Issue 561: Phish Radio Returns to SiriusXM; Mdundo Ready to Cover the African Continent; Mixcloud Select: Patreon for DJs?

Phish Radio Returns To SiriusXM
Phish Radio Returns To SiriusXMwww.jambase.com
SiriusXM satellite radio will re-launch Phish Radio on Monday and continuing through New Year’s Day, including a live broadcast of the band’s New Year’s Eve concert.

Mdundo, a streaming service in Kenya is ready to cover the African continent
Mdundo, a streaming service in Kenya is ready to cover the African continentregionweek.com
Mdundo, a streaming service for distribution of music around Africa, based in Kenya is ready to cover the African continent.

Music streaming and podcast listening in cars doubles in five years – study
Music streaming and podcast listening in cars doubles in five years – studywww.irishexaminer.com
Headline Music streaming and podcast listening in cars doubles in five years – study

MTN Launches MusicTime! On Simfy Africa for Music Streaming
MTN Launches MusicTime! On Simfy Africa for Music Streamingwww.techinafrica.com
MTN has just launched MusicTime!, a streaming service on Simpy Africa. Simfy Africa is a local music streaming service that has just been acquired by MTN last month. It has over 42 million music titles provided in its catalog.

Mixcloud Select: Patreon for DJs?
Mixcloud Select: Patreon for DJs?djtechtools.com

You get to decide how much your audience pays to subscribe (or set it to a “choose your own price” with a minimum, much like Bandcamp), and that money is automatically distributed according to the licensing scheme that Mixcloud already has in place.

Tough Market for Streaming, Japan Gets Hi-Res Service From Sony Music
Tough Market for Streaming, Japan Gets Hi-Res Service From Sony Musicwww.billboard.com
Sony Music’s new Japanese high-resolution streaming service may face an uphill battle in a market that’s been slow to embrace streaming already, music executives tell Billboard.

Live From Here Announces Webcast With St. Vincent, Jon Batiste & Sara Watkins
Live From Here Announces Webcast With St. Vincent, Jon Batiste & Sara Watkinswww.jambase.com
Chris Thile’s ‘Live From Here’ public radio program will webcast live from Town Hall in New York City featuring St. Vincent, Jon Batiste, Sara Watkins and more.

Would Your Audience "Subscribe" To Your Radio Station?
Would Your Audience "Subscribe" To Your Radio Station?jacobsmedia.com
In today’s media environment, the subscriber model presents tough challenges for a brand. Here’s a 10-step process for building sustainable success.

There's "nothing social anymore about Spotify," say Users
There's "nothing social anymore about Spotify," say Userswww.hypebot.com

Spotify is steadily becoming a less social service, even as most social platforms from Facebook to TikToc are putting music front and center. It’s a contradiction that’s not lost on some Spotify users.

Nvidia's Shield TV gains Amazon Music streaming
Nvidia's Shield TV gains Amazon Music streamingwww.engadget.com
Android set-top box Shield TV has already added Alexa and a fully-featured version of cloud game streaming service GeForce Now, but it’s making room for another…

Beatchain Partners With Eleven Seven Label Group, McGhee Entertainment to Boost Marketing & Promotion
Beatchain Partners With Eleven Seven Label Group, McGhee Entertainment to Boost Marketing & Promotionwww.billboard.com
Data science and digital marketing platform Beatchain has announced strategic partnerships with independent music company Eleven Seven Label Group and Doc McGhee’s management company, McGhee Entertainment.

YouTube Music Turns Charts Into Playlists In 29 Markets
YouTube Music Turns Charts Into Playlists In 29 Marketswww.hypebot.com

YouTube Music is adding playlists for YouTube Charts in 29 markets. Each will get five chart playlists – three specific to the country and two global.

Amber Grimes Exits Spotify For Major Role At Capital Records
Amber Grimes Exits Spotify For Major Role At Capital Recordswww.hypebot.com
Amber Grimes is leaving Spotify for the newly created role of SVP, Global Creative at Capital Music Group. Gimes had been the senior manager of urban independent at Spotify, and her move is the latest of many significant exits from the streamer over the last year. Grimes portfolio includes formulating…

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Issue 560: How China Weaned Itself Off Music Piracy; Why Sony is Launching a Streaming Service in Japan

How China weaned itself off music piracy
How China weaned itself off music piracywww.inkstonenews.com
In the not-so-distant past, almost everyone in China was a pirate….

Why Sony Is Launching a Hi-Res Streaming Service in Japan
Why Sony Is Launching a Hi-Res Streaming Service in Japanwww.rollingstone.com

Music-tech giant launches Mora Qualitas and eyes future U.S. and European markets.

How Imagine Dragons Became Rock's Streaming Salvation
How Imagine Dragons Became Rock's Streaming Salvationwww.billboard.com
Since forming a decade ago, Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons have been arena regulars and reliable chart-toppers, with five No. 1s on Hot Rock Songs and three top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. But what’s perhaps most surprising is its success in an area few other rock acts have been able to tap into: streaming.

