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Issue #278: Is Streaming Music the Apple Watch Killer App?; Pandora Adds Curated Playlists to On-Demand Music Service

Streaming Music On The Apple Watch May Not Be Perfect, But It’s Still A Boon For Runners
Streaming Music On The Apple Watch May Not Be Perfect, But It’s Still A Boon For Runnerswww.fastcompany.com

Streaming music could turn out to be the connected Watch’s killer app.

With just your Watch and your AirPods (or some other earphones), you have access to all your music in the cloud, the Apple Music catalogue, and live “radio” streams like Beats 1.

Pandora adds curated playlists to its on-demand music service
Pandora adds curated playlists to its on-demand music servicewww.engadget.com

For years, the main feature of Pandora’s music streaming service has been stations generated from the company’s vast Music Genome Project. A system that analyzes songs based on 450 different attributes, it helps Pandora build stations of songs that the company claims go together better than what other services offer.

But, the company finally launched a full-fledged, on-demand service earlier this year, and now it’s expanding the kinds of music it curates for users.

Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?
Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?thenextweb.com

Should musicians, whose job relies on the unpredictable and mysterious workings of human imagination, heed the warnings about artificial intelligence driving humans into unemployment?

Apparently, the answer to that question is bit complicated.

Songkick Discovery says “we’re not going anywhere”
Songkick Discovery says “we’re not going anywhere”www.completemusicupdate.com

With the Songkickers gearing up for a full on fist fight with Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the American courts next month – having blamed the live giant for the demise of their own ticketing platform – the other Songkickers would like you to know that it’s business as usual, and that they’ll be kicking you in the direction of some fine live songs just like always.

Get Your Holiday Music on the Radio
Get Your Holiday Music on the Radioblog.symphonicdistribution.com
December is approaching us quickly! Here’s how you can get your holiday releases on the radio.

SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV
SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TVtechcrunch.com
SoundShare, an app that lets you text your friends entire songs, was already one of the more clever iOS applications available. Recently, the app rolled out..

Spotify’s Stranger Things mode sends your browser to the Upside Down
Spotify’s Stranger Things mode sends your browser to the Upside Downwww.standard.co.uk
Stranger Things 2 is just a few days away – and Spotify has implemented a fun new feature to celebrate. The music streaming service has added a spooky Upside Down filter to its web player and desktop app that will make you even more desperate for the new episodes to drop.

YouTube music videos will count less in a hit song's chart success
YouTube music videos will count less in a hit song's chart successqz.com
Spotify has around 140 million active users. Apple Music, about 30 million. YouTube—which doesn’t present itself as a music-streaming service but is the biggest in the world, per the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry—is eight times larger than both combined, with 1.5 billion people logging onto its site every month.

Spotify says free service reaches more people than commercial radio but Radiocentre sceptical
Spotify says free service reaches more people than commercial radio but Radiocentre scepticalwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has said that its ad-supported service commands a greater share of unique listeners compared to UK commercial radio stations, however industry trade body Radiocentre has said the numbers fail to illustrate the “bigger picture”.

37 million Brits tune into YouTube
37 million Brits tune into YouTubewww.tvbeurope.com

New figures from comScore study.

Watch: See How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing Music In This Short Doc
Watch: See How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing Music In This Short Doc www.magneticmag.com
RAC & UJO Music show how blockchain can change the music business.

SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels

SiriusXM today announced its extensive holiday music lineup featuring eight commercial-free channels celebrating the festive season, two to broadcast starting Wednesday, November 1. SiriusXM’s holiday music channels will offer listeners a variety of traditional holiday songs, classical Christmas carols, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, soul music, Hanukkah music and Latin seasonal music.

SiriusXM’s commercial-free holiday music channels will be available on multiple satellite radio channels, and via the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other connected devices and online at siriusxm.com. Continue reading “SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels”

The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Success

Spotify, the largest on-demand music service in the world, has a history of pushing technological boundaries and using big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive success.

The digital music company with more than 100 million users has been busy this year enhancing its service and tech capabilities through several acquisitions. Industry watch dogs predict the company will launch an IPO in 2018.

