Issue 616: SoundCloud Debuts Discounted Student Pricing; Spotify Has 1M Users in India After One Week

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SoundCloud finally introduces discounted student pricing
SoundCloud finally introduces discounted student pricingtechcrunch.com
SoundCloud wants to make its streaming music service more affordable to a key demographic: younger users who generally spend more time listening to music, compared with their older counterparts. This morning, the company announced the launch of discounted student accounts, offering a 50 percent dis…

Spotify has 1m users in India one week after launch
Spotify has 1m users in India one week after launchmusically.com
Spotify launched in India last week, amid a controversy surrounding its licensing – and a legal injunction filed by Warner Music. How is the launch going?

Supreme Court Will Be Asked to Permit Resales of Digital Music Files
Supreme Court Will Be Asked to Permit Resales of Digital Music Fileswww.billboard.com
ReDigi is now before the U.S. Supreme Court in a legal battle over the reselling of digitized copyrighted works. The company, which attempted to launch an online marketplace for secondhand iTunes songs, has written a letter to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg requesting an extension to May 13 to file its cert petition.

Trisha Yearwood to host new show on SiriusXM’s ‘The Garth Channel’
Trisha Yearwood to host new show on SiriusXM’s ‘The Garth Channel’www.ajc.com
Trisha Yearwood to host new show on SiriusXM’s ‘The Garth Channel’

Spotify launches brand film to celebrate India launch
Spotify launches brand film to celebrate India launchwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has launched an online film celebrating India’s diverse music culture as the music streaming giant launches in India.

Kobalt Music Group is raising the biggest investment round in its history
Kobalt Music Group is raising the biggest investment round in its historywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
MBW speculates that the new funding raise could be in excess of $100m

Mixtapes That Need to Be Added to Streaming Services Next
Mixtapes That Need to Be Added to Streaming Services Nextwww.complex.com
From Dipset’s ‘The Diplomats, Vol. 1’ to Chance the Rapper’s ‘Acid Rap,’ here are 25 mixtapes we want to see added to streaming services next.

Israel and Wales get new local-focused music-streaming services
Israel and Wales get new local-focused music-streaming servicesmusically.com
Shiri is a new music app launched by the National Library of Israel, with a catalogue of more than 400k tracks by Israeli artists.

Spotify publishes diversity stats for Norwegian popular music
Spotify publishes diversity stats for Norwegian popular musicmusically.com
Of 203 songwriters behind the 50 most streamed songs of 2018, only 11,3% were women, and only one of the 83 producers behind the songs were female

South Korea had around 8.5m music subscribers at end of 2018
South Korea had around 8.5m music subscribers at end of 2018musically.com
We’ve heard a lot about the global growth of K-Pop music in 2018, thanks to BTS and the artists following in their slipstream. But in South Korea, there’s also a lot to be encouraged by in the way the digital-music business is developing.

Tangled up in Bluetooth
Tangled up in Bluetoothdarko.audio
LDAC, aptX HD or AAC? Advanced codec support matters to the Bluetooth listening experience.

Android can now wake you with YouTube Music or Pandora
Android can now wake you with YouTube Music or Pandorawww.theverge.com
Pandora and YouTube Music have been added as alarm options to the Google Clock app, Android’s default alarm clock. The functionality was added with version 6.1 of the app.