Issue #415: SiriusXM’s Big Push For New Subscribers; Apple Music Passes 50 Million Subscribers; Troy Carter Out at Spotify?

SiriusXM's Big Push For New Subscribers
SiriusXM's Big Push For New Subscriberswww.rbr.com
The introduction of a new SiriusXM app has led the nation’s lone satellite radio operator to open up its content for all — free of a paid subscription — through May 29.

Apple Music Passes 50 Million Subscribers, Including Free Trials
Apple Music Passes 50 Million Subscribers, Including Free Trialsvariety.com
Apple Music’s streaming service now has more than 50 million users via paid subscriptions and free trials, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during an interview on Bloomberg TV.

Troy Carter Out at Spotify?
Troy Carter Out at Spotify?variety.com
Rumors about that Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, may be exiting the company.

Music Modernization Act, Digital Rights Issues Take Center Stage At Music Biz 2018
Music Modernization Act, Digital Rights Issues Take Center Stage At Music Biz 2018www.billboard.com

The Music Biz 2018 conference, which runs through May 17, kicked off Nashville with over-crowded seminars and panels, that initially focused on the Music Modernization Act.

Spotify: Does music-streaming platform need a smart speaker to compete with Apple Music?
Spotify: Does music-streaming platform need a smart speaker to compete with Apple Music?slate.com
It’s creating its own voice-control technology. Could it mean something bigger is on the way?

Apple Music teams with Shawn Mendes for one-off live concert
Apple Music teams with Shawn Mendes for one-off live concertwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Apple Music will host a special performance by Shawn Mendes ahead of the release of his third studio album on Thursday, May 17th at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood.

Here's exactly how many shares the major labels and Merlin bought in Spotify - and what those stakes are worth now
Here's exactly how many shares the major labels and Merlin bought in Spotify – and what those stakes are worth nowwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Back in summer 2009, rumblings began to indicate that the major labels and Merlin had been granted equity stakes in the hot new Swedish startup, Spotify.

LiveXLive, Tencent Video to Stream Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas
LiveXLive, Tencent Video to Stream Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegasplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Insomniac and LiveXLive Media announced today that Insomniac, LiveXLive, Zebra Entertainment and Tencent Video have signed a distribution agreement for Tencent Video to livestream the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas to audiences in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Bloomsbury reveals music book tie-up with Spotify
Bloomsbury reveals music book tie-up with Spotifywww.cityam.com
Bloomsbury has revealed a major partnership with music streaming service Spotify, making a selection of the book publisher’s titles available to listeners. 

SiriusXM Books U2 to Perform Invite-Only Concert at New York’s Apollo Theater
SiriusXM Books U2 to Perform Invite-Only Concert at New York’s Apollo Theaterplatformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced that U2 will take a one night detour from the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 to perform for the first time ever at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater.

Spotify: Why It Is (And Isn’t) like Netflix
Spotify: Why It Is (And Isn’t) like Netflixwww.barrons.com
For investors, the comparison has both merits and faults.