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MondoTunes Launches Suite of New Services, Putting Major Label Tools in the Hands of Artists

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.

Addressing needs voiced by many regular users of MondoTunes, who appreciate the reach of the platform but don’t have the creative and marketing services of their own label, MondoTunes has developed two new services:

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The Art of Music Classification

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. The well-known repertoires of Mozart, Louis Armstrong or Frank Sinatra, will appear in curated playlists and recommendations often, yet you will be hard pressed to find a Hank Mobley or a Freddie Redd. The songs are there, but they don’t show up in recommendation, because they aren’t properly classified or curated.The beauty of digital is that we have access to everything.

The beauty of music streaming should be that we can discover an infinite amount of great music we will love and that it always gets played at the right time.

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Issue #206: The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist; Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Hits 1 Billion Impressions

The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist
The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlistwww.wired.com
By the time a song lands on Today’s Top Hits or other equally popular sets, Spotify has so relentlessly tested it that it almost can’t fail.

Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Hits 1 Billion Impressions
Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform Hits 1 Billion Impressionsvariety.com
After months of turbulence, Pandora has some good news: Its Artist Marketing Platform has passed a billion impressions.

Why SoundCloud’s Silence Would Be Deafening
Why SoundCloud’s Silence Would Be Deafeningwww.fastcompany.com
Music fans and artists and many more have a lot to lose if SoundCloud goes the way of Vine.

Akon Is The Latest Musician To Get His Own Music Startup
Akon Is The Latest Musician To Get His Own Music Startupwww.konbini.com

The startup’s mission is to promote African artists, pay them properly, and fight internet piracy.

Germans Still Buy CDs, But Streaming Is Catching On
Germans Still Buy CDs, But Streaming Is Catching Onwww.billboard.com
The music market in Germany grew nearly 3 percent in the first half of 2017, and while CDs still account for 44.7 percent of revenue, streaming jumped 10.3 percent year-over-year.

Nepal Telecom Launches Music Nepal App for Music Streaming
Nepal Telecom Launches Music Nepal App for Music Streamingtechlekh.com

Nepal Telecom in partnership with Music Nepal has launched a music streaming mobile app named “Music Nepal”.

10 Rappers We Wouldn’t Know If It Wasn’t For SoundCloud
10 Rappers We Wouldn’t Know If It Wasn’t For SoundCloud massappeal.com
They say SoundCloud might be gone in 50 days. It’s hard to imagine that’s true. Just take a look at these rappers we wouldn’t know without SC.

BMG Partners with Avid Pro Tools to Offer Strictly Rhythm Producer Loops
BMG Partners with Avid Pro Tools to Offer Strictly Rhythm Producer Loopswww.billboard.com

Major indie music company BMG has partnered with Avid Pro Tools, a studio production tool, to bring the legendary catalog of New York House label Strictly Rhythm to the Avid Marketplace, for the first time ever.

The Spotify checklist for independent musicians
The Spotify checklist for independent musiciansdiymusician.cdbaby.com

By offering unprecedented access to Spotify user data, and by developing tools that will help musicians connect directly with fans on the platform, Spotify is trying to position itself as THE indispensable monetized streaming option.

Can Lyor Cohen bridge the Google 'value gap' at YouTube?
Can Lyor Cohen bridge the Google 'value gap' at YouTube?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It feels like the back-and-forth between the music industry, Google and various legislative bodies on ‘safe harbor’ has rumbled on for an eternity.

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Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 2

Editor’s Note: The “New Adventures In Spotify” playlist series spotlights an eclectic blend of deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases. Jeff Hyatt carefully, lovingly curates the weekly playlist as he explores the exciting world of music on Spotify.

Issue #205: SiriusXM Becomes Music’s New Best Frenemy; Despacito Breaks Global Streaming Record

SiriusXM Becomes Music's New Best Frenemy Amid Pandora Investment & Capitol Hill Debates
SiriusXM Becomes Music's New Best Frenemy Amid Pandora Investment & Capitol Hill Debateswww.billboard.com
With Congress set to address pre-1972 copyright laws, labels are lining up against the satellite radio service — with the two sides preparing to battle over millions.

