Issue 658: Spotify Tests Voice Ads in the U.S.; Octiive Debuts New Indie Musician’s Hub; Why Music Can’t Be Separated from Tech

Spotify tests voice-enabled ads in the US

If you’re a free user on Spotify’s streaming music service, you may hear an ad soon that asks you to respond verbally.

Octiive Launches the Ultimate Indie Musician’s Hub
Octiive Launches the Ultimate Indie Musician’s Hubplatformandstream.com

Octiive has launched a comprehensive hub for independent artists. Starting with the world’s largest independent digital distribution network, the company formerly known as MondoTunes, adds new tools and services to give indie artists everything they need to fast track getting their music careers off the ground.

Why Music Can't Be Separated From Tech
Why Music Can't Be Separated From Techwww.tunecore.com
Music and technology are continuing to evolve together. In this article, Patrick McGuire reminds artists that the time to adapt was yesterday.

As Music Radio Struggles To Survive, IHeartMedia Plans An IPO
As Music Radio Struggles To Survive, IHeartMedia Plans An IPOwww.forbes.com
Does radio matter to the music business anymore, or are streaming playlists and podcasts the thing today? A planned IPO from radio giant iHeartMedia may provide answers.

Kiss's Paul Stanley On Music Streaming Services: 'For The Most Part, It's Unfair To The Musicians'
Kiss's Paul Stanley On Music Streaming Services: 'For The Most Part, It's Unfair To The Musicians'www.blabbermouth.net
In a brand new interview with Yahoo! Finance, KISS frontman Paul Stanley was asked for his views on music-streaming services like Spotify and Apple…

So is Spotify now the inevitable next King of Podcasts? Or will it struggle, like everyone else, to get past Apple?
So is Spotify now the inevitable next King of Podcasts? Or will it struggle, like everyone else, to get past Apple?www.niemanlab.org
Plus: The U.K. wants to open up funding for independent audio, Newt Gingrich gets his own World, and a new show about being a working mother.

Next Clio Music awards submission deadline is 17 May
Next Clio Music awards submission deadline is 17 Maymusically.com
Clio Music lives as a section within the annual Clio Awards, this year celebrating the 60th-anniversary milestone and scheduled to be held on September 25th during advertising week in NYC.

Sirius XM Implements Layoffs, Realigns Staff After Pandora Acquisition
Sirius XM Implements Layoffs, Realigns Staff After Pandora Acquisitionwww.billboard.com
With a combined workforce of 4,600 employees, the cuts represent about 1% of its work force.

Machine learning is helping unsigned artists make Spotify pay
Machine learning is helping unsigned artists make Spotify paywww.wired.co.uk
Usually only artists that are already quite successful can access an advance on royalties, but Swedish startup Amuse wants to help level the playing field

Amazon Could Threaten Spotify With Free Look-Alike Streaming Service
Amazon Could Threaten Spotify With Free Look-Alike Streaming Serviceobserver.com
As Spotify’s worldwide domination is hindered by Apple Music’s popularity, another power player courtesy of Amazon is ready to enter the music streaming field.

Recent Spotify Update Breaks Lockscreen Controls for Potentially Millions of Users
Recent Spotify Update Breaks Lockscreen Controls for Potentially Millions of Userswww.digitalmusicnews.com

For the past month or so, Spotify users have remained vocal in their disappointment over a recent update on Android.

Nielsen expands its radio coverage to 500+ terrestrial and satellite stations in Canada
Nielsen expands its radio coverage to 500+ terrestrial and satellite stations in Canadawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
SOCAN extends relationship with Nielsen Music

How Big Data is Reshaping the Future of Music Industry
How Big Data is Reshaping the Future of Music Industrywww.cioreview.com

The music industry has needed a makeover for an extended period.

Spotify confirms it paid $56 million for Parcast, taking its total podcast acquisition value to $400 million
Spotify confirms it paid $56 million for Parcast, taking its total podcast acquisition value to $400 millionventurebeat.com
Spotify has confirmed that it paid $56 million for Parcast, taking its total podcast acquisition value to $400 million in 2019, so far.

Get Your Music Reposted on SoundCloud
Get Your Music Reposted on SoundCloudblog.symphonicdistribution.com

Have a new release you’re looking to push on SoundCloud?

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