We’re Still Waiting for Google Play Music Collections to Migrate to YouTube Music
We’re Still Waiting for Google Play Music Collections to Migrate to YouTube Musicwww.droid-life.com

When YouTube Music (re)launched back in May as Google’s music streaming future, we reported that the end of Google Play Music was on the horizon too.

Podcast industry aims to better track listeners through new analytics tech called RAD
Podcast industry aims to better track listeners through new analytics tech called RADtechcrunch.com

Internet users are already being tracked to death, with ads that follow us around, search histories that are collected and stored, emails that report back to senders when they’ve been read, websites that know where you scrolled and what you clicked and much more.

Why Spotify might take a page out of Netflix's playbook
Why Spotify might take a page out of Netflix's playbooknypost.com

Daniel Ek, the 35-year-old boss of the Swedish music streamer, has lately insisted that Spotify isn’t interested in competing with record labels in the way that Netflix competes with Hollywood studios.

Apple's Latest Purchase Gives a Platform to Unsigned Musicians
Apple's Latest Purchase Gives a Platform to Unsigned Musiciansfortune.com
Apple has widened music presence by purchasing a small music tech start-up that discovers new and upcoming artists.

Streaming Services Hold Key To Music's Diversity
Streaming Services Hold Key To Music's Diversitywww.hypebot.com

Johan Svanberg of indie distributor Record Union looks at the need for music streaming services to become more diverse and egalitarian; not only where gender and ethnicity are concerned, but also in terms of creation and ownership.

Spotify Wants Appeals Court to Decide Who in Music Can Sue for Copyright Infringement
Spotify Wants Appeals Court to Decide Who in Music Can Sue for Copyright Infringementwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Despite the passage of licensing reform, Spotify still faces lawsuits with billions on the line.

Royalty Exchange Offers Songwriters Opportunity To Monetize Their Catalog Today
Royalty Exchange Offers Songwriters Opportunity To Monetize Their Catalog Todaywww.forbes.com
Royalty Exchange Director of Communications Antony Bruno explains how song copyrights and royalties work and how auction of song royalties gives songwriters the opportunity to monetize their catalog now as the online streaming of music increases and investors see a music industry on the rebound.

Pandora hires Akim Bryant as Top 40 Coordinator, Curation Programming
Pandora hires Akim Bryant as Top 40 Coordinator, Curation Programmingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Bryant will work closely with Head of Pop Programming Tiana Lewis and the curation team on Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop programming, under Pandora’s curation programming chief, Alex White.

Naughty Boy: Streaming gives everyone a fair shot
Naughty Boy: Streaming gives everyone a fair shotmadison.com
Naughty Boy is a huge fan of streaming as it has enabled artists and producers of all levels to get their music heard.

Issue 559: Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Smashes Streaming Records; Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tunes

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Smashes Streaming Records
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Smashes Streaming Recordswww.wsj.com
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most-streamed song from the pre-streaming era and the most-streamed classic rock song of all time, according to Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group.

Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tunes
Don’t Get Lulled by Tencent Music’s Tuneswww.wsj.com
The Chinese counterpart to Spotify faces enough challenges to suggest its imminent IPO is overpriced.

Apple's Platoon acquisition is about the much-bigger picture
Apple's Platoon acquisition is about the much-bigger picturemusically.com
The news broke on Friday morning that Apple has acquired British artist-services startup Platoon.

Here's Why Spotify Moved Its San Francisco HQ—and Gave Up a Payroll Tax Break to Do It
Here's Why Spotify Moved Its San Francisco HQ—and Gave Up a Payroll Tax Break to Do Itfortune.com
Music streaming service Spotify moved its San Francisco HQ, losing a payroll tax break and ending its lease early, due to safety concerns.

SiriusXM's 'Future Five' for 2019: Joyner Lucas, Ryan Hurd & Alec Benjamin Make the List
SiriusXM's 'Future Five' for 2019: Joyner Lucas, Ryan Hurd & Alec Benjamin Make the Listwww.billboard.com
SiriusXM has revealed its annual “Future Five” list of new artists that the satellite radio giant believes will breakthrough in 2019, plus offers an update on its “Class of 2018” success stories.

The world is not enough: analytics make the difference in A&R and marketing
The world is not enough: analytics make the difference in A&R and marketingblog.chartmetric.io
On my first day in a new role a few years back, a colleague asked whether I’d like to see the marketing reports. A little later, they handed me a couple of sheets of paper with sales and streaming…

Playlists Aren’t Everything. Here Are Some Other Critical Metrics to Track an Artist’s Success (Or Lack Thereof)
Playlists Aren’t Everything. Here Are Some Other Critical Metrics to Track an Artist’s Success (Or Lack Thereof)www.digitalmusicnews.com
The God-like power of the playlist is both respected and feared within the music industry. But ignore these other metrics at your own risk.

Imogen Heap on digitally connecting the world's musicians
Imogen Heap on digitally connecting the world's musicianswww.cnet.com
CNET talks being a “woman in tech,” body augmentation and Harry Potter with the Grammy Award-winning musician.

Max Martin's Auddly Scores Two Major Partnerships In the 'Data Supply Chain'
Max Martin's Auddly Scores Two Major Partnerships In the 'Data Supply Chain'www.digitalmusicnews.com
Just this morning, metadata-focused Auddly announced partnerships with two major rights groups: PPL in the UK and SAMI in Sweden.

