Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology

Blockchain-powered music platform Soundeon continues to gain momentum and establish its position at the forefront of blockchain innovation as Soundeon inventors have filed a nonprovisional utility patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 27 for the Creative Smart Contract technology underlying the platform. The patent-pending Creative Smart ContractTM environment provides […]

Issue #407: JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot; Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube; Will Spotify Ever Make Money?

JAAK Moves Ahead with Blockchain Pilot, Joined by BMG, GMR, Warner — variety.com London-based tech start-up JAAK has announced a successful pilot of its blockchain network, KORD. Pilot participants include BMG, Global Music Rights, Outdustry, Phoenix Music International Ltd, Sentric, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music. Pirate Radio Stations Explode on YouTube — www.nytimes.com A […]

Issue #406: Spotify Hits 75M Paying Users; Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake; Napster of Puppets

Spotify touts 75 million subscribers in first quarterly earnings report — www.engadget.com Spotify made its New York Stock Exchange debut last month, and today the streaming service announced its first earning report as a public company. As part of it… Music’s Future Means Even More Ed Sheeran, Drake — www.bloomberg.com The industry’s revenue is concentrated around […]

Issue #405: Music Tech Trends Defining 2018; Should Brands Pay Artists to Advertise on Playlists?

The Music Tech Trends Defining 2018 — medium.com From VR festival livestreams to DIY synths and decentralized distribution, these are the inventions, apps, and technologies creators are using this year. Should Brands pay artists to advertise on Playlists? — medium.com As traditional advertising has become less engaging for consumers, publishers and brands have pivoted towards […]

VNUE Announces Deal with Radio Operations International

VNUE announced today that it has signed its first radio monitoring agreement utilizing its patent-pending Soundstr technology, with Radio Operations International. The deal will utilize the tech to provide accurate music play reporting to reduce licensing costs to radio stations, and also to increase transparency to all stakeholders. VNUE’s Soundstr is an innovative hardware and […]

Issue #404: Pandora Boosts Georgia’s Music Tech Industry; Deezer Partners with Jazz FM; Streaming Playlists as the New Music Blogs?

Could Pandora’s Major Atlanta Expansion Spur the Growth Of Georgia's Music Tech Industry? — hypepotamus.com Pandora will soon embark on a major expansion in Atlanta, swelling their office here to 300 in three years with largely product and engineering hires. Here’s how this could impact Atlanta music tech industry. Deezer celebrates classic labels with Jazz […]

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 — www.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 — medium.com After just over five months of heads-down engineering work, we’re happy […]

MondoTunes to Distribute Returning Artists Free

Global digital music distributor MondoTunes announced it will provide free distribution of music uploaded before September 2015 for artists who return to the service. The company made headlines in 2015 when it announced its innovative unlimited-uploads option. Today, that plan remains the most affordable way to publish your music over the world’s largest distribution network, […]

Issue #402: The Triumph of the Subscription Model; Fleetwood Mac on SiriusXM; Bandsintown Integrates Apple Music; Pandora in Atlanta

Spotify Subscriptions Helped The Streaming Company Win Listeners — www.wired.com The streaming company proved it could get the Napster generation to subscribe. But will Spotify’s paywall make it profitable? Fleetwood Mac Channel Coming to SiriusXM — www.billboard.com After having to deal with Lindsey Buckingham’s departure, looking for replacements and announcing a North American tour, Fleetwood […]