Issue #352: Spotify May Upend the Industry Again; Pandora Brings On-Demand Premium Service to Web

Having rescued recorded music, Spotify may upend the industry again
Having rescued recorded music, Spotify may upend the industry againwww.economist.com
IN JUST a few short years Spotify has evolved from bête noir of some of the world’s most prominent recording artists to perhaps their greatest benefactor. The Swedish company transformed the way people listen to music, and got them used to paying for it again after digital piracy had crippled sales.

Pandora's Premium music streaming service arrives on the web
Pandora's Premium music streaming service arrives on the webventurebeat.com
Online music provider Pandora has revealed that its on-demand music streaming service is now available on the web.

Neil Young Knows Why Pono Failed: 'The Record Labels Killed It'
Neil Young Knows Why Pono Failed: 'The Record Labels Killed It'www.billboard.com
Neil Young has some thoughts as to why his Pono player and download service crashed and burned, pointing to one villain in particular: “The record labels killed it.”

Music Festival Culture Is Now Playlist Culture
Music Festival Culture Is Now Playlist Culturewww.hypebot.com
Cherie Hu explores how music festivals have adapted to the rise of playlist culture, through partnerships with streaming services and even the way in which festivals market themselves to fans.

Warner Music Sues Future Today Alleging Music Piracy
Warner Music Sues Future Today Alleging Music Piracyvariety.com
Warner Music alleges that Future Today has created Roku channels that enable widespread infringement of copyrighted songs

Streaming takes on radio
Streaming takes on radiomusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

The opportunity for streaming is to build ad revenue around the younger audiences that are simply not engaging with traditional radio in the way that previous generations of young music fans once did.

Get More Spotify Streams
Get More Spotify Streamsblog.symphonicdistribution.com
We’ve put together a few tips for independent artists who are trying to get more Spotify streams. Click here to read more!

ReverbNation Launches Lower Cost 'Select Distribution'
ReverbNation Launches Lower Cost 'Select Distribution'www.hypebot.com
ReverbNation has retooled its d.i.y. digital music distribution service as Select Distribution to more aggressively compete with Tunecore, CD Baby and DistroKid.

Black’s big plans for 2018 – More than just a streaming service
Black’s big plans for 2018 – More than just a streaming servicemybroadband.co.za
Black chief executive Surie Ramasary outlines the service’s plans for 2018.

8 ways Apple can make HomePod an even better music player
8 ways Apple can make HomePod an even better music playerwww.macworld.com
HomePod sounds great, but it isn’t the music authority Apple wants you to think it is. Here are eight ways Apple can make it better.

Shazam Updated with Synchronized Lyrics and a New Design
Shazam Updated with Synchronized Lyrics and a New Design www.macstories.net

The new UI looks great. The results screen is dominated by a background image of the artist.

Fumbling Towards Audio Ecstasy Via DSP Signal Processing
Fumbling Towards Audio Ecstasy Via DSP Signal Processingaudiophilereview.com

Andy Schaub looks at Digital signal processing…

Issue #351: Music Streaming is Booming… So What Happens Next?; Is Apple Music Really About to Pass Spotify?

Music streaming is booming… So what happens next?
Music streaming is booming… So what happens next?musically.com
The music industry is understandably excited about its streaming-fuelled return to growth over the past couple of years, but what happens next?

Is Apple Music really about to pass Spotify? The data doesn't back that up.
Is Apple Music really about to pass Spotify? The data doesn't back that up. media.thinknum.com
Every media outlet has jumped on the WSJ’s assertion that Apple Music is growing faster than Spotify. But where’s the data?

YouTube Red is ‘really a music service,’ coming to ‘hundred’ more countries says CEO Susan Wojcicki
YouTube Red is ‘really a music service,’ coming to ‘hundred’ more countries says CEO Susan Wojcicki9to5google.com

YouTube is rumored to lead Google’s revamped music streaming service. Last night, an interview with Susan Wojcicki revealed how the company sees Red as a music service that will be expanding to many more countries this year.

Discogs Announces New Initiatives, New CEO & 20 Percent Sales Growth In 2017
Discogs Announces New Initiatives, New CEO & 20 Percent Sales Growth In 2017www.billboard.com
Discogs, the digital database and marketplace for music fanatics that has grown into a go-to hub for vinyl lovers, has unveiled a new leadership structure and begun rolling out a new set of initiatives, alongside the release of the company’s 2017 year-end numbers.

