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.

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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.

Issue #486: Amazon Ready to Take on Apple, Spotify; Blockchain and the Business of Music; Spotify Going Big on Podcasts

Amazon is ready to take on Apple and Spotify in streaming
Amazon plans the first national TV push for its music-streaming, featuring ads with songs from Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar and Queen in bid to take on rivals.

Spotify is going big on podcasts to help fix its fragile finances.
Spotify is going big on podcasts to help fix its fragile finances.www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Will it work?

Streaming Family Plans: Too Much Sharing Has Execs Concerned About Slipping Revenue Per User
Streaming Family Plans: Too Much Sharing Has Execs Concerned About Slipping Revenue Per Userwww.billboard.com
Behind the explosive growth of subscription streaming is a controversial discount that worries some music executives.

SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer Explains the Trouble With The Music Modernization Act
SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer Explains the Trouble With The Music Modernization Actwww.billboard.com
Another special, backroom deal has been brokered in an effort to breathe life into the Music Modernization Act.

Austin Public Library offering Freegal; Allows for downloading, streaming of music
Austin Public Library offering Freegal; Allows for downloading, streaming of musicwww.austindailyherald.com

Through Freegal, library patrons can have access to over 15 million songs from over 40,000 music labels and 100 different countries. The program is offered through the Library Ideas network.

Block chain and the business of music: Why the game is changing?
Block chain and the business of music: Why the game is changing?timesofindia.indiatimes.com
After the invention of the Internet, blockchain is probably the latest innovation that will disrupt many industries from banks and healthcare to the music business. Consumers, citizens, and creators will likely be joining the revolution soon.

If High Performance Audio Makes Good Music Better, Does It Make Bad Music Worse?
If High Performance Audio Makes Good Music Better, Does It Make Bad Music Worse?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson wonders if high performance audio makes all music sound better…

AI can predict if your musical taste is more Ice T ... or Vanilla Ice
AI can predict if your musical taste is more Ice T … or Vanilla Iceventurebeat.com
In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, a research team described a system that considers a person’s listening behaviors and, using machine learning algorithms and psychological models, infers their musical sophistication.

Legal music streaming services help boost Universal’s Irish revenues
Legal music streaming services help boost Universal’s Irish revenueswww.irishtimes.com
Music label returns to profit in Ireland as turnover jumps 37%

Zane Lowe marches ahead to a new beat while bringing positive vibes to Apple Music's Beats 1
Zane Lowe marches ahead to a new beat while bringing positive vibes to Apple Music's Beats 1www.latimes.com
Zane Lowe in 2015 was hired by the tech giant to bring some brand name recognition — and a gregarious personality — to the world of streaming music, a bold shift at the time away from logarithm-based programming.

It's 2018 — how does Google Play Music still have a device limit?
It's 2018 — how does Google Play Music still have a device limit?www.androidcentral.com
Google Play Music is one of the only streaming services that lets you upload your own tracks, which makes its device limit all the more frustrating.

Issue #483: Fraud a Growing Problem for Music Streaming Sites; Spotify Launches Its First Branded Podcast

Fraud a Growing Problem for Music Streaming Sites Like Tidal, Spotify
Fraud a Growing Problem for Music Streaming Sites Like Tidal, Spotifyvariety.com
Fraud has become the latest hurdle for music streaming sites like Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music.

Spotify Launches Its First Branded Podcast in Partnership With New Amsterdam Vodka
Spotify Launches Its First Branded Podcast in Partnership With New Amsterdam Vodkawww.adweek.com

‘Ebb & Flow’ features conversations between DJ Jasmine Solano and hip-hop and R&B artists.

The music industry must beware it doesn't get eaten up by phone giants' hunger for growth
The music industry must beware it doesn't get eaten up by phone giants' hunger for growthwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Telephone companies are in love with music again.

How much money will I make from that playlist placement?
How much money will I make from that playlist placement?diymusician.cdbaby.com

It can be tough to determine beforehand what it will be “worth” to get your song placed on a particular playlist.

When a Music Legend Dies, How Does Today’s Automated Radio React?
When a Music Legend Dies, How Does Today’s Automated Radio React?variety.com
For radio stations, honoring a music legend with a deep dive into their catalog poses a challenge, as does delivering the news quickly.

Spotify vs. Apple Music: how Spotify can regain top music streaming spot.
Spotify vs. Apple Music: how Spotify can regain top music streaming spot.slate.com
Spotify still has a lot going for it.

