Issue 569: The Reboot of Winamp Won’t Bring Back the Joy of MP3s; Apple Music Subscribers Can Get Their Own ‘Year in Review’

Blog, Music, Streaming

The Reboot of Winamp Won’t Bring Back the Joy of MP3s
The Reboot of Winamp Won’t Bring Back the Joy of MP3spitchfork.com
There was a time when MP3s were collectibles, like bugs or baseball cards. And that time is over, my friends.

Apple Music subscribers can now get their own ‘year in review,’ too
Apple Music subscribers can now get their own ‘year in review,’ tootechcrunch.com

thanks to this app.

Experimentation is Crucial in Music's Streaming Era, but Execution is Key
Experimentation is Crucial in Music's Streaming Era, but Execution is Keydjbooth.net
Artists are reshaping the form, length, and method of releases to help their albums stick beyond their first week. We explore both the hits and misses.

How Music Companies Approached Mergers and Acquisitions in 2018
How Music Companies Approached Mergers and Acquisitions in 2018www.billboard.com
The music industry in 2018 followed Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution: the fittest companies have evolved to survive in their ecosystems.

Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classics
Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classicsthemusicuniverse.com
Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classics including Santana thanks to a sample in Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts.”

Bob Weir & Bill Kreutzmann Announce Rising Up To Paradise Webcast
Bob Weir & Bill Kreutzmann Announce Rising Up To Paradise Webcastwww.jambase.com
A webcast of The Big Swell’s performance featuring Grateful Dead band mates Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann as part of the Rising Up To Paradise event in Hawaii is available.

On Spotify, A Follow Is More Powerful Than A Pre-Save
On Spotify, A Follow Is More Powerful Than A Pre-Savewww.hypebot.com

There are many options to promote music on Spotify, and while they all have their pros and cons, some strategies are more effective than others. CD Baby’s Chris Robley illustrates why artists should focus on follows rather than pre-saves.

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.

To Avoid the Fate of Music Streaming, Podcasts Need to Validate Their Audiences
To Avoid the Fate of Music Streaming, Podcasts Need to Validate Their Audienceswww.adweek.com

The future of audio is full of exciting potential.

How Spotify and other streaming services broaden our musical horizons
How Spotify and other streaming services broaden our musical horizonswww.fastcompany.com
New research shows that streaming music subscribers listen to a more diverse array of artists—and more music in general—on digital platforms.