VNUE Acquires Soundstr to Streamline Live Performance Royalty Tracking Process
VNUE Acquires Soundstr to Streamline Live Performance Royalty Tracking Processwww.billboard.com
VNUE Inc., a publicly-traded company specializing in live concert recordings and experiential content for music fans, has announced today that it will be acquiring music identification and rights startup Soundstr for an undisclosed price, Billboard has learned.

Artist managers talk data, transparency and the attention economy
Artist managers talk data, transparency and the attention economymusically.com
Music management body the MMF organised a managers roundtable in London earlier this month, chaired by Music Ally.

99% of All Music Streaming Comes from Just 10% of Available Songs
99% of All Music Streaming Comes from Just 10% of Available Songswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Breaking down BuzzAngle Music’s report, did you know that most people prefer only streaming songs from top artists on Spotify and Apple Music?

Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streaming
Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streamingwww.thedrum.com
Deezer last week announced an extension of its major deal with Hutchison 3, launching its partnership in Indonesia for the first time.

Apple Music unveils streaming service for Malaysian university students
Apple Music unveils streaming service for Malaysian university studentswww.scmp.com
The service’s student subscription is now the largest of its kind in the world

Communicorp partners with live music service
Communicorp partners with live music serviceradiotoday.co.uk

Communicorp UK has partnered with a live music streaming application, available on iOS and soon on Android.

Issue #350: How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Era; Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017

How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Era
How SiriusXM is Dominating in the Spotify Erawww.digitaltrends.com
SiriusXM boasts less than half the subscribers as the most popular on-demand music streaming service, but SiriusXM is booming while Spotify continues to lose money. What’s going on here?

For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equal
For a song's popularity, not all streaming platforms are created equalwww.marketplace.org
Whether a song becomes a hit will depend where people listen.

Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017
Bandcamp Paid Musicians Over $270M in 2017www.billboard.com
Online independent music marketplace Bandcamp saw double digit growth in every aspect of its business and paid out more than $270 million to artists in 2017, the company has announced.

Other Sites Have Fake News, So Soundcloud Has Fake Music
Other Sites Have Fake News, So Soundcloud Has Fake Musicwww.vulture.com
YBN Nahmir is a hugely popular rapper with impressive Soundcloud streaming numbers, and now, due to fishy activity, so is another rapper named Comethazine, who has been able to piggyback off those numbers.

In Pod we trust: Why voice controlled music is the new streaming battleground
In Pod we trust: Why voice controlled music is the new streaming battlegroundwww.musicweek.com
As the battle for voice supremacy continues to heat up on the back of the release of Apple’s HomePod, many people are currently preoccupied with which device music is being played on, not which songs.

Apple Music launches student deal in 82 additional markets
Apple Music launches student deal in 82 additional marketswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The offer has arrived in seventy-nine markets overnight and three markets will launch on Feb. 26th. Countries where Apple Music student memberships are now available include Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal and Taiwan.

Spotify's Gonna Hit 100 Million Subscribers a Lot Sooner Than You Think
Spotify's Gonna Hit 100 Million Subscribers a Lot Sooner Than You Thinkwww.digitalmusicnews.com
With Spotify reportedly preparing to launch their direct listing next month, it has found a surprisingly clever way to inflate its US subscriber metrics.

A Rock and Roll Love Letter to Tidal Streaming and the Roon Library
A Rock and Roll Love Letter to Tidal Streaming and the Roon Libraryaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone explains why he has a major crush on Tidal and Roon…

Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify
Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotifymusically.com
Three separate stories this morning come together into a strand illustrating 2018’s status as a continued landgrab for new music-streaming subscribers.

Kenyan musicians welcome new streaming service
Kenyan musicians welcome new streaming servicewww.musicinafrica.net
Kenyan telco Safaricom has launched a brand new streaming service called Songa. Hailed as a game changer, the new app is expected to increase revenue sources for local, regional and international artists.

Spotify's rivalry with Apple Music and Amazon
Spotify's rivalry with Apple Music and Amazonnordic.businessinsider.com
Spotify is vulnerable to competition from its better-funded rivals.

