Issue 552: Amazon Alexa + Apple Music; SiriusXM: Targeting 80% of All U.S. Vehicles; The Meta Trends that Will Shape 2019

Amazon Alexa Will Get Apple Music
Apple Music is coming to Amazon’s Alexa virtual personal assistant starting the week of December 17, according to the retailer.

SiriusXM: Targeting 80% of all US vehicles

David Frear, SEVP and CFO at pay radio operator SiriusXM, speaking at the Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecoms conference on November 27th told equity analysts that 2018 was proving to be a better than many expected.

The Meta Trends that Will Shape 2019

MIDiA has just published its annual predictions report. Here are a few highlights. 2018 was another year of change, disruption and transformation across media and technology.

Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday update
Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday updatewww.engadget.com
Google is bringing a bunch of new features to its Assistant for the holidays, though you can probably thank Jeff Bezos, rather than Santa for them. The most not…

The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felony
The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felonymotherboard.vice.com
The RIAA has also renewed calls for the government to consider ‘website blocking’ and filtering to stop music piracy.

Global bets on podcasts to get brands to invest in digital audio advertising
Global bets on podcasts to get brands to invest in digital audio advertisingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

UK Media & Entertainment group Global has ‘stormed’ into the podcasting business, adding a catalog of 1,500 ‘premium’ podcasts to its Global Player app.

Phishing Campaign Targets Spotify Users
Phishing Campaign Targets Spotify Userswww.hypebot.com
Cybersecurity firm AppRiver have discovered a phishing campaign specifically targeting Spotify users. The attack is designed to lure users to click on malicious links in an email. The next screen asks victim to enter their Spotify login credentials to remove restrictions on their Spotify account. While there may be some…

Is the Internet a blessing or a curse for musicians?
Is the Internet a blessing or a curse for musicians?www.musicinafrica.net
Technological advancements in the past 20 years or so have greatly altered the way we consume music. The Internet, probably the single most important invention of the 20th century, has been responsible for drastically changing how we listen to music. But despite its proclivity to simplify millions of tasks for everyday users, the Internet has been a double-edged sword for

Increased 'aiWARE'-ness For This AM/FM Owner
Increased 'aiWARE'-ness For This AM/FM Ownerwww.rbr.com
One of the biggest radio broadcasting companies in the U.S. is getting a real-time advertising intelligence and insights boost. It’s thanks to an expanded

Looking Back On 15 Years Of Bandzoogle
Looking Back On 15 Years Of Bandzooglewww.hypebot.com

Bandzoogle is celebrating 15 years, a lifetime in both in music and tech. The website and marketing platform continues to thrive by providing a product that every musician needs, constantly improving it and charging a fair price.

Guess Which Chinese Streaming Music Service Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users?
Guess Which Chinese Streaming Music Service Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users?www.digitalmusicnews.com
Looks like Chinese mobile giant Huawei has been quietly amassing a serious music-focused user base. But how many are paying?

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Issue 551: Spotify to Musicians: Let Us Be Your Label; Streaming App Plex Announces Tidal Partnership

Spotify to Musicians: Let Us Be Your Label
The company is offering artists a best-in-class cut of their streaming royalties, but its program is a work in progress.

Streaming App Plex Announces Tidal Partnership
Streaming App Plex Announces Tidal Partnershipwww.billboard.com
Plex members will have access to TIDAL’s entire catalog, which includes more than 60 million track and 244,000 videos.

Apple's 30 Percent Transaction Fee For In-App Subscriptions Might Disappear. What Would That Mean For Music Streaming?
Apple's 30 Percent Transaction Fee For In-App Subscriptions Might Disappear. What Would That Mean For Music Streaming?www.billboard.com

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to allow an antitrust lawsuit to move forward that could force Apple to cut its 30 percent transaction fee it charges software developers who sell apps through iTunes and its App Store.

Billy Joel Channel on SiriusXM ending its latest run on Friday
Billy Joel Channel on SiriusXM ending its latest run on Fridaywww.newsday.com

The Billy Joel Channel’s latest run on SiriusXM is set to end on Friday, after a monthlong extension. The limited-run channel, which has been part of SiriusXM off and on since 2014, returned in October.

