Issue 651: Beyoncé’s Streaming Strategy, Explained; Canadians Continue to Adopt Streaming Music

Blog, Music, Streaming

Beyoncé's Streaming Strategy, Explained
Beyoncé's Streaming Strategy, Explainedtrapital.substack.com

A lot of people were surprised that Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary went to Netflix. After all, the 37-year-old singer is still a part-owner of Tidal, the exclusive home to Lemonade.

Spotify Removes Blood on the Dance Floor's Music for Violating Prohibited Content Guidelines
Spotify Removes Blood on the Dance Floor's Music for Violating Prohibited Content Guidelineswww.billboard.com
Spotify has removed the entire catalogue of electronic music group Blood on the Dance Floor from its platform, the company confirmed on Tuesday (April 23).

Amazon and Google Are Making Music Free — And That Could Be a Big Headache for Spotify
Amazon and Google Are Making Music Free — And That Could Be a Big Headache for Spotifywww.rollingstone.com

Why more free streaming music options on your smart speaker at home spell trouble for Spotify.

Can Radio Operators Fend Off The Streaming App Threat?
Can Radio Operators Fend Off The Streaming App Threat?www.bloombergquint.com
The cheap data boom is increasingly getting Indians hooked to their favourite music online, threatening to wean away listeners from radio.

Music's Big Players: One-Fifth of Streamers Drive Majority of Profits & Should Be a New Industry Focus
Music's Big Players: One-Fifth of Streamers Drive Majority of Profits & Should Be a New Industry Focuswww.billboard.com
Most music streaming services cost around $10 a month for millions of songs — but about one-fifth of subscribers determine the vast majority of payouts.

AI generates non-stop stream of death metal
AI generates non-stop stream of death metalwww.engadget.com
There’s a limit to the volume of death metal humans can reproduce — their fingers and vocal chords can only handle so much. Thanks to technology, however, you’…

Canadians continue to adopt streaming music, and there’s no going back
Canadians continue to adopt streaming music, and there’s no going backglobalnews.ca
It won’t be long before buying a CD will seem as quaint as picking up a new gramophone.

Why Spotify wants to be the Netflix of audio
Why Spotify wants to be the Netflix of audiowww.newsroom.co.nz
The radio industry may be in for a Netflix-style shake up.

Bring your music, not your phone with this Spotify player
Bring your music, not your phone with this Spotify playerwww.salon.com
You can listen to your tunes during a much-need social media break with the Might Vibe Spotify Offline Player

Do Remastered Records Actually Sound Better?
Do Remastered Records Actually Sound Better?gearpatrol.com
What is remastering? Do remastered records actually sound better? We asked a master engineer and music journalist to get to the bottom of it.

Focal's $3K Stellia headphones are the sound of luxury
Focal's $3K Stellia headphones are the sound of luxurywww.cnet.com
Focal doesn’t just focus on the sound quality of its flagship Stellia headphones; comfort is just as important.

Issue 650: Stop Blaming Streaming Services for the Music You Don’t Like; SiriusXM’s New $8 Plan Takes the Service Beyond the Car

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Stop Blaming Streaming Services For The Music You Don’t Like
Stop Blaming Streaming Services For The Music You Don’t Likeuproxx.com
The rise of services like Spotify and Apple Music has led to a new scapegoat for the music that draws the ire of critics.

SiriusXM’s New $8 Plan Takes the Service Beyond the Car
SiriusXM’s New $8 Plan Takes the Service Beyond the Carvariety.com
Subscribers to the new plan can listen on mobile phones and smart speakers, but not car stereos.

How One Music Startup Is Empowering Crate-Digging Producers to Sample Without the Hassle
How One Music Startup Is Empowering Crate-Digging Producers to Sample Without the Hasslewww.billboard.com
Musical-library startup Tracklib wants to empower producers big and small to dig into its digital crates — simply, legally and without a hassle.

Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Finally Joins Spotify and Apple Music
Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Finally Joins Spotify and Apple Musicwww.rollingstone.com

Three years after its release, Beyonce’s Lemonade album has been added to streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music.

Apple Is the Real Winner in Spotify’s Appeal of Songwriters’ Rate Hike
Apple Is the Real Winner in Spotify’s Appeal of Songwriters’ Rate Hikevariety.com
By sitting out the appeal against a songwriter rate hike led by Spotify, Google, SiriusXM and Amazon, Apple wins by doing nothing.

