Issue 193: Why 2017 is the Year of Reckoning for the Streaming Music Business; How A Music App Can Help Dish Network

Why 2017 is the Year of Reckoning for the Streaming Music Business
Why 2017 is the Year of Reckoning for the Streaming Music Businesswww.fastcompany.com
Can Spotify make a profit? Will Tidal and SoundCloud survive? Streaming music is on the verge of its moment of truth.

iHeartMedia Inks Deal to Integrate Audio Into Layer3 TV Service
iHeartMedia Inks Deal to Integrate Audio Into Layer3 TV Servicewww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia will integrate its digital radio and on-demand streaming products into Layer3 TV’s television service, Billboard has learned.

Meet Tuma Basa, The Mastermind Behind Spotify's 'Rap Caviar' Playlist
Meet Tuma Basa, The Mastermind Behind Spotify's 'Rap Caviar' Playlistgenius.com

“Streaming is like the Atari era in video gaming. It’s just gonna get bigger.”

How A Music App Can Help Dish Network
How A Music App Can Help Dish Networkwww.forbes.com

Recently, Dish Network launched Dish Music, a mobile app which allows customers to sync music throughout their home via a central control..

Apple Music Personalized Playlist Chill, Algorithmic And Editorial
Apple Music Personalized Playlist Chill, Algorithmic And Editorialtechcrunch.com
This week Apple is beginning to roll out the first new personalized playlist under Apple Music’s ‘For You’ section. The playlist, entitled ‘Chill’..

‘A proxy for personality?’: How Spotify is using music data to understand how its users behave
‘A proxy for personality?’: How Spotify is using music data to understand how its users behavemumbrella.com.au
While many organisations struggle to corral and verify the data for their customers, streaming platform Spotify has the opposite problem – how to make the

Do you listen to music in stereo?
Do you listen to music in stereo?www.cnet.com
The Audiophiliac ponders whether stereo is all that important for the enjoyment of music.

MelodyVR strikes partnership with Microsoft – funding included
MelodyVR strikes partnership with Microsoft – funding includedmusically.com
Music-focused virtual reality startup MelodyVR has announced its latest partnership: with Microsoft. The deal includes marketing and funding for the company

Twitter suspends accounts of The Fader and other popular music sites
Twitter suspends accounts of The Fader and other popular music siteswww.theverge.com
Suspensions are rare for big publications

Inside Spotify’s Financials: Is There a Path to Profitability Or an IPO?
Inside Spotify’s Financials: Is There a Path to Profitability Or an IPO?www.billboard.com
As Spotify continues to scale (50 million users) yet not make a profit (its net loss doubled to $568M), the streaming service is faced with many paths towards profitability (including renegotiating royalty rates) and having its long-awaited IPO.

The Rise and Rise of the Podcast
The Rise and Rise of the Podcastblog.audioboom.com
Podcasts are fast becoming the spoken-word choice for the younger people, enabling big brands and advertisers to target a thriving audience.

Cue sad playlist: Pandora departures point to uncertain future
Cue sad playlist: Pandora departures point to uncertain futureventurebeat.com
Capping a tumultuous year for the music-streaming pioneer, Pandora is losing founder and CEO Tim Westergren as well as its president and chief marketing officer.

Issue #192: Why Did Taylor Swift Really Rejoin Spotify?; Smart Speakers are the Future of Audio; Biggest Myths About Music Streaming

Why Did Taylor Swift Really Rejoin Spotify?
Why Did Taylor Swift Really Rejoin Spotify?www.forbes.com
It’s unlikely that even somebody as massively popular as Taylor Swift could chart a smash without Spotify.

Smart Speakers Are The Future Of Audio
Smart Speakers Are The Future Of Audiowww.forbes.com
Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo are a wake-up call to brand marketers in multiple industries, including the podcast business.

Pandora Interim CEO on Spotify: "We Don't Need to Go Into Hand-to-Hand Combat"
Pandora Interim CEO on Spotify: "We Don't Need to Go Into Hand-to-Hand Combat"www.hollywoodreporter.com
Naveen Chopra said the internet radio pioneer will compete against subscription music streaming services as the search for new CEO gets underway.