Francisco Zulu Is Designing A New World Of Music With New Music Streaming Service, MyNyimbo
Francisco Zulu Is Designing A New World Of Music With New Music Streaming Service, MyNyimbowww.africa.com
Nothing is constant but change, therefore there is no longer any reason why you can’t rewrite the narrative that has already been written. Francisco Zulu, founder and CEO of MyNyimbo

To Avoid the Fate of Music Streaming, Podcasts Need to Validate Their Audiences
To Avoid the Fate of Music Streaming, Podcasts Need to Validate Their Audienceswww.adweek.com

The future of audio is full of exciting potential.

Huawei claims its music-streaming service has 100m users
Huawei claims its music-streaming service has 100m usersmusically.com
Chinese technology company Huawei makes a range of products, including smartphones, for which it has big ambitions.

Why do LPs sound so good?
Why do LPs sound so good?www.cnet.com
The LP boom shows no signs of slowing, and no one really knows why.

Snapchat Ads For Indie Artists, Labels
Snapchat Ads For Indie Artists, Labels www.hypebot.com

Advertising via social media is fairly common in the industry now, and Snapchat is no exception. Here we look at why more independent artists should be using the platform for promotion, as well as exactly how they can go about doing it.

Major Labels Talk 'Isolated' Brazil, Streaming Prices and Data, Data, Data at Midem Event in Rio de Janeiro
Major Labels Talk 'Isolated' Brazil, Streaming Prices and Data, Data, Data at Midem Event in Rio de Janeirowww.billboard.com
Brazil’s “isolated” music market must align itself more tightly to Spanish-speaking Latin America if it is to seize on the huge opportunity created by the explosion of digital music and streaming, a label executive said Tuesday.

Spotify, Soundcloud Bot Farms Continue To Manipulate Streaming Numbers
Spotify, Soundcloud Bot Farms Continue To Manipulate Streaming Numberswww.hypebot.com
Bot farms continue to manipulate streaming stats on Spotify and Soundcloud, a year after the streamers and music industry became aware of them, multiple sources tell Hypebot. The bots, which target these two services because they offer free access, are available both home-brewed and professionally marketed. Bots targeted Spotify as…

Anghami adds music-recognition feature with ACRCloud
Anghami adds music-recognition feature with ACRCloudmusically.com
Spotify and Deezer may have ambitions to take a chunk out of its audience in the Middle East and North Africa, but local service Anghami remains the dominant audio-streaming player in the region for now, with more than 70 million users.

Spotify's Palestinian launch puts local artists on the map
Spotify's Palestinian launch puts local artists on the mapca.reuters.com

Palestinian musicians are fast reaping dividends from their presence on Spotify, which launched its internet streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa last week.

Issue 550: Qobuz Sets U.S. Launch Of High-Res Streaming; YouTube Challenges Spotify, Apple Music for College Students’ Money

Listen Up, Audiophiles: Qobuz Sets U.S. Launch Of High-Res Streaming
Qobuz, a French music streaming company with operations across Europe, plans to launch its high-resolution service in the U.S. in 2019.

YouTube Challenges Spotify, Apple Music for College Students’ Money

Half a year after launching its standalone music-streaming service, YouTube is following the lead of its competitors and rolling out student pricing.

Underground Radio Directory collects independent online radio stations from around the world
Underground Radio Directory collects independent online radio stations from around the worlddjmag.com
So far it includes radio stations from 53 different cities…

Tidal brings its high fidelity music streaming app to the Microsoft Store
Tidal brings its high fidelity music streaming app to the Microsoft Storewww.onmsft.com
Tidal, a music streaming service that offers songs in “lossless” audio format, has officially been released to the Microsoft Store.

Can AI Create Better Music Than Humans?
Can AI Create Better Music Than Humans?www.forbes.com
All of this raises the question: in a world where art can be manufactured on-demand to a user’s precise specifications, what is the role of the artist?

Copyright Royalty Board Makes Flurry of Changes, Extends Comment Period For Music Modernization Act
Copyright Royalty Board Makes Flurry of Changes, Extends Comment Period For Music Modernization Actwww.billboard.com
In a flurry of activity over the last few week, the Copyright Royalty Board has cemented some previous determinations for on-demand services and background music services and amended some of its regulations for rate determinations made this year.

Music Industry Asks US Govt. to Reconsider Website Blocking
Music Industry Asks US Govt. to Reconsider Website Blockingtorrentfreak.com
US companies have successfully lobbied and litigated extensively for pirate site blockades around the world. On their home turf, the issue was categorically avoided following the SOPA outrage several years ago. It now appears that this position is slowly beginning to change.