How Technology Has Transformed, And Complicated, Music Fandom
How Technology Has Transformed, And Complicated, Music Fandomwww.forbes.com
Author of “Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences and the Intimate Work of Connection,” Nancy Baym offers her insight on how technology has altered historical power structures in the music business and transformed what it means to be a music fan.

Spotify Will Have More U.S. Users Than Pandora by 2022, Study Projects
Spotify Will Have More U.S. Users Than Pandora by 2022, Study Projectswww.digitalmusicnews.com
According to industry analyst firm eMarketer, Spotify is poised to surpass Pandora in the number of US-based active users by 2022.

Intercept Music Announces Global Distribution Deal with Ingrooves
Intercept Music Announces Global Distribution Deal with Ingroovesplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Intercept Music announced today its partnership with Ingrooves Music Group to deliver global distribution for Intercept Music and their clients.

Bad Robot Partners With Capitol Music to Launch Indie Label Loud Robot
Bad Robot Partners With Capitol Music to Launch Indie Label Loud Robotwww.billboard.com
Bad Robot is getting into the music business. The J.J. Abrams-headed production outfit has launched indie music label, Loud Robot, partnering with Capitol Music Group.

Virtual gigs to shake up live music industry
Virtual gigs to shake up live music industryindaily.com.au
An Adelaide radio entrepreneur frustrated by the lack of revenue support for independent musicians says his new “virtual gig” streaming platform has the potential to drastically change how people interact with live music.

Issue #479: Pandora Partners with T-Mobile for Special Promo; SoundCloud to Power Bacardi, Major Lazer Talent-Scouting Initiative

Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscription
Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscriptionwww.billboard.com
Pandora announced a new deal with T-Mobile that would give the carrier’s customers the option to access the Pandora Plus subscription streaming service for free for one year.

Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 years
Why Spotify could be bigger than Pandora in the U.S. in less than 5 yearswww.fastcompany.com
The battlelines have been drawn in your ears.

SoundCloud to Power Bacardi & Major Lazer's Talent-Scouting Initiative
SoundCloud to Power Bacardi & Major Lazer's Talent-Scouting Initiativewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Bacardi and Major Lazer’s long-running branding campaign is now being boosted by SoundCloud, with ‘Music Liberates Music’ entering a new phase.

Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head of U.S. Label Relations
Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head of U.S. Label Relationsvariety.com
Amazon Music today announces the appointment of music industry veteran Andre Stapleton as Head of U.S. label relations, reporting to Ryan Redington, director of Amazon Music.

Pandora Premium and Deezer music streaming support now available on Google Home speakers
Pandora Premium and Deezer music streaming support now available on Google Home speakersmspoweruser.com

Google today announced that it is brining support for Pandora Premium and Deezer music to Google Home speakers including Mini and Max.

6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royalties
6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royaltieswww.hypebot.com

From tuning to songwriting, apps can be of tremendous value to musicians even, as it turns out, when it comes to royalties.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experience
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experiencewww.bgr.in
Spotify and Samsung partnership announcement was one of the most unexpected parts for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch event. – Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about partnership with Samsung and seamless music experience

Deezer's new Middle East deal is not good news for Spotify or Apple
Deezer's new Middle East deal is not good news for Spotify or Applewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

This was somewhat overlooked in reports of Deezer’s new nine-figure funding round the other week.

Can Millennials Distinguish Between High-Res MQA Audio and Apple Music Streaming?
Can Millennials Distinguish Between High-Res MQA Audio and Apple Music Streaming?www.cepro.com
Comparing streaming content from Apple Music and MQA high-resolution audio from TIDAL, CE Pro’s Millennial panel overwhelmingly preferred MQA high-resolution audio.

How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)
How Spotify’s Gatekeepers Are Turning Listeners Into Fans (Or Not)blog.chartmetric.io
It’s accepted wisdom that the impact of music media has greatly diminished over the past decade. Intuitively, it makes sense. When there are millions of people shouting, the voices of a few are…

Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebook
Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebookwww.billboard.com
APRA AMCOS announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) a landmark agreement with Facebook that will see Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters, composers and music publishers remunerated for the use of their music on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger.

Issue #478: Deutsche Grammophon, Apple Music Team Up; Spotify Adds BBC Podcasts, Also Dials Up Songwriter/Producer Credits for iOS Users

Deutsche Grammophon & Apple Music Partner for New Playlist Spanning Classical Label's 120-Year History
Deutsche Grammophon & Apple Music Partner for New Playlist Spanning Classical Label's 120-Year Historywww.billboard.com
Deutsche Grammophon and Apple Music announced the launch of a new classical music audio and visual playlist on Friday that will highlight recordings from the iconic label’s 120-year history.

