Spotify Launches Self-Serve Advertising Platform in Canada and the UK

Last Fall, Spotify launched Spotify Ad Studio, the first-ever audio self-serve advertising platform, in the US. Today, the platform embarks on a world tour as the public beta expands to Canada and the UK.

Spotify Ad Studio makes it easy for marketers of all sizes to create audio ads on Spotify in minutes, letting them connect with the music streaming service’s highly engaged audience and tap into culture. Over the last five months, a wide range of US businesses and advertising agencies have used the platform to reach the right people in the right moment. And across the board, they’re seeing results.

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Bose Introduces Audio Augmented Reality Platform

At SXSW, Bose introduces Bose AR, the world’s first audio augmented reality platform, and glasses to hear— a Bose AR prototype that launches the future of mobile sound. Bose also announces its SDK schedule date for developers, manufacturers, and research institutions, along with collaborations currently under way, and venture funding for related start-ups.

“Bose AR represents a new kind of augmented reality— one that’s made for anyone and every day,” said John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose. “It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the amazing world around you— rather than a tiny display. It knows which way you’re facing, and can instantly connect that place and time with endless possibilities for travel, learning, music and more. And it can be added to products and apps we already use and love, removing some of the big obstacles that have kept AR on the sidelines.”

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TuneGO Announces New Song Review Service

TuneGO, a music platform that connects independent artists with a global community of music fans and industry professionals, is now offering a song review service. TuneGO Song Reviews are available in three packages: Gold, Platinum and Diamond, and offer artists insight from up to 200 music fans, and options for assessments on where a song ranks in a music genre, its market potential and likelihood of chart success. During the month of March only, the Diamond song review, which includes a comparison to 100,000 major label releases in the song’s genre, comes with a free Muzen radio ($90 value), a retro radio and Bluetooth speaker that won the 2017 CES Innovation Award.

“Writing and producing music is a very personal endeavor and many artists are unsure as to the quality and the universal appeal of their work. Having access to song reviews is an invaluable tool for a musician as it gives them guidance in what’s working or what’s not so they can continue to perfect their song,” said John Kohl, co-founder and CEO of TuneGO. “In the past, this kind of feedback has only been available to artists working with big record labels. We knew offering this service direct to artists could make their journey easier. That is what we’re all about: finding ways to level the playing field for artists and provide new pathways to success.”

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Issue #364: Spotify in South Africa; Deezer Now Works with Amazon Alexa; End of iTunes?

Spotify To Launch In South Africa
Spotify To Launch In South Africawww.forbes.com
Music streaming service Spotify will launch in South Africa this month.

Deezer now works with Amazon Alexa
Deezer now works with Amazon Alexawww.theverge.com

Deezer Premium+ users will also be able to take advantage of Deezer’s Flow feature, which plays “a never-ending personal soundtrack” directly through Alexa voice commands.

Sony to Share Profits From Spotify Stock Sales With Indies: Will Universal & Warner Follow Suit?
Sony to Share Profits From Spotify Stock Sales With Indies: Will Universal & Warner Follow Suit?www.billboard.com
Whether Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group will share any funds from the shares they own from Spotify when the streaming service goes public is an up-to-now-unanswered question.

'End of iTunes?': Leaked Apple email spells end of music downloads
'End of iTunes?': Leaked Apple email spells end of music downloadsmetro.co.uk
Die-tunes: Industry experts predict that Apple will bin its music download store

The state of music streaming in Southeast Asia
The state of music streaming in Southeast Asiatheaseanpost.com
Music streaming platforms are mushrooming around the region.

Universal Music Says Artists Would Benefit From a Spotify Equity Sale
Universal Music Says Artists Would Benefit From a Spotify Equity Salewww.billboard.com
It’s taken two years and an IPO, but Universal Music Group is now ready to commit to sharing with its artists the bounty it will generate from the sale of its Spotify stock.

Digital music is booming in India but players can't afford to be one-hit wonders
Digital music is booming in India but players can't afford to be one-hit wonderstechcircle.vccircle.com

In a matter of hours last Wednesday, music streaming services in India suddenly came under the spotlight.

CD Baby, Now In Its 20th Year, Says It Paid Out $80M to Indie Artists in 2017
CD Baby, Now In Its 20th Year, Says It Paid Out $80M to Indie Artists in 2017www.billboard.com
CD Baby, now celebrating its 20th year in existence, unveiled a few significant milestones: in 2017 alone, CD Baby paid out $80.1 million dollars to independent artists, a 33 percent increase over 2016; and it passed $600 million in payouts over the past 20 years.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Award
Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Awardvariety.com
Spotify’s Daniel Ek and Troy Carter will be presented with the prestigious Music Visionary of the Year award by UJA-Federation of New York. 

Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in January
Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in Januarymusically.com
While recent ERA and BPI figures have made much of the growth in revenue and consumption of music streaming services in the UK, they didn’t explains how many people in Britain pay for a music subscription.

Spotify’s IPO in six charts
Spotify’s IPO in six chartswww.recode.net
What we learned from the streaming company’s public filing.

Will Artists Benefit From Spotify's Planned IPO?
Will Artists Benefit From Spotify's Planned IPO?www.rollingstone.com
Spotify’s planned IPO will make the major record labels hundreds of millions of dollars, but will artists also benefit from the potential windfall?

Neko Case Announces New Album ‘Hell-On’ & Shares Title Track
Neko Case Announces New Album ‘Hell-On’ & Shares Title Trackwww.jambase.com
Listen to “Hell-On,” the lead single and title track from the forthcoming new Neko Case album.

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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Mixcloud Taps Gracenote for Advanced Music Recognition to Improve Royalty Payment Process for Rights Holders

Gracenote announced today that it will power advanced music recognition for Mixcloud, the world’s fastest growing digital audio streaming platform. Using Gracenote MusicID, the industry’s leading music recognition technology, Mixcloud will more accurately identify copyrighted audio content on its music platform to ensure proper royalty payments to rights holders.

Mixcloud’s catalog maintains more than 12 million DJ sets, radio shows and podcasts and ingests more than 1,000 hours of user-generated content every day. As the Mixcloud community of more than 1.2 million creators upload music mixes, radio shows and podcasts, Gracenote automatically fingerprints each piece of content to identify copyrighted work and enable compliance. Once Gracenote MusicID identifies a song, Mixcloud maps it to its proprietary database of artist, label and publisher rights holders to facilitate proper and timely royalty payments.

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