Issue 540: Can Podcasts Rescue Spotify?; Steve Stoute’s Music Startup Gets a Boost; Tidal App Now on Samsung Wearables

Can Podcasts Rescue Spotify?

Why is the streaming giant getting into podcasting, and what does it mean for the record business?

What Today's Fast-Rising Streaming Stars Are Missing: Practice on Stage
What Today's Fast-Rising Streaming Stars Are Missing: Practice on Stagewww.billboard.com
As artists blow up quicker than ever in the streaming era, labels are encountering an issue when it’s time to send their stars out on tour: some have never been on stage before.

Steve Stoute’s Music Startup Gets a Boost From the NBA
Steve Stoute’s Music Startup Gets a Boost From the NBAwww.rollingstone.com

The Interscope/Sony music exec wants his company to be “the next iteration of what a record label should be”

How to stop illegal music downloads? Threaten people with surveillance
How to stop illegal music downloads? Threaten people with surveillanceqz.com
More than a third of music consumer get their music through illegal means.

The Tidal app is now available on Samsung Wearable devices
The Tidal app is now available on Samsung Wearable deviceswww.theverge.com
Music streaming service Tidal has announced that it is launching its app on Samsung Wearable devices, which include the latest Galaxy Watch, Gear Sport, Gear S3, Gear S2, and fitness bands including Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Fit2.

NetEase Streaming Service Raises Over $600 Million
NetEase Streaming Service Raises Over $600 Millionwww.caixinglobal.com

Watch out, Spotify.

Smart speakers drive streaming subs
Smart speakers drive streaming subswww.brand-e.biz
Purchasing a smart speaker is the impetus for getting a streaming sub

Amazon Music partner with Music Week Women In Music Awards 2018
Amazon Music partner with Music Week Women In Music Awards 2018www.musicweek.com
Amazon Music has partnered with the Music Week Women In Music Awards, with the digital company backing the Music Champion category at this year’s event.

90% of Nordic population stream music, but free services dominate
90% of Nordic population stream music, but free services dominatewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Around 90% of the population in the Nordics stream music, but only 43% are premium subscribers.

iHeartMedia Revenue Ticks Slightly Upward in Q3, Down Overall This Year
iHeartMedia Revenue Ticks Slightly Upward in Q3, Down Overall This Yearwww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia’s third quarter revenue was up $13.9 million over the same period in 2017 to $873.4 million, an increase of 1.6 percent, according to a filing this week with the SEC.

Spotify and Warner Bros. Created a Spot With 3D Sound to Promote A Star Is Born
Spotify and Warner Bros. Created a Spot With 3D Sound to Promote A Star Is Bornwww.adweek.com

New ad format hopes to break through the clutter.

This Is What Happens At A Cryptocurrency Music Festival
This Is What Happens At A Cryptocurrency Music Festivalwww.forbes.com
Party on the blockchain? Here’s how the kids get down.

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