Hear Daniel Ek Trace Spotify’s Origin Story on the ‘Masters of Scale’ Podcast
Hear Daniel Ek Trace Spotify’s Origin Story on the ‘Masters of Scale’ Podcastnewsroom.spotify.com

Spotify was founded in 2008, and in the decade since, millions of people around the world have joined the music streaming revolution. But where did it all begin?

How to get my music on Napster for free
How to get my music on Napster for freeroutenote.com
Getting your music on the top music streaming services and download stores is easy and free when you distribute through RouteNote. Veterans of online music streaming, Napster are one of many services we can send your music to.

Spotify Delivers Artists 2018 'Wrapped' Year-End Insights
Spotify Delivers Artists 2018 'Wrapped' Year-End Insightswww.billboard.com

Spotify for Artists announced that launch of its annual Artist Wrapped campaign on Thursday, giving musicians and their teams insight into their success on the platform over the past year.

European CMOs PPL & SAMI Partner With Auddly To Fix Metadata Black Hole
European CMOs PPL & SAMI Partner With Auddly To Fix Metadata Black Holewww.billboard.com
Auddly, the Swedish tech start-up co-founded by Swedish songwriters Max Martin and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus to solve music’s well-documented data problems, has teamed up with European CMOs PPL and SAMI as part of its ongoing efforts to accurately capture song data.

Issue 558: Should Spotify Change The Way It Pays Artists?; Rhapsody, Sony Music Bring Streaming Service to Japan

Should Spotify Change The Way It Pays Artists?
Should Spotify Change The Way It Pays Artists?www.rollingstone.com

Some in the industry claim that the streaming giant’s setup unfairly advantages A-list pop stars. Could a new payment system be the answer?

Rhapsody, Sony Music Bring First Hi-Res Audio Streaming Service to Japan
Rhapsody, Sony Music Bring First Hi-Res Audio Streaming Service to Japan platformandstream.wordpress.com

Rhapsody and Sony Music (Japan) today announced a partnership to launch the first on demand, high resolution streaming music service in Japan. The premier service allows Japanese music fans to have both the convenience of on-demand and the superior quality of high resolution music.

Music Giant Backed by Pony Ma Is Poised to Spin New Billionaires
Music Giant Backed by Pony Ma Is Poised to Spin New Billionaireswww.bloomberg.com
A lawyer, a computer scientist and China’s third-richest person are poised to create one of the year’s biggest hits in the music industry.

Spotify Has Upside, but Not Where the Market’s Looking
Spotify Has Upside, but Not Where the Market’s Lookingwww.barrons.com
Spotify stock has potential opportunities ahead, in an area most investors haven’t focused on.

From underground to mainstream: Emo rap explodes into streaming music scene
From underground to mainstream: Emo rap explodes into streaming music scenewww.nbcnews.com
Experts at Spotify tell NBC News that the Emo rap, a music genre made famous by Soundcloud, didn’t just rise in popularity this year, it exploded. The streaming service dubbed it as the fastest-growing genre of 2018.

The Ethical Pool Future: Will Fans Cut the Cord to Big Streaming Services if Artists Leave?
The Ethical Pool Future: Will Fans Cut the Cord to Big Streaming Services if Artists Leave?musictechpolicy.com
Hyper-efficient market share distributions are already causing some artists to like cutting the cord with big services–the only question is how to get their core fans to follow them.  

Streaming Music From Personal Accounts in Coffee Shops is Not Really OK
Streaming Music From Personal Accounts in Coffee Shops is Not Really OKdailycoffeenews.com
Daily Coffee News by Roast magazine provides essential only news and resources for specialty coffee professionals. Daily Coffee News covers coffee news from seed to cup, including stories on coffee origin, imports, exports, logistics, supply chains, sustainability, retail, baristas, roasting and consumer trends.

Europe Puts International Stream Rippers and MP3 Pirates on Notice With Inaugural 'Watch List'
Europe Puts International Stream Rippers and MP3 Pirates on Notice With Inaugural 'Watch List'www.billboard.com
The European Commission today publishes its inaugural list of non-EU websites and firms that they deem responsible for lingering piracy and counterfeiting abuse of European products, including music.

How Audiomack's Niche Value Proposition Established It As A Competitor In Music Streaming
How Audiomack's Niche Value Proposition Established It As A Competitor In Music Streamingwww.forbes.com
Music streaming service Audiomack is strategically positioning itself an integral part of an artist’s marketing strategy. Despite fierce competition from corporate entities like Spotify and Apple Music, Audiomack is relying on its simple value proposition to scale its freemium business model.

What Spotify and Apple Music Really Pay — According to Das Kapital
What Spotify and Apple Music Really Pay — According to Das Kapitalwww.digitalmusicnews.com
According to Das Kapital, musicians earn $3,800 after 1 million plays on Spotify, and $7,800 on Apple Music, and should expect to earn $200 per live show.

3 Greatest Challenges Facing Musicians In The Digital Age
3 Greatest Challenges Facing Musicians In The Digital Agewww.hypebot.com

While artists now live in a time when they have more freedom than ever to create, market, and sell their music, the digital age has brought with it a unique set of challenges as well.

