Issue 670: Spotify Tests In-Car Hardware; LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures New Partnership; Pandora Launches a New Native Mac App

Spotify Tests ‘Car Thing’ Audio Adapter With Voice Control
Spotify Tests ‘Car Thing’ Audio Adapter With Voice Controlvariety.com

The company may test similar hardware with other form factors in the future.

LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures Strategic Partnership with Frank Productions
LÜM Closes Seed Round, Secures Strategic Partnership with Frank Productionsplatformandstream.com

LÜM, a Madison-based tech startup that’s working to revolutionize the way artists and fans stream and discover new music, has closed its seed round, bringing the company’s total investment to $1.2 million in less than a year.

Pandora launches a new native Mac app
Pandora launches a new native Mac apptechcrunch.com

Pandora is rolling out new desktop apps for its streaming music listeners, starting with Mac.

Sony Music Making Upgrades to Royalty Payments Portal
Sony Music Making Upgrades to Royalty Payments Portalwww.billboard.com

Sony Music Entertainment has major upgrades planned for its Sony Music Artist Portal, the label’s tool for tracking royalties and receiving payments.

Boomplay's dominance and the music streaming market in Africa
Boomplay's dominance and the music streaming market in Africatechpoint.africa
Boomplay, Africa’s fastest rising music streaming platform, recently raised $20 million in Series A funding. What does this mean for the continent’s music streaming market?

2019's Biggest Streaming Earners (So Far)
2019's Biggest Streaming Earners (So Far)www.hypebot.com

While streaming is often maligned for the reduced amount of revenue it generates for artists, those musicians at the top of the pile are pulling down far more than you might have guessed.

Adidas Originals Launches Its ‘Don’t Assume’ Collaboration with NTS Radio
Adidas Originals Launches Its ‘Don’t Assume’ Collaboration with NTS Radiowww.digitalmusicnews.com

Adidas has teamed up with NTS Radio for an exclusive series of clothing sporting the logo.

Inside Tierra Whack's Outside-the-Box Approach to Streaming
Inside Tierra Whack's Outside-the-Box Approach to Streamingwww.billboard.com
Whether pairing bite-size songs with stunning visuals or dropping a track per week, the inventive rapper is making music on her own terms — which happen to be very platform-friendly, too.

Niche is the New Mainstream
Niche is the New Mainstreammusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Fandom is fragmenting. Streaming personalization and falling radio audiences are combining to rewrite the music marketing rulebook, ushering in a whole new marketing paradigm.

Spotify-owned Soundtrap launches a podcast studio in the cloud
Spotify-owned Soundtrap launches a podcast studio in the cloudtechcrunch.com

In November 2017, Spotify picked up the online music studio Soundtrap as part of its efforts to offer more services to artists on its platform.

30 years of data shows the music industry peaked when Napster hit the scene
30 years of data shows the music industry peaked when Napster hit the scenenews.avclub.com

The music industry, like all industries, has changed a lot over the last 30 years due to advancements in technology and the advent of the internet.

Is Hi-Def Streaming a Thing? Rhapsody Packs MQA Into Its ‘Powered by Napster’ Streaming Service
Is Hi-Def Streaming a Thing? Rhapsody Packs MQA Into Its ‘Powered by Napster’ Streaming Servicewww.digitalmusicnews.com
Rhapsody’s Powered by Napster streaming service has struck a deal with MQA to offer hi-definition audio on its streaming service. Is that really a thing?

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