Issue 536: The Spectacular Existential Crisis of Pandora; Are Personal Portable Player’s Days Numbered?

The Spectacular Existential Crisis of Pandora
The Spectacular Existential Crisis of Pandorawww.rollingstone.com

How did Pandora go from music’s shining star to the cusp of bankruptcy — and then climb its way back up again?

Are Personal Portable Player's Days Numbered?
Are Personal Portable Player's Days Numbered?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone muses about whether portable players will still be around in five years…

Spotify Made a Texas Voting Playlist
Spotify Made a Texas Voting Playlistwww.texasmonthly.com
The Sweden-based music streaming service wants to rev up Texans to do their civic duty with songs popular in the state.

Times Music COO is hopeful about future growth of streaming subscriptions
Times Music COO is hopeful about future growth of streaming subscriptionsmusically.com
Music Ally’s latest market profile focuses on India, including the question of whether the country can build a viable premium-subscriptions market for music-streaming, rather than just the ad-supported free model which currently dominates.

Why Are There So Many "Podcast Nevers?"
Why Are There So Many "Podcast Nevers?"jacobsmedia.com
Despite the fact podcasting is going mainstream, there are still many consumers in commercial, public, and Christian radio who never tune in podcasts.

Spotify For Artists Has Plan To Charge For Some Services, says CEO Daniel Ek
Spotify For Artists Has Plan To Charge For Some Services, says CEO Daniel Ekwww.hypebot.com
Spotify will charge for some Spotify For Artists products and services, CEO Daniel Ek stated during last week’s earnings call. While “unlikely” that the it will charge for data, this mark’s the first time that the streamer has said it will monetize any of the services that it has touted…

What the Sirius-Pandora Merger Will Mean
What the Sirius-Pandora Merger Will Meanwww.wsj.com
Jim Meyer, CEO of SiriusXM, on how the company will leverage having two different kinds of revenue streams.

Austin Public Library to stream select Austin music for free in 2019
Austin Public Library to stream select Austin music for free in 2019www.kxan.com
All of Austin will soon have more access to 50 local music artists thanks to a new project by the Austin Public Library. 

NEXTUNE Brings SESAC Music to Its Streaming Business Music App
NEXTUNE Brings SESAC Music to Its Streaming Business Music Appplatformandstream.wordpress.com

NEXTUNE Music now features SESAC music in its licensed music service for businesses. NEXTUNE Music, available in the Apple App Store since July, featured ASCAP-, BMI- and GMR-licensed music for restaurants, retail shops and many other public background music systems.

Lessons from Spotify's personalisation strategy
Lessons from Spotify's personalisation strategywww.warc.com
Spotify’s popular Discovery Weekly feature exemplifies the personalisation that is the “beating heart” of the music streaming site’s growth strategy and is something other brand marketers can learn from, according to a leading executive.

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