Issue #394: Ad Tech Streams Into Audio; iHeartRadio Opens Playlists to All Users; Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Boss Exiting for Spotify

Pandora vs. Spotify: Ad tech streams into audio
Pandora vs. Spotify: Ad tech streams into audioadage.com
Pandora and Spotify are offering new tools … if brands are ready.

Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotify
Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotifyvariety.com
Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B, is leaving for Spotify, home to popular playlist RapCaviar.

iHeartRadio opens up its playlists to all users with launch of Playlist Radio
iHeartRadio opens up its playlists to all users with launch of Playlist Radiotechcrunch.com

The company is adding a new feature for all users – both free and paid – that blurs the lines between streaming radio and the typically premium-only option of using playlists: Playlist Radio.

Anybody out there still listening to music on AM or FM radio?
Anybody out there still listening to music on AM or FM radio?www.cnet.com
Radio isn’t dead yet, but its future isn’t exactly healthy.

Qobuz Names Music-Industry Veteran New CEO
Qobuz Names Music-Industry Veteran New CEOplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Qobuz, the European high resolution music streaming and downloading service, has named music-industry veteran Yann Miossec as its new CEO.

Fraud Detection Software Is Coming to the Music Industry — And It Will Change Everything
Fraud Detection Software Is Coming to the Music Industry — And It Will Change Everythingwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Up until this point, it’s been extremely difficult to detect fraud in music industry royalty statements.  That’s about to change in a very serious way.

What kind of songs don't qualify for YouTube Content ID?
What kind of songs don't qualify for YouTube Content ID?diymusician.cdbaby.com

Some audio is not eligible for monetization via Content ID on YouTube.

Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' to Test New Model for Spotify, YouTube: Streaming First for Paying Subscriber
Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' to Test New Model for Spotify, YouTube: Streaming First for Paying Subscriberwww.billboard.com
For the first two weeks of its release, Jason Aldean’s ‘Rearview Town,’ out Friday, will be available only on the premium tier of all subscription services, Billboard has confirmed.

Our Top 10 iOS Apps for Songwriters and Music Makers
Our Top 10 iOS Apps for Songwriters and Music Makersflypaper.soundfly.com
As the music creation process turns more digital, smartphone apps have started to help songwriters, composers and producers make music. Here are our faves.

Spotify's Public Listing Has Gone Better Than Expected -- Now What?
Spotify's Public Listing Has Gone Better Than Expected — Now What?www.billboard.com
Spotify’s first seven days as a public company have gone better than expected, but there’s still plenty more it needs to prove before the real celebrations can begin.

APRA AMCOS' Dean Ormston working on monitoring framework to tackle music quotas
APRA AMCOS' Dean Ormston working on monitoring framework to tackle music quotaswww.theindustryobserver.com.au
“We don’t want to have World War III, let’s just get everybody on the straight and narrow.”

Michael Franti Is All For Streaming Music on Cheddar
Michael Franti Is All For Streaming Music on Cheddarcheddar.com
The singer believes streaming actually turns people into more loyal fans who turn up to concerts. “I think it’s great,” he told Cheddar’s Jon Steinberg.

Qobuz Names Music-Industry Veteran Yann Miossec Global CEO

Qobuz, the European high resolution music streaming and downloading service, has named music-industry veteran Yann Miossec as its new CEO.

A true music connoisseur, Miossec is a multidisciplinary-management specialist. He brings a strong background in digital music to the position, joining Qobuz after serving as an Executive Vice President for 12 years at Warner Music France. One of his first undertakings will be to lead the high-end platform’s initial foray into the American market, currently scheduled for summer of 2018.

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Issue #393: Is Windowing on Spotify Worth It for the Labels?; Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record

Windowing on Spotify is finally happening – but is it worth it for the labels?
Windowing on Spotify is finally happening – but is it worth it for the labels?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It’s been just over a year since Universal Music Group issued an announcement of its new deal with Spotify – revealing that the major had won the concession to ‘window’ major artist releases on the service’s premium tier.

Streaming Era Challenges Creators to Retain Fans & Diversify Income
Streaming Era Challenges Creators to Retain Fans & Diversify Incomestem.is
A collection of tips, tricks, and insights to help build a diversified business that supplements income derived from Spotify, Apple Music, and other DSPs, highlighting simple steps artists can take in the streaming economy to maximize the value they create for fans and vice versa.

Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record
Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Recordvariety.com
With more than 100 million streams worldwide in just a week, Cardi B’s new album “Invasion of Privacy” has shattered Apple Music’s record for most-streamed album by a female artist in its first week.

Is Spotify the Next Netflix or the Next Pandora?
Is Spotify the Next Netflix or the Next Pandora? www.theringer.com
The streaming giant’s unusual Wall Street debut was one of the largest tech IPOs of all time. But it’s hard to shake the anxiety around its money-losing business model.

Apple Homepod Sales Reportedly Below Expectations
Apple Homepod Sales Reportedly Below Expectationsvariety.com
Apple stores are said to sit on excess inventory for the company’s Homepod smart speaker.

Spotify's Auto-Mix Is the Robot That Replaces Party DJs
Spotify's Auto-Mix Is the Robot That Replaces Party DJswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify might just put an end to the careers of party DJs. A new feature allows for songs on shuffle to be properly mixed together.

Ingrooves' New 'Trends Now' Tool Helps Labels Sort Through Streaming's Data Dump
Ingrooves' New 'Trends Now' Tool Helps Labels Sort Through Streaming's Data Dumpwww.billboard.com
The amount of data coming from streaming services is growing exponentially, but as more information floods in it’s becoming harder for music marketers to see what’s important.

Where do you see Independent Record Labels heading in the future?
Where do you see Independent Record Labels heading in the future?medium.com
I have no idea where other Independent record labels are headed in future. Perhaps I can give you an idea of where I may take Iron Man Records if anything goes to plan. Which often, it doesn’t. But…

Soundpruf to use cryptocurrency to pay artists/fans for Spotify streams
Soundpruf to use cryptocurrency to pay artists/fans for Spotify streamsmusically.com
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music.

Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engine
Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engineplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Music Audience Exchange today unveiled its MAX Artist Matching Engine, the result of a three year project from a team of engineers and data scientists.

MoviePass Bundles Subscription With iHeartRadio Streaming Service
MoviePass Bundles Subscription With iHeartRadio Streaming Servicewww.hollywoodreporter.com
The promotion offers access to cinemas and on-demand music for $29.95 over three months.

Australia’s Recorded Music Market Posts Highest Annual Growth Since 1996
Australia’s Recorded Music Market Posts Highest Annual Growth Since 1996www.billboard.com
ARIA announced the market grew by 10.5% in value last year to A$391 million ($303 million), thanks largely to the “continued consumer uptake” of streaming services.

Steve Aoki Loves Streaming Music
Steve Aoki Loves Streaming Musicm.chron.com

The Grammy-nominated DJ says streaming makes music easily accessible, which is crucial for the industry today.

Pirate Site-Blocking? Music Biz Wants App Blocking Too
Pirate Site-Blocking? Music Biz Wants App Blocking Tootorrentfreak.com
With thousands of websites blocked all around the world on copyright grounds, pirates are continuing to innovate.

Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engine

Music Audience Exchange today unveiled its MAX Artist Matching Engine, the result of a three year project from a team of engineers and data scientists. The Artist Matching Engine is powered by a novel data model that uses neural networks to map music tastes onto the demographic, psychographic, geographic, and behavioral attributes of music audiences.

Driven by a wealth of first party and aggregated data, this system combines a proprietary genre taxonomy with analysis of streaming, social media and live show data to gain insight into the fan bases of over 1.8 million artists worldwide. Brands are now using these insights to reach millions of music fans through immersive music programs.

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Issue #392: More Music Tech IPOs? How Streaming Services Protect Themselves From Lawsuits; Spotify Gets Loudr; Coachella on SiriusXM

More Music Tech Companies Mulling IPO After Spotify's Smooth Debut -- But Is It Really a Good Idea?
More Music Tech Companies Mulling IPO After Spotify's Smooth Debut — But Is It Really a Good Idea?www.billboard.com
After a relatively smooth debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Spotify is inspiring a handful of other music tech companies to consider launching their own IPOs.

