Issue #463: Too Much Drake?; Thomas Dolby Plans Cloud-Based Concert; TuneCore Adds Facebook Monetisation for DIY Artists

What It Means When Spotify Has Nothing to “Recommend” But Drake
What It Means When Spotify Has Nothing to “Recommend” But Drakepitchfork.com
Like Apple giving everyone a U2 album no one asked for, Spotify strongly suggesting its users engage with Drake undermines listeners’ sense of ownership.

Thomas Dolby plans cloud-based concert
Thomas Dolby plans cloud-based concerttechnical.ly

Thomas Dolby has played lots of venues over his career. Now he can add the cloud.

Amazon Debuts Alexa-Powered Equalizer for Echo Speakers, Sonos Beam
Amazon Debuts Alexa-Powered Equalizer for Echo Speakers, Sonos Beamfortune.com
The feature is for Echo speakers and the Sonos Beam and lets people alter the bass using their voice.

Austrian Music Market Sees 61 Percent Hike in Streaming Revenue, Predictable Slides for CDs & Downloads
Austrian Music Market Sees 61 Percent Hike in Streaming Revenue, Predictable Slides for CDs & Downloadswww.billboard.com
The Austrian music market is being boosted by the dynamic growth of streaming services, with 2.5 billion songs streamed in the first half of 2018 (compared to 1.5 billion songs in the first half of 2017).

Qobuz Named Official High-Resolution Streaming Service of Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest
Qobuz Named Official High-Resolution Streaming Service of Rocky Mountain International Audio Festplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Qobuz, a Paris-based online music streaming and download service for music lovers, has been named the Official High-Resolution Streaming Service for the upcoming 15th Annual Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF), the largest high-end consumer audio show in North America.

MQA chief Mike Jbara talks hi-res music and streaming evolution
MQA chief Mike Jbara talks hi-res music and streaming evolutionmusically.com

“Up to this point, if you were to summarise the industry’s marketing message around hi-res music, it’s ‘will you pay more for better sound quality?’ That’s a losing marketing message.

So, Why is Spotify Losing the Streaming War in the US?
So, Why is Spotify Losing the Streaming War in the US?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A new study from Consumer Intelligence Reports Partners has revealed Spotify has a much higher churn rate in the US than the rest of the world.

Musical.ly’s shutdown of Live.ly was contractually obligated
Musical.ly’s shutdown of Live.ly was contractually obligatedtechcrunch.com

Musical.ly has begun redirecting users of its Live.ly app, which it decided to kill off last month, to a competing app called LiveMe.

TuneCore adds Facebook monetisation for DIY artists
TuneCore adds Facebook monetisation for DIY artistswww.completemusicupdate.com

DIY music distribution firm TuneCore last week announced that artists using its platform worldwide can now get access to some of that new fangled Facebook monetisation. It will allow DIY artists to get paid when their music is used on both Facebook and Instagram.

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