Issue #353: The Commodification of Digital Music is Accelerating; The Future of the Streaming Economy

The Try-Hard Truth About Spotify’s “Woke” Playlists
The Try-Hard Truth About Spotify’s “Woke” Playlistswww.theringer.com

The commodification of digital music is accelerating—and the path forward is … a boozy brunch playlist?

The Application of Blockchain Technology to Music is Only the Beginning

Myceria’s Blockchain-based platform has created a way for musicians to push smart contracts for the sharing of free-trade music, ensuring that profits go back to the artists. These contracts allow artists to sell directly to consumers without the need for labels, lawyers or accountants; and royalties are paid out automatically.

The Future of the Streaming Economy: 5 Things to Watch
The Future of the Streaming Economy: 5 Things to Watchwww.billboard.com
Over the course of the past several years, we have been watching with a keen eye and sometimes predicting various elements of the rise of the streaming economy. Now look for these five new developments in the new world of the streaming economy.

Jaak CEO warns music industry not to get 'bored with blockchain'
Jaak CEO warns music industry not to get 'bored with blockchain'musically.com
There is, to put it mildly, a lot of hype and misinformation around the world of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings.

Frank Ocean 'Moon River' Cover Spurs Streaming Gain for Classic Song
Frank Ocean 'Moon River' Cover Spurs Streaming Gain for Classic Songwww.billboard.com
The surprise release of Frank Ocean’s cover of ‘Moon River’ led to a big gain in streams for the classic tune in the U.S.

Symphonic Adds Former Beatport Exec
Symphonic Adds Former Beatport Exec www.hypebot.com
Symphonic Distribution has hired industry veteran Peter Wohelski as its Content Development Specialist.

Target and Best Buy have killed the music CD
Target and Best Buy have killed the music CDqz.com
First, we quit listening—then, buying. Now we’re on track to stop seeing them altogether.

The Capitol Theatre Announces Free Tedeschi Trucks Band Webcasts
The Capitol Theatre Announces Free Tedeschi Trucks Band Webcastswww.jambase.com
Watch both of next week’s Tedeschi Trucks Band shows live from The Capitol Theatre via free webcasts.

Steven Tyler & David Israelite: Congress, Fix How Songwriters Are Paid & Pass the Music Modernization Act
Steven Tyler & David Israelite: Congress, Fix How Songwriters Are Paid & Pass the Music Modernization Actwww.billboard.com
Today’s songwriters face an uphill battle. If we don’t fix how music creators are paid by digital streaming services, we may never hear the great songs of tomorrow. As people who have been in this industry for a long time, we’ve seen the songwriters affected first hand.

Harman Kardon's Traveler speaker puts detailed sound in your pocket
Harman Kardon's Traveler speaker puts detailed sound in your pocketthenextweb.com
Harman Kardon’s recently launched portable speaker delivers incredibly detailed audio and a spare battery to juice up your phone for $150.

All I have to do is stream
All I have to do is streamwww.euroweeklynews.com
IF you’re still listening to music on your own CDs, MP3s or even (gasp) cassettes, the bad news is that you’re officially a dinosaur. Guilty as charged m’lud.

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