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Issue #211: Hi-Res Audio: New Standard Or Cash Grab?; The Chinese Music Business is Set to Explode

Hi-Res Audio: New Standard Or Cash Grab?
Hi-Res Audio: New Standard Or Cash Grab?blog.dataart.com

As a growing number of streaming platforms offer higher quality audio options for an additional cost, a question arises: How many consumers are truly willing to pay more for hi-res audio files?

Sweet streams: How concert video is democratising the live biz
Sweet streams: How concert video is democratising the live bizwww.iq-mag.net
Leading execs tell Eamonn Forde how lower barriers to entry – and all-important viewer data – are bringing more live music to more people than ever before.

BMI, ASCAP to Combine Music Databases
BMI, ASCAP to Combine Music Databases www.broadcastingcable.com

Performance rights groups ASCAP and BMI have teamed up to create what they are billing as a “single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories that will deliver an authoritative view of ownership shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States.”

Latest Turn in Radio's Licensing Battles Hinges on Location, Location, Location
Latest Turn in Radio's Licensing Battles Hinges on Location, Location, Locationwww.billboard.com
What should radio stations have to pay to play songs by the likes of Don Henley, Drake and Prince?

'There are 365m people in China willing to pay for entertainment. The music market is about to explode.'
'There are 365m people in China willing to pay for entertainment. The music market is about to explode.'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The Chinese music business is set to explode. Many executives across the US, UK and Europe look east and rightfully tip the Asian continent as the next great land of opportunity.

Soundcloud’s Fatal Mistake
Soundcloud’s Fatal Mistakemedium.com
After hearing the dire news published by TechCrunch about Soundcloud’s unfortunate financial position, I have a lot of thoughts to share.

Introducing Asbury Music - An online radio station as unique as New Jersey
Introducing Asbury Music – An online radio station as unique as New Jerseywww.newjerseystage.com
Introducing Asbury Music – An online radio station as unique as New Jersey – New Jersey Stage

Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launch
Blockchain startup Voise prepares for alpha-client launchmusically.com
We wrote about blockchain/music startup Voise in June when we spotted its profile on an investment site: it’s preparing for launch now.

Stream All of Joanna Newsom’s Albums on Apple Music
Stream All of Joanna Newsom’s Albums on Apple Musicflavorwire.com

Indie label Drag City and Joanna Newsom’s very understandable former aversion to streaming services — particularly Spotify — also meant that if one’s C.D. player, or turntable broke, they’d be pretty out of luck if they wanted a convenient way to listen to a Newsom album.

5 reasons why you should use the Spotify desktop app
5 reasons why you should use the Spotify desktop appwww.cnet.com
It can do things the mobile app can’t.

Issue #210: Music Pushes to Innovate Beyond Streaming; Why SoundCloud Bursting Would Be A Loss For DJs, Producers

Music Pushes to Innovate Beyond Streaming, But Investors Play It Safe: Analysis
Music Pushes to Innovate Beyond Streaming, But Investors Play It Safe: Analysiswww.billboard.com
Taking a close look at the gap between music accelerators and venture capitalists in 2017.

Microsoft Finding New Ways To Deploy Its Tech In The Music World
Microsoft Finding New Ways To Deploy Its Tech In The Music Worldwww.forbes.com
Microsoft’s Music x Technology program collaborates with artists to help their tech-driven visions come to life, most recently with the touring show for Washed Out’s multimedia album Mister Mellow.

Why SoundCloud Bursting Would Be A Loss For DJs, Producers
Why SoundCloud Bursting Would Be A Loss For DJs, Producers djtechtools.com

Love them or hate them, the online music platform Soundcloud has been a fundamental force in the development of modern DJ and production cultures.

