Issue #368: Streaming & Stress; Music Discovery for Internet Nerds; New Spotify Tool for Crowdsourcing Song, Album Data

Our access to music is unprecedented. Why does it stress us out so much?
Our access to music is unprecedented. Why does it stress us out so much?www.washingtonpost.com

For listeners, the world of streaming music should feel a little bit like utopia — a magical place where we can access millions of songs instantly and effortlessly. So why is everybody so freaked out about it?

Music Discovery for Internet Nerds
Music Discovery for Internet Nerdsmedium.com

7 hacks to find hidden gems: To be a music fan in the digital age is to gorge on a Vegas buffet and never feel sick. There is so much music at our fingertips — and yet we seem to be fixated on the same-old stuff.

Spotify Launches Tool for Crowdsourcing Song and Album Data
Spotify Launches Tool for Crowdsourcing Song and Album Datawww.billboard.com
On Monday, the company released a new tool for desktop users called Line-In that gives music lovers the opportunity to make suggestions for artists and individual songs and albums.

Spotify Plans New York Listing During Week of April 2
Spotify Plans New York Listing During Week of April 2www.bloomberg.com

Spotify Technology plans to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange the week of April 2, according to people with knowledge of the matter, giving the company weeks to prepare for an unconventional debut.

Qwant Music is a dedicated search-engine for music
Qwant Music is a dedicated search-engine for musicmusically.com
There’s already a couple of powerful search engines for music: they’re called Google and YouTube, and they’ve sparked the odd controversy.

Humble Angel boss wants self-serve artist ads on Spotify
Humble Angel boss wants self-serve artist ads on Spotifymusically.com
As the founder of Playlists.net and subsequently a playlists/streaming-focused executive at Warner Music, Kieron Donoghue knows a thing or two.

Everyone wants to build a giant consumer subscription business. Spotify already has one. - Recode
Everyone wants to build a giant consumer subscription business. Spotify already has one. – Recodewww.recode.net
71 million subscribers is a big deal, and it gives CEO Daniel Ek lots of options.

Playlist for Prefab Houses: YouTube and the Revitalization of Japanese Ambient Music
Playlist for Prefab Houses: YouTube and the Revitalization of Japanese Ambient Musicbrooklynrail.org
Liz Pelly’s recent article for The Baffler, “The Problem with Muzak,” bemoans music journalism’s embrace of Spotify. Algorithmically fueled, mood-based playlists such as “Ambient Chill,” she argues, are nothing more than “emotional wallpaper” for the distracted, disengaged masses.

Americans Listen To 200 Billion Minutes Of Audio Weekly
Americans Listen To 200 Billion Minutes Of Audio Weeklywww.hypebot.com
A new set of data from Nielsen has revealed that the average US dweller is listening to a massive amount of audio on weekly basis, although not all of it seems to be coming from sources which you might expect.

John Hancock, Spotify Give Runners Everywhere Access to Custom Playlists
John Hancock, Spotify Give Runners Everywhere Access to Custom Playlistsplatformandstream.wordpress.com
John Hancock and Spotify are giving runners a new way to push through their finish line.

New study explores impact of user-centric music-streaming payouts
New study explores impact of user-centric music-streaming payoutsmusically.com
‘User-centric’ streaming payouts refers to a proposed system where the royalties generated by someone’s subscription would be divided only between the artists that they listen to.

TuneGO Announces New Song Review Service
TuneGO Announces New Song Review Serviceplatformandstream.wordpress.com
TuneGO, a music platform that connects independent artists with a global community of music fans and industry professionals, is now offering a song review service.

Spotify's F-1 Shows Programmatic Makes Up 18% of Ad Revenue
Spotify's F-1 Shows Programmatic Makes Up 18% of Ad Revenueadexchanger.com

While subscription revenues represented 90% of total revenue at the company since 2016 (subscribers grew 46% last year to 71 million), Spotify is still focused on growing its ad-supported channel as “a strong and viable stand-alone product with considerable long-term opportunity for growth.”

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