MTN Launches MusicTime!, A Music Streaming Service
MTN Launches MusicTime!, A Music Streaming Servicetechfinancials.co.za
MTN has launched MusicTime!, a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service.

Issue 557: Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features; Spotify, Ellen DeGeneres Set Deal; Massive Attack Test Remix-Rights Tracking with Blokur

Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features to Personalize Listening
Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features to Personalize Listeningvariety.com
Amazon Music today announced the rollout of new voice features that enables listeners to personalize their streaming music experience. Essentially, listeners can have a conversation with the service’s Alexa to find playlists and music for specific moods or occasions, “liking” or rejecting son…

Spotify, Ellen DeGeneres Will Promote Each Other in New Content Pact
Spotify, Ellen DeGeneres Will Promote Each Other in New Content Pactvariety.com
Spotify and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will promote each other under a new one-year content partnership.

How Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Became a Viral Video 'Event' in the Streaming Era
How Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Became a Viral Video 'Event' in the Streaming Erawww.billboard.com
By looking piece-by-piece at how “thank u, next” became a viral sensation, it becomes apparent how exactly YouTube and other video platforms are attempting to market videos as collective “events” in the on-demand streaming era.

Massive Attack test remix-rights tracking with blockchain startup Blokur
Massive Attack test remix-rights tracking with blockchain startup Blokurmusically.com
If you’ve not seen Massive Attack’s Fantom app, it’s well worth having a play with: one of the best interactive music apps we’ve seen.

Digital distributor Ditto Music to launch Coffee chain across UK
Digital distributor Ditto Music to launch Coffee chain across UKwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Independent distribution and label service provider Ditto Music is launching a coffee chain, called Ditto Coffee.

Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all
Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for alltechcrunch.com

Initially, the feature was only available to select users on mobile devices, ahead of a broader public launch. Today, Pandora says its Podcast Genome Project has gone live for all users.

Indian Music Streaming Service Saavn Is Now JioSaavn
Indian Music Streaming Service Saavn Is Now JioSaavnwww.billboard.com
Leading Indian digital music services Saavn and JioMusic have completed their merger, and are now known as JioSaavn.

Deezer expands podcast catalog via Voxnest partnership
Deezer expands podcast catalog via Voxnest partnershipwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Deezer has teamed up with Voxnest-owned podcasting platform Spreaker to expand its podcast catalog for users in Colombia and Brazil.

Metropolitan Opera Celebrates Yannick Nézet-Séguin With iTunes Releases & SiriusXM Broadcasts
Metropolitan Opera Celebrates Yannick Nézet-Séguin With iTunes Releases & SiriusXM Broadcastsoperawire.com

This has been a major week for the Metropolitan Opera. Not only did it launch a new podcast and open its new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” but it also kickstarted conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s tenure as its music director.

Digital Music Is King. So Why Did A Vinyl Record-Pressing Plant Just Open In Virginia?
Digital Music Is King. So Why Did A Vinyl Record-Pressing Plant Just Open In Virginia?wamu.org
Surging interest in vinyl records is fueling an industry, and Alexandria’s Furnace Record Pressing is betting the craze is here to stay.

Issue 556: Facebook Should Embrace Music; Is Streaming Hurting Canada’s Music Scene?; Deezer Partners with Triton Digital

Facebook Could Get Its Groove Back By Embracing Music

Facebook is facing a series of problems that have plagued its stock, including declining user growth, less engagement, and headline and regulatory risk. What can it do to breath new life into its business? Focus on music.

With Amazon Echo Deal, Apple Music Is At A Crossroads
The first killer app for smart speakers turns out to be table radios for the digital age. As smart speakers go mainstream, the walls between the tech giants’ walled gardens are starting to come down.

Is streaming hurting Canada’s music scene?
Is streaming hurting Canada’s music scene?toronto.citynews.ca
There is a growing concern among Canadian musicians that streaming services do not pay them fairly — and independent artists are struggling as a result.

Your local coffee shop may start streaming Apple Music soon
Your local coffee shop may start streaming Apple Music soonbgr.com

Ben Thompson, the tech analyst behind the influential and widely read Stratechery blog, published a kind of mea culpa a few days ago in which he pretty much did an about-face in regards to Apple Music.

United Airlines and the myth of 'ad-free' in paid music streaming
United Airlines and the myth of 'ad-free' in paid music streamingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Last month, I received what was arguably an unsolicited native advertisement in one of my algorithmic playlists on Spotify – even though I pay $9.99/month for an ad-free experience on the platform.

Longform Editions uses slow music to combat the streaming slog
Longform Editions uses slow music to combat the streaming slogwww.factmag.com
An interview with Andrew Khedoori, the founder of Longform Editions, who are bringing something like slow music to Bandcamp.

Hip-Hop Dominates, But Rock & Country Score: The Year in Streaming Charts
Hip-Hop Dominates, But Rock & Country Score: The Year in Streaming Chartswww.billboard.com
If you need any proof of hip-hop’s streaming dominance, look no further than Billboard’s year-end Streaming Songs Artists chart for 2018.

