Issue 576: Blockchain and the Future of Music Distribution; Deezer Targets More Growth with Local Focus

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Blockchain and the Future of Music Distribution
Blockchain and the Future of Music Distributionwww.electronicdesign.com
The Volareo smart speaker supports open source to integrate with blockchain streaming platforms that brings freedom and fairness to the music industry.

Sony Introduces All New “360 Reality Audio” Music Experience
Sony Introduces All New “360 Reality Audio” Music Experienceplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Sony announced an all new music experience called “360 Reality Audio” that makes listeners feel as if they are immersed in sound from all directions. The new experience is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology and was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Should I distribute my music in Asia?
Should I distribute my music in Asia?routenote.com
You can distribute your music for free to all of the major streaming services in the world. This includes the incredibly popular services in Asia’s emerging markets, here’s why you shouldn’t be keeping your music from the Eastern world.

Deezer targets more growth with local focus and ‘humbleness’
Deezer targets more growth with local focus and ‘humbleness’musically.com
Music-streaming service Deezer ended 2018 with seven million subscribers: half of its 14 million monthly active users. Its CEO revealed the figure.

How YouTube’s Domination of Streaming Clips the Market’s Wings
How YouTube’s Domination of Streaming Clips the Market’s Wingsmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

The Article 13 debate that shaped so much of the latter part of 2018 will continue to play an important role throughout 2019 while European and then national legislators deliberate on the provision and the wider Digital Copyright Directive of…

SiriusXM: On The Cutting Edge Of In-Vehicle Commerce
SiriusXM: On The Cutting Edge Of In-Vehicle Commercewww.rbr.com

Has SiriusXM Satellite Radio stolen a great opportunity for digitally savvy radio companies to make a bit more money?

Fake Beyoncé, SZA Albums Reveal Streaming Fraud Problem
Fake Beyoncé, SZA Albums Reveal Streaming Fraud Problemwww.hypebot.com

Late last year, new albums by Queen Carter and Sister Solana appeared on Spotify and Apple Music. But instead of being the surprise releases by Beyonce and SZA that fans believed they were, both turned out to be illegally uploaded rough mixes and stolen tracks.

Moving to the music
Moving to the musicwww.bworldonline.com

It is a universally acknowledged truth that when January rolls in, gym membership spikes with many people trying to fulfill their “new year, new me” resolutions or to simply burn away all those holiday calories.

Vinyl lives: As streaming music grows, so too do records
Vinyl lives: As streaming music grows, so too do recordswww.post-gazette.com

The revived interest in records has led to a decade of continued growth.

Hip-Hop Dominated U.S. Streaming Last Year, But Not Physical Sales
Hip-Hop Dominated U.S. Streaming Last Year, But Not Physical Saleswww.hypebot.com

Here we look at some fascinating new data from market analyst BuzzAngle, revealing some interesting trends in America’s music consumption habits. One thing at least is clear: hip hop reigns supreme when it comes to streaming, this year accounting for a quarter of all plays.

Issue 512: Smart Contracts: Smart Enough for the Music Biz? Spotify Links Up w/ Google Maps

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Are Smart Contracts Smart Enough For The Music Industry?
Smart contracts promise to automate music rights management and cut down on legal disputes between artists, record labels, and others. But the complexity of the industry is a big challenge for adoption.

Spotify Launches Integration With Google Maps
Spotify Launches Integration With Google Mapswww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Monday (Oct. 1) that it will be integrating with Google Maps to provide music listeners as they go along their journeys.

Fan Powered Music Streaming, Gaming Hub Launches
Fan Powered Music Streaming, Gaming Hub Launcheswww.hypebot.com

Fan Powered Music has launched a free fan driven streaming service and gaming hub with a catalog of 6000+ tracks from independent musicians. The mix of music and games offers a unique way for artists to communicate with and engage fans.

