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.

Issue 644: Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offering; Bytedance Planning Music Streaming App for Overseas Market

Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offering
Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offeringwww.billboard.com
Amazon is readying to launch a free, ad-supported music service as soon as next week, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Data-Sharing, the Future: ‘I Was Never a Disrupter’
Spotify’s Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Data-Sharing, the Future: ‘I Was Never a Disrupter’variety.com
In an interview with Freaknomics Radio, Spotify’s Daniel Ek talked about royalties, data-sharing, the company’s future and more.

TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas market
TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas marketwww.scmp.com
Move to launch music streaming app comes after major labels ask for higher royalty payments for music used on TikTok video platform

Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with music
Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with musicmusically.com
Project Wave is a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform with music streaming and distribution service

SoundExchange Takes Music Choice to Court Over Underpaid Royalties
SoundExchange Takes Music Choice to Court Over Underpaid Royaltieswww.billboard.com
SoundExchange has filed a lawsuit against Music Choice, alleging that the music services has shortchanged it in millions of dollars of royalty payment from its business establishment music service. The lawsuit was filed in the Washington, D.C. District Court today.

YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Push
YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Pushwww.billboard.com
YouTube is making a move into interactive programming and has tapped a longtime content executive to lead the push.

Music Streaming: How Much do Songwriters Get Paid?
Music Streaming: How Much do Songwriters Get Paid?www.rollingstone.com

How three U.S. copyright judges set off a war between music-streaming services.

'Songwriters Are Not Treated Fairly': Nile Rodgers On Streaming's Present And Future
'Songwriters Are Not Treated Fairly': Nile Rodgers On Streaming's Present And Futurewww.npr.org
The famed musician and current chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame talks to NPR about a recent letter he and many other songwriters sent to the head of Spotify.

Requestify is the latest spin on social, digital jukeboxes
Requestify is the latest spin on social, digital jukeboxesmusically.com
Requestify is a fully app-driven social jukebox designed to create unparalleled experiences at events and venues around the world

Entertainment One to buy UK's Audio Network in $215m deal
Entertainment One to buy UK's Audio Network in $215m dealwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
‘eOne’s capabilities across Music will be significantly bolstered by Audio Network’s impressive scale and roster of artists, composers and catalogue.’

Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streaming
Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streamingwww.hypebot.com

According to the latest report from the IFPI, the music industry has now seen its fourth uninterrupted year of growth, reaching $19 billion in revenue, a an increase which has been fueled in large part by a major uptick in paid music subscriptions.

Issue 643: Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page; Trey Anastasio’s NYC Webcasts; Apple Podcasts Coming to the Web

Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page With New Raconteurs Song
Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page With New Raconteurs Songpitchfork.com

Jack White’s rock quartet shares their cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)”.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Before
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Beforewww.billboard.com
“I don’t believe that the music industry has to be disrupted. I believe it has to be evolved,” he said in expansive interview with the ‘Freakonomics Radio’ podcast.

Apple Podcasts Are Coming to the Web
Apple Podcasts Are Coming to the Webvariety.com
Apple has been testing a full-featured web interface for its podcast directory.

Wiz Khalifa Docuseries to Launch on Apple Music
Wiz Khalifa Docuseries to Launch on Apple Musicvariety.com
“Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam,” a five-part docuseries looking back at the rapper’s career, will launch April 17 on Apple Music.

Trey Anastasio Announces Ghosts Of The Forest New York City Webcasts
Trey Anastasio Announces Ghosts Of The Forest New York City Webcastswww.jambase.com
Live webcasts of Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts Of The Forest shows at the United Palace Theatre in New York City are available.

iHeartMedia's IPO Plans: Industry Skeptics, Optimists Weigh In
iHeartMedia's IPO Plans: Industry Skeptics, Optimists Weigh Inwww.billboard.com

Bob Pittman, the chairman/CEO of iHeartMedia, likes to compare his broadcast-radio empire — which reaches 275 million listeners each month and is saddled with nearly $6 billion in debt — to a house.

Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming Advertising
Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming Advertisingplatformandstream.com

OpenText announced Pandora selected OpenText Media Management as the asset storage and management application for its audio and display advertising.

MicTurn takes the idea of open-mic concerts online
MicTurn takes the idea of open-mic concerts onlinemusically.com
If you’ve ever been to an ‘open-mic’ concert, you’ll know how they work: musicians turn up with their instruments, sign up to take part and then wait their turn to play a few songs. Now there’s a startup trying to do that in the online world. It’s called MicTurn.

dotBC teams with Digimarc to merge Blockchain and Digimarc Barcode for rights management solutions
dotBC teams with Digimarc to merge Blockchain and Digimarc Barcode for rights management solutionswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

DotBC seeks to modernize media rights management.

Bose brings audio AR shades and festival content to Coachella
Bose brings audio AR shades and festival content to Coachellawww.mobilemarketer.com

Bose collaborated with festival organizer Goldenvoice to add the audio AR feature to the core Coachella smartphone app.

Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?
Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?variety.com
In this guest post, NMPA chief David Israelite argues that songwriters have turned the tide of public opinion against big tech.

Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetization
Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetizationplatformandstream.com

Triton Digital announced today that Stingray has selected Triton Digital to power the monetization of the streaming audio content on its Stingray Music mobile application.

Issue 639: Is Apple Music Really Beating Spotify with U.S. Users?; King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotify; Boomplay Raises $20M

Is Apple Music really beating Spotify with U.S. users? WSJ report says yes
Is Apple Music really beating Spotify with U.S. users? WSJ report says yeswww.usatoday.com
Apple Music may have gotten a nice win in its battle with Spotify, the title of most popular streaming service in the U.S.

King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotify
King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotifywww.rollingstone.com

All 13 of band’s studio albums will hit Spotify and other services in time for upcoming 50th anniversary tour.

Boomplay, Africa's Biggest Streaming Platform, Raises $20M in Funding
Boomplay, Africa's Biggest Streaming Platform, Raises $20M in Fundingwww.billboard.com
Boomplay Music, a leading music streaming and download service in Africa, has raised $20 million in Series A funding to continue its rapid expansion on the continent, the company announced Friday.

Nipsey Hussle Music Streams Increased 1,773% Following His Death
Nipsey Hussle Music Streams Increased 1,773% Following His Deathwww.complex.com
Nielsen Music reports the rapper’s catalog garnered 101.5 million on-demand streams Sunday and Monday.

Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?
Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?variety.com
In this guest post, NMPA chief David Israelite argues that songwriters have turned the tide of public opinion against big tech.

TikTok Offering 'Spotlight' to Indie Artists Looking to Get Meme'd By the Masses
TikTok Offering 'Spotlight' to Indie Artists Looking to Get Meme'd By the Masseswww.billboard.com
TikTok has launched a new artist discovery program called “Spotlight” that will give independent artists a direct line to the app’s legion of content-hungry users.

Judas Priest's Rob Halford On Music Streaming: 'You Have To Accept It Since You Can't Turn Back The Tide'
Judas Priest's Rob Halford On Music Streaming: 'You Have To Accept It Since You Can't Turn Back The Tide'www.blabbermouth.net

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford spoke to Digital Journal about the impact of technology on the music business, especially with streaming services.

YouTube Music makes new play for independent artists with latest round of Foundry development program acts
YouTube Music makes new play for independent artists with latest round of Foundry development program actswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
11 new artists added to program with additional set to be added later this year

The Radio Giant iHeartMedia Prepares for Possible I.P.O.
The Radio Giant iHeartMedia Prepares for Possible I.P.O.www.nytimes.com
The largest radio broadcaster in the United States says radio offers “companionship” to compete against streaming music services.

Streaming music is going to officially take over the world this year
Streaming music is going to officially take over the world this yearwww.cnet.com
Streaming already makes nearly half of the money for recorded music worldwide.

Spotify and chat come to Windows 10 Game Bar
Spotify and chat come to Windows 10 Game Barventurebeat.com
Microsoft announced today that you can now access Spotify, chat, and other features with the Windows 10 Game Bar.

