Issue 556: Facebook Should Embrace Music; Is Streaming Hurting Canada’s Music Scene?; Deezer Partners with Triton Digital

Facebook Could Get Its Groove Back By Embracing Music

Facebook is facing a series of problems that have plagued its stock, including declining user growth, less engagement, and headline and regulatory risk. What can it do to breath new life into its business? Focus on music.

With Amazon Echo Deal, Apple Music Is At A Crossroads
The first killer app for smart speakers turns out to be table radios for the digital age. As smart speakers go mainstream, the walls between the tech giants’ walled gardens are starting to come down.

Is streaming hurting Canada’s music scene?
Is streaming hurting Canada’s music scene?toronto.citynews.ca
There is a growing concern among Canadian musicians that streaming services do not pay them fairly — and independent artists are struggling as a result.

Your local coffee shop may start streaming Apple Music soon
Your local coffee shop may start streaming Apple Music soonbgr.com

Ben Thompson, the tech analyst behind the influential and widely read Stratechery blog, published a kind of mea culpa a few days ago in which he pretty much did an about-face in regards to Apple Music.

United Airlines and the myth of 'ad-free' in paid music streaming
United Airlines and the myth of 'ad-free' in paid music streamingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Last month, I received what was arguably an unsolicited native advertisement in one of my algorithmic playlists on Spotify – even though I pay $9.99/month for an ad-free experience on the platform.

Longform Editions uses slow music to combat the streaming slog
Longform Editions uses slow music to combat the streaming slogwww.factmag.com
An interview with Andrew Khedoori, the founder of Longform Editions, who are bringing something like slow music to Bandcamp.

Hip-Hop Dominates, But Rock & Country Score: The Year in Streaming Charts
Hip-Hop Dominates, But Rock & Country Score: The Year in Streaming Chartswww.billboard.com
If you need any proof of hip-hop’s streaming dominance, look no further than Billboard’s year-end Streaming Songs Artists chart for 2018.

Deezer partners with Triton Digital 'to deliver more value' for advertisers
Deezer partners with Triton Digital 'to deliver more value' for advertiserswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Deezer wants to ‘deliver more value’ to brands looking to advertise on its streaming service.

It's Been One Hell of a Year for Texas Music
It's Been One Hell of a Year for Texas Musicwww.texasmonthly.com
Kacey Musgraves, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Khalid, Maren Morris, and more have topped Apple’s charts—and are collecting accolades.

Kenyan streaming service set to conquer African continent
Kenyan streaming service set to conquer African continentwww.howwemadeitinafrica.com

Online content consumption, both of music and videos, has propelled the entertainment industry into new territory in various African markets.

Apple Music poised to get native Android tablet interface
Apple Music poised to get native Android tablet interfaceappleinsider.com
A native tablet interface and other significant UI changes for Apple Music on Android are now in beta, as Apple works to keep the client up to par with the iOS version.

Pandora Reveals 2018's Top Spinning Latin Artists
Pandora Reveals 2018's Top Spinning Latin Artistswww.billboard.com
The top spinning Latin artist chart is determined on how many times a song was streamed by Pandora’s users.

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Jeff loves music. He also loves band t-shirts, which has become something of an obsession. There's a vintage Roxy Music t-shirt on eBay for $299 he is absolutely going to get when he starts making the big bucks.