Issue 605: Apple Music Lets Subscribers Give a Free Month to a Friend; Why Spotify Isn’t Simply a Music Company

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Apple Music lets subscribers give a free month to a friend
Apple Music lets subscribers give a free month to a friendmusically.com
Here’s an interesting new tactic for music-streaming marketing: Apple Music is encouraging subscribers to get their mates onto the service too.

Vivendi Jumps as Streaming Boosts Music Business Before Sale
Vivendi Jumps as Streaming Boosts Music Business Before Salewww.bloomberg.com
Vivendi SA said it will select financial advisers in the coming weeks to help with a partial sale of Universal Music Group, where surging streaming income propelled the parent company’s profits higher last year.

Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Company
Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Companywww.hypebot.com

In this piece Cherie Hu looks at how Spotify’s major investments in third party licensing deals and original podcast development are validating investor predictions and causing it to become the Netflix of audio while potentially putting its brand at risk.

Amazon Prime India Greenlights ‘Bandish Bandits’ Music Series
Amazon Prime India Greenlights ‘Bandish Bandits’ Music Seriesvariety.com
Amazon Prime continues its green-lighting spree in India, giving the go-ahead to musical drama series “Bandish Bandits”.

LyricFind expands into Southeast Asia and Middle East
LyricFind expands into Southeast Asia and Middle Eastwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The company has opened offices in Morocco and Vietnam.

Latin Artists Dominate Streaming, But Few Make Festival Lineups
Latin Artists Dominate Streaming, But Few Make Festival Lineupswww.rollingstone.com

Playing the summer festival circuit in the U.S. is a standard audience-building strategy for Anglo acts. It remains off limits to most Latin performers.

Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchor
Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchorvariety.com
Spotify paid €300 million, or about $337 million, to buy podcasting companies Gimlet Media and Anchor FM Inc., the company disclosed.

Mumford & Sons launch ‘reimagined’ songs for Amazon Music
Mumford & Sons launch ‘reimagined’ songs for Amazon Musicmusically.com
British band Mumford & Sons have become the latest artist to produce some exclusive music for Amazon Music.

Garth Brooks On His Amazon Deal and Putting Radio First: 'Country Radio is the 800-Pound Gorilla'
Garth Brooks On His Amazon Deal and Putting Radio First: 'Country Radio is the 800-Pound Gorilla'www.billboard.com
Garth Brooks and Amazon’s Steve Boom discussed their partnership during the Country Radio Seminar.

Dolly Parton's streaming figures rise thanks to Grammys performance
Dolly Parton's streaming figures rise thanks to Grammys performancetucson.com
Dolly Parton has received a boost in streaming after performing at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (10.02.19).

Interscope EVP: streaming spurs creative exploration in urban signings
Interscope EVP: streaming spurs creative exploration in urban signingsmusically.com
The current popularity of hip-hop and R&B on music-streaming services is enabling labels to sign more artists, and thus take more creative risks.

How streaming music could be harming the planet
How streaming music could be harming the planetwww.bbc.com
The plastic and packaging that comes with CDs and vinyl makes them seem worse for the environment, but the popularity of music streaming services may be polluting in other ways.

Issue 604: Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019; Qobuz Takes on Spotify, Tidal by Banking on Sound Quality

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Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019 – Rolling Stone
Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019 – Rolling Stonewww.rollingstone.com

The company finished 2018 with its first ever quarterly operating profit but still faces a few stark challenges.

Qobuz takes on Spotify and Tidal by banking on sound quality
Qobuz takes on Spotify and Tidal by banking on sound qualitywww.cnet.com
Streaming music service Qobuz launches in the US with high-quality music streams and a unique download store.

SiriusXM radios standard on all International on-highway trucks
SiriusXM radios standard on all International on-highway truckswww.trucker.com
SiriusXM radios are now standard equipment for all International Truck’s on-highway tractors including the LoneStar, LT Series and RH Series trucks.

Beatport & DJcity Team Up to Form Beatsource for Open-Format DJs
Beatport & DJcity Team Up to Form Beatsource for Open-Format DJswww.billboard.com
Leading DJ music source Beatport and subscription-based digital DJ record pool DJcity announced on Wednesday they would be combining their resources to launch Beatsource, a new digital music retail experience for open-format DJs.

Deezer NEXT 2019 Announces Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo as US Priority Acts
Deezer NEXT 2019 Announces Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo as US Priority Actswww.billboard.com
Global music streaming service Deezer has revealed its 2019 Deezer NEXT edition, including Latin singers Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo in the roster.