Deezer partners with Triton Digital 'to deliver more value' for advertisers
Deezer partners with Triton Digital 'to deliver more value' for advertiserswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Deezer wants to ‘deliver more value’ to brands looking to advertise on its streaming service.

It's Been One Hell of a Year for Texas Music
It's Been One Hell of a Year for Texas Musicwww.texasmonthly.com
Kacey Musgraves, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Khalid, Maren Morris, and more have topped Apple’s charts—and are collecting accolades.

Kenyan streaming service set to conquer African continent
Kenyan streaming service set to conquer African continentwww.howwemadeitinafrica.com

Online content consumption, both of music and videos, has propelled the entertainment industry into new territory in various African markets.

Apple Music poised to get native Android tablet interface
Apple Music poised to get native Android tablet interfaceappleinsider.com
A native tablet interface and other significant UI changes for Apple Music on Android are now in beta, as Apple works to keep the client up to par with the iOS version.

Pandora Reveals 2018's Top Spinning Latin Artists
Pandora Reveals 2018's Top Spinning Latin Artistswww.billboard.com
The top spinning Latin artist chart is determined on how many times a song was streamed by Pandora’s users.

Issue 555: Music Streaming Fuels Vinyl’s Resurgence; LiveXLive Wants to Dominate Music Festival Livestreaming

Music streaming is fueling vinyl's resurgence
Music streaming is fueling vinyl's resurgencewww.engadget.com
Streaming has been blamed for killing off the CD, but industry experts agree it’s helping bolster the growth and quality of another physical music format: vinyl…

LiveXLive wants to dominate music festival livestreaming
LiveXLive wants to dominate music festival livestreamingventurebeat.com
LiveXLive has streamed 350 hours from 16 festivals to more than 40 million viewers in 2018. It will also handle the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles.

Apple Music’s arrival on Amazon’s Echo is both surprising and logical
Apple Music’s arrival on Amazon’s Echo is both surprising and logicalwww.fastcompany.com
Maybe the move is a vote of no confidence in the HomePod. But that’s far from the only explanation.

Radio & the Subscriber Economy: Will Consumers Pay for Radio?
Radio & the Subscriber Economy: Will Consumers Pay for Radio?jacobsmedia.com
Consumers are more willing than ever to pay for media content. Would they pay for broadcast radio? How can broadcasters get in on the action?

Report suggests Liberty Media is eyeing up iHeartMedia
Report suggests Liberty Media is eyeing up iHeartMediamusically.com
We reported last week on speculation that Apple has considered buying a stake in iHeartMedia, or even acquiring iHeartRadio. Now another giant, Liberty Media, is reportedly eyeing up the company.

Troy Carter Talks Prince, Spotify and the Future of Music
Troy Carter Talks Prince, Spotify and the Future of Musicvariety.com
Veteran music exec Troy Carter talked Prince, Spotify and the future of music consumption at Business Insider’s Ignition conference.

Why Bundle Music?
Why Bundle Music?www.hypebot.com

In this piece the people at Single Music why artists should more often bundle content, both physical and digital, and how marketing combinations of merchandise enables them to better connect with fans.

Fnatic takes Deezer Music Streaming Partnership to New Level with ‘Sound of Fnatic’ Gaming Mood Playlists
Fnatic takes Deezer Music Streaming Partnership to New Level with ‘Sound of Fnatic’ Gaming Mood Playlistsmoviesgamesandtech.com

Fnatic, one of the leading global esports brands, and global music streaming service, Deezer, has today announced the new ‘Sound of Fnatic’ experience that will bring fans even closer to the tunes that motivate and inspire their favourite players.

Abbey Road talks its first hackathon: 'A space for bright ideas'
Abbey Road talks its first hackathon: 'A space for bright ideas'musically.com
This month, Abbey Road Studios in London held its first hackathon, with 80 participants from startups and universities as well as 30 industry experts.

Sonarworks True-Fi: Can an App Make Your Headphones Sound Great
Sonarworks True-Fi: Can an App Make Your Headphones Sound Greatgizmodo.com

A new app from a Latvian outfit called Sonarworks claims it can tune music to play perfectly through specific headphone models. So whether you’re using AirPods or a swanky pair of $900 Auduze LCD-2s, you’ll hear the same exact mix.

Dear Spotify, Please Build A 'Followed Artists' Feed
Dear Spotify, Please Build A 'Followed Artists' Feedwww.hypebot.com

While the world’s leading streaming service has taken great strides in empowering artists on its platform, it has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to users.

JioSaavn becomes India’s answer to Spotify and Apple Music
JioSaavn becomes India’s answer to Spotify and Apple Musictechcrunch.com

India finally has its answer to Spotify after Reliance Jio merged its music service with Saavn, the startup it acquired earlier this year.

Issue 554: DJs Get Into Streaming Revenue Mix; Drake Ruled Spotify, Apple Music in 2018; SoundCloud Connects with Dubset

DJs Get Into Streaming Revenue Mix
DJs Get Into Streaming Revenue Mixwww.wsj.com
DJs are about to get a cut of streaming revenue, a new source of funds for artists who typically make a living performing in front of live audiences.

