Issue #417: How the Music Industry Messed Up Legal Streaming the First Time Around; A Post-Spotify Boom for Music IPOs?

How the Music Industry Messed Up Legal Streaming the First Time Around
How the Music Industry Messed Up Legal Streaming the First Time Aroundmotherboard.vice.com
Lessons from the music industry’s initial consumer-hostile reaction to the Napster saga. Going from $16 CDs to unlimited streaming is really hard.

A Post-Spotify Boom for Music IPOs?
A Post-Spotify Boom for Music IPOs?www.hollywoodreporter.com
Universal Music Group and China’s Tencent Music are testing the waters for public offerings as analysts forecast a “bullish” outlook for the sector.

Vivendi under pressure to float music 'jewel' to offset Italian problems
Vivendi under pressure to float music 'jewel' to offset Italian problemskfgo.com

Vivendi investors are eager for an update on plans for a possible listing of its music business, hoping that could bolster the French media group’s value after several setbacks in Italy.

Google's music and video streaming strategy is a mess
Google's music and video streaming strategy is a messwww.engadget.com

Google announced a major shake-up of its music and video streaming services.

Ashanti wants to be the artist on every single streaming service
Ashanti wants to be the artist on every single streaming servicewww.cnbc.com
Artists have to produce a lot more content to keep up in today’s streaming music industry, Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti says.

Spotify hypes freemium upgrades with its largest ad campaign ever
Spotify hypes freemium upgrades with its largest ad campaign everwww.fastcompany.com
A new ad campaign focuses on increased personalization, which Spotify says makes its free version better for both users and advertisers.

Janelle Monáe App Erases Every Song on Your Spotify Playlists, Adds Her New Album Instead
Janelle Monáe App Erases Every Song on Your Spotify Playlists, Adds Her New Album Insteadpitchfork.com
“Dirty Computers! Feel what it’s liked to be cleaned, and update your playlists with me.”

Artists are so desperate to get onto Spotify's popular playlists, they're emailing the children of a top executive
Artists are so desperate to get onto Spotify's popular playlists, they're emailing the children of a top executivenordic.businessinsider.com
Spotify top executive Nick Holmstén gets thousands of emails from artists every week.

Skullcandy Launches Emerging Artist Concert Series
Skullcandy Launches Emerging Artist Concert Serieswww.billboard.com
Starting Friday (May 18), the lifestyle audio brand Skullcandy, Inc. will be hosting a live-streamed concert series, dubbed the Now Feel This series, dedicated to featuring emerging artists.

Potentiam: Revamping the Music Industry Using Blockchain Technology
Potentiam: Revamping the Music Industry Using Blockchain Technologymedium.com
Potentiam started with the idea in mind to give rising musicians, and content creators more access to the music industry and the tools they need to be heard by the masses. The Potentiam platform…

Spotify Ban on Hateful Content ‘Subjective’ and ‘Concerning’: Experts
Spotify Ban on Hateful Content ‘Subjective’ and ‘Concerning’: Expertsvariety.com

It is probably safe to say that Spotify did not get the reaction it expected on Thursday when the company announced a new policy against “hate content” and “hateful conduct” regarding the artists it chooses to promote — and then announced, via a simultaneously published interview.

The Podcasting Ad Opportunity Is Increasing – And So Are Its Growing Pains
The Podcasting Ad Opportunity Is Increasing – And So Are Its Growing Painsadexchanger.com

The podcast industry is growing, and audio giants want a piece of it.