Issue #346: Why Spotify is Skipping Wall Street; EU Holding Up Apple’s Shazam Takeover

Why Spotify Is Skipping Wall Street
The streaming music company is opting for a direct listing when it goes public, bypassing the traditional approach for IPOs — and irritating investment banks. But will it live to regret the unusual move?

Apple-Shazam Deal May Hurt Competition in Europe, EU Says
Apple-Shazam Deal May Hurt Competition in Europe, EU Sayswww.bloomberg.com
Apple Inc.’s takeover of music-identification service Shazam may threaten competition and should be reviewed by the European Commission, the regulator said.

Can Fine Art Thrive On Spotify? Sofia Ek Tests Waters With New Audiovisual Project
Can Fine Art Thrive On Spotify? Sofia Ek Tests Waters With New Audiovisual Projectwww.billboard.com
Ahead of its impending IPO, Spotify is chasing maximum accessibility and appeal for media creators and listeners alike. This ideal seems to be diametrically opposed to the culture of fine art world, which is notorious for its hefty price tags, limited consumer choice and social exclusivity.

The rise of Apple Music could help sell HomePods, but there’s a hitch
The rise of Apple Music could help sell HomePods, but there’s a hitchwww.fastcompany.com

Although Spotify is still the dominant streaming music service globally, Apple Music is reportedly on pace to become the number one service in the United States this year.

Howard Stern to Honor David Bowie with Radio Special Exclusively on SiriusXM
Howard Stern to Honor David Bowie with Radio Special Exclusively on SiriusXMplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Howard Stern and SiriusXM announced today The Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie, a special honoring the legendary musician.

Startup Raises $20 Million to Build 'YouTube on the Blockchain'
Startup Raises $20 Million to Build 'YouTube on the Blockchain'www.coindesk.com

video content distribution system that purports to cut out the middleman to more fairly compensate content creators.

You can now play with Spotify’s recommendation algorithm in your browser
You can now play with Spotify’s recommendation algorithm in your browserwww.theverge.com
Engineer Ari Vaniderstine tweeted a link to a Glitch project called Nelson this morning, a browser application that lets Spotify users fiddle with various inputs in the recommendation API and make their own algorithmically generated playlists.

SiriusXM’s E Street Radio Channel Presents a Special Evening of “Springsteen on Broadway”
SiriusXM’s E Street Radio Channel Presents a Special Evening of “Springsteen on Broadway”platformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM that Bruce Springsteen will perform “Springsteen on Broadway,” his critically-praised Broadway show, at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre for a selected audience of SiriusXM subscribers including faithful E Street Radio channel listeners on Wednesday, March 14.

Get On Spotify Playlists Without Selling Your Soul
Get On Spotify Playlists Without Selling Your Soulwww.hypebot.com

Making money in the music industry has always been a challenge, particularly now with physical sales in a nosedive and radio in decline.

Apple Music just hired a writer from Billboard, XXL, Complex
Apple Music just hired a writer from Billboard, XXL, Complexroutenote.com
Apple Music have hired an experienced music journalist to helm the editorial ship in Apple’s music streaming fleet.

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