Issue #241: Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?; Should Spotify Try to Become the ‘Netflix Of Music’?

Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?
Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?watt.cashmusic.org

Can a single company really break down the complexities of royalties and rights ownership and take an idea this involved to a mainstream audience of millions? I gotta admit: I’m a little skeptical here.

Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?
Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?www.billboard.com
Spotify and Netflix have plenty in common, but should the music streaming giant try to follow the same path that led the video on-demand service to profitability? The reality is much more complicated.

Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone
Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malonewww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Friday the launch of Who We Be, taking place Nov. 30 at London’s Alexandra Palace and featuring hip-hop and grime artists Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus and Stefflon Don.

iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bush
iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bushwww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia has announced the launch of the seven-podcast Nashville Podcast Network, established by syndicated morning show host Bobby Bones, during their presentation at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Upfront in New York on Thursday.

Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?
Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?musicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Western appetite for the Chinese market has long been based upon accessing the 1.4 billion consumers. This has in turn impacted valuations of Chinese companies, particularly when eager western investors are involved.

Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choice
Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choicewww.patentlyapple.com
A new study published this week shows that Gen Z (18-24) and Millenials (25-34) choose Apple iPhones and Apple Music’s paid audio subscription services.

Music streaming figures in France show the world is changing
Music streaming figures in France show the world is changingwww.rudebaguette.com
The rise in music streaming earnings is a clear sign Millenials are now taking over. The paradigm shift is major.

Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browser
Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browserwww.engadget.com
If you use Safari to stream Spotify tunes, you’re going to need a plan B. Listeners have discovered that Spotify’s web player no longer works with Safari.

Musiconomi, Jaxx Announce Partnership

Musiconomi, the blockchain-based music ecosystem, today announced that Jaxx, the leading multi-asset digital wallet, as its official wallet partner.

Following the pre-sale for Musicionomi (MCI) tokens due to commence August 29, 2017 and public crowdsale starting August 31, Jaxx will integrate Musiconomi’s Ethereum-based token into its platform. The integration will let supporters send and receive MCI tokens and manage their own keys via Jaxx’s easy-to-use app.

“Musiconomi is delighted to announce the pre-eminent Ethereum wallet as its official partner,” Musiconomi cofounder and CTO Dan Phifer said. “We are excited to offer Jaxx’s intuitive, secure, and compelling user experience across multiple platforms to our supporters. Jaxx has a tremendous network of partnerships and we see this as an opportunity to engage with them and add value in a way that will also benefit users of the Musiconomi platform.”

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Issue #229: A New Wave of Streaming Services is Putting Musicians Back in Control; Spotify, Blockchain and the Future

A new wave of streaming services is putting musicians back in control
A new wave of streaming services is putting musicians back in controlwww.wired.co.uk

New services Resonate, Mediachain Labs and Boiler room are using digital advances in technology to help underground musicians find their audience.

Spotify, Blockchain and the Future
Spotify, Blockchain and the Futureattentionecono.me
Why Spotify is better positioned to put music rights on the blockchain than everybody else.

Sony Music Becomes First Major to Use Dubset's Rights Management Platform
Sony Music Becomes First Major to Use Dubset's Rights Management Platformwww.billboard.com
Sony Music is the first major label to partner with Dubset to use their MixBANK Rights Management Platform.

Spotify launches its services in Thailand
Spotify launches its services in Thailandbusinessreviewasia.com
​​​​​​​Spotify’s latest move into Thailand signals its growing presence in the Asia market

What Would a Healthy Music Streaming Business Look Like?
What Would a Healthy Music Streaming Business Look Like?25iq.com
SoundCloud was just recapitalized by investors in a dramatic down round after announcing that the company had only enough cash to last into the fourth quarter. Pandora just agreed to terms on a new investment that was also a down round and which resulted in a new controlling investor.

Apple: Is The Real Target Spotify?
Apple: Is The Real Target Spotify?seekingalpha.com

Tech giant planning $1 billion content investment. One analyst thinks this isn’t an initial move against Netflix. Can Apple shift the streaming music wars in its favor?

