Issue 549: Song Skip Rates and Our Attention Span; The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Biz Forever

Spotify Song Skip Rates Tell Us A Lot About Our Attention Span
A study of song skip rates on Spotify tells us a lot about our attention span these days.

The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Industry Forever
The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Industry Foreverconsequenceofsound.net

These days you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s heard of the Rio PMP300, especially after the iPod became as much a household name as the Walkman.

The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century
The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Centurywww.wired.com
Live-music tapers, data archivists, and media technologists are creating an authentic musical underground in a freemium world, a hideout where listening habits go unmonitored and unmonetized.

Big December I.P.O.s Are Rare. Why Would Tencent Music Do One?
Big December I.P.O.s Are Rare. Why Would Tencent Music Do One?www.nytimes.com
China’s answer to Spotify may push on with a $2 billion New York listing next month, but it’s a bad time of year to sell new equity.

Apple is looking for a Head of Music in Greater China
Apple is looking for a Head of Music in Greater Chinawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Apple wants to ‘scale’ its music streaming business in China. And it’s hoping a new head of music for the region will be able to help it do so.

Mixcloud and Merlin Network Agree to Multi-Year Direct Licensing Deal
Mixcloud and Merlin Network Agree to Multi-Year Direct Licensing Dealwww.billboard.com
The agreement between the two companies brings independent labels and Merlin’s recording artists into the mix, alongside Mixcloud’s recent agreements with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for students
YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for studentstechcrunch.com

The new plans are the first significant changes to YouTube’s music subscription program since its launch last year. At that time, YouTube had also rebranded its ad-free YouTube Red subscription as YouTube Premium.

iHeart Names Post-Bankruptcy Board
iHeart Names Post-Bankruptcy Boardwww.radioworld.com
iHeartMedia names post-bankruptcy board and Gail Austin and John Scott

eMusic token sale for blockchain-based platform opens to public
eMusic token sale for blockchain-based platform opens to publicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Funds from the token sale will be used for development of the eMusic Blockchain project, a music distribution and payments platform.

Spotify Premium redesign borrows one of Pandora's best features
Spotify Premium redesign borrows one of Pandora's best featureswww.engadget.com
Spotify’s been busy announcing a bunch of new features this week, including an app for Google’s Wear OS and better direct uploads for artists — and it’s made s…

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Issue 544: Spotify’s New Show Lives Inside Its Playlists; Why Radio Should Demystify Data; Glassnote, Kobalt’s AWAL Partner Up

Spotify’s New Show Lives Inside Its Playlists

Spotify is quietly moving further into original video, dropping on Monday a new series about the hip-hop industry called “The Break” — which plays from inside RapCaviar and other signature playlists on the music-streaming service’s platform, living among songs rather than other videos.

Glassnote Music Announces Partnership With Kobalt Music's AWAL
Glassnote Music Announces Partnership With Kobalt Music's AWALwww.billboard.com
Glassnote Music has ended its distribution deal with Universal Music Group and on Friday announced a new strategic partnership with Kobalt Music’s AWAL.

Why Radio Should Demystify Data
Why Radio Should Demystify Datajacobsmedia.com
Artificial intelligence and data are becoming more important to both the radio broadcasting and automotive community.

Amazon Music is now available on Xbox One consoles
Amazon Music is now available on Xbox One consoleswww.theverge.com
Amazon Music comes to Xbox One consoles along with a plethora of new changes as part of the console’s monthly update. Users can now stream music from the service on their machines.

A Decade Deeper: Why So Many Indie Labels Are Celebrating Their Ten Year Anniversaries in 2018
A Decade Deeper: Why So Many Indie Labels Are Celebrating Their Ten Year Anniversaries in 2018www.billboard.com
With so many notable New York-based, indie rock-focused labels turning a decade old within the last year, it begs the question — particularly for those smaller, boutique indie labels — what was going on ten years ago?

