Issue #318: Streaming Services and the End of Music Collection


Cloud Lockers, Streaming Services and the End of Music Ownership
Cloud Lockers, Streaming Services and the End of Music Ownershipvariety.com
Amazon is just the first company to phase out its cloud music locker.

Some thoughts on Spotify and Muzak 2.0
Some thoughts on Spotify and Muzak 2.0om.co

Why did we come to like playlists in the first place, instead of the compact discs or long play records? Why are playlists any different than mix tapes or burning CDs? It is a quest for personalization on our part as humans which attracts us to Spotify. Is it because of the fact that most of us don’t want to mess about with files? We all forget that tech companies are businesses, that take what we like and turn that into a lucrative addiction.

Black Artists Proclaim the Right to Rock in the Age of Streaming Music
Black Artists Proclaim the Right to Rock in the Age of Streaming Musicwww.newsweek.com
Artists like Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes and Michael Kiwanuka are finding new audiences as traditional labels falter.

The Age of Abundance
The Age of Abundance500ish.com

I’m an Apple Music user, but if anything, the situation is both more pronounced and seemingly better on Spotify. People seem to love the Discover Weekly area of the service for new music discovery. This is all music personalized to your tastes. In our age of data, this makes perfect sense.

Bandcamp Releases 2017 Year-End Numbers, Including Mind-Boggling Cassette Tape Stats
Bandcamp Releases 2017 Year-End Numbers, Including Mind-Boggling Cassette Tape Statswww.billboard.com
The company announced that 500 bands set up a Bandcamp page each day in 2017, or approximately 182,500 new bands in the calendar year, and that more than 17,000 cassette tapes were released this year alone.

Amazon Music to end support for streaming your uploaded MP3s
Amazon Music to end support for streaming your uploaded MP3stechcrunch.com

The shutdown affects both the free storage plan, which allowed for 250 songs to be stored in the cloud, as well the paid plan – originally $25 per year – which offered cloud storage for up to 250,000 songs.

Issue #317: Has Music Lost That Loving Feeling? How KKBOX is Leading the Push for Chinese Music in Southeast Asia

Has music lost that loving feeling?
Has music lost that loving feeling?om.co

Over past few months, I have become strangely obsessed with reconnecting to music, listening, curating and most importantly experiencing it, much like I used to about a decade ago. In the years that intervened, like many, I too succumbed to the charms of streaming music….

How KKBOX is leading the push for Chinese music in Southeast Asia
How KKBOX is leading the push for Chinese music in Southeast Asiawww.bandwagon.asia

After the launch of her latest album Story Thief on 12 December, the “Queen of Mandopop” A-Mei saw two of her new songs, ‘Story Thief’ and ‘Full Name’, quickly — and unsurprisingly — rise up the charts of music streaming service KKBOX.

As holiday music went (chest)nuts, independent artists reaped the benefits
As holiday music went (chest)nuts, independent artists reaped the benefitsmedium.com

Holiday music was Pandora’s top genre leading up to Christmas. Michael Bublé topped the list of most popular artists. Songs like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” outperformed all but a…

Playlists! Lawsuits! Fake Songs! The Biggest Streaming-Music Trends of 2017
Playlists! Lawsuits! Fake Songs! The Biggest Streaming-Music Trends of 2017pitchfork.com
Breaking down the year’s most important stories in the world of streaming and looking forward to what’s next

SiriusXM's Jam On To Present 'Best Of The NYE Archives'
SiriusXM's Jam On To Present 'Best Of The NYE Archives'www.jambase.com
JamBase created a playlist and provided a few guests for SiriusXM Jam On’s ‘The Best Of The NYE Archives,’ which airs five times next week.

Audi Integrates Amazon Music
Audi Integrates Amazon Musicwww.theintelligentdriver.com

The worlds of technology and automotive continue to collide, as Audi announced an integration with Amazon Music. Amazon Music is now accessible to Audi owners through their vehicle’s MMI system via the Audi MMI connect mobile application.

Shuttle Music Player updated to v2.0 with dynamic themes, album shuffle, and more
Shuttle Music Player updated to v2.0 with dynamic themes, album shuffle, and morewww.androidpolice.com
The age of streaming music services is upon us, but not everyone has moved to the cloud for their listening needs.

The Pop Charts Were Crazy This Year. Here’s Why.
The Pop Charts Were Crazy This Year. Here’s Why.www.nytimes.com
As streaming continues to remake the music industry, artists and record labels schemed and scrambled, remixed and bundled to get their songs into fans’ ears.

Issue #316: The Data-Driven Future of Media, Entertainment; Spotify Shows Drive to Win Nashville’s Support

The Data-Driven Future of Media and Entertainment
The Data-Driven Future of Media and Entertainmenttowardsdatascience.com

After a decade long struggle, the music ecosystem seems to have gotten over the shock of technology disruption and is now actively embracing technological advances. With the rise of mobile, streaming, social media, and connected devices, musicians have never been closer to their audience.