Read Article: Forbes

Issue #277: Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services; Deezer Sets First NFL Deal

New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services
New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Serviceswww.savingcountrymusic.com
Now there is an entirely new reason to consider transitioning from ad-based streaming to a paid account, and it’s based off the greater commitment paid

Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Music
Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Musicwww.forbes.com
A company may have a well-known name, it may be powerful, it might be innovative and it may have an annual revenue stream that rivals some smaller countries, but that doesn’t mean that everything will always work out, especially when it comes to new technologies that many in the world are still getting used to.…

Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the World
Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the Worldwww.billboard.com
There were a number of factors that helped Pink land a No. 1 album this week, from a concert ticket/album sale redemption promotion to the music itself.

5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrong
5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrongblog.landr.com

It’s a phrase that’s becoming more and more important these days. And for good reason too. In a recent poll, NME ranked social media (26%) just behind playing live (51%) as the most important channel for musicians looking to get their music heard.

Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezer
Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezerplatformandstream.com
Deezer has announced a new strategic partnership as the official music partner of the Miami Dolphins.

Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Music
Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Musicvariety.com
Sonos is giving money to non-profits that fight against censorship and for artists’ rights.

The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of People
The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of Peoplewww.billboard.com
A review of the Apple Watch Series 3, the first version to have functionality with Apple Music and its 40 million-song on-demand catalog and suite of Beats 1 radio stations, as well as cellular capabilities that allow the user to text and make phone calls even without Wi-Fi or a phone nearby.

Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?
Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A study found that in just a few years, Spotify has emerged as one of the most used audio services, worrying radio executives.

The Importance Of Music In Our Lives
The Importance Of Music In Our Liveswww.magneticmag.com
“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heights
Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heightsmusically.com
Earlier this week, the RIAA revealed that US (recorded) revenues from Latin American music had grown by 44% in the first half of 2017.

Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubin
Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubinwww.hypebot.com
Spotify will honor super producer Rick Rubin as the first recipient of the Legendary Genius Award at its inaugural Secret Genius Awards. It will be presented to him by singer-songwriter, Frank Ocean.

Issue #276: Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts; The Odd History of Music Formats

Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts
Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Effortswww.bloomberg.com
Spotify is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music service searches for ways to make money that don’t involve recorded music and costly royalties, people with knowledge of the matter said.

From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formats
From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formatsblog.landr.com
Mapping the march to streaming through yesterday’s physical formats and today’s demand for digital discovery.

Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?
Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?nesthq.com

Years ago, Google started building towards this destiny with a first key move: pairing Google Play Music with YouTube Red upon its release.

Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017
Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017www.jambase.com
A yearly tradition will continue next week, when the Grateful Dead start rolling out free tracks from the archives for this year’s ’30 Days Of Dead’ collection.

Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-on
Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-onwww.cnet.com
Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3. It feels great, but you’d better get used to using Siri.

Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?
Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?pigeonsandplanes.com
Billboard’s new chart calculations may hurt their chances to accurately identify the most popular songs in the country.

A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industry
A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industrybitcoinmagazine.com
It’s no secret that the digital economy relies on user engagement. Recently, industries such as pharmaceuticals, information technology and finance have …

Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platform
Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platformwww.billboard.com
Swedish music metadata platform Auddly announced on Wednesday a new section in its business vertical specifically for music managers.

It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced Radio?
It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced Radio?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A study found that in just a few years, Spotify has emerged as one of the most used audio services, worrying radio executives.

Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to boot
Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to bootwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Rapid growth will see Spotify’s valuation hit $55 billion by 2020.

How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming business
How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming businesswww.gqindia.com

He’s the reason why you wouldn’t call Saavn just another app.

Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme music
Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme musicnews.abs-cbn.com

Pinoy Rock Radio Online is a 24/7 independent online radio that plays mainstream but also a healthy chunk of independent, underground, and extreme music from bands throughout the entire Philippine archipelago.

SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Florida
SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Floridawww.billboard.com
SiriusXM continues to make a comeback on a legal topic that at one point seriously threatened the satcaster and others.

Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezer

Deezer today has announced a new strategic partnership as the official music partner of the Miami Dolphins.

