Paid Music Streaming Subscribers Surpass 50 Million In U.S., But There’s a Twist — www.billboard.com
An estimated 51 million people in the U.S. are now paying monthly subscriptions for music streaming services — nearly double the number of subscribers at the end of 2016, according to research by MusicWatch that was provided exclusively to Billboard.
Spotify Expands Relationship With Nielsen to Help Brands — www.billboard.com
Spotify and Nielsen are adding some muscle to their relationship in an effort to give marketers more data to work with when optimizing their national ad spending across the music streaming platform.
Does Apple Still Care About Beats? — www.theverge.com
Apple’s big event will not include any new hardware from Beats, the largest premium headphone company in the world, a source close to the situation tells The Verge.
RIAA President Mitch Glazier Responds to SiriusXM’s Music Modernization Act Complaints: ‘Give Me a Break’ — www.billboard.com
SiriusXM’s top lawyer says “music is a funny business” but the company’s effort to kill music licensing reform is no joke.
Japanese music firm Avex joins Techstars Music accelerator’s partners — musically.com
Music/tech accelerator Techstars Music is set to return for a third year, armed with a new partner in Japanese music company Avex, and a deeper partnership with major label Sony Music.
How Much Does it Cost to Develop a Music Streaming App Like Spotify — appinventiv.com
The cost of music streaming app development is dependent on a number of factors that together become an answer to ‘How much does it cost to develop an app like Spotify’?
“At Amazon Music, we see voice as an opportunity to expand music consumption and discovery, and we’re bringing listening back into the home with the smart speaker and the communal way of listening it provides.”
Quincy Jones Joins Jammcard $1M Funding Round To Expand ‘LinkedIn For Musicians’ — www.hypebot.com
Quincy Jones has led a $1 million seed funding round in music tech startup Jammcard. The music industry professionals network has been called the “LinkedIn for musicians” by Forbes. Jammcard connects the music community via an invite-only social network for vetted pros and exclusive, members-only events. The app is credited…
Apple Music now does a much better job of showing artists’ albums — www.theverge.com
Apple has fixed one of the biggest problems with Apple Music: the unhelpful way that a given artists’ releases were listed and displayed on the service. Previously, singles and collections were…