With Open House and New Hires, Spotify Shows Drive to Win Nashville's Support
With Open House and New Hires, Spotify Shows Drive to Win Nashville's Supportwww.billboard.com
Over the last few years, Spotify has been investing more and more resources into both “sides” of Nashville: not only educating country-leaning major labels on the value of streaming, but also treating the city as a key focal point for improving relationships with indie and up-and-coming acts.

India: a music market on the rise, but still facing big challenges
India: a music market on the rise, but still facing big challengesmusically.com
At the end of September this year Music Ally was invited to attend the inaugural All About Music conference in Mumbai, India.

Sirius XM Announces Live Concerts & DJ Sets for NYE Celebrations
Sirius XM Announces Live Concerts & DJ Sets for NYE Celebrationswww.billboard.com
Check out some of the live performances and DJ sets Sirius XM has to offer for the NYE celebrations.

Taylor Swift’s Rivals This Holiday: Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole
Taylor Swift’s Rivals This Holiday: Bing Crosby and Nat King Colewww.nytimes.com
The popularity of streaming holiday-music classics has made record labels more reluctant to release non-Christmas albums in the final quarter.

Shazam Announces 'Next to Know' Breaking Artist Program, Reveals 10 Artist to Watch in 2018
Shazam Announces 'Next to Know' Breaking Artist Program, Reveals 10 Artist to Watch in 2018www.billboard.com
The music discovery app has picked Sofi Tukker, Lil Pump and BTS as part of its artists to watch in 2018.

What Does the Future Hold for Retail Audio Sales?
What Does the Future Hold for Retail Audio Sales?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the current way in which audio components are purchased, and wonders about the future…

Fanburst Is Innovating Music Sharing for Musicians
Fanburst Is Innovating Music Sharing for Musicianswww.noiseprn.com
Fanburst is making a big name for itself by omitting the difficulties in a streaming platform, including upload limits and unique reposts.

Issue #315: How the Playlist Finally Usurped the Album; Tidal Offering Ad-Free Trial Subscriptions Through Holiday Season

How the Playlist Finally Usurped the Album
How the Playlist Finally Usurped the Albumwww.theringer.com
In 2017, Spotify and Apple Music prized curation above all else.That may have not been a great thing for listeners and the music industry at large.

Tidal Offering Ad-Free Trial Subscriptions Through Holiday Season
Tidal Offering Ad-Free Trial Subscriptions Through Holiday Season variety.com
Tidal is offering ad-free trial subscriptions through the holiday season.

2017 was YouTube’s best year ever. It was also its worst.
2017 was YouTube’s best year ever. It was also its worst.www.theverge.com
Will YouTube’s mounting scandals ever slow the business down?

Music & Blockchain: What can it actually do for artists, right now?
Music & Blockchain: What can it actually do for artists, right now?blog.jaak.io
A practical look at one of this year’s biggest technology buzzwords and the real implications for artists. Matt is Campaign Manager at JAAK, as well as an independent label owner and music producer…

Songwriters, streaming companies strike landmark deal on music licensing
Songwriters, streaming companies strike landmark deal on music licensingwww.tennessean.com
After years of battling, the songwriting industry and music streaming companies have partnered together for groundbreaking legislation aimed at simplifying digital licensing and improving royalty payouts to copyright owners.

Spotify Wraps Up 2017 With This Darkly Comic Salute to Ed Sheeran
Spotify Wraps Up 2017 With This Darkly Comic Salute to Ed Sheeran www.adweek.com

It’s been a strong holiday season for Spotify, which rolled out its fun, data-driven “2018 Goals” billboards, fact-checked the year’s top songs with The New York Times’ T Brand Studios, and unveiled personalized “2017 Wrapped” experiences for users and artists.

Viberate Is Building a Music Marketplace Based Entirely on Cryptocurrency
Viberate Is Building a Music Marketplace Based Entirely on Cryptocurrencywww.digitalmusicnews.com
If you’re actively trading cryptocurrencies, you’ve probably heard of Viberate. The company aims to build a live music ecosystem based entirely on crypto.

Deezer Issues DMCA Takedown Notice Against Multiple Stream Rippers
Deezer Issues DMCA Takedown Notice Against Multiple Stream Ripperswww.digitalmusicnews.com
French-based streaming music platform Deezer has issued multiple DMCA takedown notices against stream ripping tools, including Deezloader.

Augmented reality's surprising push into music memorabilia
Augmented reality's surprising push into music memorabiliaventurebeat.com

As a lifelong and deeply passionate music fan, I have been enveloped in music and art since my earliest memories.

Issue #314: What If Tidal Streaming Vanished?; Facebook, Universal Music Group Strike Global Licensing Agreement



What If Tidal Streaming Vanished?

What If Tidal Streaming Vanished?
audiophilereview.com

The Internet cloud giveth, but it can also take it away…

Facebook and Universal Music Group Strike Global Licensing Agreement
Facebook and Universal Music Group Strike Global Licensing Agreementvariety.com
Facebook and Universal Music Group today announced a global, multi-year licensing agreement.

