Issue #397: Is Asia Spotify’s Weak Spot?; The District is Reshaping the Music Business; The Case for Napster

Is Asia Spotify’s weak spot?

Its US$26 billion stock debut has tech industry mouths watering, but the music streaming company may have hit a bum note in the region, where piracy, limited budgets and a love of karaoke are conspiring against it.

Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music business
Vancouver company the District has reshaped the music businesswww.straight.com
By managing YouTube streaming accounts, it’s formed one of the biggest music distribution networks in the world.

Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Age
Coachella's Indie Acts Opt for Label Deals Even in Spotify Agewww.bloomberg.com
On stage at Coachella, Josh Conway could practically taste it. He and his compatriots in the indie band The Marias were playing the largest music festival in North America. They were on the verge of making it.

The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Later
The Case for Napster, Some Fifteen Years Latermedium.com
Napster is the catalyst which was needed to spearhead the movement. But sadly, it is also the ship that had to sink for others’ sake.

Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 years
Spotify will spend nearly $450 million on Google cloud over 3 yearswww.cnbc.com
Spotify disclosed on Tuesday that it’s spending at least $447 million on Google’s cloud over the next three years.

How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergence
How the music industry could benefit from data technology convergenceblog.jaak.io
Part of our strategy blog series, which will investigate the paths to building decentralised infrastructure for the intellectual property industries.

Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as viny
Slipped discs: Why the biz needs to give CDs as much love and attention as vinywww.musicweek.com
It’s Record Store Day this weekend, which means tons of lovingly curated vinyl releases in your local indie shop. But, even as streaming becomes the dominant format, the biz shouldn’t neglect CD buyers. Music Week explains why…

Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscribers
Amazon Prime Hits 100M Subscriberswww.billboard.com
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his company has reached over 100 million subscribing Prime members, a new milestone for the 13-year-old program.

How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTube
How Vevo Stays At The Top Of The Charts On YouTubeadexchanger.com

Vevo uses YouTube for a large chunk of its distribution and viewership.

Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal
Lil B's Mixtapes Appear on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidalexclaim.ca

A number of classic releases from 2010 through 2012 have been collected on the services.

Lessons from Spotify
Lessons from Spotifystratechery.com

Being a true aggregator means gaining power over supply; Spotify doesn’t have that — the company doesn’t even have control over its marginal costs — and it’s hard to see where the profits come from.

TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platform
TheWaveVR Raises $6M For Virtual Reality Music Platformwww.hypebot.com

TheWaveVR, a social virtual reality platform for music and visual arts experiences has closed a $6 million Series A funding round.

Issue #396: Warner Classics, IDAGIO Set Streaming Partnership; Blockchain? More Like Rockchain; 10 of the Best Music Podcasts

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership
Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnershipplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

Blockchain? More like rockchain
Blockchain? More like rockchainadage.com
Music was the first industry the digital revolution decimated. Blockchain is a chance to reinvent ourselves, Jesse Kirshbaum writes.

Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up
Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Upwww.billboard.com
Streaming has helped the music industry dig itself out of nearly 20 years of economic decline — and with Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange, previously skeptical investors are now cashing in.

The day music discovery failed me
The day music discovery failed memedium.com

The Manic Street Preachers released a new album, Resistance is Futile, on Friday. I didn’t find out about it until yesterday (Monday).

10 of the Best Music Podcasts
10 of the Best Music Podcastsvariety.com
With car dashboards eliminating CD inputs and relying more on smart displays and smartphones, podcasts — both music-related and others — are increasingly becoming big players for a captive mobile audience.

Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright
Congress is Poised to Modernize Music Copyrightvariety.com
The Music Modernization Act, which combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid, was passed unanimously by a House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industry
How MoviePass Plans To Expand Into The Music Industrywww.cinemablend.com
MoviePass is making another major movie, and this one will see it get into the music industry.

Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixed
Radio's health is better than you think but prognosis mixedadage.com
Radio is a medium with huge reach, but its cracks are showing. Fewer young people are listening and alternative media is stealing its thunder.

A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocates
A Guide to the Music Industry's Capitol Hill Advocateswww.billboard.com
The movers and shakers among the policymakers.

MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainment
MTN Music+ goes Int'l with Sony Music Entertainmentwww.vanguardngr.com
Africa’s groundbreaking digital music service, MTN Music+ has added yet another ‘plus’ by signing a historic deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Ads
How to Promote Your Music with Spotify Adsmedium.com
I’ve been looking for ways to boost my Spotify streams. What could be better than advertising directly on Spotify with an audio ad?

Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaboration
Gary Vaynerchuk Joins Forces With Guy Oseary for Digital Marketing Collaborationwww.billboard.com
One of the biggest managers in music is joining forces with one the best-known voices in branding, digital marketing and developing audiences through social media.

Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO
Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSOwww.hypebot.com
VEZT, the blockchain powered marketplace that lets fans share ownership with artists in their favorite songs, has announced an advisory board packed with music industry leaders and the hiring of Swedish producer and music tech investor Andreas Carlsson as Chief Strategy Officer.

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org.

“We envision a world that is united and healed through the collaboration, proliferation and consumption of independent creative works,” said Mike Rubin, Founder of the Dreamchain Foundation. “By utilizing the blockchain’s immutable ledger and decentralized consensus ability combined with cryptocurrency’s ability to create new economic models, we can finally remove powerful authorities that for too long have either censored creativity or controlled the economic returns for creators, preventing many artists from realizing their dreams.”

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Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users.

The IDAGIO catalogue, which already comprises over 650,000 tracks, will encompass all new and recent releases from the Warner Classics and Erato labels, as well as the complete catalogue, including recordings originally issued on such iconic labels as EMI Classics and Teldec (now Warner Classics) and Virgin Classics (now Erato).

“Adding the complete Warner Classics catalogue will enable us to continue offering classical music lovers the streaming experience they want and deserve,” Till Janczukowicz, founder and CEO of IDAGIO​, said. “Warner Classics and Erato are labels that, under the inspired leadership of Alain Lanceron, continue to buck the industry trend with their ambition and commitment to visionary A&R. A perfect example is Erato’s recent award-winning recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens.”

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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 #386: Is Spotify Going to Kill Jazz, Soul and Classical Music?; MelodyVR Set to Launch VR Music App

Spotify could kill Jazz, Soul and Classical music. Really.

This problem is more than theoretical. It is the immediate dilemma facing artists, and it has an inordinate impact on jazz, soul, classical, blues and other similar genres with older audiences.

Some artists are leaving the industry, some are changing their music to appeal to younger ears, and thousands of others have decided not to release any new music because they simply can’t make money recording anymore.

Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix It
Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix Itwww.billboard.com
The music industry may have regained its financial footing thanks to streaming. But there’s still a lot broken in the business, and it stems from one fundamental problem.

Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your car
Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your carwww.theverge.com
Back in February, some Spotify users received a notification about an upcoming in-car device that supports voice commands.

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like
How to Find New Music You'll Actually Likelifehacker.com

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas.

Licensing and Publishing / Genius Stories
Licensing and Publishing / Genius Storiesmedium.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.

This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh music
This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh musictheincline.com
It’s a collaboration with a Pittsburgh company.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Savior
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Saviorwww.wsj.com
As Spotify is about to go public, CEO Daniel Ek faces the daunting task of making his company profitable while fending off streaming competition from tech giants such as Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Amazon.com.

Sonos Gets Ready for an IPO
Sonos Gets Ready for an IPOvariety.com
Connected-speaker maker Sonos is looking to fill key legal and accounting roles with people with public company experience.

TuneGO Partners with Priority Records
TuneGO Partners with Priority Recordsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

TuneGO has announced a partnership with Priority Records. The label, responsible for launching the careers of Eazy-E, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and many others, will provide distribution for TuneGO content in the United States and its parent company, Universal Music Group will handle the global market.

Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability
Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability www.information-age.com

The digital world has made accessing goods, services and information possible within a matter of seconds. From ordering a pizza to the front door to having a taxi arrive at the tap of a button.

8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi" Audiophiles
8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi" Audiophilesfossbytes.com
India’s music streaming market is still sprouting and taking people away from piracy. Some of the best music streaming apps include Saavn, Gaana, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Prime, etc.

Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists properly
Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists properlywww.cnbc.com
“The labels and streaming services can fight, but the artists will keep on making music, and they want in on the music, so they would have to figure it out,” Grammy award-winner Estelle said.

MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’
MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’musically.com
After a lengthy beta-test period and a succession of licensing deals with music companies, VR music startup MelodyVR is preparing for its commercial launch.

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.

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