Issue #343: Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribers; Techstars Music Class of 2018 Unveiled

Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribers
Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribersfortune.com
Apple’s Apple Music is adding subscriber accounts in the U.S. at a higher rate than Spotify, and is on track to pass the No. 1 streaming service this summer, according to people familiar with the services’ figures.

Supersonic Startups: The Techstars Music Class Of 2018 Unveiled
Supersonic Startups: The Techstars Music Class Of 2018 Unveiledwww.forbes.com
This year’s group consists of 10 startups and spans a range of music-related fields. In addition to audio playback (Mighty), biometrics (Blink Identity, Endel); artificial intelligence (Edison. AI, SecondBrain, Spark.DJ); ticketing (Hello Tickets, Seated); and streaming (Gimme Radio, Soundcharts).

Spotify adds songwriting and production credits to its desktop app
Spotify adds songwriting and production credits to its desktop appmusically.com
Spotify is adding credits for songwriters and producers to songs on its service, although for now they’ll only appear within its desktop app.

Imogen Heap partners with Viberate
Imogen Heap partners with Viberatewww.iq-mag.net
Blockchain pioneer Imogen Heap is to lend her support in an advisory role to Viberate, which is using the distributed ledger technology to connect the global live music industry.

South Africa's Joox Takes On the International Music Streaming Brands With Local Content and Quality Streaming
South Africa's Joox Takes On the International Music Streaming Brands With Local Content and Quality Streamingallafrica.com
Once the biggest thing in town, South African media and entertainment giant Naspers is now playing the unaccustomed role of underdog with digital service.

Spotify Combining Artist Marketing and Artist & Label Services Teams
Spotify Combining Artist Marketing and Artist & Label Services Teamswww.billboard.com
Spotify will be combining its artist marketing and artist & label services teams to create an artist & label marketing department led by Dave Rocco, formerly the global head of artist marketing.

Hi-res music: ‘The barrier is the understanding of the value of the proposition’
Hi-res music: ‘The barrier is the understanding of the value of the proposition’musically.com
Major labels are very excited about upping the audio quality of music-streaming services, under the banner of ‘hi-res music’.

How will Sonos compete against Apple’s HomePod?
How will Sonos compete against Apple’s HomePod?www.recode.net
CEO Patrick Spence explains Sonos’ answer to Apple, Amazon and Google on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask.

Spotify won over Taylor Swift. Can it win over investors?
Spotify won over Taylor Swift. Can it win over investors?www.smh.com.au
The Swedish, streaming music service could set a new precedent with its unusual stockmarket debut.

How to Increase Your Chances of being Featured in Spotify, Beatport, Pandora, + More
How to Increase Your Chances of being Featured in Spotify, Beatport, Pandora, + Moreblog.symphonicdistribution.com

This week, we’re back with the latest on presenting your best case to Partners for the topmost potential to land a feature

Deezer team up with Indonesian tel-co Tri to offer customers music streaming
Deezer team up with Indonesian tel-co Tri to offer customers music streamingroutenote.com
Deezer have teamed up with Indonesian telephone company Hutchison 3 to offer streaming deals to Tri customers.

Warner Music Hits $1 Billion in First Quarter, Digital Revenue Up 20%
Warner Music Hits $1 Billion in First Quarter, Digital Revenue Up 20%variety.com
Warner Music Hits $1 Billion in First Quarter, Digital Revenue Up 20%

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