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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue #386: Is Spotify Going to Kill Jazz, Soul and Classical Music?; MelodyVR Set to Launch VR Music App

Spotify could kill Jazz, Soul and Classical music. Really.

This problem is more than theoretical. It is the immediate dilemma facing artists, and it has an inordinate impact on jazz, soul, classical, blues and other similar genres with older audiences.

Some artists are leaving the industry, some are changing their music to appeal to younger ears, and thousands of others have decided not to release any new music because they simply can’t make money recording anymore.

Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix It
Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix Itwww.billboard.com
The music industry may have regained its financial footing thanks to streaming. But there’s still a lot broken in the business, and it stems from one fundamental problem.

Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your car
Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your carwww.theverge.com
Back in February, some Spotify users received a notification about an upcoming in-car device that supports voice commands.

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like
How to Find New Music You'll Actually Likelifehacker.com

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas.

Licensing and Publishing / Genius Stories
Licensing and Publishing / Genius Storiesmedium.com
Genius and YouTube have joined to launch Song Stories, an audiovisual, interactive experience for fans to interact more deeply with music by their favorite artists.

This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh music
This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh musictheincline.com
It’s a collaboration with a Pittsburgh company.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Savior
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Saviorwww.wsj.com
As Spotify is about to go public, CEO Daniel Ek faces the daunting task of making his company profitable while fending off streaming competition from tech giants such as Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Amazon.com.

Sonos Gets Ready for an IPO
Sonos Gets Ready for an IPOvariety.com
Connected-speaker maker Sonos is looking to fill key legal and accounting roles with people with public company experience.

TuneGO Partners with Priority Records
TuneGO Partners with Priority Recordsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

TuneGO has announced a partnership with Priority Records. The label, responsible for launching the careers of Eazy-E, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and many others, will provide distribution for TuneGO content in the United States and its parent company, Universal Music Group will handle the global market.

Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability
Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability www.information-age.com

The digital world has made accessing goods, services and information possible within a matter of seconds. From ordering a pizza to the front door to having a taxi arrive at the tap of a button.

8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi" Audiophiles
8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi" Audiophilesfossbytes.com
India’s music streaming market is still sprouting and taking people away from piracy. Some of the best music streaming apps include Saavn, Gaana, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Prime, etc.

Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists properly
Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists properlywww.cnbc.com
“The labels and streaming services can fight, but the artists will keep on making music, and they want in on the music, so they would have to figure it out,” Grammy award-winner Estelle said.

MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’
MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’musically.com
After a lengthy beta-test period and a succession of licensing deals with music companies, VR music startup MelodyVR is preparing for its commercial launch.

Issue #385: Streaming Fuels Music Industry’s Growth; Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers; 8tracks Returns to Free Streaming

VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growth
VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growthwww.billboard.com
Many of the music industry’s most influential executives have dabbled in or even fled entirely to the worlds of tech, finance and VC. But now, thanks in part to the growth of streaming, the moves are increasingly also moving in the other direction.

Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71M
Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71Mwww.forbes.com
In a very quiet announcement on Twitter, Apple released some very significant news today.

As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming era
As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming erawww.washingtonpost.com
As streaming giant Spotify goes public, a look at what types of music do the best (and worst) online.

8tracks removes weekly free listening limits
8tracks removes weekly free listening limitsblog.8tracks.com
Thanks to our much-appreciated 8tracks Plus subscribers and the recent introduction of new audio ads, we’re beyond excited to say goodbye to the loathed weekly free listening limit for people in the US.

SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloud
SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloudwww.dailydot.com
SoundCloud alums are responsible for 14 Grammy nominations, 41 albums landing on the Billboard charts, and 122 Billboard Hot 100 singles. Now SoundCloud is taking steps to support its homegrown talent.

King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fm
King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fmplatformandstream.wordpress.com
VNUE will be recording the upcoming West Coast run from veteran American hard rockers King’s X and making the shows available for download instantly via VNUE’s set.fm app, web site, and at each show with all new Limited Edition VIP laminates.

