Issue 512: Smart Contracts: Smart Enough for the Music Biz? Spotify Links Up w/ Google Maps

Are Smart Contracts Smart Enough For The Music Industry?
Smart contracts promise to automate music rights management and cut down on legal disputes between artists, record labels, and others. But the complexity of the industry is a big challenge for adoption.

Spotify Launches Integration With Google Maps
Spotify Launches Integration With Google Mapswww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Monday (Oct. 1) that it will be integrating with Google Maps to provide music listeners as they go along their journeys.

Fan Powered Music Streaming, Gaming Hub Launches
Fan Powered Music Streaming, Gaming Hub Launcheswww.hypebot.com

Fan Powered Music has launched a free fan driven streaming service and gaming hub with a catalog of 6000+ tracks from independent musicians. The mix of music and games offers a unique way for artists to communicate with and engage fans.

  Can Airbnb Concerts and Sofar Sounds Revolutionize the Live Concert Industry?
Can Airbnb Concerts and Sofar Sounds Revolutionize the Live Concert Industry? www.thembj.org

Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb has gone from three air mattresses and broke roommates to a company valued at more than $30 billion. Having changed the way people travel, which led to a massive revolution in the hospitality industry, Airbnb is now trying to make its move to enter the live music space.

How Does Spotify Know You So Well?
How Does Spotify Know You So Well?medium.com
This Monday — just like every Monday before it — over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them called Discover Weekly. It’s a custom mixtape of 30 songs they’ve never…

 The Independent Music Podcast Turns 200
The Independent Music Podcast Turns 200thequietus.com

Every week the Independent Music Podcast releases a show promoting adventurous independent music from almost every genre conceivable.

Gillian Welch’s ‘Everything Is Free’: The Story of a Modern Classic
Gillian Welch’s ‘Everything Is Free’: The Story of a Modern Classic www.rollingstone.com

Originally written in the Napster era, Welch’s song has been embraced this year by a new generation of artists including Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and Phoebe Bridgers.

Bittorrent Traffic Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share Thanks To Streaming Fragmentation
Bittorrent Traffic Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share Thanks To Streaming Fragmentationwww.hypebot.com
For a long time it looked as though the popularity of legal streaming services would be able to curb online piracy, but as streaming offerings continue to diversify, and more of the services continue to release their own original programming, the a la carte option of Bittorrent has seen a…

TuneCore Names Viacom's Neil Bhayas As Tech VP
TuneCore Names Viacom's Neil Bhayas As Tech VPwww.hypebot.com

TuneCore has named Neil Bhayas Vice President of Technology. He joins from Viacom, where he served as Vice President of Technology. Bhay will focus on expanding technology solutions for TuneCore artists.

What Can Blockchain Do For Music?
What Can Blockchain Do For Music?medium.com
This is the current reality for the creatives who are looking to make a living with music: it is extremely difficult to make even a modest living in the industry. Every time when someone presses the…

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Issue 511: Spotify Sets Co.Lab Events for Artist Community; Will SiriusXM Make a Deal for Live Nation?

Spotify Sets Co.Lab Events For Artist Community
Spotify Sets Co.Lab Events For Artist Communitywww.billboard.com
The Co.Lab events will feature expert speakers from across the music and media industries.

After Buying Pandora, Will SiriusXM Make a Deal for Live Nation?
After Buying Pandora, Will SiriusXM Make a Deal for Live Nation?www.hollywoodreporter.com
While SiriusXM has mostly focused on the revenue upside potential, analysts also see some cost savings in such areas as ad sales and streaming infrastructure. Some on Wall Street expect the next step for the combined company to be a deal for concert and ticketing powerhouse Live Nation.

It is with a heavy heart that we report that Tidal is good now
It is with a heavy heart that we report that Tidal is good nowwww.avclub.com

You have already read the headline. I know that you do not want to hear this, and probably do not care, but I swear, it is appreciably and quantifiably better than any other streaming service.