Gaana powers seamless music streaming experience in MG Motors
Gaana powers seamless music streaming experience in MG Motorswww.radioandmusic.com

Popular Indian music streaming app, Gaana will now power the in-vehicle infotainment system of UK-based carmaker MG Motors’ upcoming, Hector SUV.

Issue 636: Every Music Company Morphing Into the Same Thing; Global Recorded-Music Revenues Hit $19.1B; Pandora Tests AI-Powered Voice Ads

Every Music Company is Morphing into the Same Thing
Every Music Company is Morphing into the Same Thingwww.rollingstone.com

Record labels are becoming streaming services; talent management companies are becoming record labels; distributors are having a go at becoming managers. And artists are stuck in the middle.

Driven by Streaming, Global Recorded-Music Revenues Soar to $19.1 Billion
Driven by Streaming, Global Recorded-Music Revenues Soar to $19.1 Billionvariety.com
Driven by streaming, global recorded-music revenues soared nearly 10% to $19.1 billion, according to IFPI’s annual report.

Pandora to Start Testing A.I.-powered Interactive Voice Ads
Pandora to Start Testing A.I.-powered Interactive Voice Adswww.digitaltrends.com
If you spot someone in the street talking to ads on Pandora in the coming months, then no, you’re not going mad. It’s part of a trial by the music streaming service that will use interactive voice ads to encourage responses from listeners so brands can learn what elements of a product they’re most interested in.

Mixcloud Select subscription service adds new features and creators
Mixcloud Select subscription service adds new features and creatorswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Service was launched in December 2018

Troy Carter and J. Erving Reunite to Launch Q&A Music/Technology Company
Troy Carter and J. Erving Reunite to Launch Q&A Music/Technology Companywww.billboard.com
Troy Carter has revealed his next move after vacating the role of Spotify’s global head of creator services in September: He’s reuniting with former Atom Factory co-president J. Erving to form a new music and technology company called Q&A.

Comment: Spotify hasn’t killed off music obsessives — just the thrill of the hunt
Comment: Spotify hasn’t killed off music obsessives — just the thrill of the hunt montrealgazette.com
Bernard Perusse used to spend countless hours seeking hard-to-find albums. Now streaming services have made a mockery of that work. But the music geek of yesteryear and the modern-day version aren’t so far apart.

How streaming services impact independent artists
How streaming services impact independent artistswww.cavalierdaily.com
Charlottesville’s local artists have found success navigating the new frontier of streaming platforms. 

Benefits and drawbacks of cheap music streaming
Benefits and drawbacks of cheap music streamingwww.shsoutherner.net

With the rise of the internet and easy access to music streaming platforms, many problems and benefits have come to light.

Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming Service
Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming Servicewww.hypebot.com

In this piece, Gimme Radio’s Tyler Lenane outlines why they felt compelled to start another streaming service in an already crowded sector and how Gimme Radio differentiates themselves from other platforms by focusing on serving the passionate fan.

Online music streaming leads Canadian music industry growth in 2017
Online music streaming leads Canadian music industry growth in 2017mobilesyrup.com

Canada’s music industry is growing on the back of online streaming, with its almost 50 percent market share of how people listen to music.

AC/DC Logo Designer Creates New Apple Music Playlist Art
AC/DC Logo Designer Creates New Apple Music Playlist Artloudwire.com
We salute you.

Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Cardi B & More Songs Earn iHeartRadio Titanium Award for 1 Billion Spins
Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Cardi B & More Songs Earn iHeartRadio Titanium Award for 1 Billion Spinswww.billboard.com

iHeartMedia announced on Tuesday the 32 artists who received the company’s Titanium Award for reaching a threshold of one billion total audience spins of their hits throughout 2018.

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Issue 623: Will the iPod Return in 2019?; Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV; The Role of Data Metrics for Independent Artists

Will the iPod return in 2019?
Will the iPod return in 2019?techcrunch.com

2019 could mark a sort of return for the final iteration of the beloved music device — which, toward the end more closely resembled a cellular-free iPhone than any of its predecessors.

