Issue #222: Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?; SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue

Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?
Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?www.billboard.com
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger rocked the entertainment world – and Netflix’s stock – this week when he announced plans to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services. Might music also be added to the mix?

SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljung
SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljungwww.billboard.com
The SoundCloud death watch has ended. The struggling digital music service today secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.

Pandora’s Inflexion Point
Pandora’s Inflexion Pointwww.thembj.org

If Pandora can find a way to return to its roots, i.e. to place emphasis back on passive listening in the US market and win back the casual music listener as a viable source of music consumption, it could turn things around

Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Is Uniting Tech And Music With MIXhalo
Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Is Uniting Tech And Music With MIXhalowww.forbes.com
Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger has assembled an elite list of investors and advisers from music and tech for MIXhalo, a new app that allows fans to listen to a concert from the sound board through their phone.

Understanding Music and Blockchain Without the Hype
Understanding Music and Blockchain Without the Hypethetrichordist.com

Two years ago, this month, I wrote an article here called “Understanding Music and Blockchain Without The Hype”. As with any nascent technology that shows a great deal of promise, there’s generally a tremendous amount of hyperbole as to what’s possible.

TuneIn Raises $50 Million to Prove Online Audio Can Make Money
TuneIn Raises $50 Million to Prove Online Audio Can Make Moneywww.bloomberg.com
TuneIn Inc., the online radio company, has raised $50 million to fund its growing portfolio of programming for a paid service that rivals Sirius XM Holdings Inc., the dominant player in satellite radio.

Neil Finn talks livestreams, technology and streaming economics
Neil Finn talks livestreams, technology and streaming economicsmusically.com
As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter.

What would it take to get you to sign up for a new streaming service?
What would it take to get you to sign up for a new streaming service?www.theverge.com

With Disney promising a new one, and small services like SeeSo struggling, The Verge staff considers what models work for us.

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, so here are some easy ways to sell your music online.

Dwight Yoakam to Perform Special Concert in the Hamptons for SiriusXM
Dwight Yoakam to Perform Special Concert in the Hamptons for SiriusXMplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced that GRAMMY Award-winning entertainment icon Dwight Yoakam will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Wednesday, August 30 at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY.

Amazon hunts 230 staff Down Under; eyes music streaming market
Amazon hunts 230 staff Down Under; eyes music streaming marketwww.adnews.com.au

It could be a prime time to leave your job as online retail powerhouse Amazon is hunting nearly 240 staff in Australia. From marketing managers and data scientists it’s ramping up.

How to Set Up Your Own Spotify Rival to Stream Music for Free
How to Set Up Your Own Spotify Rival to Stream Music for Freem.gadgets.ndtv.com
If you’ve got music that’s not available anywhere, you can create your own music streaming platform, for easy access.