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.