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.