Issue #332: Music in VR Needs its iTunes Moment; Def Leppard (Finally!) Goes Digital

Music in VR Needs its iTunes Moment… and This Could be It
MelodyVR has recorded thousands of hours of music in virtual reality. It’s almost ready to release them to the world

Def Leppard Goes Digital: Band's Whole Catalog Now Online Def Leppard Goes Digital: Band's Whole Catalog Now Onlinewww.usatoday.com
“It’s everything,” promises singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard’s long-awaited digital offering. “We didn’t want it coming out in dribs and drabs.”

One in Six Americans Own a Smart Speaker, Says Study
One in Six Americans Own a Smart Speaker, Says Studywww.billboard.com
Smart speaker use is on the rise and a new study from NPR and Edison Research finds 16 percent of Americans own a smart speaker.

SiriusXM Wants to Be More Like a Streaming Service
SiriusXM Wants to Be More Like a Streaming Servicewww.thedrive.com
The new 360L platform adds on-demand shows and more.

Amazon Music Unlimited to launch in Australia with cheaper subscription tier
Amazon Music Unlimited to launch in Australia with cheaper subscription tierwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Amazon’s Echo-only plan will help differentiate Amazon Music Unlimited from rivals.

How to Get Your Music on Napster
How to Get Your Music on Napsterblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Napster is a leading streaming music service available in 34 countries. Click here to learn how to get your music on Napster.

8 Exciting Companies Changing The Music Royalty Landscape
8 Exciting Companies Changing The Music Royalty Landscapewww.synchblog.com
In this 2 part series, Hugh McIntyre takes a look at 8 companies making a name for themselves by working in the music royalty space.

Dan Auerbach To Host 'The Easy Hour' Monthly Radio Show On SiriusXM
Dan Auerbach To Host 'The Easy Hour' Monthly Radio Show On SiriusXMwww.jambase.com
Dan Auerbach new music show ‘The Easy Hour’ will debut on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum this Sunday.

Can listening to classical music improve your life?
Can listening to classical music improve your life?www.bbc.com
Clemency Burton-Hill explains how she was inspired to write her new book, A Year of Wonder, and why listening can be a powerful act of ‘soul maintenance’.

Are Computers Becoming Better at Composing Music than Humans?
Are Computers Becoming Better at Composing Music than Humans?ww2.kqed.org
Artificial intelligence can write sophisticated music now. How good can it get (from a human perspective)?

Orange Spain, Deezer launch music plus data promo
Orange Spain, Deezer launch music plus data promowww.telecompaper.com

Under the deal, all Orange contract customers will be able to access the Deezer Premium service with a catalogue of over 43 million songs and the ability to stream ad-free music across all device for EUR 4.99 a month over 12 months instead of the usual price of EUR 9.99.

Spotify Premium Users Report Ads In Playlists
Spotify Premium Users Report Ads In Playlistswww.hypebot.com
Spotify is adding one minute audio ads to playlists; and even though have only been for Spotify’s own podcasts, so far, some users who pay monthly for ad free listening are not happy.

Issue #331: Hot Topics for the Music Business in 2018; What’s the Value of Bitcoin, Blockchain to the Music Industry?

Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology Info: What's Its Value to Music Industry?
Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology Info: What’s Its Value to Music Industry?www.billboard.com
Suddenly, a business that has spent the last decade making it more convenient to pay for its products is experimenting with digital cryptocurrencies that are technologically innovative, mathematically secure, and actually fairly inconvenient to use. What is to be done?

2018’s hot topics for the music business
2018’s hot topics for the music businessmedium.com

Smart speakers are going to change the game for music. Without a visual interface, how are you going to get your music to people? How are you going to stay top of mind? It’s like a new age of radio, but this time it’s personalised.

Why Can't I Stream Aaliyah? Late R&B Singer's Discography Still Locked Down by Her Uncle
Why Can’t I Stream Aaliyah? Late R&B Singer’s Discography Still Locked Down by Her Unclewww.newsweek.com
The beloved R&B singer would have been 39 this year.

Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists Onto the World Stage
Sweden Makes Music: How Diversity, Education and Tech Propel Swedish Artists Onto the World Stagewww.billboard.com
Sweden may be a small country — roughly the same size as California, with just one-quarter of that state’s population — but its artistic community has been a dominating force on the Billboard charts for decades.

As Voice Continues Its Rise, Marketers Are Turning to Sonic Branding
As Voice Continues Its Rise, Marketers Are Turning to Sonic Brandingwww.adweek.com

Why Visa, California Closets and more are rethinking audio.

How Voice And Audio Have Become The New 'Touch'
How Voice And Audio Have Become The New ‘Touch’www.geomarketing.com

Prior to a panel discussion at CES, Pandora’s Susan Panico discussed building compelling, contextualized experiences for a voice-first world.

Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down His Streaming Revenue, Endorses Tidal
Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down His Streaming Revenue, Endorses Tidalwww.hotnewhiphop.com
In the streaming service debate, Nipsey Hussle endorses Tidal.

Watch out Spotify, Amazon Prime Music is hot on your tail for popularity
Watch out Spotify, Amazon Prime Music is hot on your tail for popularityroutenote.com
Who is the big dog in music streaming right now? You’d all say Spotify right? Well look out because Amazon Prime Music is coming up on them quickly.

How the Internet Has Changed the Game for DIY Artists
How the Internet Has Changed the Game for DIY Artistsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

If video killed the radio star, then streaming services continued to beat the corpse.

Qobuz’s 24-bit Music Streaming Service Will Arrive Stateside In 2018
Qobuz’s 24-bit Music Streaming Service Will Arrive Stateside In 2018www.ubergizmo.com
There are some who are particular about their the audio quality when it comes to listening to music, which is why many audiophiles tend to snub their…

Spotify tells label story with Warp Records ‘history lesson’
Spotify tells label story with Warp Records ‘history lesson’musically.com
To the list of ‘surprising things we’ve seen on Facebook in 2018’ we can now add ‘Nightmares on Wax talking about the early days of Warp Records’.

Issue #330: The Convergence of Big Emerging Tech & Music; How Blockchain Will Restore Digital Trust In 2018 & Beyond

Inside Discussions At CES On The Convergence of Big Emerging Tech And Music
Inside Discussions At CES On The Convergence of Big Emerging Tech And Musicwww.forbes.com
Insiders talk about the impact of new tech such as AI, VR and AR on the music industry

Deezer unveils first batch of Deezer Next 2018 artists
Deezer unveils first batch of Deezer Next 2018 artistsmusically.com
Jorja Smith will be the first global artist promoted as part of streaming service Deezer’s ‘Deezer Next 2018’ initiative.

The Cranberries music streams surge by 992 per cent on Spotify after Dolores O’Riordan dies
The Cranberries music streams surge by 992 per cent on Spotify after Dolores O’Riordan dieswww.standard.co.uk

Music streams and sales for The Cranberries have skyrocketed in the wake of the death of front woman, Dolores O’Riordan.

Spotify's Daniel Ek and Troy Carter Named UJA's 'Music Visionaries of the Year'
Spotify's Daniel Ek and Troy Carter Named UJA's 'Music Visionaries of the Year'www.billboard.com
Spotify executives Daniel Ek and Troy Carter have been named “Music Visionaries of the Year” by the influential philanthropic group UJA-Federation of New York.

How Blockchain Will Restore Digital Trust In 2018 And Beyond
How Blockchain Will Restore Digital Trust In 2018 And Beyondwww.forbes.com
Over the next three years, blockchain will embark upon a journey that will change the way our data is stored, tracked and verified to restore digital trust.

The 9 Most Important Streaming Trends to Watch in 2018
The 9 Most Important Streaming Trends to Watch in 2018decider.com

Apple has lots of great pieces, and they’re going to start coming together in 2018.

How Collectible is an MP3?: The Ups and Downs of DIY Music Mediums
How Collectible is an MP3?: The Ups and Downs of DIY Music Mediumswww.rcreader.com

Everything that goes out of fashion seems to make a resurgence at some point or another. This trend is no different in the music scene.

