Issue #256: YouTube Remains World’s De Facto Jukebox; Should Spotify Avoid a Direct Listing?

More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap
More are paying to stream music, but YouTube still holds the value gap www.theregister.co.uk

The research confirms YouTube’s pre-eminence as the world’s de facto jukebox. 46 per cent of on-demand music streaming is from Google’s video website. 75 per cent of internet users use video streaming to hear music.

Apple Music's Long Game: Why Jimmy Iovine Thinks They're 'Not Even Close' to Success With Streaming
Apple Music's Long Game: Why Jimmy Iovine Thinks They're 'Not Even Close' to Success With Streamingwww.billboard.com
Streaming may (finally!) be fueling big industry growth, but Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine isn’t popping bottles quite yet. He, Zane Lowe and Larry Jackson reveal what’s needed now.

Music Lawyer Donald Passman Talks Streaming Business Challenges
Music Lawyer Donald Passman Talks Streaming Business Challengeswww.hollywoodreporter.com
The lawyer, whose clients include Taylor Swift and Adele, spoke with THR editorial director Matthew Belloni at the seventh annual Power Business Managers breakfast.

Spotify should avoid direct listing and go for IPO, David Golden says
Spotify should avoid direct listing and go for IPO, David Golden sayswww.cnbc.com
David Golden of Revolution Ventures is skeptical of the direct listing process that Spotify appears to prefer.

See watchOS 4.1's Music Streaming and New Radio App in Action
See watchOS 4.1's Music Streaming and New Radio App in Actionwww.macrumors.com
Today’s watchOS 4.1 beta, seeded to developers this morning, introduces support for streaming music directly to the Apple Watch over LTE and it…

Spotify's Ongoing War With The Music Industry
Spotify's Ongoing War With The Music Industrywww.hypebot.com
Spotify has a long and sordid history of failing to pay proper mechanical royalties to creators and publishers, and has already been hit with two major class action lawsuits relating to such.

The music industry continues to bounce back thanks to paid streaming
The music industry continues to bounce back thanks to paid streamingwww.businessinsider.com
Paid music-streaming services are driving the music industry’s comeback in a big way.

Data and music marketing: tips for smarter success
Data and music marketing: tips for smarter successmusically.com
Music marketers are overrun with data in the era of social networks and streaming services, but it’s making sense of that data that’s important.

Spotify Playlist Ideas Your Fans Will Love
Spotify Playlist Ideas Your Fans Will Loveblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Artists can promote their music by creating playlists on Spotify. We’ve put together a few Spotify playlist ideas that will have your fans pressing follow!

Sony Music Nashville Chief Randy Goodman On Streaming: Adopt Or Die
Sony Music Nashville Chief Randy Goodman On Streaming: Adopt Or Diewww.billboard.com
Streaming is a major priority for Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Randy Goodman as he strives “to rebuild the prominence and the legacy” of the label group he took over a little more than two years ago.

Issue #255: How Future Streamed His Way To A $23 Million Year; Fender Joins Forces with 7digital

How Future Streamed His Way To A $23 Million Year
How Future Streamed His Way To A $23 Million Yearwww.forbes.com
Rap rules streaming’s burgeoning economy. Thanks to digital spins, Future is making more than ever before.

Exclusive: Spotify's valuation turned up to $16 billion in private trades
Exclusive: Spotify's valuation turned up to $16 billion in private tradeswww.reuters.com
Private trades in Spotify shares are valuing the music streaming company at about $16 billion, according to people familiar with the deals, raising the prospect of a bumper flotation next year.

Should you invest in an Eminem IPO? Maybe, as music might finally be profitable again
Should you invest in an Eminem IPO? Maybe, as music might finally be profitable againqz.com

The truth is that digital music streaming, as beloved as it is amongst listeners for its accessibility and cheapness, just doesn’t make all that much money for artists. But there is good news yet.

The fat lady has sung — Samsung Milk Music is officially no more
The fat lady has sung — Samsung Milk Music is officially no morewww.digitaltrends.com
About a year after Samsung first started “sun setting its Samsung Milk Music service” in certain countries, it’s now over for good.

