Craft Brewed Music Attracts Serious Music Listeners to Artist-Friendly Streaming Service

Craft Brewed Music is a Nashville-based music streaming service designed to stream ‘better music for serious listeners.’

Launched in 2018 by Brian Horner, a professional saxophonist and artist manager, Craft Brewed Music is laser-focused on connecting serious music listeners with great new music discovered on the outskirts of the industry. Continue reading Craft Brewed Music Attracts Serious Music Listeners to Artist-Friendly Streaming Service

Discovering Classical Music With Concert Roulette

Already a key player in the mission to engage audiences with classical music, Alternative Classical is also providing music fans with a rather excellent new way of discovering classical music.

As the music world continues to deal with the pandemic, the Alternative Classical team has developed Concert Roulette, a jukebox comprised of over 200 high-definition YouTube videos curated by the company. Continue reading Discovering Classical Music With Concert Roulette

Fast Company Names Dolby One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Music for 2020

Dolby has been named in Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in music for its latest innovation – Dolby Atmos Music. The list honors businesses making a profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s fast-changing world.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies in music,” said Todd Pendleton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby Atmos Music is a transformative experience empowering creativity and self-expression in a whole new way, redefining how music is created and enjoyed.” Continue reading Fast Company Names Dolby One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Music for 2020

Flutin Music Service Receives Investment from SEGA Group

Flutin is announcing an investment partnership with SEGA, part of the well-known gaming and digital entertainment’s expansion into new, promising companies.

The investment will enable Flutin to further strengthen its user base in key markets like the US. Based in India but growing across the globe, Flutin offers listeners recommendations that purposefully surface emerging artists they’ll love, based on their activities, locations, and musical loves. Continue reading Flutin Music Service Receives Investment from SEGA Group

BMAT’s Technologies Ushering in a New Age of Music Industry Transparency

For decades, the music business’ information pipelines ran underground, unseen and rarely disturbed. The digital era exposed them, while ushering in new technologies that can change things. “The system is a complicated pipeline. Everyone wants to keep the data flowing,” explains BMAT co-founder and CEO Àlex Loscos. “We see lots of progress, and we think there is a lot more we can do together as an industry.”

Drawing on its founders’ origins in a university music technology lab in Barcelona, BMAT has used technology to solve a deep-seated problem of industry culture, getting data to flow unobstructed between all players and parties in the music business, making data transparency accessible to everyone. Continue reading BMAT’s Technologies Ushering in a New Age of Music Industry Transparency

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Issue 678: Metadata is the Biggest Little Problem Plaguing the Music Industry; Dubset Partners With Pioneer to Distribute DJ Mixes

Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry
Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industrywww.theverge.com
Metadata problems have plagued the music industry for decades. Not only are there no standards for how music metadata is collected or displayed, there’s no need to verify the accuracy of a song’s metadata before it gets released, and there’s no one place where music metadata is stored. It’s a crisis that has left, by some estimations, billions on the table unpaid to musicians.

'Get Played, Get Paid': Dubset Partners With Pioneer to Distribute DJ Mixes
'Get Played, Get Paid': Dubset Partners With Pioneer to Distribute DJ Mixeswww.billboard.com

Dubset has announced an integration with DJ hardware and software company Pioneer to clear and distribute DJ mixes using the latter’s paid DJM-REC iOS recording app.

KFC Made a Spotify Playlist of 46 Hip-Hop Songs That Namecheck the Brand
KFC Made a Spotify Playlist of 46 Hip-Hop Songs That Namecheck the Brandmusebycl.io
More bangers for your bucket

Radio plugger Russell Thomas launches new streaming-first label
Radio plugger Russell Thomas launches new streaming-first labelthemusicnetwork.com

Long-time radio plugging service KAOS, founded by industry veteran Russell Thomas, has launched its own record label Get Smart Music.

How to Use Spotify's Pre-Save in Your Next Album Release
How to Use Spotify's Pre-Save in Your Next Album Releaseflypaper.soundfly.com
One of the best ways to build buzz around an upcoming release is to use Spotify’s new pre-save function. Here’s how to get the most out of it!

Investing in the Podcast Ecosystem in 2019
Investing in the Podcast Ecosystem in 2019a16z.com

In the world of podcasting, the flywheel is spinning.

