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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 #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 […]

Edge Music Network Announces Partnership Agreement, Launch of ‘Artist Pages’

Edge Music Network is partnering with MondoTunes, as well as launching EMN’s official “Artist Pages” – designed to deliver a compelling new way for artists and musicians to establish connections with fans, venues and labels. With modern architecture, deep navigation capabilities, advanced search tools and user-friendly features built from the ground up – EMN’s latest […]

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 […]

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 — […]