Issue #282: Lefsetz on musical.ly; 4 Ways AI Startups Can Target the Music Industry; Will Taylor Swift Stream?

Bob Lefsetz on musical.ly

It’s about innovation. For all the scuttlebutt about the power of Facebook, if it didn’t buy WhatsApp and Instagram it would be struggling now, kinda like Apple, why does everybody always look at today instead of tomorrow?

Musical.ly is looking at tomorrow, Generation Z. Musical.ly is all about the here and now, about making a video and posting it instantly. You almost want to participate, until you realize you’ll never be that skinny, and your aged body can’t take the workout.

Will Taylor Swift Stream? Music Industry Is Left to Guess
Will Taylor Swift Stream? Music Industry Is Left to Guesswww.nytimes.com
Four executives at major streaming services said they did not expect “Reputation” to be made available for streaming, at least at first.

Russian Digital Services Push Restrictions on Free Music Streaming
Russian Digital Services Push Restrictions on Free Music Streamingwww.billboard.com
Major Russian social networking websites, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, and the music streaming service Boom have introduced restrictions on free music streaming at the request of rights holders as the owner, Mail.ru Group, moves to monetize the streaming service, which replaced illegitimate, user-generated content.

Get Your Music on Spotify
Get Your Music on Spotifyblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Are you an independent artist who’s wondering how you get your music on Spotify? Follow these simple steps to learn how to get your music on Spotify!

4 Ways AI Startups Can Target the Music Industry
4 Ways AI Startups Can Target the Music Industrywww.inc.com
Startups have a lot of room to disrupt the music industry with AI and voice recognition.

RA: The art of disruption: How CDJs are changing DJing
RA: The art of disruption: How CDJs are changing DJingwww.residentadvisor.net
CDJs may have made mixing easier, but they’ve also ushered in an exciting new era of DJing. Michelle Lhooq reflects on the possibilities they’ve unlocked.

Ujo Music’s second attempt at music on the blockchain
Ujo Music’s second attempt at music on the blockchaindavidgerard.co.uk
After the “Tiny Human” disaster, Ujo has returned with a new offering to musicians, and a publicity video. It’s Bandcamp, but on the blockchain, and worse in every way.

Data firm Pex attempts to track music usage on YouTube
Data firm Pex attempts to track music usage on YouTubemusically.com
Video and music search engine Pex has weighed in to the value-gap debate, with new data based on its indexing of more than 6.1bn videos and songs.

Pandora Admits Being Slow To Programmatic As Ad Revenue Flattens
Pandora Admits Being Slow To Programmatic As Ad Revenue Flattensadexchanger.com

Gaps in Pandora’s ad tech stack slowed growth in the last quarter, CEO Roger Lynch said Thursday in his first earnings call since taking the helm.

Album Chart Math May Mean Albums With Lots and Lots of Songs
Album Chart Math May Mean Albums With Lots and Lots of Songsbigthink.com
The way that hits are now calculated, impossibly long albums may be on the horizon.