Issue 529: Spotify’s Playlist Tool for Indie Artists Launches; Facebook Debuts New Wave of Music Products

Spotify's Playlist Tool for Indie Artists Launches: 'It Put a Lot More Power Into Our Hands'
Spotify’s Playlist Tool for Indie Artists Launches: ‘It Put a Lot More Power Into Our Hands’www.billboard.com
The tool, which allows artists and labels to submit unreleased music directly to Spotify’s editorial team for playlist consideration, is officially launching after a successful beta run that saw over 67,000 artists make use of the feature and more than 10,000 be added to editorial playlists on the platform.

Facebook Launches New Wave of Music Products
Facebook Launches New Wave of Music Productswww.billboard.com
After sharing its first update on how it is working with the music industry in June, Facebook is launching its next wave of music products on the site today.

How Apple Created Music’s Best Device (And Then Ruined It)
How Apple Created Music’s Best Device (And Then Ruined It)www.youtube.com

When Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, they pioneered a new kind of physical listening experience and changed music forever.

iHeartMedia is launching its own podcast awards
iHeartMedia is launching its own podcast awardsmusically.com
Every music-streaming service worth its salt wants a catalogue of podcasts in 2018 – and ideally to shout about its association with podcasts too.

Pandora exec: We were late to the game with our premium offering
Pandora exec: We were late to the game with our premium offeringventurebeat.com
Pandora director of data science Siddharth Patil said he believes his company was at least a year late in offering an on-demand music service.

Fanbase launches as blockchain-powered music fan-rewards platform
Fanbase launches as blockchain-powered music fan-rewards platformmusically.com

The latest blockchain startup hoping to make an impact in the music industry is Fanbase, which is launching a platform to help artists mint their own tokens, which fans will be able to buy to access exclusive content, VIP tickets and merchandise.


“Ethical music streaming service” dies after just two monthsajournalofmusicalthings.com
Filtering what’s happening in music to save you time, money and effort.

Can Radio Survive Without Passion? A Cautionary Tale
Can Radio Survive Without Passion? A Cautionary Talewww.musicwatchinc.com

There’s a furious debate taking place about the future of broadcast radio.

Dash Radio Raises $8.8M, Passes 10M Monthly Listeners
Dash Radio Raises $8.8M, Passes 10M Monthly Listenerswww.hypebot.com

Free online platform Dash Radio announced that it had raised $8.8 million in seed funding while passing 10 million active monthly users.

Disturbed's David Draiman Says Streaming Saved The Music Industry
Disturbed’s David Draiman Says Streaming Saved The Music Industryloudwire.com
‘You have a greater opportunity to reach more people than you ever did.’

5 best music discovery apps
5 best music discovery appsen.softonic.com
Need some new tunes? These 5 apps will do the trick.

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