Issue #397: Is Asia Spotify’s Weak Spot?; The District is Reshaping the Music Business; The Case for Napster

Is Asia Spotify’s weak spot?

Its US$26 billion stock debut has tech industry mouths watering, but the music streaming company may have hit a bum note in the region, where piracy, limited budgets and a love of karaoke are conspiring against it.

Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music business
Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music businesswww.straight.com
By managing YouTube streaming accounts, it’s formed one of the biggest music distribution networks in the world.

Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Age
Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Agewww.bloomberg.com
On stage at Coachella, Josh Conway could practically taste it. He and his compatriots in the indie band The Marias were playing the largest music festival in North America. They were on the verge of making it.

The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Later
The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Latermedium.com
Napster is the catalyst which was needed to spearhead the movement. But sadly, it is also the ship that had to sink for others’ sake.

Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 years
Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 yearswww.cnbc.com
Spotify disclosed on Tuesday that it’s spending at least $447 million on Google’s cloud over the next three years.

How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergence
How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergenceblog.jaak.io
Part of our strategy blog series, which will investigate the paths to building decentralised infrastructure for the intellectual property industries.

Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as viny
Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as vinywww.musicweek.com
It’s Record Store Day this weekend, which means tons of lovingly curated vinyl releases in your local indie shop. But, even as streaming becomes the dominant format, the biz shouldn’t neglect CD buyers. Music Week explains why…

Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscribers
Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscriberswww.billboard.com
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company has reached over 100 million subscribing Prime members, a new milestone for the 13-year-old program.

How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTube
How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTubeadexchanger.com

Vevo uses YouTube for a large chunk of its distribution and viewership.

Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal
Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidalexclaim.ca

A number of classic releases from 2010 through 2012 have been collected on the services.

Lessons from Spotify
Lessons from Spotifystratechery.com

Being a true aggregator means gaining power over supply; Spotify doesn’t have that — the company doesn’t even have control over its marginal costs — and it’s hard to see where the profits come from.

TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platform
TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platformwww.hypebot.com

TheWaveVR, a social virtual reality platform for music and visual arts experiences has closed a $6 million Series A funding round.

Issue #396: Warner Classics, IDAGIO Set Streaming Partnership; Blockchain? More Like Rockchain; 10 of the Best Music Podcasts

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership
Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnershipplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

Blockchain? More like rockchain
Blockchain? More like rockchainadage.com
Music was the first industry the digital revolution decimated. Blockchain is a chance to reinvent ourselves, Jesse Kirshbaum writes.

Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up
Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Upwww.billboard.com
Streaming has helped the music industry dig itself out of nearly 20 years of economic decline — and with Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange, previously skeptical investors are now cashing in.

The day music discovery failed me
The day music discovery failed memedium.com

The Manic Street Preachers released a new album, Resistance is Futile, on Friday. I didn’t find out about it until yesterday (Monday).

10 of the Best Music Podcasts
10 of the Best Music Podcastsvariety.com
With car dashboards eliminating CD inputs and relying more on smart displays and smartphones, podcasts — both music-related and others — are increasingly becoming big players for a captive mobile audience.

Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright
Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyrightvariety.com
The Music Modernization Act, which combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid, was passed unanimously by a House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industry
How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industrywww.cinemablend.com
MoviePass is making another major movie, and this one will see it get into the music industry.

Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixed
Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixedadage.com
Radio is a medium with huge reach, but its cracks are showing. Fewer young people are listening and alternative media is stealing its thunder.

A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocates
A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocateswww.billboard.com
The movers and shakers among the policymakers.

MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainment
MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainmentwww.vanguardngr.com
Africa’s groundbreaking digital music service, MTN Music+ has added yet another ‘plus’ by signing a historic deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Ads
How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Adsmedium.com
I’ve been looking for ways to boost my Spotify streams. What could be better than advertising directly on Spotify with an audio ad?

Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaboration
Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaborationwww.billboard.com
One of the biggest managers in music is joining forces with one the best-known voices in branding, digital marketing and developing audiences through social media.

Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO
Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSOwww.hypebot.com
VEZT, the blockchain powered marketplace that lets fans share ownership with artists in their favorite songs, has announced an advisory board packed with music industry leaders and the hiring of Swedish producer and music tech investor Andreas Carlsson as Chief Strategy Officer.

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org.

“We envision a world that is united and healed through the collaboration, proliferation and consumption of independent creative works,” said Mike Rubin, Founder of the Dreamchain Foundation. “By utilizing the blockchain’s immutable ledger and decentralized consensus ability combined with cryptocurrency’s ability to create new economic models, we can finally remove powerful authorities that for too long have either censored creativity or controlled the economic returns for creators, preventing many artists from realizing their dreams.”

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Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

The IDAGIO catalogue, which already comprises over 650,000 tracks, will encompass all new and recent releases from the Warner Classics and Erato labels, as well as the complete catalogue, including recordings originally issued on such iconic labels as EMI Classics and Teldec (now Warner Classics) and Virgin Classics (now Erato).

“Adding the complete Warner Classics catalogue will enable us to continue offering classical music lovers the streaming experience they want and deserve,” Till Janczukowicz, founder and CEO of IDAGIO​, said. “Warner Classics and Erato are labels that, under the inspired leadership of Alain Lanceron, continue to buck the industry trend with their ambition and commitment to visionary A&R. A perfect example is Erato’s recent award-winning recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens.”

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Issue #395: Soundtrack Your Brand Secures New Licensing Deals; Why Did Cymbal Fail?; Spotify Reveals Mobile App Details Next Week

Soundtrack Your Brand, the Spotify for Background Music, Launches Wide as It Secures Direct Licensing Deals
Soundtrack Your Brand, the Spotify for Background Music, Launches Wide as It Secures Direct Licensing Dealswww.billboard.com
Soundtrack Your Brand, the Stockholm-based, Spotify-backed streaming platform devoted to background music in the b2b space, has announced a rush of direct deals with labels and publishers as it expands and looks to open up an often-overlooked revenue opportunity for rights holders.

Spotify will reveal the future of its mobile app next week
Spotify will reveal the future of its mobile app next weekwww.theverge.com
Spotify will be announcing news about changes in its mobile app at an event next week, according to a flyer the company sent out.

Why did the Instagram of music fail?
Why did the Instagram of music fail?www.theverge.com
This week on the Why’d You Push That Button podcast, Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany talk about Last.fm, Cymbal, and Spotify’s attempts at making a social music network.

Mixcloud, the audio streaming platform for long-form content, raises $11.5M from WndrCo
Mixcloud, the audio streaming platform for long-form content, raises $11.5M from WndrCotechcrunch.com

The music streaming site has carved out a decent following as a place to house archived radio shows and DJ mixes, and counts more than 1 million “curators” uploading content to the platform.

Kakao’s Melon app dominates Korea’s music streaming service market
Kakao’s Melon app dominates Korea’s music streaming service marketwww.koreaherald.com

Melon, the music streaming app operated by South Korean mobile business giant Kakao, dominates the country’s music streaming service market, leaving little room for foreign players like Apple Music to join the competition.

Streaming dominates Australian music sales
Streaming dominates Australian music saleswww.news.com.au
Music streaming has officially taken over, accounting for more than half of total music sales in Australia.

In defense of the HomePod
In defense of the HomePodtechcrunch.com

My HomePod, Google Home and Amazon Echo all live within about 15 feet of each other in my apartment.

Soundeon Announces Alpha Version Launch
Soundeon Announces Alpha Version Launch platformandstream.wordpress.com
Soundeon, a decentralized and vertically integrated blockchain music platform, has made the leap and is launching its alpha version – the Music Token Sale layer along with “Talent Unleashed” contest.

