Issue #245: The First-Ever Digital Single; Spotify’s iMessage App; LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio

The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Release
The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single, 20 Years After Its Releasewww.billboard.com
In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella” on the internet as the first-ever digital single, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates.

Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversation
Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversationwww.billboard.com
Spotify’s new iMessage app lets you send and receive songs from friends without closing out of the conversation.

LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radio
LiveXLive Acquires Slacker Radiowww.digitalmusicnews.com

Slacker Radio’s technology team and platform will provide advantages for the audio and video sides of LiveXLive Media.

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

After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with video
After two years, Spotify has struggled to break through with videodigiday.com
With a new head of video, Spotify is trying to determine what its video business will look like. One thing’s for sure: music will be the focus.

From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Music
From Monkey Business to Machine-Made Musicrightstech.com

Music composed by artificial-intelligence agents is increasingly finding its way into the soundtracks of advertisements, videogames, apps, and other contexts where suitable human-authored works are either not available or too costly.

Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Market
Tencent's Cussion Pang On China's Exploding Streaming Music Marketwww.hypebot.com
Tencent Music Entertainment CEO Cussion Pang talked up the Chinese music industry during a presentation at the 2017 Music Matters conference.

Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bands
Denver Public Library's Volume Connects Patrons to Local Bandswww.westword.com

Taking inspiration from then-emerging streaming sites like Bandcamp and SoundCloud, Joan Hansen led Denver Public Library’s initiative to launch Volume, a platform where local musicians can upload their albums and library patrons can stream or download local music.

The Marxist plot of music streaming
The Marxist plot of music streamingwww.creightonian.com
I finally did it; I reached Spotify’s downloadable content limit. I have 10,000 songs on my phone.

Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlement
Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers Slam Spotify’s Proposed $43 Million Settlementvariety.com
As Spotify continues to clear the decks for an expected public offering this year or next, it has hit another potential roadblock.