Issue #397: Is Asia Spotify’s Weak Spot?; The District is Reshaping the Music Business; The Case for Napster

Is Asia Spotify’s weak spot?

Its US$26 billion stock debut has tech industry mouths watering, but the music streaming company may have hit a bum note in the region, where piracy, limited budgets and a love of karaoke are conspiring against it.

Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music business
Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music businesswww.straight.com
By managing YouTube streaming accounts, it’s formed one of the biggest music distribution networks in the world.

Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Age
Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Agewww.bloomberg.com
On stage at Coachella, Josh Conway could practically taste it. He and his compatriots in the indie band The Marias were playing the largest music festival in North America. They were on the verge of making it.

The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Later
The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Latermedium.com
Napster is the catalyst which was needed to spearhead the movement. But sadly, it is also the ship that had to sink for others’ sake.

Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 years
Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 yearswww.cnbc.com
Spotify disclosed on Tuesday that it’s spending at least $447 million on Google’s cloud over the next three years.

How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergence
How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergenceblog.jaak.io
Part of our strategy blog series, which will investigate the paths to building decentralised infrastructure for the intellectual property industries.

Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as viny
Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as vinywww.musicweek.com
It’s Record Store Day this weekend, which means tons of lovingly curated vinyl releases in your local indie shop. But, even as streaming becomes the dominant format, the biz shouldn’t neglect CD buyers. Music Week explains why…

Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscribers
Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscriberswww.billboard.com
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company has reached over 100 million subscribing Prime members, a new milestone for the 13-year-old program.

How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTube
How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTubeadexchanger.com

Vevo uses YouTube for a large chunk of its distribution and viewership.

Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal
Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidalexclaim.ca

A number of classic releases from 2010 through 2012 have been collected on the services.

Lessons from Spotify
Lessons from Spotifystratechery.com

Being a true aggregator means gaining power over supply; Spotify doesn’t have that — the company doesn’t even have control over its marginal costs — and it’s hard to see where the profits come from.

TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platform
TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platformwww.hypebot.com

TheWaveVR, a social virtual reality platform for music and visual arts experiences has closed a $6 million Series A funding round.

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org.

“We envision a world that is united and healed through the collaboration, proliferation and consumption of independent creative works,” said Mike Rubin, Founder of the Dreamchain Foundation. “By utilizing the blockchain’s immutable ledger and decentralized consensus ability combined with cryptocurrency’s ability to create new economic models, we can finally remove powerful authorities that for too long have either censored creativity or controlled the economic returns for creators, preventing many artists from realizing their dreams.”

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Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

The IDAGIO catalogue, which already comprises over 650,000 tracks, will encompass all new and recent releases from the Warner Classics and Erato labels, as well as the complete catalogue, including recordings originally issued on such iconic labels as EMI Classics and Teldec (now Warner Classics) and Virgin Classics (now Erato).

“Adding the complete Warner Classics catalogue will enable us to continue offering classical music lovers the streaming experience they want and deserve,” Till Janczukowicz, founder and CEO of IDAGIO​, said. “Warner Classics and Erato are labels that, under the inspired leadership of Alain Lanceron, continue to buck the industry trend with their ambition and commitment to visionary A&R. A perfect example is Erato’s recent award-winning recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens.”

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Issue #394: Ad Tech Streams Into Audio; iHeartRadio Opens Playlists to All Users; Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Boss Exiting for Spotify

Pandora vs. Spotify: Ad tech streams into audio
Pandora vs. Spotify: Ad tech streams into audioadage.com
Pandora and Spotify are offering new tools … if brands are ready.

Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotify
Apple Music’s Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotifyvariety.com
Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B, is leaving for Spotify, home to popular playlist RapCaviar.

iHeartRadio opens up its playlists to all users with launch of Playlist Radio
iHeartRadio opens up its playlists to all users with launch of Playlist Radiotechcrunch.com

The company is adding a new feature for all users – both free and paid – that blurs the lines between streaming radio and the typically premium-only option of using playlists: Playlist Radio.

Anybody out there still listening to music on AM or FM radio?
Anybody out there still listening to music on AM or FM radio?www.cnet.com
Radio isn’t dead yet, but its future isn’t exactly healthy.

Qobuz Names Music-Industry Veteran New CEO
Qobuz Names Music-Industry Veteran New CEOplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Qobuz, the European high resolution music streaming and downloading service, has named music-industry veteran Yann Miossec as its new CEO.

Fraud Detection Software Is Coming to the Music Industry — And It Will Change Everything
Fraud Detection Software Is Coming to the Music Industry — And It Will Change Everythingwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Up until this point, it’s been extremely difficult to detect fraud in music industry royalty statements.  That’s about to change in a very serious way.

What kind of songs don't qualify for YouTube Content ID?
What kind of songs don't qualify for YouTube Content ID?diymusician.cdbaby.com

Some audio is not eligible for monetization via Content ID on YouTube.

Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' to Test New Model for Spotify, YouTube: Streaming First for Paying Subscriber
Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' to Test New Model for Spotify, YouTube: Streaming First for Paying Subscriberwww.billboard.com
For the first two weeks of its release, Jason Aldean’s ‘Rearview Town,’ out Friday, will be available only on the premium tier of all subscription services, Billboard has confirmed.

