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.

Issue #309: Tencent Music Drowns Out Spotify, Apple in China; Pandora Introduces New Free Premium Trial Session

Tencent Music Drowns Out Spotify and Apple in China
Tencent Music Drowns Out Spotify and Apple in Chinawww.bloomberg.com
One of China’s most-anticipated initial public offerings next year may be music to the ears of Tencent Holdings Ltd. investors because of its potential to drown out any noise Spotify and Apple Music want to make in the biggest market.

The Battle For Supremacy In The Music Streaming Space And What It Means For Marketers
The Battle For Supremacy In The Music Streaming Space And What It Means For Marketerswww.forbes.com
While the battle for supremacy in the music streaming industry rages on, many opportunities for marketers are at the ready, if you know where to look.

Spotify Gifts Artists With '2017 Wrapped' Year-End Data
Spotify Gifts Artists With '2017 Wrapped' Year-End Datawww.billboard.com
Spotify unveiled its “2017 Wrapped” for creators campaign on Wednesday (Dec. 13), offering year-end insights to artists with custom micro-sites celebrating their successes on the music streaming service.

Pandora Introduces New Free Premium Trial Session
Pandora Introduces New Free Premium Trial Sessionvariety.com
For the first time, Pandora is offering a test session of its Premium service to non-subscribers.

Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers
Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepersmusically.com
Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for a ‘level playing field’.

British GQ and Universal Music test shareable podcast formats
British GQ and Universal Music test shareable podcast formatsdigiday.com

Universal Music and Condé Nast men’s magazine British GQ are testing podcast formats that can be broken down into chunks for sharing and include images and graphics to accompany each chapter, rather than full 30-minute or hourlong shows.

How to Sell Your Music on Tidal
How to Sell Your Music on Tidalblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Tidal is specializes in curated editorial content and seeks to bring spotlight to indie artists. Here’s how you can sell your music on Tidal!

The Data-Driven Future Of Media and Entertainment
The Data-Driven Future Of Media and Entertainmentwww.hypebot.com
It is by now an accepted fact that the future of the music business, media, and entertainment will likely be data driven, but what the exact implications of this may be for creative industries is, as yet, unclear.

Splice music sample service raises $35 million
Splice music sample service raises $35 millionwww.recode.net
Steve Martocci’s first company was a text messaging service. Now he’s behind the scenes of a Demi Lovato song.

Spotify Announces Exit of Kevin Brown, Head Of Label Relations for U.K. and International
Spotify Announces Exit of Kevin Brown, Head Of Label Relations for U.K. and Internationalwww.billboard.com
Kevin Brown, Spotify’s head of U.K. and international artist and label services, is to leave the company after five years.

Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo devices
Amazon adds support for Spotify with multiroom audio on Echo deviceswww.theverge.com
And also SiriusXM

Issue #305: YouTube Planning Paid Music Service; Apple Said to Be Acquiring Shazam

YouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in March
YouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in Marchwww.bloomberg.com
YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, according to people familiar with the matter, a third attempt by parent company Alphabet Inc. to catch up with rivals Spotify and Apple Inc.

Amazon’s Streaming Service Launches in 28 New Countries
Amazon’s Streaming Service Launches in 28 New Countriesvariety.com
Amazon Music Unlimited, the company’s streaming service, today announced its expansion into 28 additional countries.

Streaming music: why royalties are still only a trickle
Streaming music: why royalties are still only a tricklewww.irishtimes.com
A recent Imro report, drawn up by Deloitte, highlights the music industry’s growing contribution to the Irish economy, but how much is actually going into the musicians’ pockets?

Apple Said to Be Acquiring Shazam, the Song Identifying App
Apple Said to Be Acquiring Shazam, the Song Identifying Appwww.nytimes.com
The app, which can identify a song just by hearing a few seconds of it, has lost some of its shine but is still used by “hundreds of millions of people.”

Pandora Music: Digital Advertising Key to Sales Turnaround
Pandora Music: Digital Advertising Key to Sales Turnaroundfortune.com
Pandora, the largest streaming music provider in the U.S., is still a compelling asset with more than 73 million active monthly users.

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Spurs Biggest Streaming Week Ever for The Psychedelic Furs’ ‘Love My Way’
‘Call Me by Your Name’ Spurs Biggest Streaming Week Ever for The Psychedelic Furs’ ‘Love My Way’www.billboard.com
The Psychedelic Furs’ classic 1982 song “Love My Way” claims its biggest streaming week ever, largely thanks to its placement in the new movie “Call Me by Your Name.”

Facebook Adds Collection of 1,000 Free Songs to Use in Videos
Facebook Adds Collection of 1,000 Free Songs to Use in Videoswww.billboard.com
Facebook has added a “sound collection” of 1,000 free, pre-cleared songs by mostly unknown artists for its users to add to their videos.

Artists, blockchain and experimentation: 'We're at the very start of what's possible'
Artists, blockchain and experimentation: 'We're at the very start of what's possible'musically.com
Imogen Heap’s Mycelia event in London today wasn’t just about announcing a world tour and Creative Passport initiative for artists. There was also a panel

CES 2018: For Music On The Go, Como Offers Amico
CES 2018: For Music On The Go, Como Offers Amicowww.twice.com
Como Audio will have its Amico portable battery-powered audio solution on display at CES 2018 in January.

Bell Media, Music Canada & Re:Sound Announce New Project to Improve Radio Royalty Collection
Bell Media, Music Canada & Re:Sound Announce New Project to Improve Radio Royalty Collectionwww.billboard.com
Bell Media has partnered with trade organization Music Canada and music licensing company Re:Sound on a new data project to improve efficiencies in royalty collection for Canadian rights holders.

TV Musicians Slam Networks Over Lack of Payment for Online Sites
TV Musicians Slam Networks Over Lack of Payment for Online Sitesvariety.com
Union musicians on live TV shows have staged demonstrations to persuade networks to pay band members when they appear on network websites.

Spotify and China's Tencent invest in each other as part of 'strategic collaboration'
Spotify and China's Tencent invest in each other as part of 'strategic collaboration'venturebeat.com
Spotify and Chinese tech titan Tencent are investing in each other’s music-streaming services as part of what Tencent president Martin Lau calls a “strategic collaboration.”

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