Issue #286: Is Streaming Killing the Musical Author?; Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform, Debuts

Streaming Is Killing the Musical Author
Streaming Is Killing the Musical Authornoisey.vice.com
How algorithms are not only changing the way we listen, but are changing the way we write music.

Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album project
Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album projectdavidgerard.co.uk

The weekend’s big splash in musical blockchains was the news that indie pop star Björk is selling her forthcoming album, Utopia, for bitcoins.

Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launched
Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launchedallafrica.com
A free online audio distribution platform that enables users to upload, record, promote, and share their original content: Sounds like Soundcloud, right?

Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bands
Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bandswww.scmp.com
For years the music scene in the Philippines was dominated by big labels and established stars, but the advent of sites including Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify has made it possible for grass roots bands to promote themselves

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battle
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battleloudwire.com
In a new interview, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich speaks in depth about the band’s early 2000s battle with Napster and how they could’ve handled it differently.

‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Service
‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Servicewww.ubergizmo.com
It appears that Kanye West might be getting in on the music streaming game. Following a strained relationship with Jay Z’s Tidal which saw…

Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Million
Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Millionwww.bloomberg.com
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the company behind giant Chinese media startup Jinri Toutiao, has acquired buzzy teen social video app Musical.ly for about $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotify
Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotifywww.vanityfair.com
After its release on November 10, fans will only have to wait a week to stream Reputation.


Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices

Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices
www.thehindubusinessline.com

Online audio and music streaming platform Saavn has teamed up with Amazon for its Alex

Five key developments in piracy and copyright protection
Five key developments in piracy and copyright protectionwww.completemusicupdate.com

Here’s a quick summary of the last year in music piracy and copyright enforcement in five steps.