Apple Music is on Amazon Fire TV
Apple Music is on Amazon Fire TVwww.engadget.com
Apple Music users in the US can now listen to their tracks on Amazon Fire TVs (or sticks). The news comes only months after Apple Music became available on Echo…

The Role of Data Metrics for Independent Artists
The Role of Data Metrics for Independent Artistswww.thembj.org

Since the rise of social media and other online platforms like YouTube and Facebook, artists have been able to reach their audiences with more ease and efficiency than ever thought possible.

SoundCloud expands partnership with Global-owned DAX to Canada
SoundCloud expands partnership with Global-owned DAX to Canadawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
DAX is already SoundCloud’s exclusive sales partner in the UK

Happy birthday, the internet. Here are 30 ways you changed music forever
Happy birthday, the internet. Here are 30 ways you changed music foreverwww.nme.com

If you grew up during or before the early noughties, the words ‘dial-up’ will strike you with one of two emotions: either extreme dread or the rosy twang of nostalgia. Back then, going on the internet was a laborious undertaking.

Why do musicians keep using Pornhub as a streaming service?
Why do musicians keep using Pornhub as a streaming service?hhhhappy.com
Pornhub, albeit a fantastic alternative destination for banned music like Drill, often isn’t an alternative at all, but the first place artists go to publish their work.

What’s Next For Playlist Innovation?
What’s Next For Playlist Innovation?www.midiaresearch.com
In this era of access to all music and everything about it, I do enjoy reading artist interviews, and pay attention to artists’ views on the modern music industry. What…

The key factors behind K-pop's global success
The key factors behind K-pop's global successqz.com
For decades K-pop has thrived in Asian markets and places like Latin America. But there was always one pop market it couldn’t quite penetrate—the US—until now.

Spotify Celebrates First Anniversary In South Africa After Coming "Home"
Spotify Celebrates First Anniversary In South Africa After Coming "Home"www.forbes.com

Spotify – the streaming service which has just filed a complaint against Apple with the European competition authorities – is celebrating its first year in Africa.

Can Radio Achieve Brand Intimacy?
Can Radio Achieve Brand Intimacy?jacobsmedia.com
There are companies we feel we can’t live without, but there are others that achieve brand intimacy.

Spotify CEO blasts Apple's 'unfair' policies that forces a 'tax' on rival subscription services
Spotify CEO blasts Apple's 'unfair' policies that forces a 'tax' on rival subscription serviceswww.cnbc.com
Music streaming giant Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission’s antitrust regulators.

2018 Global Label Market Share: Stream Engine
2018 Global Label Market Share: Stream Enginemusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Recorded music revenues grew in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, reaching $18.8 billion, up $2.2 billion from 2017. Streaming was the engine room of growth, up 30% year on year to reach $9.6 billion.

Pandora offers more granular targeting, including smart speaker-specific ads
Pandora offers more granular targeting, including smart speaker-specific adswww.mobilemarketer.com

Pandora is letting advertisers target more specific device types with their messages, including voice-powered smart speakers like Google Home or Amazon Echo, along with gaming consoles and smart TVs.

Issue 617: Spotify’s Grand Plan for Podcasts; Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXM

Spotify’s grand plan for podcasts is taking shape
Spotify’s grand plan for podcasts is taking shapewww.theverge.com
Spotify purchased Gimlet Media and Anchor in a deal worth more than $300 million. The company is now speaking publicly about its big podcast plans.

Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXM
Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXMwww.rollingstone.com

The first episode will feature performances by Dave Grohl, Lady Gaga, Cheap Trick and James Taylor.

Chance The Rapper Celebrates "Coloring Book" Spotify Milestone
Chance The Rapper Celebrates "Coloring Book" Spotify Milestonehiphopdx.com
Chance The Rapper’s reaches 1.5 billion streams on Spotify for Coloring Book mixtape.