Songs as skills
Songs as skillsmedium.com
Alexa then replies, “Now playing the soundtrack to the motion picture Moana by various artists on Spotify.” Some version of this daily ritual is becoming more prevalent in households all over the…

How to Find Awesome Music from Around the World on Spotify
How to Find Awesome Music from Around the World on Spotifylifehacker.com
No matter where music comes from, it has the power to make you feel, make you think, and make you dance. If you use Spotify, broadening your musical horizons is easy.

The biggest myths about music streaming
The biggest myths about music streaming diymusician.cdbaby.com

4. All streaming services are pretty much the same. This is an easy assumption to make. Find digital music file. Stream it. But there are real differences between the platforms, and it fosters a different experience with each.

Dish is adding multi-room streaming music to its DVR boxes
Dish is adding multi-room streaming music to its DVR boxesbgr.com
TV set-top boxes normally fight with internet modems for the crown of “most boring but necessary electronic thing in your house.” It’s normally big news when a cable company updates its box to power up in less than 20 minutes, let alone add a new feature you’ll actually use.

The location-based music marketing opportunity in Instagram Stories
The location-based music marketing opportunity in Instagram Storiesmedium.com
Recently Instagram rolled out a new feature that lets users discover stories by location from the Explore tab. If you have a music video recorded at recognisable locations in a city (the larger the…

A $1,600 tablet might be the ultimate home music player
A $1,600 tablet might be the ultimate home music playerwww.theverge.com
The Nativ Vita music player looks like a tablet, except all you can do with it is play and control music. The 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 touchscreen device has onboard storage to host your digital…

Digital Music: iTunes Remains Surprisingly Popular
Digital Music: iTunes Remains Surprisingly Popularwww.barrons.com
A new survey found that listeners still prefer more old-school music options.

Future Sounds: Music's Evolving Role In Advertising
Future Sounds: Music's Evolving Role In Advertisingwww.mediapost.com

Of all the art forms, few have the power to stir strong emotions as music. And few have had such an easy and fruitful relationship with advertising.

Queen, Adam Lambert, Universal Music Team for ‘VR The Champions’
Queen, Adam Lambert, Universal Music Team for ‘VR The Champions’variety.com
Queen and Adam Lambert has teamed up with VRTGO, Universal Music Group’s VR platform, for the 360-degree 3-D experience “VR The Champions.”

Issue #191: Spotify Kicks Off New Concert Series; Stationhead App Could Be Just What the Streaming Business Needs

Spotify Kicks Off Inaugural ‘RapCaviar Live’ Concert Series
Spotify Kicks Off Inaugural ‘RapCaviar Live’ Concert Seriesplatformandstream.com

Inspired by one of Spotify’s biggest playlists with over seven million followers, the web streaming company has partnered with Live Nation to bring fans the first of its kind, 6 city hip-hop concert series titled “RapCaviar Live,” featuring the heaviest hitters and hottest emerging artists in rap.

New App Stationhead Could Be Just What the Streaming Business Needs
New App Stationhead Could Be Just What the Streaming Business Needswww.billboard.com
By turning playlists into personal radio stations powered by collective listening, the new app Stationhead could just be the shot in the arm the streaming business has been looking for.

Why Shazam Is Betting Big On A Hot, New Music-Tech Industry Model
Why Shazam Is Betting Big On A Hot, New Music-Tech Industry Modelwww.forbes.com
Have Shazam and Grammy winner Wyclef Jean found the secret to what’s next in music, tech and advertising? Go behind-the-scenes of their next moves after their appearances during the Cannes Lions Festival.

Official: Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is out as President and CMO also exit
Official: Pandora CEO Tim Westergren is out as President and CMO also exitwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

We knew there was a shake-up coming at Pandora. We didn’t know it would be this significant.

How a Dave Matthews Band Show Inspired An App That Lets Fans Request Setlists
How a Dave Matthews Band Show Inspired An App That Lets Fans Request Setlistswww.billboard.com
How a disappointing Dave Matthews Band show inspired an app that allows fans to request songs and submit their dream setlists to artists ahead of a concert.

Big Data - A Game Changer in the Music Industry
Big Data – A Game Changer in the Music Industryinsidebigdata.com

For a long time, the music industry is in need of a facelift and the advent of big data seems to fulfill this. The musicians might be provided with a more successful revenue model with the emergence of big data. This represents one of the largest industry shifts that music has witnessed in many years.