Spotify Still Hasn’t Yet Launched In India.
Spotify Still Hasn’t Yet Launched In India.www.mysmartprice.com

Here’s why.

Pandora Launches Podcasts as Its Merger with Sirius XM Nears
Pandora Launches Podcasts as Its Merger with Sirius XM Nearswww.barrons.com
It’s a growing, but comparatively small, slice of the audio marketplace at present.

Opinion Robber Barons in Cyberspace: the New Digital Plantation
Opinion Robber Barons in Cyberspace: the New Digital Plantationwww.godisinthetvzine.co.uk

Daniel Ek: Hey, I’ve got an idea! I could make money with a service called Spotify that gives away access to musicians’ product for free well almost free, and it’s all legal!

Musically Inclined: The Music Modernization Act of 2018
Musically Inclined: The Music Modernization Act of 2018www.ipwatchdog.com
Not all issues in the music industry were solved by the Music Modernization Act: licensing of physical sound recordings (vinyl and CDs) will still occur on a per-work, per song basis. While there is still work to be done, the Music Modernization Act does solve some long-standing issues in the music industry.

Billy Corgan Pulls Smashing Pumpkins Album After 'Everyone Told Me It Was No Good'
Billy Corgan Pulls Smashing Pumpkins Album After 'Everyone Told Me It Was No Good'www.alternativenation.net

A little while back, Billy Corgan pulled the 2007 Smashing Pumpkins album Zeitgeist from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Spotify Launches a Beta App for the Apple Watch
Spotify Launches a Beta App for the Apple Watchfortune.com
Spotify launching a music app for Apple Watch, allowing music control and choices from recently played tunes, but no offline support.

Issue 542: Music Box Sets More Available Thanks to Streaming Services; Is the Music Industry Addicted to Data?

Music Box Sets More Available Thanks to Streaming Services
Music Box Sets More Available Thanks to Streaming Serviceswww.houstonpress.com
Thanks to high costs, box sets used to be a luxury item for music fans. Thanks to streaming, they’re much cheaper to enjoy these days.

MTN buys music-streaming business Simfy
MTN buys music-streaming business Simfywww.itweb.co.za
MTN CEO Rob Shuter announced at AfricaCom that the group has acquired music-streaming company, Simfy.

Is the music industry addicted to data?
Is the music industry addicted to data?stoneyroads.com

The benefits of music data in 2018 are an unavoidable reality. Any average Joe can see who their audience is, when they’re looking, where they are, and so much more – with just a bit of research and adjustments to your social media pages.

Pandora Plans to Invade Your Holiday Travel With the Launch of ‘Sound On’
Pandora Plans to Invade Your Holiday Travel With the Launch of ‘Sound On’www.adweek.com

Brand will have over 1,200 pieces of content out in the wild.

Music streaming to music subscriber
Music streaming to music subscriberphys.org
The music business has changed dramatically in the last couple of decades since the massive expansion of the internet, the development of music file compression algorithms, and the concept of anonymous file-sharing services. …

Spotify and SoundGirls Launch ‘EQL Directory', a Global Database for Women in Audio and Music Production
Spotify and SoundGirls Launch ‘EQL Directory', a Global Database for Women in Audio and Music Productionnewsroom.spotify.com
“In order to make change, everyone has to agree there’s a problem to solve in the first place,” says Anna Ingler, co-founder of the Upfront Producer Network, which represents 100-plus female and gender-nonconforming producers in Sweden. It’s estimated that less than 5 percent of all audio profes

90% Of Consumers In Spotify's Home Market Stream Music, But Only 43% Pay For It
90% Of Consumers In Spotify's Home Market Stream Music, But Only 43% Pay For Itwww.hypebot.com
A new streaming music survey in the Nordic countries offers a look at what may be the best that Spotify and the music industry can hope for when it comes to paid versus free streaming. Since streaming music was all but invented there, the Nordic countries of Norway, Finland, Denmark…

Pandora, Spotify Podcast Moves Good New For Musicians and Record Labels
Pandora, Spotify Podcast Moves Good New For Musicians and Record Labelswww.hypebot.com

This week, Pandora announced the Podcast Genome Project, a cataloging system and discovery algorithm that uses a combination of technology and human curation to deliver personalized podcast recommendations.

