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Issue #369: Deezer Launches on Xbox One; Spotify Lands in South Africa, Israel, Vietnam; Apple Music Hits 38M Subscribers

Deezer can provide the soundtrack for your Xbox One games
Deezer can provide the soundtrack for your Xbox One gameswww.engadget.com
You don’t have too many options for large, on-demand music services that will stream in the background of your Xbox One games.

Spotify launches in South Africa, Israel and Vietnam, expanding its reach to 64 markets
Spotify launches in South Africa, Israel and Vietnam, expanding its reach to 64 marketswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The combined population of the three countries is approximately 160m, with close to 95m people in Vietnam alone.

Apple Music Reaches 38 Million Subscribers
Apple Music Reaches 38 Million Subscribersvariety.com
Apple Music has reached 38 million subscribers, up 2 million in the past five weeks, SVP Eddy Cue announced at SXSW on Monday.

Online Music Distribution Grows 8% in Japan in 2017
Online Music Distribution Grows 8% in Japan in 2017variety.com
Online music distribution continues to grow in Japan, with sales in 2017 up 8% compared to the year before.

New Journalism Project Spreads Censored News Through Music Streaming Services
New Journalism Project Spreads Censored News Through Music Streaming Servicespitchfork.com
“The Uncensored Playlist” pairs journalists with local musicians in China, Egypt, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam to turn the news into songs

Spotify Launches Self-Serve Advertising Platform in Canada and the UK
Spotify Launches Self-Serve Advertising Platform in Canada and the UKplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Last Fall, Spotify launched Spotify Ad Studio, the first-ever audio self-serve advertising platform, in the US. Today, the platform embarks on a world tour as the public beta expands to Canada and the UK.

One in 35 million: How unlicensed music by Aaliyah ended up on Spotify
One in 35 million: How unlicensed music by Aaliyah ended up on Spotifywww.factmag.com
Vanessa Okoth-Obbo investigates the bizarre underbelly of Aaliyah bootlegs on Spotify.

CD Baby helps Indie Artist Succeed
CD Baby helps Indie Artist Succeedmedium.com

When indie distributor and publisher CD Baby first opened itself up for business in 1998, the record industry was booming, on its way to a high-water mark…

Saavn and Homegrown collaborate to find India's next big Desi Rapper
Saavn and Homegrown collaborate to find India's next big Desi Rapperwww.radioandmusic.com
Saavn and Homegrown collaborate to find India’s next big Desi Rapper | Radioandmusic.com

Why Fan Data Should Matter To Artists And Bands
Why Fan Data Should Matter To Artists And Bandsmusic3point0.com
Fan data is becoming increasingly important for artists and bands, and this example from the 2nd edition of the Social Media Promotion For Musicians handbook shows why.

Programmable multicore optical fibres set to keep movies and music streaming into late 2020s
Programmable multicore optical fibres set to keep movies and music streaming into late 2020sphys.org
The volume of data traffic traversing the world’s optical fibre networks is growing by more than 40 percent per year as data-hungry services like streaming audio and video become ever more popular.

Spotify’s Line-In Tool Lets Users Add Tags, Moods and Other Metadata
Spotify’s Line-In Tool Lets Users Add Tags, Moods and Other Metadatavariety.com
Spotify is the fist major music service to directly ask its users for music metadata.

DeepMusic Alexa skill serves up AI-generated songs
DeepMusic Alexa skill serves up AI-generated songsmusically.com
Amid all the industry conversation about how smart speakers will affect the way people listen to music, the assumption has been that the music in question will be made by humans.

Excerpt: 'Everything In Its Right Place: How Blockchain Technology Will Lead To A More Transparent Music Industry'
Excerpt: 'Everything In Its Right Place: How Blockchain Technology Will Lead To A More Transparent Music Industry'www.pastemagazine.com
George Howard’s latest book features interviews with music veterans about the intersection of technology and music.