Spotify for Artists Will Charge for Certain Services, Daniel Ek Says
Spotify for Artists Will Charge for Certain Services, Daniel Ek Sayswww.digitalmusicnews.com
In a bid to boost the service’s profitability in the long run, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has revealed plans to introduce tools for artists.

Social music app Playlist lets you listen to music with others in real time
Social music app Playlist lets you listen to music with others in real timetechcrunch.com

A new app called Playlist aims to make music a more social experience than what’s offered today by the major music platforms like Apple Music, Pandora or Spotify, for example.

Better Data Than Never: Publishers Finally Get Under the Spotify Bonnet
Better Data Than Never: Publishers Finally Get Under the Spotify Bonnetwww.synchtank.com
As Spotify adds Publishing Analytics, Eamonn Forde examines what this might mean for publishers and songwriters.

Why Spotify needs to up its game outside of Europe and the Americas (and is making big bets to do so)
Why Spotify needs to up its game outside of Europe and the Americas (and is making big bets to do so)www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

If Spotify’s expanding into India, its investors should prepare themselves for a tough challenge ahead.

Issue 549: Song Skip Rates and Our Attention Span; The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Biz Forever

Spotify Song Skip Rates Tell Us A Lot About Our Attention Span
A study of song skip rates on Spotify tells us a lot about our attention span these days.

The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Industry Forever
The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Industry Foreverconsequenceofsound.net

These days you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s heard of the Rio PMP300, especially after the iPod became as much a household name as the Walkman.

The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century
The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Centurywww.wired.com
Live-music tapers, data archivists, and media technologists are creating an authentic musical underground in a freemium world, a hideout where listening habits go unmonitored and unmonetized.

Big December I.P.O.s Are Rare. Why Would Tencent Music Do One?
Big December I.P.O.s Are Rare. Why Would Tencent Music Do One?www.nytimes.com
China’s answer to Spotify may push on with a $2 billion New York listing next month, but it’s a bad time of year to sell new equity.

Apple is looking for a Head of Music in Greater China
Apple is looking for a Head of Music in Greater Chinawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Apple wants to ‘scale’ its music streaming business in China. And it’s hoping a new head of music for the region will be able to help it do so.

Mixcloud and Merlin Network Agree to Multi-Year Direct Licensing Deal
Mixcloud and Merlin Network Agree to Multi-Year Direct Licensing Dealwww.billboard.com
The agreement between the two companies brings independent labels and Merlin’s recording artists into the mix, alongside Mixcloud’s recent agreements with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for students
YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for studentstechcrunch.com

The new plans are the first significant changes to YouTube’s music subscription program since its launch last year. At that time, YouTube had also rebranded its ad-free YouTube Red subscription as YouTube Premium.

iHeart Names Post-Bankruptcy Board
iHeart Names Post-Bankruptcy Boardwww.radioworld.com
iHeartMedia names post-bankruptcy board and Gail Austin and John Scott

eMusic token sale for blockchain-based platform opens to public
eMusic token sale for blockchain-based platform opens to publicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Funds from the token sale will be used for development of the eMusic Blockchain project, a music distribution and payments platform.

Spotify Premium redesign borrows one of Pandora's best features
Spotify Premium redesign borrows one of Pandora's best featureswww.engadget.com
Spotify’s been busy announcing a bunch of new features this week, including an app for Google’s Wear OS and better direct uploads for artists — and it’s made s…

Issue 548: Spotify to Launch in India Within Six Months; SiriusXM CEO: We’re in the Radio Business, Not Music Distribution

Spotify to Launch in India Within Six Months
Spotify to Launch in India Within Six Monthsvariety.com
Spotify is expected to launch in India within six months, and will offer an extended free trial period.

SiriusXM CEO: We’re in the radio business, not music distribution
SiriusXM CEO: We’re in the radio business, not music distributionwww.cnbc.com
SiriusXM CEO James E. Meyer speaks with CNBC’s David Faber about the company’s decision to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion in September 2018.

Michele Anthony Grew Up in the Music Business—Now She Helps Steer It
Michele Anthony Grew Up in the Music Business—Now She Helps Steer Itwww.wsj.com
The Universal Music executive talks about cutting school, the hurdles women face in music and what’s next for streaming services.

Court Rules MusicMonster Stream-Ripping Service Illegal
Court Rules MusicMonster Stream-Ripping Service Illegaltorrentfreak.com

A music service that scans Internet radio streams for specific music tracks, records them, and makes them available for download in MP3 format, has lost its case in a German court.

