Issue 605: Apple Music Lets Subscribers Give a Free Month to a Friend; Why Spotify Isn’t Simply a Music Company

Apple Music lets subscribers give a free month to a friend
Apple Music lets subscribers give a free month to a friendmusically.com
Here’s an interesting new tactic for music-streaming marketing: Apple Music is encouraging subscribers to get their mates onto the service too.

Vivendi Jumps as Streaming Boosts Music Business Before Sale
Vivendi Jumps as Streaming Boosts Music Business Before Salewww.bloomberg.com
Vivendi SA said it will select financial advisers in the coming weeks to help with a partial sale of Universal Music Group, where surging streaming income propelled the parent company’s profits higher last year.

Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Company
Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Companywww.hypebot.com

In this piece Cherie Hu looks at how Spotify’s major investments in third party licensing deals and original podcast development are validating investor predictions and causing it to become the Netflix of audio while potentially putting its brand at risk.

Amazon Prime India Greenlights ‘Bandish Bandits’ Music Series
Amazon Prime India Greenlights ‘Bandish Bandits’ Music Seriesvariety.com
Amazon Prime continues its green-lighting spree in India, giving the go-ahead to musical drama series “Bandish Bandits”.

LyricFind expands into Southeast Asia and Middle East
LyricFind expands into Southeast Asia and Middle Eastwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The company has opened offices in Morocco and Vietnam.

Latin Artists Dominate Streaming, But Few Make Festival Lineups
Latin Artists Dominate Streaming, But Few Make Festival Lineupswww.rollingstone.com

Playing the summer festival circuit in the U.S. is a standard audience-building strategy for Anglo acts. It remains off limits to most Latin performers.

Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchor
Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchorvariety.com
Spotify paid €300 million, or about $337 million, to buy podcasting companies Gimlet Media and Anchor FM Inc., the company disclosed.

Mumford & Sons launch ‘reimagined’ songs for Amazon Music
Mumford & Sons launch ‘reimagined’ songs for Amazon Musicmusically.com
British band Mumford & Sons have become the latest artist to produce some exclusive music for Amazon Music.

Garth Brooks On His Amazon Deal and Putting Radio First: 'Country Radio is the 800-Pound Gorilla'
Garth Brooks On His Amazon Deal and Putting Radio First: 'Country Radio is the 800-Pound Gorilla'www.billboard.com
Garth Brooks and Amazon’s Steve Boom discussed their partnership during the Country Radio Seminar.

Dolly Parton's streaming figures rise thanks to Grammys performance
Dolly Parton's streaming figures rise thanks to Grammys performancetucson.com
Dolly Parton has received a boost in streaming after performing at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (10.02.19).

Interscope EVP: streaming spurs creative exploration in urban signings
Interscope EVP: streaming spurs creative exploration in urban signingsmusically.com
The current popularity of hip-hop and R&B on music-streaming services is enabling labels to sign more artists, and thus take more creative risks.

How streaming music could be harming the planet
How streaming music could be harming the planetwww.bbc.com
The plastic and packaging that comes with CDs and vinyl makes them seem worse for the environment, but the popularity of music streaming services may be polluting in other ways.

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