The partnership will give Miami Dolphins fans access to a channel dedicated entirely to their favorite team, containing the official playlists of the Miami Dolphins team, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and mascot T.D. For those fans wondering how Miami Dolphins players get fired up each week, the channel also will feature Game Day and Warm-Up playlists.

Dolphins fans also will be able to enter sweepstakes during the season to win VIP experiences at Hard Rock Stadium, along with Deezer Premium accounts, which offer access to unlimited music from the world’s most diverse music catalogue. Continue reading “Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezer”

Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Music

A company may have a well-known name, it may be powerful, it might be innovative and it may have an annual revenue stream that rivals some smaller countries, but that doesn’t mean that everything will always work out, especially when it comes to new technologies that many in the world are still getting used to. Of all the sub-industries that have shown the giants of the tech world some humility by forcing them to cope with failure, streaming music seems to be the one that is the most consistent, even if it should have been an easy money grab for many of them.

Power players like Microsoft, Samsung and to a lesser extent, Google, have all seen their efforts fall far from projections and expectations, despite massive promotions and teams that would make any music startup salivate. Seeing one of these companies fail with any new venture is odd, but all three shows that perhaps this is one world where bigger isn’t always better, at least in the beginning.

Read Article: Forbes

Issue #275: Spotify Pushes Beyond Just Streaming; Amazon is Out of the Music Streaming Shadows

Spotify is not just streaming. It's becoming the entire music industry.
Spotify is not just streaming. It's becoming the entire music industry.qz.com

Few people have heard of Lauv, Russell Dickerson, or Trippie Red. In a couple of months, everyone will.  Spotify—the biggest music-streaming service in the world right now, with 140 million active users, 60 million of whom are paying subscribers—this week launched RISE, a program that promotes hand-picked emerging artists.

We have the biggest distribution system in the world for streaming music, so why not use that to help young artists,” Troy Carter, Spotify’s head of creator services, said to Billboard.

How Sonos Is Banking On Artists and Culture To Compete In The Smart-Speaker Market
How Sonos Is Banking On Artists and Culture To Compete In The Smart-Speaker Marketwww.billboard.com

Earlier this year, Sonos founder John McFarland stepped down from his role as CEO after 14 years on the job, admitting he had allowed his company to be beaten to the punch by Amazon when it came to making voice-activated speakers.

But nine months later, Sonos is working to stay in the game with its new Sonos One speaker.

With 16m music subscribers Amazon is no longer a dark horse
With 16m music subscribers Amazon is no longer a dark horsemusically.com
We’ll stress upfront that this isn’t an official announcement from Amazon: the company hasn’t abandoned its policy of keeping its key music stats to itself.

How Traditional Radio Can Thrive In A Digital Age
How Traditional Radio Can Thrive In A Digital Agewww.mediapost.com

Despite its historical resilience, some researchers say if radio doesn’t adapt to the rise of digital, its days are numbered.

Can The Billboard Charts Be Valid Without Including YouTube?
Can The Billboard Charts Be Valid Without Including YouTube?music3point0.com
Billboard is changing the way it formulates its charts, but will not be including YouTube views. Is the exclusion coming from label pressure?

Is South Florida Soundcloud Rap Really the New Punk Rock?
Is South Florida Soundcloud Rap Really the New Punk Rock?genius.com

It all depends on your definition.

Fats Domino’s Music Genome Lives On
Fats Domino’s Music Genome Lives Onmedium.com
Music icon Antoine “Fats” Domino passed away Tuesday, leaving a legacy and an incalculable impact on future generations of musicians and fans. (Click here for a tribute station at Pandora,…

YouTube Sets ‘Best.Cover.Ever.’ Singing-Competition Show Premiere Date, Releases Trailer
YouTube Sets ‘Best.Cover.Ever.’ Singing-Competition Show Premiere Date, Releases Trailervariety.com
“Best.Cover.Ever.”, a YouTube original series featuring aspiring singers competing to win the chance to sing a duet with their idols, will debut exclusively on the ad-supported video platform worldwide on Nov. 20.

