Issue 546: Spotify, Pandora Turn to Podcasts; The Last Format; CDs are Dead! …Or are They?


Spotify, Pandora Turn to Podcasts for Listeners, Profits
Music-streaming giants Spotify Technology and Pandora Media see new audiences and possible profits with an expansion into podcasts—if they can figure out a solid business model.

What Does Music Have To Gain From The Future Of Transportation? More Than You Might Think

Trends like ride-sharing, 5G and edge computing are poised to alter transportation, and its accompanying music and media ecosystem, as we know it.

The Last Format
The Last Formatreallifemag.com

Streaming capitalizes on the utopian hopes attached to the mp3.

SiriusXM's buyout of Pandora granted approval in Europe
SiriusXM's buyout of Pandora granted approval in Europewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The deal was subject to approvals under the competition laws of Germany and Austria.

Deezer tries to outdo Spotify with upgraded Apple Watch app
Deezer tries to outdo Spotify with upgraded Apple Watch appwww.cultofmac.com
Following on from Spotify’s Apple Watch debut, rival streaming music company Deezer has given its Apple Watch app a major overhaul.

Sound Royalties and AdRev team up to pay advances to YouTube creators
Sound Royalties and AdRev team up to pay advances to YouTube creatorswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Content creators will be able to access advances based on their earnings from YouTube and other platforms.

The Voice of a Musician in the Machine Age
The Voice of a Musician in the Machine Agewww.thembj.org

In a not too distant future, we see robot musicians topping the charts in all genres.

CDs Are Dead! ...Or Are They?
CDs Are Dead! …Or Are They?www.hypebot.com

Although vinyl has been making a significant comeback in the age of streaming, the CD has largely been thought of as a relic of the past. New data suggests, however, that calling time of death on the CD may have been premature.

Brazil's music boom: streaming, Sertanejo, Anitta and more
Brazil's music boom: streaming, Sertanejo, Anitta and moremusically.com
Brazil has currently more active smartphones than inhabitants. According to Getúlio Vargas Foundation, there are 220 million cell phones in operation.

Would She Put Your Radio Station Sticker On Her Laptop?
Would She Put Your Radio Station Sticker On Her Laptop?jacobsmedia.com
Every radio station should strive for fan loyalty. These days, it shows up in stickers on laptops.

Pandora Brings Premium Service to Amazon Echo Speakers
Pandora Brings Premium Service to Amazon Echo Speakersvariety.com
Alexa, will this help Pandora to grow its subscription business? It may indeed.

Spotify's holiday discount on Premium works for lapsed users too
Spotify's holiday discount on Premium works for lapsed users toowww.engadget.com
Spotify is offering a couple of holiday deals and they’re not limited to new users like these sorts of discounts typically are. First time Spotify Premium users…

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