Issue #340: Is 2018 the Year We Lose the Download? Deutsche Grammophon, IDAGIO Start Partnership

Deutsche Grammophon and IDAGIO Start New Partnership

Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s oldest classical music label, and IDAGIO, a leading classical music streaming service available in over 70 countries, announced an extensive partnership agreement. The IDAGIO catalogue, which already comprises more than half a million tracks, will now include the complete catalogues of Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips Classics and all classical music productions released by the Munich-based ECM label.

Will 2018 be the year the download officially dies?
Will 2018 be the year the download officially dies?www.techradar.com
It’s rumored that Apple could be about to dump downloads and create a streaming-only model of iTunes. Does it matter?

Tuma Basa Shares How Artists Can Get on the RapCaviar Playlist
Tuma Basa Shares How Artists Can Get on the RapCaviar Playlistwww.xxlmag.com
Tuma Basa, global programming head of hip-hop at Spotify, is a guest on XXL’s Shot Callers podcast. Basa reveals how rappers can get their music on the RapCaviar playlist.

Current Music Biz Needs New Breed of Executive
Current Music Biz Needs New Breed of Executivevariety.com
The music business’ brave new world requires executives to have an understanding of analytics, consumer behavior and emerging genres.

Why the World’s Biggest Social Network is Finally Clearing Song Rights
Why the World’s Biggest Social Network is Finally Clearing Song Rightswww.synchblog.com
Having secured deals with some of the industry’s biggest players, Facebook is gearing up for a serious push into music. But what does this mean for rightsholders?

The coolest music gadgets at NAMM 2018
The coolest music gadgets at NAMM 2018www.theverge.com
Anaheim’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show featured plenty of traditional instruments, but as always, there was also a lot of cool music tech.

China's big streaming shift: Paying instead of pirating
China's big streaming shift: Paying instead of piratingmoney.cnn.com
In a massive change from the recent past, a growing number of Chinese consumers are spending money to watch videos and listen to music online.

CRB Outlines Plans to Implement Simplified, Higher Royalty Rates From Streaming
CRB Outlines Plans to Implement Simplified, Higher Royalty Rates From Streamingwww.billboard.com
In a follow-up to the announcement over the weekend of how rates will be determined for on-demand subscription services, the Copyright Royalty Board has put up a short notice on its website explaining how the rate increases would be implemented.

Spotify is about to change pretty dramatically over the coming months
Spotify is about to change pretty dramatically over the coming monthswww.joe.ie

Spotify have announced that new ‘visual elements’ will be added to their app.

Songwriters’ Court Win Isn’t Music To Ears Of Streaming Companies
Songwriters’ Court Win Isn’t Music To Ears Of Streaming Companieswww.barrons.com
The impact on digital streaming in general is worth monitoring: the U.S. is the world’s largest market, and global revenue from streaming soared 60% in 2016, fueling a 5.9% increase in music sales for the year.

Spotify’s Bertozzi Fast-Forwards From Playlists To ‘Multi-Sensory’ Music
Spotify’s Bertozzi Fast-Forwards From Playlists To ‘Multi-Sensory’ Musicwww.beet.tv

When Spotify was growing up, its founder Daniel Ek often talked at length about the gravitational force of the playlist.

Deutsche Grammophon and IDAGIO Start New Partnership

Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s oldest classical music label, and IDAGIO, a leading classical music streaming service available in over 70 countries, have today announced an extensive partnership agreement.

The IDAGIO catalogue, which already comprises more than half a million tracks, will now include the complete catalogues of Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips Classics and all classical music productions released by the acclaimed Munich-based ECM label.

Currently 15,000 tracks in lossless audio quality are being added to IDAGIO every week.

IDAGIO will feature custom created playlists curated by Deutsche Grammophon and its artists, and will be supported by additional marketing and promotional initiatives as part of the partnership.

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Issue #339: Fleetwood Mac to Launch SiriusXM Channel; Apple Music Will Be Lucky to Add 7M Subscribers with Shazam

Fleetwood Mac to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel
Fleetwood Mac to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channelplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Fleetwood Mac will launch an exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM channel, The Fleetwood Mac Channel, on Thursday, February 1.

Spotify's Unusual IPO Model Will Test The Company's Strength
Spotify's Unusual IPO Model Will Test The Company's Strengthwww.npr.org
Spotify’s IPO, slated for this spring, gives investment banks a smaller role in the company’s trading. It’s been seen as a sign of Spotify’s strength, but there are many unanswered questions.

Apple Music Will Be Lucky to Add 7M Subscribers with Shazam
Apple Music Will Be Lucky to Add 7M Subscribers with Shazamfortune.com
Apple’s decision to acquire Shazam could net the company as many as 7.5 million subscribers to its Apple Music service.

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: "People will pay for a book, but they won't pay for an album"
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson: "People will pay for a book, but they won't pay for an album"www.nme.com
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson has spoken out about the struggle new musicians face in the wake of illegal downloads.

Artekal Music All Reggae Streaming Service Launches
Artekal Music All Reggae Streaming Service Launchesplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Reggae music has a new dedicated streaming home as the Artekal Music streaming service launches to support reggae music creatives and fans.

Zane Lowe Talks Drake's Relationship With Apple Music, Calls Him 'Michael Jackson of Streaming'
Zane Lowe Talks Drake's Relationship With Apple Music, Calls Him 'Michael Jackson of Streaming'www.billboard.com
Apple Music radio host Zane Lowe weighs in on Drake’s recent dig at Apple Music executive Larry Jackson on the “Family Feud” remix.