New Pioneer technology aims to distribute artist royalties for music played in electronic sets
New Pioneer technology aims to distribute artist royalties for music played in electronic setsmixmag.net
Maybe KUVO can help answer “Track ID?” too

Sam Smith swaps Spotify for Apple Music in new video project
Sam Smith swaps Spotify for Apple Music in new video projectmusically.com
With every music-streaming service now keen on making original video projects with artists, should the latter pick one partner? Not if you’re Sam Smith.

SoundCloud CFO Holly Lim exits, joins streaming audio service TuneIn
SoundCloud CFO Holly Lim exits, joins streaming audio service TuneInwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Live streaming and on-demand audio service TuneIn has appointed Holly Lim as Chief Financial Officer. The news comes little over a year after Lim joined SoundCloud as CFO from her prior role at Google.

U.S. Latin Music Revenues Up 44 Percent In First Half of 2017
U.S. Latin Music Revenues Up 44 Percent In First Half of 2017www.billboard.com
Unsurprisingly, given the record-breaking success of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song of the summer “Despacito,” Latin music revenue in the United States is up 44 percent in the first half of 2017 over the same period last year, according to the RIAA, reaching $115 million.

Issue #274: Country Music’s “Discoverability” Problem; Apple Files for the ‘Apple Music UP NEXT’ Trademark

Does Country Music Have a 'Discoverability Problem' on Streaming?

The country music industry is either poised for massive growth on streaming services or failing to convert longtime fans to the delivery system that has become the lifeblood of other genres in the music economy.

Those are the dueling conclusions of Music Row executives after a presentation of cutting-edge research by the Country Music Association.

Post Malone’s “Rockstar” And YouTube’s Value Gap
Post Malone’s “Rockstar” And YouTube’s Value Gapwww.newyorker.com
Matthew Trammell writes about how Post Malone’s ”Rockstar” used YouTube to reach No. 1 on the Top 100.

SF MusicTech Summit tackles streaming, artist pay and more
SF MusicTech Summit tackles streaming, artist pay and morethebaybridged.com

The 19th SF MusicTech Summit brought hundreds of musicians, entrepreneurs, publishers, developers, and attorneys together at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this week to discuss and debate the ongoing challenges and trends of the industry.

Music Creators See Big Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work': Guest Op-Ed
Music Creators See Big Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work': Guest Op-Edwww.billboard.com
The music industry’s digital reboot has forced artists and songwriters to learn a lot of new tricks. And we’ve had to learn to protect our rights, to join together to fight for a fairer, better music industry, and to demand pro-music policies in Washington, D.C.

Giga Bye: In 2014 We Lost the iPod Classic and the Way We Listen to Music Changed Forever
Giga Bye: In 2014 We Lost the iPod Classic and the Way We Listen to Music Changed Forevernoisey.vice.com
The iPod was supposed to kill the album, but did the end of the iPod do it instead?

Apple Music "Up Next" Trademark Filings Reveal Plans For Emerging Artists Program
Apple Music "Up Next" Trademark Filings Reveal Plans For Emerging Artists Programwww.hypebot.com
Spotify’s launched RISE and Apple Music’s UP NEXT both promote emerging artists. As the race to predict streaming stardom accelerates, two trademarks filings offer hints of Apple’s plans.

Spotify could be valued at $20 billion when it goes public: GP Bullhound
Spotify could be valued at $20 billion when it goes public: GP Bullhoundwww.cnbc.com
Spotify’s growth will be driven by more paid subscribers, entrance into new markets and better deals with music labels, GP Bullhound said.

Bandsintown Launches "Big Break" Emerging Artists Program
Bandsintown Launches "Big Break" Emerging Artists Programwww.hypebot.com
BandsInTown has launched “Big Break,” a program designed to highlight merging artists on the popular concert discovery platform. Like Spotify’s RISE and Apple Music’s UP NEXT, Big Break aims to harness the site’s community of millions of active music fans to help new artists develop a following.

Indie Labels Raked in $6 Billion Last Year, Accounting for 38 Percent of Global Market: New Study
Indie Labels Raked in $6 Billion Last Year, Accounting for 38 Percent of Global Market: New Studywww.billboard.com
Independent labels generated over $6 billion in sales in 2016, accounting for 38 percent of the global recorded music market, according to a new report from Worldwide Independent Network (WIN).