Are podcasts killing music or just wasting our time?
Are podcasts killing music or just wasting our time?www.ctpost.com

I’m about to kick a hornet’s nest – and if this were a podcast, you would now hear the crunch of a boot perforating a hive, followed by the intensifying hum of inconvenienced hornets.

DotMusic Limited wins rights to .Music domain name extension
DotMusic Limited wins rights to .Music domain name extensionwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
The expected launch for .Music is 2020

Amazon Music’s Free Tier Is More Advertising Play Than Spotify Killer, Analysts Say
Amazon Music’s Free Tier Is More Advertising Play Than Spotify Killer, Analysts Sayvariety.com
Analysts say that Amazon’s move into free streaming music is more of an advertising play than an attempt to take on Spotify and Apple Music.

Stream-Ripping: What Are YouTube, Spotify & Deezer Doing About it?
Stream-Ripping: What Are YouTube, Spotify & Deezer Doing About it?torrentfreak.com

In recent years, so-called ‘stream-ripping’ has been labeled the music industry’s most serious piracy threat. Interestingly, however, new figures suggest that the number of people engaged in the practice appears to be on the decline.

YouTube Says 2019 Coachella Week 1 Live Streams Hit Record High
YouTube Says 2019 Coachella Week 1 Live Streams Hit Record Highvariety.com
YouTube touted a record-breaking audience for its exclusive live-streaming of 2019 Coachella’s first weekend, with views up over 90%.

Spotify’s New Ad Metrics Reveal What Happens After A Click
Spotify’s New Ad Metrics Reveal What Happens After A Clickwww.hypebot.com

While Spotify’s Ad Studio feature (available to artists since 2017) has proven to be effective as a promotional tool, the behind the scenes of why was something of a mystery, at least until now.

Maybe It's Finally Time to Say Goodbye to Your CD Transport
Maybe It's Finally Time to Say Goodbye to Your CD Transportaudiophilereview.com

Jerry Del Colliano looks back at the era of the CD…

Issue 649: Streaming Killed The Gatekeepers; An iHeartMedia IPO Could Show the Future of Music Radio

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Streaming Killed The Gatekeepers
Streaming Killed The Gatekeeperslefsetz.com

Every technological revolution changes the music. The invention of the 33 1/3 vinyl album allowed the creation of “Rubber Soul” and then “Sgt. Pepper.”

An iHeartMedia IPO Could Show The Future Of Music Radio
An iHeartMedia IPO Could Show The Future Of Music Radiowww.forbes.com
An iHeartMedia IPO can provide the company with new working capital that it could use to innovate music radio.

Why Brazil's Music Industry Is Booming Again
Why Brazil's Music Industry Is Booming Againwww.billboard.com
After a decade of plummeting sales and surging piracy, the music industry in Brazil is roaring back to life, clawing its way back into music’s top markets and ranking No. 10 in terms of revenue in 2018.

Labels see Amazon Music free tier as ‘very exciting development’
Labels see Amazon Music free tier as ‘very exciting development’musically.com
Amazon’s new free music-streaming tier could launch as early as today in the US and a few other key markets, according to the latest report on the company’s plans.

YouTube Music is free on Google Home, if you don't mind ads
YouTube Music is free on Google Home, if you don't mind adswww.engadget.com
Starting today, YouTube Music is offering a free, ad-supported experience on Google Home speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers. Just navigate to…

Led Zeppelin Launches ‘History Of Led Zeppelin’ Video Series
Led Zeppelin Launches ‘History Of Led Zeppelin’ Video Serieswww.jambase.com
Watch a short film Led Zeppelin posted to their YouTube channel detailing the start of the ‘History Of Led Zeppelin.’

Reminder: the perils of marketing singles to free streamers
Reminder: the perils of marketing singles to free streamersmusically.com
If you’re directing fans to stream a new track by an artist, what happens if they’re tapping on that link on their smartphone, but are on the free tier of a service like Spotify?

