Craft Brewed Music Attracts Serious Music Listeners to Artist-Friendly Streaming Service

Craft Brewed Music is a Nashville-based music streaming service designed to stream ‘better music for serious listeners.’

Launched in 2018 by Brian Horner, a professional saxophonist and artist manager, Craft Brewed Music is laser-focused on connecting serious music listeners with great new music discovered on the outskirts of the industry. Continue reading Craft Brewed Music Attracts Serious Music Listeners to Artist-Friendly Streaming Service

Issue 676: Fandom in the Age of Music Streaming; Spotify Data: Gen Z Can’t Get Enough of Their Parents’ Faves

Fandom in the Age of Music Streaming
Fandom in the Age of Music Streamingmedium.com
How many are re-evaluating their roles as music fans in the digital era, returning to downloads, CDs, and paying artists directly.

Spotify Data Finds Gen Z Can't Get Enough of Their Parents' Faves, From Joan Jett to Grateful Dead
Spotify Data Finds Gen Z Can't Get Enough of Their Parents' Faves, From Joan Jett to Grateful Deadwww.billboard.com

Gen Z music fans are not just streaming emerging artists like Oliver Tree, they’re also super busy listening to their parents faves, including the Grateful Dead, Tiffany, Selena, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and the Righteous Brothers.

I Discover All the Best Music in My Life Through Video Games, and I’m Not Alone
I Discover All the Best Music in My Life Through Video Games, and I’m Not Alonewww.vice.com
Without Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Grand Theft Auto, and Dave Mirra, my music library would probably be a near empty vessel.

Apple Sued by Customers Claiming Their iTunes Information Was Sold to Third Parties
Apple Sued by Customers Claiming Their iTunes Information Was Sold to Third Partieswww.billboard.com
Apple has been hit with a class action federal lawsuit by customers who are alleging that information on their iTunes purchases was sold by Apple to third parties.

The Most Streamed Artist of All Time — Who Really Dominates the Streaming Charts?
The Most Streamed Artist of All Time — Who Really Dominates the Streaming Charts?www.digitalmusicnews.com
Looking at Spotify and Apple Music year-end data can give us a pretty good idea of who the most streamed artist of all time might be.

URSA Music Offers Artist Center Streaming Platform
URSA Music Offers Artist Center Streaming Platformwww.hypebot.com

The co-founders of URSA Music, Christopher Jones and Chad Royce, join Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Business Weekly podcast.

Spotify Global Head of Publishing Adam Parness Exits Company
Spotify Global Head of Publishing Adam Parness Exits Companywww.billboard.com
Spotify global head of publishing Adam Parness is leaving the company, Billboard has confirmed.

Music sampling startup Tracklib raises $1.7m from Sony and WndrCo
Music sampling startup Tracklib raises $1.7m from Sony and WndrCowww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
The funding round is in preparation for a Series A funding later this year

Joe Russo's Almost Dead Full-Show Audio Recordings Arrive On Streaming Platforms
Joe Russo's Almost Dead Full-Show Audio Recordings Arrive On Streaming Platformsliveforlivemusic.com
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has finally begun to share select full-show audio recordings from throughout their career onto major streaming platforms.

Spotify in India: ‘Our job is to grow the market’
Spotify in India: ‘Our job is to grow the market’musically.com
It isn’t easy being Spotify. It’s harder being Spotify in India, a country where the launch of the world’s number one audio-streaming service has been the subject of much speculation and controversy.

The Power of Audio
The Power of Audiowww.forbes.com
According to Nielsen, AM/FM radio reaches an average of 92% of adult Americans every week more than television. Radio is also benefiting from such new audio platforms as podcasting and smart speakers.

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Issue 675: Snapchat Gets in the Music Game; From Limewire to Apple Music: How Searching for Music Has Changed

Snapchat, Like Everyone Else, Gets In the Music Game
Snapchat, Like Everyone Else, Gets In the Music Gamewww.rollingstone.com

Snapchat is the latest social media app to edge into the music business, joining Facebook, Instagram and TikTok parent ByteDance.