Ditto Music Launches New Distribution Offering Following Spotify's Direct Upload Program
Ditto Music Launches New Distribution Offering Following Spotify's Direct Upload Programwww.billboard.com
Now, Ditto Music — a U.K.-based digital distributor that services music on behalf of 150,000-plus artists worldwide — announced a new tool that it says is in response to Spotify’s announcement.

Next Big Sound Makes All Pandora Artist Data Public
Next Big Sound Makes All Pandora Artist Data Publicwww.hypebot.com
Pandora’s Next Big Sound has made all artist data open and available to anyone. Until now, Pandora data was only visible to the artist, label and their team. “In an industry where stream counts are an important measure of an artist’s success,” writes Next Big Sound senior product manager Dan…

Prince’s and Tom Petty’s Posthumous Careers Are Off to a Great Start
Prince’s and Tom Petty’s Posthumous Careers Are Off to a Great Startwww.theringer.com
For ‘Piano & a Microphone 1983’ and ‘An American Treasure,’ the estates of two beloved rock stars raid their respective vaults, tastefully

Would you do a deal with Spotify?
Would you do a deal with Spotify?medium.com
According to an article posted by the NY Times, Spotify has quietly struck direct licensing deals with a small number of independent artists. The deals give those artists a way onto the streaming…

Spotify Direct Upload Feature, Explained
Spotify Direct Upload Feature, Explainedwww.vulture.com
Spotify is now allowing artists to upload their music directly to the streaming service. Here’s what means for you and the music business.

SiriusXM future-proofed their business with Pandora acquisition, says Pandora co-founder
SiriusXM future-proofed their business with Pandora acquisition, says Pandora co-founderwww.cnbc.com
Pandora co-founder and former CEO Tim Westergren discusses SiriusXM’s $3.5 billion deal for Pandora.

Gracenote Wants To Help Music Streaming Services In India Hit The Right Note
Gracenote Wants To Help Music Streaming Services In India Hit The Right Noteinc42.com
Gracenote is hoping to help Indian music streaming services with its collection of music metadata that now offers content in four Indian languages

Issue 510: How SiriusXM-Pandora Deal Impacts Music Biz; Adobe Analytics Tracking Precise Streaming Habits

How The SiriusXM-Pandora Deal Would Impact The Music Business
How The SiriusXM-Pandora Deal Would Impact The Music Businesswww.billboard.com
After satellite radio juggernaut SiriusXM announced it had agreed to acquire internet radio giant Pandora Media Sept. 24, many music executives are still unsure whether the combined superpower would use its force for good or evil, with respect to the music business’s interests.

Adobe Analytics Is Tracking Precise Streaming Habits
Adobe Analytics Is Tracking Precise Streaming Habitswww.rollingstone.com

Adobe Analytics announces new metrics and AI features for brands to track precise streaming habits

SoundCloud starts recording artist sessions in its Berlin studio
SoundCloud starts recording artist sessions in its Berlin studiomusically.com
SoundCloud is the latest music-streaming service to start recording exclusive sessions in its own studio – in this case, in the company’s Berlin studio.

Spotify is demanding family-plan users hand over GPS data
Spotify is demanding family-plan users hand over GPS dataqz.com
The music-streaming service doesn’t get to tell us where a family should live.

Toyota drops Pandora music streaming from Entune infotainment system
Toyota drops Pandora music streaming from Entune infotainment systemwww.thecarconnection.com

If you drive a relatively new Toyota, come November, that Pandora icon on your infotainment system will no longer work.

Songtrust expands to Atlanta, Los Angeles and Nashville
Songtrust expands to Atlanta, Los Angeles and Nashvillemusically.com
Royalty collection and publishing-administration service Songtrust is expanding again, this time swelling its team to include staff in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Nashville.

How does Shazam work
How does Shazam workcoding-geek.com

Have you ever wondered how Shazam works?

Radio's Inconvenient Demographic Truth
Radio's Inconvenient Demographic Truthjacobsmedia.com
Radio broadcasters continue to focus on the 25-54 demographic, missing the massive opportunity with Generation Z.