New Challenges as Streaming Services Find One Size Doesn't Fit All
New Challenges as Streaming Services Find One Size Doesn't Fit Allwww.billboard.com

Even with the turnaround news of the last few years, there could be more good news ahead for the music industry, according to panelists at the Ny:Lon Connect event staged by the Music Business Association and Music Ally.

Music Experts Discuss Why the Internet Is Now Saving the Recording Industry
Music Experts Discuss Why the Internet Is Now Saving the Recording Industrywww.hollywoodreporter.com
“This is the most profound change in the music business in its history,” says Donald Passman.

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme : A Multi-Platform View
John Coltrane's A Love Supreme : A Multi-Platform Viewaudiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff revisits a jazz classic and questions formats…

Apple HomePod Goes on Pre-Order in Amazon Echo Competition
Apple HomePod Goes on Pre-Order in Amazon Echo Competitionfortune.com
Apple’s HomePod is focused on competing with Amazon Echo and Google Home. But would it be successful in that battle?

Yonder And Streaming’s Less Travelled Path
Yonder And Streaming’s Less Travelled Pathmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Back in 2012, a music service that had raised $174 million in funding closed without yet having launched to consumers.

This high-end audio shop aims for young audiophiles
This high-end audio shop aims for young audiophileswww.cnet.com
Noho Sound & Stereo wants to turn students into audio system lovers.

Issue #338: Spotify’s Power Move; New Streaming-First Indie Label Debuts; CRB Raises Payout Rate from Music Streaming Services

Can Spotify Pull Off Music's Power Move?
Can Spotify Pull Off Music's Power Move?www.hollywoodreporter.com
The Swedish streaming giant plots world domination, but it must navigate the obstacles that result from cutting corners in its quest for rapid growth.

Former Head of WMG's Global Playlist Strategy Launches Humble Angel Records, New Streaming-First Indie Label
Former Head of WMG's Global Playlist Strategy Launches Humble Angel Records, New Streaming-First Indie Labelwww.billboard.com
How do you run a record label with no budget? This is what Kieron Donoghue, former vp of global playlists strategy at Warner Music, faced upon launching the major’s streaming-first imprint Artists To Watch last March.

Copyright Royalty Board Raises Payout Rate from Music Subscription Services
Copyright Royalty Board Raises Payout Rate from Music Subscription Serviceswww.billboard.com
Songwriters and music publishers will get a higher payout from on-demand subscription services like Spotify and Apple Music for the next five-year period (2018-2022), according to the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA).

What Radio Can Learn From Pop-Up Stores
What Radio Can Learn From Pop-Up Storesjacobsmedia.com
The success of the pop-up store phenomenon is a reminder of the importance of local street presence for radio.

Why You Should Still Be Buying Digital Downloads
Why You Should Still Be Buying Digital Downloadsfieldguide.gizmodo.com
Music streaming is the future, apparently, which means the digital download had a bright and brief existence—lasting from the end of the 1990s to (presumably) the end of the 2010s.

Music Streaming Revenue Increased 53 Percent in 2017, Digital Services Report
Music Streaming Revenue Increased 53 Percent in 2017, Digital Services Reportwww.billboard.com
U.S. digital revenue grew 15 percent in 2017 to $6.5 billion from $5.65 billion, driven largely by a 53 percent increase in streaming to $3.4 billion from 2016’s total of $2.2 billion.

How Spotify, Apple Music, can pay musicians more-commentary
How Spotify, Apple Music, can pay musicians more-commentarywww.cnbc.com
If Spotify, Apple music acted more like Netflix, they could offer musicians more money for their content, says Kabir Sehgal.

Meet a fresh contender in the streaming scene, Fanburst
Meet a fresh contender in the streaming scene, Fanburstearmilk.com
Even with a handful of heavy hitters in the world of music streaming, there’s plenty of room for more players.

Congress Appears in Agreement Over Copyright
Congress Appears in Agreement Over Copyrightwww.billboard.com
Copyright is one of the few remaining bipartisan issues and some significant legislation may have a good chance to pass, judging by the mood at a House Judiciary Committee field hearing on Friday.

Spotify Has 4 Paths To Profitability
Spotify Has 4 Paths To Profitabilitywww.hypebot.com
Spotify, which accounts for an estimated 17% of all major label revenue, has rejuvenated the music industry.

YG Plus Teams Up With Gracenote to Bring K-pop to More Listeners Around the Globe
YG Plus Teams Up With Gracenote to Bring K-pop to More Listeners Around the Globewww.billboard.com
YG Plus, part of YG entertainment, and Gracenote, teamed up to help make K-pop music more accessible to global audiences on streaming platforms.

Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter ever
Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter evertechcrunch.com
Smartphone adoption in emerging markets just delivered the highest number of app downloads Google Play has ever seen in a quarter. According to today’s report..

Fleetwood Mac to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel

Fleetwood Mac will launch an exclusive, limited-run SiriusXM channel, The Fleetwood Mac Channel, on Thursday, February 1.

The Fleetwood Mac Channel will showcase music from Fleetwood Mac’s extensive Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career, including their indelible hits, solo material, live songs, rare demo tracks and musical influences.

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Artekal Music All Reggae Streaming Service Launches

Reggae music has a new dedicated streaming home as the Artekal Music streaming service launches to support reggae music creatives and fans. Artekal is also announcing the launch of it’s reggae Grammy explorer just in time for the upcoming Grammy awards.

Artekal music joins the music streaming fray with a focus on the reggae music genre. The streaming service offers mobile apps on IOS and Android with all users getting 30 day trials to kick the tires. Music is delivered and segmented into the various sub-genres of reggae music. Those being roots rock, lovers rock, dancehall, ska, dub, and mento.

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