From Limewire to Apple Music: How Searching for Music Has Changed
From Limewire to Apple Music: How Searching for Music Has Changedmedium.com

I remember Limewire’s interface as unvarnished, with a complete lack of design character; the UI wasn’t sleek nor sexy, but it was simple — the best kind of simple.

Fjord focus: What Scandinavia tells us about the future of streaming in the UK
Fjord focus: What Scandinavia tells us about the future of streaming in the UKwww.musicweek.com

The UK has been enjoying a streaming boom for so long, it’s tempting to think it might go on forever. But all markets mature eventually, so when will streaming peak?

Grateful Dead ‘Dead Sound’ Audio Documentary Details Band’s Crucial Role In Evolution Of Concert Sound
Grateful Dead ‘Dead Sound’ Audio Documentary Details Band’s Crucial Role In Evolution Of Concert Soundwww.jambase.com
Listen to a fascinating audio documentary entitled “Dead Sound” that explores the crucial role the Grateful Dead played in the evolution of live concert sound.

SoundCloud Steps Up Distribution Services With Acquisition of Repost Network
SoundCloud Steps Up Distribution Services With Acquisition of Repost Networkwww.billboard.com

SoundCloud has entered a definitive agreement to acquire rights management and distribution company Repost Network, the companies announced.

Will This Wearable Sound Mixer Transform the Live Music Experience?
Will This Wearable Sound Mixer Transform the Live Music Experience?www.billboard.com
When Elton John takes the stage at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on June 8 for the first of two dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, each fan may hear a different version of the show.

Who’s Going to Stop Spotify’s Viral Rap Impersonators?
Who’s Going to Stop Spotify’s Viral Rap Impersonators?pitchfork.com
Fraudsters and fakes are nothing new, but a new Carti leak highlights just how popular these uploads have become

Podcasts and music: the opportunities... and the annoyances
Podcasts and music: the opportunities… and the annoyancesmusically.com
Around 62 million Americans are listening to podcasts on a weekly basis, according to the latest edition of ‘The Infinite Dial’ report

Apple Store Locations: Reviews Show Customer Service in Decline
Apple Store Locations: Reviews Show Customer Service in Declinewww.bloomberg.com
In interviews, current and former employees say brand building became more important than serving shoppers.

Spotify / Hulu bundle ends in the US for all bar students
Spotify / Hulu bundle ends in the US for all bar studentsmusically.com
Spotify launched its first bundled subscription with video-streaming service Hulu in the US in September 2017, for $4.99 a month

Universal Music Group Looks to the Future of Sound Mixing With Dolby Atmos
Universal Music Group Looks to the Future of Sound Mixing With Dolby Atmoswww.billboard.com

Universal Music Group (UMG) and Dolby Laboratories are teaming up to bring Dolby’s cutting-edge Atmos immersive audio technology to the world of music,

Music industry responds to DotMusic triumph
Music industry responds to DotMusic triumphwww.iq-mag.net
The music industry welcomes the news that DotMusic has been awarded the rights to the .music domain, with plans to launch using “music-tailored” policies

Spotify Ad Metrics
Spotify Ad Metricsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Ever want to know more than just who clicks your Spotify ads?

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Issue 654: Amazon Readying a Hi-Def Music Streaming Service; Napster to Power More Music Streaming Services in Asia

Amazon is readying a hi-def music streaming service
Amazon is readying a hi-def music streaming servicewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
At least one major label has already licensed hew HD service, MBW can reveal

Napster wants to power more music-streaming services in Asia
Napster wants to power more music-streaming services in Asiamusically.com
Napster’s parent company Rhapsody International is making a new push with that strategy in Asia, via a partnership with Vietnamese tech company GNT.

Warner Music UK launches music discovery aid Prolific London
Warner Music UK launches music discovery aid Prolific Londonwww.prolificlondon.co.uk
Warner Music UK’s Synchronisation team – Liam Klimek, Laura Willoughby & Tim Miles – have launched Colour Cues, a music discovery aid which uses the psychological relationship between colour, mood and music to help clients find the right track for their creative content.

