Issue #258: Microsoft To End Groove Music Pass in Favor of Spotify; Despacito Is About To Hit 4 Billion YouTube Views


Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify
Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotifytechcrunch.com
You can’t fault Microsoft for trying, but Groove Music, its Spotify competitor, never took off. Today, the company is admitting defeat. Microsoft today..

Funding music: a new path away from  incoherence and lack of transparency
Funding music: a new path away from incoherence and lack of transparencyblog.bustlemusic.com
Musicians but international rock-stars make very little income. If we admit the fact that they actually should be financially rewarded for their music, then what’s not working in the current system?

The Eagles, SiriusXM Partner for One-Night-Only Grand Ole Opry Concert
The Eagles, SiriusXM Partner for One-Night-Only Grand Ole Opry Concertvariety.com
The Eagles and SiriusXM will host an invitation-only concert in Nashville on October 29. It marks the band’s debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

Music streaming firm Deezer targets local football fans with new content
Music streaming firm Deezer targets local football fans with new contentmumbrella.com.au

Music streaming firm Deezer is targeting football fans in Australia after signing a deal to enable subscribers to listen to commentary of English Premier League.

Judd Apatow Ushers Grandfather Bob Shad’s Jazz Label Into the Streaming Age
Judd Apatow Ushers Grandfather Bob Shad’s Jazz Label Into the Streaming Agevariety.com
Judd Apatow and sister Mia are rereleasing selected albums in the jazz and blues catalog of their grandfather Bob Shad’s Mainstream Records.

Amazon’s Alexa Is A Real Smart Home Platform Now
Amazon’s Alexa Is A Real Smart Home Platform Nowwww.fastcompany.com
In the battle over smart homes, Amazon steps up from its supporting role.

How do I master my music for streaming and download services?
How do I master my music for streaming and download services?www.musicradar.com
Don’t assume that a standard CD master will cut it

Despacito Is About To Hit 4 Billion YouTube Views
Despacito Is About To Hit 4 Billion YouTube Viewsmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

­­In January Despacito became the second fastest music video in YouTube history to hit one billion views, taking just 97 days to do so. Now it is on track to hit four billion. In January Despacito was part of a succession of new music video consumption records that YouTube and Vevo are setting.