Issue #241: Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?; Should Spotify Try to Become the ‘Netflix Of Music’?

Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?
Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Music Streaming?watt.cashmusic.org

Can a single company really break down the complexities of royalties and rights ownership and take an idea this involved to a mainstream audience of millions? I gotta admit: I’m a little skeptical here.

Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?
Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'?www.billboard.com
Spotify and Netflix have plenty in common, but should the music streaming giant try to follow the same path that led the video on-demand service to profitability? The reality is much more complicated.

Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone
Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malonewww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Friday the launch of Who We Be, taking place Nov. 30 at London’s Alexandra Palace and featuring hip-hop and grime artists Bugzy Malone, Cardi B, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, J Hus and Stefflon Don.

iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bush
iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bushwww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia has announced the launch of the seven-podcast Nashville Podcast Network, established by syndicated morning show host Bobby Bones, during their presentation at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Upfront in New York on Thursday.

Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?
Is QQ Music Worth $10 Billion?musicindustryblog.wordpress.com
Western appetite for the Chinese market has long been based upon accessing the 1.4 billion consumers. This has in turn impacted valuations of Chinese companies, particularly when eager western investors are involved.

Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choice
Gen Z & Millennials Lead the Paid Music Streaming Revolution and Apple Music is their number one Choicewww.patentlyapple.com
A new study published this week shows that Gen Z (18-24) and Millenials (25-34) choose Apple iPhones and Apple Music’s paid audio subscription services.

Music streaming figures in France show the world is changing
Music streaming figures in France show the world is changingwww.rudebaguette.com
The rise in music streaming earnings is a clear sign Millenials are now taking over. The paradigm shift is major.

Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browser
Spotify no longer streams music in Apple's Safari web browserwww.engadget.com
If you use Safari to stream Spotify tunes, you’re going to need a plan B. Listeners have discovered that Spotify’s web player no longer works with Safari.

Musiconomi, Jaxx Announce Partnership

Musiconomi, the blockchain-based music ecosystem, today announced that Jaxx, the leading multi-asset digital wallet, as its official wallet partner.

Following the pre-sale for Musicionomi (MCI) tokens due to commence August 29, 2017 and public crowdsale starting August 31, Jaxx will integrate Musiconomi’s Ethereum-based token into its platform. The integration will let supporters send and receive MCI tokens and manage their own keys via Jaxx’s easy-to-use app.

“Musiconomi is delighted to announce the pre-eminent Ethereum wallet as its official partner,” Musiconomi cofounder and CTO Dan Phifer said. “We are excited to offer Jaxx’s intuitive, secure, and compelling user experience across multiple platforms to our supporters. Jaxx has a tremendous network of partnerships and we see this as an opportunity to engage with them and add value in a way that will also benefit users of the Musiconomi platform.”

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Issue #229: A New Wave of Streaming Services is Putting Musicians Back in Control; Spotify, Blockchain and the Future

A new wave of streaming services is putting musicians back in control
A new wave of streaming services is putting musicians back in controlwww.wired.co.uk

New services Resonate, Mediachain Labs and Boiler room are using digital advances in technology to help underground musicians find their audience.

Spotify, Blockchain and the Future
Spotify, Blockchain and the Futureattentionecono.me
Why Spotify is better positioned to put music rights on the blockchain than everybody else.

Sony Music Becomes First Major to Use Dubset's Rights Management Platform
Sony Music Becomes First Major to Use Dubset's Rights Management Platformwww.billboard.com
Sony Music is the first major label to partner with Dubset to use their MixBANK Rights Management Platform.

Spotify launches its services in Thailand
Spotify launches its services in Thailandbusinessreviewasia.com
​​​​​​​Spotify’s latest move into Thailand signals its growing presence in the Asia market

What Would a Healthy Music Streaming Business Look Like?
What Would a Healthy Music Streaming Business Look Like?25iq.com
SoundCloud was just recapitalized by investors in a dramatic down round after announcing that the company had only enough cash to last into the fourth quarter. Pandora just agreed to terms on a new investment that was also a down round and which resulted in a new controlling investor.

