Amazon Canada Launches Prime Music

Amazon Canada today announces the launch of Prime Music, making it possible for all Amazon Prime members in Canada to listen to more than one million songs, on-demand by chart-topping artists, along with hundreds of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations.

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Issue #288: Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!; Deezer Unveils Desktop App; Warner Music Signs Deal with Mdundo

Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!
Spotify Relaunches ¡Viva Latino!www.billboard.com
Spotify is bringing fans that much closer to Latin music’s megastars.

Pandora adds Sonos control to its mobile apps
Pandora adds Sonos control to its mobile appswww.theverge.com

Starting today, you can control your Sonos speakers through Pandora’s mobile app. Users will be able to select rooms, group and ungroup speakers, and control the volume all from the Pandora app.

Deezer Dangles HiFi Trial for Early Adopters of New Desktop App
Deezer Dangles HiFi Trial for Early Adopters of New Desktop Appwww.billboard.com
Paris-based music streaming service Deezer has joined rivals like Spotify and Tidal in launching its very own desktop application.

Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With African Streaming Service Mdundo
Warner Music Group Signs Licensing Deal With African Streaming Service Mdundowww.billboard.com
Warner Music Group moves further into Africa with a new licensing deal with streaming service Mdundo.

The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributor
The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributorblog.symphonicdistribution.com
You’ve just signed up with a digital music distributor and now you’re thinking to yourself, “what’s next?!” Check out these steps!

The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Success
The Amazing Ways Spotify Uses Big Data, AI And Machine Learning To Drive Business Successwww.forbes.com
Spotify, the largest on-demand music service in the world, has a history of pushing technological boundaries and using big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive success.

Reaping the reaped: Music streaming against the wishes of the dead
Reaping the reaped: Music streaming against the wishes of the deadgeorgiastatesignal.com
Last year we saw many legendary music artists pass away.

Listen to Taylor Swift's "Reputation"—or rather, its business lesson
Listen to Taylor Swift's "Reputation"—or rather, its business lessonqz.com
Reputation, by technical measures, is not very good. Pitchfork describes Taylor Swift’s new album as an “aggressive, lascivious display” that is ultimately “sadly conventional.”

Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal 'Fabricated' Equity Deal
Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal 'Fabricated' Equity Dealwww.billboard.com
Does JAY-Z’s Tidal have proper authority to stream over 500 Prince songs? Yes, says Roc Nation, saying Tidal got a license both in writing and orally to be the first streaming outlet to distribute many of the iconic musician’s albums.

Amazon Music app adds Chromecast support
Amazon Music app adds Chromecast supportwww.androidpolice.com
Amazon and Google’s relationship over the past few years has been nothing short of an epic love-war popcorn-worthy chess battle. Amazon removes Chromecasts… by Rita El Khoury in Amazon, Applications, News

Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Before
Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Beforewww.hypebot.com
Streaming is driving more music listening than ever before, according to stats crunched by Statista for Business Insider. Total music listening hours have increased during the past few years with streaming music subscribers listening to 4 hours more per week than non-streamers.

Issue #287: Will Piracy Increase b/c of Taylor Swift?; Björk Knows Her Technology; Streaming Killed the ‘Secret Song’

Taylor Swift Holding Out on Streaming Will Increase Piracy, Says Spotify’s Troy Carter
Taylor Swift Holding Out on Streaming Will Increase Piracy, Says Spotify’s Troy Cartervariety.com
Keeping the album off streaming will grow piracy, according Spotify’s head of artist relations.

7 times Björk used cutting-edge technology to shape her music
7 times Björk used cutting-edge technology to shape her musicwww.factmag.com

Scott Wilson looks as some of the most memorable tools Björk has used across her career, from software to virtual reality.

Streaming music killed the "secret song"
Streaming music killed the "secret song"www.avclub.com

It existed in some form or another long before 1994, but Green Day’s seminal Dookie served as many modern music fans’ first introduction to the concept of “the hidden track.

Jeremy Heiden's 'Blue Wicked' album is on nearly every audio format
Jeremy Heiden's 'Blue Wicked' album is on nearly every audio formatwww.cnet.com
Everybody streams music, so why is Jeremy Heiden releasing his music on virtually every physical music format of the past 50 years?