US podcast ad revenue expected to nearly double this year, hitting $220m
US podcast ad revenue expected to nearly double this year, hitting $220mwww.thedrum.com
US podcast advertising revenue is expected to hit more than $220m in 2017, marking an uptick of 85% over $119m in 2016, according to the IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Study.

The Rowdy World of Rap’s New Underground
The Rowdy World of Rap’s New Undergroundmobile.nytimes.com

These artists — and hundreds more like them — have gathered primarily on SoundCloud, the streaming service most oriented toward music discovery, and the one with the lowest barrier to entry. That has meant a new ecosystem of rising stars, who ascend quicker than ever — releasing songs that get millions of listens, booking nationwide tours, selling merchandise — without traditional gatekeepers.

Why Apple Needed To Make A Smart Music Speaker
Why Apple Needed To Make A Smart Music Speakerwww.investors.com
Voice-activated smart speakers are shaping up to be “game changers” in the streaming music business, RBC Capital Markets says.

Spotify Offline Playback Comes to the Samsung Gear S3
Spotify Offline Playback Comes to the Samsung Gear S3www.androidheadlines.com
The Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier have both gotten a pretty important feature, this week. And that is the ability to play Spotify music offl

Musicolony, New App for Streaming Music Fans, Begins Crowd Funding
Musicolony, New App for Streaming Music Fans, Begins Crowd Fundingplatformandstream.com
Musicolony, a new social music app, helps music streaming fans listen to and share playlists with friends in real time.

Diddy’s Bad Boy Documentary Available on Apple Music
Diddy’s Bad Boy Documentary Available on Apple Musicpitchfork.com

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story is now streaming exclusively on the platform.

Spotify Kicks Off Inaugural ‘RapCaviar Live’ Concert Series

RapCaviar is hitting the road. Inspired by one of Spotify’s biggest playlists with over seven million followers, the web streaming company has partnered with Live Nation to bring fans the first of its kind, 6 city hip-hop concert series titled “RapCaviar Live,” featuring the heaviest hitters and hottest emerging artists in rap.

Kicking off “RapCaviar Live” in their hometown of Atlanta is the Trap God himself, Gucci Mane, along with Mike WiLL Made it plus special guests. Gucci takes the stage on August 12th at The Tabernacle. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 30 at 10:00am local time, and are available via Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Issue #190: Why Spotify Should Become A Social Network; Will Pandora Survive?

Why Spotify Should Become A Social Network
Why Spotify Should Become A Social Networkwww.fastcompany.com
We know: The last thing the world needs is another social app competing for our brain space. But hear us out. There’s a good reason for this one.

Pandora's radio service revolutionized music but its chances of surviving look shaky in an Apple  and Spotify world
Pandora's radio service revolutionized music but its chances of surviving look shaky in an Apple and Spotify worldqz.com
You know the myth. Pandora, a fallible human created by the gods, opens a box without knowing the full consequences, and her actions change the course of civilization.

Bob Seger's classic hits flourish in his first week of streaming
Bob Seger's classic hits flourish in his first week of streamingwww.freep.com
“Night Moves” and “Against the Wind” topped the spins as the Detroit star made his long-awaited streaming debut

Why Tesla music-streaming service makes sense
Why Tesla music-streaming service makes sensewww.businessinsider.com
The service is unnamed, but we’re going to suggest “Tesla Tunes” over “Tesla Music.” Regardless, it’s brilliant.

The music may be over for Pandora's CEO
The music may be over for Pandora's CEOmoney.cnn.com
Shares of streaming radio company Pandora popped after Recode reported CEO Tim Westergren is stepping down.

Spotify Dreams of the Big Time Might Yet Be Shattered
Spotify Dreams of the Big Time Might Yet Be Shatteredwww.bloomberg.com
Daniel Ek has a beautiful product, but he needs to make the numbers sing.

What New Technology Awaits Audiophiles?
What New Technology Awaits Audiophiles?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the implications of new technological advancements…

Music royalties firm Hipgnosis to float as streaming takes off
Music royalties firm Hipgnosis to float as streaming takes offwww.standard.co.uk

A music royalties fund advised by guitarist Nile Rodgers is tuning up for a float next month as it hopes to cash in on the music-streaming revolution. Hipgnosis Songs Fund is raising £200 million to snap up rights to songs by artists and make money from royalties.

TuneCore Artists Close in on Milestone of One Billion Dollars in Revenue
TuneCore Artists Close in on Milestone of One Billion Dollars in Revenueplatformandstream.com
TuneCore today announced that its artists are approaching the groundbreaking milestone of earning $1 billion in revenue solely from downloads and streams.

