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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue #388: Spotify Plans New Version of Its Free Service; Raekwon: Stationhead App Will ‘Change the World’

Spotify Is Planning a New Version of Its Free Music Service
Spotify Is Planning a New Version of Its Free Music Servicewww.bloomberg.com

Spotify is developing a new version of its free music service, the first big product change since the streaming company went public last week, according to people familiar with the matter.

Raekwon says his social radio app Stationhead will change the world
Raekwon says his social radio app Stationhead will change the worldwww.thefader.com
Stationhead lets you run your own radio station and its investor Raekwon thinks it’s the future.

Streaming boom is sweet music for the record industry as revenues rise by 10.6pc
Streaming boom is sweet music for the record industry as revenues rise by 10.6pcwww.telegraph.co.uk
It is more than two decades since Cool Britannia ruled the airwaves, but the boom in subscription music streaming via Spotify has the record industry partying like it’s 1995.

Can Apple Music and Amazon catch Spotify's subscriber base by the end of 2018?
Can Apple Music and Amazon catch Spotify's subscriber base by the end of 2018?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

In amongst the hubbub of the Swedish company’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange last week, an illuminating announcement regarding its arch-rival, Apple Music, was easy to miss.

Spotify $26 Billion Value Is Hard to Put Your Finger On
Spotify $26 Billion Value Is Hard to Put Your Finger Onwww.bloomberg.com
Intangible assets present real difficulties for financiers and accountants.

The Weeknd scores largest EP streaming debut of all time
The Weeknd scores largest EP streaming debut of all timethemusicuniverse.com
The Weeknd scores largest EP streaming debut of all time with the surprise March 30th release of “My Dear Melancholy” via XO/Republic Records.

Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine
Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machinewww.techhive.com
Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

PRS Explores delves into new online music piracy trends
PRS Explores delves into new online music piracy trendswww.m-magazine.co.uk

As piracy evolves away from ad-funded models, which are traceable via ‘follow the money’ crackdown initiatives, pirates are moving towards crypto-currencies such as bitcoin to turn a profit.

Neko Case Shares New Single ‘Bad Luck’
Neko Case Shares New Single ‘Bad Luck’www.jambase.com
Listen to “Bad Luck,” the latest single from the upcoming new Neko Case album ‘Hell-On.’

Why the Canadian music industry’s secret copyright protection plan is off key
Why the Canadian music industry’s secret copyright protection plan is off keywww.theglobeandmail.com

The long-awaited Canadian copyright review is set to kick off hearings next week as a House of Commons committee embarks on a year-long process that will hear from a wide range of stakeholders

Spotify Premium Price Slashed for PlayStation Plus Members
Spotify Premium Price Slashed for PlayStation Plus Memberswww.hardcoregamer.com

Sony Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday announced that the price for Spotify Premium on PlayStation Music has been slashed for active PlayStation Plus subscribers.

A Supersized Music Modernization 'Mega-Act' Is Being Introduced Into Congress
A Supersized Music Modernization 'Mega-Act' Is Being Introduced Into Congresswww.digitalmusicnews.com
The Music Modernization Act is expected to be introduced today. This time, it combines four single legislative efforts, including the CLASSICS Act.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue #384: What’s the Future for Spotify?; Amazon Music May Be Bigger Than We Thought; Beatport Acquires Pulselocker

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.

Amazon Music may be bigger than we thought
Amazon Music may be bigger than we thoughtwww.theverge.com
Amazon Music has tens of millions of active subscribers, the company tells The Verge. While analysts have often pointed to research that indicates it’s the third-largest company for on-demand streaming music (behind Spotify and Apple Music), Amazon has remained mum on confirming numbers.

Beatport Acquires DJ Streaming & Subscription Service Pulselocker to Boost Its Own Streaming Offering
Beatport Acquires DJ Streaming & Subscription Service Pulselocker to Boost Its Own Streaming Offeringwww.billboard.com
Beatport has acquired Pulselocker, Inc. in a strategic deal that taps into the DJ streaming and subscription service’s patented technology for use in its own streaming service later this year, Billboard has learned.

With the merger of Saavn & Reliance Jio, music streaming hits a high note
With the merger of Saavn & Reliance Jio, music streaming hits a high notewww.business-standard.com

The deal with Saavn will catapult Reliance to the top of the heap in the OTT market.

How Coke's $10 Million Spotify Investment Will Pay Off For Music, Brands & Tech
How Coke's $10 Million Spotify Investment Will Pay Off For Music, Brands & Techwww.billboard.com
How Coca-Cola’s $10 million bet on a fledgling streaming service called Spotify is about to pay off six years later — for music, tech and brands alike.

Spotify Founders Enriched to the Tune of $5.8 Billion in Listing
Spotify Founders Enriched to the Tune of $5.8 Billion in Listingwww.bloomberg.com
Spotify Technology SA’s stock debut just made its founders two of Sweden’s richest people.

Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Hosting 'Streaming for the Latin Fan' Talk at Billboard Latin Music Week
Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Hosting 'Streaming for the Latin Fan' Talk at Billboard Latin Music Weekwww.billboard.com
Pandora CEO Roger Lynch will lead the fireside chat “Streaming for the Latin Fan” during the Billboard Latin Conference & Awards in Las Vegas on April 23-26.

Dan Auerbach: Tiny Desk Concert
Dan Auerbach: Tiny Desk Concertwww.npr.org
The guitarist and singer for The Black Keys and The Arcs brings his Easy Eye Sound Revue to the Tiny Desk, recalling a time and sound from the ’60s when southern R&B, including Nashville, was a force.

