Issue 549: Song Skip Rates and Our Attention Span; The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Biz Forever

Spotify Song Skip Rates Tell Us A Lot About Our Attention Span
A study of song skip rates on Spotify tells us a lot about our attention span these days.

The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Industry Forever
The Failed MP3 Player That Changed the Music Industry Foreverconsequenceofsound.net

These days you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’s heard of the Rio PMP300, especially after the iPod became as much a household name as the Walkman.

The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Century
The Invisible Hit Parade: How Unofficial Recordings Have Flowered in the 21st Centurywww.wired.com
Live-music tapers, data archivists, and media technologists are creating an authentic musical underground in a freemium world, a hideout where listening habits go unmonitored and unmonetized.

Big December I.P.O.s Are Rare. Why Would Tencent Music Do One?
Big December I.P.O.s Are Rare. Why Would Tencent Music Do One?www.nytimes.com
China’s answer to Spotify may push on with a $2 billion New York listing next month, but it’s a bad time of year to sell new equity.

Apple is looking for a Head of Music in Greater China
Apple is looking for a Head of Music in Greater Chinawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Apple wants to ‘scale’ its music streaming business in China. And it’s hoping a new head of music for the region will be able to help it do so.

Mixcloud and Merlin Network Agree to Multi-Year Direct Licensing Deal
Mixcloud and Merlin Network Agree to Multi-Year Direct Licensing Dealwww.billboard.com
The agreement between the two companies brings independent labels and Merlin’s recording artists into the mix, alongside Mixcloud’s recent agreements with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for students
YouTube and YouTube Music launch discounted subscriptions for studentstechcrunch.com

The new plans are the first significant changes to YouTube’s music subscription program since its launch last year. At that time, YouTube had also rebranded its ad-free YouTube Red subscription as YouTube Premium.

iHeart Names Post-Bankruptcy Board
iHeart Names Post-Bankruptcy Boardwww.radioworld.com
iHeartMedia names post-bankruptcy board and Gail Austin and John Scott

eMusic token sale for blockchain-based platform opens to public
eMusic token sale for blockchain-based platform opens to publicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Funds from the token sale will be used for development of the eMusic Blockchain project, a music distribution and payments platform.

Spotify Premium redesign borrows one of Pandora's best features
Spotify Premium redesign borrows one of Pandora's best featureswww.engadget.com
Spotify’s been busy announcing a bunch of new features this week, including an app for Google’s Wear OS and better direct uploads for artists — and it’s made s…

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