Universal Music Group Partners With 7Digital to Boost Streaming Revenues
Universal Music Group Partners With 7Digital to Boost Streaming Revenueswww.digitalmusicnews.com
London-based 7digital has announced a new partnership with Universal Music Group to create new music partner services for individual artists.

Spotify and Deezer lobby for EU ‘platform-to-business’ law
Spotify and Deezer lobby for EU ‘platform-to-business’ lawmusically.com
The new European copyright directive has a few steps to go before becoming law yet, but there’s another piece of in-progress European legislation to keep an eye on.

iHeartMedia And Jelli Tap Foursquare To Track Radio Ad Effectiveness
iHeartMedia And Jelli Tap Foursquare To Track Radio Ad Effectiveness geomarketing.com

As real-time broadcast and cable TV ads can be attributed to offline store visits, “old-fashioned” radio listening can also be matched to location-based advertising, as promised by a deal among iHeartMedia and Jelli with Foursquare.

Issue 509: Who Wins When Artists Upload Directly to Spotify?; Amazon Music Unlimited Launches in Canada

Who Wins When Artists Upload Directly to Spotify?
Who Wins When Artists Upload Directly to Spotify?pitchfork.com
The streaming service is cutting out the middleman for Noname and others who self-release

Apple's buyout of Shazam: 5 reasons it could change music streaming forever
Apple's buyout of Shazam: 5 reasons it could change music streaming foreverwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Apple is in a music-streaming arms race. It’s getting closer to 50m paying music subscribers worldwide, but remains approximately 39m behind Spotify’s premium global user-base.

Ricky Nelson Estate Launches Class Action Against Sony Music Over Streaming Royalties
Ricky Nelson Estate Launches Class Action Against Sony Music Over Streaming Royaltieswww.billboard.com
The estate of rock and roll “teen idol” Ricky Nelson has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment, alleging the label violates contractual agreements with its artists by assessing an intercompany charge on international streaming revenue that deprives artists of royalties from foreign sales.

Amazon Music Unlimited launches in Canada
Amazon Music Unlimited launches in Canadaventurebeat.com
Amazon Music Unlimited finally launches in Canada, one year after Amazon Prime Music arrived in the country.

Sirius Enters Lion's Den of Silicon Valley With Pandora Deal
Sirius Enters Lion's Den of Silicon Valley With Pandora Dealwww.bloomberg.com
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. is so eager to reach listeners outside the car that it’s willing to take on some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Musicbed Subscriptions Give YouTube Creators Legal Soundtrack Options
Musicbed Subscriptions Give YouTube Creators Legal Soundtrack Optionswww.digitaltrends.com
YouTube flags videos that use copyrighted music in them — so music licensing Musicbed platform is launching a new subscription tool and a way to tell YouTube’s bots to back off. Connecting the subscription to a YouTube account will automatically clear flags for copyrighted music.

Spotify is in no position to displace the recording industry's Big 3
Spotify is in no position to displace the recording industry's Big 3www.businessinsider.com

Spotify has been trying to lure independent artists to sign with it directly. But that doesn’t make it a real rival to the Big 3.

Beware: Greg Maffei Is Now Music's Most Powerful Executive
Beware: Greg Maffei Is Now Music's Most Powerful Executivewww.hypebot.com
Move over Daniel Ek and Lucian Grainge, Greg Maffei is now the most powerful executive in the music industry. Maffei is the president and CEO of Liberty Media, Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman of SiriusXM, which yesterday acquired Pandora. If that’s not enough to make Maffei music’s new…

Nigeria’s Publiseer to distribute songs on YouTube Music
Nigeria’s Publiseer to distribute songs on YouTube Musicwww.musicinafrica.net
Nigerian publishing start-up Publiseer has announced a deal that enables it to distribute songs on YouTube Music. Publiseer is home to over a hundred independent writers and musicians.

