Issue #279: A Closer Look at Primephonic; Siri Won’t Play Spotify Tunes on Apple’s New HomePod

Here's Why I Became an Instant Fan of Primephonic After Only a Day
Here's Why I Became an Instant Fan of Primephonic After Only a Dayflypaper.soundfly.com
Filling in the gaps that Spotify just can’t fill, Primephonic will change the way you familiarize yourself with and listen to classical music.

Spotify knows you’ve been listening to that podcast at Work
Spotify knows you’ve been listening to that podcast at Workwww.fastcompany.com

Podcasts are often associated with your morning commute or drive, but Spotify’s latest finding shows that mornings are not the most popular time for podcasts.

SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels
SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channelsplatformandstream.com
SiriusXM today announced its extensive holiday music lineup featuring eight commercial-free channels celebrating the festive season, two to broadcast starting Wednesday, November 1.

Mixcloud premium plans include individual creator subscriptions
Mixcloud premium plans include individual creator subscriptionsmusically.com
Mixcloud’s plans for premium subscriptions will include the ability for individual DJs, curators and podcasters on its platform to launch subscriptions.

Spotify no longer wanna be Apple Music, they wanna be MTV
Spotify no longer wanna be Apple Music, they wanna be MTVwww.theindustryobserver.com.au

Spotify kills off plans to move into original video content.

 Siri won’t play Spotify tunes on Apple’s new HomePod
Siri won’t play Spotify tunes on Apple’s new HomePodwww.completemusicupdate.com

Apple’s HomePod pushes its music playing abilities to the fore, with the higher audio quality of its in-built speaker one of the justifications for the device being more expensive than the Echo or Google Home. But if you want to listen to your music by shouting “hey Siri”, you’ll only be able to stream tracks from Apple Music.

Can I Stream Music Without WiFi on Apple Watch?
Can I Stream Music Without WiFi on Apple Watch?www.popsugar.com
The Apple Watch 3, which came out in September and features cellular capability, made the device more useful than ever.

Blockchain: the key to protecting IP in the live business?
Blockchain: the key to protecting IP in the live business?www.iq-mag.net

Joanna Morris of Stevens & Bolton outlines how cryptocurrency-derived ‘distributed ledgers’ can help safeguard creative protection in the concert industry.

Ducktails Music No Longer Streaming After Sexual Assault Allegations
Ducktails Music No Longer Streaming After Sexual Assault Allegationsuproxx.com
Matt Mondanile’s solo albums have been removed from both Apple Music and Spotify as well.

Universal Music Looks WITHIN for More VR Experiences
Universal Music Looks WITHIN for More VR Experienceswww.billboard.com
Universal Music Group is stepping up its virtual reality game with a new partnership with vr/ar tech startup WITHIN.

Louder.me App Will Launch Next Month
Louder.me App Will Launch Next Monthwww.digitalmusicnews.com
Being inspired with the amount of talent all over the world waiting to be discovered, we took the road with Louder.me.

Issue #278: Is Streaming Music the Apple Watch Killer App?; Pandora Adds Curated Playlists to On-Demand Music Service

Streaming Music On The Apple Watch May Not Be Perfect, But It’s Still A Boon For Runners
Streaming Music On The Apple Watch May Not Be Perfect, But It’s Still A Boon For Runnerswww.fastcompany.com

Streaming music could turn out to be the connected Watch’s killer app.

With just your Watch and your AirPods (or some other earphones), you have access to all your music in the cloud, the Apple Music catalogue, and live “radio” streams like Beats 1.

Pandora adds curated playlists to its on-demand music service
Pandora adds curated playlists to its on-demand music servicewww.engadget.com

For years, the main feature of Pandora’s music streaming service has been stations generated from the company’s vast Music Genome Project. A system that analyzes songs based on 450 different attributes, it helps Pandora build stations of songs that the company claims go together better than what other services offer.

But, the company finally launched a full-fledged, on-demand service earlier this year, and now it’s expanding the kinds of music it curates for users.

Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?
Can artificial intelligence beat musicians at their craft?thenextweb.com

Should musicians, whose job relies on the unpredictable and mysterious workings of human imagination, heed the warnings about artificial intelligence driving humans into unemployment?

Apparently, the answer to that question is bit complicated.

Songkick Discovery says “we’re not going anywhere”
Songkick Discovery says “we’re not going anywhere”www.completemusicupdate.com

With the Songkickers gearing up for a full on fist fight with Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the American courts next month – having blamed the live giant for the demise of their own ticketing platform – the other Songkickers would like you to know that it’s business as usual, and that they’ll be kicking you in the direction of some fine live songs just like always.