A “your_song_name.bc” file is these six things… and many more…
A “your_song_name.bc” file is these six things… and many more…medium.com

dot Blockchain Media or “dotBC” has built and is in the process of releasing a new way for music and media creators to securely encode their rights and their identities into their digital assets.

Spotify expands merch to beauty products
Spotify expands merch to beauty productstechcrunch.com
Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic..

How Women and Men Differ on High Performance Audio
How Women and Men Differ on High Performance Audioaudiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson looks at the perplexing lack of women in audio…

Spotify poaches Deezer's CEO of EMEA, Michael Krause
Spotify poaches Deezer's CEO of EMEA, Michael Krausewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify has named Michael Krause as Managing Director of EMEA – poaching the respected Berlin-based exec from rival Deezer. Krause was formerly Vice President, Central/Eastern Europe at Deezer, as well as CEO, EMEA.

The Kids love discs, reckons eBay
The Kids love discs, reckons eBaywww.completemusicupdate.com

While the streaming boom may be behind the record industry’s return to growth, there’s still an appetite for physical music product – whether new or second hand – and it’s not just old people buying CDs and vinyl, by the way.

Pandora's Loss Poised To Become Gain For Investor Sirius XM
Pandora's Loss Poised To Become Gain For Investor Sirius XMwww.hypebot.com

Pandora is struggling on almost every level, from monthly average users to revenue. This week Wall Street punished the streamer’s performance, more than halving its stock price in a single day.

Elvis Costello Shares New Song ‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’
Elvis Costello Shares New Song ‘You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way’www.jambase.com
Stream “You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way,” a new single from Elvis Costello from the ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ soundtrack.

Issue #286: Is Streaming Killing the Musical Author?; Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform, Debuts

Streaming Is Killing the Musical Author
Streaming Is Killing the Musical Authornoisey.vice.com
How algorithms are not only changing the way we listen, but are changing the way we write music.

Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album project
Björkcoin: what’s behind Björk’s cryptocurrency album projectdavidgerard.co.uk

The weekend’s big splash in musical blockchains was the news that indie pop star Björk is selling her forthcoming album, Utopia, for bitcoins.

Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launched
Famemix, a Rwandan Music Streaming Platform Launchedallafrica.com
A free online audio distribution platform that enables users to upload, record, promote, and share their original content: Sounds like Soundcloud, right?

Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bands
Why social media and the internet are vital for Filipino indie bandswww.scmp.com
For years the music scene in the Philippines was dominated by big labels and established stars, but the advent of sites including Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Spotify has made it possible for grass roots bands to promote themselves

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battle
Metallica's Lars Ulrich Offers Hindsight on Napster Battleloudwire.com
In a new interview, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich speaks in depth about the band’s early 2000s battle with Napster and how they could’ve handled it differently.

‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Service
‘Yeezy Sound’ Might Be Kanye West’s Music Streaming Servicewww.ubergizmo.com
It appears that Kanye West might be getting in on the music streaming game. Following a strained relationship with Jay Z’s Tidal which saw…

Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Million
Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Millionwww.bloomberg.com
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the company behind giant Chinese media startup Jinri Toutiao, has acquired buzzy teen social video app Musical.ly for about $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotify
Taylor Swift Gives In, a Little, to Spotifywww.vanityfair.com
After its release on November 10, fans will only have to wait a week to stream Reputation.


Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices

Saavn uses the Alexa kit to stream music on Amazon Echo Devices
www.thehindubusinessline.com

Online audio and music streaming platform Saavn has teamed up with Amazon for its Alex

Five key developments in piracy and copyright protection
Five key developments in piracy and copyright protectionwww.completemusicupdate.com

Here’s a quick summary of the last year in music piracy and copyright enforcement in five steps.

Issue #285: How Mobile Apps Drive the Music Industry; Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Stars

How Mobile Apps Drive the Music Industry
How Mobile Apps Drive the Music Industrywww.itproportal.com
The music industry must take advantage of mobile-first strategies to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Million
Chinese Media Giant to Buy Karaoke App Musical.ly for $800 Millionwww.bloomberg.com
Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the company behind giant Chinese media startup Jinri Toutiao, has acquired buzzy teen social video app Musical.ly for about $800 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Deezer Wants To Expand Your Catalog on Cheddar
Deezer Wants To Expand Your Catalog on Cheddarcheddar.com
While Apple Music and Spotify focus on the latest and greatest in mainstream music, Deezer CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht says his company focuses on curating a locally-sourced music library.

