Issue #302: Idagio Raises €8 Million; Last.fm: The Only Music Social Network That Made Sense

Classical Music Streaming Service Idagio Raises €8 Million

Idagio, a classical music streaming service, has raised €8 million in a Series A round from Tengelmann Ventures, Mülheim/Ruhr, btov Partners, and a number of angel investors.

Classical music is not well-served in the current digital streaming landscape, said Till Janczukowicz, CEO of the German company.

Ten Predictions for Digital Media in 2018
Ten Predictions for Digital Media in 2018techcrunch.com

4. Spotify will go public at a lofty valuation, but those numbers and overall investor confidence will decline throughout the year, together with Pandora’s, as these two pure-play global streaming music leaders find it increasingly difficult to compete against “big box” behemoths Apple, Amazon and Google/YouTube

Last.fm Was the Only Music Social Network That Made Sense
Last.fm Was the Only Music Social Network That Made Sensenoisey.vice.com
Inside the rise and fall of Last.fm, the social network that understood how online music worked and that resembled bits of Facebook, Songkick, Blogspot, and Spotify.

'How to Avoid Copyright on YouTube' Video Sparked a Decades-Old Debate That Refuses to Be Resolved
'How to Avoid Copyright on YouTube' Video Sparked a Decades-Old Debate That Refuses to Be Resolvedwww.billboard.com
A video posted in 2013 titled “How to Avoid Copyright on YouTube” has set off a fiery debate four years later among some of the most powerful decision-makers in the music industry.

Publishers see traction in branded podcasts
Publishers see traction in branded podcastsdigiday.com

Branded content renewals are generally a tough sell, with renewal rates historically hovering below 40 percent. But branded podcasts appear to be bucking that trend, as advertisers continue to hunt for ways to spend uninterrupted time with audiences.

Blockchain music: rights, artists and 'the big spreadsheet in the sky'
Blockchain music: rights, artists and 'the big spreadsheet in the sky'musically.com
Jaak is one of the startups exploring the potential that blockchain technology has for the music industry. The company is working on a number of pilot sche

Music Sustainability: The State Of Streaming
Music Sustainability: The State Of Streamingwww.hypebot.com
As streaming’s dominance in the music business to grow, we’re taking a moment to look at the current state of streaming, as well as where it might be headed in the near future.

Spotify investor favors spring listing
Spotify investor favors spring listingwww.cnbc.com
Venture capital firm Northzone is one of the largest stakeholders in Spotify.

Samsung TV to start streaming Amazon Music
Samsung TV to start streaming Amazon Musicwww.financialexpress.com
As Samsung gears up to stay ahead in the electronics and IT game, the brand has announced that its TV range will include Amazon Music through the Smart Hub.

Rightsify Provides a New Way for Businesses to License and Play Music
Rightsify Provides a New Way for Businesses to License and Play Musicplatformandstream.com
Rightsify is providing a new way for businesses to license and play music. Rightsify helps businesses save money on music while providing them with custom and expertly designed playlists for their brand, all while ensuring that artists get paid every time their music is played.

Warner Music Reports 2017 Results: Revenue Strong But Losses Soar
Warner Music Reports 2017 Results: Revenue Strong But Losses Soarvariety.com
For 2017 Warner Music Group reported strong growth in revenue and digital revenue, but a big jump in losses from 2016.