Would Stefanie Sun still be a pop superstar if she started out in today’s AI-driven music industry?
Would Stefanie Sun still be a pop superstar if she started out in today’s AI-driven music industry?www.scmp.com
Machine learning programs serve up new playlists to China’s 520 million music app users, providing openings for unknown talent but disrupting the traditional system of superstars backed by major labels and distributors

This Music Streaming Service Can Help Eliminate Distractions and Boost Your Productivity
This Music Streaming Service Can Help Eliminate Distractions and Boost Your Productivityinterestingengineering.com
Focus@Will offers over 50 streaming music channels curated specifically to help you focus better.

DistroKid Can Now Get Your Lyrics Into Stores
DistroKid Can Now Get Your Lyrics Into Storesnews.distrokid.com
None of our competitors offer this service and we’re thrilled to make it available today — for free — to all DistroKid artists.

SiriusXM Enhances Dashboard Product
SiriusXM Enhances Dashboard Product radioink.com

The company is calling 360L “SiriusXM’s next generation of in-car audio entertainment.” The new platform will include products for subscribers via both satellite and streaming.

No Level of Copyright Enforcement Will Ever Be Enough For Big Media
No Level of Copyright Enforcement Will Ever Be Enough For Big Mediatorrentfreak.com
On an almost continual basis rightsholders are calling for tougher anti-piracy measures on top of more restrictive and punitive copyright law. It’s undoubtedly a threat to current Internet freedoms as we know them.

Issue #329: Primephonic Expands; Amazon Prime Signs Deal with Zee Music Company

Primephonic Expands Classical Streaming/Download Service
Primephonic Expands Classical Streaming/Download Servicewww.stereophile.com
Bet your bottom dollar that most folks involved in the high end never saw the exceedingly narrow space occupied by classical music download/streaming service Primephonic.com.

Amazon Prime Inks Content Deal With Zee Music Company For Amazon Prime Music
Amazon Prime Inks Content Deal With Zee Music Company For Amazon Prime Musicinc42.com
Amazon Prime has inked a content deal with Zee Music Company for its upcoming music streaming service, Amazon Prime Music.

Pandora Wants to Create Podcast Genome Project in 2018
Pandora Wants to Create Podcast Genome Project in 2018variety.com
Pandora will add podcasts to its catalog and help podcasters with the monetization of their shows.

Bitmark partners with Asia's biggest streaming service KKBOX for music rights and royalties
Bitmark partners with Asia's biggest streaming service KKBOX for music rights and royaltieswww.ibtimes.co.uk
Bitmark is working with investment group KKFarm and CTBC, the Chinese bank.

This Blockchain-Powered Smart Speaker Pays Artists When You Clap
This Blockchain-Powered Smart Speaker Pays Artists When You Clapwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Volareo, the world’s first smart speaker powered by blockchain, promises to get artists paid. But, will it end up as just another generic device?

While Hip-Hop Rules Streaming, Is It Lacking At CHR?
While Hip-Hop Rules Streaming, Is It Lacking At CHR?www.insideradio.com

While R&B and hip-hop music accounts for 25% of all music consumption, outpacing rock for the first time in 2017, there appears to be a disconnect over the CHR airwaves.

Investors beware: Spotify isn't your average IPO
Investors beware: Spotify isn't your average IPOwww.foxbusiness.com
For investors who have been wanting to buy into one of the world’s largest music streaming services, the wait may soon be over.

Capitol’s Steve Barnett Talks Streaming
Capitol’s Steve Barnett Talks Streaming variety.com
Five years in as chairman and CEO at Capitol, Steve Barnett says the music world has seen seismic shifts and the bar keeps moving up.

Music Industry: Digital Dash
Music Industry: Digital Dashmedium.com
There’s a shift in the ‘industry.’ We all feel it. And not just the suits in the label offices, or the young millenials starting tech music companies, but the average World citizen who enjoys music…

Audiophiles Are Not the Future For MQA
Audiophiles Are Not the Future For MQAaudiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the potential future of MQA.