How Spotify, at 10, Is Transforming the Music Business
How Spotify, at 10, Is Transforming the Music Businesswww.brandchannel.com

Since launching in Sweden in October 2008, the 10-year-old Spotify has up-ended the global music industry, turning streaming music into a must-have service and proving that ownership of music is firmly a thing of the past.

Issue 508: Tech is Overtaking the Music Industry; IDAGIO Launches in North America

SiriusXM Buys Pandora; Sign That Tech Is Overtaking Music Industry
SiriusXM Buys Pandora; Sign That Tech Is Overtaking Music Industrywww.theringer.com
The satellite radio company’s purchase of the online streaming service could further loosen the grip of record labels as music industry gatekeepers

IDAGIO launches in North America
IDAGIO launches in North Americaplatformandstream.wordpress.com

​IDAGIO is now available in North America. To support the launch and further internationalisation, the Berlin based streaming service successfully secured an internal funding round of EUR 10 million with existing investors.

Apple's purchase of Shazam is $400 million well spent
Apple's purchase of Shazam is $400 million well spentfinance.yahoo.com

At the tail-end of 2017, Apple announced that it was buying music discovery service Shazam for $400 million.

Spotify Teams Up With Ancestry to create DNA-curated Playlists
Spotify Teams Up With Ancestry to create DNA-curated Playlistswww.complex.com
Spotify and Ancestry are joining forces to create playlists based on your DNA.

Why Music Is Not Ready For The Leap Into VR
Why Music Is Not Ready For The Leap Into VRwww.synchtank.com
Despite slow adoption and declining hardware sales, key players in the VR space remain optimistic about the technology’s potential. So why hasn’t the music industry seen any financial benefit yet?

9 Independent Latin American Radio Stations You Need To Be Listening To
9 Independent Latin American Radio Stations You Need To Be Listening Toremezcla.com
Tune in to these radio stations to connect, to get smarter, to find fresh new music, and to get a glimpse of life in different corners of Latin America.

Symphonic Signs Distribution and Marketing Agreement with Rat City
Symphonic Signs Distribution and Marketing Agreement with Rat Cityblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Deal includes 3 singles including Kind of Love and Naked with My Headphones On.

Report: Spotify Australia won’t be a record label
Report: Spotify Australia won’t be a record label themusicnetwork.com

Major recording companies have been alarmed since June when it was reported that Spotify overseas is allegedly offering advances of up to several hundred thousand dollars, and appealing business terms, to independent artists in hopes of convincing them to license their music directly.

Can Radio Have Its Cake & Eat It, Too?
Can Radio Have Its Cake & Eat It, Too?jacobsmedia.com
8 ways radio broadcasters can rethink their sales strategies to provide both branding and direct response for advertisers.

50% Active Spotify Free Users Convert To Paid says Spotify CFO Barry McCarthy
50% Active Spotify Free Users Convert To Paid says Spotify CFO Barry McCarthywww.hypebot.com

Half the users of Spotify’s free ad supported tier convert to Premium paid users, if they stay engaged, Barry McCarthy, Spotify Chief Financial Officer said in an interview at the Goldman Sachs 27th Annual Communacopia Conference.

IDAGIO Launches in North America

​IDAGIO is now available in North America.

To support the launch and further internationalisation, the Berlin based streaming service successfully secured an internal funding round of EUR 10 million with existing investors. With its North American launch, IDAGIO enters the most important market for audio streaming, accounting for nearly 40 percent of total global recorded music revenue. Continue reading “IDAGIO Launches in North America”

Issue 507: SiriusXM Gets Pandora in $3.5B Streaming Push; Deezer’s AI Mood Detection Could Lead to Smarter Song Playlists

SiriusXM to buy Pandora in $3.5 billion streaming push
Satellite radio firm Sirius XM Holdings Inc will buy music streamer Pandora Media Inc in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal, as it seeks to build scale to battle heavyweight streaming rivals Spotify and Apple Music.US

Deezer's AI mood detection could lead to smarter song playlists
Deezer's AI mood detection could lead to smarter song playlistswww.engadget.com
Astute listeners know that you can’t gauge a song’s mood solely through the instrumentation or the lyrics, but that’s often what AI has been asked to do — and…

Apple Completes Purchase of Shazam, Will Remove Ads
Apple Completes Purchase of Shazam, Will Remove Adswww.billboard.com
Apple has completed its acquisition of audio-recognition mobile app Shazam following approval earlier this month by European regulators.