Drake Is The King Of Spotify And Apple Music As Top Streaming 2018 Artist
Drake Is The King Of Spotify And Apple Music As Top Streaming 2018 Artistwww.huffingtonpost.com
The Toronto rapper dominated the streaming services end-of-the-year rankings.

SoundCloud Mixes Things Up With Dubset Integration
SoundCloud Mixes Things Up With Dubset Integrationwww.hypebot.com

After recently making waves by allowing its users to link back to their Instagram stories, SoundCloud is mixing things up once again by integrating Dubset into their platform, allowing tracks to be scanned and then collecting and distributing royalties to the appropriate rightsholders.

How KKBox uses big data to change music streaming service
How KKBox uses big data to change music streaming servicewww.ejinsight.com

In Taiwan, regional digital music platform KKBox is using big data to develop a whole new music app that allows users to enjoy pop music for free.

Mixcloud launches subscriptions option for individual creators
Mixcloud launches subscriptions option for individual creatorsmusically.com
Just over a year ago, Nico Perez of Mixcloud told Music Ally about plans to let DJs, labels, podcasters and other creators charge subscriptions.

Here's Why Apple Had No Other Choice But Bring Its Music Service To Amazon Alexa Smart Speakers
Here's Why Apple Had No Other Choice But Bring Its Music Service To Amazon Alexa Smart Speakerswww.forbes.com
Apple has finally bowed to its music subscribers by letting them play their favorite songs on Amazon Echo smart speakers. So far, only the tech giant’s own smart speaker, the HomePod, was able to stream content from Apple Music and we expect that Google Home support is coming soon as well.

New music legislation set to boost artist royalties, and may give independents a more fair shake
New music legislation set to boost artist royalties, and may give independents a more fair shakewww.cnbc.com
The signing of the much anticipated Music Modernization Act (MMA) will have an impact on the music industry, and could trickle down to independent artists. 

Radio Industry Group Wants FCC to Eliminate Competition Rules Limiting Ownership
Radio Industry Group Wants FCC to Eliminate Competition Rules Limiting Ownershipwww.billboard.com
The National Association of Broadcasters is encouraging the FCC to relax, if not eliminate all together, any restrictions on how many stations a single owner can have in one market.

These 5 Music Genres Grew The Most On Spotify In 2018
These 5 Music Genres Grew The Most On Spotify In 2018www.hypebot.com
Alongside the usual most streamed artists, songs and albums lists of 2018, Spotify added the 5 fastest growing music genres on the platform. Several of them barely existed just 12 months ago. Genres That Grew the Most On Spotify in 2018 EMO Rap Lo-fi Beats Deep Talent Show Ringtone Brega…

Record Union wants indie acknowledgment from streaming playlists
Record Union wants indie acknowledgment from streaming playlistsmusically.com
Digital music distributor Record Union has launched a campaign targeted at music-streaming services on behalf of independent artists.

Spotify Is Said to Secure Rights to Booming Indian Music Market
Spotify Is Said to Secure Rights to Booming Indian Music Marketwww.bloomberg.com
The world’s largest music streaming service has secured deals with many of the major rights holders in India over the past few months, clearing one of its final hurdles to entering the country of 1.3 billion people, according to people familiar with the pacts.

Issue 553: Qantas Ditches In-Flight Music; Apple Music Reportedly Tops 56m Subscribers; Tencent Music Set for $25B Listing

Qantas to Get Rid of In-Flight Music

The Aussie flagship carrier has announced that it will become the first major airline to get rid of all music in its inflight entertainment program this week.

Apple Music reportedly tops 56m subscribers, up 6m in the past six months

Apple Music continues to grow its subscriber base around the world – but it’s not adding enough each month to cause Spotify too many sleepless nights.

What's The Actual Business Case For Virtual Reality In Music?
The vast majority of high-profile musical VR applications released to date have not truly taken advantage of VR’s unique capabilities as a technological medium.

Spotify unwraps weird listening habits for global end of year ad campaign
Spotify unwraps weird listening habits for global end of year ad campaignwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has a rich trove of user listening habits in its locker and it has seen success, both at awards and from consumers, in digging them out and exposing quirky behaviours.

China's Tencent Music set for $25bn listing in New York
China's Tencent Music set for $25bn listing in New Yorkwww.bbc.com
Tencent revives its New York float that was postponed in the wake of the US-China trade war.

JioSaavn App Launched, Jio Users Get 90 Days Complimentary Saavn Pro Access
JioSaavn App Launched, Jio Users Get 90 Days Complimentary Saavn Pro Accessgadgets.ndtv.com
JioSaavn is finally here. To recall, back in March, telecom giant Reliance Jio had revealed its planned acquisition of Saavn.

Apple, Facebook, Uber and Goldman Sachs trust this exec's company with their data. Now, he's turning his attention to the music industry.
Apple, Facebook, Uber and Goldman Sachs trust this exec's company with their data. Now, he's turning his attention to the music industry.www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The executive behind a data management tool relied upon by global giants like Apple, Facebook, Uber and Goldman Sachs believes he’s created the solution to the headaches of millions of recording artists.