Warner Music joins Sony as latest major label to offer legal DJ mixes with Dubset
Warner Music joins Sony as latest major label to offer legal DJ mixes with Dubsetwww.theverge.com
DJs and producers will be able to use songs from Warner Music artists in live sets going forward. Warner Music joins Sony Music in joining Dubset.

Indian streaming service Gaana to hold another US festival
Indian streaming service Gaana to hold another US festivalmusically.com
It’s the second year the festival has been held in the US, following its debut in Mountain View last May.

UMG boss excited by mobile potential for streaming growth
UMG boss excited by mobile potential for streaming growthmusically.com
Universal Music chief Sir Lucian Grainge keynoted the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona this week, stressing the excitement his company feels about the mobile industry globally.

Spotify takes next step towards world domination as it enters India
Spotify takes next step towards world domination as it enters Indiawww.afr.com
The music streaming business is taking on tech giants and major record labels as it goes global with its arrival in India.

Country Blocking Music Releases Has To End
Country Blocking Music Releases Has To Endwww.magneticmag.com
The archaic practice of region or geo-blocking music releases has to end. It only encourages piracy and turns potential fans off from artists. The internet is global and instantaneous.

Castbox CEO: Spotify acquisitions 'validation' for whole podcast industry
Castbox CEO: Spotify acquisitions 'validation' for whole podcast industrywww.androidpit.com
Recently, Spotify went on a major podcast offensive. What does this mean for the dedicated podcast platforms? We asked Castbox CEO to find out.

Here’s how to create your personalized Women’s History Month playlist on Pandora
Here’s how to create your personalized Women’s History Month playlist on Pandorawww.fastcompany.com
*lights a Virginia Slim* You’ve come a long way, playlists.

Can Power Cords Have an Effect on an Audio System's Sound?
Can Power Cords Have an Effect on an Audio System's Sound?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at two divergent views on power cords…

Issue 612: De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albums; SoundCloud’s Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify, Apple Music

Legendary Hip-Hop Act De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albums
Legendary Hip-Hop Act De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albumsfortune.com
De La Soul’s classic hip-hop records are finally coming to streaming. But the band members claim label Tommy Boy isn’t paying them enough.

SoundCloud's Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify & Apple Music
SoundCloud's Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify & Apple Musicwww.forbes.com
Artist first platform SoundCloud has thrown their hat in the ring for music distribution, by adding its own tools to premium accounts. With the top streaming artist being from the hip hop genre, SoundCloud will need to entice more indie rappers to join its platform.

Spotify’s Official India Debut Includes a World First: Free Mobile App Users Can Play Any Song On-Demand
Spotify’s Official India Debut Includes a World First: Free Mobile App Users Can Play Any Song On-Demandvariety.com
Spotify is letting Indian music fans play any song on-demand from the free smartphone app, a feature it doesn’t offer anywhere else.

This new app finds records using your Spotify playlists
This new app finds records using your Spotify playliststhevinylfactory.com
new app called Record Radar scans your Spotify playlists to find those tracks on vinyl in stores, using Discogs’ database.

iHeartMedia to Acquire Radiojar – Platform & Stream
iHeartMedia to Acquire Radiojar – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

iHeartMedia today announced it acquired Athens, Greece-based online audio technology company Radiojar Information Technology.

Spotify plans to add interest-based targeting to its self-serve platform
Spotify plans to add interest-based targeting to its self-serve platformdigiday.com
The focus on growing its ad business comes as most of Spotify’s revenue comes from the ad-free, subscription product.

Brand Intimacy...For Radio
Brand Intimacy…For Radiojacobsmedia.com
12 steps for creating an intimate radio brand.

Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018
Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018musically.com
With all three major labels having published their financial results for the final quarter of 2018 – and thus for the year as a whole – we can get a picture of how their digital businesses grew.

Spotify Game 'Top Of The Spots' Is Truly Addictive - hypebot
Spotify Game 'Top Of The Spots' Is Truly Addictive – hypebotwww.hypebot.com
Top Of The Spots has a simple premise: choose which of two randomly chosen tracks on Spotify got the most cumulative plays. Playing this free game is truly addictive, particularly for us music junkies, and far harder than you’d think. Play Top Of The Spots here.

MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startups
MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startupsmusically.com
AudioCoin, Musicoin, Opus, Aventus, Musiconomi and more… Music Ally has written about a variety of startups exploring the crossover between blockchain technology and the music industry, with several of these companies having launched their own ‘tokens’.Now there’s a site for keeping track of AND trading those tokens. It’s called MyMusicTokens.

Streaming Revenue Is Impressive, But Will It Ever Make Up For Physical Product Losses?
Streaming Revenue Is Impressive, But Will It Ever Make Up For Physical Product Losses?www.forbes.com
Music streaming revenue is way up and growing, but will it be enough to offset the loss of physical sales?

Issue 611: Pandora Stories Debuts; Spotify Launches In India; iHeartMedia Makes it Easy to Create ‘Pop-Up’ Radio Stations

Pandora Stories launches, combining music and podcasting in a new format
Pandora Stories launches, combining music and podcasting in a new formattechcrunch.com
In an effort to one-up Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora this morning announced the launch of a new marketing tool for artists, called Pandora Stories. The feature allows artists to build music playlists combined with voice tracks, where they can add a narrative and deeper insights – explainin…

After Legal Challenge, Spotify Launches In India
After Legal Challenge, Spotify Launches In Indiawww.billboard.com
The popular global streaming brand has flicked the switch on its service in India, boasting a premium product priced at just INR 119 ($1.67) per month and a library of 40 million songs.

iHeartMedia will make it easy to create ‘pop-up’ radio stations
iHeartMedia will make it easy to create ‘pop-up’ radio stationswww.engadget.com
Radio giant iHeartMedia, which runs more than 850 stations throughout the US, is expanding into the world of “pop-up” broadcasting following its acquisition of…

The Orchard, Audible Magic Partner to Address Industry-wide Problem of Verifying Music Rights Ownership – Platform & Stream
The Orchard, Audible Magic Partner to Address Industry-wide Problem of Verifying Music Rights Ownership – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

Audible Magic announced two new services, Rights Audit, and Rights Rx to address the industry-wide problem of distribution conflicts between rights owners and their respective music catalogs.

Spotify and podcasts: Stuck in the middle without you
Spotify and podcasts: Stuck in the middle without youmedium.com

This raft of M&A represents an earnest push into the podcasting market by a company heretofore known as a streaming music trailblazer. Spotify is pulling no punches about its strategic ambitions in this space,

Spotify vs. Warner: What's really going on?
Spotify vs. Warner: What's really going on?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The word’s biggest digital music service angrily berated the world’s third biggest music rights company for its alleged “abusive behavior”.

When Do We Lose Interest In Discovering New Music?
When Do We Lose Interest In Discovering New Music?jacobsmedia.com

Believe it or not, I still have friends in the record label community, despite my lurid past as “The Classic Rock guy.”

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discusses podcasts and competing with tech giants
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discusses podcasts and competing with tech giantswww.cnbc.com
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discussed the company’s podcast acquisition plans and investment in original content in an interview with CNBC.

Let’s get physical: How independent artists are reinventing the physical release format
Let’s get physical: How independent artists are reinventing the physical release formatmixmag.net

We talk to the artists and labels innovating with their output.

Streaming Can Take Local Music Global, But Branko Won’t Compromise
Streaming Can Take Local Music Global, But Branko Won’t Compromisewww.rollingstone.com

Lisbon-based producer’s new Nosso album is due out on Friday.

Issue 607: IDAGIO, muvac Partner to Simplify Audition Preparation; LANDR Brings Music Mastering to the Cloud

IDAGIO, muvac Partner to Simplify Audition Preparation
IDAGIO, muvac Partner to Simplify Audition Preparationplatformandstream.com

IDAGIO, the leading streaming service for classical music, and muvac (music vacancies), the leading platform for organizing auditions, are joining forces to offer musicians around the world a new tool to optimize their audition preparation.

