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.