From Soundwave to Spotify
From Soundwave to Spotifythemission.co

Brendan O’Driscoll co-founded social music discovery app Soundwave with fellow-Irishmen — cousin Aidan Sliney, and Craig Watson. As CEO, Brendan was instrumental in taking the app from idea to implementation,and with backing from some of Silicon Valley’s elite including Mark Cuban and Steve Wozniak, Brendan and his Dublin-based team went on to sell the business to Spotify last year.

TuneCore Artists Close in on Milestone of One Billion Dollars in Revenue

TuneCore today announced that its artists are approaching the groundbreaking milestone of earning $1 billion in revenue solely from downloads and streams.

“TuneCore is incredibly proud of our artists for reaching such an impactful industry milestone while keeping 100 percent of their earnings through streaming and downloads,” says Scott Ackerman, CEO at TuneCore. “We are deeply committed to helping our artists maximize their revenue, which is why we are so excited to celebrate as they approach this historic achievement. We encourage artists around the world to join the Billion Dollar Club and help reach $1 billion in artist earnings ahead of our projected date.”

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Issue #189: The Tesla Music Service Might Not Be What Everyone Thinks; How to Use Spotify Codes

The Proposed Tesla Music Service Might Not Be What Everyone Thinks
The Proposed Tesla Music Service Might Not Be What Everyone Thinkswww.forbes.com
The rumored Tesla streaming music service may actually be real, but it might not be what everyone expects.

The Moby Problem: open letter to Matt Ogle’s successor at Spotify
The Moby Problem: open letter to Matt Ogle’s successor at Spotifymedium.com
I’ve figured out exactly why Spotify keeps recommending me Moby. I’ve also figured out what types of user behaviour can discourage a recommendation system from continuing to recommend certain music…

Spotify's new Facebook Messenger feature takes it a step closer to becoming what MySpace could have been
Spotify's new Facebook Messenger feature takes it a step closer to becoming what MySpace could have beenqz.com
Since MySpace’s fall, music has been almost entirely absent from social media. In their current interactions, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat all lack a convenient way to share music amongst friends, the way that MySpace once encouraged.

Nick Jonas Embraces Music Streaming Services
Nick Jonas Embraces Music Streaming Serviceswww.hollywoodreporter.com
He also teased a new sound following this breakup album last year: “It’s time for some positivity I think.”

How to Use Spotify Codes
How to Use Spotify Codesblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Now that Spotify has launched Spotify Codes, let’s get creative! Here are a few creative ways on how to use Spotify Codes.

The Wild West of Record Deals: With Industry in Flux, Labels and Artists Shake Things Up
The Wild West of Record Deals: With Industry in Flux, Labels and Artists Shake Things Upwww.billboard.com
Amid the changing economics of the music industry, both labels and artists are venturing away from standard contracts, experimenting with new ideas and fresh approaches.

Music Glue CEO: 'Music retail will be dominated by artist-direct approach within five years'
Music Glue CEO: 'Music retail will be dominated by artist-direct approach within five years'www.musicweek.com
Mark Meharry tells Music Week his thoughts on the industry’s e-commerce landscape as his company celebrates its tenth birthday.

Audioboom claims 68% of its podcast listeners are listening to less radio
Audioboom claims 68% of its podcast listeners are listening to less radiowww.thedrum.com
Podcast platform AudioBoom has released research into its listeners’ consumption habits, painting a picture of the wider spoken-word broadcast industry.

Meet the Orwells, trying to make it big in a music industry turned upside-down
Meet the Orwells, trying to make it big in a music industry turned upside-downwww.washingtonpost.com
Meet the Orwells, trying to make it big in a music industry turned upside-down

Spotify Wants You to Create Playlists on Facebook Messenger
Spotify Wants You to Create Playlists on Facebook Messengerwww.billboard.com
Two months after Spotify added a bot inside Facebook’s wildly popular Messenger app, helping users search and share songs, the music streaming service is making it easy for friends to collaborate on new playlists, all while chatting.

The Weeknd earns $92 Million from music streaming alone
The Weeknd earns $92 Million from music streaming alonewww.newsghana.com.gh

The Weeknd knows as well as anyone that streaming isn’t the future of music–it’s the present.

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