Super Hi-Fi Expands Into the Retail Sector to Bring AI-Powered Streaming Music to Hotel-Casinos
Super Hi-Fi Expands Into the Retail Sector to Bring AI-Powered Streaming Music to Hotel-Casinosplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Elevated Music Group and Super Hi-Fi today announced a partnership that will provide advanced AI-powered music solutions for Elevated’s casino and retail clients.

How services like Spotify are helping artists
How services like Spotify are helping artistswww.cnbc.com
Streaming data is helping singer songwriters like Nina Nesbitt. From what gets a listener’s attention to where to perform live, streaming is good for business.

Pirate Studios raises $20m to expand self-service studios network
Pirate Studios raises $20m to expand self-service studios networkmusically.com

Pirate Studios will expand its network of self-service rehearsal, DJ and production studios. That network currently numbers 350 studios across the UK, US and Germany, with musicians able to book round the clock, and use features including AI mixing and mastering, and HD-quality live-streaming.

Issue 539: Spotify Releases Analytics Tool for Music Publishers; Red Bull Radio Strikes Deal With Sonos

Spotify Releases Analytics Tool for Music Publishers
Spotify Releases Analytics Tool for Music Publisherswww.billboard.com
Following the success of its Spotify for Artists platform, Spotify has released a similar tool set for music publishers.

Red Bull Radio Strikes Deal With Sonos
Red Bull Radio Strikes Deal With Sonosvariety.com
Red Bull Radio announced today that it has struck a deal to stream worldwide via the smart speaker brand, Sonos. The integration allows Sonos users to stream Red Bull Radio’s live on-air broadcast as well as its curated channels .

LANDR Artists Pass 2 Million As Platform Evolves
LANDR Artists Pass 2 Million As Platform Evolveswww.hypebot.com
LANDR announced that more than 2 million musicians have used its music creation platform. The 2 million milestone comes alongside the launch of an updated creative platform designed to build community and offer a toolkit of services. ince launching in 2014, LANDR has been used by artists from 190 countries…

YouTube Reports $1.8B Paid to Music Industry in Past Year
YouTube Reports $1.8B Paid to Music Industry in Past Yearwww.billboard.com
YouTube paid out over $1.8 billion in ad revenue to the music industry over the past year from October 2017 to September 2018, the video platform claims.

Spotify Connect opens to free users via a new SDK for hardware makers
Spotify Connect opens to free users via a new SDK for hardware makersventurebeat.com
Spotify Connect will soon be available to free users, now that Spotify has launched an SDK for hardware makers.

Nigeria: Mr. Eazi Generates $1 Million Through Music Streaming
Nigeria: Mr. Eazi Generates $1 Million Through Music Streamingallafrica.com
UK-based Nigerian musician, Mr. Eazi said he has generated over one million dollars in music streaming alone. He shared his joy via his twitter handle Monday.

Amazon Launches Alexa & Amazon Music in Mexico
Amazon Launches Alexa & Amazon Music in Mexicowww.billboard.com
Amazon announced Wednesday it has launched Amazon Music for Mexico. Both tiers of the company’s streaming service — Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music — are now available to customers.

Transsion's Boomplay inks Universal Music deal in Africa
Transsion’s Boomplay inks Universal Music deal in Africaqz.com
Transsion Holdings’ strategy of pre-installing Boomplay on its phones has helped the streaming service build a base of 31 million users.

DStv subscribers can stream JOOX music at no additional cost
DStv subscribers can stream JOOX music at no additional costmemeburn.com
DStv revealed the offer is open for up to four family members of Premium, Compact and Compact Plus customers at no extra cost.