The Subscription Model: What’s All the Hype?
The Subscription Model: What’s All the Hype?yucommentator.org

When it comes to the subscription model of business, customer retention is key in order to maintain the glorious recurring revenue stream.

In a rare move, Apple is partnering with Amazon to let you control Apple Music with Alexa
In a rare move, Apple is partnering with Amazon to let you control Apple Music with Alexawww.cnbc.com
Apple has traditionally kept its services and voice-enabled skills close, and kept rival services like Spotify and Amazon’s music streaming service at arms length. 

Satchmo Goes Digital
Satchmo Goes Digitaljazztimes.com
The complete archives of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York are now available online.

Spotify 'doing a Netflix': is Daniel Ek's platform already too big for the labels to stop it?
Spotify 'doing a Netflix': is Daniel Ek's platform already too big for the labels to stop it?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify’s Daniel Ek is betting big on developing a ‘two-sided marketplace’ for music.

Issue 552: Amazon Alexa + Apple Music; SiriusXM: Targeting 80% of All U.S. Vehicles; The Meta Trends that Will Shape 2019

Amazon Alexa Will Get Apple Music
Apple Music is coming to Amazon’s Alexa virtual personal assistant starting the week of December 17, according to the retailer.

SiriusXM: Targeting 80% of all US vehicles

David Frear, SEVP and CFO at pay radio operator SiriusXM, speaking at the Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecoms conference on November 27th told equity analysts that 2018 was proving to be a better than many expected.

The Meta Trends that Will Shape 2019

MIDiA has just published its annual predictions report. Here are a few highlights. 2018 was another year of change, disruption and transformation across media and technology.

Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday update
Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday updatewww.engadget.com
Google is bringing a bunch of new features to its Assistant for the holidays, though you can probably thank Jeff Bezos, rather than Santa for them. The most not…

The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felony
The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felonymotherboard.vice.com
The RIAA has also renewed calls for the government to consider ‘website blocking’ and filtering to stop music piracy.

Global bets on podcasts to get brands to invest in digital audio advertising
Global bets on podcasts to get brands to invest in digital audio advertisingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

UK Media & Entertainment group Global has ‘stormed’ into the podcasting business, adding a catalog of 1,500 ‘premium’ podcasts to its Global Player app.

Phishing Campaign Targets Spotify Users
Phishing Campaign Targets Spotify Userswww.hypebot.com
Cybersecurity firm AppRiver have discovered a phishing campaign specifically targeting Spotify users. The attack is designed to lure users to click on malicious links in an email. The next screen asks victim to enter their Spotify login credentials to remove restrictions on their Spotify account. While there may be some…

Is the Internet a blessing or a curse for musicians?
Is the Internet a blessing or a curse for musicians?www.musicinafrica.net
Technological advancements in the past 20 years or so have greatly altered the way we consume music. The Internet, probably the single most important invention of the 20th century, has been responsible for drastically changing how we listen to music. But despite its proclivity to simplify millions of tasks for everyday users, the Internet has been a double-edged sword for

Increased 'aiWARE'-ness For This AM/FM Owner
Increased 'aiWARE'-ness For This AM/FM Ownerwww.rbr.com
One of the biggest radio broadcasting companies in the U.S. is getting a real-time advertising intelligence and insights boost. It’s thanks to an expanded

Looking Back On 15 Years Of Bandzoogle
Looking Back On 15 Years Of Bandzooglewww.hypebot.com

Bandzoogle is celebrating 15 years, a lifetime in both in music and tech. The website and marketing platform continues to thrive by providing a product that every musician needs, constantly improving it and charging a fair price.

Guess Which Chinese Streaming Music Service Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users?
Guess Which Chinese Streaming Music Service Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users?www.digitalmusicnews.com
Looks like Chinese mobile giant Huawei has been quietly amassing a serious music-focused user base. But how many are paying?

Issue 551: Spotify to Musicians: Let Us Be Your Label; Streaming App Plex Announces Tidal Partnership

Spotify to Musicians: Let Us Be Your Label
The company is offering artists a best-in-class cut of their streaming royalties, but its program is a work in progress.

Streaming App Plex Announces Tidal Partnership
Streaming App Plex Announces Tidal Partnershipwww.billboard.com
Plex members will have access to TIDAL’s entire catalog, which includes more than 60 million track and 244,000 videos.

Apple's 30 Percent Transaction Fee For In-App Subscriptions Might Disappear. What Would That Mean For Music Streaming?
Apple's 30 Percent Transaction Fee For In-App Subscriptions Might Disappear. What Would That Mean For Music Streaming?www.billboard.com

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to allow an antitrust lawsuit to move forward that could force Apple to cut its 30 percent transaction fee it charges software developers who sell apps through iTunes and its App Store.

Billy Joel Channel on SiriusXM ending its latest run on Friday
Billy Joel Channel on SiriusXM ending its latest run on Fridaywww.newsday.com

The Billy Joel Channel’s latest run on SiriusXM is set to end on Friday, after a monthlong extension. The limited-run channel, which has been part of SiriusXM off and on since 2014, returned in October.

