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Issue #410: Spotify to Stream 33 ⅓ Album Book Series; How Bob Goodlatte Saved the Music Industry; Will Podcasting Eat Radio?

Spotify to offer audio books after striking deal for 33 ⅓ series
Spotify to offer audio books after striking deal for 33 ⅓ serieswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is adding audio books to its bank of streamed content after signing an exclusive deal with UK-based publisher Bloomsbury Publishing.

Through the deal, Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series of short books about popular music will be made available on the streaming service worldwide in a variety of formats.

How Bob Goodlatte just saved the music industry
How Bob Goodlatte just saved the music industrywww.roanoke.com
If you like to listen to music digitally through, say, Pandora or Spotify, you may soon find a wider range of artists available through your favorite streaming service. For this,

TIDAL accused of deliberately faking Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numbers
TIDAL accused of deliberately faking Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numberswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

You might recall that, in the deep dark recesses of music streaming history – ie. two years ago – Jay Z-owned TIDAL left many in the music business scratching their heads.

Pandora Learns the Cost of Ads, and of Subscriptions
Pandora Learns the Cost of Ads, and of Subscriptionswww.wired.com
A 21-month study finds that as users are fed more ads, they listen less; some subscribe, but not enough to compensate for lost ad revenue.

'Big data is about to become a very big problem for the music industry.'
'Big data is about to become a very big problem for the music industry.'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

If you have been to any media conference or read any trade magazine over the past several years, you would know that ‘big data’ was going to be the answer to all of the woes of the music industry.

One of the World's Largest Private Collections of Latin Music Is Online
One of the World's Largest Private Collections of Latin Music Is Onlineremezcla.com
The Gladys Palmera collection, which holds more than 50,000 volumes, has gone digital.

How Spotify’s changing the production and marketing of music
How Spotify’s changing the production and marketing of musicmedium.com
Music revenue increased by 16.5 percent in 2017. But not everyone in the industry is breaking out the champagne bottles.

Why Does So Much New Music Drop at the Same Time Each Friday?
Why Does So Much New Music Drop at the Same Time Each Friday?pigeonsandplanes.com
Industry experts explain why so many artists release new music on the same day each week.

Spotify tests consumer interest in a bundle with both Hulu and Scribd’s audiobooks
Spotify tests consumer interest in a bundle with both Hulu and Scribd’s audiobookstechcrunch.com

The streaming service is considering expanding its entertainment bundle offerings to include one with Scribd’s audiobooks service, too.

Music Biz Marks 60th Anniversary Amid Great Change
Music Biz Marks 60th Anniversary Amid Great Changewww.billboard.com
The conference will spotlight how businesses have adapted to the music industry’s evolution from CDs to streaming.

Will podcasting eat radio?
Will podcasting eat radio?medium.com
Last week saw Edison Research release its latest Podcast Consumer data. It’s a good piece of research that is the most quoted data about podcasting.

Issue #403: Spotify Tests Price Hike in Norway; Choon Debuts May 1; MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free

Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyalty
Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyaltywww.bloomberg.com
Spotify Technology SA plans to start raising prices in Norway next month, a small-market test that may foreshadow increases for its global listeners later.

Choon will launch May 1st
Choon will launch May 1stmedium.com
After just over five months of heads-down engineering work, we’re happy to announce that the Choon platform will launch at 12PM US Pacific Time on May 1st, 2018.

MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free
MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Freeplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Global digital music distributor MondoTunes announced it will provide free distribution of music uploaded before September 2015 for artists who return to the service.

Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store
Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Storetechcrunch.com

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store.

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online
Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Onlineplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolution
Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolutionmusically.com
At record labels, catalogue and frontline used to be church and state – rarely mixing. But streaming is blurring the lines, and Tom Mullen’s role as VP of catalogue marketing for Atlantic Records is a further expansion of this trend.

Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streaming
Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streamingwww.musicinafrica.net
French streaming service Deezer yesterday announced a cross-platform streaming and radio partnership with award-winning South African radio station Hot 91.9 FM.

Czech music business sees double digit growth
Czech music business sees double digit growthwww.radio.cz
The revenues of Czech music business increased last year by 11 percent to 834 million crowns, according to a press release by the Czech branch of International Federation of Phonographic Industry.

Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?
Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?www.synchblog.com

What will Spotify’s recent acquisition of Loudr mean for the music publishing community?

Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?
Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff splits digital hairs to make a point…

Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platforms
Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platformsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sony Classical features one of the great brands in its historic catalogue of classical recordings – RCA Victor’s Living Stereo series – in a worldwide campaign across streaming, hi-res download and social media platforms.

Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish sound
Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish soundwww.irishtimes.com
The New Éire – ‘The next generation of urban sounds representing the Emerald Isle’

How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Steps
How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Stepsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Although a high-quality music video always has the chance of going viral, that chance is SLIM if there’s no promotional strategy to back it up.

Issue #400: Spotify Pumps Up Free Tier; Pandora Premium on Xbox One; Prince’s Estate Launches Massive ‘Discography’ Website

Spotify Unveils Upgrades for Free Users, Sets Sights On Putting a Dent in Radio's Appeal
Spotify Unveils Upgrades for Free Users, Sets Sights On Putting a Dent in Radio's Appealwww.billboard.com

By leveraging their investment in machine learning, Spotify’s new free tier recommends music to users on the fly.

Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One
Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox Onewww.engadget.com
Pandora has dragged its heels expanding its Premium service beyond mobile — a web player only arrived in February, nearly a year after the mobile launch. But n…

Apple's Shazam buy probed as EU targets app's data trove
Apple's Shazam buy probed as EU targets app's data troveadage.com
The EU will investigate whether Apple might get unfair access to commercially sensitive data about users of rival music-streaming services.

Prince’s Estate Launches Massive Website With Videos, Photos, More
Prince’s Estate Launches Massive Website With Videos, Photos, Morevariety.com
The music beat has been in overdrive this week — between Avicii’s tragic death, Coachella, Beychella — and the Prince beat in particular: The run-up to today’s second anniversary of his passing was preceded by the announcement that there will be no criminal charges in his death from an acci…

7digital claims ‘positive’ start to 2018 with new contract wins
7digital claims ‘positive’ start to 2018 with new contract winsmusically.com
B2B digital-music firm 7digital has published a trading update for its business in the first quarter of this year, which it describes as “positive” for the company.

Why Apple’s HomePod May Be Flopping
Why Apple’s HomePod May Be Floppingwww.fastcompany.com
The company may have overplayed the importance of audio quality at the expense of digital assistant smarts.

Rock Out to Curated, Streaming Music from Different Decades and Locations
Rock Out to Curated, Streaming Music from Different Decades and Locationslifehacker.com
If you want to find some jams that were popular in Canada in the 1950s to kick off your weekend—or just want a random assortment of trending songs by era and location for no particular reason—the website Radiooooo is a great interactive trip.

Visualize your music DNA with Data
Visualize your music DNA with Datadeezer.io
At Deezer, we take the world of music and make it personal. That’s why we designed Flow, your personal soundtrack, and a dynamic home page to help you find your perfect tracks in no time.

US Latin Recorded-Music Industry Skyrockets With 37 Percent Growth in 2017 Thanks to Streaming & Crossover Hits
US Latin Recorded-Music Industry Skyrockets With 37 Percent Growth in 2017 Thanks to Streaming & Crossover Hitswww.billboard.com
Latin music revenues in the United States skyrocketed last year, growing 37 percent to $243 million, driven primarily by music streaming, according to the RIAA.

The story of Spotify: Sweden's controversial king of music streaming
The story of Spotify: Sweden's controversial king of music streamingwww.thelocal.se
Has Spotify had a positive or negative impact on the music industry? AFP’s Gaël Branchereau investigates.

Streaming has changed the way we deal with music — let us count the ways
Streaming has changed the way we deal with music — let us count the waysglobalnews.ca
You might be surprised to learn how music streaming is having a profound effect on music fans, the music industry, and artists.

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.

Issue #374: Spotify’s ‘Self-Driving Music’ Strategy; The Rise and Fall of Hype Machine; Vintage TV Is Nashville-Bound

Why Spotify Thinks Its 'Self-Driving Music' Strategy Will Benefit Creators
Why Spotify Thinks Its 'Self-Driving Music' Strategy Will Benefit Creatorswww.billboard.com
During its first investor day on Thursday (Mar. 15), Spotify not only announced that its shares would begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on April 3, but also tried to convince investors that the growth opportunities on the horizon for the company — and for the music industry at large — expanded far beyond streaming alone.