How to make the most of a song or album premiere
How to make the most of a song or album premierehaulixdaily.com
With competition fiercer than ever, artists and journalists alike need to be sure their next premiere has a meaningful impact.

Symphonic Distribution launches sync licensing arm, Bodega Sync
Symphonic Distribution launches sync licensing arm, Bodega Syncwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Bodega will act as a standalone sync licensing agency

Radio Gaga: The story of in-car entertainment
Radio Gaga: The story of in-car entertainmentwww.motoringresearch.com
Adventures in Hi-Fi: from its roots in the 1920s to Apple Carplay, we chart the history of in-car entertainment

Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones
Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphonesmusically.com
Spotify’s app is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones. Apple Music, on 5%, is some way behind.

Drake's 'So Far Gone' Is Heading to Streaming Services
Drake's 'So Far Gone' Is Heading to Streaming Servicesnoisey.vice.com
The mixtape will be available on digital platforms for its 10 year anniversary.

Issue 603: Million-Plus Downloads for IDAGIO App; 7 Startups Spotify Should Buy; Universal Acquires INgrooves

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Over one million downloads for IDAGIO app
Over one million downloads for IDAGIO appwww.rhinegold.co.uk
In January 2019, streaming service for classical music IDAGIO surpassed over one million app downloads worldwide. The Berlin-based streaming serviceRead More

Seven startups Spotify should (try to) buy to better serve artists
Seven startups Spotify should (try to) buy to better serve artistswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Merch, hardware, A&R, crowd-funding and more offered by some impressive young companies

Drake Releasing ‘So Far Gone’ to Streaming Services, 10 Years Later
Drake Releasing ‘So Far Gone’ to Streaming Services, 10 Years Laterwww.rollingstone.com

Superstar rapper posted a lengthy Instagram message to announce that his breakthrough mixtape will finally get a streaming release.

Universal Music to Acquire Distributor INgrooves in Move to Strengthen Commitment to Indie Labels
Universal Music to Acquire Distributor INgrooves in Move to Strengthen Commitment to Indie Labelswww.billboard.com
Universal Music Group has agreed to acquire INgrooves, the independent distributor that it has long had a strategic alignment with in addition to holding about a 25 percent stake in that company.

iHeart Launches Podcast Recommendation Engine - Radio Ink
iHeart Launches Podcast Recommendation Engine – Radio Inkradioink.com
iHeartRadio’s new podcast recommendation engine gives listeners podcast suggestions based on their preferences and listening habits.

How Is Playlist Culture Affecting Our Listening Choices? A New York City Experiment
How Is Playlist Culture Affecting Our Listening Choices? A New York City Experimentflypaper.soundfly.com
I spent a day in Union Square, New York City, asking passersby what they’re listening to and how they discovered it, and learned a lot about myself.

The Future of In-Car Radio: Losing All Restrictions
The Future of In-Car Radio: Losing All Restrictionswww.radioworld.com
Fraunhofer IIS explores possibilities raised by intelligent audio-processing technologies

Cramer: Wake up and hear the music—Spotify is an 'incredible' buy
Cramer: Wake up and hear the music—Spotify is an 'incredible' buywww.cnbc.com
Jim Cramer says Wall Street misread Spotify’s guidance even though the music streaming platform has recently made some great acquisitions.

The Knot Inspires Couples Through the Power of Music with Spotify
The Knot Inspires Couples Through the Power of Music with Spotifyplatformandstream.com

The Knot announces the launch of the Spotify playlist “Wedding Songs by The Knot,” which will serve up musical inspiration for couples across the globe.

How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson
How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilsondjbooth.net
Singer-songwriter and producer Spree Wilson pens a guest editorial on releasing a project, or video, in the streaming era on a minimal budget.

Capcom Adds A Ton Of Game Soundtracks to Spotify
Capcom Adds A Ton Of Game Soundtracks to Spotifycomicbook.com

Many video game players enjoy the music that is part of their favorite titles.

The Knot Inspires Couples Through the Power of Music with Spotify

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The Knot announces the launch of the Spotify playlist “Wedding Songs by The Knot,” which will serve up musical inspiration for couples across the globe. The first artist to come on board in curating a powerful playlist to inspire and celebrate love is superstar Meghan Trainor; the playlist will feature all new music and insider commentary on her new EP, The Love Train.

Whether you’re currently planning a wedding or said “I do” decades ago, you can now stream music that will inspire you to fall in love all over again.

