Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 46

a weekly blend of deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

Thinking of Aretha Franklin. The playlist opens with seven of my favorite tracks from the Queen of Soul. Truly a legend – one of the great artists of our time. Her music is magical.

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Issue #410: Spotify to Stream 33 ⅓ Album Book Series; How Bob Goodlatte Saved the Music Industry; Will Podcasting Eat Radio?

Spotify to offer audio books after striking deal for 33 ⅓ series
Spotify to offer audio books after striking deal for 33 ⅓ serieswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is adding audio books to its bank of streamed content after signing an exclusive deal with UK-based publisher Bloomsbury Publishing.

Through the deal, Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series of short books about popular music will be made available on the streaming service worldwide in a variety of formats.

How Bob Goodlatte just saved the music industry
How Bob Goodlatte just saved the music industrywww.roanoke.com
If you like to listen to music digitally through, say, Pandora or Spotify, you may soon find a wider range of artists available through your favorite streaming service. For this,

TIDAL accused of deliberately faking Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numbers
TIDAL accused of deliberately faking Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numberswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

You might recall that, in the deep dark recesses of music streaming history – ie. two years ago – Jay Z-owned TIDAL left many in the music business scratching their heads.

Pandora Learns the Cost of Ads, and of Subscriptions
Pandora Learns the Cost of Ads, and of Subscriptionswww.wired.com
A 21-month study finds that as users are fed more ads, they listen less; some subscribe, but not enough to compensate for lost ad revenue.

'Big data is about to become a very big problem for the music industry.'
'Big data is about to become a very big problem for the music industry.'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

If you have been to any media conference or read any trade magazine over the past several years, you would know that ‘big data’ was going to be the answer to all of the woes of the music industry.

One of the World's Largest Private Collections of Latin Music Is Online
One of the World's Largest Private Collections of Latin Music Is Onlineremezcla.com
The Gladys Palmera collection, which holds more than 50,000 volumes, has gone digital.

How Spotify’s changing the production and marketing of music
How Spotify’s changing the production and marketing of musicmedium.com
Music revenue increased by 16.5 percent in 2017. But not everyone in the industry is breaking out the champagne bottles.

Why Does So Much New Music Drop at the Same Time Each Friday?
Why Does So Much New Music Drop at the Same Time Each Friday?pigeonsandplanes.com
Industry experts explain why so many artists release new music on the same day each week.

Spotify tests consumer interest in a bundle with both Hulu and Scribd’s audiobooks
Spotify tests consumer interest in a bundle with both Hulu and Scribd’s audiobookstechcrunch.com

The streaming service is considering expanding its entertainment bundle offerings to include one with Scribd’s audiobooks service, too.

Music Biz Marks 60th Anniversary Amid Great Change
Music Biz Marks 60th Anniversary Amid Great Changewww.billboard.com
The conference will spotlight how businesses have adapted to the music industry’s evolution from CDs to streaming.

Will podcasting eat radio?
Will podcasting eat radio?medium.com
Last week saw Edison Research release its latest Podcast Consumer data. It’s a good piece of research that is the most quoted data about podcasting.

Issue #378: Playlist Culture & Our Attention Spans; Spotify Isn’t Killing The Music Industry

The Music Industry's Playlist Culture And Our Attention Spans
The Music Industry's Playlist Culture And Our Attention Spansblog.reverbnation.com

In addition to delivering big profits to labels and publishers, playlists are helping new and unknown artists succeed in some profound ways.

Spotify Isn't Killing The Music Industry; It's A Tool For Enterprising Indie Artists
Spotify Isn't Killing The Music Industry; It's A Tool For Enterprising Indie Artistswww.forbes.com
For music artists coming of age at a time when all access is possible, the ability to make a living somewhere between starving artist and international star has never been more within reach.

What Will The Streaming Business Model Look Like Tomorrow?
What Will The Streaming Business Model Look Like Tomorrow?audiophilereview.com

What seems to be consistent regardless of the service is that the significant royalty fees charged by the record companies is so demanding that sustainable profit by the streaming services may be untenable over the next few years.

Will the Titans in the Market Sideline the Small Players in the Indian Music Streaming Industry?
Will the Titans in the Market Sideline the Small Players in the Indian Music Streaming Industry?www.entrepreneur.com
The fight to establish the early leadership in the growing segment among the titans has clearly come under the spotlight.

The Music Modernization Act: Making the Case for Open Data
The Music Modernization Act: Making the Case for Open Datarightstech.com

In addition to being a rare example these days of genuine bipartisanship in congress, the MMA has proved an even more rare example of consensus among nearly all the (frequently warring) institutional voices within the music industry.

Has Spotify changed music - and is it really worth $30 billion?
Has Spotify changed music – and is it really worth $30 billion?www.afr.com
As Spotify readies to list its financial worth is a riddle. Its musical value is also contentious.

Speakers Might Be the Next Thing in Your Car to Go the Way of the 8-Track
Speakers Might Be the Next Thing in Your Car to Go the Way of the 8-Trackwww.nytimes.com
A system that would turn the rear window into a subwoofer and A-pillars into tweeters could be the next wave in audio technology.

Tencent Music, Spotify’s strategic partner in China, is valued at over $12B
Tencent Music, Spotify’s strategic partner in China, is valued at over $12Btechcrunch.com

Spotify has shed light on another huge music company that has been tipped for IPO.

Spotify says path to profits clear ahead of April 3 listing
Spotify says path to profits clear ahead of April 3 listingwww.reuters.com
Streaming music leader Spotify said on Thursday it has a clear path to profit as it spelled out to investors its growth plans and how it aims to fend off big rivals Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc ahead of an April 3 listing.

Amazon’s Entry into the Ad-Free Online Music space
Amazon’s Entry into the Ad-Free Online Music space medium.com
Was reasonally surprised to see Amazon enter the Music space in India in a big way. Was a user on SoundCloud but that interest to be on that platform had been nearly non-existant for a long time now…

Spotify Cops To Its Problems And Reveals The Massive Ambitions Of Its Founder
Spotify Cops To Its Problems And Reveals The Massive Ambitions Of Its Founderwww.npr.org

Not exactly known for its transparency, the soon-to-be-public streaming giant offered an unprecedented look at its internal landscape.

Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ Is Streaming Ahead Of Release
Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ Is Streaming Ahead Of Releaseuproxx.com
’Golden Hour’ comes out on March 30th via MCA Nashville.

Opinion: Why Spotify outplays Apple Music
Opinion: Why Spotify outplays Apple Musicwww.orangemedianetwork.com
Spotify is the dominant music streaming services.

Facebook's Got Problems. They're Going to Impact Your Radio Station.
Facebook's Got Problems. They're Going to Impact Your Radio Station.jacobsmedia.com
As Facebook reacts to pressure over its role in the 2016 election, radio stations across America are seeing their social media interaction decline. What should they do about it?