LANDR Brings Music Mastering to the Cloud, Helping Major Labels & Bedroom Acts Alike
LANDR Brings Music Mastering to the Cloud, Helping Major Labels & Bedroom Acts Alikewww.billboard.com

As Gwen Stefani prepared to debut the video for her single “Make Me Like You” at the 2016 Grammy Awards, her team needed the track mastered — fast.

Spotify's quest to become the king of podcasts
Spotify's quest to become the king of podcastswww.engadget.com
Today, Spotify announced that it was finally making a profit, and it would use its cash to go on a spending spree. The streaming music platform was buying block…

EMI.com: ‘It would have been the first real streaming platform…’
EMI.com: ‘It would have been the first real streaming platform…’musically.com
A new book by Music Ally’s Eamonn Forde digs deep into the demise of EMI as a standalone major-label, following its £4.2bn acquisition by private-equity company Terra Firma in 2007. This extract details the ambitious – but ultimately unfulfilled – plans to relaunch the EMI.com website as a digital-music service (something Music Ally covered at the time).

Spotify users left unhappy by frustrating new update
Spotify users left unhappy by frustrating new updatewww.hitc.com
They’ve made some really poor changes to the Spotify app

Carnegie Library launches new digital music streaming platform
Carnegie Library launches new digital music streaming platformwww.pghcitypaper.com
Artists receive a one-time $200 stipend for albums of at least 10 minutes long, or four tracks

How Much Money Should You Invest In Digital Audio?
How Much Money Should You Invest In Digital Audio?audiophilereview.com

Jerry Del Colliano looks at the cost of high-performance digital…

Facebook's Chief AI Scientist Backs Music Startup In $4.5 Million Funding Round
Facebook's Chief AI Scientist Backs Music Startup In $4.5 Million Funding Roundwww.forbes.com
The music startup is called Antescofo and its Metronaut app helps classical musicians.

What’s next after streaming music? Look to the tech industry for clues
What’s next after streaming music? Look to the tech industry for cluesglobalnews.ca
Streaming music services give us access to 50 million songs with a couple of taps at our phones. But what’s next?

What Spotify’s $230 Million Gimlet Deal Means for the Podcast Industry
What Spotify’s $230 Million Gimlet Deal Means for the Podcast Industrywww.vulture.com
Spotify just took a big swing on podcasts. The streaming music giant is buying Gimlet Media for $230 million, as well as acquiring Anchor, an audio tool startup. Is the podcast industry’s Wild West era officially over?

Weezer To Perform Exclusive Concert For SiriusXM In Washington D.C.
Weezer To Perform Exclusive Concert For SiriusXM In Washington D.C.www.allaccess.com

Weezer will perform an exclusive concert for SiriusXM on Wed, Feb 27th at The Black Cat in Washington D.C.

Dubsmash has relaunched as an app focused on dance challenges
Dubsmash has relaunched as an app focused on dance challengesmusically.com
The last time Music Ally wrote about social-music app Dubsmash was in December 2016, when it had just raised a $9.6m funding round in order to fight back against fast-rising rival Musical.ly, which was gaining more traction with a similar app for shooting and sharing lip-sync videos.

Issue 604: Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019; Qobuz Takes on Spotify, Tidal by Banking on Sound Quality

Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019 – Rolling Stone
Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019 – Rolling Stonewww.rollingstone.com

The company finished 2018 with its first ever quarterly operating profit but still faces a few stark challenges.

Qobuz takes on Spotify and Tidal by banking on sound quality
Qobuz takes on Spotify and Tidal by banking on sound qualitywww.cnet.com
Streaming music service Qobuz launches in the US with high-quality music streams and a unique download store.

SiriusXM radios standard on all International on-highway trucks
SiriusXM radios standard on all International on-highway truckswww.trucker.com
SiriusXM radios are now standard equipment for all International Truck’s on-highway tractors including the LoneStar, LT Series and RH Series trucks.