MuseNet generates original songs in seconds, from Bollywood to Bach (or both)
MuseNet generates original songs in seconds, from Bollywood to Bach (or both)techcrunch.com

Have you ever wanted to hear a concerto for piano and harp, in the style of Mozart by way of Katy Perry?

Sony Music streaming revenues grew 8.2% last quarter, as overall sales hit $946m
Sony Music streaming revenues grew 8.2% last quarter, as overall sales hit $946mwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Sony Music’s streaming revenues climbed 8.2% year-on-year in the three months to end of March 2019, as the company’s total recorded music sales reached $946.3m.

Motown Records to launch music accelerator programs in Detroit
Motown Records to launch music accelerator programs in Detroitwww.crainsdetroit.com
Motown Records is gearing up to launch two music programs aimed at arming Detroit artists with the skills, connections and funds to take their careers to the next level.

Paste Acquires NoiseTrade.com, Free Music & Books Download and Streaming Platform
Paste Acquires NoiseTrade.com, Free Music & Books Download and Streaming Platformwww.pastemagazine.com

Today begins a new era of NoiseTrade with its acquisition by Paste.

Bob Dylan 'Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings' Box Set & Martin Scorsese Documentary Due In June
Bob Dylan 'Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings' Box Set & Martin Scorsese Documentary Due In Junewww.jambase.com
Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ tour will be chronicled in a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary and 14-CD box set, which are both due in June.

Music Execs Discuss Curation & Artist Storytelling at Billboard Latin Music Week
Music Execs Discuss Curation & Artist Storytelling at Billboard Latin Music Weekwww.billboard.com
With streaming being central to the music business for years now regardless of genre, it was naturally a topic of conversation at Billboard Latin Music Week 2019.

Indian streaming service Gaana now has 100m active users
Indian streaming service Gaana now has 100m active usersmusically.com
Gaana also unveiled a couple of new features: Gaana Video is a vertical-videos format, comparable to Spotify’s, while Gaana Dashboard is an analytics tool for artists.

Childish Gambino Premieres New Song "Algorythm" With Augmented Reality App
Childish Gambino Premieres New Song "Algorythm" With Augmented Reality Appwww.hollywoodreporter.com
Billed as “the world’s first cross-platform, multiplayer AR music experience,” Donald Glover’s app is but the latest innovation for the performer following the Coachella premiere of ‘Guava Island.’

SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe Talks Latin Music's Big Payout & Supporting Creators
SoundExchange CEO Michael Huppe Talks Latin Music's Big Payout & Supporting Creatorswww.billboard.com
Latin music’s U.S. footprint grew bigger than ever in 2018. The payout from that listening surge is enormous.

Issue 610: Music’s Big 3 Labels Make $19M a Day from Streaming; Mark Ronson Talks Streaming; Is AI the Next Rockstar of Music?

Music’s Big Three Labels Make $19 Million a Day From Streaming
Music’s Big Three Labels Make $19 Million a Day From Streamingwww.rollingstone.com

Sony, Universal and Warner took in half of their revenue from streaming services in a triumphant 2018.

After a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2017, SoundCloud is on the mend with more features
After a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2017, SoundCloud is on the mend with more featureswww.fastcompany.com
Getting your mixtape out into the world just got easier–but is it enough to get SoundCloud back on its feet?

Mark Ronson on how streaming has changed modern music-making
Mark Ronson on how streaming has changed modern music-makingmusically.com
As his new album comes out, Mark Ronson has been talking about how streaming has affected the craft of music-making. He’s not entirely impressed.

Is AI the next rockstar of music?
Is AI the next rockstar of music?www.verizon.com
Artificial Intelligence music composition is growing out of its infancy. Several new companies have built intelligent platforms using big data and algorithms to create music.

Spotify’s ‘Word’ category highlights spoken-word content
Spotify’s ‘Word’ category highlights spoken-word contentmusically.com
Spotify has made it clear that podcasts are just its first push into non-music content, so what’s next? A blog post by the company highlighting its ‘Word’ category offers some hints.