Spotify Didn't Want a Flashy Trading Debut. The Market Delivered
Spotify Didn't Want a Flashy Trading Debut. The Market Deliveredwww.bloomberg.com
It took more than three hours on Tuesday morning to get Spotify trading publicly, in a stock sale as unorthodox as streaming digital music once seemed.

This chart shows the key milestones that boosted Spotify's growth
This chart shows the key milestones that boosted Spotify's growthwww.businessinsider.com
Analysts at the investment firm Goodwater Capital have charted how Spotify orchestrated smart product plans and growth to become a streaming music giant.

Ingrooves Signs Norway's Propeller Recordings to Global Distribution Deal
Ingrooves Signs Norway's Propeller Recordings to Global Distribution Dealwww.billboard.com

Independent distributor Ingrooves announced today that it has penned a global distribution deal with Norwegian label Propeller Recordings.

Spotify quibbles with Apple Music over The Weeknd streaming numbers
Spotify quibbles with Apple Music over The Weeknd streaming numberswww.cultofmac.com
Spotify and Apple are in a battle over rival streaming music services, and sometimes such conflicts can turn a bit petty.

Issue #382: Spotify Aims to Cash In; 11 Music Conferences for 2018; Google Home Gets Support for Saavn, Gàana

After Driving Streaming Music’s Rise, Spotify Aims to Cash In
After Driving Streaming Music’s Rise, Spotify Aims to Cash Inwww.nytimes.com

Today the streaming music giant will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Its path ahead, however, is far from clear.

Streaming Has Increased The Number Of Music Releases By Over 7 Times
Streaming Has Increased The Number Of Music Releases By Over 7 Timesuproxx.com
The rising trend in longer albums and more singles is an effort to both take advantage of streaming revenue and get noticed.

Amazon Music Says Number of Subscriptions Doubled In the Past Six Months
Amazon Music Says Number of Subscriptions Doubled In the Past Six Monthswww.billboard.com
Amazon Music tells Billboard it has “tens of millions” of paid customers, with subscriptions having more than doubled in the past six months, according to data provided by the company.

Kobalt revenues jumped 24% to $321m in FY2017 - will get close to $500m this year
Kobalt revenues jumped 24% to $321m in FY2017 – will get close to $500m this yearwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Kobalt Music Group’s revenues increased 23.5% in its 2017 financial year, up to $321m. The figure is up $61m year-on-year, and up nearly $100m on the $226m the firm posted two years previously.

11 Music Conferences to Keep Your Eye on in 2018
11 Music Conferences to Keep Your Eye on in 2018flypaper.soundfly.com
Here’s a list of our favorite music conferences in 2018, where you can network with professionals, workshop your ideas and discuss today’s pressing topics.

Google Home gets support for Saavn and Gàana music streaming services in India
Google Home gets support for Saavn and Gàana music streaming services in Indiawww.androidpolice.com
Google has just launched English support in India, but that’s not all. It’s also rolling out support for a few region-specific music services.

Outlier Detection In Music Playlists
Outlier Detection In Music Playlistsmedium.com
We analyse the coherency of mood playlists by evaluating each song’s sentiment and using the median absolute deviation to robustly measure the variability of the playlist.

Maple Music Plays A Big Role In CD Baby's Growth
Maple Music Plays A Big Role In CD Baby's Growthwww.fyimusicnews.ca
The online music-services company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and Canada’s share in its overall growth is reflected in bigger paydays for an eclectic band of homegrown acts.

Student radio station creates community for music lovers on campus
Student radio station creates community for music lovers on campuswww.dailyuw.com
Rainy Dawg Radio celebrating its 15th anniversary this month

How Apple and Amazon are trying to gain on Spotify
How Apple and Amazon are trying to gain on Spotifywww.foxbusiness.com

Here’s a look at the competition for music streaming, or listening to music over the internet in exchange for paying a flat monthly fee or listening to ads.

Xiaomi integrates Hungama music service into Mi Music app
Xiaomi integrates Hungama music service into Mi Music appwww.financialexpress.com
Mi Music app has been redesigned to give space to the online streaming service. The new integration is a part of the MIUI Global Beta 8.3.29 ROM that began rolling out a couple of days ago.

Genius and YouTube Partner for 'Song Stories' Feature
Genius and YouTube Partner for 'Song Stories' Featurewww.billboard.com
Genius and YouTube have joined to launch Song Stories, an audiovisual, interactive experience for fans to interact more deeply with music by their favorite artists.

How machine learning and algorithms are changing music
How machine learning and algorithms are changing musicwww.mediaupdate.co.za

Machine learning and algorithms are changing the way we listen to music. YouTube now knows which songs to play next based on your history, Soundcloud and Spotify expose you to artists you have never heard before, and machines might soon be writing their own music.

Mike Read launches United DJs Radio online
Mike Read launches United DJs Radio onlineradiotoday.co.uk

Former Radio 1 Breakfast show presenter Mike Read has officially opened up a new online radio station founded by former Radio Luxembourg presenter Tony Prince.

Spotify and Genius team up for Déjà Vu music podcast
Spotify and Genius team up for Déjà Vu music podcastmusically.com
Spotify’s latest podcasts move is a partnership with lyrics-focused firm Genius. The companies have collaborated on a podcast called Déjà Vu.

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