Issue #487: Will Streaming’s New Power Couples Lead to Actual Growth, Profits?; iHeartRadio — the Future of Radio?

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Will Streaming's New Power Couples, Like Spotify and Samsung, Lead to Actual Growth and Profits?
Will Streaming's New Power Couples, Like Spotify and Samsung, Lead to Actual Growth and Profits?www.billboard.com
On Aug. 8, Verizon announced that it would give its Unlimited data plan customers six free months of Apple Music — whether the customers were current, new or even former subscribers to the music service.

You Could Be Kicked Offline For Piracy If This Music Industry Lawsuit Succeeds
You Could Be Kicked Offline For Piracy If This Music Industry Lawsuit Succeeds motherboard.vice.com
And the evidence “proving” your guilt could be little more than fluff and nonsense.

Drake & Cardi B Top Spotify's List of Most Streamed Songs of the Summer
Drake & Cardi B Top Spotify's List of Most Streamed Songs of the Summerwww.billboard.com
Spotify has unveiled its list of the most streamed songs of the summer, and to the surprise of no one, Drake lands at No. 1.

Tencent Music's $30 Billion IPO Is Reportedly Arriving In a Matter of Weeks
Tencent Music's $30 Billion IPO Is Reportedly Arriving In a Matter of Weekswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Tencent Music has reportedly set the date for its upcoming IPO launch in the US, with an exclusive source confirming it will hit in October.

iHeartRadio — the future of radio?
iHeartRadio — the future of radio?medium.com
In the US, the iHeartRadio app contains a bunch of features — not just live radio streams, but podcasts, algorithmic radio stations and (if you pay for it) a music service much like Spotify. A few…

Spotify's podcast deals with Amy Schumer and Joe Budden disappoint
Spotify's podcast deals with Amy Schumer and Joe Budden disappointwww.fastcompany.com
The streaming music giant wants to expand into more audio entertainment but as its initiatives in podcasting reveal, it’s moving too slowly and too tentatively.

Top Five Indie Promo Execs In The Streaming Age
Top Five Indie Promo Execs In The Streaming Agewww.billboard.com
It’s the power of the song — not the size of the team or label — that counts.

This Chicago startup makes 'local radio' for Chinese living abroad
This Chicago startup makes 'local radio' for Chinese living abroadwww.builtinchicago.org
Quantum Music is a streaming service for Chinese living abroad.

 Gracenote’s metadata is the  answer to making music streaming services better in India
Gracenote’s metadata is the answer to making music streaming services better in Indiawww.digit.in
India’s music listening habits are vastly different from its western counterparts and to help streaming services serve us better, Gracenote is here with its mas

High on piracy and free streaming services: How India's music industry is shaping up
High on piracy and free streaming services: How India's music industry is shaping upwww.firstpost.com
There was a lot of data to absorb at both the Indian Music Industry (IMI)’s Dialogue and Truly Musical’s All About Music, which were among those rare conferences where the audience heard more facts than fluff.

Radio's Dueling Platforms
Radio's Dueling Platformsjacobsmedia.com
Podcasting and smart speakers are fast-growing new audio platforms. But are they additive or erosive to broadcast radio listening?