Issue 611: Pandora Stories Debuts; Spotify Launches In India; iHeartMedia Makes it Easy to Create ‘Pop-Up’ Radio Stations

Pandora Stories launches, combining music and podcasting in a new format
Pandora Stories launches, combining music and podcasting in a new formattechcrunch.com
In an effort to one-up Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora this morning announced the launch of a new marketing tool for artists, called Pandora Stories. The feature allows artists to build music playlists combined with voice tracks, where they can add a narrative and deeper insights – explainin…

After Legal Challenge, Spotify Launches In India
After Legal Challenge, Spotify Launches In Indiawww.billboard.com
The popular global streaming brand has flicked the switch on its service in India, boasting a premium product priced at just INR 119 ($1.67) per month and a library of 40 million songs.

iHeartMedia will make it easy to create ‘pop-up’ radio stations
iHeartMedia will make it easy to create ‘pop-up’ radio stationswww.engadget.com
Radio giant iHeartMedia, which runs more than 850 stations throughout the US, is expanding into the world of “pop-up” broadcasting following its acquisition of…

The Orchard, Audible Magic Partner to Address Industry-wide Problem of Verifying Music Rights Ownership – Platform & Stream
The Orchard, Audible Magic Partner to Address Industry-wide Problem of Verifying Music Rights Ownership – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

Audible Magic announced two new services, Rights Audit, and Rights Rx to address the industry-wide problem of distribution conflicts between rights owners and their respective music catalogs.

Spotify and podcasts: Stuck in the middle without you
Spotify and podcasts: Stuck in the middle without youmedium.com

This raft of M&A represents an earnest push into the podcasting market by a company heretofore known as a streaming music trailblazer. Spotify is pulling no punches about its strategic ambitions in this space,

Spotify vs. Warner: What's really going on?
Spotify vs. Warner: What's really going on?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The word’s biggest digital music service angrily berated the world’s third biggest music rights company for its alleged “abusive behavior”.

When Do We Lose Interest In Discovering New Music?
When Do We Lose Interest In Discovering New Music?jacobsmedia.com

Believe it or not, I still have friends in the record label community, despite my lurid past as “The Classic Rock guy.”

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discusses podcasts and competing with tech giants
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discusses podcasts and competing with tech giantswww.cnbc.com
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discussed the company’s podcast acquisition plans and investment in original content in an interview with CNBC.

Let’s get physical: How independent artists are reinventing the physical release format
Let’s get physical: How independent artists are reinventing the physical release formatmixmag.net

We talk to the artists and labels innovating with their output.

Streaming Can Take Local Music Global, But Branko Won’t Compromise
Streaming Can Take Local Music Global, But Branko Won’t Compromisewww.rollingstone.com

Lisbon-based producer’s new Nosso album is due out on Friday.

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