Issue 535: Spotify Partners with Google Home; Apple May Invest in iHeartMedia; Deezer Launches Direct Carrier Billing with Fortumo

Spotify Partners With Google Home to Give Away Smart Speakers With Premium Family Plans
Spotify Partners With Google Home to Give Away Smart Speakers With Premium Family Planswww.billboard.com
Spotify is partnering with Google Home to give its U.S. subscribers with Premium for Family plans free Google Home Mini devices, the streaming service announced on Tuesday (Oct. 31).

Apple may invest in iHeartMedia to boost streaming service
Apple may invest in iHeartMedia to boost streaming servicemashable.com
The technology company is reportedly considering an investment in the radio company iHeartMedia, owner of iHeartRadio, for Apple Music.

Live Webcast: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis kicks off three-part salute to Miles Davis
Live Webcast: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis kicks off three-part salute to Miles Daviswyntonmarsalis.org
Jazz at Lincoln Center announces the first show in its three-part salute to Miles Davis: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis plays Miles Davis, November 8–10, 2018 at 8pm, in Rose Theater.

Spotify Wades Deeper Into Politics With Midterm Playlists
Spotify Wades Deeper Into Politics With Midterm Playlistswww.rollingstone.com

Streaming giant rolls out state-specific playlists encouraging users to vote in midterms.

Will A Data Scientist Become The Next Member of Your Radio Programming Team?
Will A Data Scientist Become The Next Member of Your Radio Programming Team?jacobsmedia.com
Data and analytics are changing the way radio programmers view the music their stations play.

Spotify, Other European Tech Leaders Warn Against EU Digital Services Tax
Spotify, Other European Tech Leaders Warn Against EU Digital Services Taxwww.billboard.com
Technology company chiefs have warned that a digital services tax proposed by the European Union would hinder innovation and hurt economic growth.

Spotify is on an original content talent recruitment drive
Spotify is on an original content talent recruitment drivewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

There’s no need to speculate about whether or not we’ll be seeing more original content from Spotify soon.

OTT Music Streaming Platform Deezer Launches Direct Carrier Billing with Fortumo
OTT Music Streaming Platform Deezer Launches Direct Carrier Billing with Fortumowww.thefastmode.com

Fortumo and Deezer announce the launch of a new direct carrier billing partnership.

Apple iPad Pro Headphone Recommendations
Apple iPad Pro Headphone Recommendationstime.com
Apple on Tuesday released new iPad Pro models without a headphone jack. Here are 5 solutions for music lovers.

Small business music streaming costing music makers billions
Small business music streaming costing music makers billionswww.cultofmac.com
Music Streaming at small businesses is costing the music industry some $2 billion annually because owners don’t have a streaming license.

U.K. Music Biz Now Worth $5.8 Billion a Year
U.K. Music Biz Now Worth $5.8 Billion a Yearwww.billboard.com
Global stars Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Rag’n’Bone Man helped grow the British music industry to record levels in 2017, according to a new report from umbrella organization UK Music.

Can Kobalt Disrupt the Label Game With AWAL?
Can Kobalt Disrupt the Label Game With AWAL?www.billboard.com
Publishing maverick Kobalt raised $150 million to get into the label services game and snap up today’s rising stars. Can it support thousands of “middle class” acts without taking their copyrights?

PRS for Music extends partnership with Sony/ATV Publishing
PRS for Music extends partnership with Sony/ATV Publishingwww.m-magazine.co.uk

The agreement covers the management of pan-European licences for Sony/ATV, as well as EMI Music Publishing’s Anglo-American repertoire.

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