Issue 602: SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandora; Qobuz Debuts Today; ‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1M Streams

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With Merger Complete, SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandora
With Merger Complete, SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandorawww.digitaltrends.com
The merger between SiriusXM and Pandora, which has been in the works since September of 2018, is now complete. This means that 2019 will be the year that the combined entity will have to figure out how to make the most of the two audiences. Here’s how it plans to do it.

Hi-res streaming service Qobuz launches in the US today
Hi-res streaming service Qobuz launches in the US todaymusically.com
Music-streaming service Qobuz will go live in the US today: a launch that the company has been teasing for several months.

‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1 Million Streams
‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1 Million Streamsvariety.com
The official soundtrack to “Green Book” has surpassed one million streams on global music streaming platforms.

Deezer chooses Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi for ‘Next’ promo
Deezer chooses Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi for ‘Next’ promomusically.com
Deezer has announced the next swathe of artists who’ll benefit from its ‘Deezer Next’ promotion in 2019.

Spotify Spends Big On Podcasts, But Ad Revenue Has A Long Way To Go
Spotify Spends Big On Podcasts, But Ad Revenue Has A Long Way To Gowww.forbes.com
Spotify is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on podcast-related acquisitions. But the primary source of revenue in podcasting is advertising, and podcast ad revenue has a long way to go before it catches up to streaming music.

How India's Millennials, Smartphones and Spotify's Entry will Awaken the Music Industry's 'Sleeping Giant'
How India's Millennials, Smartphones and Spotify's Entry will Awaken the Music Industry's 'Sleeping Giant'www.entrepreneur.com
It is clear that every music streaming platform sees India as a golden ticket to growing tenfold. So much so, that streaming services like Spotify will likely come into the Indian market with a limited catalog with the goal of taking on market share holder Gaana.

‘Spotify Teardown’ Is the Book Spotify Didn’t Want Published
‘Spotify Teardown’ Is the Book Spotify Didn’t Want Publishedwww.rollingstone.com

Researchers behind the controversial new book into Spotify’s operations chat with Rolling Stone about their most surprising findings.

Warren Haynes & Stefani Scamardo Announce Valentine's Day Special On SiriusXM Jam On
Warren Haynes & Stefani Scamardo Announce Valentine's Day Special On SiriusXM Jam Onwww.jambase.com
The husband-and-wife pair of Stefani Scamardo and Warren Haynes will host a “Valentine’s Day Love Set” all day on February 14 via SiriusXM’s Jam On featuring Phil Lesh, Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon and more.

Why Don't We have Perfect Sound Yet?
Why Don't We have Perfect Sound Yet?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at reasons why we aren’t yet in sonic nirvana…

The album is in crisis: Streaming services, artists' preference for singles have put the format under threat
The album is in crisis: Streaming services, artists' preference for singles have put the format under threatwww.firstpost.com
Older consumers with a personal fondness for romantic balladeers and people who are buying music for their children are the only ones purchasing albums anymore. Most listeners have migrated to Youtube and audio streaming services

Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances
Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advanceswww.hypebot.com
Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish…

Issue 601: Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?; Boca Juniors Tune in with Spotify; TIDAL Lets Users Mute Artists, Tracks

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Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?
Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?www.billboard.com
SiriusXM’s $3.5 billion purchase of Pandora, finalized Feb. 1, will create a digital-radio behemoth with customized radio playlists, a contract with Howard Stern and an estimated 100 million listeners who tune in from cars, smartphones and laptops alike.

Boca Juniors tune in with Spotify
Boca Juniors tune in with Spotifywww.sportspromedia.com
Argentinian soccer giants create music playlist for fans.

TIDAL lets users mute Artists and Tracks
TIDAL lets users mute Artists and Tracks www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Tracks and artists can be blocked from appearing in My Mix and Artist and Track Radio playlists

A Music Startup Is Paying Artists For Their Future Royalties
A Music Startup Is Paying Artists For Their Future Royaltieswww.rollingstone.com

Swedish startup Amuse debuts Fast Forward, a new service that projects artists’ future earnings using machine learning.

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business
Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound businesswww.computerworld.com
Spotify began a buying spree in an apparent bid to dominate podcasting. Here’s what it knows that others don’t.

Spotify's Acquisition of Gimlet & Anchor Does to Podcasts What It Can't Afford to Do to Music
Spotify's Acquisition of Gimlet & Anchor Does to Podcasts What It Can't Afford to Do to Musicwww.billboard.com
Now Spotify can finally bring its vision of becoming a “two-sided marketplace” to life — just not for music first.