Where can you stream Kenyan Music online
Where can you stream Kenyan Music onlinewww.dignited.com
Kenyan music is a little hard to come by online. Luckily, these platforms make it a little bit easier to stream local music online. Waabeh, Mdundo, and Songa are just some of the viable sources online.

Issue 524: Radio in the Cloud: The Next Virtual Frontier?; Streaming Helps Bring Back the Quiet Storm

Radio in the Cloud: The Next Virtual Frontier?
Radio in the Cloud: The Next Virtual Frontier?www.radioworld.com

The role of cloud-based services depends on a broadcaster’s unique needs and the services available.

Hearo.fm launches cryptocurrency that will be integrated with new music streaming service Tune.fm
Hearo.fm launches cryptocurrency that will be integrated with new music streaming service Tune.fmwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Direct to fan platform Hearo.fm Inc.is launching a cryptocurrency called the Jam Token, which will be fully integrated with a new music streaming service called Tune.fm.

How H.E.R., Daniel Caesar and More Are Bringing Back Quiet Storm
How H.E.R., Daniel Caesar and More Are Bringing Back Quiet Stormwww.rollingstone.com

How streaming services are helping down-tempo, smoothed-out R&B acts like H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar build a career without club or radio hits.

Spotify Ad Featuring Camila Cabello's 'Havana' Banned From UK TV For Being Too Scary
Spotify Ad Featuring Camila Cabello's 'Havana' Banned From UK TV For Being Too Scarywww.billboard.com
A new Spotify commercial advertising “killer songs you can’t resist” has been banned from UK television.

A Look at Spotify’s New Direct Upload Feature for Artists: How Easy Is It?
A Look at Spotify’s New Direct Upload Feature for Artists: How Easy Is It?www.complex.com
VIAA was one of only a dozen artists who tried out Spotify’s new direct upload program a full year before it was made public. Here’s how she liked it.

Consumer Impression Of Pandora Improves Following SiriusXM Acquisition
Consumer Impression Of Pandora Improves Following SiriusXM Acquisitionwww.forbes.com
Recent data from YouGov Plan & Track suggests that the acquisition has been a boon for Pandora, especially in terms of how younger consumers feel about the music-streaming service.

Your Local Cafe Is Probably Streaming Music Illegally
Your Local Cafe Is Probably Streaming Music Illegallywww.bloomberg.com
Artists are losing billions because small businesses use personal Spotify or Apple Music accounts.

Paid Music Streaming: Radio's 'Squirrel!' Menace
Paid Music Streaming: Radio's 'Squirrel!' Menacewww.rbr.com
Music streaming continues its ascendance, and that’s something the radio industry has grown to accept. But, just how many people are paying to hear what they

Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much
Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too muchwww.theregister.co.uk

Users face hours without tunes as streaming service trips up mid-dance move.

Splice Doubled Artist Payouts in Last Year, Launches Creator Initiative
Splice Doubled Artist Payouts in Last Year, Launches Creator Initiativewww.billboard.com

Splice — a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform — announced that since the inception of Splice Sounds in 2015, it has paid $10 million in royalties to music creators who distribute their sounds through the sample service.

Shamrock Capital Purchases Stargate's Music Publishing Catalog
Shamrock Capital Purchases Stargate's Music Publishing Catalogwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Shamrock Capital, an LA-based investment firm, has purchased the music publishing catalog of Stargate, including hits from RIhanna and Katy Perry.

Issue 521: Black Coffee: ‘Streaming Service for African Music is Ready’; Music Piracy Remains a Problem in the Spotify Era

Black Coffee says his streaming service for African music is ready
Black Coffee says his streaming service for African music is readywww.joe.co.uk
In his own words, producer Black Coffee is “dismantling an industry” and starting again by introducing his own streaming service for African music.

Apple buys streaming analytics firm Asaii to bolster Apple Music recommendations, report says
Apple buys streaming analytics firm Asaii to bolster Apple Music recommendations, report saysappleinsider.com
According to an unconfirmed report published Sunday, Apple recently purchased music analytics startup Asaii in an effort to further refine Apple Music recommendations and better integrate with up-and-coming artists.