Is AI-generated music worth anything?
Is AI-generated music worth anything?theindustryobserver.thebrag.com
Public recognition of AI-generated music as viable art has gradually expanded from the confines of esoteric research centers and experimental composers

For music streaming apps, growth lies in tier 2 and 3 cities: Gaana CEO
For music streaming apps, growth lies in tier 2 and 3 cities: Gaana CEOwww.business-standard.com

We all need to invest significantly, for that, more competition is good as companies will invest to educate the users and grow the market because that’s the need of the hour, says Agarwal.

3 Music Streaming Services Offer Emerging Artists Programs
3 Music Streaming Services Offer Emerging Artists Programswww.hypebot.com

In many ways, being an artist is harder now than it’s ever been, and the path to music industry success is crowded with obstacles.

What will music be like in 20 years?
What will music be like in 20 years?www.bbc.com
Sumit Paul-Choudhury picks out trends that could shape music over the coming decades, including algoraves, Fortnite concerts and songs catered to smart speakers.

In new ad campaign, Spotify says it wants to be a bigger part of your life
In new ad campaign, Spotify says it wants to be a bigger part of your lifewww.fastcompany.com
The music-streaming company wants to be your go-to app for any moment, any mood, any device, any audio situation.

A Glimpse into the Future of AI in Music Business
A Glimpse into the Future of AI in Music Businesswww.oneedm.com
The role of AI in the Music Business is changing how artists create songs and poses a disruption to how the music industry operates.

The Allman Betts Band Shares ‘Shinin'’ Single
The Allman Betts Band Shares ‘Shinin'’ Singlewww.jambase.com
The Allman Betts Band unveiled “Shinin’,” the second single from their forthcoming ‘Down To The River’ debut studio album.

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Issue 673: How Rap’s SoundCloud Generation Changed the Music Business Forever; Spotify’s Plan for Control of Your Ears; JAY-Z’s ‘Blueprint’ Trilogy Back on Apple Music

How Rap’s SoundCloud Generation Changed the Music Business Forever
How Rap’s SoundCloud Generation Changed the Music Business Foreverpitchfork.com
The recording industry is adjusting to a new social media-dominated era where the artists have all the power. But how did we get here?

Anchor is Spotify's best bet to beat Apple for control of your ears
Anchor is Spotify’s best bet to beat Apple for control of your earswww.fastcompany.com
But will being part of Spotify put Anchor’s mission of “democratizing audio” in jeopardy?

Spotify resets some account passwords citing ‘suspicious activity’
Spotify resets some account passwords citing ‘suspicious activity’techcrunch.com

Music streaming giant Spotify has notified an unspecified number of users that the company has reset their account password, but has left dozens of users asking why.

JAY-Z's 'Blueprint' Trilogy Is Back on Apple Music
JAY-Z’s ‘Blueprint’ Trilogy Is Back on Apple Musicwww.complex.com
With exception to ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ all of JAY’s albums are now available on Apple Music.

SoundCloud Steps Up Distribution Services With Acquisition of Repost Network
SoundCloud Steps Up Distribution Services With Acquisition of Repost Networkwww.billboard.com
SoundCloud has entered a definitive agreement to acquire rights management and distribution company Repost Network, the companies announced Thursday.

Record Breaking Revenues In The Music Business, But Are Musicians Getting A Raw Deal?
Record Breaking Revenues In The Music Business, But Are Musicians Getting A Raw Deal?www.forbes.com

Music business revenues are breaking records according to the latest figures from industry body the PRS/MCPS, while Spotify has smashed through the 100 million paying subscribers mark.

SoFar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100
SoFar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100techcrunch.com

Tired of noisy music venues where you can hardly see the stage? SoFar Sounds puts on concerts in people’s living rooms where fans pay $15 to $30 to sit silently on the floor and truly listen.

After Spotify's launch in India, how is its global expansion progressing?
After Spotify’s launch in India, how is its global expansion progressing?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
An in-depth look at how Spotify performed in Q1 in terms of users and subscribers around the world

How Chinese video app TikTok conquered the world, making teens, and child safety, trend
How Chinese video app TikTok conquered the world, making teens, and child safety, trendwww.scmp.com
With more than a billion downloads, the short-form video app owned by start-up ByteDance has captured the imagination of users across the globe. So what makes TikTok tick?

How To Unlock Dozens Of Revenue Streams From 1 Song
How To Unlock Dozens Of Revenue Streams From 1 Songblog.discmakers.com
Your one song can create dozens of revenue streams. Make more income from fans and musicians who want access to your source tracks, stems, sounds, and more.