Buy Taylor Swift's "Reputation" on CD. She demands it.
Buy Taylor Swift's "Reputation" on CD. She demands it.qz.com
Increasingly unloved and abandoned in the age of instant music streaming, the compact disc has been dying a miserable death. Taylor Swift, of all people, is here to bring it back.

Spotify and Deezer among platforms to join new Digital Music Europe alliance
Spotify and Deezer among platforms to join new Digital Music Europe alliancewww.musicweek.com
DME will showcase and promote the success of the European digital music industry.

Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Stars
Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Starswww.rollingstone.com
How streaming platforms like Spotify and Pandora are helping predict the next generation of country stars.

SiriusXM Posts Earnings of $183 Million Third Quarter
SiriusXM Posts Earnings of $183 Million Third Quarterwww.billboard.com
Liberty Media, the company controlled by billionaire mogul and chairman John Malone that houses such assets as satellite radio company SiriusXM Radio, the Atlanta Braves baseball club and the Formula One racing circuit, on Thursday reported its third-quarter financials.

Pandora’s Loss Is Sirius XM’s Gain
Pandora’s Loss Is Sirius XM’s Gainmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Pandora is in trouble, as explained by the consistently excellent Tim Ingham at Music Business Worldwide, after losing a billion dollars over the last four years and monthly active users (MAU) fell to 73.7 million – its lowest point since Q1 2014. Regular readers will know that I’m a long-time advocate of Pandora’s model. Indeed,…

Spotify data glitch sees label playlists' follower counts fall
Spotify data glitch sees label playlists' follower counts fallmusically.com
A technical error has led to a drop in the follower counts for a number of Spotify playlists, but the streaming service says it is correcting the problem.

Streaming services helping Americans listen to more music
Streaming services helping Americans listen to more musictechaeris.com
The US streaming music market is the largest in the world, driven by Spotify’s 38 percent subscriber base. The average US music listener enjoys 35.7 hours.

The iPod Shuffle for Spotify can actually shuffle your songs now
The iPod Shuffle for Spotify can actually shuffle your songs nowwww.engadget.com
Mighty is basically an iPod Shuffle for offline Spotify playback, but when I reviewed it over the summer it was missing that namesake feature. Well, not anymore…

Issue #284: Taylor Swift is Not Streaming (for a Week); Spotify, Deezer Part of New Lobbying Group in Europe

No Streaming Taylor

This is about perception. The goal is to get as big a sales number as possible and then tout this to the somnambulant media who will eat it up, printing the facts verbatim, about Taylor’s “success,” and hopefully the public will eat it up. But will they? We live in two worlds.

The honest one of the internet, based on data, and the false one left over from the last century wherein producers and publications are in cahoots to put out pabulum, oftentimes inaccurate, in order to get you to partake. But that’s not working anymore.

Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud launch European lobbying coalition
Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud launch European lobbying coalitionmusically.com
Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud are among the founder members of a new coalition that plans to represent the European digital music industry in Brussels.

Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?
Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?www.digitalmusicnews.com
50 Cent and Björk have lined up behind cryptocurrency. AudioCoin promises to get artists paid. But, will the technology truly work?

Brands are using influencers on Musical.ly to reach teens
Brands are using influencers on Musical.ly to reach teensdigiday.com

Musical.ly, a lip-syncing app that has more than 200 million mostly teen users, is focused on user growth, but brands like Beiersdorf, Disney and Kit Kat are using influencers to crack the audience there.

CDs, Not Streaming, Send Kenny Chesney to No. 1
CDs, Not Streaming, Send Kenny Chesney to No. 1www.nytimes.com
The country star sold 205,000 CDs of “Live in No Shoes Nation” thanks to a promotion with concert tickets.

Boomplay Music wins coveted AppsAfrica Innovation Award
Boomplay Music wins coveted AppsAfrica Innovation Awardwww.ghafla.com

Africa’s fastest growing music streaming and download platform – Boomplay has been feted in the just concluded AppsAfrica Awards.