Our 6 Favorite Collaborative Music-Making Apps
Our 6 Favorite Collaborative Music-Making Appsflypaper.soundfly.com
The internet is horrible at getting us outdoors, but it’s great at connecting likeminded collaborators all over the world. Here are 6 apps to do just that!

Taylor Swift, Label Services and What Comes Next
Taylor Swift, Label Services and What Comes Nextmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Taylor Swift has done it again.

JioMusic confirmed to become JioSaavn soon, additional features like music downloads to be no longer free
JioMusic confirmed to become JioSaavn soon, additional features like music downloads to be no longer freewww.bgr.in

Jio users will get 90 days of JioSaavn Pro subscription for free – JioMusic confirmed to become JioSaavn soon, additional features like music downloads to be no longer free.

Is a One Box Solution High-End Audio?
Is a One Box Solution High-End Audio?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson wonders if smaller, one box audio solutions are all what they’re cracked up to be…

Grimey's Records moves to East Trinity Lane amid vinyl record boom
Grimey's Records moves to East Trinity Lane amid vinyl record boomwww.tennessean.com
Grimey’s relocation shows that vinyl records and the neighborhood independent record shop are still vital.

Intercept Music Partners with Studio3Bee, Gains Pathway to Country, Americana, AAA, Related Artists
Intercept Music Partners with Studio3Bee, Gains Pathway to Country, Americana, AAA, Related Artistsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Intercept Music has formed an agreement with Nashville, Tenn.-based Studio3Bee, a collective led by some of country music’s most decorated executives.

Intercept Music Partners with Studio3Bee, Gains Pathway to Country, Americana, AAA, Related Artists

Intercept Music has formed an agreement with Nashville, Tenn.-based Studio3Bee, a collective led by some of country music’s most decorated executives. Former Sony Music Nashville executives Skip Bishop, Butch Waugh and Renee Bell have signed on to serve as Intercept Music’s Brand Ambassadors with contemporary artists in the country, Americana, bluegrass, AAA and Texas genres. The agreement builds on Brand Ambassador relationships that Intercept Music has already signed in the Latin, pop, Christian and gospel fields, with several more in the works. The announcement was made today by Tod Turner, chief executive officer of Intercept Music. Continue reading “Intercept Music Partners with Studio3Bee, Gains Pathway to Country, Americana, AAA, Related Artists”

Issue 547: Streaming Makes Catalogue Records New Again; Spotify: Mexico City Is ‘Streaming Music Capital’

Oldies But Goodies: Streaming Makes Catalogue Records New Again
Oldies But Goodies: Streaming Makes Catalogue Records New Againblog.chartmetric.io
Since 2014, digital music streaming put on its big boy pants and buoyed the recorded music business into its third year of rising global revenue. As if that weren’t good enough news already, fans…

Mexico City Is 'Streaming Music Capital,' According to Spotify
Mexico City Is 'Streaming Music Capital,' According to Spotifywww.billboard.com
There are more Spotify listeners in the Mexican metropolis than New York or London.

Music streaming farms are real and there’s video to prove it!
Music streaming farms are real and there’s video to prove it!stoneyroads.com
The video is cooked!

Tencent Music May Push Its $2 Billion IPO Into 2019: Report
Tencent Music May Push Its $2 Billion IPO Into 2019: Reportwww.billboard.com
China-based Tencent Music Entertainment and its advisers are reportedly in talks to push its $2 billion IPO into 2019, rather than face a tech-weary market.

Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target ads
Spotify creeps on your music and moods to target adstheeyeopener.com

The world of data analytics is a very fine-tuned one.

Meek Mill teams up with Tidal, Puma and Foot Locker
Meek Mill teams up with Tidal, Puma and Foot Lockermusically.com
We’ve seen artists do exclusives with streaming service Tidal before, but US rapper Meek Mill is doing something a bit more interesting with his upcoming ‘Championships’ album. That includes involving a pair of other partners: sports brand Puma and retail chain Foot Locker.

Why I Want to Pay More for Streaming Music
Why I Want to Pay More for Streaming Musicwww.bloomberg.com
The streaming music service could become more competitive by increasing compensation for artists.