Back to the Stratosphere: How the Rarest Music in the World Comes Back
Back to the Stratosphere: How the Rarest Music in the World Comes Backwww.theringer.com
Duster was a small, largely forgotten band from the late ’90s. Then their legend began to grow on sites like Discogs. Now, they’re the subject of a major reissue. The internet made it all possible.

Ecrett Music launches AI-music tool for video soundtracks
Ecrett Music launches AI-music tool for video soundtracksmusically.com
The latest startup offering AI-created music is Ecrett Music, and it’s comparable to Jukedeck in its desire to create backing tracks for videos.

Warner Music Files Injunction Against Spotify Ahead Of India Rollout; Spotify Hits Back at Label's 'Abusive Behavior'
Warner Music Files Injunction Against Spotify Ahead Of India Rollout; Spotify Hits Back at Label's 'Abusive Behavior'www.billboard.com
Warner Music Group has filed an injunction against Spotify to stop the streaming service from illegitimately using Warner’s publishing rights as part of its long-awaited launch in India.

Should Radio Stations Believe in Yesterday's Music? Research Says...
Should Radio Stations Believe in Yesterday's Music? Research Says…jacobsmedia.com
Researchers at NYU has concluded that MIllennials are more likely to remember classics from decades ago than contemporary hits from the past few years.

Fans of Netflix’s “Russian Doll” are listening to “Gotta Get Up” repeatedly on Spotify
Fans of Netflix’s “Russian Doll” are listening to “Gotta Get Up” repeatedly on Spotifyqz.com
“Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes.” Is it stuck in your head yet?

Tencent Music invests in one of China's first streaming services, Douban FM
Tencent Music invests in one of China's first streaming services, Douban FMwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Douban FM was launched in 2009

O2 taps into Spotify listening habits to suggest local gigs
O2 taps into Spotify listening habits to suggest local gigswww.campaignlive.co.uk
Activity is part of ‘Breathe it all in’ work.

Sound Royalties Commits $3 Million to Help Artists Impacted by PledgeMusic's Financial Troubles
Sound Royalties Commits $3 Million to Help Artists Impacted by PledgeMusic's Financial Troubleswww.billboard.com
Last month, Billboard reported that music crowdfunding site PledgeMusic has been missing payments to artists, with the outstanding sums owed ranging from $50 to $100,000.

Issue #401: Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?; Spotify Tests Filter to Block Swearing in Songs

'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?
'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?psmag.com
Operating without a union, songwriters are still paid through royalty structures created in the days of player pianos and Tin Pan Alley. And in the streaming era, that’s a losing formula.

Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs
Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songswww.bbc.com
The trial feature skips explicit tracks but only works on Apple devices and lacks a parental lock.

The Royal Wedding Is Coming to Vinyl and Streaming
The Royal Wedding Is Coming to Vinyl and Streamingpitchfork.com
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s will be first royal wedding to stream

Major Labels in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Works
Major Labels in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Workswww.hollywoodreporter.com
Sony Music files new court papers to stop an arbitration commenced by the satellite radio giant.

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes US House of Representatives
Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes US House of Representativeswww.billboard.com

The United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act on Wednesday.

Spotify's Who We Be Live returns with Live Nation
Spotify's Who We Be Live returns with Live Nationwww.iq-mag.net
The urban concert series, based on Spotify’s popular Who We Be playlist, is going “bigger for 2018”, with an extra date at the Birmingham Academy.

Lil B Releases Dozens of Old Mixtapes for Streaming
Lil B Releases Dozens of Old Mixtapes for Streamingpitchfork.com
Red Flame, Evil Red Flame, Red Flame (Devil Music Edition), Pink Flame, God’s Father, and more

Deezer's newest feature takes the best parts from Pandora and Spotify
Deezer's newest feature takes the best parts from Pandora and Spotifywww.techradar.com
Deezer’s next feature caters to those of us with ever-evolving music tastes.

Stage Streaming Network: Theater-Centric Channel Launches This Summer
Stage Streaming Network: Theater-Centric Channel Launches This Summervariety.com
A producer and former performer will launch a new streaming network devoted to theater and theater-related content this summer

LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Schedule
LiveXLive Expands AEG Presents Partnership, Adds Two Festivals to Live Streaming Scheduleplatformandstream.wordpress.com
LiveXLive Media has partnered with AEG Presents to add two music festivals to its slate of live music programming – Global Dance Festival and Decadence NYE.