Georgia Wants to Add a Tax on Netflix, Digital Music
Georgia Wants to Add a Tax on Netflix, Digital Musicfortune.com
Legislators in the Peach State are considering a new 4% tax on digital video, books, music, and games.

¡Más volumen! Mexico City is a new capital of the digital music business
¡Más volumen! Mexico City is a new capital of the digital music businesswww.marketplace.org
Spotify says the world’s largest market for its streaming service is not NYC or London: it’s Mexico City. And this metropolis is becoming a huge hub for those who create, produce or monetize digital music.

Is Spotify Stock the Next Pandora, or the Next Netflix?
Is Spotify Stock the Next Pandora, or the Next Netflix?investorplace.com
Spotify stock has pulled back sharply amid a market sell-off and mounting risks. Is SPOT like NFLX, or will competition take it down?

Alexa gets support to stream over 350 radio stations in India
Alexa gets support to stream over 350 radio stations in Indiawww.businesstoday.in
With over 350 radio stations supported, the list includes a live broadcast of 17 All India Radio stations in 14 Indian languages.

Issue 600: How AI is Reshaping the Music Business Globally; Spotify Readies New Podcast About The Clash

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How AI is Reshaping the Music Business Globally
How AI is Reshaping the Music Business Globallywww.entrepreneur.com
The fourth industrial revolution is in full effect, and companies, particularly in the music business, need to prepare a new set of strategies if they are to adapt and take full advantage of AI’s wave of change.

Spotify gets Chuck D for eight-part podcast about The Clash
Spotify gets Chuck D for eight-part podcast about The Clashmusically.com
It was clear last week just how much welly Spotify is willing to put behind podcasts in the year ahead, with up to $500m earmarked for acquisitions of tech and content – including its deals for Gimlet Media and Anchor.

Don't bore us, get to the chorus? How streaming is changing songs
Don't bore us, get to the chorus? How streaming is changing songswww.cbc.ca
Streaming has changed the way people consume music, and it may be changing the way songs are written. Researchers and songwriters alike observe that songs that do well on streaming have shorter instrumental intros and get to the chorus faster, to hook the listener as soon as possible.

Musiio Raises $1M To Bring Spotify-Like AI To Other Music Services, Labels, Publishers
Musiio Raises $1M To Bring Spotify-Like AI To Other Music Services, Labels, Publisherswww.hypebot.com

Musiio has raised a $1 million seed round to continue development of its use of artificial intelligence (AI) which brings Spotify-like discovery and curation tools to other music services and AI driven A&R tools to labels and other music companies.

Ariana Grande’s 'Thank U, Next' Sets New Records on Apple Music
Ariana Grande’s 'Thank U, Next' Sets New Records on Apple Musicwww.billboard.com
Ariana Grande’s newest album, ‘Thank U, Next,’ has already set multiple records on Apple Music following its release on Friday (Feb. 8).

Marshmello's Virtual 'Fortnite' Concert Drove Major Streaming, Sales Gains
Marshmello's Virtual 'Fortnite' Concert Drove Major Streaming, Sales Gainswww.billboard.com
Marshmello’s digital concert inside video game Fortnite over the weekend drew upwards of 10 million virtual attendees, according to initial estimates — and the masked DJ’s virtual stint appears to be paying off in reality, too.

Spotify Trounces Apple Music in Competition for Streaming Music Service Paid Subscribers
Spotify Trounces Apple Music in Competition for Streaming Music Service Paid Subscribersfortune.com
Spotify paid subscribers are up 36% over last year. The company also announced the acquisition of Gimlet Media and Anchor.

Spotify Music Head on Muting Artists and That R. Kelly Debacle: "Our Intentions Were Good"
Spotify Music Head on Muting Artists and That R. Kelly Debacle: "Our Intentions Were Good"www.hollywoodreporter.com
Ahead of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Spotify Music Head opens up about muting artists and the power of the curated playlist.

The four types of music subscription models in 2019
The four types of music subscription models in 2019www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
What music fans are spending money on every month – and how it’s going to evolve

What's the secret to Spotify's success?
What's the secret to Spotify's success?www.rappler.com

Rappler talks to Spotify Southeast Asia’s top execs about the streaming platform’s success, Filipino music, and why love songs matter.

Israel and Wales get new local-focused music-streaming services
Israel and Wales get new local-focused music-streaming servicesmusically.com
Shiri is a new music app launched by the National Library of Israel, with a catalogue of more than 400k tracks by Israeli artists.