Fender joins forces with 7digital
Fender joins forces with 7digitalwww.musicweek.com
The company, which offers services such as streaming and radio shows, will work with the guitar giant to bulk up its offering of online and mobile products

3 myths about streaming... and 3 truths about the music industry today
3 myths about streaming… and 3 truths about the music industry todaywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

You hear a heck of a lot talked about streaming and its impact on the music industry these days. So how much of it is worth listening to – and how much is complete hogwash?

Streaming Business Is Making Music Companies Rethink Sales Job Titles
Streaming Business Is Making Music Companies Rethink Sales Job Titlesvariety.com
In the digital era, some job titles at music companies may need to be rebranded thanks to streaming.

All About Music Conference Brings Together Indian Music Industry
All About Music Conference Brings Together Indian Music Industrywww.billboard.com
All About Music Conference was the first India-wide music industry conference in four years and the first organized by a local agency covering both the indie and Bollywood scenes.

Ed Sheeran Might Change Your Mind About Making Money On Spotify
Ed Sheeran Might Change Your Mind About Making Money On Spotifymusic3point0.com
Ed Sheeran has made some serious money on Spotify, which goes to show that there really is money in streaming, if you adjust your thinking about it.

The music industry continues to bounce back thanks to paid streaming
The music industry continues to bounce back thanks to paid streamingwww.businessinsider.com
Paid music-streaming services are driving the music industry’s comeback in a big way.

Issue #254: Spotify Battles The Music Industry; Blockchain Meets Challenges of the Music Industry

How Spotify Has Waged War With The Music Industry

Spotify has waged a war with the music industry. The streaming company has a history of not paying mechanical royalties to songwriters and music publishers, and has already settled two separate class action lawsuits for failure to pay mechanical royalties – the first brought on behalf of music publishers by the National Music Publisher’s Association (NMPA) and the second, known as the Lowery/Ferrick case, brought by independent songwriters.

Now, a host of top songwriters, including Tom Petty and members of Rage Against the Machine, Weezer, The Black Keys, and more, have come forward urging the court not to approve the terms of the Lowery/Ferrick case.

Blockchain Meets Challenges of the Music Industry
Blockchain Meets Challenges of the Music Industrymedium.com

The music industry is both excited and cautious about emerging technologies, and blockchain is no exception. To understand the enthusiasm and explore the true potential of blockchain, and to assess what degree of caution is warranted, we must look at the challenges the industry is facing today.

We are what we measure
We are what we measuremedium.com
We’re in a golden age of “big data.” From sensors on our bodies to cookies on the web, data is so ubiquitous that it’s measured in “zettabytes” (a very, very large number that they didn’t teach us…

What is the next record? Moving beyond the recording industry
What is the next record? Moving beyond the recording industrywww.musicxtechxfuture.com
What will the next format be to usher in a new music industry, like the record did in the 20th century? The 20th century saw the rise of consumerist culture

The next step in speaker design: Your room becomes the speaker
The next step in speaker design: Your room becomes the speakerwww.cnet.com
The future of sound reproduction requires bigger speakers. Much bigger.

Will Smartphones Render Everything Else That's Portable Obsolete?
Will Smartphones Render Everything Else That's Portable Obsolete?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at the ubiquitous and omnivorous nature of smartphone technology…

Vimeo Acquires Livestream, Launches Live Video Product
Vimeo Acquires Livestream, Launches Live Video Productwww.billboard.com
​Vimeo is making a move into live streaming. The ad-free video platform has acquired technology provider Livestream to power its own live video business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Vimeo says it is the largest acquisition in its history.

Evangelizing for Quality Audio
Evangelizing for Quality Audioaudiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the budget friendly rooms at RMAF and how that might help the audiophile hobby.

The Easiest Way to Fix the Streaming Mechanical is to Get Rid of It
The Easiest Way to Fix the Streaming Mechanical is to Get Rid of Itwww.digitalmusicnews.com
More than 500 songwriters and publishers are seeking punitive damages for Spotify’s failure to pay mechanical royalties.  How did we get here?

Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 12

deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

Graham Parker, Donnie Hathaway, Steve Miller Band, and Ray LaMontagne kick things off this week with a sensational quartet of tunes. Volume 12 features a terrific assortment of music, from Tina Turner and INXS, to Mel Torme and Otis Redding.