Without Spotify, Jay-Z may be forsaking $1 million a week in keeping his "4:44" album off the free streaming service
Without Spotify, Jay-Z may be forsaking $1 million a week in keeping his "4:44" album off the free streaming serviceqz.com
Jay-Z’s latest album, 4:44, started off as an exclusive to Tidal, the streaming company he owns, and is now available on Amazon and Apple Music as well—but not Spotify.

An iPod Shuffle for Spotify is surprisingly essential
An iPod Shuffle for Spotify is surprisingly essentialwww.engadget.com
Thanks to Baby Driver, we’ve all been reminded of our love affair for the MP3 player — namely the iPod. Now that Apple Music, Spotify and others allow us to ca…

Stingray Music App Tops 2 Million Downloads
Stingray Music App Tops 2 Million Downloadsplatformandstream.com
Stingray has a good reason to proudly wave its maple leaf today. The Stingray Music mobile app – the only 100% Canadian-made free music app – hit a major milestone by topping 2 million downloads, doubling the number reached in 2016.

Why Can’t Spotify Stop Getting Sued? It’s More Complex Than It Sounds
Why Can’t Spotify Stop Getting Sued? It’s More Complex Than It Soundswww.fastcompany.com
As it prepares to go public, Spotify faces yet another lawsuit over unpaid royalties. But who’s really to blame for this lingering problem?

Cinq Music Nabs $20 Million From GoDigital For Music Rights Acquisitions, International Expansion
Cinq Music Nabs $20 Million From GoDigital For Music Rights Acquisitions, International Expansionwww.hypebot.com

Cinq Music has completed a $20 million Series B rounded funded by GoDigital Media. Cinq will use the funding to purchase music rights, both masters and publishing, and to further expand internationally.

Spotify's Restricted, Paid-Only Content Expected to Start This Fall
Spotify's Restricted, Paid-Only Content Expected to Start This Fallwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify has signed a major licensing deal with yet another major label. But, what does this mean for users who listen to Spotify for free?

Social media star Jake Paul joins LiveXLive
Social media star Jake Paul joins LiveXLivewww.iq-mag.net
Jake Paul, whose debut single garnered 27m YouTube views in a week, joins Amanda Cerny and King Bach at LiveXLive as it pushes into original content.

Surround Sound? You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet
Surround Sound? You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yetwww.nytimes.com
At Empac, musicians and technicians are learning to work with sophisticated advances in spatial audio technologies.

Stingray Music App Tops 2 Million Downloads

Stingray has a good reason to proudly wave its maple leaf today. The Stingray Music mobile app – the only 100% Canadian-made free music app – hit a major milestone by topping 2 million downloads, doubling the number reached in 2016. Over 60% of downloads originated in Canada, confirming widespread adoption across the country.

The Stingray Music mobile app is a free service available to Canadians through entertainment content providers such as pay TV providers and mobile operators.

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Issue #209: Spotify, Warner Music Close to Deal; Aphex Twin Debuts Micro Streaming Service; Tiny Desk Concert Has Big Impact

Spotify, Warner hope to clinch royalty deal by September
Spotify, Warner hope to clinch royalty deal by Septemberwww.reuters.com

Spotify is close to agreeing a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said.

NPR's Tiny Desk Concert: As Powerful For Musicians As Late Night?
NPR's Tiny Desk Concert: As Powerful For Musicians As Late Night?www.forbes.com
While late night television has always been the go-to place for managers to showcase emerging talent, there’s a much tinier alternative that can drive just as much growth on social media.

How SoundCloud's broken business model drove artists away
How SoundCloud's broken business model drove artists awaywww.theverge.com
‘25 million plays, and zero dollars’

Dollars and No Sense
Dollars and No Sensewww.theindustryobserver.com.au

Is the digital revolution leaving artists and consumers behind?