This Record Label Is What The Future Of Music Business Looks Like
This Record Label Is What The Future Of Music Business Looks Likewww.forbes.com
In the new music industry, there’s room for everybody.

Music Piracy Remains a Problem in the Spotify Era
Music Piracy Remains a Problem in the Spotify Erawww.wsj.com
Even as on-demand streaming has helped the music business grow, piracy rates remain high, according to a trade group.

Amazon Prime Video Streaming Coldplay Concert Tour Doc
Amazon Prime Video Streaming Coldplay Concert Tour Docwww.mediaplaynews.com

Coldplay Oct. 12 announced the pending release of documentary concert film A Head Full of Dreams, that will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.K., U.S., Australia and New Zealand on Nov. 16, with local language versions available globally soon after.

Top Wall Street Analyst Says Spotify's Label Renegotiations Are "Less Significant Than Most Investors Believe"
Top Wall Street Analyst Says Spotify's Label Renegotiations Are "Less Significant Than Most Investors Believe"www.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify’s renegotiations with the major music labels are happening next year.  But now, another hotshot Wall Street analyst doesn’t seem too concerned.

Blockchain Platform Utopia Music Acquires ISPY Group to Open Untapped Revenue
Blockchain Platform Utopia Music Acquires ISPY Group to Open Untapped Revenuecoinjournal.net
Utopia Music, a blockchain-powered music data tracking platform, has acquired ISPY Group to open up avenues of untapped revenue in the music industry.

Drake is the most streamed artist in Spotify history
Drake is the most streamed artist in Spotify historywww.thefader.com

Spotify announced that Drake is the most streamed artist of all time.

Celebrating a Decade of Discovery on Spotify
Celebrating a Decade of Discovery on Spotifynewsroom.spotify.com

It’s been 10 years since Spotify officially launched for fans—and new music and artist discovery has never been the same.

Sennheiser’s Latest Headphones Have Been Designed for Magic Leap
Sennheiser’s Latest Headphones Have Been Designed for Magic Leapvariety.com
The German headphone maker is embracing augmented listening.

No Deal Brexit could prevent Brits from accessing Spotify in Europe
No Deal Brexit could prevent Brits from accessing Spotify in Europewww.factmag.com
Britons could be prevented from accessing their online entertainment accounts when travelling within the EU under a No Deal Brexit.

Issue 513: Are We About to Have Streaming Wars?; The War Over Music Copyrights; Tencent Files for $1 Billion IPO

Are We About To Have Streaming Wars?

Paul Wilson speculates about what will happen when Qobuz enters the US market…

The war over music copyrights
The war over music copyrightstechcrunch.com

The surge in music streaming means a surge in income for those who own the copyrights to songs, and the growth of entertainment in emerging markets, growing use in digital videos, and potential use of music in new content formats like VR only expand this further.

Chinese Streaming-Music Giant Files for $1 Billion U.S. IPO
Chinese Streaming-Music Giant Files for $1 Billion U.S. IPOwww.bloomberg.com
Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the online-music arm of China’s largest social-media company, filed for a U.S. initial public offering.

Warner Music Group Partners With dotBlockchain To Modernize Content Management
Warner Music Group Partners With dotBlockchain To Modernize Content Managementwww.hypebot.com

dotBlockchain Media has scored its first major label and music publisher partnership with Warner Music Group. Warner Chappell publishing and WMG labels will work with the startup to create new ways to track their assets on the blockchain.

Here are Spotify’s 6 strategies for the new era of music streaming according to CEO Daniel Ek
Here are Spotify’s 6 strategies for the new era of music streaming according to CEO Daniel Eknordic.businessinsider.com
Spotify is entering the next phase in its music streaming history, with new goals and challenges.

