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Issue #359: SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstream; Pros, Cons of Spotify as a Hardware Company; Liberty Makes a Play for iHeartRadio

SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstream
SoundCloud Rap Hits Mainstreamwww.dailytexanonline.com
Various rappers have launched their careers and risen to massive fame with just the click of a button.

The Pros And Cons Of Spotify Becoming A Hardware Company
The Pros And Cons Of Spotify Becoming A Hardware Companymusic3point0.com
Spotify is looking to launch it’s own branded streaming music hardware, but there are just as many negatives as there are positives in doing so.

SiriusXM Parent Company Liberty Proposes iHeartRadio Restructuring
SiriusXM Parent Company Liberty Proposes iHeartRadio Restructuringvariety.com
iHeartMedia, which has struggled under the burden of $20 billion in debt, may look to SiriusXM parent company Liberty Media for a hail Mary.

Atlantic Records Is Launching Its Own Podcasts, Starting Today
Atlantic Records Is Launching Its Own Podcasts, Starting Todayvariety.com
Taking a DIY approach to media, Atlantic Records today announced the launch of an in-house podcast initiative with its own production team.

In Pursuit of a Streaming Jazz Utopia with Qwest TV, the New Service From Quincy Jones
In Pursuit of a Streaming Jazz Utopia with Qwest TV, the New Service From Quincy Joneswbgo.org
What to make of Quincy Jones’s new video music service?

Country station in Standard Hat Works making waves
Country station in Standard Hat Works making waveswww.wacotrib.com

Country music and cowboy hats often go together, but Standard Hat Works owner Cameron Morris takes it one two-step further: He runs a country music station out of his New Road store.

Smart Speakers, Podcasts Big Streaming Trends in 2018
Smart Speakers, Podcasts Big Streaming Trends in 2018www.radioworld.com
Streaming audio fans will be flocking to smart speakers and podcasts this year, while music-only services may be losing momentum

Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Library
Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Librarywww.hypebot.com

Music collaboration tech developer Splice has acquired Indaba Music.

Are Business Consolidations Good for High-End Audio?
Are Business Consolidations Good for High-End Audio?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the practice of corporate consolidation in high-performance audio.

Record Labels Want Court To Reconsider Cox's Liability For Piracy By Users
Record Labels Want Court To Reconsider Cox's Liability For Piracy By Userswww.mediapost.com

The record industry is asking a federal court to reconsider a decision that reversed a $25 million copyright verdict against the Internet service provider Cox Communications.

Rediscovering a love of music with HomePod, HomeKit, and neon
Rediscovering a love of music with HomePod, HomeKit, and neon9to5mac.com

HomeKit control of Apple Music is high on my wish list of future HomePod abilities, but for now, HomeBridge gets me halfway there.