SiriusXM's Acquisition of Pandora Approved in Europe, Where Neither Service Is Available
SiriusXM's Acquisition of Pandora Approved in Europe, Where Neither Service Is Availablewww.billboard.com
Neither SiriusXM nor Pandora operate on the continent of Europe, and neither have plans to expand into those territories any time soon, sources tell Billboard. So why did the acquisition require approval under the competition laws of Germany and Austria?

The Appeal of Vinyl in the Age of Digital Music
The Appeal of Vinyl in the Age of Digital Musiccoyotechronicle.net

In the age of digital music, vinyl is making a comeback.

Pandora Premium Can Now Stream Music Via Alexa
Pandora Premium Can Now Stream Music Via Alexawww.pymnts.com
Pandora is now enabling premium subscribers to stream music from Alexa-enabled devices.

Taylor Swift wins hearts as the Robin Hood of music streaming
Taylor Swift wins hearts as the Robin Hood of music streamingwww.irishtimes.com
By signing a deal with Universal Music, the star has ensured all UMG artists will get a proper share in royalties from Spotify

Issue 546: Spotify, Pandora Turn to Podcasts; The Last Format; CDs are Dead! …Or are They?


Spotify, Pandora Turn to Podcasts for Listeners, Profits
Music-streaming giants Spotify Technology and Pandora Media see new audiences and possible profits with an expansion into podcasts—if they can figure out a solid business model.

What Does Music Have To Gain From The Future Of Transportation? More Than You Might Think

Trends like ride-sharing, 5G and edge computing are poised to alter transportation, and its accompanying music and media ecosystem, as we know it.

The Last Format
The Last Formatreallifemag.com

Streaming capitalizes on the utopian hopes attached to the mp3.

SiriusXM's buyout of Pandora granted approval in Europe
SiriusXM's buyout of Pandora granted approval in Europewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The deal was subject to approvals under the competition laws of Germany and Austria.

Deezer tries to outdo Spotify with upgraded Apple Watch app
Deezer tries to outdo Spotify with upgraded Apple Watch appwww.cultofmac.com
Following on from Spotify’s Apple Watch debut, rival streaming music company Deezer has given its Apple Watch app a major overhaul.

Sound Royalties and AdRev team up to pay advances to YouTube creators
Sound Royalties and AdRev team up to pay advances to YouTube creatorswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Content creators will be able to access advances based on their earnings from YouTube and other platforms.

The Voice of a Musician in the Machine Age
The Voice of a Musician in the Machine Agewww.thembj.org

In a not too distant future, we see robot musicians topping the charts in all genres.

CDs Are Dead! ...Or Are They?
CDs Are Dead! …Or Are They?www.hypebot.com

Although vinyl has been making a significant comeback in the age of streaming, the CD has largely been thought of as a relic of the past. New data suggests, however, that calling time of death on the CD may have been premature.

Brazil's music boom: streaming, Sertanejo, Anitta and more
Brazil's music boom: streaming, Sertanejo, Anitta and moremusically.com
Brazil has currently more active smartphones than inhabitants. According to Getúlio Vargas Foundation, there are 220 million cell phones in operation.

Would She Put Your Radio Station Sticker On Her Laptop?
Would She Put Your Radio Station Sticker On Her Laptop?jacobsmedia.com
Every radio station should strive for fan loyalty. These days, it shows up in stickers on laptops.

Pandora Brings Premium Service to Amazon Echo Speakers
Pandora Brings Premium Service to Amazon Echo Speakersvariety.com
Alexa, will this help Pandora to grow its subscription business? It may indeed.

Spotify's holiday discount on Premium works for lapsed users too
Spotify's holiday discount on Premium works for lapsed users toowww.engadget.com
Spotify is offering a couple of holiday deals and they’re not limited to new users like these sorts of discounts typically are. First time Spotify Premium users…

Issue 545: iHeartMedia Acquires Radio Tech Platform Jelli; Taylor Swift’s New Record Deal Highlights Spotify and Streaming

iHeartMedia Acquires Radio Tech Platform Jelli
iHeartMedia Acquires Radio Tech Platform Jelliwww.hypebot.com

iHeartMedia has entered into an agreement to acquire Jelli, the company behind the SoundPoint platform which enables programmatic buying and selling broadcast radio ad time.

Taylor Swift’s new record deal highlights Spotify and streaming
Taylor Swift’s new record deal highlights Spotify and streamingqz.com
TSwift has a reputation for criticizing the streaming industry and advocating for artists to be paid more. Her new label deal is the latest evidence.

