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?

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.

Issue #370: Spotify: The Rise of the Contextual Playlist; Facebook is Bringing Music Back Into Social Networking

Spotify: The Rise of the Contextual Playlist
Spotify: The Rise of the Contextual Playlistblog.chartmetric.io

In the future will playlists be more content-based or context-based?

Facebook has music deals with every major record label now. Why?
Facebook has music deals with every major record label now. Why?qz.com

It was a music lover’s utopia for a while—an online ecosystem hinged on the love of songs, on the giddy joy of discovering and sharing new riffs and rhythms.

Apple's Eddy Cue: The App Store Is the Next Popularity Benchmark for Music Streaming
Apple's Eddy Cue: The App Store Is the Next Popularity Benchmark for Music Streamingwww.billboard.com

Cue’s emphasis on the App Store as a traffic benchmark for music’s future aligns well with his company’s latest product and mergers and acquisitions moves

Study: Amazon, Google And Good Old Radio Are Winning In The Digital Music Market
Study: Amazon, Google And Good Old Radio Are Winning In The Digital Music Marketwww.forbes.com
The new edition of the influential Infinite Dial research study shows that Amazon’s Alexa-driven digital music strategy is paying off; that YouTube is still the most popular on-demand music service; and that good old AM/FM radio isn’t dead, it’s just moving online.

Babyface launches Good Vibes Music, partners with Spotify for writer camps
Babyface launches Good Vibes Music, partners with Spotify for writer campswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Discovery Song Camp is hosted by Spotify’s Secret Genius initiative that launched last year to celebrate songwriters and producers through multiple global programs.

Apple Investors Should Look at Spotify and Shudder
Apple Investors Should Look at Spotify and Shudderwww.bloomberg.com
The softer side of the business holds out the promise of fatter margins, but it’s not that simple.

Diplo to Produce His Own Exclusive SiriusXM Channel
Diplo to Produce His Own Exclusive SiriusXM Channelplatformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced today that GRAMMY award winning producer and DJ Diplo will launch his own radio channel, Diplo’s Revolution, exclusively on SiriusXM.

Blockchain Protects Artists in Copyrighting Designs
Blockchain Protects Artists in Copyrighting Designs www.natlawreview.com

Article discusses how blockchain is covered under protected work in Copyright Act, allowing creators to link their work to blockchain, to protect creations.

iHeartMedia Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
iHeartMedia Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protectionwww.billboard.com
The largest U.S. radio company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday as it struggles to deal with its $20 billion debt pile.

Spotify's music catalog now has 160 million people editing it for free
Spotify's music catalog now has 160 million people editing it for freeqz.com
Spotify’s music data—its collection of back-end organizing details such as rights, track names, aliases, tags, and external links—is an unabashed mess.

Uber moment has come for SA music industry
Uber moment has come for SA music industrywww.iol.co.za

The South African music industry is about to be disrupted by the world’s largest global music streaming subscription service, Spotify

The Music Album Is Dead, But Not Everyone's Accepted It Yet
The Music Album Is Dead, But Not Everyone's Accepted It Yetmusic3point0.com
Music consumers are telling artists and bands that they’re no longer interested in the album, but only a select few seem to be listening.

Dubset Forms Strategic Relationship with HFA’s Rumblefish to Unlock Royalties for DJ Mixes, Remixes
Dubset Forms Strategic Relationship with HFA’s Rumblefish to Unlock Royalties for DJ Mixes, Remixesplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Dubset Media announced today its strategic relationship with HFA’s Rumblefish, the best-in-class music licensing and administration company, that will, for the first time, enable the registration and tracking of mechanical royalties for DJ mixes and remixes.

Spotify is coming to Vietnam
Spotify is coming to Vietname.vnexpress.net
No more faking IP addresses, say Vietnamese fans.

Concord Music Makes Investment In Found.ee Marketing Technology
Concord Music Makes Investment In Found.ee Marketing Technologywww.billboard.com
Concord Music has made a minority investment in marketing technology platform found.ee.

A $1.6 Billion Spotify Lawsuit is Based on a Law Made for Player Pianos

Spotify is finally gearing up to go public, and the company’s February 28th filing with the SEC offers a detailed look at its finances. More than a decade after Spotify’s launch in 2006, the world’s leading music streaming service is still struggling to turn a profit, reporting a net loss of nearly $1.5 billion last year. Meanwhile, the company has some weird lawsuits hanging over its head, the most eye-popping being the $1.6 billion lawsuit filed by Wixen Publishing, a music publishing company that includes the likes of Tom Petty, The Doors, and Rage Against the Machine.

So, what happened here? Did Spotify really fail to pay artists to the tune of a billion dollars all the while losing money? Is digital streaming just a black hole that sucks up money and spits it out into the cold vacuum of space?

The answer is complicated.

Via: The Verge