Troy Carter on 'free' Spotify, taking on radio and the future of streaming
Troy Carter on 'free' Spotify, taking on radio and the future of streamingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“We’re seeing a lot of people making that conversion – a lot of people don’t want ads. But for people who won’t convert, and it’s obvious not everyone in the world is going to have a Premium subscription, we see how big the size of the audio ad market is globally.”

Massive Attack to Encode Mezzanine Album Audio Into DNA
Massive Attack to Encode Mezzanine Album Audio Into DNAwww.pastemagazine.com
To celebrate their album’s 20th anniversary, Massive Attack will encode “Mezzanine” album into DNA, archiving their music for hundreds to thousands of years.

Music Industry Moves Past Site Blocking, Looking To Get Into App Blocking
Music Industry Moves Past Site Blocking, Looking To Get Into App Blockingwww.hypebot.com

While site blocking has long been employed as a nuclear (albeit often ineffective) option for preventing copyright infringement, the entertainment industry is now taking things a step further by blocking certain apps.

Issue #215: Spotify Coming After Apple With New Podcast Initiative; Sirius XM Is the Piper That Gets Paid in Digital Music

Spotify Is Coming After Apple With a New Podcast Initiative
Spotify Is Coming After Apple With a New Podcast Initiativewww.bloomberg.com

Spotify  is tiptoeing into new businesses again.

Sirius XM Is the Piper That Gets Paid in Digital Music
Sirius XM Is the Piper That Gets Paid in Digital Musicwww.bloomberg.com
Adept management positions the company to take on the next challenge.

Harry Styles, Streaming Lead Sony Music to Double-Digit Q1 Gains
Harry Styles, Streaming Lead Sony Music to Double-Digit Q1 Gainsvariety.com
Sony Music is riding high in its first fiscal quarter on a combination of streaming and Styles, as in One Direction member Harry’s debut.

The Raine Group In Talks to Take Stake in SoundCloud
The Raine Group In Talks to Take Stake in SoundCloudwww.billboard.com
The Raine Group is exploring an investment in SoundCloud that could help the struggling music service survive on its own, sources tell Billboard.

Neil Finn Announces New Album Recording Livestream
Neil Finn Announces New Album Recording Livestreamwww.jambase.com
Neil Finn will livestream the recording of a new album in a single session taking place next month.

Steve Rifkind’s Music Discovery Platform WAV Partners with The Orchard
Steve Rifkind’s Music Discovery Platform WAV Partners with The Orchardvariety.com
WAV, the Los Angeles-based music discovery app and artist platform, has partnered with The Orchard for digital and physical distribution.

SoundCrowd: Tokenizing & Collectivizing Soundcloud
SoundCrowd: Tokenizing & Collectivizing Soundcloudmedium.com
I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the recent, somewhat unsurprising, news of Soundcloud’s troubles. My intention is to put these thoughts out there, but also to run a temperature check on how…

Spotify IPO: How Does a Direct Listing Work?
Spotify IPO: How Does a Direct Listing Work?fortune.com
It would be the largest ever transaction of its kind.

NextRadio Launches iOS FM Radio Streaming App
NextRadio Launches iOS FM Radio Streaming Appplatformandstream.com
NextRadio, the app with the most FM radio stations, announced today the launch of an iOS version of its free app for iPhone mobile device users. NextRadio offers the most local radio FM stations available through a single app to Apple users for the first time.

BookMyShow Acquires nFusion To Bolster Music Streaming Service Jukebox
BookMyShow Acquires nFusion To Bolster Music Streaming Service Jukeboxinc42.com
The nFusion acquisition is the fourth deal BookMyShow has struck in 2017.

Pandora Added Just 150,000 Paid Subscribers in Q2 of 2017
Pandora Added Just 150,000 Paid Subscribers in Q2 of 2017variety.com
Pandora’s premium on-demand music service seems to have lost virtually all of its momentum just months after launching to the public in March.