The Night League teams with Apple Music for ‘Sounds of Ibiza 2019’
The Night League teams with Apple Music for ‘Sounds of Ibiza 2019’musically.com
Apple Music has enlisted its latest brand to be a playlist curator: dance-music company The Night League. It has created a series of playlists that will sit within Apple Music’s ‘Sounds of Ibiza 2019’ hub, including collections based on specific Ibiza club brands like Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza and ANTS.

How can labels and musicians avoid the ‘dry streams paradox’ in 2019?
How can labels and musicians avoid the ‘dry streams paradox’ in 2019?musically.com
Music Ally wrote about the ‘dry streams paradox’ earlier this year in our Sandbox music-marketing report. How can artists avoid falling into this trap?

How To Build A Rock Star Team According To Pandora's CMO
How To Build A Rock Star Team According To Pandora’s CMOwww.forbes.com
Aimee Lapic shares how she turned things around when morale was low and built a high-performing, joyful team.

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Issue 668: Spotify Becoming a Storytelling Platform for Creators; Revelator Launches Digital Wallet App for Artists, Music Makers

Through Storyline and Soundtrap, Spotify is Becoming a Storytelling Platform for Creators
Through Storyline and Soundtrap, Spotify is Becoming a Storytelling Platform for Creatorswww.digitaltrends.com

To provide more ways for artists and creators to engage with audiences, Spotify is testing out its own version of the popular Stories format, with a new feature called Storyline.

Revelator Launches Digital Wallet App for Artists, Music Makers
Revelator Launches Digital Wallet App for Artists, Music Makersplatformandstream.com

Revelator has launched Artist Wallet, a mobile copyright application powered by smart contracts technology.

Spotify brings back its 99-cent Premium offer
Spotify brings back its 99-cent Premium offerwww.engadget.com
If you’ve wanted to try a paid streaming music service but have been skittish about the costs, you now have as good an excuse as any to give it a try. Spotify h…

Sony Music launches podcast company with Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer
Sony Music launches podcast company with Adam Davidson and Laura Mayerwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Sony Music Entertainment is getting into making podcasts.

Gimme Radio Launches Country Platform With Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack as DJs
Gimme Radio Launches Country Platform With Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack as DJswww.billboard.com
The service aims to play music ignored by mainstream country radio and digital music streaming services. It will showcase a range of music selected by fans and artist DJs.

Apple Music Updates 'For You' With New Layout Featuring More Frequent Song Recommendations
Apple Music Updates 'For You' With New Layout Featuring More Frequent Song Recommendationswww.macrumors.com
As part of the iOS 12.3 release yesterday, Apple Music updated with a brand-new “For You” section. This refreshed tab now updates multiple…

Pandora expands its music-and-podcasts product Pandora Stories with help from SiriusXM’s guests
Pandora expands its music-and-podcasts product Pandora Stories with help from SiriusXM’s gueststechcrunch.com

Pandora’s integration with new owner SiriusXM continues today, as the music streaming service will now benefit from the numerous SiriusXM guests and artists who come through its New York studios on a regular basis.

Free Music Streaming: Tips Vs Airtel, ‘Wynk’ing At The Copyright Act
Free Music Streaming: Tips Vs Airtel, ‘Wynk’ing At The Copyright Actwww.bloombergquint.com
For music labels, this is a significant first victory because it strengthens their hands in negotiations with the internet streaming services without the fear of having the Intellectual Property Appellate Board intervening to set the licensing fee.

How to get people streaming your music - RouteNote Blog
How to get people streaming your music – RouteNote Blogroutenote.com
We’re proud to make it free and easy for artists to get their music on all the biggest services around the world – now it’s time to get people listening!

‘Powered By Napster’ Streaming Platform Adds MQA
‘Powered By Napster’ Streaming Platform Adds MQAwww.soundandvision.com

Rhapsody International today announced a global agreement with U.K.-based MQA that brings Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio quality to its Powered By Napster music streaming platform

Artists need ‘meaningful patronage’ in 2019 beyond streams
Artists need ‘meaningful patronage’ in 2019 beyond streamsmusically.com
Marketing agency Motive Unknown boss Darren Hemmings’ latest blog post goes in hard on the world of streaming right from its title: ‘Music Streaming Services Are Gaslighting Us’.

Streaming: ‘Pricing has to go up and if it doesn’t, free has to go’
Streaming: ‘Pricing has to go up and if it doesn’t, free has to go’musically.com
Another panel at The Great Escape conference yesterday focused on the future of music-streaming.

