The Revolution Will be Blockchained: Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music

Some technological revolutions come suddenly, others come slowly, but this one is coming in regimented ten minute updates to a distributed public ledger. Heralded as the next great step forward for the Internet, blockchain technology is already turning heads in the finance world, and is attracting major investment interest around the globe.

While much of the focus on the application of blockchain technology is centred on improving the efficiency of the financial sector, this technology has the potential to disrupt the music industry as well.

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Nielsen Launches Audio Data Management Platform

Nielsen today announced that Westwood One, America’s largest radio network, has selected Nielsen Marketing Cloud and its advanced data management platform (Nielsen DMP) to launch the first-ever audio DMP.

This ushers in an era of highly specific radio audience targeting. Advertisers can now make sharper buying decisions across Westwood One’s over-the-air radio and streaming audio channels, which reach almost a quarter of a billion listeners weekly across all U.S. media markets.

“Purchase-based marketing is now a long-awaited reality for our advertisers, and proudly a first-mover advantage for Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Radio now offers specificity of audience alongside the biggest reach in media. We are embracing Nielsen’s big data capabilities to enable our advertisers to identify and reach their best customers across every radio format we offer at an extremely high degree of accuracy.”

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New Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform Features Premium Audio Solutions

Qualcomm today introduced at its voice and music developer conference in Shenzhen, a new Qualcomm Smart Audio Platform to help manufacturers accelerate the development and commercialization of smart and networked speakers.

The flexible solution offers two Qualcomm SoC options based on APQ8009 and APQ8017, with a range of software configurations that are designed to allow OEMs to create truly optimized smart speakers across various product tiers and categories. The integrated platform brings together a unique combination of processing capability, connectivity options, voice user interfaces and premium audio technologies to help meet increasing consumer demand for comprehensively featured, highly intuitive smart speakers.

The integrated high-quality performance voice solution is designed to deliver advanced multi-mic far-field voice capability with highly responsive voice activation and beamforming technologies. The platform’s voice software also incorporates echo-cancellation, noise suppression and “barge-in” capability, supporting a reliable voice interface in loud or noisy environments even when users are far from the smart speaker.

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That’s Sooo 2000: Pandora Dumps Ticketfly Purchase, but Keeps the Integration They Could have Rented

All indications are that Pandora’s management seems to be raising cash and emerging from a latter-day Dot Bomb “money drunk.”  The latest sign is Pandora’s sale of its Ticketfly subsidiary to Eventbrite for a reported $200,000,000.  The sale comes less than two years after Pandora acquired Ticketfly for $335,000,000 in cash—a cash on cash loss of $135,000,000.

And that’s a lot of streams.  One of the problems with startups that suddenly come into the public markets with a pile of cash and inexperienced management is that they lack the cunning patience to spend it wisely and play the long game.

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Hurdl Wraps Up Techstars Music Accelerator, Closes $2.5 Million Funding Round

Hurdl, the experiential marketing company that provides a comprehensive analytics platform for collecting, analyzing and generating insights from attendee data for live events, announces the successful completion of Techstars Music accelerator program.

In addition, the company is closing out a $2.5 million seed round of funding. Strategic investors include current or previous athletes and executives across the NBA, NHL, CBS, 300 Entertainment, LaCorte Ventures, Turner Sports, CNBC, PRG, Morris Lighting and Sound, among others.

On May 18, 2017 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, Hurdl presented at Techstars Music “Demo Day,” the concluding event of the first-ever music-focused program conducted by Techstars in which only 11 companies were invited to participate out of thousands of applicants worldwide. Throughout the three-month intensive accelerator, Hurdl worked closely with mentors from Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Coca Cola, Pandora, and others, each committed to providing coaching on topics ranging from business strategy to product.

At Demo Day, Betsy McHugh, founder and CEO of Hurdl, presented to a room of invite-only investors and music business executives.

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Blockchain Could Help Musicians Make Money Again

Imogen Heap writes: As a musician, I want to encourage other artists to collaborate with my music. But recently, a visual artist had all of his Vimeo videos taken down for using just 30 seconds of one of my songs. The label that exclusively licenses one of my songs likely had a bot looking for copyright infringement that automatically took it down. I hear the artist now has them back online after a few weeks of hair loss and negotiations. I’d personally like to avoid these types of situations in the future, which means providing an easy way for others to license and collaborate with my music. A blockchain-empowered rights and payments layer could provide the means to do so.

A major pain point for creatives in the music industry — such as songwriters, producers and musicians — is that they are the first to put in any of the work, and the last to ever see any profit. They have little to no information about how their royalty payments are calculated, and don’t get access to valuable aggregate data about how and where people are listening to their music.

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VOISE, Decentralized Music Platform, Announces Radio DAO

Music platform VOISE has included a new feature to its upcoming music streaming and downloading platform. The new Radio DAO service will allow users to access a constantly streaming music service with a never-ending playlist. While they listen, then can also vote for the songs to be added and ranked on Radio DAO’s playlist.

The VOISE platform is in the process of raising funds through its ongoing crowdsale. The crowdsale involving Voisium (VSM) tokens went live on May 6, 2017, and in about ten days it has garnered over $150,000 in contributions. Investors participating in the crowdsale until May 20, 2017, stand to receive an additional 15% bonus. The crowdsale is part of VOISE’s alpha stage roadmap, which includes exciting developments lined up to follow soon after the ICO.

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