Blockchain startup Hearo.fm to launch Tune.fm streaming service
Blockchain startup Hearo.fm to launch Tune.fm streaming servicemusically.com
Another day, another blockchain startup promising to (in the words of its launch announcement) “revolutionise the global music industry”.

Deezer says podcast listening on its service has grown by 146%
Deezer says podcast listening on its service has grown by 146%musically.com
Growth stats as percentages without the actual before-and-after numbers can be misleading: if the original base is very small, the significance diminishes.

How To Listen To Spotify In Any Browser
How To Listen To Spotify In Any Browserwww.ubergizmo.com
Spotify is one of the best music streaming services out there. While it is mostly being used on iPhone and Android devices, Spotify has a web player…

RIAA President Mitch Glazier Criticizes Trade Deal Poised to Replace NAFTA
RIAA President Mitch Glazier Criticizes Trade Deal Poised to Replace NAFTAwww.billboard.com

RIAA President Mitch Glazier expressed disappointment in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the new North American trade deal poised to replace NAFTA.

CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal With Amazon Music
CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal With Amazon Musicwww.fyimusicnews.ca
The Canadian Mechanical Reproduction Rights Agency has struck a deal with the just-launched premium music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited

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 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 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.

Issue 503: Music Modernization Act Passed; How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music

Music Modernization Act Passed: Industry, Politicians Welcome 'The Most Important Piece Of Legislation In a Generation'
Music Modernization Act Passed: Industry, Politicians Welcome 'The Most Important Piece Of Legislation In a Generation'www.billboard.com
“This is the most important piece of legislation in a generation,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said on the Senate floor after the bill was approved. “It makes sure songwriters get paid and get paid fairly.”

How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music
How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Musicpitchfork.com
An in-depth history of the most important pop innovation of the last 20 years, from Cher’s “Believe” to Kanye West to Migos

Spotify CFO on Apple: ‘It’s not a software culture: it’s a hardware culture’
Spotify CFO on Apple: ‘It’s not a software culture: it’s a hardware culture’musically.com
Spotify’s chief financial officer Barry McCarthy delivered a blunt rejoinder to a question about the threat posed by big-tech rivals like Apple, during his interview at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference on Friday.

Bulls hear the music, make big bets on Pandora
Bulls hear the music, make big bets on Pandorawww.cnbc.com
“Halftime Report” trader Pete Najarian spots unusual options activity in Pandora, as investors bet the stock’s record run will continue.

Bikini Kill Discography on Streaming Services
Bikini Kill Discography on Streaming Services www.rollingstone.com

Nineties riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill uploaded their entire catalog on streaming services on Tuesday morning.

Steven Wilson: Streaming Services Made Genres Less Important. I Think That's a Good Thing
Steven Wilson: Streaming Services Made Genres Less Important. I Think That's a Good Thingwww.ultimate-guitar.com
‘I think you find now the kids just listen to whatever they want to listen to,’ the musician says.

Americans Listen to 151 Minutes of Music Each Day
Americans Listen to 151 Minutes of Music Each Daywww.digitalmusicnews.com
According to a new study from Music Biz and AudienceNet, Americans on average spend over 2 hours and a half each day listening to music.

Let's Push Things Forward: What Does the EU's Copyright Verdict Mean for the Music Industry?
Let's Push Things Forward: What Does the EU's Copyright Verdict Mean for the Music Industry?www.synchtank.com
The European Parliament’s decision to accept a raft of digital reforms could have widespread ramifications for the music industry. Ben Gilbert investigates a significant story for artists, labels and copyright holders.

How Teens Influence Music Industry Trends in 2018
How Teens Influence Music Industry Trends in 2018flypaper.soundfly.com
Even if teens aren’t your target audience, their listening habits are transforming the music industry and changing how music is consumed. Pay attention.

5 Ways to Help Your Music Get Discovered in the New Digital Age
5 Ways to Help Your Music Get Discovered in the New Digital Ageflypaper.soundfly.com
The way fans discover new music has done a 180 backflip in mid-air with the rise of digital streaming. Here’s some advice for bands trying to break through.