How Spotify migrated everything from on-premise to Google Cloud Platform
How Spotify migrated everything from on-premise to Google Cloud Platformwww.techworld.com.au
The Swedish music streaming company has already shut down two data centres as it migrates everything to Google Cloud Platform

Avoiding Musical Paralysis
Avoiding Musical Paralysiscornellsun.com
While there’s nothing wrong with listening to familiar music to unwind, constantly challenging yourself with new artists and genres will ensure that you will never suffer musical paralysis.

Primephonic app review
Primephonic app reviewwww.techhive.com
Primephonic’s mobile app for iOS and Android delivers the best parts of its classical music service to smart devices—with one glaring omission.

Alice Merton Helps a Rock Critic Parse How a Child Discovers Music
Alice Merton Helps a Rock Critic Parse How a Child Discovers Musicwww.theringer.com
A father and writer reflects on watching his young son discover his first favorite artist

Alexa can finally control Apple Music on Sonos speakers
Alexa can finally control Apple Music on Sonos speakerswww.engadget.com
Amazon may have been a little optimistic when it said Alexa would “soon” control Apple Music on third-party speakers, but that feature is here at last. Listener…

Issue 648: Bandcamp’s Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists; Amazon Launches Free Music Streaming (Alexa Only); Spotify Opens London Research Hub

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Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists
Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artistswww.billboard.com
Sales of vinyl records on Bandcamp have grown 600 percent in the last five years, with roughly 3,500 unique vinyl albums added every month.

Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)
Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)variety.com
Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, with access only for Alexa customers in the U.S. (for now).

Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobs
Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobswww.billboard.com
Spotify has opened a new research and development hub in London — the streaming company’s first major technology centre outside of the U.S. and its home country of Sweden.

Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Time
Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Timewww.billboard.com
Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade is coming to all streaming services for the first time, Billboard can confirm.

Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Music
Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Musicmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Amazon is reportedly close to launching an ad supported streaming music offering.

Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companies
Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companieswww.tennessean.com
The Nashville Metro Council is requesting music streaming companies drop appeal on a court decision that would give songwriters a raise.

Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Content
Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Contentwww.billboard.com
The new partners will jointly develop original podcasts drawing from the major label’s music roster.

YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Market
YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Marketwww.foxbusiness.com
Spotify made a great start in India, but it could lose momentum thanks to the presence of more established services like YouTube Premium and Amazon Prime.

Inside India’s TikTok Addiction
Inside India’s TikTok Addictionwww.bloombergquint.com

TikTok, crossed 1 billion downloads last month, according to a report by analytics firm SensorTower.

Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artists
Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artistsmusically.com

British radio-promotions firm Blueprint Radio has launched a new division called Blueprint Pods, which it says will focus on matching artists “with podcasts that best meet their strategic needs”.

When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?
When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson outlines when, how long and how loudly a system might be played…

No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Services
No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Serviceswww.billboard.com
Unlike Beyonce’s past releases, Homecoming can be found on all streaming platforms from the start.

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Issue 647: IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French; SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandora; CD Baby, Audible Magic Link Up

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IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French – Platform & Stream
IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

IDAGIO is enhancing its app experience for iOS users. In addition to English and German, the app will now be available to classical music enthusiasts in French and Spanish.

SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandora
SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandoraplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced the first initiative in delivering its talk programming to Pandora’s audience. Starting now, content from select SiriusXM shows extending across entertainment, talk, comedy, music, and sports, will be available to all Pandora listeners as podcasts.

CD Baby partners with digital content identification platform Audible Magic
CD Baby partners with digital content identification platform Audible Magicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
CD Baby will use Audible Magic’s RightsRx service to identify content rights conflicts

Spotify’s promise to worried Gimlet fans: We won’t “disrupt” podcast magic
Spotify’s promise to worried Gimlet fans: We won’t “disrupt” podcast magicwww.fastcompany.com
“If you listen to Reply All, and you listen on Apple Podcasts, you can continue to listen to Reply All on Apple Podcasts,” said Gimlet’s cofounder.

Beyonce ‘Homecoming’ Live Album Is Streaming on All Major Platforms
Beyonce ‘Homecoming’ Live Album Is Streaming on All Major Platformswww.rollingstone.com

‘Homecoming: The Live Album’ is another surprise drop, but no longer an exclusive one.

Could TikTok’s new discovery program create a new revenue stream for indie artists?
Could TikTok’s new discovery program create a new revenue stream for indie artists?theindustryobserver.thebrag.com
Independent artists now have a direct line to TikTok’s 500 million monthly active users globally.

