Kanye West Slams Apple Music

Kanye West has urged Apple Music to buy Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal before the ‘music game’ is ruined. The ‘Only One’ hitmaker has urged Apple to buy his pal Jay Z’s exclusive streaming site before they ‘ruin the whole music industry.’

He fumed on Twitter: ‘This Tidal Apple beef is fing up the music game … I need Tim Cook Jay Z Dez Jimmy Larry me and Drake Scooter on the phone or in a room this week!!! …’We all gon be dead in 100 Years. Let the kids have the music. Apple give Jay his check for Tidal now and stop trying to act like you Steve. (sic)’

Source: Sky News

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Can Spotify Make Programmatic Audio Mainstream?

spotify-dataWhen Spotify partnered with AppNexus, The Trade Desk and Rubicon Project to execute private marketplace (PMP) deals on mobile audio inventory last week, it became the first digital audio company to open its audio inventory to programmatic exchanges.

To recap: Rubicon Project will be Spotify’s SSP partner, The Trade Desk its DSP partner and AppNexus a partner on both the buy and sell sides.Spotify previously tested programmatic audio on audio-only exchanges, such as Triton’s a2x. Now, buyers can access Spotify audio inventory alongside display and video.

“Agencies are looking to create a frictionless process in purchasing audio and would like to make their current audio buying more intelligent with data and advanced targeting,” said Les Hollander, global head of audio monetization at Spotify.

Source: AdExchanger

Streaming’s Ad Boom: Will the Millions Spent By Apple, Spotify, Pandora and YouTube Help Decide Who’s No. 1?

Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora steadily have increased their visibility — and marketing spends — in recent years, but as Apple Music and now YouTube have joined the competition for subscribers, the battleground has moved to Madison Avenue.

What began with Apple’s Super Bowl-sized spot with Taylor Swift falling off a treadmill to Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” in April has become a bona fide blitz: In the past month, YouTube Music aired its first commercials, Spotify decorated several New York subway lines, and Apple Music — the heavyweight in the advertising stakes — rolled out its latest viral clip with DJ Khaled and Goodfellas star Ray Liotta getting pedicures while talking up the service. Add a series of TV and digital spots from Pandora earlier this year, and those four services have poured a combined $30 million in estimated ad dollars into the U.S. marketplace.

Source: Billboard

Live Music Streaming App Streo Secures Funding

Streo, an Indian start-up whose app allows users to stream music live from venues, festivals and nightclubs around the world, has raised its first round of investment. The seed funding of an undisclosed amount comes courtesy of Kuwait-based GEMS Advisory, with individual investors including Aditya Gupta, former chairman of Serco in India, and Akash OP Aurora, ‘chief visionary’ (yes, really) at Delhi-based venture-capital firm IdeaTree.

Source: IQ Magazine

Virgin America App Arrives with Spotify Integration

Mobile apps have made air travel a little bit more tolerable, but for a while one of the most-loved airlines had a noticeably missing mobile component.

Well, not anymore: Virgin America’s app has finally arrived, and it looks like it was worth the wait.

On Thursday, Virgin America revealed its first mobile app for iOS and Android, still in beta. Like most other airline apps, it combines flight-booking and checking-in capabilities but with a more streamlined experience and that cheeky Virgin America flair. According to Virgin America, it can take just 60 seconds to book a flight using its brand-new app, and that even includes the time it takes to choose a seat.

Source: Macworld

DigitalRadioTracker.com Simplifies Broadcast Monitoring Worldwide

DRT_LogoWith the overwhelming omnipresence of the internet and everyone’s love of music, information regarding radio airplay is priceless for anyone seeking to build their music brand.

Radio airplay tracking is the perfect tool for any individual or company in the music industry to expand and reinforce their audience. DigitalRadioTracker.com Inc. is a private U.S. based firm that has developed a user-friendly platform which provides music clients with lucrative and creative marketing research initiatives.