Introducing: Spotify Hard Mode
Introducing: Spotify Hard Modemedium.com
I for one miss the days of spending at least 30 minutes at every party going through the host’s CDs for the ones I knew, the ones I knew I wanted, and most of all; the ones I didn’t know I wanted…

The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Lovers
The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Loverswww.forbes.com
This amazingly compact streaming device offers 70w of power and a sound big enough to fill most rooms. It works with virtually all music streaming services and is incredibly versatile. Best of all, it sounds great.

Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spin
Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spinwww.theglobeandmail.com
Giving up on a traditional initial public offering builds on the streaming service’s past decade of challenging old ways of doing things

Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In History
Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In Historywww.digitalmusicnews.com
Radio is not dead as NPR records highest numbers. The NPR One app is available for smart speakers from Amazon, Google Home, and Apple.

12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labels
12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labelsnoisey.vice.com
Though you should probably own their LPs already, Drag City has done you a favor and joined Spotify. Now you can stream records by the Silver Jews, Ty Segall, and more.

How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music
How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music9to5mac.com

Apple Music is one of the best music streaming options when you have a local library of unreleased songs, live concerts, or remixes. But this method will also allow you to sync hi-fiedlity music such as ALAC to your iPhone.

Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trends
Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trendswww.midiaresearch.com
Monthly hours per subscriber is on the rise for Spotify, while declining for Netflix.

IDAGIO, Vienna Philharmonic Announce Streaming Partnership

Classical music lovers can now audio-stream live recordings of the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous subscription concerts at the Vienna Musikverein on IDAGIO.

For music lovers outside Vienna, it is virtually impossible to listen to the Vienna Philharmonic’s famous Philharmonic Subscription Concerts at the famous Golden Hall of the Musikverein. The hall, familiar world-wide from the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Concert, is renowned for its stunning acoustics; tickets for the Philharmonic Subscription Concerts, conducted by the world’s greatest conductors, are regularly sold out.

A new partnership between the Vienna Philharmonic and IDAGIO, the audio streaming service solely devoted to classical music, now makes selected concerts available for everybody.

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Issue #369: Deezer Launches on Xbox One; Spotify Lands in South Africa, Israel, Vietnam; Apple Music Hits 38M Subscribers

Deezer can provide the soundtrack for your Xbox One games
Deezer can provide the soundtrack for your Xbox One gameswww.engadget.com
You don’t have too many options for large, on-demand music services that will stream in the background of your Xbox One games.

Spotify launches in South Africa, Israel and Vietnam, expanding its reach to 64 markets
Spotify launches in South Africa, Israel and Vietnam, expanding its reach to 64 marketswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The combined population of the three countries is approximately 160m, with close to 95m people in Vietnam alone.

Apple Music Reaches 38 Million Subscribers
Apple Music Reaches 38 Million Subscribersvariety.com
Apple Music has reached 38 million subscribers, up 2 million in the past five weeks, SVP Eddy Cue announced at SXSW on Monday.

Online Music Distribution Grows 8% in Japan in 2017
Online Music Distribution Grows 8% in Japan in 2017variety.com
Online music distribution continues to grow in Japan, with sales in 2017 up 8% compared to the year before.

New Journalism Project Spreads Censored News Through Music Streaming Services
New Journalism Project Spreads Censored News Through Music Streaming Servicespitchfork.com
“The Uncensored Playlist” pairs journalists with local musicians in China, Egypt, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam to turn the news into songs

Spotify Launches Self-Serve Advertising Platform in Canada and the UK
Spotify Launches Self-Serve Advertising Platform in Canada and the UKplatformandstream.wordpress.com

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

One in 35 million: How unlicensed music by Aaliyah ended up on Spotify
One in 35 million: How unlicensed music by Aaliyah ended up on Spotifywww.factmag.com
Vanessa Okoth-Obbo investigates the bizarre underbelly of Aaliyah bootlegs on Spotify.

CD Baby helps Indie Artist Succeed
CD Baby helps Indie Artist Succeedmedium.com

When indie distributor and publisher CD Baby first opened itself up for business in 1998, the record industry was booming, on its way to a high-water mark…

Saavn and Homegrown collaborate to find India's next big Desi Rapper
Saavn and Homegrown collaborate to find India's next big Desi Rapperwww.radioandmusic.com
Saavn and Homegrown collaborate to find India’s next big Desi Rapper | Radioandmusic.com

Why Fan Data Should Matter To Artists And Bands
Why Fan Data Should Matter To Artists And Bandsmusic3point0.com
Fan data is becoming increasingly important for artists and bands, and this example from the 2nd edition of the Social Media Promotion For Musicians handbook shows why.