Vivendi Rides Spotify’s Coattails
Vivendi Rides Spotify’s Coattailswww.wsj.com
Spotify has resurrected the music industry but Vivendi’s shareholders may be the biggest winners.

Sound Royalties Pairs With AdRev to Provide Advances for YouTube Creators
Sound Royalties Pairs With AdRev to Provide Advances for YouTube Creatorswww.billboard.com
Sound Royalties, the finance firm that provides artists with advances on future royalties without having to part with their copyrights, has formed a new strategic marketing relationship with YouTube money monetizer AdRev to provide cash advances to content creators on the Google-owned platform.

Social music app TikTok gains momentum in the US
Social music app TikTok gains momentum in the USmusically.com
Based on app-store charts in the west, Chinese social-music app TikTok is picking up a fine head of steam, following its merger with Musical.ly earlier this year.

Will Article 13 Destroy YouTube’s Platform?
Will Article 13 Destroy YouTube’s Platform?www.rollingstone.com

YouTube says that Article 13, a controversial clause in a new European law, will destroy its platform. The music industry says this is a smokescreen. Who’s right?

Deezer CEO sees partnerships as key to Middle East growth
Deezer CEO sees partnerships as key to Middle East growthmusically.com
Talking of intense competition for new subscribers… the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) streaming market is heating up nicely as 2018 nears its end, thanks to recent launches in the region by Spotify and Deezer

Deluxe Music HD joins Freenet TV on Astra
Deluxe Music HD joins Freenet TV on Astrawww.broadbandtvnews.com

German music channel Deluxe Music HD is now available on DTH satellite platform Freenet TV via Astra.

Sonos’s CEO Patrick Spence Is ‘Feeling Pretty Good’ Heading into the Holidays
Sonos’s CEO Patrick Spence Is ‘Feeling Pretty Good’ Heading into the Holidays www.barrons.com
Patrick Spence spoke with Barron’s as the shares rose Friday after the company’s latest earnings report.

The Chainsmokers launch ‘sound packs’ for Beat Maker Go app
The Chainsmokers launch ‘sound packs’ for Beat Maker Go appmusically.com
EDM duo The Chainsmokers are the latest artist to explore the potential of selling samples (or in this case, ‘sound packs’) for music-making software.

Issue 544: Spotify’s New Show Lives Inside Its Playlists; Why Radio Should Demystify Data; Glassnote, Kobalt’s AWAL Partner Up

Spotify’s New Show Lives Inside Its Playlists

Spotify is quietly moving further into original video, dropping on Monday a new series about the hip-hop industry called “The Break” — which plays from inside RapCaviar and other signature playlists on the music-streaming service’s platform, living among songs rather than other videos.

Glassnote Music Announces Partnership With Kobalt Music's AWAL
Glassnote Music Announces Partnership With Kobalt Music's AWALwww.billboard.com
Glassnote Music has ended its distribution deal with Universal Music Group and on Friday announced a new strategic partnership with Kobalt Music’s AWAL.

Why Radio Should Demystify Data
Why Radio Should Demystify Datajacobsmedia.com
Artificial intelligence and data are becoming more important to both the radio broadcasting and automotive community.

Amazon Music is now available on Xbox One consoles
Amazon Music is now available on Xbox One consoleswww.theverge.com
Amazon Music comes to Xbox One consoles along with a plethora of new changes as part of the console’s monthly update. Users can now stream music from the service on their machines.

A Decade Deeper: Why So Many Indie Labels Are Celebrating Their Ten Year Anniversaries in 2018
A Decade Deeper: Why So Many Indie Labels Are Celebrating Their Ten Year Anniversaries in 2018www.billboard.com
With so many notable New York-based, indie rock-focused labels turning a decade old within the last year, it begs the question — particularly for those smaller, boutique indie labels — what was going on ten years ago?

Spotify Still Hasn’t Yet Launched In India.
Spotify Still Hasn’t Yet Launched In India.www.mysmartprice.com

Here’s why.

Pandora Launches Podcasts as Its Merger with Sirius XM Nears
Pandora Launches Podcasts as Its Merger with Sirius XM Nearswww.barrons.com
It’s a growing, but comparatively small, slice of the audio marketplace at present.

Opinion Robber Barons in Cyberspace: the New Digital Plantation
Opinion Robber Barons in Cyberspace: the New Digital Plantationwww.godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Daniel Ek: Hey, I’ve got an idea! I could make money with a service called Spotify that gives away access to musicians’ product for free well almost free, and it’s all legal!