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Issue 663: Amazon Takes Direct Aim at Jay-Z’s Tidal; Techstars’ 2019 Class of Music Startups Offers Look at Industry’s Future

Amazon Takes Direct Aim At Jay-Z's Tidal
Amazon Takes Direct Aim At Jay-Z's Tidalwww.forbes.com
Amazon wants to offer a high fidelity service, which has been Tidal’s claim to fame. In a streaming industry that Goldman Sachs forecasts will reach $80 billion by 2030, does Tidal have enough in its arsenal to fend off Amazon?

Techstars' 2019 Class of Music Startups Offers Startling Vision of the Industry's Future
Techstars' 2019 Class of Music Startups Offers Startling Vision of the Industry's Futurewww.billboard.com

Nine music-technology companies presented their creations at TechStars Music’s third annual Demo Day, the culmination of a three-month, mentorship-driven startup program held at NeueHouse Hollywood.

PledgeMusic Sale Falls Through, Bankruptcy Imminent
PledgeMusic Sale Falls Through, Bankruptcy Imminentvariety.com
A planned sale of troubled direct-to-fan music marketplace PledgeMusic has fallen through and the company will go into bankruptcy soon.

Spotify Is Quietly Becoming the Netflix of Audio. Here's Why Every Entrepreneur Should Pay Attention
Spotify Is Quietly Becoming the Netflix of Audio. Here's Why Every Entrepreneur Should Pay Attentionwww.inc.com
Many people know Spotify as a music company, but soon it’ll be something else. Spotify buying their 3rd podcast company is a sign of what’s coming.

YouTube Coachella Views Jump 90% A Live Concert Streaming Comes Of Age
YouTube Coachella Views Jump 90% A Live Concert Streaming Comes Of Agewww.hypebot.com

Here’s a stat for the many who doubted that mainstream fans would ever want to watch a concert live on their computer or phone: YouTube’s live stream of Coachella’s first weekend logged 82 million live views – an increase of 90% compared to 2018.

Music groups launch interactive website to showcase economic and cultural impact of music in the US
Music groups launch interactive website to showcase economic and cultural impact of music in the USwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Website aggregates various datapoints from throughout the industry.

Consolidation Is Harming Diversity and Localism in Terrestrial Radio, According to New Report
Consolidation Is Harming Diversity and Localism in Terrestrial Radio, According to New Reportwww.billboard.com
On behalf of the musicFIRST Coalition and the Future of Music Coalition, music attorney Rachel Stilwell submitted a comment to the FCC arguing against further deregulation of radio station ownership, and analyzing a correlation between consolidation and gender bias at country radio.

Could Crypto And Blockchain Shake Up The Music Streaming Monopolies?
Could Crypto And Blockchain Shake Up The Music Streaming Monopolies?www.forbes.com
The drive of the music business intermediators is to keep as big a slice of the pie to themselves as possible. But just when they have scrambled back from years of online disruption, blockchain and cryptocurrency could turn their world upside down once more.

The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn't Kill
The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn't Killgizmodo.com

Time is moving on, as it tends to do, and iTunes—a media suite that made its debut in 2001, almost two decades ago—is potentially on Apple’s chopping block.

Why Should You Bother To Educate Audiophile Progeny?
Why Should You Bother To Educate Audiophile Progeny?audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff supports “edjumacation” for the aspirant music enthusiast…

AI, Meet AM/FM
AI, Meet AM/FMjacobsmedia.com
AI – Artificial Intelligence – now combines predicting content with storytelling. It’s a challenge and an opportunity for broadcast radio.

South Africa is one of the fastest music streaming markets in the world
South Africa is one of the fastest music streaming markets in the worldwww.channel24.co.za
South Africa is second on the list of countries with most notable streaming growth.

Spotify touts eclectic music and podcast content in a twin-pronged global campaign
Spotify touts eclectic music and podcast content in a twin-pronged global campaignwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has put its exhaustive playlist front and centre of a new global brand campaign which seeks to position the music streaming service as having the best content for any time, any place, any mood and any occasion.

Best streaming speakers and Wi-Fi music systems of 2019
Best streaming speakers and Wi-Fi music systems of 2019www.cnet.com
From Sonos to AirPlay 2, Chromecast to Polk to Onkyo to HomePod, there’s a good-sounding streaming speaker for you. Here’s how to choose.