Aphex Twin launches micro streaming service full of Aphex Twin songs
Aphex Twin launches micro streaming service full of Aphex Twin songswww.theverge.com
Now comfortably outside of a 13-year, mid-career retirement, Aphex Twin has made it easier than ever for fans to listen to his music all in one place. The musician (born Richard D. James) unveiled…

How to Sell Music Online
How to Sell Music Onlineblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Streaming sites, like Spotify and Pandora, may be hard to distribute your music to nowadays, and you want to make the most of your work without spending a lot of money.

SoundCloud: Why the Streaming Service is In Deep Trouble
SoundCloud: Why the Streaming Service is In Deep Troublefortune.com
SoundCloud’s technical problems and limited opportunities are pushing creators away.

How to Start Getting Your Music Licensed – Industry Insiders Share Their Secrets
How to Start Getting Your Music Licensed – Industry Insiders Share Their Secretsflypaper.soundfly.com
Sync licensing opens up a whole world of revenue and exposure for your music. Here are key tips from industry pros on how to secure placements and get paid.

Spotify has a problem that only the independent music community can solve.
Spotify has a problem that only the independent music community can solve.medium.com
Let me start this article by saying I’m a huge fan of Spotify both as a music fan and a record label owner. Spotify makes up a big chunk of our labels monthly revenue and seems to be contributing a…

Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royalties
Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royaltiesmusically.com
Startup Paperchain has launched a survey to gauge the scale of the music industry’s problem with unattributed royalties and unidentified rights owners.

SoundCloud isn't the only streaming firm struggling to make music pay
SoundCloud isn't the only streaming firm struggling to make music paywww.wired.co.uk
Legal streaming services such as Soundcloud and Spotify have caused piracy rates to plummet, but money is still proving hard to come by

Issue #208: As Streaming Services Mature, Opportunity Emerges in the Niche; Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless

As streaming services mature, opportunity emerges in the niche
As streaming services mature, opportunity emerges in the nichemedium.com
The emergence of niche streaming services will be one of the topics at the c/o pop Convention 2017, one of Germany’s leading music industry conferences and showcase festivals (Cologne, 16–20th August…

Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless
Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawlesswww.nytimes.com
Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately. A panel discussion, on Popcast.

Your Music Was Added to a Popular Spotify Playlist... Now What?
Your Music Was Added to a Popular Spotify Playlist… Now What?flypaper.soundfly.com
Inclusion on one of Spotify’s popular playlist can mean an instant boost to your music career. That is, if you take the right steps when it happens.

JAY-Z Forgoes Up To $1 Million Weekly As He Keeps '4:44' Off Spotify
JAY-Z Forgoes Up To $1 Million Weekly As He Keeps '4:44' Off Spotifywww.billboard.com
What does one of the world’s richest hip-hop artists stand to lose by continuing to withhold his latest release from the world’s dominant music streaming service?

Pitchfork and Inception Launch Virtual Reality Music Channel
Pitchfork and Inception Launch Virtual Reality Music Channelpitchfork.com
A new partnership to provide VR music video experiences from musicians and artists

Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discovery
Tidal's redesigned app puts more emphasis on music discoverywww.engadget.com
Tidal’s been in the news recently, as Jay-Z debuted his new album 4:44 as a Tidal-Sprint exclusive (which wasn’t without some controversy, as last-minute subscr…

Linkin Park Streams Increase 730% in Wake of Chester Bennington’s Death
Linkin Park Streams Increase 730% in Wake of Chester Bennington’s Deathwww.billboard.com
Linkin Park’s music saw a 730% gain in on-demand audio streams following the death of Chester Bennington.