Spotify Acquires Rights Company Loudr
Spotify Acquires Rights Company Loudrwww.bloomberg.com
Spotify is buying rights company Loudr in a move to beef up its ability to track and pay royalties to music publishers amid attempts by U.S. Congress to simplify the royalty system for artists on streaming services.

Death By a Thousand Papercuts: How Streaming Services Protect Themselves From Lawsuits by Burying the Copyright Office in Paperwork
Death By a Thousand Papercuts: How Streaming Services Protect Themselves From Lawsuits by Burying the Copyright Office in Paperworkwww.billboard.com
From the beginning, the inability of streaming services to accurately pay rightsholders represented an existential risk for streaming as a business model.

How has Iron Man Records adapted to the growth of digitalisation?
How has Iron Man Records adapted to the growth of digitalisation?medium.com

Iron Man Records has had little choice, it has had to learn to adapt to digitalisation regardless.

Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other
Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Otherwww.npr.org
The “music omnibus” bill represents the rare compromise between the music business and tech companies, who have spent years fighting each other over fractions of pennies.

How to Share Songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play Music
How to Share Songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play Musicwww.wired.com
All of the popular streaming services have features where you can follow friends or recommend tracks. Here’s how to use them.

What YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon Are Paying Artists In 2018
What YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon Are Paying Artists In 2018www.digitalmusicnews.com
Today, Digital Music News looks into how much YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon pay artists per stream.

“Coachella Radio” Channel to Launch Exclusively on SiriusXM
“Coachella Radio” Channel to Launch Exclusively on SiriusXMplatformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced today that it will be the exclusive radio broadcaster of live performances and interviews from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the fourth consecutive year.

Is music streaming good or bad for artists?
Is music streaming good or bad for artists?www.redbull.com
We looked at the facts.

Tracklib Debuts, Enables Music Creators to Discover, Sample, License Original Recordings
Tracklib Debuts, Enables Music Creators to Discover, Sample, License Original Recordingsplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Today marks the global launch of Tracklib, the world’s first and only music service that enables music creators to discover, sample and license original recordings.

“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Year
“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Yearpitchfork.com
With a new $4.8 million investment, an Austrian startup says it could have “HD vinyl” in stores by 2019

Announcing Fruit Punch Music – Spotify for Kids
Announcing Fruit Punch Music – Spotify for Kidsplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Fruit Punch, Inc. announces the world’s first music streaming platform built just for kids.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Announce Free Webcast From Orlando
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Announce Free Webcast From Orlandowww.jambase.com
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will webcast their upcoming concert in Orlando, Florida online for free.

Spotify’s IPO was both a success and an uncertain forecast for the future of music
Spotify’s IPO was both a success and an uncertain forecast for the future of musicwww.theverge.com

Investors are worried about the economics of music streaming and about Apple Music as a looming threat.

Tracklib Debuts, Enables Music Creators to Discover, Sample, License Original Recordings

Today marks the global launch of Tracklib, the world’s first and only music service that enables music creators to discover, sample and license original recordings.

The origin of music sampling dates back decades and has steadily gained popularity throughout the years with sample-based songs frequently sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts and out-performing the songs they’ve sampled. In many cases the samples are not legally cleared, often leading to major lawsuits like the infamous Robin Thicke/ Pharrell “Blurred Lines” dispute. This can be attributed to the complicated, slow and expensive process of legally sampling a piece of music.

Tracklib has simplified the process of sampling music and now for the first time in music history, music can be licensed legally and affordably in minutes – directly on Tracklib.com.

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Announcing Fruit Punch Music – Spotify for Kids

Fruit Punch, Inc. announces the world’s first music streaming platform built just for kids.

Fruit Punch Music gives families access to a wide variety of songs, all subjected to an industry-first multipoint approval process to ensure children never hear inappropriate language or subject matter.

Fruit Punch Music is a first-of-its-kind app that allows kids the freedom to explore music across genres and decades from artists such as Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and The Temptations. With dozens of stations ranging from Pop to Country, Alternative Pop to Disney, parents can share in the listening experience while their children discover engaging new music. With Fruit Punch Music, music discovery is exciting and healthy — kids can explore tens of thousands of songs across decades of music.

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