CD Baby-Owned Show.co Enables 'Pre-Save' Campaigns for New Independent Spotify Releases
CD Baby-Owned Show.co Enables 'Pre-Save' Campaigns for New Independent Spotify Releaseswww.billboard.com
Show.co, the music marketing services platform that CD Baby acquired last year, announced today that it has enabled “pre-save” Spotify campaigns, allowing artists’ fans to save upcoming releases to their Spotify library ahead of release day.

Blockchain & The Music Industry: A NEST HQ Documentary
Blockchain & The Music Industry: A NEST HQ Documentarynesthq.com

In our latest NEST HQ documentary, we explore the ever-growing world of blockchain, the underlying technology behind Bitcoin and Ethereum, and its potential uses in the arts and entertainment space.

Issue #273: Zune Forever; Who Owns Music Made by a Machine?; Pre-saves on Spotify

Zune Forever: The Diehards Still Obsessed With Microsoft’s Colossal Failure
Zune Forever: The Diehards Still Obsessed With Microsoft’s Colossal Failuremotherboard.vice.com

It’s hard to forget the Zune. After all, Microsoft’s mid-2000s bid to sink the iPod with an MP3 player of its own was notable for its immense thirst.

You may soon be able to presave albums on Spotify thanks to Show.co
You may soon be able to presave albums on Spotify thanks to Show.cowww.digitaltrends.com

Pre-saves on Spotify mean that music lovers will be able to hit save for an upcoming album and have the tracks delivered to their library.

Public radio’s digital moment: Smartphones, streaming, and the future of listening
Public radio’s digital moment: Smartphones, streaming, and the future of listeningwww.geekwire.com
Public radio and digital tech are having a moment. Not only has National Public Radio listenership hit an all-time high, NPR podcasts and digital content…

Indies vs Majors: Will Acquisitions Level the Field or Widen the Gap?
Indies vs Majors: Will Acquisitions Level the Field or Widen the Gap?medium.com
As a growing number of independent music companies are acquired by major labels, many questions arise, such as: Will indie artists and labels get a jump start on their success through global digital…

Labels Press Record on New Way to Grow Streaming Revenue: Make a Podcast
Labels Press Record on New Way to Grow Streaming Revenue: Make a Podcastwww.billboard.com
Revenue is up, listenership is climbing and new players are getting into the game as the industry spots another chance to broaden its scope.

7 Reasons Why 'YouTube to MP3' Stream-Rippers are 100% Legal
7 Reasons Why 'YouTube to MP3' Stream-Rippers are 100% Legalwww.digitalmusicnews.com
The major labels buried the biggest YouTube to MP3 ‘stream-ripper’ in court.  But that wasn’t legally justified, according to the EFF.

How FIFA Games Changed Our Tastes in Music
How FIFA Games Changed Our Tastes in Musicnoisey.vice.com
An analysis of the soundtracks in the world’s most beloved soccer video game, from Blur to drum ’n’ bass.

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming
Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streamingwww.engadget.com
In-car entertainment will have to step up to accommodate our automated driving future. With an AI at the wheel, we’ll be free to watch movies, play games, and c…

Spotify’s RISE program will try to find future music superstars
Spotify’s RISE program will try to find future music superstarswww.engadget.com
It’s hard to deny Spotify’s influence on the current music landscape. After all, the streaming service has over 50 million paid subscribers. Now, they’re using…

Head of WMG's Playlist Brand Topsify and Streaming Label Leaves Company
Head of WMG's Playlist Brand Topsify and Streaming Label Leaves Companywww.billboard.com
Kieron Donoghue, vp of global playlists strategy at Warner Music, who created the label group’s playlist brand Topsify and earlier this year launched streaming label Artists to Watch, has announced his exit from the company.

Warner Music Owner Takes Control Of Deezer
Warner Music Owner Takes Control Of Deezermusic3point0.com
The owner of Warner Music has acquired control of the streaming platform Deezer. Will there be a conflict of interest as a result?

IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?
IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?thenextweb.com
Watson Beat is IBM’s music arm of Watson; an AI-driven music composing app that’s sparked some debate about music copyright.