Amazon Music Ending Cloud MP3 Storage, Streaming Option
Amazon Music Ending Cloud MP3 Storage, Streaming Optionwww.billboard.com
Amazon Music will end its streaming support for users’ uploaded mp3s in 2019, the service announced this week with a statement on its website.

Neil Young’s vast archive deal is backed by intriguing new technology
Neil Young’s vast archive deal is backed by intriguing new technologywww.thestar.com
The Neil Young Archives are already a huge treat for fans, and behind it, writes Ben Rayner, is a service that the beloved rocker hopes will bring the best audio to the masses at last.

Music Modernization Act Introduced In the House of Representatives, With Major Music Licensing Reform At Stake
Music Modernization Act Introduced In the House of Representatives, With Major Music Licensing Reform At Stakewww.billboard.com
The long awaited Music Modernization Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), was finally introduced into the House of Representatives today in a move that would create a collective to manage a blanket mechanical licensing system.

The Problem with Muzak
The Problem with Muzakthebaffler.com
We should call this what it is: the automation of selling out.

How Streaming Is Changing Music
How Streaming Is Changing Musicartplusmarketing.com
Last year marked streaming’s full arrival in the world of music consumption.

The Christmas Season Has An Effect On Music Streaming Habits
The Christmas Season Has An Effect On Music Streaming Habitsmusic3point0.com
The weather conditions and the Christmas season definitely has an effect on streaming listening behavior.

This Indie Guitarist Is Paying Off His House Thanks To Streaming Revenue
This Indie Guitarist Is Paying Off His House Thanks To Streaming Revenuewww.hypebot.com
Here Chris Robley reveals the DIY success story that is Lance Allen, an artist who doesn’t tour or sell merch, but is able to earn a full time living from music through the combined revenue of guitar lessons and money generated from streams on Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube.

Song Exploder | R.E.M.
Song Exploder | R.E.M.songexploder.net
Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. break down “Try Not to Breathe” from their seminal album Automatic for the People.

Issue #313: The Biggest Streaming-Music Trends of 2017; How Hip-Hop Triumphed

Playlists! Lawsuits! Fake Songs! The Biggest Streaming-Music Trends of 2017
Playlists! Lawsuits! Fake Songs! The Biggest Streaming-Music Trends of 2017pitchfork.com
Breaking down the year’s most important stories in the world of streaming and looking forward to what’s next

How Hip-Hop Triumphed

By embracing streaming.That’s right, you cannot get ahead if you stay behind. While other formats railed against payouts, declaring that music had “value,” while they bitched about everything from the loss of artwork to the decimation of the label, hip-hop hurdled over those barriers and won.

Súbeme la radio: How audiences are adapting to non-English language music
Súbeme la radio: How audiences are adapting to non-English language musicwww.independent.co.uk
Herbie Hancock once said music is “an art form that happens to transcend language”, but British and US audiences still take some convincing before they connect to a non-English language song. 

Directors of failed music streaming startup Guvera plan re-launch as Dragonfly Music
Directors of failed music streaming startup Guvera plan re-launch as Dragonfly Musicwww.smartcompany.com.au

Directors and investors of failed music streaming startup Guvera have revealed in court hearings that plans are in the works for a relaunch of the business as Dragonfly Music.

Music and technology: Blurred lines
Music and technology: Blurred lineswww.itproportal.com
The music industry sits on the cusp of a monumental shift as the initial disruptive shock of digitalisation fades.

Audi's latest models add Amazon Music to the dashboard
Audi's latest models add Amazon Music to the dashboardwww.engadget.com
If you’re an Apple CarPlay or Android Auto user, you’ve no shortage of music streaming services baked into your dashboard. But, if you’re relying on your vehicl…

How did music producer Gramatik raise $2m in 24 hours?
How did music producer Gramatik raise $2m in 24 hours?www.bbc.com
Creative artists are using blockchain tech to raise cash and protect their intellectual property.

Interview: Jimmy Iovine on 'The Defiant Ones,' Future of Streaming, and Why He's Never Satisfied
Interview: Jimmy Iovine on 'The Defiant Ones,' Future of Streaming, and Why He's Never Satisfiedwww.complex.com
He also shares the movie that became '8 Mile' was originally intended for 2Pac.

How to access Spotify without 3rd Party VPNs
How to access Spotify without 3rd Party VPNshackernoon.com
If you somehow stumbled upon this guide instead of the similar ones ranked higher on google search, well, I think you’re going to get your time’s worth.

Appeals Court Upholds Decision Allowing Fractional Licensing of Songs
Appeals Court Upholds Decision Allowing Fractional Licensing of Songswww.hollywoodreporter.com
BMI scores a legal win over the Justice Department.

Sony’s Deal with YouTube Is Music to Analyst’s Ears
Sony’s Deal with YouTube Is Music to Analyst’s Earswww.barrons.com

Sony’s music operations were growing rapidly even before the deal with YouTube, according to Jefferies’ analyst Atul Goyal.

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