Musicians turn to boutique licensing firms to get their songs in TV shows, movies and on streaming sites
Musicians turn to boutique licensing firms to get their songs in TV shows, movies and on streaming sites www.latimes.com

Boutique licensing firms help independent musicians get songs in TV shows, movies and on streaming sites.

Here's what a homegrown beer brand and music streaming app have in common
Here's what a homegrown beer brand and music streaming app have in commonbrandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Bira 91’s team of specialists and Saavn’s editorial team are curating playlists that you can bop your head to, on the all new Bira ‘Hip Hop Channel’

Monster Builds In Voice Control To Its Headphones With MonsterTalk
Monster Builds In Voice Control To Its Headphones With MonsterTalkwww.twice.com
Monster said voice-activated versions of its Elements, Clarity HD and iSport Freedom V2 Bluetooth headphones will become available later this month as part of its new MonsterkTalk sub-brand.

'The digital revolution has strengthened many labels - especially in the independent sector'
'The digital revolution has strengthened many labels – especially in the independent sector'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

If recent major label acquisitions are anything to go by, the label services and distribution market is gaining in vitality.

This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist
This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlistwww.fastcompany.com

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves.

Issue #226: How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internet; Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services

How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internet
How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internetwww.theringer.com
With intimate, exclusive performances from the likes of Chance the Rapper and Adele, the live music series has an entire industry chasing a ‘pivot to video.’ But it won’t be easy to replicate.

Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services to Give Artists a Fair Deal
Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services to Give Artists a Fair Dealtheconversation.com
Music streaming services are hard to beat. With millions of users – Spotify alone had 60m by July 2017, and is forecast to add another 10m by the end of the year – paying to access a catalogue of more than 30m songs, any initial concerns seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Five ways blockchain tech is going to rock the music and movie industries
Five ways blockchain tech is going to rock the music and movie industriesthenextweb.com

Business models are now again ripe for disruption, in terms of the sharing model and the business model. We are still far from perfect in terms of distribution, access, and profitability for content creators. But we are getting there with some help from tech.

Discogs moves to improve platform by blocking the sale of unofficial releases
Discogs moves to improve platform by blocking the sale of unofficial releases mixmag.net
“We must protect our buyers and sellers”

How to Get More Followers On Spotify
How to Get More Followers On Spotify blog.symphonicdistribution.com
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming sites there is and it’s a great way to promote your music. Here some ways to get more followers.

Is SoundCloud good for musicians?
Is SoundCloud good for musicians?qz.com

Since its inception, SoundCloud was a popular home for outlaw music on the web—DJ sets, remixes, mashups, underground hip hop mixtapes, and sound collages. The kind of music that can’t be sold or broadcast anywhere else due to binding copyright rules.

Lyor Cohen on YouTube's Relationship With the Music Industry
Lyor Cohen on YouTube’s Relationship With the Music Industrywww.billboard.com
YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen penned a letter on the company’s blog detailing his thoughts on YouTube’s relationship with the music industry.

How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versa
How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versamedium.com
In fewer than three years, the smart speaker has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner. Along the way, this device has brought artificial intelligence and voice commands into millions of American…

BMG launches royalties app co-designed by songwriters
BMG launches royalties app co-designed by songwriterswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The app was engineered by BMG’s technology team in consultation with a team of songwriter clients including Grammy-nominated songwriter Jenn Decilveo (‘Rise Up’), Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart (pictured), and Broadway composer Maury Yeston.

 

Issue #225: How Spotify Playlists Create Hits; Electric Jukebox Debuts New Music Service; Can Hi-Res Music Hit the Right Note?

How Spotify Playlists Create Hits
How Spotify Playlists Create Hitswww.rollingstone.com
Read how Spotify’s playlists are influencing the pop ecosystem by creating hits and breaking new artists.

Electric Jukebox launches new music service for all the family
Electric Jukebox launches new music service for all the familywww.completemusicupdate.com

The founder of MusicStation, Rara and Electric Jukebox has another new digital music service for you all.