Francisco Zulu Is Designing A New World Of Music With New Music Streaming Service, MyNyimbo
Francisco Zulu Is Designing A New World Of Music With New Music Streaming Service, MyNyimbowww.africa.com
Nothing is constant but change, therefore there is no longer any reason why you can’t rewrite the narrative that has already been written. Francisco Zulu, founder and CEO of MyNyimbo

To Avoid the Fate of Music Streaming, Podcasts Need to Validate Their Audiences
To Avoid the Fate of Music Streaming, Podcasts Need to Validate Their Audienceswww.adweek.com

The future of audio is full of exciting potential.

Huawei claims its music-streaming service has 100m users
Huawei claims its music-streaming service has 100m usersmusically.com
Chinese technology company Huawei makes a range of products, including smartphones, for which it has big ambitions.

Why do LPs sound so good?
Why do LPs sound so good?www.cnet.com
The LP boom shows no signs of slowing, and no one really knows why.

Snapchat Ads For Indie Artists, Labels
Snapchat Ads For Indie Artists, Labels www.hypebot.com

Advertising via social media is fairly common in the industry now, and Snapchat is no exception. Here we look at why more independent artists should be using the platform for promotion, as well as exactly how they can go about doing it.

Major Labels Talk 'Isolated' Brazil, Streaming Prices and Data, Data, Data at Midem Event in Rio de Janeiro
Major Labels Talk 'Isolated' Brazil, Streaming Prices and Data, Data, Data at Midem Event in Rio de Janeirowww.billboard.com
Brazil’s “isolated” music market must align itself more tightly to Spanish-speaking Latin America if it is to seize on the huge opportunity created by the explosion of digital music and streaming, a label executive said Tuesday.

Spotify, Soundcloud Bot Farms Continue To Manipulate Streaming Numbers
Spotify, Soundcloud Bot Farms Continue To Manipulate Streaming Numberswww.hypebot.com
Bot farms continue to manipulate streaming stats on Spotify and Soundcloud, a year after the streamers and music industry became aware of them, multiple sources tell Hypebot. The bots, which target these two services because they offer free access, are available both home-brewed and professionally marketed. Bots targeted Spotify as…

Anghami adds music-recognition feature with ACRCloud
Anghami adds music-recognition feature with ACRCloudmusically.com
Spotify and Deezer may have ambitions to take a chunk out of its audience in the Middle East and North Africa, but local service Anghami remains the dominant audio-streaming player in the region for now, with more than 70 million users.

Spotify's Palestinian launch puts local artists on the map
Spotify's Palestinian launch puts local artists on the mapca.reuters.com

Palestinian musicians are fast reaping dividends from their presence on Spotify, which launched its internet streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa last week.

Issue 548: Spotify to Launch in India Within Six Months; SiriusXM CEO: We’re in the Radio Business, Not Music Distribution

Spotify to Launch in India Within Six Months
Spotify to Launch in India Within Six Monthsvariety.com
Spotify is expected to launch in India within six months, and will offer an extended free trial period.

SiriusXM CEO: We’re in the radio business, not music distribution
SiriusXM CEO: We’re in the radio business, not music distributionwww.cnbc.com
SiriusXM CEO James E. Meyer speaks with CNBC’s David Faber about the company’s decision to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion in September 2018.

Michele Anthony Grew Up in the Music Business—Now She Helps Steer It
Michele Anthony Grew Up in the Music Business—Now She Helps Steer Itwww.wsj.com
The Universal Music executive talks about cutting school, the hurdles women face in music and what’s next for streaming services.

Court Rules MusicMonster Stream-Ripping Service Illegal
Court Rules MusicMonster Stream-Ripping Service Illegaltorrentfreak.com

A music service that scans Internet radio streams for specific music tracks, records them, and makes them available for download in MP3 format, has lost its case in a German court.

Our 6 Favorite Collaborative Music-Making Apps
Our 6 Favorite Collaborative Music-Making Appsflypaper.soundfly.com
The internet is horrible at getting us outdoors, but it’s great at connecting likeminded collaborators all over the world. Here are 6 apps to do just that!

Taylor Swift, Label Services and What Comes Next
Taylor Swift, Label Services and What Comes Nextmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Taylor Swift has done it again.

JioMusic confirmed to become JioSaavn soon, additional features like music downloads to be no longer free
JioMusic confirmed to become JioSaavn soon, additional features like music downloads to be no longer freewww.bgr.in

Jio users will get 90 days of JioSaavn Pro subscription for free – JioMusic confirmed to become JioSaavn soon, additional features like music downloads to be no longer free.

Is a One Box Solution High-End Audio?
Is a One Box Solution High-End Audio?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson wonders if smaller, one box audio solutions are all what they’re cracked up to be…

Grimey's Records moves to East Trinity Lane amid vinyl record boom
Grimey's Records moves to East Trinity Lane amid vinyl record boomwww.tennessean.com
Grimey’s relocation shows that vinyl records and the neighborhood independent record shop are still vital.

Intercept Music Partners with Studio3Bee, Gains Pathway to Country, Americana, AAA, Related Artists
Intercept Music Partners with Studio3Bee, Gains Pathway to Country, Americana, AAA, Related Artistsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Intercept Music has formed an agreement with Nashville, Tenn.-based Studio3Bee, a collective led by some of country music’s most decorated executives.