Issue #477: Downloads Are Dying, Almost… ; Spotify Explores Skippable Ads; Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry, Artist Revenue

Downloads Are Dying, Almost…

Steven Stone looks at the dwindling sales and downward spiral of downloaded music…

Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trial
Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trialwww.thedrum.com
Spotify is seeking a potential point of differentiation with its music streaming rivals by testing new functionality which empowers listeners to skip any audio or video ads they wish as frequently as they desire.

Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Company
Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Companywww.billboard.com
Five biggest takeaways from a rare interview with Daniel Ek, and what they might mean for Spotify’s future as it tries to “move faster” than its rivals in an increasingly competitive streaming landscape.

Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'
Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'www.billboard.com
Investors are become increasingly interested in music, but as analysts race to meet investor demand for music-industry knowhow, direct input and perspectives from the industry itself are often left out, leading to potential data inaccuracies and misunderstandings.

Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artists
Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artistswww.patentlyapple.com
In a video interview, five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie talks to USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on the effects of on-line streaming services on the music business.

A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio market
A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio marketwww.cnet.com
High-end audio may be mostly an old person’s game, but there’s a new breed of entrepreneurs making great products.

Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bank
Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bankwww.billboard.com
City National Bank announced Monday (Aug. 13) that is has acquired Exactuals, the Los Angeles-based metadata company that provides solutions for complex payments across the entertainment industry.

Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel
Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel variety.com
Pandora announced today that it has named veteran music PR exec Heidi Anne-Noel as its new senior manager of communications. According to the announcement, in her new role she will oversee music communications strategy and outreach to the music press and music business community.

Amazon Music to launch in Brazil
Amazon Music to launch in Brazilwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Amazon Music’s streaming service and online music store looks set to launch in Brazil as the service searches for a Head of Digital Music to lead efforts in the region.

Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Service
Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Servicewww.m-magazine.co.uk
San Fran tech start-up Audius have announced a blockchain-based streaming service that hopes to ensure artists are paid fairly from their music streams.

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