Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 6

deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

Jimmy Cliff, Sarah Vaughn, Little Feat, ABC, Fine Young Cannibals, Bob Dylan, and INXS are just a few of the amazing artists featured in this week’s collection of tunes gathered up after another excellent journey across Spotify.

Fighting For Your Ears

Last week Spotify revealed it’s going to promote podcasts on its streaming service, providing yet another example of the fierce competition underway for your ears.

Indeed, between music services, audiobooks, and podcasts, the fight for listening time is only heating up. When Apple’s multimedia player, iTunes, was released in 2001, competition across these different types of audio was not as evident. When iTunes transformed into a digital multimedia store, this changed.

Originally, however, iTunes was a simple music player and Napster, an unlicensed peer-to-peer file sharing service, which allowed users to send audio files back and forth, was the closest thing to a digital music store. While Napster quickly ran afoul of U.S. copyright law, the overwhelming response to the product demonstrated enormous pent-up demand for a licensed digital audio service. Eventually iTunes emerged as not only a service for purchasing songs and managing files on music devices, but one for listening to music.

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Issue #221: How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?; Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy

How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?
How Do Songs End Up On Spotify Playlists Anyway?www.forbes.com
What does it take to get a song on a popular Spotify playlist? Money? The right record label? A good PR team?

Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy
Royalties, Investors, and the New Music Economy www.thembj.org

Record labels and publishers for decades served as the music industry’s “bank.” They provided the advances artists lived on while making new music, and also paid for services like recording, shipping, marketing and more. No longer

Samsung and Live Nation to Live Stream Coldplay's Tour in Virtual Reality
Samsung and Live Nation to Live Stream Coldplay's Tour in Virtual Realitywww.billboard.com
On Aug. 17 you can live stream Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams Tour live in Virtual Reality.

Warner Music Latest Major Label to Make More from Streaming Than from Sales
Warner Music Latest Major Label to Make More from Streaming Than from Salesajournalofmusicalthings.com

Streaming doesn’t pay? Tell that the three major labels.

How to Save TIDAL from Near-Certain Death
How to Save TIDAL from Near-Certain Deathwww.digitalmusicnews.com
What the hell is wrong with TIDAL? Here are just a few of our gripes, penned in an open letter to Richard Sanders, TIDAL’s 4th CEO in 2 years.

AT&T Teams Up with Thirty Seconds To Mars To Live Stream Concert
AT&T Teams Up with Thirty Seconds To Mars To Live Stream Concert platformandstream.com
AT&T Creator Lab has teamed up with Thirty Seconds to Mars to live stream the band’s Aug. 12 concert, and provide wireless connectivity and interactive fan experiences for their upcoming Camp Mars Music Festival. The music fest takes place Aug. 11-14 in Malibu, California.

Apple Expands Free Beats Deal To UK, European Students Buying A MacBook For School
Apple Expands Free Beats Deal To UK, European Students Buying A MacBook For Schoolwww.forbes.com
Apple has rolled out its free Beats headphones with MacBook purchase to the United Kingdom and Europe.

Podcasts are getting better faster than audiobooks are getting cheaper
Podcasts are getting better faster than audiobooks are getting cheaperwww.theverge.com

In music, movies, and television, the better produced something is, the more it usually costs. In podcasts and audiobooks, the reverse is true: the most popular free stuff all sounds expensive, and the most popular expensive stuff mostly sounds cheap.

Stream 935 Songs That Appeared in “The John Peel Festive 50” from 1976 to 2004
Stream 935 Songs That Appeared in “The John Peel Festive 50” from 1976 to 2004www.openculture.com

It was Peel’s particular talent for discovering and promoting such artists that set him apart from his peers.

HD Audio-To-Go: Its Toast-A-Riffic!
HD Audio-To-Go: Its Toast-A-Riffic!audiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff has an audiophile ah-ha moment

Weekly Playlist | New Adventures In Spotify Volume 5

deep tracks, hidden gems, classic tunes and new releases

A bounty of A+ music this week, kicking off with one of my favorite Jackson 5 tracks. Ian Fitzgerald’s “Camille” is just one of a ton of amazing songs from this artist I recently added to my favorites list. Jerry Reed, INXS, The O’Jays, Mel Torme, Pokey LaFarge, Carmen McRae, and Talking Heads are just a few of the terrific artists featured this week.

