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?

Issue #377: Tencent Streams Beatles Albums on Path to IPO; How Much Do Spotify, Labels Need Each Other? Reliance to Merge Jio Music with Saavn

Tencent Music Streams Beatles Albums on Path to IPO
Tencent Music Streams Beatles Albums on Path to IPOwww.scmp.com

Tencent Music last year signed a distribution and licensing agreement with Universal Music, including to build Abbey Road Studios China.

Users of Tencent Music and three of its platforms, QQ Music, KuGou and Kuwo, are able to listen to selected songs from 28 Beatles albums for free, with others available with a subscription.

CDs and vinyl are outselling digital music downloads
CDs and vinyl are outselling digital music downloadswww.engadget.com

Digital music downloads began to outsell physical media since 2012. It took four more years for digital music revenue to surpass those from physical media as well.

How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?
How Much Do Spotify And Record Labels Still Need Each Other?www.billboard.com
So far, Spotify’s relationship with the recording business has resembled many marriages, says MIDiA Research managing director Mark Mulligan: A passionate honeymoon, followed by a series of arguments over which partner is in charge, and then a realization that both depend on each other.

Reliance just took over Saavn in a strategic merger worth $1 Billion
Reliance just took over Saavn in a strategic merger worth $1 Billionin.pcmag.com

Another big turn in the Indian music streaming market.

Two Ways Scammers Game Spotify
Two Ways Scammers Game Spotifywww.bloomberg.com
Buy the streams or hack the playlists.

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are 'too similar'
Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are 'too similar'www.bbc.com
Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services need to diversify to survive.

Vinyl Me, Please CEO Matt Fiedler on Building a Record Club That Does What Spotify Can't
Vinyl Me, Please CEO Matt Fiedler on Building a Record Club That Does What Spotify Can'twww.billboard.com
Growing vinyl record sales over the past decade or so have proven fertile ground for the subscription-based record club Vinyl Me, Please to build its business.

Pandora Thinks Record Labels Need To Change For Streaming To Survive
Pandora Thinks Record Labels Need To Change For Streaming To Survivewww.digitaltrends.com
Pandora’s Elizabeth Moody spoke with Digital Trends about the changes that need to be made in the music industry in order for streaming services like Spotify and Pandora to become profitable.

Spotify Stream Fraud: 2 Million People Used Illicit Apps to Block Ads
Spotify Stream Fraud: 2 Million People Used Illicit Apps to Block Adsvariety.com
Spotify said it discovered 2 million users were accessing the streaming-music service using unauthorized apps that blocked ads.

Music streaming is a tough racket, unless you're Apple
Music streaming is a tough racket, unless you're Applewww.marketplace.org
Music licensing fees make it almost impossible to turn a profit in streaming.

Finally, Hoodoo Gurus' complete catalogue is on Spotify etc.
Finally, Hoodoo Gurus' complete catalogue is on Spotify etc.www.theindustryobserver.com.au
It’s thanks to their new partnership with Universal Music Australia and New Zealand.

Spotify's break came when founder got 'love letter’ from Napster
Spotify's break came when founder got 'love letter’ from Napsterwww.businessinsider.com

Sean Parker played a big part in Spotify’s global expansion.

It's Time For People To Learn How Streaming Really Works
It's Time For People To Learn How Streaming Really Workswww.hypebot.com

Despite it being the fastest growing form of music consumption, many people still don’t fully grasp how streaming works or, as this article maintains, doesn’t work.

How Spotify came to be worth billions
How Spotify came to be worth billionswww.bbc.com
As the company says its value could be more than £16.7bn, we take a look at its rise to the top.

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