Beatport & DJcity Team Up to Form Beatsource for Open-Format DJs
Beatport & DJcity Team Up to Form Beatsource for Open-Format DJswww.billboard.com
Leading DJ music source Beatport and subscription-based digital DJ record pool DJcity announced on Wednesday they would be combining their resources to launch Beatsource, a new digital music retail experience for open-format DJs.

Deezer NEXT 2019 Announces Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo as US Priority Acts
Deezer NEXT 2019 Announces Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo as US Priority Actswww.billboard.com
Global music streaming service Deezer has revealed its 2019 Deezer NEXT edition, including Latin singers Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo in the roster.

How to make the most of a song or album premiere
How to make the most of a song or album premierehaulixdaily.com
With competition fiercer than ever, artists and journalists alike need to be sure their next premiere has a meaningful impact.

Symphonic Distribution launches sync licensing arm, Bodega Sync
Symphonic Distribution launches sync licensing arm, Bodega Syncwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Bodega will act as a standalone sync licensing agency

Radio Gaga: The story of in-car entertainment
Radio Gaga: The story of in-car entertainmentwww.motoringresearch.com
Adventures in Hi-Fi: from its roots in the 1920s to Apple Carplay, we chart the history of in-car entertainment

Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones
Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphonesmusically.com
Spotify’s app is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones. Apple Music, on 5%, is some way behind.

Drake's 'So Far Gone' Is Heading to Streaming Services
Drake's 'So Far Gone' Is Heading to Streaming Servicesnoisey.vice.com
The mixtape will be available on digital platforms for its 10 year anniversary.

Issue 601: Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?; Boca Juniors Tune in with Spotify; TIDAL Lets Users Mute Artists, Tracks

Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?
Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?www.billboard.com
SiriusXM’s $3.5 billion purchase of Pandora, finalized Feb. 1, will create a digital-radio behemoth with customized radio playlists, a contract with Howard Stern and an estimated 100 million listeners who tune in from cars, smartphones and laptops alike.

Boca Juniors tune in with Spotify
Boca Juniors tune in with Spotifywww.sportspromedia.com
Argentinian soccer giants create music playlist for fans.

TIDAL lets users mute Artists and Tracks
TIDAL lets users mute Artists and Tracks www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Tracks and artists can be blocked from appearing in My Mix and Artist and Track Radio playlists

A Music Startup Is Paying Artists For Their Future Royalties
A Music Startup Is Paying Artists For Their Future Royaltieswww.rollingstone.com

Swedish startup Amuse debuts Fast Forward, a new service that projects artists’ future earnings using machine learning.

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business
Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound businesswww.computerworld.com
Spotify began a buying spree in an apparent bid to dominate podcasting. Here’s what it knows that others don’t.

Spotify's Acquisition of Gimlet & Anchor Does to Podcasts What It Can't Afford to Do to Music
Spotify's Acquisition of Gimlet & Anchor Does to Podcasts What It Can't Afford to Do to Musicwww.billboard.com
Now Spotify can finally bring its vision of becoming a “two-sided marketplace” to life — just not for music first.

Georgia Wants to Add a Tax on Netflix, Digital Music
Georgia Wants to Add a Tax on Netflix, Digital Musicfortune.com
Legislators in the Peach State are considering a new 4% tax on digital video, books, music, and games.

¡Más volumen! Mexico City is a new capital of the digital music business
¡Más volumen! Mexico City is a new capital of the digital music businesswww.marketplace.org
Spotify says the world’s largest market for its streaming service is not NYC or London: it’s Mexico City. And this metropolis is becoming a huge hub for those who create, produce or monetize digital music.

Is Spotify Stock the Next Pandora, or the Next Netflix?
Is Spotify Stock the Next Pandora, or the Next Netflix?investorplace.com
Spotify stock has pulled back sharply amid a market sell-off and mounting risks. Is SPOT like NFLX, or will competition take it down?

Alexa gets support to stream over 350 radio stations in India
Alexa gets support to stream over 350 radio stations in Indiawww.businesstoday.in
With over 350 radio stations supported, the list includes a live broadcast of 17 All India Radio stations in 14 Indian languages.