Issue 552: Amazon Alexa + Apple Music; SiriusXM: Targeting 80% of All U.S. Vehicles; The Meta Trends that Will Shape 2019

Blog, Music, Streaming

Amazon Alexa Will Get Apple Music
Apple Music is coming to Amazon’s Alexa virtual personal assistant starting the week of December 17, according to the retailer.

SiriusXM: Targeting 80% of all US vehicles

David Frear, SEVP and CFO at pay radio operator SiriusXM, speaking at the Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecoms conference on November 27th told equity analysts that 2018 was proving to be a better than many expected.

The Meta Trends that Will Shape 2019

MIDiA has just published its annual predictions report. Here are a few highlights. 2018 was another year of change, disruption and transformation across media and technology.

Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday update
Google Assistant gets visual lyrics and more in big holiday updatewww.engadget.com
Google is bringing a bunch of new features to its Assistant for the holidays, though you can probably thank Jeff Bezos, rather than Santa for them. The most not…

The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felony
The Music Industry Asks US Government to Make 'Unauthorized Streaming' a Felonymotherboard.vice.com
The RIAA has also renewed calls for the government to consider ‘website blocking’ and filtering to stop music piracy.

Global bets on podcasts to get brands to invest in digital audio advertising
Global bets on podcasts to get brands to invest in digital audio advertisingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

UK Media & Entertainment group Global has ‘stormed’ into the podcasting business, adding a catalog of 1,500 ‘premium’ podcasts to its Global Player app.

Phishing Campaign Targets Spotify Users
Phishing Campaign Targets Spotify Userswww.hypebot.com
Cybersecurity firm AppRiver have discovered a phishing campaign specifically targeting Spotify users. The attack is designed to lure users to click on malicious links in an email. The next screen asks victim to enter their Spotify login credentials to remove restrictions on their Spotify account. While there may be some…

Is the Internet a blessing or a curse for musicians?
Is the Internet a blessing or a curse for musicians?www.musicinafrica.net
Technological advancements in the past 20 years or so have greatly altered the way we consume music. The Internet, probably the single most important invention of the 20th century, has been responsible for drastically changing how we listen to music. But despite its proclivity to simplify millions of tasks for everyday users, the Internet has been a double-edged sword for

Increased 'aiWARE'-ness For This AM/FM Owner
Increased 'aiWARE'-ness For This AM/FM Ownerwww.rbr.com
One of the biggest radio broadcasting companies in the U.S. is getting a real-time advertising intelligence and insights boost. It’s thanks to an expanded

Looking Back On 15 Years Of Bandzoogle
Looking Back On 15 Years Of Bandzooglewww.hypebot.com

Bandzoogle is celebrating 15 years, a lifetime in both in music and tech. The website and marketing platform continues to thrive by providing a product that every musician needs, constantly improving it and charging a fair price.

Guess Which Chinese Streaming Music Service Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users?
Guess Which Chinese Streaming Music Service Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users?www.digitalmusicnews.com
Looks like Chinese mobile giant Huawei has been quietly amassing a serious music-focused user base. But how many are paying?