Issue #273: Zune Forever; Who Owns Music Made by a Machine?; Pre-saves on Spotify

Zune Forever: The Diehards Still Obsessed With Microsoft’s Colossal Failure
Zune Forever: The Diehards Still Obsessed With Microsoft’s Colossal Failuremotherboard.vice.com

It’s hard to forget the Zune. After all, Microsoft’s mid-2000s bid to sink the iPod with an MP3 player of its own was notable for its immense thirst.

You may soon be able to presave albums on Spotify thanks to Show.co
You may soon be able to presave albums on Spotify thanks to Show.cowww.digitaltrends.com

Pre-saves on Spotify mean that music lovers will be able to hit save for an upcoming album and have the tracks delivered to their library.

Public radio’s digital moment: Smartphones, streaming, and the future of listening
Public radio’s digital moment: Smartphones, streaming, and the future of listeningwww.geekwire.com
Public radio and digital tech are having a moment. Not only has National Public Radio listenership hit an all-time high, NPR podcasts and digital content…

Indies vs Majors: Will Acquisitions Level the Field or Widen the Gap?
Indies vs Majors: Will Acquisitions Level the Field or Widen the Gap?medium.com
As a growing number of independent music companies are acquired by major labels, many questions arise, such as: Will indie artists and labels get a jump start on their success through global digital…

Labels Press Record on New Way to Grow Streaming Revenue: Make a Podcast
Labels Press Record on New Way to Grow Streaming Revenue: Make a Podcastwww.billboard.com
Revenue is up, listenership is climbing and new players are getting into the game as the industry spots another chance to broaden its scope.

7 Reasons Why 'YouTube to MP3' Stream-Rippers are 100% Legal
7 Reasons Why 'YouTube to MP3' Stream-Rippers are 100% Legalwww.digitalmusicnews.com
The major labels buried the biggest YouTube to MP3 ‘stream-ripper’ in court.  But that wasn’t legally justified, according to the EFF.

How FIFA Games Changed Our Tastes in Music
How FIFA Games Changed Our Tastes in Musicnoisey.vice.com
An analysis of the soundtracks in the world’s most beloved soccer video game, from Blur to drum ’n’ bass.

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming
Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streamingwww.engadget.com
In-car entertainment will have to step up to accommodate our automated driving future. With an AI at the wheel, we’ll be free to watch movies, play games, and c…

Spotify’s RISE program will try to find future music superstars
Spotify’s RISE program will try to find future music superstarswww.engadget.com
It’s hard to deny Spotify’s influence on the current music landscape. After all, the streaming service has over 50 million paid subscribers. Now, they’re using…

Head of WMG's Playlist Brand Topsify and Streaming Label Leaves Company
Head of WMG's Playlist Brand Topsify and Streaming Label Leaves Companywww.billboard.com
Kieron Donoghue, vp of global playlists strategy at Warner Music, who created the label group’s playlist brand Topsify and earlier this year launched streaming label Artists to Watch, has announced his exit from the company.

Warner Music Owner Takes Control Of Deezer
Warner Music Owner Takes Control Of Deezermusic3point0.com
The owner of Warner Music has acquired control of the streaming platform Deezer. Will there be a conflict of interest as a result?

IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?
IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?thenextweb.com
Watson Beat is IBM’s music arm of Watson; an AI-driven music composing app that’s sparked some debate about music copyright.