  Can Airbnb Concerts and Sofar Sounds Revolutionize the Live Concert Industry?
Can Airbnb Concerts and Sofar Sounds Revolutionize the Live Concert Industry? www.thembj.org

Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, Airbnb has gone from three air mattresses and broke roommates to a company valued at more than $30 billion. Having changed the way people travel, which led to a massive revolution in the hospitality industry, Airbnb is now trying to make its move to enter the live music space.

How Does Spotify Know You So Well?
How Does Spotify Know You So Well?medium.com
This Monday — just like every Monday before it — over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them called Discover Weekly. It’s a custom mixtape of 30 songs they’ve never…

 The Independent Music Podcast Turns 200
The Independent Music Podcast Turns 200thequietus.com

Every week the Independent Music Podcast releases a show promoting adventurous independent music from almost every genre conceivable.

Gillian Welch’s ‘Everything Is Free’: The Story of a Modern Classic
Gillian Welch’s ‘Everything Is Free’: The Story of a Modern Classic www.rollingstone.com

Originally written in the Napster era, Welch’s song has been embraced this year by a new generation of artists including Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and Phoebe Bridgers.

Bittorrent Traffic Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share Thanks To Streaming Fragmentation
Bittorrent Traffic Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share Thanks To Streaming Fragmentationwww.hypebot.com
For a long time it looked as though the popularity of legal streaming services would be able to curb online piracy, but as streaming offerings continue to diversify, and more of the services continue to release their own original programming, the a la carte option of Bittorrent has seen a…

TuneCore Names Viacom's Neil Bhayas As Tech VP
TuneCore Names Viacom's Neil Bhayas As Tech VPwww.hypebot.com

TuneCore has named Neil Bhayas Vice President of Technology. He joins from Viacom, where he served as Vice President of Technology. Bhay will focus on expanding technology solutions for TuneCore artists.

What Can Blockchain Do For Music?
What Can Blockchain Do For Music?medium.com
This is the current reality for the creatives who are looking to make a living with music: it is extremely difficult to make even a modest living in the industry. Every time when someone presses the…

Music Messenger Exploring a Move to Blockchain

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Music Messenger has been working on developing a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify. What Music Messenger proposes is that users will pay for Music Messenger Tokens (MMT) or earn them by listening to ads. Their wallet will then pay out a fraction of a cent per song to stream from decentralized storage across the network, with artists receiving 90 percent — compared to roughly 50 percent on the leading streaming apps. The rest goes to compensating whomever is hosting or streaming that audio track or file.

Issue #476: Spotify’s Playlist for Global Domination; Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project Coming Soon; SoundCloud on the Blockchain?

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Spotify’s playlist for global domination
Spotify’s playlist for global dominationwww.fastcompany.com
How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.

Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the year
Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the yearwww.theverge.com
Pandora, the streaming music company, has a new focus on podcasts. Its podcast genome project is coming soon, CEO Roger Lynch says.

Musical.ly Investor Bets $17M On Internet Radio
Musical.ly Investor Bets $17M On Internet Radiowww.hypebot.com
Early investor Goldwater Capital is betting a substantial hunk of the profits it netted when ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on internet radio. Korean based Spoon Radio will recieve $17 million from Goldwater and Korean investors Softbank Ventures and KB Investment. Spoon bills itself as the first social radio mobile application. Launched…

New Study Shows Close Relationship Between Social Media & Music
New Study Shows Close Relationship Between Social Media & Musicwww.billboard.com
A new study released today (Aug. 6) found that nine out of 10 social media users do a music-related activity within the framework of an app, according to data compiled by research and analysis firm MusicWatch.

SoundCloud on the blockchain? Audius raises $5.5M to decentralize music
SoundCloud on the blockchain? Audius raises $5.5M to decentralize musictechcrunch.com

Audius wants to cut the middlemen out of music streaming so artists get paid their fair share. Coming out of stealth today led by serial entrepreneur and DJ Ranidu Lankage, Audius is building a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify or SoundCloud.

