Issue #460: Still Ripping After All These Years; 18% of Americans Own a Smart Speaker; Deutsche Bank Claims Label Unrest Over Spotify Playlists

Still Ripping After All These Years
Still Ripping After All These Yearswww.palisadeshudson.com

Given the explosion in subscription and ad-supported music streaming services, I thought the old war between the music industry and sites specializing in music piracy was pretty much over. Maybe you did too.

Music Streaming Has Ended the CD's 30-Year Reign in Germany
Music Streaming Has Ended the CD's 30-Year Reign in Germanywww.billboard.com
Audio streaming now represents nearly half of revenues and has replaced CDs as the largest sales segment on the German record market, reported Florian Drücke, CEO of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI) today in Berlin.

Now 18% of Americans Own a Smart Speaker
Now 18% of Americans Own a Smart Speakerwww.billboard.com
According to the most recent installment of a recurring study conducted by NPR and Edison, roughly 48 million Americans above the age of 18 — or 18 percent of the population — now own smart speakers.

Deutsche Bank claims major-label unrest over Spotify playlists
Deutsche Bank claims major-label unrest over Spotify playlistsmusically.com
Analysts from Deutsche Bank have suggested that major labels are unhappy with their share of slots on Spotify’s curated and algorithmic playlists.

Tunecore Adds Facebook, Instagram Monetization
Tunecore Adds Facebook, Instagram Monetizationwww.hypebot.com
DIY distributor TuneCore has added a new opportunity – Facebook and Instagram monetization.

U.S. Senate Proposes Sending Emergency Alerts Through Streaming Services
U.S. Senate Proposes Sending Emergency Alerts Through Streaming Serviceswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Users of music streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music could soon find something different on their playlists.

Netflix to Launch Comedy Radio Channel on SiriusXM
Netflix to Launch Comedy Radio Channel on SiriusXMvariety.com
Netflix is getting into the radio biz: The streamer has entered into a pact with SiriusXM to launch a 24-hour comedy channel set to debut by January 2019.

Endlesss.fm wants to be the next platform for music-making
Endlesss.fm wants to be the next platform for music-makingmusically.com
From app ecosystems like Smule to tools like Soundtrap (bought by Spotify), Splice (with its $35m funding round last December) and BandLab (with its numerous acquisitions), there’s been plenty of activity around platforms for music-making in recent times.

Ed Sheeran documentary ‘Songwriter’ to debut exclusively on Apple Music next month
Ed Sheeran documentary ‘Songwriter’ to debut exclusively on Apple Music next month9to5mac.com

Earlier this year, Apple obtained world rights to the Ed Sheeran documentary “Songwriter.” Now, Sheeran has announced on his Instagram that the film will be available exclusively on Apple Music beginning next month…

Gender, Pregnancy Bias Suit Against Jay-Z's Streaming Music Service Clears Hurdle, But Is Pared Down
Gender, Pregnancy Bias Suit Against Jay-Z's Streaming Music Service Clears Hurdle, But Is Pared Downwww.law.com
Lisette Paulson sued Tidal Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation and a number of individual Tidal managers in 2016 claiming seven federal and state sex and pregnancy violations after being fired the previous year.

Radio Needs A Prime Day
Radio Needs A Prime Dayjacobsmedia.com

A reminder that radio brands need special event programming to keep brands interesting and vital.

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Jeff loves music. He also loves band t-shirts, which has become something of an obsession. There's a vintage Roxy Music t-shirt on eBay for $299 he is absolutely going to get when he starts making the big bucks.