Update Your Classic Audio System With The Latest Digital Streaming Technology
Update Your Classic Audio System With The Latest Digital Streaming Technologywww.forbes.com
This neat little device brings the latest digital streaming technology to older audio systems and can handle most file formats as well as music streaming services.

Issue #328: Spotify’s Uncertain Road Ahead; Zane Lowe on the Evolution of Beats 1

Spotify's Uncertain Road Ahead: Legal Battles, Profit Pressures Loom As It Moves to Go Public
Spotify's Uncertain Road Ahead: Legal Battles, Profit Pressures Loom As It Moves to Go Publicwww.billboard.com
With an impending IPO finally on the horizon and copyright-infringement lawsuits worth over $1 billion stacking up, streaming leader Spotify has plenty to deal with in the new year.

How To Successfully Distribute Your Music On a Tight Budget
How To Successfully Distribute Your Music On a Tight Budgetblog.landr.com

Figuring out how to release an album without going completely broke is getting more difficult by the day.

'Every decision has to relate to playlisting': Zane Lowe on the evolution of Beats 1
'Every decision has to relate to playlisting': Zane Lowe on the evolution of Beats 1www.musicweek.com
As the Apple radio station approaches its third anniversary, the Beats 1 presenter and creative director opens up about driving streams and breaking artists.

In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids
In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davidswww.nytimes.com
Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.

As Audio Gets 'Smarter,' iHeartMedia Embraces Voice Activation, Chatbots, Wearables
As Audio Gets 'Smarter,' iHeartMedia Embraces Voice Activation, Chatbots, Wearableswww.geomarketing.com

“Consumers are taking advantage of the ease and ubiquity of virtual assistants, smart speakers, set-top boxes and other connected devices, and in doing so, they’re proving that audio is an important part of their day-to-day life,” says Darren Davis, president of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks Grou.

The Music Modernization Act will provide a needed update to copyright laws
The Music Modernization Act will provide a needed update to copyright lawsthehill.com
As we look forward to a markup of the Music Modernization Act in the coming weeks, the question is not whether we have a viable resolution to an industry stalemate but whether we have the resolve to see that agreement through. I believe we do.

Want radio with Apple CarPlay? Gracenote has an app for that
Want radio with Apple CarPlay? Gracenote has an app for thatwww.cnet.com
Apple CarPlay’s lack of support for radio spurred digital media indexer Gracenote to find a solution, on display at CES 2018.

Double Vision: Behind the Popular Trend of Releasing Two Singles at Once
Double Vision: Behind the Popular Trend of Releasing Two Singles at Oncewww.billboard.com
An increasing number of A-list acts are experimenting with releasing two singles simultaneously instead of one — both to give existing fans more content and choice and to test potential new audiences in an organic manner.

YouTube’s in-app messaging and Community tab may make their way to YouTube TV, YouTube Music
YouTube’s in-app messaging and Community tab may make their way to YouTube TV, YouTube Music techcrunch.com
YouTube is aiming to bring its set of social features, including the in-app messaging system and “Community” tab for creators, to its wider suite of apps…

Rightsify Creates a New Way for Hotels to Enhance the Guest Experience With Rightsify FM
Rightsify Creates a New Way for Hotels to Enhance the Guest Experience With Rightsify FMplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Rightsify launched their Rightsify FM service to hotels and resorts globally. With Rightsify FM, hotels get custom designed music playlists that match their brand and every zone of their property, along with an online radio station and branded mobile music streaming application.

Rightsify Creates a New Way for Hotels to Enhance the Guest Experience With Rightsify FM

Rightsify (PRNewsfoto/Rightsify)

Rightsify has today launched their Rightsify FM service to hotels and resorts globally. With Rightsify FM, hotels get custom designed music playlists that match their brand and every zone of their property, along with an online radio station and branded mobile music streaming application.

From boutique hotels to global brands, Rightsify FM is an all new and innovative way for hotels to connect with their guests with music while enhancing their brand. With unique and custom music for each area of a hotel from the lobby to the restaurants, gym and spa, Rightsify creates for hotels their very own branded online radio station and mobile music application so they can broadcast music and communicate with their guests anytime, anywhere.

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