Issue #218: How Mood Music Is Changing Streaming; Neil Young Announces Interactive Online Archive; Spotify is Coming to the Xbox One

How Mood Music Is Changing Streaming
How Mood Music Is Changing Streamingwww.billboard.com
The music business essentially spent the last decade trying to make a business out of letting consumers listen to any song they wanted.

Neil Young Announces Massive, Interactive Online Archive
Neil Young Announces Massive, Interactive Online Archivepitchfork.com
Featuring all his music—released and unreleased—and a tie-in to his new streaming service “Xstream Music”

Apple Music 'making no dent' in Spotify... but that's not the bigger picture
Apple Music 'making no dent' in Spotify… but that's not the bigger picturemusically.com
Research firm Edison Research has put out a surprisingly-sharp note on Apple Music’s prospects of competing with Spotify.

Paperchain aims to crack the challenge of ‘royalty black boxes’
Paperchain aims to crack the challenge of ‘royalty black boxes’musically.com
Australian startup Paperchain has been talking about its plans to attack the challenge of uncovering $2.5bn of “royalty black boxes”

Spotify is coming to the Xbox One
Spotify is coming to the Xbox Onewww.theverge.com

Spotify is planning to release an Xbox One app soon. Pictures of Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) testing a Spotify app for Xbox One were spotted on Reddit last week.

Blokur talks blockchain music: 'The technology on its own is not the whole picture'
Blokur talks blockchain music: 'The technology on its own is not the whole picture'musically.com
A reminder that the Venn diagram of ‘music people’ and ‘blockchain startup people’ is not a pair of separate circles. Phil Barry was a professional artist.

Why Streaming Playlists Will Never Kill the Album Format
Why Streaming Playlists Will Never Kill the Album Format flypaper.soundfly.com
Albums, as we knew them, seem dead now that streaming playlists are the norm. But is there hope for this beloved format? How is it relevant today?

Tencent, Naspers launch music streaming service in SA
Tencent, Naspers launch music streaming service in SAtechcentral.co.za

Tencent Africa, a joint venture between China’s Tencent and South African-headquartered media group Naspers, have entered the competitive local music streaming market with a R60/month service called Joox.

Alexa can now find and play music for over 500 ‘activities’
Alexa can now find and play music for over 500 ‘activities’techcrunch.com
Alexa’s ability to help you find the right music got a boost this week. The virtual assistant is now able to pull up music for a wide range of activities -..

Billboard is bringing a music documentary series to Snapchat
Billboard is bringing a music documentary series to Snapchatwww.cnbc.com
Snapchat’s first music show will take fans behind-the-scenes before artists perform at large music festivals.