10 of the Most Influential College Radio Stations in the US
10 of the Most Influential College Radio Stations in the USflypaper.soundfly.com
College radio is one of the most effective and fun ways to promote your music to new audiences. Here are ten great stations currently serving indie artists.

Why Apple Music Needs To Sync Play Counts Between Devices, Stat
Why Apple Music Needs To Sync Play Counts Between Devices, Stat thefederalist.com
Apple Music, you’ve ruined my perfectly curated playlists. Isn’t information in the cloud supposed to be identical no matter where you access it?

Music Modernization Act & EU Copyright Directive: How the Music Business Came Together to Score Two Policy Wins
Music Modernization Act & EU Copyright Directive: How the Music Business Came Together to Score Two Policy Winswww.billboard.com
Tuesday evening, the music business scored a political victory that some executives couldn’t chew on until after Yom Kippur ended: The Senate passed the Music Modernization Act.

From creating metadata to producing music
From creating metadata to producing musicwww.asianage.com
The other fascinating session at ‘All About Music’ was a masterclass on audio production.

UCLA music school admin to speak on Orwellian power of streaming industry
UCLA music school admin to speak on Orwellian power of streaming industrydailybruin.com

Music streaming services like Spotify are watching you.

Spotify Tests Personalization Of Editor Curated Playlists
Spotify Tests Personalization Of Editor Curated Playlistswww.hypebot.com

Spotify is testing the addition of individually personalized tracks to existing editor curated playlists.

Is Podcasting In A Slump?
Is Podcasting In A Slump?jacobsmedia.com
Several large players, including Audible, Panoply, and BuzzFeed, have exiting the podcast-creating business. Is podcasting dead or just in a slump?

Spotify becomes second-largest tenant at 4 WTC
Spotify becomes second-largest tenant at 4 WTCwww.crainsnewyork.com

Spotify is again expanding its Lower Manhattan office, home of its U.S. headquarters.

Issue 506: Are Led Zeppelin Launching a Concert Streaming Service?; Spotify Tests Adding Personalized Song Picks to Curated Playlists

Are Led Zeppelin launching a concert streaming service?
Are Led Zeppelin launching a concert streaming service? themusicnetwork.com

Led Zeppelin are apparently planning to launch a concert streaming service through which to release hundreds of archived live tapes.

Spotify Is Testing Adding Personalized Song Picks to Curated Playlists
Spotify Is Testing Adding Personalized Song Picks to Curated Playlistswww.billboard.com
This week Spotify began testing adding personalized song selections to its editor-curated playlists.

Bandsintown Manager first to enable artists to publish their tour dates on Amazon Alexa
Bandsintown Manager first to enable artists to publish their tour dates on Amazon Alexamedium.com
Amazon now lets users ask Alexa about concert dates, and we are proud to announce that we are making the events posted by our community of more than 470,000 registered artists searchable on Amazon…

This is how we should be measuring global streaming subscribers
This is how we should be measuring global streaming subscriberswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Quarterly growth has been remarkably steady for the last two years. Growth. Not growth rate.

Spotify’s Tencent Risk
Spotify’s Tencent Riskmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

On Thursday (September 20th) Spotify grabbed the headlines with its announcement that it is launching a free-to-use direct upload service for artists.

RIAA's Mid-Year Revenue Numbers: Five Things to Know
RIAA's Mid-Year Revenue Numbers: Five Things to Knowwww.billboard.com
The RIAA mid-year revenue numbers, released Thursday, show impressive growth of 10 percent to $4.6 billion in retail value compared to the first half of 2017. That continues a trend of double-digit growth, driven by subscription streaming, that began in 2016.