From Jay-Z to Chance the Rapper to Frank Ocean, SoundCloud's next CEO should be...
From Jay-Z to Chance the Rapper to Frank Ocean, SoundCloud's next CEO should be…qz.com
Music-streaming service SoundCloud, loath as it may be to admit it, is having a bit of trouble as of late. As bigger rivals like Spotify and Apple Music begin to rule the listening market, smaller services are struggling to turn a profit; and getting rid of a large chunk of one’s company hardly screams success—unless…

Fake Spotify streams are the new fake MySpace friends
Fake Spotify streams are the new fake MySpace friendsmusically.com
Fresh from a week of stripping back the layers of Spotify commissioning producers to make music for its mood playlists, MBW has turned its attention…

Pandora has three numbers that should be music to your ears: $40 million, 76 million and 1 billion.
Pandora has three numbers that should be music to your ears: $40 million, 76 million and 1 billion.medium.com
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, goes the saying, but it doesn’t always apply to analytics and marketing tools. Just as Pandora rolled out new features on its analytics and marketing tools, it…

How Steve Aoki and Dim Mak gave away music to build a fanbase
How Steve Aoki and Dim Mak gave away music to build a fanbasewww.businessinsider.com
Steve Aoki and his label Dim Mak completely embraced music downloads and streaming services.

Is SoundCloud Shutting Down?
Is SoundCloud Shutting Down?attentionecono.me
Important questions regarding SoundCloud’s future. Will it shut down? Will it be acquired? And more.

Issue #207: What’s at Stake for the Future of Music Streaming; The Art of Music Classification; Spotify Adds Social Sharing to Play Buttons

What's at Stake For the Future of Music Streaming
What’s at Stake For the Future of Music Streamingwww.nbcnews.com
With Apple Music and Spotify at the front of the pack, is it really just a two-horse race?

The Art of Music Classification
The Art of Music Classificationwww.linkedin.com
There’s a huge amount of music on any given streaming service but only a fraction is actively curated and streamed. It’s easier to spot when you delve into the more niche genres like Classical or Jazz or the sub categories of electronic music.

Why Streaming Is No Longer An Existential Threat To The Music Industry
Why Streaming Is No Longer An Existential Threat To The Music Industryarc.applause.com
On-demand streaming has transformed the way we consume content, especially in terms of aural experiences.

What Happens After SoundCloud?
What Happens After SoundCloud?www.vulture.com
SoundCloud’s future isn’t guaranteed, but the lesson is the same: back up your music because nothing is permanent.

Spotify Adds Social Sharing To Play Buttons
Spotify Adds Social Sharing To Play Buttonswww.hypebot.com
Spotify Play buttons are increasingly common across the web as online media, artists and fans embed and share their Spotify playlists.

MondoTunes Launches Suite of New Services, Putting Major Label Tools in the Hands of Artists
MondoTunes Launches Suite of New Services, Putting Major Label Tools in the Hands of Artistsplatformandstream.com
MondoTunes has announced a suite of new services available to all users of its platform which will give major label level tools to artist of all kinds.

An Ode to the Pacemaker, the Failed Portable DJ Device That Never Made It
An Ode to the Pacemaker, the Failed Portable DJ Device That Never Made Itthump.vice.com
We dive into the past, present, and future of the 2007 gadget that’s somewhere between a proto-smartphone and musical Tamagotchi.

FYF Will Be the First US Music Festival to Stream Live Exclusively on Twitter
FYF Will Be the First US Music Festival to Stream Live Exclusively on Twitter nesthq.com

As music festivals steadily infuse modern technology into their infrastructure, the world waits patiently to see what and how next gen tech will make an appearance.

The Power of the Live Read in Podcasting
The Power of the Live Read in Podcastingblog.audioboom.com
Podcasting has an ad-skipping problem. Or at least, that’s what the Wall Street Journal recently declared, citing the fact that 15-second skip buttons allow listeners to bypass commercials. But the…

Groove Music App for Android gets a new playlist feature
Groove Music App for Android gets a new playlist featurewww.windowslatest.com

Microsoft pushed out a new update for its Groove Music app for Android users. The update is currently available for download in the PlayStore. The latest update brings a new Playlist feature on Android devices.

75 Biggest Music Moments of the '10s
75 Biggest Music Moments of the ’10swww.billboard.com

March 30, 2017: Streaming overtakes sales as music industry revenue finally bounces back.

 

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