Issue #326: Why Digital Music is Booming; Spotify Makes a New Home for EDM

Why Digital Music is Booming (And It's Not Just Streaming)

That big streaming bet? The one that would kill off download stores, and put the music industry on a track to sell subscriptions? It may be paying for some great parties, but today’s labels actually sit alongside of a new wave of digital opportunity and complexity, far beyond streaming.

With the comfort of a growing streaming business and a focus on supporting their big partners, I got the sense they may not see it all.

Grime Officially Has Its Own Category on Spotify
Grime Officially Has Its Own Category on Spotifywww.billboard.com
Spotify has officially created a Grime genre category.

CD Baby's Parent Company Acquires AdRev and DashGo
CD Baby's Parent Company Acquires AdRev and DashGowww.billboard.com
CD Baby’s parent company, AVL Digital Group, has taken a major step in expanding beyond artist-driven services and into B2B services with the acquisition of AudioMicro and its AdRev and DashGo divisions.

Minty Fresh: Spotify Makes a New Home for EDM
Minty Fresh: Spotify Makes a New Home for EDMblog.chartmetric.io
The beginning of 2018 is an interesting time to look back at the $7.4 billion industry known as electronic dance music, or as the branding world likes to call it: “EDM”. Purists may hate the term…

Podcasts are coming to Plex, followed by web series and other digital media
Podcasts are coming to Plex, followed by web series and other digital mediatechcrunch.com
This past fall, media software maker Plex expanded its service with the integration of a dedicated news hub within its app — a feature that arrived by way..

SoundExchange Extends CEO Michael Huppe Through 2021
SoundExchange Extends CEO Michael Huppe Through 2021www.billboard.com
Sound Exchange CEO Michael Huppe will now helm SoundExchange through 2021, thanks to a contract extension. Huppe has led the agency, which has distributed nearly $5 million in digital performance royalties to artists and rights owners since its formation by Congress, since 2011.

Add wireless music streaming to any home audio system with this $22 adapter
Add wireless music streaming to any home audio system with this $22 adapterbgr.com
Are you tired of having to plug in your phone and leave it behind to play music on your home audio system? No, you don’t need to ditch your old wired system any buy a whole new system from Sonos. All you need is a Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter.

CES 2018: Lincoln Motors Embraces Hi-Res Audio
CES 2018: Lincoln Motors Embraces Hi-Res Audiowww.billboard.com
Studio quality sound was on display today at CES 2018’s Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, where Ford announced it will begin offering a premium music system in its Lincoln line of luxury vehicles, a first among automakers.

'We've reached the tipping point': BPI's Geoff Taylor talks soaring streaming numbers
'We've reached the tipping point': BPI's Geoff Taylor talks soaring streaming numberswww.musicweek.com
The music industry has started 2018 with a bang following the publication of strong sales for the previous 12 months.

Jimmy Iovine Refutes Rumors He’s Leaving Apple
Jimmy Iovine Refutes Rumors He’s Leaving Applevariety.com
Jimmy Iovine shot down rumors that he plans to exit Apple in August telling Variety that he’s committed to getting music streaming right.