Issue 595: Spotify’s Model & Music’s Middle Class; SoundCloud Thinks Streaming is the Future of DJing

Blog, Music, Streaming

Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?
Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?www.theringer.com
Fans may assume the $10 they pay for a monthly streaming subscription goes to the artists they listen to most. That’s not the case. Now, a growing number of musicians and industry players want change.

SoundCloud Thinks Streaming Is the Future of DJing
SoundCloud Thinks Streaming Is the Future of DJing5mag.net
The internet wants to be in everything, including your DJ set. SoundCloud is preparing to repackage itself as a streaming service for pro DJs.

Why is SiriusXM buying Pandora in a $3.5bn deal
Why is SiriusXM buying Pandora in a $3.5bn dealwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

And what’s it going to do with a music streaming platform?

UK music retailer HMV sold to Canada's Sunrise Records
UK music retailer HMV sold to Canada's Sunrise Recordswww.cnbc.com
HMV, the music retailer that collapsed after Christmas, has been sold to the owner of Canada’s Sunrise Records in a deal that will save 100 stores and 1,487 jobs.

Frank Ocean Denies That Endless Is Coming to Streaming Platforms
Frank Ocean Denies That Endless Is Coming to Streaming Platforms pitchfork.com
Frank, responding to a report about the album’s wide streaming release: “⚡️⚡️ Fake news ⚡️⚡️”

Rhapsody makes two senior hires and 'formally' launches Powered by Napster service
Rhapsody makes two senior hires and 'formally' launches Powered by Napster servicewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Angel Gambino joins as Chief Commercial Officer and John Law as VP, Head of Product

Why Press And Radio Outlets Haven't Caught Up To Music Streaming
Why Press And Radio Outlets Haven't Caught Up To Music Streamingblog.reverbnation.com
Music streaming continues to dominate the way people listen to music. Find out why press and radio outlets haven’t caught up to music streaming.

Digital tax on tech giants will 'create a harmful legal precedent', warns Spotify boss
Digital tax on tech giants will 'create a harmful legal precedent', warns Spotify bosswww.telegraph.co.uk
Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek has pleaded with European Union policymakers to scrap a tax on digital revenues, claiming it would set a "harmful legal precedent" for companies that are not yet profitable.

This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge form
This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge formwww.theverge.com
DJ Remute’s forthcoming LP, Technoptimistic was programmed entirely using the sound chip for ‘90s game console Sega Genesis. And, it’s being released on a Sega Mega Drive cartridge.

If you're going to focus on one thing this year, make it audio branding
If you're going to focus on one thing this year, make it audio brandingadage.com
More than ever, brands must leverage audio to reach consumers. Here’s what you need to know about defining your audio branding.

Why I hatefully love Apple Music’s Android app
Why I hatefully love Apple Music’s Android appthenextweb.com

I’ve been using Apple Music since it launched nearly four years ago – even after I subsequently switched to Android devices. While I love its music library, and appreciate the curated dashboards, its Android app has frustrated me constantly.

Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State 
Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State lifehacker.com

Every morning Flow State emails subscribers a set of background music, mostly wordless, to soundtrack your work day.