Issue #465: Streaming’s Continued Growth Defies Mathematical Trends; Is Alexa Good or Bad for Radio?; Spotify Hits 83 Million Premium Subs

Mid-Year 2018: Streaming's Continued Growth Defies Mathematical Trends
In the first half of 2018, overall on-demand streaming increased 41.7 percent to reach 403.5 billion U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. That growth defies mathematical trends, which dictate that, as a base enlarges, it becomes harder to achieve a bigger percentage growth than in preceding time periods.

Alexa, Are You Good Or Bad For Radio?
Alexa, Are You Good Or Bad For Radio?jacobsmedia.com

Since the Amazon Echo hit the scene a couple short years back, there’s been all sorts of speculation about whether the advent of these voice command devices will be a plus – or a minus – for broadcast radio

France now sees 1bn audio music streams every week
France now sees 1bn audio music streams every weekmusically.com
France is the latest major market to publish its recorded music sales numbers for the first half of 2018, with the headline news being that on-demand streaming grew 39% from the opening six months of 2017 and now makes up 56% of the total market.

Spotify Hits 83 Million Premium Subs in Q2, Revenue Growth Hurt by European Privacy Law
Spotify Hits 83 Million Premium Subs in Q2, Revenue Growth Hurt by European Privacy Lawvariety.com
Spotify largely hit expectations on all metrics for the second quarter of 2018, although the music-streaming giant said Europe’s new sweeping privacy law impacted its revenue for the period.

Alexa Speakers Get Chromecast-Like CastingFeature for Amazon Music
Alexa Speakers Get Chromecast-Like CastingFeature for Amazon Musicvariety.com
Alexa Cast is like Google Cast, but for Amazon devices.

Analyst: Live Nation–SiriusXM merger "inevitable"
Analyst: Live Nation–SiriusXM merger "inevitable"www.iq-mag.net
According to BTIG, Greg Maffei’s SiriusXM “would like a deal to happen” – although Amazon and Spotify are also believed to be waiting in the wings…

Spotify has tried to reinvent the IPO. But two quarters later, things look ... normal?
Spotify has tried to reinvent the IPO. But two quarters later, things look … normal?www.recode.net
If this is a revolution, it’s pretty quiet.

5 ways young Australians are embracing technology
5 ways young Australians are embracing technologyexchange.telstra.com.au
The constantly-evolving communication and tech habits of young Australians are a regular topic of conversation for older generations.

With Latin Music Impacting The Charts, An Industry Contemplates 'Crossover'
With Latin Music Impacting The Charts, An Industry Contemplates 'Crossover'www.forbes.com
Following bilingual hits “Despacito” and “I Like It,” music business veterans and contemporary artists alike weigh in on the potential of Latin music in the U.S. marketplace.

Spotify’s India launch hits music label roadblock
Spotify’s India launch hits music label roadblockwww.televisionpost.com

Spotify’s India launch has hit the roadblock as large record labels have refused to license their songs to the service for the market.

This one-of-a-kind Spotify player is on sale for just $65
This one-of-a-kind Spotify player is on sale for just $65www.cnet.com
It’s like an iPod Shuffle for your Spotify library, and it’s never been priced this low. Plus: three bonus deals!

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