Donna Summer's State of Independence gets huge streaming boost after Quincy Jones claimed it inspired Billie Jean
Donna Summer's State of Independence gets huge streaming boost after Quincy Jones claimed it inspired Billie Jeanwww.telegraph.co.uk
Donna Summers’ 1982 hit State of Independence has experienced a resurgence on streaming websites after veteran music producer Quincy Jones claimed it was the basis for Michael Jackson’s biggest hit.

Issue #349: Smart Speakers, Virtual Assistants and the Music Biz; What is Hi-Res Audio, and Should I Care About It?

How Apple's Homepod, Amazon's Echo and voice recognition are changing the music industry as we know it
How Apple's Homepod, Amazon's Echo and voice recognition are changing the music industry as we know itwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 months you will be aware of the unprecedented development and take up of virtual assistants and smart speakers. Make no mistake: these devices and this technology will have a profound effect on our industry across all sectors.

A recent survey from Adobe Analytics discovered that the most popular activity on voice controlled devices is, yep, you guessed it, playing music.

How Spotify Beat Apple to Charting the Future of Music
How Spotify Beat Apple to Charting the Future of Musicwww.theringer.com
Spotify beat back the scourge of streaming album exclusives, and now it’s ready to go public. Here’s what it says about how fans value artists and platforms.

What Exactly Is Hi-Res Audio, and Should I Care About It?
What Exactly Is Hi-Res Audio, and Should I Care About It?pitchfork.com
With labels eyeing hi-res audio as the next add-on for streaming services, we explore the challenges of attaining a future that sounds much better.

Musicians Turned Miners? How a DJ Is Disrupting Spotify With Blockchain
Musicians Turned Miners? How a DJ Is Disrupting Spotify With Blockchainwww.coindesk.com

A streaming service that “mines” via a smart contract, Choon gives 80 percent of profits directly to musicians – a step up from similar services like Spotify – which pay out disturbingly low fees.

There's no future in England's streaming: Why British music needs radio more than ever
There's no future in England's streaming: Why British music needs radio more than everwww.musicweek.com
The streaming revolution has reached every corner of the music business, but its effect on radio has always been greatly exaggerated.

Apple Music to Release Cash Money Documentary Friday
Apple Music to Release Cash Money Documentary Fridaywww.billboard.com
The delayed documentary will finally be available to the public on Friday, February 16 on Apple Music. ‘Before Anythang: The Cash Money Story’ will detail the life of Bryan “Birdman” Williams prior to him starting Cash Money Records.

How to Optimize Your Spotify for Artists Profile
How to Optimize Your Spotify for Artists Profileblog.symphonicdistribution.com

One of the most effective ways to utilize the platform is to create a custom Spotify for Artists profile, which will help you get verified, easily manage your profile, learn about your fanbase and more.

Safaricom Moves to the Beat with Songa Music App
Safaricom Moves to the Beat with Songa Music Appwww.techweez.com
Safaricom Beatz is a music streaming app that is meant to create an alternative revenue stream for artists and well, of course, mother green (Safaricom).

New licensing platform launched in Kenya
New licensing platform launched in Kenyawww.musicinafrica.net

Kenyan copyright collection agencies yesterday took a new leap into the digital era with the unveiling of an online platform.

YouTube explains how it’ll punish ‘egregious’ creators
YouTube explains how it’ll punish ‘egregious’ creatorsmusically.com
Vlogger Logan Paul wins this month’s award for being the least self-aware social-media influencer on the planet.

Dallas Records Stores and Bands Hang Onto CDs as Big Chains Abandon Them
Dallas Records Stores and Bands Hang Onto CDs as Big Chains Abandon Themwww.dallasobserver.com
“The CDs that nearly killed vinyl are seeing a boost from vinyl’s resurgence, says Mark Burke, owner of Denton-based Mad World Records.

Issue #348: Tech Giants Aim to Conquer China’s Digital Music Market; Alexa Builds Amazon Music Playlists for You

Tech Giants Are Creating Their Own Labels To Conquer China's Digital Music Market
Realizing that licensing from record labels is no longer enough for China’s music fans, web giants led by Tencent and NetEase are creating their own music labels, which can bring more lucrative returns than playing songs from Rhianna or Katy Perry.

Post Internet Music
Post Internet Musicmedium.com

The third internet generation for music is here.