VNUE and Pro Music Rights team up on new music licensing model
VNUE and Pro Music Rights team up on new music licensing modelwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Pro Music Rights is a privately funded for-profit PRO founded by Jake P. Noch

Yamaha Brings Apple AirPlay2, New Music Streaming And Voice Control Via Free Firmware Updates
Yamaha Brings Apple AirPlay2, New Music Streaming And Voice Control Via Free Firmware Updateswww.forbes.com
Venerable Japanese audio brand is rolling out a comprehensive suite of free firmware updates for many of its products that will see support for Apple AirPlay 2, Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify and smart speaker actions.

Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government order
Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government orderventurebeat.com
Google has pulled popular video app TikTok from the Play Store in India following a local court’s order. Critics say this could set a dangerous precedent.

Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Boost It's High-Margin Ad Business To $7B/Quarter
Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Boost It's High-Margin Ad Business To $7B/Quarterwww.forbes.com
Amazon is adding rocket fuel to its ad business. And super-charging Echo and Alexa.

How loud do you like your music?
How loud do you like your music?www.cnet.com
How loud you listen to music depends on the circumstances, but there are ways that you can minimize the long-term effects on your hearing.

Issue 646: Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Drake’s US Streaming Record; ‘Anna Bolena’ to Live Stream on Mezzo, Culturebox

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Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Drake’s US streaming record
Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Drake’s US streaming recordmusically.com

Is ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X a country song? Is it not a country song? Perhaps we’ll just agree that it’s a massive hit, eh?

Olga Peretyatko’s ‘Anna Bolena’ To Live Stream On Mezzo & Culturebox
Olga Peretyatko’s ‘Anna Bolena’ To Live Stream On Mezzo & Cultureboxoperawire.com

Today (April 17), Mezzo and CultureBox will live stream a performance of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” from the Opera de Liège.

Apple Music's 'For You' Section Now Offers Theme-Based Recommendations, More Personalized Suggestions
Apple Music's 'For You' Section Now Offers Theme-Based Recommendations, More Personalized Suggestionswww.macrumors.com
Apple appears to be updating the “For You” section of Apple Music to provide Apple Music subscribers with more customized suggestions and…

Audio Is Hot (So Why Isn't Radio Partying?)
Audio Is Hot (So Why Isn't Radio Partying?)jacobsmedia.com
At the NAB Show, we saw an audio renaissance. How can broadcast radio optimize this opportunity?

Drake music: What's the secret of his 192 hits?
Drake music: What's the secret of his 192 hits?www.gq-magazine.co.uk
Drake’s music has delivered a decade of hits – 192 to be precise – so what is at the heart of his mass appeal? We re-streamed his back catalogue to find out.

SiriusXM to Launch 'The Cher Channel' This Week
SiriusXM to Launch 'The Cher Channel' This Weekwww.billboard.com

SiriusXM is officially launching its much anticipated Cher channel this week, the broadcasting company announced Tuesday.

New Audiolab 6000N Play Brings Wireless Streaming To Any Home Audio System
New Audiolab 6000N Play Brings Wireless Streaming To Any Home Audio Systemwww.forbes.com

Venerable British audio brand Audiolab has announced a brand new streamer that can bring any vintage hi-fi system into the digital age at an affordable price.

Spotify, the Decline of Playlists and the Rise of Podcasts
Spotify, the Decline of Playlists and the Rise of Podcastsmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

The following is a small excerpt from MIDiA’s forthcoming third edition of its ‘landmark State of the Streaming Nation’ report.

Data, Driven: Spotify Under Surveillance
Data, Driven: Spotify Under Surveillancethequietus.com

An academic team’s look under the hood of the music-streaming giant arrives as worries over Silicon Valley snooping go mainstream. Angus Batey surveys the bookshop backlash against Big Tech

Despite streaming’s growth, the music industry is half the size it was in 1999
Despite streaming’s growth, the music industry is half the size it was in 1999haulixdaily.com
The streaming revolution is helping the music industry recover with each passing year, but there is still a long way to go.

Sport, Spotify and the industry’s 'iTunes moment'
Sport, Spotify and the industry’s 'iTunes moment'www.sportspromedia.com

Twenty years ago digital transformed how music was created, distributed and monetised.

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