Issue #253: Uncovering How Streaming Is Changing the Sound of Pop; Alexa Arrives on Mobile Amazon Music Streaming

Uncovering How Streaming Is Changing the Sound of Pop

Streaming’s promise for listeners is also a gauntlet thrown down for creators. With tens of millions of songs just a few taps away, artists must compete or be skipped. The unprecedented wealth of data that streaming services use to curate their increasingly influential playlists gives the industry real-time feedback on what’s working, but this instant data-fication in turn risks feeding back on itself.

While streaming has undoubtedly coincided with a shift in the pop charts away from the caffeinated bravado of several years ago, streaming-era hits appear to be as rigidly defined and formulaic as ever—if not more so.

Three Labels Control 80% Of The U.S. Music Industry. What Responsibility Comes With That Power?
Three Labels Control 80% Of The U.S. Music Industry. What Responsibility Comes With That Power?www.thefader.com
A few thoughts about the Big Three and corporate complicity.

Post Malone’s “Rockstar” set a new Apple Music streaming record
Post Malone’s “Rockstar” set a new Apple Music streaming recordwww.thefader.com
Post Malone’s new single shattered the single week streaming record previously held by DJ Khaled.

The Music Business Is More Unfair Than Ever
The Music Business Is More Unfair Than Everwww.bloomberg.com
Streaming apps revived the industry, but the record labels collect the profits.

The Beat of Tomorrow
The Beat of Tomorrowwww.newyorker.com
Matthew Trammell on London’s The Beat 103.6, a radio station offering a new vision for an old form.

It’s time for a sound revolution
It’s time for a sound revolutionwww.itproportal.com
Harnessing the medium of sound to transmit data can be a useful alternative to RF (Radio Frequency) options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Music Industry Soars Into Year 3 of Recovery Thanks to Spotify
Music Industry Soars Into Year 3 of Recovery Thanks to Spotifywww.bloomberg.com
The music business is booming again after nearly two decades of decline, thanks to paid streaming services Spotify and Apple Music, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

RIAJ research gives new insights into streaming challenge in Japan
RIAJ research gives new insights into streaming challenge in Japanmusically.com
What’s the most popular way to listen to music in Japan? Many people in the music industry’s first answer would be CD given that format’s dominance.

UKF founder: 'YouTube is a platform where you have to fend for yourself'
UKF founder: 'YouTube is a platform where you have to fend for yourself'musically.com
Speaking at Paris Electronic Week, Luke Hood, founder and director of UKF, which is now part of AEI Media, outlined the case for the defence of YouTube.

Alexa has come to mobile Amazon Music streaming
Alexa has come to mobile Amazon Music streamingwww.techradar.com
Amazon has announced that its digital assistant is now part of its music streaming service Amazon Music on your phone.

Issue #252: What Spotify’s Rap Caviar Says About the Music Industry; EU Paves Path Towards Fair Taxation of the Digital Economy

What Spotify’s Rap Caviar Says About the Music Industry
What Spotify’s Rap Caviar Says About the Music Industrywww.theringer.com
Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald examine the current state of the music industry and the breakout success of Spotify’s Rap Caviar playlist.

EU paves path towards fair taxation of the digital economy
EU paves path towards fair taxation of the digital economywww.neweurope.eu

According to a European Commission press release, the aim is to ensure a coherent EU approach to taxing the digital economy that supports the bloc’s key priorities of completing the Digital Single Market and ensuring the fair and effective taxation of all companies.

China is fast becoming a leading market for music
China is fast becoming a leading market for musicwww.bandwagon.asia
The music industry may be flustered by doom and gloom stories in this post-streaming world, but the strategies of Tencent in China have undeniably …

Going Against the Stream: Local entrepreneur creates independent music streaming and merchandising platform
Going Against the Stream: Local entrepreneur creates independent music streaming and merchandising platformwww.ecollegetimes.com

Damon Evans wants to make Arizona the independent music capital of the world.

Entrepreneurship in Music: Muru Music
Entrepreneurship in Music: Muru Musicflypaper.soundfly.com
Find out how one-time Ibiza DJ Nicc Johnson plans to turn platforms like Pandora and Spotify on their head with his algorithmic AI company, Muru Music.