The company also provides insights that are personally designed to help music related companies all over the world drive profitable growth and expand to new heights. Continue reading “DigitalRadioTracker.com Simplifies Broadcast Monitoring Worldwide”

‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series Coming Exclusively to Apple Music

download11Apple Music is taking a ride with Carpool Karaoke.  The viral segment that broke out on the Late Late Show with James Corden is being turned into its own series, which will air first exclusively for subscribers to Apple’s music streaming app.

Carpool Karaoke, which will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73, the production company of Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston, will expand on the late night segment’s format with celebrity guests who sing along to their favorite songs and surprise fans during their ride. The host of the series is expected to be announced at a later date, though Corden is not expected to take the wheel like he does in the Late Late Show segment.

New installments of the 16-episode series will stream weekly on Apple Music, the $10 a month streaming music service that Apple launched last year.

Source: Billboard

Wynk Music Claims to be the Highest Downloaded App on Play Store in India

Wynk Music today claimed it is the most downloaded music app on Google Play Store in India since December 2015. Quoting appannie data, it said the app has over 25 million downloads since it was launched in September 2015. It further reveals more than 15 million songs are played every day.

Interestingly, 60 per cent of Wynk Music installs are non-Airtel customer. Users spend an average of over five hours per month on Wynk Music.

Source: The Indian Express

Could Orfium be to SoundCloud What Facebook was to MySpace?

Today marks the debut of Orfium, a music hosting platform and streaming service intended to empower its user base with a series of promotion, retail, licensing and distribution tools.

At a time when the fate of services like Beatport and SoundCloud are as dubious as ever, Orfium boasts the general functionality of both models. Moreover, its emphasis on licensing options and track recognition software might even give Spotify’s upcoming DJ mix hosting service a run for its money. Perhaps most notably, Orfium offers content creators who choose to monetize music through its site a whopping 80% of revenue earned.

Source: Magnetic Magazine

Apple’s Proposal Could Transform How Streaming Services Pay Songwriters and Music Publishers … But Beware the Fine Print

There is plenty of evidence that on-demand streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music are disrupting the way people listen to music. Between them, the two companies have almost 50 million paying subscribers, and are generating annual revenue in the billions.

As streaming grows, much attention is being paid to the problems between Spotify and recording artists.

Whether it’s the arguments about “windowing” made by Adele and Taylor Swift, or complaints by artists like Radiohead about record labels not compensating artists for streaming, they get a lot of press.While these are important issues, there is one troubling fact that gets lost in the shuffle: Songwriters have yet to benefit in any significant way from streaming. If we don’t change the current system for paying them, there’s a chance they never will.

Source: Recode

Blockchain Technology Could Help Bring about a Music Revolution

Musicians are turning their attention to the power of blockchain as a way of generating more revenue in an industry that is experiencing a decline in shares.

According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), 2015 saw music sales rise by 3.7% driven by the fact that streaming grew by a massive 82%; however, despite this, revenue increases only grew by a tiny 0.6%.

Unsurprisingly, the music industry is keen to shake things up ensuring that musicians receive the money they are entitled to for music sales. What, though, could help to revolutionize the music industry?

Enter blockchain.

Source: CCN

Tech Giants Boast an Edge in Music Streaming

How many companies can survive in the high-cost music-streaming business? Plenty, it appears—as long as music isn’t their main source of revenue.

Streaming music is just a sideline for the industry’s power players—Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc.

Even so, their influence looks likely to grow. Apple is revamping its Apple Music app while exploring an acquisition of streaming service Tidal.

Amazon, meanwhile, is preparing to introduce a stand-alone $10-a-month subscription music service, matching the subscription fee charged by Apple Music and by Alphabet, which offers ad-free music through both its YouTube Red and Google Play Music service. For the tech companies, paid streaming services aren’t just a new revenue stream. Their strategy is to use the services as bait to attract customers and hang on to them longer, so they can sell them something else.

Source: WSJ