Hollywood Seeking a Foothold in $314M Podcast Industry
Hollywood Seeking a Foothold in $314M Podcast Industrywww.billboard.com

A series of traditional media moves into podcasting signal that the niche audio medium is poised to get a lot louder.

Gary Calamar Leaving KCRW After 25 Years
Gary Calamar Leaving KCRW After 25 Yearsvariety.com
Veteran music supervisor and radio DJ Gary Calamar is leaving KCRW after 25 years. Sunday, Sept. 23, is his final show.

How Personalization Drives Spotify Ads: Bertozzi
How Personalization Drives Spotify Ads: Bertozziwww.beet.tv

Music is inherently personal. And, when Daniel Ek co-founded Spotify a decade ago, it didn’t take long for the company to embed that fact in the software. Soon, playlists became the order of the day.

MTN Uganda bets on music streaming as voice business slows
MTN Uganda bets on music streaming as voice business slowswww.reuters.com

Telecom firm MTN Uganda is betting on a new music streaming product to boost revenue and counter declining voice call sales, its chief marketing officer said in an interview.

Issue 505: Spotify Allows Artists to Upload Their Music Directly; Farm Aid to Live Stream Saturday’s Show

Spotify to Allow Indie Artists to Upload Music Directly to Service, bypassing Distributors
Spotify to Allow Indie Artists to Upload Music Directly to Service, bypassing Distributorswww.billboard.com
Beginning today (Sept. 20), Spotify will begin allowing a select group of independent artists the ability to upload their music directly onto the streaming platform through their Spotify For Artists account.

RIAA mid-year figures reveal 10% growth in US recorded-music market
RIAA mid-year figures reveal 10% growth in US recorded-music marketmusically.com
US industry body the RIAA has published its mid-year figures for 2018, outlining the growth in recorded-music revenues in the first half of this year.

Apple Music now works with Android Auto
Apple Music now works with Android Autowww.theverge.com

Apple has just released an update for Apple Music on Android, and the biggest new addition is that it now supports Android Auto.

Privacy is Still a Concern for Smart Speakers and Streaming Music
Privacy is Still a Concern for Smart Speakers and Streaming Musicwww.digitaltrends.com
Consumer research firm MusicWatch has been digging into the habits of 5,000 smart speaker owners to see how they’re using devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home and the research indicates that users still have concerns about privacy while streaming music.

Farm Aid to Live Stream Show With Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton
Farm Aid to Live Stream Show With Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapletonwww.billboard.com
If you can’t make it to the sold-out 33rd edition of Farm Aid at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday (Sept. 22), take heart: the show will be available on a free webcast on the event’s YouTube page this year.

Amazon Alexa Adds New Music Skills, TIDAL
Amazon Alexa Adds New Music Skills, TIDALwww.hypebot.com

Amazon unveiled a slew of new and improved Alexa voice controlled devices on Monday, and with them came new music related services, features and skills.

Cheaper smart-speakers are selling strongly in the US
Cheaper smart-speakers are selling strongly in the USmusically.com
The latest research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) on the US smart-speaker market is making headlines for its views on Apple’s HomePod – but we think it highlights a bigger trend.

Indian offline music service Carvaan gets a premium version
Indian offline music service Carvaan gets a premium versionmusically.com
‘Offline’ music? That’s the raison d’etre of something called Carvaan in India: a portable music player launched by Saregama that is preloaded with 5,000 ‘evergreen’ songs in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Marathi versions

Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Car Heats Up
Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Car Heats Upwww.billboard.com
Streaming has helped the music industry dig itself out of nearly 20 years of economic decline — and with Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange, previously skeptical investors are now cashing in.

NZ classical artists feature on new international music streaming platform
NZ classical artists feature on new international music streaming platformwww.radionz.co.nz
A number of high profile New Zealand classical music groups are featuring on a new streaming platform that allows classical music lovers to access millions of works from anywhere in the world.