Spotify’s Benedik Wants To Educate Brands On Video Ads
Spotify’s Benedik Wants To Educate Brands On Video Adswww.beet.tv

Spotify’s Benedik Wants To Educate Brands On Video Ad

Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You is now Spotify's most-streamed song of all time
Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You is now Spotify's most-streamed song of all timewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You is now officially the most-streamed track of all time on Spotify, having overtaken Drake’s One Dance.

Money Is Streaming Into The Music Industry: A Breakdown Of Where It's Coming From
Money Is Streaming Into The Music Industry: A Breakdown Of Where It's Coming Fromwww.hypebot.com

It’s no secret that streaming is driving a comeback for a recorded music industry that saw sales fall from $40 billion in 1999 to just $14.5 billion in 2014.

Pandora and SiriusXM close $480m strategic investment
Pandora and SiriusXM close $480m strategic investmentwww.thedrum.com
A strategic investment between satellite radio company SiriusXM and personalized streaming audio company Pandora has been finalized.

Issue #251: Deezer Revs Up Against on Spotify, Apple and Amazon; The Controversy Around Music Stream Calculations

Deezer: The French music streaming service taking on Spotify, Apple and Amazon
Deezer: The French music streaming service taking on Spotify, Apple and Amazonwww.independent.co.uk
From Brazilian gospel to Puerto Rican reggaeton and Dutch hip-hop, music streaming company Deezer is scouring the globe for gaps in the market where it can survive and thrive against Spotify and Apple.

Behind The Numbers: The Controversy Around Music Stream Calculations
Behind The Numbers: The Controversy Around Music Stream Calculationswww.forbes.com
In the fast-paced world of calculating music streams, how do we know what’s real and what’s not?

Spotify Hits Up Windy City for 'RapCaviar Live' Concert Series With Lil Uzi Vert
Spotify Hits Up Windy City for 'RapCaviar Live' Concert Series With Lil Uzi Vertwww.billboard.com
Spotify has announced the “RapCaviar Live” lineup for the third installment of the concert series, this time in Chicago on Oct. 20 at the Aragon Ballroom, featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti and DJ Drama, along with surprise guests.

Blockchain meets the challenge
Blockchain meets the challengewww.itproportal.com
The music industry is both excited and cautious about emerging technologies, and blockchain is no exception.

Songtradr Is Bringin' the Tip Jar Back
Songtradr Is Bringin' the Tip Jar Backwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Now there’s another way to beat the system: tips on Songtradr. Here’s how it works.

Charlie Shrem's Next Act? Helping This Blockchain Startup Disrupt Music
Charlie Shrem's Next Act? Helping This Blockchain Startup Disrupt Musicwww.coindesk.com

Several blockchain startups have pursued taking on the middleman-heavy music industry, but still business-as-usual persists.

But maybe not for long, with Slovenia gig-booking blockchain platform, Viberate, snagging two high-profile advisors – bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem and Pinterest chief scientist Dr. Jure Leskovec – to help the company figure out how topple the tower.

How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recovery
How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recoverywww.billboard.com

In financial terms, Spotify is like a high-end mall that was just built on an earthquake fault line.

Now the tremors are coming in the form of high-stakes copyright infringement lawsuits — and Spotify’s response could shake the foundations of the streaming business even more.

2017 music sales are up 17 percent; streaming is up 48 percent
2017 music sales are up 17 percent; streaming is up 48 percentwww.recode.net
Spotify, Apple Music and other services have 30 million U.S. subscribers, and streaming revenue is up 48 percent so far this year.

Spotify Takes A Crack At Music Sharing With New Messaging App
Spotify Takes A Crack At Music Sharing With New Messaging Appwww.hypebot.com
To make sharing easier for both paid and freemium users, Spotify has launched its own Facebook iMessage app which allows users to search for, share and send tracks and playlists from Spotify’s library of 40 million songs.

Metadata Explained + 7 Key Reasons Songwriters Should Manage It Themselves
Metadata Explained + 7 Key Reasons Songwriters Should Manage It Themselveswww.hypebot.com
Although the term is thrown around often as an issue which needs fixing in the music business, particularly where streaming is concerned, what it is and why it’s important for songwriters to manage their own is often unclear.

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