Spotify adds BBC podcasts including Desert Island Discs
Spotify adds BBC podcasts including Desert Island Discswww.cnet.com
New episodes and an archive of Auntie Beeb’s shows are now available to stream.

Spotify now displays songwriter and producer credits for iOS users
Spotify now displays songwriter and producer credits for iOS userswww.theverge.com

Spotify first added the option to check out a track’s songwriter and producer credits back in February — and now, the feature is being rolled out onto iOS.

What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?
What is Social Music in the Streaming Age?musically.com
Music IS social, and it always has been. We talk (and argue!) about it; we watch concerts together; go clubbing together; experience it as a communal soundtrack for birthday parties and religious worship and much, much more…

Apple's CEO Says Spotify Is 'Draining the Humanity Out of Music'
Apple's CEO Says Spotify Is 'Draining the Humanity Out of Music'www.digitalmusicnews.com
In a recently published interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that Spotify’s focus on computer-generated playlists may dehumanize music.

Will Payments Fall As Spotify Tests Unlimited Ad Skips?
Will Payments Fall As Spotify Tests Unlimited Ad Skips?www.hypebot.com
Spotify continues to look for ways to make its free music tier more appealing both to users and advertisers. To that end, the streamer has begun a test that allows all free users to skip audio and video ads as often as the want and get back to listening to…

What the audio streaming revolution means for marketers
What the audio streaming revolution means for marketerswww.mobilemarketer.com

Each month, an estimated 180 million Americans stream music, radio and podcasts, presenting ample opportunities for marketers.

Where Does Podcasting Go Next?
Where Does Podcasting Go Next?medium.com
How do we introduce podcasting to new audiences? By focusing on what they want and don’t want.

Spotify tests unlimited ad skipping function
Spotify tests unlimited ad skipping functionwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is allowing its free users in Australia to skip as many audio and video adverts as they want in an effort to collect data for a more “personalized experience”.

Five Spotify Hacks You Probably Didn't Know About
Five Spotify Hacks You Probably Didn't Know Aboutblog.symphonicdistribution.com

If you are reading this article, then chances are that you use Spotify! But are you getting the most out of it?

Issue #477: Downloads Are Dying, Almost… ; Spotify Explores Skippable Ads; Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry, Artist Revenue

Downloads Are Dying, Almost…

Steven Stone looks at the dwindling sales and downward spiral of downloaded music…

Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trial
Spotify sounds out listeners with skippable ad trialwww.thedrum.com
Spotify is seeking a potential point of differentiation with its music streaming rivals by testing new functionality which empowers listeners to skip any audio or video ads they wish as frequently as they desire.

Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Company
Five Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Interview With Fast Companywww.billboard.com
Five biggest takeaways from a rare interview with Daniel Ek, and what they might mean for Spotify’s future as it tries to “move faster” than its rivals in an increasingly competitive streaming landscape.

Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'
Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as 'Inconsistent,' 'Inaccurate'www.billboard.com
Investors are become increasingly interested in music, but as analysts race to meet investor demand for music-industry knowhow, direct input and perspectives from the industry itself are often left out, leading to potential data inaccuracies and misunderstandings.

Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artists
Lionel Richie Tells USA Today that Streaming Music Services aren't good for Writers or Artistswww.patentlyapple.com
In a video interview, five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie talks to USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on the effects of on-line streaming services on the music business.

A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio market
A new youth movement is energizing the high-end audio marketwww.cnet.com
High-end audio may be mostly an old person’s game, but there’s a new breed of entrepreneurs making great products.

Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bank
Royalty Payments Platform Exactuals Purchased By City National Bankwww.billboard.com
City National Bank announced Monday (Aug. 13) that is has acquired Exactuals, the Los Angeles-based metadata company that provides solutions for complex payments across the entertainment industry.

Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel
Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel variety.com
Pandora announced today that it has named veteran music PR exec Heidi Anne-Noel as its new senior manager of communications. According to the announcement, in her new role she will oversee music communications strategy and outreach to the music press and music business community.

Amazon Music to launch in Brazil
Amazon Music to launch in Brazilwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Amazon Music’s streaming service and online music store looks set to launch in Brazil as the service searches for a Head of Digital Music to lead efforts in the region.

Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Service
Audius Announce Blockchain-based Streaming Servicewww.m-magazine.co.uk
San Fran tech start-up Audius have announced a blockchain-based streaming service that hopes to ensure artists are paid fairly from their music streams.