How Much Money Will That Playlist Placement Make Me?
How Much Money Will That Playlist Placement Make Me?www.hypebot.com

Accurately assessing just how much revenue you’ll be able to pull down from a playlist placement can be difficult to determine, but with some careful analysis, Chris Robley at least shows us how to make an educated guess.

Can Streaming Platforms Succeed In Music Publishing and Licensing?
Can Streaming Platforms Succeed In Music Publishing and Licensing?medium.com
Streaming platforms have irreversibly changed the music distribution landscape, now accounting for the largest growth segment in the recorded music industry. Spotify, the biggest player in this area…

Skype's new Spotify add-in lets you quickly share tunes with friends
Skype’s new Spotify add-in lets you quickly share tunes with friendswww.windowscentral.com
Skype Insiders are getting an early peek at the chat app’s latest high-profile third-party integration: Spotify.

A.R. Rahman to Host Amazon Series on Indian Music
A.R. Rahman to Host Amazon Series on Indian Musicwww.billboard.com
‘Harmony With A.R. Rahman’ marks the Oscar-winning composer’s debut as a host in a non-fiction series.

TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal
TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal platformandstream.wordpress.com

TuneIn and CUMULUS MEDIA have signed an agreement that will bring all 441 of CUMULUS MEDIA’S owned-and-operated stations across 90 U.S. markets to the TuneIn platform as well as distribution of the podcasts from Westwood One Podcast Network.

Apple Music beats Spotify to biggest day-one streaming number for Travis Scott's Astroworld
Apple Music beats Spotify to biggest day-one streaming number for Travis Scott’s Astroworldwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Travis Scott’s Astroworld is a big deal.

eMusic Building Blockchain Platform

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming, Technology

eMusic has announced a $70M token sale to build a decentralized music distribution and royalty management system. eMusic is planning a public pre-sale for its eMusic utility token (EMU) beginning in September 2018 with a token generation event (TGE) immediately following.

“For two decades, eMusic has been a champion of independent artists and their fans. However, today’s supply chain for music is broken. While streaming has made it possible for anyone to listen to virtually any song ever recorded at any time, its underlying economics are financially crippling to the most vital piece of the music ecosystem — artists,” said Tamir Koch, CEO of eMusic. “And on the other side of the supply chain, service providers are losing billions and struggling to stay alive. Most fans don’t realize that this is an unsustainable future with fewer artists and fewer providers.”

Issue #427: Blockchain Aims to Be Biggest Stage for Empowering Music Artists; Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters

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Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artists
Blockchain Aims To Be The Biggest Stage For Empowering Music Artistswww.forbes.com
In the music industry, blockchain can change how artists connect with fans. But, how can blockchain-based tokenization can help Indie-artists artists unlock new financing opportunities and strengthen bonds with their biggest, most loyal fans?

Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging
Spotify’s missing money-maker is artist-to-fan messaging techcrunch.com

Spotify could win big by following Facebook’s roadmap.

A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?
A Tidal wave of trust or dis-trust in data?medium.com
So you’ve probably been reading about Tidal the last couple of days. How a Norwegian newspaper has published a story claiming that Tidals streaming numbers don’t add up.

CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotify
CEO Roger Lynch: New family plan allows Pandora to compete with Apple Music, Spotifywww.cnbc.com
Media streaming company Pandora launches new family subscription plan “with a twist,” says CEO Roger Lynch.

Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriters
Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Business to Attract Songwriterswww.rollingstone.com
Streaming service launches global publishing business in a possible harbinger of streaming music’s future

Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead... and Spotify and Apple Music
Kanye West's new album will stream on Stationhead… and Spotify and Apple Musicwww.cnet.com
The rapper’s new album will debut Friday, June 1, at 12 a.m. ET.

Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okay
Facebook is basically worthless to professional musicians, and that’s okaymedium.com
There’s a common refrain I hear among managers, agents, artists, publicists, talent buyers, producers, and well… literally everyone else connected to music. It goes like this, “Well, Artist Name Here…

The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Service
The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube's Attempt To Launch A Music Servicewww.tubefilter.com
YouTube has made several attempts to launch a dedicated music service. Here’s a rundown of what the video site has done so far.

Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerous
Why Kendrick Lamar's Attempt to Stop Spotify's Hateful Conduct Policy Is So Dangerouswww.complex.com
As one of the most visible figures in rap, Kendrick is using his power to influence Spotify, which had previously removed the polarizing XXXTentacion from its promoted playlists for "hateful conduct."

Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in India
Streaming platforms Jio-Saavn, Hotstar lead the audio and video streaming segment in Indiawww.thedrum.com
Recently merged Indian music-streaming platforms Jio-Saavn have trumped Google to become the only audio streaming media company to make gains on app installs with 1.24% share increase during first quarter, according to a report by Jana.

Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leaders
Top Three Music Tips from Industry Leadersblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Bringing awareness to your music has always had its challenges, here are the top three music tips from industry leaders from Tinderbox Music.

Issue #425: What are We Sacrificing for Streaming?; 7digital Expands Into Live Music Wearable Technology

Blockchain, Blog, Music, Streaming

Spotify Is Booming, But What Are We Sacrificing For Streaming?
Spotify Is Booming, But What Are We Sacrificing For Streaming?www.digitaltrends.com

Spotify and streaming services like Apple Music are taking over. But are we losing something valuable as we shift to on-demand music?

7digital expands into live music wearable technology with new Peex platform
7digital expands into live music wearable technology with new Peex platformwww.musicweek.com
The b2b digital music company is also rolling out the Juke streaming music service across Europe.

What is the travel time of music?
What is the travel time of music?medium.com
We’re living in a digital world and therefore information and music travels faster than ever before. It’s never been easier to release your music and let people from all over the world listen to it…

What the Music Biz Loves About Its Future: Live Streaming
What the Music Biz Loves About Its Future: Live Streamingthebridgebk.com
At a Brooklyn conference, industry experts sing the praises of a technology that could help save the business

Pitbull believes in Blockchain
Pitbull believes in Blockchainmedium.com
It’s going down, he’s yelling… “Blockchain”? Pitbull is the latest in a stream of artists invested in how Blockchain can be used to address issues in the music industry. This month Pitbull is…

YouTube Music arrives late to the party with room for improvement
YouTube Music arrives late to the party with room for improvementwww.engadget.com
A massive number of people use YouTube not just for videos, but as a de facto music-streaming service, not unlike Spotify. YouTube is well aware of this, wh…

Tidal Desktop App Changes
Tidal Desktop App Changesaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at the newest Tidal app rebuild…

The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29th
The 2018 Clio Music Awards Deadline is June 29thplatformandstream.wordpress.com
The 2018 Clio Music Awards are open for entries prior to their final deadline of June 29th.

Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumph
Sean Parker on Napster, Spotify, and His Federal Tax Law Triumphfortune.com
The early Spotify investor Sean Parker has sat with for a Q&A with Fortune.

Pandora’s acquisition of audio adtech company AdsWizz is complete
Pandora’s acquisition of audio adtech company AdsWizz is completetechcrunch.com

Pandora this morning announced it has closed on its acquisition of AdsWizz, the digital audio ad technology company whose products will be used to upgrade the streaming service’s own ad tech capabilities in the months ahead.

Hands on with Apple HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2
Hands on with Apple HomePod stereo pairing and AirPlay 2mashable.com
As part of iOS 11.4, Apple’s finally letting users pair two HomePods together in stereo mode and stream music to multiple rooms via AirPlay 2.

Spotify Has Made A Songs Of The Summer Playlist For You To Argue Over
Spotify Has Made A Songs Of The Summer Playlist For You To Argue Overjunkee.com
If you’re trying to pre-emptively guess this year’s songs of the summer, it might be worth taking a look at Spotify’s shortlist.