The Rise and Fall of Hype Machine, the Internet's Forgotten Fave
The Rise and Fall of Hype Machine, the Internet's Forgotten Favenoisey.vice.com

From starting one of the most popular music websites of the 2000s to struggling to keep the lights on, Hype Machine’s founder explains what happened.

Audiomack just solved music streaming
Audiomack just solved music streamingmedia.thinknum.com
Streaming Music is a tough business. Just ask MOG. Or Guvera. Or Grooveshark. Or Milk Music. Or Rhapsody. Or Beats Music. Or iHeart Radio. The streaming music space is littered with the corpses of the last-next-great thing. Why? Put simply, music is expensive, and as companies scale, profits get eaten by royalties.

Vintage TV Is Nashville-Bound Following Canadian Expansion
Vintage TV Is Nashville-Bound Following Canadian Expansionwww.billboard.com
Vintage TV, the U.K.’s 24-hour all-genre music television channel with a monthly reach of 10 million homes, recently expanded into Canada and China and now has its sights on the U.S.

SXSW 2018: Label Execs, Startup Founders Discuss Barriers to Innovation for New Music Experiences
SXSW 2018: Label Execs, Startup Founders Discuss Barriers to Innovation for New Music Experiences www.billboard.com
As recently as two years ago, the music-tech landscape seemed stagnant, if not treacherous. Industry insiders pointed to falling valuations and a slowdown in venture funding as evidence of a “music-tech bubble” and a “music startup meltdown.”

Spotify Shuts Down Major Third-Party Service After Playlist Scandal
Spotify Shuts Down Major Third-Party Service After Playlist Scandalwww.dailydot.com
In the wake of an investigation by the Daily Dot, Spotify has shut down a third-party service responsible for one of the biggest pay-for-play schemes taking place on the platform.

Smart contracts for the music industry
Smart contracts for the music industrymedium.com

Now blockchain technology has the potential to allow for a seamless and equitable experience for creatives and those listening to music.

Huawei reveals streaming music and cloud service for SA
Huawei reveals streaming music and cloud service for SAbusinesstech.co.za
Huawei says it will launch six new cloud based services in South Africa in 2018, including a streaming music and a mobile payment platform.

Three Questions Concerning Spotify’s Direct Listing Decision
Three Questions Concerning Spotify’s Direct Listing Decisionmedium.com
As everyone was in holiday mode a few weeks ago in December, Spotify confidentially filed documents with the SEC to go public, likely in Q1 of 2018. Previously, I discussed Spotify’s numbers and…

Will lack of curiosity kill the catalogue?
Will lack of curiosity kill the catalogue?www.musicweek.com
Investing in artist and album development and sticking with an act through thick and thin is paying dividends in the streaming age. So will the modern focus on short-term success and single tracks cause problems further down the line?

8 Best Radio Apps For Android To Stream Online Music In 2018
8 Best Radio Apps For Android To Stream Online Music In 2018fossbytes.com
Smartphones come with a built-in radio app that can play only local FM stations. However, there are a lot of other admirable radio apps for Android for online music streaming from stations all around the globe. This list reviews 8 best Android radio apps.

Why Spotify's Investors Seem To Have Little Confidence In Its Future
Why Spotify's Investors Seem To Have Little Confidence In Its Futuremusic3point0.com
Spotify’s upcoming direct listing looks to be about avoiding the underwriting fee of an IPO, but the lack of a lock-up period may be more significant.

Tom Connaughton, Former Vevo Exec, Joins Spotify U.K. as Head of Artist & Label Marketing
Tom Connaughton, Former Vevo Exec, Joins Spotify U.K. as Head of Artist & Label Marketingwww.billboard.com
Connaughton joins Spotify just ahead of its April 3 debut on the New York Stock Exchange.

Sony Music Australia signs a new distribution deal with UNIFIED Music Group
Sony Music Australia signs a new distribution deal with UNIFIED Music Groupmediaweek.com.au
Sony Music Entertainment Australia has signed a new global distribution deal with UNIFIED Music Group that commenced on March 1, 2018.