Issue 534: The Mythical Power of Streaming Playlists; Spotify Reports Modest Rise in Paid Users

The mythical power of streaming playlists: is it more hype than substance?

Suddenly, the music industry’s coolest job is becoming increasingly vacant.

Music Modernization Act Was Verse One
Music Modernization Act Was Verse Onevariety.com
Music Modernization Act was a big step forward, but there is still a long way to go, says SoundExchange president/CEO Michael Huppe.

Music streaming leader Spotify reports a modest rise in paid users
Music streaming leader Spotify reports a modest rise in paid userswww.cnbc.com
Spotify reported a modest 5 percent rise in premium subscribers for its third quarter, while revenue and gross margins were roughly in line with market expectations.

Merlin Highlights Growth, Global Indie Trends at 15th Tokyo Music Market
Merlin Highlights Growth, Global Indie Trends at 15th Tokyo Music Marketwww.billboard.com
The 15th Tokyo International Music Market was held Oct. 22-24 at the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu in the bustling Shibuya district of Tokyo and the crystal edition proved to be one of the most successful yet.

What is FLAC? The high-def MP3 explained
What is FLAC? The high-def MP3 explainedwww.cnet.com
CNET explains what FLAC is, where to buy music in the format, and how to play it on your phone, computer or hi-fi.

Waze for Android and iOS adding Audio Player integration w/ Pandora, more
Waze for Android and iOS adding Audio Player integration w/ Pandora, more9to5google.com

Earlier this month, Google Maps added music streaming integration with a handful of popular services.

Smart Speakers Lead Consumer Trends in Audio
Smart Speakers Lead Consumer Trends in Audiowww.radioworld.com
CTA data gives insight into developments affecting radio and the broader CE business

Spotify Briefly Touches Record Low But Goldman Still Says Buy
Spotify Briefly Touches Record Low But Goldman Still Says Buywww.bloomberg.com
Spotify Technology SA momentarily brushed up against a record low on Tuesday, following global technology stocks that were also briefly pummeled.

Music's $20M A Month Man: Spotify's Daniel Ek Shows Tim Westergren How It’s Done
Music's $20M A Month Man: Spotify's Daniel Ek Shows Tim Westergren How It’s Donewww.hypebot.com

The industry gave a collective gasp of horror when founder Tim Westergren was pulling down $1,000,000 by selling of Pandora stock while simultaneously fighting artists with royalty loopholes.

NetEase Cloud Music Signs Copyright License Agreement with Loen Entertainment
NetEase Cloud Music Signs Copyright License Agreement with Loen Entertainmentplatformandstream.wordpress.com

NetEase Cloud Music, the popular Chinese music streaming platform owned by leading Chinese internet company NetEase, Inc., announced the signing of a copyright licensing partnership with Loen Entertainment, one of the largest entertainment firms in South Korea.

Garmin adds Spotify to its Forerunner 654 music smartwatch
Garmin adds Spotify to its Forerunner 654 music smartwatchwww.digitaltrends.com

Garmin fans looking to get Spotify on their fitness watch now have another option besides the Fenix 5 Plus series.

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