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Issue #401: Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters?; Spotify Tests Filter to Block Swearing in Songs

'We're on Life Support': Is Streaming Music the Final Note for Professional Songwriters? — psmag.com Operating without a union, songwriters are still paid through royalty structures created in the days of player pianos and Tin Pan Alley. And in the streaming era, that’s a losing formula. Spotify tests filter to block swearing in songs — […]

Issue #400: Spotify Pumps Up Free Tier; Pandora Premium on Xbox One; Prince’s Estate Launches Massive ‘Discography’ Website

Spotify Unveils Upgrades for Free Users, Sets Sights On Putting a Dent in Radio's Appeal — www.billboard.com By leveraging their investment in machine learning, Spotify’s new free tier recommends music to users on the fly. Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One — www.engadget.com Pandora has dragged its heels expanding its Premium service beyond mobile — […]

Issue #399: 43% of Music Revenues via Streaming in ’17; J. Cole Breaks Drake’s 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music

43% of music revenues came from streaming last year — techcrunch.com Streaming services and their subscription revenue has saved the music business, according to a new music industry report, which notes that 2017 was the third consecutive year of revenue growth — again, thanks to digital music consumption. How Music Generated by Artificial Intelligence Is […]

Issue #398: How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists; Of Branded Playlists and Artist Payment

How Blockchain Technologies Will Empower Artists — cryptoslate.com Technology and art have always been closely intertwined, and blockchain is no exception. Should Artists Get a Cut When Their Songs Land On Branded Playlists on Spotify? — www.billboard.com When a brand curates its own playlist it is using songs specifically to influence a consumer’s perception of […]

Issue #396: Warner Classics, IDAGIO Set Streaming Partnership; Blockchain? More Like Rockchain; 10 of the Best Music Podcasts

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership — platformandstream.wordpress.com Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users. Blockchain? More like rockchain — adage.com Music was the first industry the […]

Dreamchain Foundation Debuts Music Streaming Service Built on End-to-End Blockchain Platform

The Dreamchain Foundation announced today that its combined Dreamchain/Dreamstream Testnet has successfully been deployed and is securely streaming songs through the Dreamcoin Music app. Dreamchain Testnet is capable of registering one million end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) song transactions every 24 hours. Music industry participants can learn more by visiting www.GetOntheChain.org. “We envision a world […]

Warner Classics and IDAGIO Embark on Streaming Partnership

Warner Classics has launched a new collaboration with IDAGIO​, in a partnership that will see the specialist classical music streaming service make the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalogue available to its users. The IDAGIO catalogue, which already comprises over 650,000 tracks, will encompass all new and recent releases from the Warner Classics and Erato […]