Programmable multicore optical fibres set to keep movies and music streaming into late 2020s
Programmable multicore optical fibres set to keep movies and music streaming into late 2020sphys.org
The volume of data traffic traversing the world’s optical fibre networks is growing by more than 40 percent per year as data-hungry services like streaming audio and video become ever more popular.

Spotify’s Line-In Tool Lets Users Add Tags, Moods and Other Metadata
Spotify’s Line-In Tool Lets Users Add Tags, Moods and Other Metadatavariety.com
Spotify is the fist major music service to directly ask its users for music metadata.

DeepMusic Alexa skill serves up AI-generated songs
DeepMusic Alexa skill serves up AI-generated songsmusically.com
Amid all the industry conversation about how smart speakers will affect the way people listen to music, the assumption has been that the music in question will be made by humans.

Excerpt: 'Everything In Its Right Place: How Blockchain Technology Will Lead To A More Transparent Music Industry'
Excerpt: 'Everything In Its Right Place: How Blockchain Technology Will Lead To A More Transparent Music Industry'www.pastemagazine.com
George Howard’s latest book features interviews with music veterans about the intersection of technology and music.

Issue #368: Streaming & Stress; Music Discovery for Internet Nerds; New Spotify Tool for Crowdsourcing Song, Album Data

Our access to music is unprecedented. Why does it stress us out so much?
Our access to music is unprecedented. Why does it stress us out so much?www.washingtonpost.com

For listeners, the world of streaming music should feel a little bit like utopia — a magical place where we can access millions of songs instantly and effortlessly. So why is everybody so freaked out about it?

Music Discovery for Internet Nerds
Music Discovery for Internet Nerdsmedium.com

7 hacks to find hidden gems: To be a music fan in the digital age is to gorge on a Vegas buffet and never feel sick. There is so much music at our fingertips — and yet we seem to be fixated on the same-old stuff.

Spotify Launches Tool for Crowdsourcing Song and Album Data
Spotify Launches Tool for Crowdsourcing Song and Album Datawww.billboard.com
On Monday, the company released a new tool for desktop users called Line-In that gives music lovers the opportunity to make suggestions for artists and individual songs and albums.

Spotify Plans New York Listing During Week of April 2
Spotify Plans New York Listing During Week of April 2www.bloomberg.com

Spotify Technology plans to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange the week of April 2, according to people with knowledge of the matter, giving the company weeks to prepare for an unconventional debut.

Qwant Music is a dedicated search-engine for music
Qwant Music is a dedicated search-engine for musicmusically.com
There’s already a couple of powerful search engines for music: they’re called Google and YouTube, and they’ve sparked the odd controversy.

Humble Angel boss wants self-serve artist ads on Spotify
Humble Angel boss wants self-serve artist ads on Spotifymusically.com
As the founder of Playlists.net and subsequently a playlists/streaming-focused executive at Warner Music, Kieron Donoghue knows a thing or two.

Everyone wants to build a giant consumer subscription business. Spotify already has one. - Recode
Everyone wants to build a giant consumer subscription business. Spotify already has one. – Recodewww.recode.net
71 million subscribers is a big deal, and it gives CEO Daniel Ek lots of options.

Playlist for Prefab Houses: YouTube and the Revitalization of Japanese Ambient Music
Playlist for Prefab Houses: YouTube and the Revitalization of Japanese Ambient Musicbrooklynrail.org
Liz Pelly’s recent article for The Baffler, “The Problem with Muzak,” bemoans music journalism’s embrace of Spotify. Algorithmically fueled, mood-based playlists such as “Ambient Chill,” she argues, are nothing more than “emotional wallpaper” for the distracted, disengaged masses.

Americans Listen To 200 Billion Minutes Of Audio Weekly
Americans Listen To 200 Billion Minutes Of Audio Weeklywww.hypebot.com
A new set of data from Nielsen has revealed that the average US dweller is listening to a massive amount of audio on weekly basis, although not all of it seems to be coming from sources which you might expect.