Issue #209: Spotify, Warner Music Close to Deal; Aphex Twin Debuts Micro Streaming Service; Tiny Desk Concert Has Big Impact

Spotify, Warner hope to clinch royalty deal by September
Spotify, Warner hope to clinch royalty deal by Septemberwww.reuters.com

Spotify is close to agreeing a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said.

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert: As Powerful For Musicians As Late Night?
NPR's Tiny Desk Concert: As Powerful For Musicians As Late Night?www.forbes.com
While late night television has always been the go-to place for managers to showcase emerging talent, there’s a much tinier alternative that can drive just as much growth on social media.

How SoundCloud's broken business model drove artists away
How SoundCloud's broken business model drove artists awaywww.theverge.com
‘25 million plays, and zero dollars’

Dollars and No Sense
Dollars and No Sensewww.theindustryobserver.com.au

Is the digital revolution leaving artists and consumers behind?

Aphex Twin launches micro streaming service full of Aphex Twin songs
Aphex Twin launches micro streaming service full of Aphex Twin songswww.theverge.com
Now comfortably outside of a 13-year, mid-career retirement, Aphex Twin has made it easier than ever for fans to listen to his music all in one place. The musician (born Richard D. James) unveiled…

How to Sell Music Online
How to Sell Music Onlineblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Streaming sites, like Spotify and Pandora, may be hard to distribute your music to nowadays, and you want to make the most of your work without spending a lot of money.

SoundCloud: Why the Streaming Service is In Deep Trouble
SoundCloud: Why the Streaming Service is In Deep Troublefortune.com
SoundCloud’s technical problems and limited opportunities are pushing creators away.

How to Start Getting Your Music Licensed – Industry Insiders Share Their Secrets
How to Start Getting Your Music Licensed – Industry Insiders Share Their Secretsflypaper.soundfly.com
Sync licensing opens up a whole world of revenue and exposure for your music. Here are key tips from industry pros on how to secure placements and get paid.

Spotify has a problem that only the independent music community can solve.
Spotify has a problem that only the independent music community can solve.medium.com
Let me start this article by saying I’m a huge fan of Spotify both as a music fan and a record label owner. Spotify makes up a big chunk of our labels monthly revenue and seems to be contributing a…

Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royalties
Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royaltiesmusically.com
Startup Paperchain has launched a survey to gauge the scale of the music industry’s problem with unattributed royalties and unidentified rights owners.

SoundCloud isn't the only streaming firm struggling to make music pay
SoundCloud isn't the only streaming firm struggling to make music paywww.wired.co.uk
Legal streaming services such as Soundcloud and Spotify have caused piracy rates to plummet, but money is still proving hard to come by

Issue #203: How Bitcoin Technology Could Save Streaming Music Revenue; Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Service

How Bitcoin Technology Could Save Streaming Music Revenue
How Bitcoin Technology Could Save Streaming Music Revenuewww.laweekly.com
It’s the biggest dilemma facing the modern music industry: how to fairly compensate artists for digitally distributed music. Do cryptocurrencies like…

Why musicians are so angry at the world’s most popular music streaming service
Why musicians are so angry at the world’s most popular music streaming servicewww.washingtonpost.com
Labels accuse YouTube of being the biggest threat to the industry since piracy in the 2000s.

Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Service
Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Servicemusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
At MIDiA we have long argued that Amazon is the dark horse of streaming music.

SoundCloud reportedly only has 80 days left to live (unless Chance the Rapper can save it)
SoundCloud reportedly only has 80 days left to live (unless Chance the Rapper can save it)qz.com

The streaming apocalypse is in full swing. Despite launching an on-demand subscription service last year to rival that of streaming juggernauts Apple Music and Spotify, SoundCloud has not had an easy time.

Spotify's Tuma Basa On Curating RapCaviar, What Not to Do When Pitching and Why He's No 'Gatekeeper'
Spotify's Tuma Basa On Curating RapCaviar, What Not to Do When Pitching and Why He's No 'Gatekeeper'www.billboard.com
Spotify’s Tuma Basa walks Billboard through the process of pitching and placing artists and songs on playlists at the world’s largest streaming service.