Issue #217: Amazon Music Rolling Out Activities For Alexa Users; Sirius XM To Broadcast Phish Baker’s Dozen Finale Live From The Garden

Amazon Music Rolling Out Activities For Alexa Users
Amazon Music Rolling Out Activities For Alexa Userswww.billboard.com
Amazon Music today announced it is officially rolling out “activities” via Alexa, it’s smart speaker system which will be made exclusively available to the service’s Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited listeners.

Inside the Music Publishing World's Epic Struggle to Build a Single Song Database
Inside the Music Publishing World's Epic Struggle to Build a Single Song Databasewww.billboard.com
When ASCAP and BMI announced July 26 that they had been working together for almost two years on a joint database for the more than 20 million songs they represent combined, they had thought that all sectors of the music industry would welcome the news.

DJ Jonas Blue: Streaming stats have become more important than chart-toppers
DJ Jonas Blue: Streaming stats have become more important than chart-toppers www.irishexaminer.com

British DJ Jonas Blue said streaming statistics have become more important than chart number ones for musicians as he described how modern technology has reshaped the music industry.

Sirius XM Jam On To Broadcast Phish Baker's Dozen Finale Live From The Garden
Sirius XM Jam On To Broadcast Phish Baker's Dozen Finale Live From The Gardenwww.jambase.com
Listen to Sunday’s Phish Baker’s Dozen finale live from New York City on SiriusXM’s Jam On channel.

Weav, from the Founder of Google Maps, Puts Users in Sync with Their Songs with Its 'Adaptive Music' Technology
Weav, from the Founder of Google Maps, Puts Users in Sync with Their Songs with Its 'Adaptive Music' Technologywww.pastemagazine.com
The company has developed a new music engine that allows artists to manipulate their song and adjust the tempo based on what the listener is doing.

Metallica, LeBron James, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus & More Star in New 'Carpool Karaoke' Trailer
Metallica, LeBron James, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus & More Star in New 'Carpool Karaoke' Trailerwww.billboard.com
So many stars in this teaser they barely fit in the car. Noah Cyrus, Will Smith, Metallica, Alicia Keys, Shaquille O’Neal, Seth MacFarlane, Blake Shelton, “Game of Thrones” stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner are among the big names.

A Hi-Res Digital Music Player For Just 10% Of The Price Of Big Brand Players
A Hi-Res Digital Music Player For Just 10% Of The Price Of Big Brand Playerswww.forbes.com
This superbly built little music player is certified to play Hi-Res music formats and it offers exceptional value for money. Well worth a listen and an affordable way to dip your toe into the world of Hi-Res music.

 Programmatic radio: Are you ready for it?
Programmatic radio: Are you ready for it?www.marketing-interactive.com
What are the benefits behind programmatic radio?

Amanda Cerny Named Head of LiveXLive’s New Digital Talent Division
Amanda Cerny Named Head of LiveXLive’s New Digital Talent Divisionvariety.com
LiveXLive Media is launching a new digital talent division led by internet celeb Amanda Cerny, looking to amass an army of social followers to promote its music-streaming platform.

Asian live-streaming service M17 raises $40M for expansion
Asian live-streaming service M17 raises $40M for expansiontechcrunch.com
Asian streaming company M17 Entertainment, which recently merged with Singapore-based dating startup Paktor, has closed a $40 million Series A round. This..

5 good reasons to pay for Spotify
5 good reasons to pay for Spotifywww.cnet.com
Other than removing ads.

Issue #216: Blockchain Can Make Soundcloud a Revolutionary Music Label; Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs

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…

Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs and Ended Hegemonic Loudness
Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs and Ended Hegemonic Loudnessmotherboard.vice.com
Your ears will appreciate the end of the “Loudness Wars.”

Pandora refocuses on ‘audience growth’ over subscriptions
Pandora refocuses on ‘audience growth’ over subscriptionsmusically.com
Pandora reported better-than-expected financial results for the second quarter of 2017 last night, with revenues up 10% year-on-year to $376.8m.

If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?
If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture?www.nytimes.com
The platform offered a public space with monetization as an afterthought. Now it could simply be deleted.

Music AI: A Close Look at How Gracenote Uses Artificial Intelligence
Music AI: A Close Look at How Gracenote Uses Artificial Intelligencevariety.com
Gracenote has taught computers to detect vibes and emotions to classify a catalog of 100 million sound recordings.