Tuning Up: Tackling the Ever-Growing Complexity of Music Rights
Tuning Up: Tackling the Ever-Growing Complexity of Music Rightsrightstech.com

The fragmented and often opaque ownership of musical works and sound recordings has confounded industry participants and would-be licensees for decades.

SiriusXM Launches 1990s/2000s Rock Stations Turbo, PopRocks
SiriusXM Launches 1990s/2000s Rock Stations Turbo, PopRockswww.billboard.com
PopRocks specializes in ’90s/’00s pop rock, while Turbo reps hard rock from the ’90s and early ’00s.

Spotify Removes Hate Music as Streaming Companies Struggle to Police Their Tunes
Spotify Removes Hate Music as Streaming Companies Struggle to Police Their Tuneswww.billboard.com
Spotify says it has removed an array of white-supremacist acts from its streaming service that had been flagged as racist “hate bands” by the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago.

How home speakers have adapted as more people turn to streaming music
How home speakers have adapted as more people turn to streaming musicwww.washingtonpost.com
The newest models are wireless and can be controlled from any room in the house.

Power of Personality Drives Podcast Migration
Power of Personality Drives Podcast Migrationwww.mediavillage.com
A recent Netflix original film, The Incredible Jessica James, features actress/comedienne Jessica Williams, co-host of the popular WNYC podcast 2 Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson.

The music industry uses your social data to predict it’s next big artists
The music industry uses your social data to predict it’s next big artiststhenextweb.com

Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music.

The Music Industry Guide to Blockchain
The Music Industry Guide to Blockchainblog.paperchain.io
There’s a lot of discussion in the music industry right now around transparency and rights management. This is in tandem with a discussion on how this would be implemented, and at the moment that…

Can hi-res music hit the right note?
Can hi-res music hit the right note?www.bbc.com
Why hi-resolution sites are music to the ears of fans who want the best possible sound.

Elvis Presley’s Most-Streamed Songs on YouTube, Pandora, Spotify
Elvis Presley’s Most-Streamed Songs on YouTube, Pandora, Spotifyvariety.com
Variety has received lists of Elvis Presley’s most-streamed songs — and where in the world he’s most popular — from YouTube, Spotify and Pandora.

Issue #224: Revolutionizing Digital Music Through Blockchain; What Exactly Is Stream-Ripping?; The Streaming Services We’ve Lost

Revolutionizing Digital Music Through Blockchain
Revolutionizing Digital Music Through Blockchainwww.huffingtonpost.com
In the old days, kids who wanted the newest albums had to get on a bike and ride to the record store to find them.

These Are The Streaming Music Services The World Has Already Lost
These Are The Streaming Music Services The World Has Already Lostwww.forbes.com
Streaming music is an incredibly difficult business to be in, and most competitors simply can’t survive.

With Most Music Being Offered For Free, Why Is Piracy Still Growing?
With Most Music Being Offered For Free, Why Is Piracy Still Growing?www.forbes.com
There are a number of reasons why some people are stealing music, but none of them justify the action.

Blockchain can make Soundcloud a Revolutionary Music Label
Blockchain can make Soundcloud a Revolutionary Music Labelmedium.com
The world is full of extraordinary songs by artists with no fans, labels or money behind them. These songs go nowhere because exposure to audiences is carefully controlled by companies who seek to…

What Exactly Is Stream-Ripping, The New Way People Are Stealing Music
What Exactly Is Stream-Ripping, The New Way People Are Stealing Musicwww.forbes.com
The music industry experienced one of the rockiest transitions into the digital age of almost any business over 15 years ago, as it didn’t lead the charge. The biggest companies working in music were more than happy to continue to allow people to purchase albums and CD singles, overlooking the potential that the internet could…

Facebook Messenger now makes Spotify suggestions based on your conversations
Facebook Messenger now makes Spotify suggestions based on your conversationswww.theverge.com
Facebook Messenger’s intelligent assistant M now delivers Spotify suggestions when music is brought up in conversation. The prompts are triggered by a variety of phrases and specific words. For…

Streaming makes full albums less necessary, muse Muse
Streaming makes full albums less necessary, muse Musewww.completemusicupdate.com

The way that the shift to streaming is changing patterns in music consumption is putting Muse off making a new album. So, you know, there’s always a silver lining.

