There’s a New Music Tool Designed to Analyze Spotify Playlists

We recently discovered a cool, new music tool designed to analyze Spotify playlists, to see if they have real listeners. Known as Is It A Good Playlist?, the playlist analyzer is free to use and based on the Discovered On data from Spotify.

Just go to the website, copy/paste the playlist link, and then you’ll see the analysis + result.

We caught up with Julien Mahin, the man behind the new music tool, to get his insight on playlists, streaming platforms and more. Continue reading There’s a New Music Tool Designed to Analyze Spotify Playlists

The Knot Inspires Couples Through the Power of Music with Spotify

The Knot announces the launch of the Spotify playlist “Wedding Songs by The Knot,” which will serve up musical inspiration for couples across the globe. The first artist to come on board in curating a powerful playlist to inspire and celebrate love is superstar Meghan Trainor; the playlist will feature all new music and insider commentary on her new EP, The Love Train.

Whether you’re currently planning a wedding or said “I do” decades ago, you can now stream music that will inspire you to fall in love all over again. Continue reading The Knot Inspires Couples Through the Power of Music with Spotify

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.