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Issue #403: Spotify Tests Price Hike in Norway; Choon Debuts May 1; MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free

Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyalty
Spotify to Raise Prices in Norway in Test of Customer Loyaltywww.bloomberg.com
Spotify Technology SA plans to start raising prices in Norway next month, a small-market test that may foreshadow increases for its global listeners later.

Choon will launch May 1st
Choon will launch May 1stmedium.com
After just over five months of heads-down engineering work, we’re happy to announce that the Choon platform will launch at 12PM US Pacific Time on May 1st, 2018.

MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free
MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Freeplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Global digital music distributor MondoTunes announced it will provide free distribution of music uploaded before September 2015 for artists who return to the service.

Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store
Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Storetechcrunch.com

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store.

Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Online
Resonate, lifeID Partner to Improve How Music is Owned, Shared Onlineplatformandstream.wordpress.com
Resonate, the ethical music co-op, and lifeID, a leader in blockchain-based, self-sovereign identity solutions, are announcing they have joined forces to improve how music is owned and shared online.

Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolution
Atlantic Records’ Tom Mullen talks catalogue marketing’s evolutionmusically.com
At record labels, catalogue and frontline used to be church and state – rarely mixing. But streaming is blurring the lines, and Tom Mullen’s role as VP of catalogue marketing for Atlantic Records is a further expansion of this trend.

Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streaming
Deezer SA partnership integrates radio, streamingwww.musicinafrica.net
French streaming service Deezer yesterday announced a cross-platform streaming and radio partnership with award-winning South African radio station Hot 91.9 FM.

Czech music business sees double digit growth
Czech music business sees double digit growthwww.radio.cz
The revenues of Czech music business increased last year by 11 percent to 834 million crowns, according to a press release by the Czech branch of International Federation of Phonographic Industry.

Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?
Loudr Than Bombs: Has Spotify Finally Reached a Mechanical Licensing Armistice?www.synchblog.com

What will Spotify’s recent acquisition of Loudr mean for the music publishing community?

Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?
Loss For Words: Is CD Quality Lossless or Lossy?audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff splits digital hairs to make a point…

Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platforms
Sony Classical Celebrates Living Stereo on Global Social Media, Streaming Platformsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sony Classical features one of the great brands in its historic catalogue of classical recordings – RCA Victor’s Living Stereo series – in a worldwide campaign across streaming, hi-res download and social media platforms.

Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish sound
Irish music but not as you know it: Spotify’s new Irish soundwww.irishtimes.com
The New Éire – ‘The next generation of urban sounds representing the Emerald Isle’

How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Steps
How To Promote Your Music Video in 7 Easy Stepsblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Although a high-quality music video always has the chance of going viral, that chance is SLIM if there’s no promotional strategy to back it up.