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Issue #364: Spotify in South Africa; Deezer Now Works with Amazon Alexa; End of iTunes?

Spotify To Launch In South Africa
Spotify To Launch In South Africawww.forbes.com
Music streaming service Spotify will launch in South Africa this month.

Deezer now works with Amazon Alexa
Deezer now works with Amazon Alexawww.theverge.com

Deezer Premium+ users will also be able to take advantage of Deezer’s Flow feature, which plays “a never-ending personal soundtrack” directly through Alexa voice commands.

Sony to Share Profits From Spotify Stock Sales With Indies: Will Universal & Warner Follow Suit?
Sony to Share Profits From Spotify Stock Sales With Indies: Will Universal & Warner Follow Suit?www.billboard.com
Whether Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group will share any funds from the shares they own from Spotify when the streaming service goes public is an up-to-now-unanswered question.

'End of iTunes?': Leaked Apple email spells end of music downloads
'End of iTunes?': Leaked Apple email spells end of music downloadsmetro.co.uk
Die-tunes: Industry experts predict that Apple will bin its music download store

The state of music streaming in Southeast Asia
The state of music streaming in Southeast Asiatheaseanpost.com
Music streaming platforms are mushrooming around the region.

Universal Music Says Artists Would Benefit From a Spotify Equity Sale
Universal Music Says Artists Would Benefit From a Spotify Equity Salewww.billboard.com
It’s taken two years and an IPO, but Universal Music Group is now ready to commit to sharing with its artists the bounty it will generate from the sale of its Spotify stock.

Digital music is booming in India but players can't afford to be one-hit wonders
Digital music is booming in India but players can't afford to be one-hit wonderstechcircle.vccircle.com

In a matter of hours last Wednesday, music streaming services in India suddenly came under the spotlight.

CD Baby, Now In Its 20th Year, Says It Paid Out $80M to Indie Artists in 2017
CD Baby, Now In Its 20th Year, Says It Paid Out $80M to Indie Artists in 2017www.billboard.com
CD Baby, now celebrating its 20th year in existence, unveiled a few significant milestones: in 2017 alone, CD Baby paid out $80.1 million dollars to independent artists, a 33 percent increase over 2016; and it passed $600 million in payouts over the past 20 years.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Award
Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Troy Carter to Receive UJA Music Visionary Awardvariety.com
Spotify’s Daniel Ek and Troy Carter will be presented with the prestigious Music Visionary of the Year award by UJA-Federation of New York. 

Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in January
Nearly 8.3m Brits were music-streaming subscribers in Januarymusically.com
While recent ERA and BPI figures have made much of the growth in revenue and consumption of music streaming services in the UK, they didn’t explains how many people in Britain pay for a music subscription.

Spotify’s IPO in six charts
Spotify’s IPO in six chartswww.recode.net
What we learned from the streaming company’s public filing.

Will Artists Benefit From Spotify's Planned IPO?
Will Artists Benefit From Spotify's Planned IPO?www.rollingstone.com
Spotify’s planned IPO will make the major record labels hundreds of millions of dollars, but will artists also benefit from the potential windfall?

Neko Case Announces New Album ‘Hell-On’ & Shares Title Track
Neko Case Announces New Album ‘Hell-On’ & Shares Title Trackwww.jambase.com
Listen to “Hell-On,” the lead single and title track from the forthcoming new Neko Case album.