Benji Rogers on blockchain: 'We can’t rush this. It’s worth getting right'
Benji Rogers on blockchain: 'We can’t rush this. It’s worth getting right'musically.com
Dot Blockchain founder Benji Rogers is explaining to Music Ally one of the long-term benefits he believes blockchain technology will bring to musicians.

Sony puts new Diplo single behind streaming paywall in India
Sony puts new Diplo single behind streaming paywall in Indiawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Many predicted that 2017 would become a year where major new artist releases are regularly ‘windowed’ on pay-only tiers of streaming services.

SiriusXM Announces 2017 'Days Between' Series On Grateful Dead Channel
SiriusXM Announces 2017 'Days Between' Series On Grateful Dead Channelwww.jambase.com
The schedule for SiriusXM’s annual ‘Days Between’ tribute to Jerry Garcia has been revealed.

Skip Songs in Spotify using Custom Rules with Skipify
Skip Songs in Spotify using Custom Rules with Skipifywww.xda-developers.com
If you don’t want to hear a certain artist, album or song on Spotify, then you can use the Skipify application to automatically skip songs.

BookMyShow Acquires nFusion To Bolster Music Streaming Service Jukebox
BookMyShow Acquires nFusion To Bolster Music Streaming Service Jukeboxinc42.com
The nFusion acquisition is the fourth deal BookMyShow has struck in 2017. It is the first after music streaming service Jukebox launched.

Issue #215: Spotify Coming After Apple With New Podcast Initiative; Sirius XM Is the Piper That Gets Paid in Digital Music

Spotify Is Coming After Apple With a New Podcast Initiative
Spotify Is Coming After Apple With a New Podcast Initiativewww.bloomberg.com

Spotify  is tiptoeing into new businesses again.

Sirius XM Is the Piper That Gets Paid in Digital Music
Sirius XM Is the Piper That Gets Paid in Digital Musicwww.bloomberg.com
Adept management positions the company to take on the next challenge.

Harry Styles, Streaming Lead Sony Music to Double-Digit Q1 Gains
Harry Styles, Streaming Lead Sony Music to Double-Digit Q1 Gainsvariety.com
Sony Music is riding high in its first fiscal quarter on a combination of streaming and Styles, as in One Direction member Harry’s debut.

The Raine Group In Talks to Take Stake in SoundCloud
The Raine Group In Talks to Take Stake in SoundCloudwww.billboard.com
The Raine Group is exploring an investment in SoundCloud that could help the struggling music service survive on its own, sources tell Billboard.

Neil Finn Announces New Album Recording Livestream
Neil Finn Announces New Album Recording Livestreamwww.jambase.com
Neil Finn will livestream the recording of a new album in a single session taking place next month.

Steve Rifkind’s Music Discovery Platform WAV Partners with The Orchard
Steve Rifkind’s Music Discovery Platform WAV Partners with The Orchardvariety.com
WAV, the Los Angeles-based music discovery app and artist platform, has partnered with The Orchard for digital and physical distribution.

SoundCrowd: Tokenizing & Collectivizing Soundcloud
SoundCrowd: Tokenizing & Collectivizing Soundcloudmedium.com
I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the recent, somewhat unsurprising, news of Soundcloud’s troubles. My intention is to put these thoughts out there, but also to run a temperature check on how…

Spotify IPO: How Does a Direct Listing Work?
Spotify IPO: How Does a Direct Listing Work?fortune.com
It would be the largest ever transaction of its kind.

NextRadio Launches iOS FM Radio Streaming App
NextRadio Launches iOS FM Radio Streaming Appplatformandstream.com
NextRadio, the app with the most FM radio stations, announced today the launch of an iOS version of its free app for iPhone mobile device users. NextRadio offers the most local radio FM stations available through a single app to Apple users for the first time.

BookMyShow Acquires nFusion To Bolster Music Streaming Service Jukebox
BookMyShow Acquires nFusion To Bolster Music Streaming Service Jukeboxinc42.com
The nFusion acquisition is the fourth deal BookMyShow has struck in 2017.

Pandora Added Just 150,000 Paid Subscribers in Q2 of 2017
Pandora Added Just 150,000 Paid Subscribers in Q2 of 2017variety.com
Pandora’s premium on-demand music service seems to have lost virtually all of its momentum just months after launching to the public in March.

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