Ozuna's Sony Partnership for 'Odisea' Leads to Record Streaming Numbers & Sold-Out Tour Dates
Ozuna's Sony Partnership for 'Odisea' Leads to Record Streaming Numbers & Sold-Out Tour Dateswww.billboard.com
Ozuna doesn’t have an agent. He doesn’t have major sponsorships. He doesn’t have deals in place with AEG Live or Live Nation. And although his music is distributed and marketed by Sony Music U.S. Latin, he is signed to Dimelo Vi, the independent label owned by his manager, Vicente Saavedra.

Google Assistant adds streaming support for Bugs Music
Google Assistant adds streaming support for Bugs Music9to5google.com
In addition to features like bilingual support, one way Google Assistant is improving its global footprint is by supporting local services. Over the…

Issue 497: Joan Jett, Now Streaming; Primephonic CEO Talks Classical Streaming; SoundCloud Adds New Playlists

Joan Jett's Complete Catalog Now Streaming for First Time

The complete Joan Jett and the Blackhearts catalog is now available for streaming for the first time, following a deal between the iconic rocker’s Blackheart Records label and Sony Music Entertainment/Legacy Recordings announced.

A streaming service that works for classical: Thomas Steffens, CEO of Primephonic
A streaming service that works for classical: Thomas Steffens, CEO of Primephonicbachtrack.com
The Dutch start-up hopes that classical music can share in the benefits of streaming that have revived the fortunes of other genres.

SoundCloud launches Discover Weekly-style new music playlist
SoundCloud launches Discover Weekly-style new music playlistwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Updated every Monday, the playlist is unique to each user and created based on the artists and tracks a listener likes, shares and listens to the most.

Adobe: Half of US Households Will Own a Smart Speaker by 2019
Adobe: Half of US Households Will Own a Smart Speaker by 2019fortune.com
32% of the country already owns a smart speaker and another 16% plan on getting one this holiday season.

The Revivalists Confirm Free Red Rocks Webcast
The Revivalists Confirm Free Red Rocks Webcastwww.jambase.com
New Orleans-based rockers The Revivalists detailed a free webcast of their upcoming sold-out show at Red Rocks.

The Family Plan Comes Back To Bite The Streaming Platforms
The Family Plan Comes Back To Bite The Streaming Platformsmusic3point0.com
Every major streaming platform now offers a family plan, but now it seems like they’ve worked too well as the industry evaluates their worth.

Could Incremental Improvements in High-End Audio Sound Quality Ever Hit a Brick Wall?
Could Incremental Improvements in High-End Audio Sound Quality Ever Hit a Brick Wall?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at the unthinkable, when ultimate sound quality doesn’t get any better…

Four revolutionary music blockchain platforms that rethink streaming.
Four revolutionary music blockchain platforms that rethink streaming.cryptoinsider.21mil.com
These revolutionary music blockchain projects have the potential to kill the global streaming platforms today. Discover top blockchain music projects.

Transfer Music Between Streaming Services With Houdini and Tune My Music
Transfer Music Between Streaming Services With Houdini and Tune My Musiclifehacker.com

Sometimes you want to grab someone’s Spotify playlist for your Apple Music library, or export it to YouTube.

Five Spotify Playlist Ideas for Boosting Productivity
Five Spotify Playlist Ideas for Boosting Productivityblog.symphonicdistribution.com

If you listen to music while working, you’re not alone.

Mac Miller's 'Swimming' Hits No. 1 on Apple Music Chart
Mac Miller's 'Swimming' Hits No. 1 on Apple Music Chartwww.complex.com
Miller's most recent project, 'Swimming,' currently sits at No. 1 on the Apple Music albums chart as of Sunday evening, over Eminem's 'Kamikaze' at No. 2 and Travis Scott's 'ASTROWORLD' at No. 3.