Pandora AMP Adds Eventbrite Listings
Pandora AMP Adds Eventbrite Listingswww.hypebot.com

Eventbrite events will now be integrated into the free Pandora AMP artist marketing platform, making it easier to use AMP’s Promote Show feature and for Pandora to promote the live shows.

Issue 504: How Artists Change Songs to Optimize for Streaming; Qantas Nixes Music; Tidal Expands to Brazil

How artists are changing their songs to optimize for streaming.
How artists are changing their songs to optimize for streaming.slate.com
Spotify and Apple Music were supposed to connect artists with their fans. Instead, they’re making the record labels more powerful.

Qantas have axed music from in-flight entertainment
Qantas have axed music from in-flight entertainmentwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Radio stations, playlists and CD library collections have all been removed from the airlines domestic and some international entertainment services.

Tidal expands into Brazil via Vivo partnership - with subs costing less than $4 a month
Tidal expands into Brazil via Vivo partnership – with subs costing less than $4 a monthwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Tidal has signed a partnership to help it crack the Brazilian music market after agreeing a deal with local telecommunications company Vivo.

Apple Music Is Now Searchable By Lyrics
Apple Music Is Now Searchable By Lyricswww.rollingstone.com

Apple’s streaming service is now easier to use than Spotify in one key way.

China's Tencent Music halves US IPO to US$2 billion, report
China's Tencent Music halves US IPO to US$2 billion, reportwww.scmp.com
Tencent Music Entertainment Group, China’s biggest music-streaming company, has halved the amount it is seeking to raise in a US listing to about US$2 billion, according to three people close to the deal….

Spotify loses its second top marketing executive in a week
Spotify loses its second top marketing executive in a weekwww.fastcompany.com
VP of brand creative Jackie Jantos is leaving the music streamer less than a week after chief marketing officer Seth Farbman’s exit.

Why you should consider buying music on vinyl, CD and music files
Why you should consider buying music on vinyl, CD and music fileswww.cnet.com
Yes, it’s 2018 and YouTube, Spotify and Pandora are pretty great, but hear me out.

Spotify says non-US country streaming-share is up 21% since 2015
Spotify says non-US country streaming-share is up 21% since 2015musically.com
One of the themes Music Ally explored in our recent report on country music was how streaming is helping the genre and its emerging artists find new audiences abroad

SoundCloud data added to UK and Ireland's Official Charts
SoundCloud data added to UK and Ireland's Official Chartswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Licensed and monetized streams happening on SoundCloud will now be counted in the UK and Ireland’s Official Albums and Singles Charts.

Super Hi-Fi, Associated Press Team to Bring AI-Generated Audio Newscasts to Streaming Music Subscribers
Super Hi-Fi, Associated Press Team to Bring AI-Generated Audio Newscasts to Streaming Music Subscribersplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Super Hi-Fi today announced a collaboration with The Associated Press to transform AP’s daily global news content into audio-based stories that can be seamlessly embedded into any digital music service partner.

Apple Music Gains Popularity Worldwide, Spotify & Amazon Hold Market Shares: Study
Apple Music Gains Popularity Worldwide, Spotify & Amazon Hold Market Shares: Studywww.billboard.com

Apple Music’s global market share grew 2 percent in the first half of the year, reaching 19 percent of worldwide streamers, according to a study by MIDiA.

Super Hi-Fi, Associated Press Team to Bring AI-Generated Audio Newscasts to Streaming Music Subscribers

Super Hi-Fi today announced a collaboration with The Associated Press to transform AP’s daily global news content into audio-based stories that can be seamlessly embedded into any digital music service partner. Using Super Hi-Fi’s AI platform bundled with a customer content license from AP, thousands of daily news headlines from the AP will be available in real time to streaming music services with the full production quality of a DJ’d broadcast. Continue reading “Super Hi-Fi, Associated Press Team to Bring AI-Generated Audio Newscasts to Streaming Music Subscribers”