Judge Rejects Lawsuits Over Internet Music Prices
Judge Rejects Lawsuits Over Internet Music Pricesfortune.com
It’s an 11-year-old suit over Internet music prices that is a win for Sony and Warner Music.

Despacito breaks global streaming record
Despacito breaks global streaming recordwww.bbc.com
Luis Fonsi’s single becomes the most-streamed song of all time, overtaking Justin Bieber’s Sorry.

The Death of SoundCloud Should Scare Music Lovers
The Death of SoundCloud Should Scare Music Loverswww.vulture.com
SoundCloud is reportedly closer to running out of funds than many expected.

Deezer Bets on the Beautiful Game to Score More U.S. Subscribers
Deezer Bets on the Beautiful Game to Score More U.S. Subscriberswww.billboard.com
FC Barcelona’s U.S. initiatives represent an under-exploited – opportunity for its partner music service to score new subscribers.

This Is How Streaming Became the New Platinum Standard
This Is How Streaming Became the New Platinum Standardwww.xxlmag.com
XXL gives an inside look at how streaming has changed the music industry.

A Team of Volunteers Is Archiving SoundCloud in Case It Dies
A Team of Volunteers Is Archiving SoundCloud in Case It Diesmotherboard.vice.com
Spurred by recent reports the German streaming music and audio company may be running out of cash, The Archive Team is racing to preserve sound files—at high cost.

Spotify Continues To Adapt With The Streaming World
Spotify Continues To Adapt With The Streaming Worldwww.dailyrindblog.com
With streaming services in constant flux, we’ve decided to touch on recent updates that have surfaced for Spotify including Spotify for Artists and Codes.

The Rise of Internet Radio in Shanghai
The Rise of Internet Radio in Shanghaiwww.cityweekend.com.cn
The Beat: The Rise of Internet Radio in Shanghai. While clubs in this city have never been in short supply but music radio seems to be in its emerging stages. 

Streaming is now the dominant platform for music consumption
Streaming is now the dominant platform for music consumptionwww.forbesindia.com

Aggregate earnings of the Celebrity 100 directly related to streaming has surged to $387 million from $177 million last year.

Nothing Good Lasts Forever, So Back Up Your Music
Nothing Good Lasts Forever, So Back Up Your Musicthump.vice.com
The recent SoundCloud news has sent a ripple of file anxiety through the music community.

Issue #204: In the Age of Streaming, the Top 10 is Dead; How Apple Can Make the iPod Mighty Again

Total eclipse of the charts
Total eclipse of the chartswww.spiked-online.com

In the age of streaming, the Top 10 is dead.


Streaming killed the download star

Streaming killed the download star
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Do you remember the iPod Nano with touch capabilities? The sixth generation iPod Nano caused quite a stir — thanks to its touch interface and beautiful screen. And it also set Apple on the path to the Apple Watch. I have always been a bit of an iPod fanboy and bought pretty much every single model.

While Some Cry ‘Fake,’ Spotify Sees No Need to Apologize
While Some Cry ‘Fake,’ Spotify Sees No Need to Apologizemobile.nytimes.com

A year ago, Apple stirred controversy by striking special deals with some of pop music’s biggest stars. Now Spotify is under fire for dealings with artists who, in a sense, do not exist at all.

How Apple Can Make the iPod Mighty Again
How Apple Can Make the iPod Mighty Againwww.macworld.com
Baby Driver has kindled our iPod nostalgia, but a little inspiration from a new Spotify player it could be a killer listening device again.

AI-created non-human music will need human narratives
AI-created non-human music will need human narrativeswww.musicxtechxfuture.com
To me, it’s beyond a doubt that we’ll all be listening to AI-created music within a few decades, and probably much sooner.

Google Debuts New Release Radio For Google Play Music Service
Google Debuts New Release Radio For Google Play Music Servicefortune.com
Google debuted the New Release Radio feature for its Google Play music service.

Money Makers 2016: How Streaming Took R&B and Hip-Hop to the Top of This Year's List
Money Makers 2016: How Streaming Took R&B and Hip-Hop to the Top of This Year's Listwww.billboard.com
It is the first time since the 2006 inaugural list of the Money Makers top 10 that so many artists from hip-hop and rap genres have placed that high.

Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in 'first AI DJ brain'
Startup Muru Music sees billion-dollar potential in 'first AI DJ brain'musically.com
“I think we have the opportunity to be a billion-dollar company if we attack all verticals,” says Muru Music CEO Nicc Johnson.

Opus Aims to Disrupt the Music Streaming Industry through Ethereum and IPFS
Opus Aims to Disrupt the Music Streaming Industry through Ethereum and IPFSwww.cryptocoinsnews.com
The music industry has evolved in various ways, but the way artists are compensated hasn’t. Music labels and streaming platform such as YouTube, Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and Deezer can take up to 80% of the revenue and while well-known artists can get rich off their cut, smaller artists can barely put food on the table.

Sony Music Inks Deal With Virtual Reality App MelodyVR
Sony Music Inks Deal With Virtual Reality App MelodyVRwww.billboard.com
Sony Music is the latest label group to enter into a licensing agreement with virtual reality startup MelodyVR.

Issue #203: How Bitcoin Technology Could Save Streaming Music Revenue; Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Service

How Bitcoin Technology Could Save Streaming Music Revenue
How Bitcoin Technology Could Save Streaming Music Revenuewww.laweekly.com
It’s the biggest dilemma facing the modern music industry: how to fairly compensate artists for digitally distributed music. Do cryptocurrencies like…

Why musicians are so angry at the world’s most popular music streaming service
Why musicians are so angry at the world’s most popular music streaming servicewww.washingtonpost.com
Labels accuse YouTube of being the biggest threat to the industry since piracy in the 2000s.

Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Service
Amazon Is Now The 3rd Biggest Music Subscription Servicemusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
At MIDiA we have long argued that Amazon is the dark horse of streaming music.

SoundCloud reportedly only has 80 days left to live (unless Chance the Rapper can save it)
SoundCloud reportedly only has 80 days left to live (unless Chance the Rapper can save it)qz.com

The streaming apocalypse is in full swing. Despite launching an on-demand subscription service last year to rival that of streaming juggernauts Apple Music and Spotify, SoundCloud has not had an easy time.

Spotify's Tuma Basa On Curating RapCaviar, What Not to Do When Pitching and Why He's No 'Gatekeeper'
Spotify's Tuma Basa On Curating RapCaviar, What Not to Do When Pitching and Why He's No 'Gatekeeper'www.billboard.com
Spotify’s Tuma Basa walks Billboard through the process of pitching and placing artists and songs on playlists at the world’s largest streaming service.

Warner Music Acquires Songkick, the Concert Discovery App
Warner Music Acquires Songkick, the Concert Discovery Appwww.billboard.com
Warner Music Group has acquired many of the core assets of concert discovery platform Songkick, including its website and app, along with the trademark.

Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platforms
Facebook reveals plans to negotiate with existing digital music platformswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Back in March, MBW revealed that Facebook was hiring for no less than three senior positions – all focused on the direct licensing of music.

When Musical Artists and the Blockchain Converge
When Musical Artists and the Blockchain Convergewww.nasdaq.com
Shutterstock photoBy Michael ScottThe 1999 launch of the file sharing service Napster was a seismic wake up call for the music industry. For many.

Why Did Spotify Hire This Expert In Music-Making AI?
Why Did Spotify Hire This Expert In Music-Making AI?www.fastcompany.com
As “fake artists” rack up millions of Spotify plays, the company’s new AI lab–intended to help artists–has raised the specter of songs written by robots.

Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastes
Google Play Music gets more personalized with New Release Radio, customized to your tastestechcrunch.com
It’s no longer enough to simply offer on-demand music as part of the value proposition for music streaming services – you have to enable discovery of new..

Lessons Learned From LAMC: Streaming, Syncs and Immigration
Lessons Learned From LAMC: Streaming, Syncs and Immigrationwww.billboard.com
The Latin Alternative Music Conference hosted a series of panel discussions tailored for the different conundrums that arise when U.S., Latin and Latin American artists try to swim in the mainstream of the music business in the United States.

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