with a promotional takeover that might have helped hype up fans but also turned off some subscribers enough to ask for a refund.

Adobe Advertising Cloud Teams With TuneIn To Prove Targeted Audio Ads Via Smart Speakers Is Scalable
Adobe Advertising Cloud Teams With TuneIn To Prove Targeted Audio Ads Via Smart Speakers Is Scalablegeomarketing.com

Why aim audio ads at smart speakers now? “Almost 80 percent of audio is consumed in places that visual media can’t reach users,” says Adobe Advertising Cloud’s Siddhant Bhatia.

A Cursory Look At Music Tech In South Africa
A Cursory Look At Music Tech In South Africatechcabal.com

New age global stars like Black Coffee, Mafikizolo, Micasa, AKA and Cassper Nyovest highlight the long, intrinsic relationship South Africans have had with music.

Streaming Changes Everything For Music Catalogs
Streaming Changes Everything For Music Catalogswww.hypebot.com
Most labels and many musicians thrive because of their hits, but survive over time because of their catalog.

On Spotify Ads Studio
On Spotify Ads Studiohackernoon.com
When I first came across a Facebook Ad for the Spotify Ads Studio beta. I jumped on the train to sign up. Much like Snapchat, Spotify didn’t start as a programmatic ad platform.

MediaMarktSaturn relaunches Juke music app
MediaMarktSaturn relaunches Juke music appwww.telecompaper.com

German electronics retailers MediaMarkt and Saturn have relaunched their music-streaming service Juke with a new design and additional functions.

Atlanta Music Streaming Company Acquired to Power the Beat of Live Streamed Fitness Classes
Atlanta Music Streaming Company Acquired to Power the Beat of Live Streamed Fitness Classeshypepotamus.com
New York-based livestreaming fitness startup Peloton has made its first acquisition in Atlanta-based B2B music technology company Neurotic Media.

Sony Music’s chief executive Rob Stringer on bringing in the ch-ch-changes
Sony Music’s chief executive Rob Stringer on bringing in the ch-ch-changeswww.standard.co.uk
How many company bosses can claim to have worked with Beyoncé, the Manic Street Preachers and George Michael?

2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is Friday (June 29th)

The 2018 Clio Music Awards are open for entries prior to their final deadline of June 29th. Born of the original Clios and created in partnership with Billboard, Clio Music underscores the visceral power of music to connect consumers and brands. It lives as a section within the Clio Awards event dedicated to honoring work that spans artist self-promotion, music marketing, brand collaborations, and the use of music in advertising.

The Clio Awards ceremony will be held October 3rd (during Advertising Week) at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NYC. Continue reading “2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is Friday (June 29th)”

LiveXLive Media’s Slacker Radio Launches Amazon Alexa ‘Skill’ For Voice-Enabled Music Streaming

LiveXLive Media announced today that Slacker Radio has launched a “Skill” allowing the service to be integrated with Amazon Alexa, the popular voice service that powers Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices, including Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV. Using Slacker’s Skill, Alexa users can play specific Slacker stations, artist stations, music that fits a mood or genre, and other human-curated original content through simple and intuitive voice commands. Continue reading “LiveXLive Media’s Slacker Radio Launches Amazon Alexa ‘Skill’ For Voice-Enabled Music Streaming”