Musically Inclined: The Music Modernization Act of 2018
Musically Inclined: The Music Modernization Act of 2018www.ipwatchdog.com
Not all issues in the music industry were solved by the Music Modernization Act: licensing of physical sound recordings (vinyl and CDs) will still occur on a per-work, per song basis. While there is still work to be done, the Music Modernization Act does solve some long-standing issues in the music industry.

Billy Corgan Pulls Smashing Pumpkins Album After 'Everyone Told Me It Was No Good'
Billy Corgan Pulls Smashing Pumpkins Album After 'Everyone Told Me It Was No Good'www.alternativenation.net

A little while back, Billy Corgan pulled the 2007 Smashing Pumpkins album Zeitgeist from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Spotify Launches a Beta App for the Apple Watch
Spotify Launches a Beta App for the Apple Watchfortune.com
Spotify launching a music app for Apple Watch, allowing music control and choices from recently played tunes, but no offline support.

Issue 543: SiriusXM and Pandora: Perfect Together; What’s Next for Podcasting?; Tidal Now Available on Amazon Echo Speakers


SiriusXM and Pandora: Perfect Together

SiriusXM and Pandora: Perfect Together
www.dealerscope.com

Sirius XM is looking to drive long-term growth by capitalizing on cross-promotion opportunities between SiriusXM’s base of more than 36 million subscribers across North America and Pandora’s millions of active monthly users.

Music Copyright Law Is Finally Out of the Analog Age
Music Copyright Law Is Finally Out of the Analog Agepsmag.com
The Musical Works Modernization Act, which brings changes to digital music royalties and copyright privileges, was signed into law last week.

What’s next for podcasting?
What’s next for podcasting?techcrunch.com

The podcast market will discover the answer to a foundational question about its future in the next few years. Will it continue along the path of music streaming, where all podcasts are available everywhere on free, ad-supported tiers? Or, will it follow the path of streaming TV into paid subscription services with exclusive content?

"This network is capable of being one of the biggest in the UK": Bauer Media to launch Greatest Hits Radio
"This network is capable of being one of the biggest in the UK": Bauer Media to launch Greatest Hits Radiowww.musicweek.com

Bauer Media has today confirmed the launch of a new national radio brand – Greatest Hits Radio. The station has said it will play “the biggest songs of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s” celebrating music from artists like Blondie, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Elton John and Michael Jackson.

Tidal is now available on Amazon Echo speakers
Tidal is now available on Amazon Echo speakerswww.theverge.com
Tidal, the Jay Z-owned music streaming service with an emphasis on audio quality, is now available on Amazon Echo devices. The streaming service comes via an Alexa skill, and it will require a Tidal subscription to use it.

I Bought 16K SoundCloud Plays
I Bought 16K SoundCloud Playspassivepromotion.com
Brian Hazard of Color Theory details his experience and results with SoundCloud promotion service Midnite Blaster, specializing in EDM.

Spotify launches ‘multimedia experience’ for Beatles album
Spotify launches ‘multimedia experience’ for Beatles albummusically.com
Fans of the Beatles have been getting hot under the collar about a new “Super Deluxe” version of ‘The Beatles’ (aka ‘The White Album’), with new stereo mixes, early acoustic demos and alternative session takes.

One reason why Spotify's deals with the major labels are balanced on a knife-edge
One reason why Spotify's deals with the major labels are balanced on a knife-edgewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify’s growth into the Middle East will be a welcome dose of positive news for the company’s investors, who have seen its share price sink 33% over the past four months.

Is the Cassette Player Making a Comeback? Crosley Radio Seems to Think So
Is the Cassette Player Making a Comeback? Crosley Radio Seems to Think Sowww.dealerscope.com
Cassette players are about to make their comeback. Crosley Radio announced two brand new cassette players this week—the first ever manufactured by the company.

Amazon Music offering unlimited access to millions of songs for less than $1 as an early Black Friday deal
Amazon Music offering unlimited access to millions of songs for less than $1 as an early Black Friday dealwww.businessinsider.my

Black Friday is officially on its way, and along with it comes plenty of early deals from Amazon.

Spotify plans to get ahead of Amazon, Google, and Apple on their own turf
Spotify plans to get ahead of Amazon, Google, and Apple on their own turfapple.news

While Spotify might have withheld some of its future strategy in its Nov. 1 earnings report and call, what they have revealed is telling enough.