Why the Music Modernization Act Is Important for the Music Industry
Why the Music Modernization Act Is Important for the Music Industrywww.billboard.com

While it’s often referred to as singular, the music industry has a history of being fragmented.

VR concerts startup Ceek to use blockchain smart contracts
VR concerts startup Ceek to use blockchain smart contractsmusically.com
Ceek is one of the startups looking for a business model in broadcasting music concerts in virtual-reality. Now it’s adding a splash of blockchain technology into its mix.

Spotify's secret weapon
Spotify's secret weapon money.cnn.com
Spotify wants Wall Street investors to think it has as much potential as Netflix, and it’s leaning on an exec who helped take Netflix public to make that case.

New Australian single uses eye-controlled music technology
New Australian single uses eye-controlled music technologythemusicnetwork.com
The Music Network is Australia’s #1 source for music industry news, charts and jobs since 1994.

Issue #394: Ad Tech Streams Into Audio; iHeartRadio Opens Playlists to All Users; Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Boss Exiting for Spotify

Pandora vs. Spotify: Ad tech streams into audio
Pandora vs. Spotify: Ad tech streams into audioadage.com
Pandora and Spotify are offering new tools … if brands are ready.

Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotify
Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotifyvariety.com
Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B, is leaving for Spotify, home to popular playlist RapCaviar.

iHeartRadio opens up its playlists to all users with launch of Playlist Radio
iHeartRadio opens up its playlists to all users with launch of Playlist Radiotechcrunch.com

The company is adding a new feature for all users – both free and paid – that blurs the lines between streaming radio and the typically premium-only option of using playlists: Playlist Radio.

Anybody out there still listening to music on AM or FM radio?
Anybody out there still listening to music on AM or FM radio?www.cnet.com
Radio isn’t dead yet, but its future isn’t exactly healthy.

Qobuz Names Music-Industry Veteran New CEO
Qobuz Names Music-Industry Veteran New CEOplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Qobuz, the European high resolution music streaming and downloading service, has named music-industry veteran Yann Miossec as its new CEO.

Fraud Detection Software Is Coming to the Music Industry — And It Will Change Everything
Fraud Detection Software Is Coming to the Music Industry — And It Will Change Everythingwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Up until this point, it’s been extremely difficult to detect fraud in music industry royalty statements.  That’s about to change in a very serious way.

What kind of songs don't qualify for YouTube Content ID?
What kind of songs don't qualify for YouTube Content ID?diymusician.cdbaby.com

Some audio is not eligible for monetization via Content ID on YouTube.

Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' to Test New Model for Spotify, YouTube: Streaming First for Paying Subscriber
Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' to Test New Model for Spotify, YouTube: Streaming First for Paying Subscriberwww.billboard.com
For the first two weeks of its release, Jason Aldean’s ‘Rearview Town,’ out Friday, will be available only on the premium tier of all subscription services, Billboard has confirmed.

Our Top 10 iOS Apps for Songwriters and Music Makers
Our Top 10 iOS Apps for Songwriters and Music Makersflypaper.soundfly.com
As the music creation process turns more digital, smartphone apps have started to help songwriters, composers and producers make music. Here are our faves.

Spotify's Public Listing Has Gone Better Than Expected -- Now What?
Spotify's Public Listing Has Gone Better Than Expected — Now What?www.billboard.com
Spotify’s first seven days as a public company have gone better than expected, but there’s still plenty more it needs to prove before the real celebrations can begin.

APRA AMCOS' Dean Ormston working on monitoring framework to tackle music quotas
APRA AMCOS' Dean Ormston working on monitoring framework to tackle music quotaswww.theindustryobserver.com.au
“We don’t want to have World War III, let’s just get everybody on the straight and narrow.”

Michael Franti Is All For Streaming Music on Cheddar
Michael Franti Is All For Streaming Music on Cheddarcheddar.com
The singer believes streaming actually turns people into more loyal fans who turn up to concerts. “I think it’s great,” he told Cheddar’s Jon Steinberg.

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