Google Assistant can ID that song for you
Google Assistant can ID that song for youwww.engadget.com
You don’t need to have a Pixel 2 to get a built-in song identifier anymore: Google has finally given Assistant the ability to compete with Shazam. Next time you…

What Promises To Transform Music Listening In The Age Of Alexa? Lyrics.
What Promises To Transform Music Listening In The Age Of Alexa? Lyrics. www.hypebot.com
We’ve come a long way since the wild west of lyrics, which are now easily searchable and provide artists with an additional source of income. Moving forward, lyrics will provide essential contextual metadata in the age of voice command.

Pandora And Nestlé Waters Turn On Audience Targeting In Connected
Pandora And Nestlé Waters Turn On Audience Targeting In Connectedwww.geomarketing.com

“Audio acts as a powerful tool to establish an emotional connection with audiences, and connected devices offer an even greater level of intimacy, particularly within the home where listeners are more receptive and their environment acts as a contextual trigger,” says Pandora’s Eric Hoppe.

Diplo on Why Streaming Hurts Taylor Swift
Diplo on Why Streaming Hurts Taylor Swiftwww.rollingstone.com
Outspoken DJ-producer Diplo discusses how he stays ahead of curve, being parodied by James Van Der Beek, a “disco” album with Mark Ronson and more

Issue #283: Country Music’s Big Streaming Problem; Deezer Launches Roku Music Streaming Channel

Country Music Has A Big Problem When It Comes To Streaming
Fans of country music arent’ flocking to streaming platforms like those of other styles of music, and that could be troublesome for the future.

Deezer launches Roku music streaming channel
Deezer launches Roku music streaming channel www.rapidtvnews.com
Music streaming company Deezer has launched a channel on the Roku platform for customers in the US, and shortly those in Latin America. Available in the Roku ch…

Is Kanye West setting up his own music streaming service?
Is Kanye West setting up his own music streaming service?www.montrosepress.com
Controversial rap star Kanye West is trying to set up his own music streaming service, according to a report.

SoundCloud has one last chance to monetize — here’s what it should do
SoundCloud has one last chance to monetize — here’s what it should dothenextweb.com

Things are looking up for SoundCloud, who have weathered a tumultuous summer.

Spotify is leaving Taylor Swift’s new music un-playlisted, while Apple Music features a few exclusives
Spotify is leaving Taylor Swift’s new music un-playlisted, while Apple Music features a few exclusiveswww.thefader.com
Will Taylor Swift’s Reputation end up on any of your favorite streaming service?

The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributor
The Next Steps After Finding a Digital Music Distributorblog.symphonicdistribution.com
You’ve just signed up with a digital music distributor and now you’re thinking to yourself, “what’s next?!” Check out these steps!

The Chris Brown problem on Spotify
The Chris Brown problem on Spotifywww.musicxtechxfuture.com
How do we deal with bad players in music when every listen translates to payment? For a few weeks in a row now, Chris Brown has appeared in my Spotify Release

Artist Visits To Streaming Services Show Why Radio Feels Old
Artist Visits To Streaming Services Show Why Radio Feels Oldmusic3point0.com
Artists now visit streaming services instead of radio stations as part of their promotional strategy.

Indie Labels Now Make Up 38% Of The Music Business
Indie Labels Now Make Up 38% Of The Music Businessmusic3point0.com
Indie labels now make up 38% of the music business and effectively have become a fourth major label.

Streaming local music now possible with Iowa City Public Library website update
Streaming local music now possible with Iowa City Public Library website updatedaily-iowan.com

Streaming local music now possible with Iowa City Public Library website update Online Edition

Las Vegas Victims Fund: SiriusXM to Live Broadcast Charity Event With Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade & More
Las Vegas Victims Fund: SiriusXM to Live Broadcast Charity Event With Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade & Morewww.billboard.com
SiriusXM will be broadcasting the Las Vegas Victims Fund Charity event at Omnia Nightclub on Tuesday. The night will consist of performances by Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade, Steve Aoki and several other star acts.

Kobalt raises $600M to buy up (and monetize) more music copyrights
Kobalt raises $600M to buy up (and monetize) more music copyrightstechcrunch.com
Kobalt, the music tech startup that has built a platform for rights holders to track incremental and full plays of music across a wide sea of platforms (in..

'Band Together Bay Area' Benefit Concert To Be Webcast Live
'Band Together Bay Area' Benefit Concert To Be Webcast Livewww.jambase.com
Watch a free live stream of Thursday’s Band Together Bay Area benefit concert and find out how to donate to fire relief.

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