Warner Music Acquires Songkick, the Concert Discovery App
Warner Music Acquires Songkick, the Concert Discovery Appwww.billboard.com
Warner Music Group has acquired many of the core assets of concert discovery platform Songkick, including its website and app, along with the trademark.

Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms
Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platformswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Back in March, MBW revealed that Facebook was hiring for no less than three senior positions – all focused on the direct licensing of music.

When Musical Artists and the Blockchain Converge
When Musical Artists and the Blockchain Convergewww.nasdaq.com
Shutterstock photoBy Michael ScottThe 1999 launch of the file sharing service Napster was a seismic wake up call for the music industry. For many.

Why Did Spotify Hire This Expert In Music-Making AI?
Why Did Spotify Hire This Expert In Music-Making AI?www.fastcompany.com
As “fake artists” rack up millions of Spotify plays, the company’s new AI lab–intended to help artists–has raised the specter of songs written by robots.

Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes
Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastestechcrunch.com
It’s no longer enough to simply offer on-demand music as part of the value proposition for music streaming services – you have to enable discovery of new..

Lessons Learned From LAMC: Streaming, Syncs and Immigration
Lessons Learned From LAMC: Streaming, Syncs and Immigrationwww.billboard.com
The Latin Alternative Music Conference hosted a series of panel discussions tailored for the different conundrums that arise when U.S., Latin and Latin American artists try to swim in the mainstream of the music business in the United States.

Issue #200: Spotify, Sony Music Reach Deal; Fixing SoundCloud; 2017: The Year of Music Streaming


Spotify Reaches Deal With Sony Music
Spotify Reaches Deal With Sony Musicwww.billboard.com
After months of negotiations, Sony Music Entertainment has reached a licensing agreement with Spotify, sources tell Billboard, becoming the second major label to do so this year and paving the way for the streaming service to go public.

Fixing SoundCloud
Fixing SoundCloudattentionecono.me
SoundCloud is in dire straits. Some ideas to fix its broken business model by renewing its focus on independent artists.

2017 Is Shaping Up to be the Year of Music Streaming
2017 Is Shaping Up to be the Year of Music Streamingwww.nielsen.com

On-demand audio streams have reached more than 184 billion so far in 2017, a considerable 62.4% increase over the same period last year.

The Music Streaming Revolution: Spotlight on Spotify's Valuation
The Music Streaming Revolution: Spotlight on Spotify's Valuationthemarketmogul.com

The growth of online music streaming has contributed to Spotify’s success. However, some commentators are circumspect about Spotify’s valuation.

How Music Streaming Creates New Fans for Classic Artists
How Music Streaming Creates New Fans for Classic Artistswww.hypebot.com
As Deezer announces its first-ever Family Plan offer in the US, VP of Marketing Deborah Jourdan discusses key stats and findings to discuss the broader context off how the music industry is changing and how music streaming in particularly has changed the landscape for artists of today and yesteryear.

Google Play Music gets new interface for music streaming on Chromecast
Google Play Music gets new interface for music streaming on Chromecastwww.theandroidsoul.com

Google Play Music seems to have received a new interface for streaming music via Chromecast. A Reddit user has revealed the same on a new thread.

'Russian Google' Restricts Music Service Content Amidst Piracy Concerns
'Russian Google' Restricts Music Service Content Amidst Piracy Concernswww.billboard.com
Yandex, “the Russian Google,” has introduced restrictions on user-generated content of its music service amidst piracy concerns, although the company has denied a connection.

Who needs more than one speaker?
Who needs more than one speaker?www.cnet.com
Is just one speaker enough for movies and music?

How Fender Is Reinventing Online Guitar Lessons For The Age Of Distraction
How Fender Is Reinventing Online Guitar Lessons For The Age Of Distractionwww.fastcompany.com
Fender Play is a new 4K video subscription service designed to teach guitar in bite-sized, song-based tutorials that put YouTube lessons to shame.

