Issue #213: The Three Eras of Paid Streaming; Should Spotify Lose Free Subscriptions?

The Three Eras Of Paid Streaming
The Three Eras Of Paid Streamingmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Streaming has driven such a revenue renaissance within the major record labels that the financial markets are now falling over themselves to work out where they can invest in the market, and indeed whether they should.

Spotify Needs to Lose Free Subscriptions
Spotify Needs to Lose Free Subscriptionsvariety.com
Spotify needs to ditch its free subscriptions to boost profits and appease the major record labels.

The iPod is dead, now let's kill iTunes
The iPod is dead, now let's kill iTuneswww.cnet.com
Apple just killed off its groundbreaking music player. It’s the perfect opportunity to whack iTunes, too.

Fake Artists and Fake Streams: Fact or Fiction?
Fake Artists and Fake Streams: Fact or Fiction?medium.com
Imagine being a young artist trying to find an entrance into the music industry, dreaming of developing a successful career. Think it’s hard to execute?

SiriusXM Launches New Tour for Coffee House Radio Artists
SiriusXM Launches New Tour for Coffee House Radio Artistswww.billboard.com
After a run of successful concert tours for emerging artists tied to its Alt Nation and The Highway channels, SiriusXM is touring three emerging artists from its Coffee House channel this summer.

The SoundCloud You Loved Is Doomed
The SoundCloud You Loved Is Doomedpitchfork.com
Amid rumors of bankruptcy, SoundCloud finds itself where many of its forebears have: slouching unsuccessfully towards scale and profitability.

TIDAL’s Broken Promises
TIDAL’s Broken Promisesmedium.com
After Tidal jumped out the gate with a press conference debacle that just seemed like a bunch of celebrities jacking eachother off, the backlash was swift. “…the entire music industry stood on a…

Deezer gets a big audio boon thanks to link-up with podcast pioneers AudioBoom
Deezer gets a big audio boon thanks to link-up with podcast pioneers AudioBoomwww.techradar.com
Hundreds of new podcasts now available through Deezer.

Grand Ole Opry Launches Eight New Digital Series
Grand Ole Opry Launches Eight New Digital Serieswww.udiscovermusic.com
The Grand Ole Opry has announced the launch of eight new digital series, to debut on the Opry’s YouTube channel during August 2017.

Lyor Cohen On the Streaming Business, Combining YouTube Red and Google Play, and SoundCloud's 'Sad Experience'
Lyor Cohen On the Streaming Business, Combining YouTube Red and Google Play, and SoundCloud's 'Sad Experience'www.billboard.com
Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, last night expounded on a range of topics at a music business power panel hosted by the Tommy Boy chairman and New Music Seminar founder Tom Silverman.

Trent Reznor on his new music, the future of streaming...
Trent Reznor on his new music, the future of streaming…www.vulture.com

Working under the Apple umbrella, I have a unique opportunity to work on a streaming service from the inside. I thought I could help set a precedent where artists could actually be paid and the fans could feel like they were dealing with a service run by people who actually care about music.

Issue #212: Goodbye iPod; Esperanza Spalding to Record an Album on Facebook Live

Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes
Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tuneswww.wired.com
Today officially marks the end of Apple’s era of standalone music players.

From Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, Spotify Charts The Future Of Music
From Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, Spotify Charts The Future Of Musicblog.soprasteria.com
Spotify is constantly and continuously evolving: From Blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, Spotify Charts The Future Of Music.

YouTube Red and Google Play Music to merge
YouTube Red and Google Play Music to mergetechcrunch.com
Google Play Music and YouTube Red will be merged to create a new streaming service, according to a report from The Verge, which Google then essentially..

How SoundCloud Ended Up on the Brink of Disaster
How SoundCloud Ended Up on the Brink of Disasterwww.billboard.com
Amid layoffs that cut 40 percent of the company’s staff, a gathering storm of bad press and a pledge by its founder to soldier on, streaming’s indie darling faces an uncertain future.

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.

Jazz star Esperanza Spalding to record an album on Facebook Live
Jazz star Esperanza Spalding to record an album on Facebook Livewww.engadget.com
Other artists keep their music under lock and key until it’s fully polished, but jazz star Esperanza Spalding wants to “rely on improvisation and first instinct…

SiriusXM Quarterly Earnings Rise, Subscribers Hit 32M
SiriusXM Quarterly Earnings Rise, Subscribers Hit 32Mwww.hollywoodreporter.com
The satellite radio firm, led by CEO Jim Meyer, added 466,000 new self-pay subscribers during the quarter.

Momentum Builds For Music Database, But Controversy May Follow
Momentum Builds For Music Database, But Controversy May Followrightstech.com

The music industry has been discussing and debating for years the merits of creating a comprehensive, publicly accessible database of musical works and sound recordings and the ownership information attendant to each — something that does not currently exist.

Deezer ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign challenges musical stereotypes with help from the Bearded Dame
Deezer ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign challenges musical stereotypes with help from the Bearded Damewww.thedrum.com
Deezer is celebrating diverse artists and creatives in its latest marketing campaign, ‘Dare to Discover’. The multi-part series kicks off following the life of ‘the Bearded Dame’ Harnaam Kaur.

ASCAP and BMI Join Forces on Comprehensive Song Database
ASCAP and BMI Join Forces on Comprehensive Song Databasevariety.com
ASCAP and BMI announced today that they will create a single, comprehensive database of musical works from their combined repertories. 

Facebook's Smart Speaker Would Be A Disaster For One Reason
Facebook's Smart Speaker Would Be A Disaster For One Reasonwww.forbes.com
Facebook has a new way to creep on you.

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

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