Issue 663: Amazon Takes Direct Aim at Jay-Z’s Tidal; Techstars’ 2019 Class of Music Startups Offers Look at Industry’s Future

Amazon Takes Direct Aim At Jay-Z's Tidal
Amazon Takes Direct Aim At Jay-Z's Tidalwww.forbes.com
Amazon wants to offer a high fidelity service, which has been Tidal’s claim to fame. In a streaming industry that Goldman Sachs forecasts will reach $80 billion by 2030, does Tidal have enough in its arsenal to fend off Amazon?

Techstars' 2019 Class of Music Startups Offers Startling Vision of the Industry's Future
Techstars' 2019 Class of Music Startups Offers Startling Vision of the Industry's Futurewww.billboard.com

Nine music-technology companies presented their creations at TechStars Music’s third annual Demo Day, the culmination of a three-month, mentorship-driven startup program held at NeueHouse Hollywood.

PledgeMusic Sale Falls Through, Bankruptcy Imminent
PledgeMusic Sale Falls Through, Bankruptcy Imminentvariety.com
A planned sale of troubled direct-to-fan music marketplace PledgeMusic has fallen through and the company will go into bankruptcy soon.

Spotify Is Quietly Becoming the Netflix of Audio. Here's Why Every Entrepreneur Should Pay Attention
Spotify Is Quietly Becoming the Netflix of Audio. Here's Why Every Entrepreneur Should Pay Attentionwww.inc.com
Many people know Spotify as a music company, but soon it’ll be something else. Spotify buying their 3rd podcast company is a sign of what’s coming.

YouTube Coachella Views Jump 90% A Live Concert Streaming Comes Of Age
YouTube Coachella Views Jump 90% A Live Concert Streaming Comes Of Agewww.hypebot.com

Here’s a stat for the many who doubted that mainstream fans would ever want to watch a concert live on their computer or phone: YouTube’s live stream of Coachella’s first weekend logged 82 million live views – an increase of 90% compared to 2018.

Music groups launch interactive website to showcase economic and cultural impact of music in the US
Music groups launch interactive website to showcase economic and cultural impact of music in the USwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Website aggregates various datapoints from throughout the industry.

Consolidation Is Harming Diversity and Localism in Terrestrial Radio, According to New Report
Consolidation Is Harming Diversity and Localism in Terrestrial Radio, According to New Reportwww.billboard.com
On behalf of the musicFIRST Coalition and the Future of Music Coalition, music attorney Rachel Stilwell submitted a comment to the FCC arguing against further deregulation of radio station ownership, and analyzing a correlation between consolidation and gender bias at country radio.

Could Crypto And Blockchain Shake Up The Music Streaming Monopolies?
Could Crypto And Blockchain Shake Up The Music Streaming Monopolies?www.forbes.com
The drive of the music business intermediators is to keep as big a slice of the pie to themselves as possible. But just when they have scrambled back from years of online disruption, blockchain and cryptocurrency could turn their world upside down once more.

The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn't Kill
The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn't Killgizmodo.com

Time is moving on, as it tends to do, and iTunes—a media suite that made its debut in 2001, almost two decades ago—is potentially on Apple’s chopping block.

Why Should You Bother To Educate Audiophile Progeny?
Why Should You Bother To Educate Audiophile Progeny?audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff supports “edjumacation” for the aspirant music enthusiast…

AI, Meet AM/FM
AI, Meet AM/FMjacobsmedia.com
AI – Artificial Intelligence – now combines predicting content with storytelling. It’s a challenge and an opportunity for broadcast radio.

South Africa is one of the fastest music streaming markets in the world
South Africa is one of the fastest music streaming markets in the worldwww.channel24.co.za
South Africa is second on the list of countries with most notable streaming growth.

Spotify touts eclectic music and podcast content in a twin-pronged global campaign
Spotify touts eclectic music and podcast content in a twin-pronged global campaignwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has put its exhaustive playlist front and centre of a new global brand campaign which seeks to position the music streaming service as having the best content for any time, any place, any mood and any occasion.

Best streaming speakers and Wi-Fi music systems of 2019
Best streaming speakers and Wi-Fi music systems of 2019www.cnet.com
From Sonos to AirPlay 2, Chromecast to Polk to Onkyo to HomePod, there’s a good-sounding streaming speaker for you. Here’s how to choose.

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