Will radio kill the internet star?
Will radio kill the internet star?www.thedrum.com
It was the fall of 1999, and I was in a dormitory room on the top floor of Boston University’s French House – the building where I lived during most of university except during a later summer journalism internship in London in 2001.

The iPod's legacy: How Apple's music player reshuffled its future
The iPod's legacy: How Apple's music player reshuffled its futurewww.zdnet.com
The iPod served as a bridge between Apple as a PC maker mounting a comeback to purveyor of the world’s strongest ecosystem spanning hardware, software and services.

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on Streaming
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on Streamingvariety.com
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich talked about streaming services, “Hardwired” going platinum, and being knighted in Denmark.

Issue #222: Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?; SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue

Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?
Might Disney Add Music To Its New Streaming Service?www.billboard.com
Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger rocked the entertainment world – and Netflix’s stock – this week when he announced plans to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services. Might music also be added to the mix?

SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljung
SoundCloud Accepts $170 Million Rescue, Taps New CEO to Replace Alex Ljungwww.billboard.com
The SoundCloud death watch has ended. The struggling digital music service today secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.

Pandora’s Inflexion Point
Pandora’s Inflexion Pointwww.thembj.org

If Pandora can find a way to return to its roots, i.e. to place emphasis back on passive listening in the US market and win back the casual music listener as a viable source of music consumption, it could turn things around

Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Is Uniting Tech And Music With MIXhalo
Incubus Guitarist Mike Einziger Is Uniting Tech And Music With MIXhalowww.forbes.com
Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger has assembled an elite list of investors and advisers from music and tech for MIXhalo, a new app that allows fans to listen to a concert from the sound board through their phone.

Understanding Music and Blockchain Without the Hype
Understanding Music and Blockchain Without the Hypethetrichordist.com

Two years ago, this month, I wrote an article here called “Understanding Music and Blockchain Without The Hype”. As with any nascent technology that shows a great deal of promise, there’s generally a tremendous amount of hyperbole as to what’s possible.

TuneIn Raises $50 Million to Prove Online Audio Can Make Money
TuneIn Raises $50 Million to Prove Online Audio Can Make Moneywww.bloomberg.com
TuneIn Inc., the online radio company, has raised $50 million to fund its growing portfolio of programming for a paid service that rivals Sirius XM Holdings Inc., the dominant player in satellite radio.

Neil Finn talks livestreams, technology and streaming economics
Neil Finn talks livestreams, technology and streaming economicsmusically.com
As a founding member of both Split Enz and Crowded House, Neil Finn is New Zealand’s most successful musical export, and a multi-award-winning songwriter.

What would it take to get you to sign up for a new streaming service?
What would it take to get you to sign up for a new streaming service?www.theverge.com

With Disney promising a new one, and small services like SeeSo struggling, The Verge staff considers what models work for us.

How to Sell Music Online
How to Sell Music Onlineblog.symphonicdistribution.com
Streaming sites, like Spotify and Pandora, may be hard to distribute your music to nowadays, so here are some easy ways to sell your music online.

Dwight Yoakam to Perform Special Concert in the Hamptons for SiriusXM
Dwight Yoakam to Perform Special Concert in the Hamptons for SiriusXMplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced that GRAMMY Award-winning entertainment icon Dwight Yoakam will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Wednesday, August 30 at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY.

Amazon hunts 230 staff Down Under; eyes music streaming market
Amazon hunts 230 staff Down Under; eyes music streaming marketwww.adnews.com.au

It could be a prime time to leave your job as online retail powerhouse Amazon is hunting nearly 240 staff in Australia. From marketing managers and data scientists it’s ramping up.

How to Set Up Your Own Spotify Rival to Stream Music for Free
How to Set Up Your Own Spotify Rival to Stream Music for Freem.gadgets.ndtv.com
If you’ve got music that’s not available anywhere, you can create your own music streaming platform, for easy access.

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