SoundCloud Demonstrates the Need for Great Discoverability in Music Services
SoundCloud Demonstrates the Need for Great Discoverability in Music Servicestech.co

In the audio streaming business, one single factor stands above the others: Discoverability. SoundCloud’s recent high-profile stumbles are tied to it.

Issue 193: Why 2017 is the Year of Reckoning for the Streaming Music Business; How A Music App Can Help Dish Network

Why 2017 is the Year of Reckoning for the Streaming Music Business
Why 2017 is the Year of Reckoning for the Streaming Music Businesswww.fastcompany.com
Can Spotify make a profit? Will Tidal and SoundCloud survive? Streaming music is on the verge of its moment of truth.

iHeartMedia Inks Deal to Integrate Audio Into Layer3 TV Service
iHeartMedia Inks Deal to Integrate Audio Into Layer3 TV Servicewww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia will integrate its digital radio and on-demand streaming products into Layer3 TV’s television service, Billboard has learned.

Meet Tuma Basa, The Mastermind Behind Spotify's 'Rap Caviar' Playlist
Meet Tuma Basa, The Mastermind Behind Spotify's 'Rap Caviar' Playlistgenius.com

“Streaming is like the Atari era in video gaming. It’s just gonna get bigger.”

How A Music App Can Help Dish Network
How A Music App Can Help Dish Networkwww.forbes.com

Recently, Dish Network launched Dish Music, a mobile app which allows customers to sync music throughout their home via a central control..

Apple Music Personalized Playlist Chill, Algorithmic And Editorial
Apple Music Personalized Playlist Chill, Algorithmic And Editorialtechcrunch.com
This week Apple is beginning to roll out the first new personalized playlist under Apple Music’s ‘For You’ section. The playlist, entitled ‘Chill’..

‘A proxy for personality?’: How Spotify is using music data to understand how its users behave
‘A proxy for personality?’: How Spotify is using music data to understand how its users behavemumbrella.com.au
While many organisations struggle to corral and verify the data for their customers, streaming platform Spotify has the opposite problem – how to make the

Do you listen to music in stereo?
Do you listen to music in stereo?www.cnet.com
The Audiophiliac ponders whether stereo is all that important for the enjoyment of music.

MelodyVR strikes partnership with Microsoft – funding included
MelodyVR strikes partnership with Microsoft – funding includedmusically.com
Music-focused virtual reality startup MelodyVR has announced its latest partnership: with Microsoft. The deal includes marketing and funding for the company

Twitter suspends accounts of The Fader and other popular music sites
Twitter suspends accounts of The Fader and other popular music siteswww.theverge.com
Suspensions are rare for big publications

Inside Spotify’s Financials: Is There a Path to Profitability Or an IPO?
Inside Spotify’s Financials: Is There a Path to Profitability Or an IPO?www.billboard.com
As Spotify continues to scale (50 million users) yet not make a profit (its net loss doubled to $568M), the streaming service is faced with many paths towards profitability (including renegotiating royalty rates) and having its long-awaited IPO.

The Rise and Rise of the Podcast
The Rise and Rise of the Podcastblog.audioboom.com
Podcasts are fast becoming the spoken-word choice for the younger people, enabling big brands and advertisers to target a thriving audience.

Cue sad playlist: Pandora departures point to uncertain future
Cue sad playlist: Pandora departures point to uncertain futureventurebeat.com
Capping a tumultuous year for the music-streaming pioneer, Pandora is losing founder and CEO Tim Westergren as well as its president and chief marketing officer.

Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for May 15 – May 19.

Monday: Guvera Shuts Down; Is The MP3 Officially Dead?; Long Live the Spotify Inbox

Tuesday: Spotify, Blockchain and the Future; Sound Royalties’ $100m Bet on Unlocking Artist Income; LiveXLive Acquires Wantickets

WednesdayCompeting With Paid; The MP3 Is Not Dead; Universal Partners with Tencent

ThursdayIt’s Demo Day for Techstars Music Start-Ups; Apple Music Shifts Away From Album Exclusives

Friday: Spotify Acquires AI Start-Up Niland; SiriusXM Circles Back to Pandora

 

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