Apple: Is The Real Target Spotify?
Apple: Is The Real Target Spotify?seekingalpha.com

Tech giant planning $1 billion content investment. One analyst thinks this isn’t an initial move against Netflix. Can Apple shift the streaming music wars in its favor?

Musicians turn to boutique licensing firms to get their songs in TV shows, movies and on streaming sites
Musicians turn to boutique licensing firms to get their songs in TV shows, movies and on streaming sites www.latimes.com

Boutique licensing firms help independent musicians get songs in TV shows, movies and on streaming sites.

Here's what a homegrown beer brand and music streaming app have in common
Here's what a homegrown beer brand and music streaming app have in commonbrandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Bira 91’s team of specialists and Saavn’s editorial team are curating playlists that you can bop your head to, on the all new Bira ‘Hip Hop Channel’

Monster Builds In Voice Control To Its Headphones With MonsterTalk
Monster Builds In Voice Control To Its Headphones With MonsterTalkwww.twice.com
Monster said voice-activated versions of its Elements, Clarity HD and iSport Freedom V2 Bluetooth headphones will become available later this month as part of its new MonsterkTalk sub-brand.

'The digital revolution has strengthened many labels - especially in the independent sector'
'The digital revolution has strengthened many labels – especially in the independent sector'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

If recent major label acquisitions are anything to go by, the label services and distribution market is gaining in vitality.

This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist
This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlistwww.fastcompany.com

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves.

Issue #226: How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internet; Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services

How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internet
How NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Took Over the Internetwww.theringer.com
With intimate, exclusive performances from the likes of Chance the Rapper and Adele, the live music series has an entire industry chasing a ‘pivot to video.’ But it won’t be easy to replicate.

Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services to Give Artists a Fair Deal
Independent Music Labels are Creating Their Own Streaming Services to Give Artists a Fair Dealtheconversation.com
Music streaming services are hard to beat. With millions of users – Spotify alone had 60m by July 2017, and is forecast to add another 10m by the end of the year – paying to access a catalogue of more than 30m songs, any initial concerns seem to have fallen by the wayside.

Five ways blockchain tech is going to rock the music and movie industries
Five ways blockchain tech is going to rock the music and movie industriesthenextweb.com

Business models are now again ripe for disruption, in terms of the sharing model and the business model. We are still far from perfect in terms of distribution, access, and profitability for content creators. But we are getting there with some help from tech.

Discogs moves to improve platform by blocking the sale of unofficial releases
Discogs moves to improve platform by blocking the sale of unofficial releases mixmag.net
“We must protect our buyers and sellers”

How to Get More Followers On Spotify
How to Get More Followers On Spotify blog.symphonicdistribution.com
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming sites there is and it’s a great way to promote your music. Here some ways to get more followers.

Is SoundCloud good for musicians?
Is SoundCloud good for musicians?qz.com

Since its inception, SoundCloud was a popular home for outlaw music on the web—DJ sets, remixes, mashups, underground hip hop mixtapes, and sound collages. The kind of music that can’t be sold or broadcast anywhere else due to binding copyright rules.

Lyor Cohen on YouTube's Relationship With the Music Industry
Lyor Cohen on YouTube’s Relationship With the Music Industrywww.billboard.com
YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen penned a letter on the company’s blog detailing his thoughts on YouTube’s relationship with the music industry.

How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versa
How music will help the smart speaker soar—and vice versamedium.com
In fewer than three years, the smart speaker has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner. Along the way, this device has brought artificial intelligence and voice commands into millions of American…

BMG launches royalties app co-designed by songwriters
BMG launches royalties app co-designed by songwriterswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The app was engineered by BMG’s technology team in consultation with a team of songwriter clients including Grammy-nominated songwriter Jenn Decilveo (‘Rise Up’), Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart (pictured), and Broadway composer Maury Yeston.

 

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.

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.

Read Article: Growling WLG

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.

Read Article: HBR

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