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Issue 648: Bandcamp’s Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists; Amazon Launches Free Music Streaming (Alexa Only); Spotify Opens London Research Hub

Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists
Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artistswww.billboard.com
Sales of vinyl records on Bandcamp have grown 600 percent in the last five years, with roughly 3,500 unique vinyl albums added every month.

Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)
Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)variety.com
Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, with access only for Alexa customers in the U.S. (for now).

Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobs
Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobswww.billboard.com
Spotify has opened a new research and development hub in London — the streaming company’s first major technology centre outside of the U.S. and its home country of Sweden.

Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Time
Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Timewww.billboard.com
Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade is coming to all streaming services for the first time, Billboard can confirm.

Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Music
Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Musicmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Amazon is reportedly close to launching an ad supported streaming music offering.

Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companies
Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companieswww.tennessean.com
The Nashville Metro Council is requesting music streaming companies drop appeal on a court decision that would give songwriters a raise.

Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Content
Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Contentwww.billboard.com
The new partners will jointly develop original podcasts drawing from the major label’s music roster.

YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Market
YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Marketwww.foxbusiness.com
Spotify made a great start in India, but it could lose momentum thanks to the presence of more established services like YouTube Premium and Amazon Prime.

Inside India’s TikTok Addiction
Inside India’s TikTok Addictionwww.bloombergquint.com

TikTok, crossed 1 billion downloads last month, according to a report by analytics firm SensorTower.

Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artists
Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artistsmusically.com

British radio-promotions firm Blueprint Radio has launched a new division called Blueprint Pods, which it says will focus on matching artists “with podcasts that best meet their strategic needs”.

When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?
When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson outlines when, how long and how loudly a system might be played…

No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Services
No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Serviceswww.billboard.com
Unlike Beyonce’s past releases, Homecoming can be found on all streaming platforms from the start.

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Issue 647: IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French; SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandora; CD Baby, Audible Magic Link Up

IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French – Platform & Stream
IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

IDAGIO is enhancing its app experience for iOS users. In addition to English and German, the app will now be available to classical music enthusiasts in French and Spanish.

SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandora
SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandoraplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced the first initiative in delivering its talk programming to Pandora’s audience. Starting now, content from select SiriusXM shows extending across entertainment, talk, comedy, music, and sports, will be available to all Pandora listeners as podcasts.

CD Baby partners with digital content identification platform Audible Magic
CD Baby partners with digital content identification platform Audible Magicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
CD Baby will use Audible Magic’s RightsRx service to identify content rights conflicts

Spotify’s promise to worried Gimlet fans: We won’t “disrupt” podcast magic
Spotify’s promise to worried Gimlet fans: We won’t “disrupt” podcast magicwww.fastcompany.com
“If you listen to Reply All, and you listen on Apple Podcasts, you can continue to listen to Reply All on Apple Podcasts,” said Gimlet’s cofounder.

Beyonce ‘Homecoming’ Live Album Is Streaming on All Major Platforms
Beyonce ‘Homecoming’ Live Album Is Streaming on All Major Platformswww.rollingstone.com

‘Homecoming: The Live Album’ is another surprise drop, but no longer an exclusive one.

Could TikTok’s new discovery program create a new revenue stream for indie artists?
Could TikTok’s new discovery program create a new revenue stream for indie artists?theindustryobserver.thebrag.com
Independent artists now have a direct line to TikTok’s 500 million monthly active users globally.

VNUE and Pro Music Rights team up on new music licensing model
VNUE and Pro Music Rights team up on new music licensing modelwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Pro Music Rights is a privately funded for-profit PRO founded by Jake P. Noch

Yamaha Brings Apple AirPlay2, New Music Streaming And Voice Control Via Free Firmware Updates
Yamaha Brings Apple AirPlay2, New Music Streaming And Voice Control Via Free Firmware Updateswww.forbes.com
Venerable Japanese audio brand is rolling out a comprehensive suite of free firmware updates for many of its products that will see support for Apple AirPlay 2, Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify and smart speaker actions.

Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government order
Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government orderventurebeat.com
Google has pulled popular video app TikTok from the Play Store in India following a local court’s order. Critics say this could set a dangerous precedent.

Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Boost It's High-Margin Ad Business To $7B/Quarter
Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Boost It's High-Margin Ad Business To $7B/Quarterwww.forbes.com
Amazon is adding rocket fuel to its ad business. And super-charging Echo and Alexa.

How loud do you like your music?
How loud do you like your music?www.cnet.com
How loud you listen to music depends on the circumstances, but there are ways that you can minimize the long-term effects on your hearing.