Smart speakers are music streaming's new battleground — www.slashgear.com
Music streaming no longer seems to be the prized cow it once was but that doesn’t mean the battle has let up in the slightest.
InMusik plans initial coin offering to start music streaming service — techcircle.vccircle.com
The company has developed its own cryptocurrency, Sound Coin, to power its music streaming service, which will reward both listeners and content creators on the value they provide to the community.
Spotify Saved Music. Can It Save Itself? — www.bloomberg.com
Investors are about to decide whether it matters that the most popular music streaming service doesn’t make any money.
Warner Music Acquires A&R Data Startup Sodatone — www.billboard.com
WMG announced on Wednesday it has acquired Sodatone, a tech startup that has developed an algorithmic platform that combines social, streaming and touring data to help identify unsigned talent.
Xiaomi Partners With Hungama To Bring Online Streaming To Mi Music App Update — beebom.com
If you felt that Xiaomi’s native Mi Music app was just bare bones, well, think twice as the app has bagged an update to bring online streaming into the mix.
Taking The Music Industry Monopoly Seriously — www.hypebot.com
As weakening antitrust laws and consolidation of businesses continue, virtually every corner of the music industry is now controlled by a choice few companies, whether its streaming or live music, writes Will Meyer. Here he explores why these monopolies must be taken seriously.
Music streaming is booming—and still barely making money — qz.com
The music industry can barely believe its luck. Revenue has risen—by quite a lot—for two years in a row now, after nosediving for two decades prior. According to a new report yesterday (March 22) from the trade group the Recording Industry Association of America, US music revenue soared 17% from 2016 to 2017, to a…
Spotify Comes 'Home' With First African Launch — www.forbes.com
Africa is “the home continent of music historically,” Spotify MD of Emea Michael Krause said as the world’s largest streaming service launched in South Africa. “This is our first African country, our first step onto this continent. It’s really great to be here.”
Facebook is expanding its music licensing mission into Asia and beyond — www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Facebook has secured major-league deals in the US and Europe with some of music’s biggest hitters over the past few months.
GoDaddy Ordered to Suspend Four Music Piracy Domains — torrentfreak.com
GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, has been ordered to disable four domains that facilitate access to four ‘pirate’ music sites. The order was handed down via the Peruvian Copyright Commission following a complaint from a member organization of IFPI.
Naim Audio announces new premium music streamers — www.whathifi.com
There are three new products – the range-topping ND 555 (above, £12,999), the NDX 2 (£4999) and the entry-level ND5 XS2 (£1999).
APRA AMCOS, ARIA calls for local quotas on music streaming — www.afr.com
As streaming services globalise music like never before, Australia’s music industry is trying to make Spotify and its competitors commit to 25 per cent local content quotas.
Spotify ‘pay-for-playlisting’ issue rears its head again — musically.com
We’ve been here before with the issue of ‘playola’ – the notion that artists can pay to have their tracks added to popular playlists on Spotify.