Local Radio's Digital Future
Local Radio's Digital Futurejacobsmedia.com
Digital revenue is an evergreen topic in radio. Gordon Borrell’s LOAC event takes on this issue, bring traditional media brands together.

Alexa can build Amazon Music playlists for you
Alexa can build Amazon Music playlists for youwww.engadget.com

Amazon announced that Amazon Music listeners will now be able to ask Alexa to make a playlist through their Alexa-enabled devices.

HomePod launch: Sonos trolls Apple with Spotify playlist amid smart speaker battle
HomePod launch: Sonos trolls Apple with Spotify playlist amid smart speaker battlewww.independent.co.uk
The smart speaker battle is getting a little sassy. Apple is the latest company to release a speaker with a voice assistant built in for listening to music just by asking for it.

Donna Summer's 'State of Independence' Streams Increase After Quincy Jones Alleges Michael Jackson 'Stole' Song
Donna Summer's 'State of Independence' Streams Increase After Quincy Jones Alleges Michael Jackson 'Stole' Songwww.billboard.com
In the wake of an accusation by Quincy Jones that Michael Jackson ‘stole’ Donna Summer’s 1982 single ‘State of Independence’ for his own ‘Billie Jean,’ streams of ‘State’ grew tremendously in the U.S.

7digital trading update shows 52% rise in revenues
7digital trading update shows 52% rise in revenuesmusically.com
B2B digital-music firm 7digital has issued a trading update showing strong growth in its full-year revenues.

How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming
How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streamingpitchfork.com
Musician and writer Damon Krukowski explains how streaming services are failing artists and listeners, and what we can do to fight back.

SLC library to stream music collection from Utah artists
SLC library to stream music collection from Utah artistswww.ksl.com
If you’re making and recording music in Utah, the Salt Lake City Library wants to hear it — and pay you for it.

Fumbling Toward Audio Bliss - Next Stop Digital Signal Processing
Fumbling Toward Audio Bliss – Next Stop Digital Signal Processingaudiophilereview.com

Andy Schaub leads a jazz lover into the modern musical world…

Issue #347: Blockchain and Music Profitability; Deezer’s Plan to Capture Asia Pacific’s Market for Music Streaming

For its next trick, blockchain plans on making recorded music profitable again
For its next trick, blockchain plans on making recorded music profitable againwww.techradar.com
New streaming service Choon wants to pay artists more for their music. Founder Gareth Emery explains how it all works.

Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streaming
Behind Deezer’s plan to capture Asia Pacific’s ‘healthy competitive market’ for music streamingwww.thedrum.com
Deezer last week announced an extension of its major deal with Hutchison 3, launching its partnership in Indonesia for the first time.

Spotify Limited & Apple Records
Spotify Limited & Apple Records500ish.com

The following seems inevitable. But sometimes stating the obvious draws some interesting concepts out of the woodwork.

Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEO
Napster Names Bill Patrizio President and CEOwww.billboard.com
Rhapsody International announced today (Feb. 8) that Bill Patrizio has been appointed president and CEO of global streaming service Napster.

Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radio
Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radiowww.spectator.co.uk

Podcasts have a long way to go to catch up with radio on The Spectator.

Can this company attract $1bn for songwriters in the coming years?
Can this company attract $1bn for songwriters in the coming years?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spurred on by optimistic forecasts like these, institutional investors are flinging eye-opening sums towards the music business.

Apple sells out of HomePod preorders just before launch day
Apple sells out of HomePod preorders just before launch daywww.theverge.com
Order estimates in the US slipped from delivery Friday — launch day — to next Tuesday. The smart speaker appears to be sold out for in-store pickup as well.

Safaricom Set to Launch Music Streaming Service This February
Safaricom Set to Launch Music Streaming Service This Februarywww.techweez.com

As we wait for Safaricom to unveil their latest service, it is worth noting that music streaming has not been embraced by the general Kenyan public due to two factors; a majority of Kenyans still don’t believe they should pay for music that they can download for free and the issue of mobile data.

Why Music Modernization Act Is Best Path Forward
Why Music Modernization Act Is Best Path Forwardwww.hypebot.com
While the Music Modernization Act to revamp music copyright has its critics, most in the industry support it.

How Pleasence Records is rethinking the label model
How Pleasence Records is rethinking the label modelnowtoronto.com

A new music festival and podcast are part of the Toronto record label’s search for true independence.

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