Our Top 10 iOS Apps for Songwriters and Music Makers
Our Top 10 iOS Apps for Songwriters and Music Makersflypaper.soundfly.com
As the music creation process turns more digital, smartphone apps have started to help songwriters, composers and producers make music. Here are our faves.

Spotify's Public Listing Has Gone Better Than Expected -- Now What?
Spotify's Public Listing Has Gone Better Than Expected — Now What?www.billboard.com
Spotify’s first seven days as a public company have gone better than expected, but there’s still plenty more it needs to prove before the real celebrations can begin.

APRA AMCOS' Dean Ormston working on monitoring framework to tackle music quotas
APRA AMCOS' Dean Ormston working on monitoring framework to tackle music quotaswww.theindustryobserver.com.au
“We don’t want to have World War III, let’s just get everybody on the straight and narrow.”

Michael Franti Is All For Streaming Music on Cheddar
Michael Franti Is All For Streaming Music on Cheddarcheddar.com
The singer believes streaming actually turns people into more loyal fans who turn up to concerts. “I think it’s great,” he told Cheddar’s Jon Steinberg.

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.

Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engine

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. The Artist Matching Engine is powered by a novel data model that uses neural networks to map music tastes onto the demographic, psychographic, geographic, and behavioral attributes of music audiences.

Driven by a wealth of first party and aggregated data, this system combines a proprietary genre taxonomy with analysis of streaming, social media and live show data to gain insight into the fan bases of over 1.8 million artists worldwide. Brands are now using these insights to reach millions of music fans through immersive music programs.

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Issue #392: More Music Tech IPOs? How Streaming Services Protect Themselves From Lawsuits; Spotify Gets Loudr; Coachella on SiriusXM

More Music Tech Companies Mulling IPO After Spotify's Smooth Debut -- But Is It Really a Good Idea?
More Music Tech Companies Mulling IPO After Spotify's Smooth Debut — But Is It Really a Good Idea?www.billboard.com
After a relatively smooth debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Spotify is inspiring a handful of other music tech companies to consider launching their own IPOs.

Spotify Acquires Rights Company Loudr
Spotify Acquires Rights Company Loudrwww.bloomberg.com
Spotify is buying rights company Loudr in a move to beef up its ability to track and pay royalties to music publishers amid attempts by U.S. Congress to simplify the royalty system for artists on streaming services.

Death By a Thousand Papercuts: How Streaming Services Protect Themselves From Lawsuits by Burying the Copyright Office in Paperwork
Death By a Thousand Papercuts: How Streaming Services Protect Themselves From Lawsuits by Burying the Copyright Office in Paperworkwww.billboard.com
From the beginning, the inability of streaming services to accurately pay rightsholders represented an existential risk for streaming as a business model.

How has Iron Man Records adapted to the growth of digitalisation?
How has Iron Man Records adapted to the growth of digitalisation?medium.com

Iron Man Records has had little choice, it has had to learn to adapt to digitalisation regardless.

Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other
Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Otherwww.npr.org
The “music omnibus” bill represents the rare compromise between the music business and tech companies, who have spent years fighting each other over fractions of pennies.

How to Share Songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play Music
How to Share Songs on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play Musicwww.wired.com
All of the popular streaming services have features where you can follow friends or recommend tracks. Here’s how to use them.

What YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon Are Paying Artists In 2018
What YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon Are Paying Artists In 2018www.digitalmusicnews.com
Today, Digital Music News looks into how much YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Amazon pay artists per stream.

“Coachella Radio” Channel to Launch Exclusively on SiriusXM
“Coachella Radio” Channel to Launch Exclusively on SiriusXMplatformandstream.wordpress.com
SiriusXM announced today that it will be the exclusive radio broadcaster of live performances and interviews from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the fourth consecutive year.

Is music streaming good or bad for artists?
Is music streaming good or bad for artists?www.redbull.com
We looked at the facts.

Tracklib Debuts, Enables Music Creators to Discover, Sample, License Original Recordings
Tracklib Debuts, Enables Music Creators to Discover, Sample, License Original Recordingsplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Today marks the global launch of Tracklib, the world’s first and only music service that enables music creators to discover, sample and license original recordings.

“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Year
“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Yearpitchfork.com
With a new $4.8 million investment, an Austrian startup says it could have “HD vinyl” in stores by 2019

Announcing Fruit Punch Music – Spotify for Kids
Announcing Fruit Punch Music – Spotify for Kidsplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Fruit Punch, Inc. announces the world’s first music streaming platform built just for kids.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Announce Free Webcast From Orlando
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Announce Free Webcast From Orlandowww.jambase.com
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will webcast their upcoming concert in Orlando, Florida online for free.

Spotify’s IPO was both a success and an uncertain forecast for the future of music
Spotify’s IPO was both a success and an uncertain forecast for the future of musicwww.theverge.com

Investors are worried about the economics of music streaming and about Apple Music as a looming threat.

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