John Hancock, Spotify Give Runners Everywhere Access to Custom Playlists
John Hancock, Spotify Give Runners Everywhere Access to Custom Playlistsplatformandstream.wordpress.com
John Hancock and Spotify are giving runners a new way to push through their finish line.

New study explores impact of user-centric music-streaming payouts
New study explores impact of user-centric music-streaming payoutsmusically.com
‘User-centric’ streaming payouts refers to a proposed system where the royalties generated by someone’s subscription would be divided only between the artists that they listen to.

TuneGO Announces New Song Review Service
TuneGO Announces New Song Review Serviceplatformandstream.wordpress.com
TuneGO, a music platform that connects independent artists with a global community of music fans and industry professionals, is now offering a song review service.

Spotify's F-1 Shows Programmatic Makes Up 18% of Ad Revenue
Spotify's F-1 Shows Programmatic Makes Up 18% of Ad Revenueadexchanger.com

While subscription revenues represented 90% of total revenue at the company since 2016 (subscribers grew 46% last year to 71 million), Spotify is still focused on growing its ad-supported channel as “a strong and viable stand-alone product with considerable long-term opportunity for growth.”

Issue #356: Facebook Signs Music Licensing Deal; Pyeongchang Figure Skating Boosts Music Streaming, Requests on Amazon

Facebook's Latest Music Licensing Deal Is With Pan-European Rights Hub ICE
Facebook's Latest Music Licensing Deal Is With Pan-European Rights Hub ICEwww.billboard.com

ICE, the one-stop pan-European online rights hub, has agreed what it describes as a “landmark” deal with Facebook.

Can Blockchain Technology Solve Copyright Attribution Challenges of Digital Work?
Can Blockchain Technology Solve Copyright Attribution Challenges of Digital Work?www.ipwatchdog.com
Will blockchain technology solve challenges associated with copyright attribution of a digital work of art?

Pyeongchang Figure Skating Boosts Music Streaming, Requests on Amazon
Pyeongchang Figure Skating Boosts Music Streaming, Requests on Amazonwww.reuters.com

Data from Amazon.com showed that some half a dozen songs featured at the Pyeongchang Games had become much more popular on its streaming music users.

Pandora jumps 9 percent
Pandora jumps 9 percentwww.cnbc.com
Pandora shares jumped more than 9 percent after reporting significant growth in subscription revenue.

The Music Modernization Act: We Can & Must Do Better
The Music Modernization Act: We Can & Must Do Betterwww.billboard.com
The MMA offers some true and constructive change. That said, some crucial elements of the bill are of concern and some remain unresolved.

Chanel Is Releasing Apple Music Playlists Curated by Pharrell
Chanel Is Releasing Apple Music Playlists Curated by Pharrellwww.highsnobiety.com
The playlists are curated by Pharrell, Caroline de Maigret, Ibeyi, Sébastien Tellier, and Michel Gaubert.

Send Your Credits & Liner Notes To Streaming Services — Only With DistroKid
Send Your Credits & Liner Notes To Streaming Services — Only With DistroKidnews.distrokid.com
This is an amazing service that is only available to DistroKid and our members. No other distributor offers it.

Content gatekeepers stand in the way of innovation
Content gatekeepers stand in the way of innovationthehill.com
Today, creativity can be shared around the world with only a wifi signal and the click of a button.

Post Pandora, can Australia turn its music streaming exodus around?
Post Pandora, can Australia turn its music streaming exodus around?mumbrella.com.au
In just over three years, eight audio streaming services have left the Australian market. Deezer was the first to exit in 2014, arguing there were too many

The 2018 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies by Sector: Music
The 2018 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies by Sector: Musicwww.fastcompany.com
Our annual guide to the businesses that matter the most

Spotify Adds 'Spotlight' Multimedia Format
Spotify Adds 'Spotlight' Multimedia Formatwww.hypebot.com
Spotify is rolling out a new multimedia format, Spotlight, which adds visual layers to complement the listening experience for select me podcasts, audiobooks, news, and other audio content.

Library seeks more local music for MnSpin streaming program
Library seeks more local music for MnSpin streaming programwww.fox9.com
Minnesota musicians are encouraged to send their work to the Hennepin County Library for use in MnSpin, a local online music streaming and download service.

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