Get Your Holiday Music on the Radio
Get Your Holiday Music on the Radioblog.symphonicdistribution.com
December is approaching us quickly! Here’s how you can get your holiday releases on the radio.

SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV
SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TVtechcrunch.com
SoundShare, an app that lets you text your friends entire songs, was already one of the more clever iOS applications available. Recently, the app rolled out..

Spotify’s Stranger Things mode sends your browser to the Upside Down
Spotify’s Stranger Things mode sends your browser to the Upside Downwww.standard.co.uk
Stranger Things 2 is just a few days away – and Spotify has implemented a fun new feature to celebrate. The music streaming service has added a spooky Upside Down filter to its web player and desktop app that will make you even more desperate for the new episodes to drop.

YouTube music videos will count less in a hit song's chart success
YouTube music videos will count less in a hit song's chart successqz.com
Spotify has around 140 million active users. Apple Music, about 30 million. YouTube—which doesn’t present itself as a music-streaming service but is the biggest in the world, per the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry—is eight times larger than both combined, with 1.5 billion people logging onto its site every month.

Spotify says free service reaches more people than commercial radio but Radiocentre sceptical
Spotify says free service reaches more people than commercial radio but Radiocentre scepticalwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has said that its ad-supported service commands a greater share of unique listeners compared to UK commercial radio stations, however industry trade body Radiocentre has said the numbers fail to illustrate the “bigger picture”.

37 million Brits tune into YouTube
37 million Brits tune into YouTubewww.tvbeurope.com

New figures from comScore study.

Watch: See How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing Music In This Short Doc
Watch: See How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing Music In This Short Doc www.magneticmag.com
RAC & UJO Music show how blockchain can change the music business.

SiriusXM to Launch Holiday Music Channels

SiriusXM today announced its extensive holiday music lineup featuring eight commercial-free channels celebrating the festive season, two to broadcast starting Wednesday, November 1. SiriusXM’s holiday music channels will offer listeners a variety of traditional holiday songs, classical Christmas carols, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, soul music, Hanukkah music and Latin seasonal music.

SiriusXM’s commercial-free holiday music channels will be available on multiple satellite radio channels, and via the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other connected devices and online at siriusxm.com.

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Issue #277: Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services; Deezer Sets First NFL Deal

New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Services
New Billboard Chart Changes Give Another Reason to Pay for Streaming Serviceswww.savingcountrymusic.com
Now there is an entirely new reason to consider transitioning from ad-based streaming to a paid account, and it’s based off the greater commitment paid

Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Music
Many Of The Biggest Tech Companies Simply Can’t Compete When It Comes To Streaming Musicwww.forbes.com
A company may have a well-known name, it may be powerful, it might be innovative and it may have an annual revenue stream that rivals some smaller countries, but that doesn’t mean that everything will always work out, especially when it comes to new technologies that many in the world are still getting used to.…

Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the World
Secret Weapon In Pink's Chart-Topping Strategy: Visiting Spotify Offices Around the Worldwww.billboard.com
There were a number of factors that helped Pink land a No. 1 album this week, from a concert ticket/album sale redemption promotion to the music itself.

5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrong
5 Social Media Metrics That Musicians Think About All Wrongblog.landr.com

It’s a phrase that’s becoming more and more important these days. And for good reason too. In a recent poll, NME ranked social media (26%) just behind playing live (51%) as the most important channel for musicians looking to get their music heard.

Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezer
Dolphins Become First NFL Team Partner For Deezerplatformandstream.com
Deezer has announced a new strategic partnership as the official music partner of the Miami Dolphins.

Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Music
Sonos Starts Grant Program to Support Future of Musicvariety.com
Sonos is giving money to non-profits that fight against censorship and for artists’ rights.

The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of People
The Apple Watch: Making Music Streaming Much Easier for Certain Types of Peoplewww.billboard.com
A review of the Apple Watch Series 3, the first version to have functionality with Apple Music and its 40 million-song on-demand catalog and suite of Beats 1 radio stations, as well as cellular capabilities that allow the user to text and make phone calls even without Wi-Fi or a phone nearby.

Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?
Is Spotify Actually Bigger Than Radio?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A study found that in just a few years, Spotify has emerged as one of the most used audio services, worrying radio executives.

The Importance Of Music In Our Lives
The Importance Of Music In Our Liveswww.magneticmag.com
“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heights
Streaming and lyric translation will push Latin music to new heightsmusically.com
Earlier this week, the RIAA revealed that US (recorded) revenues from Latin American music had grown by 44% in the first half of 2017.

Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubin
Spotify To Honor 'Legendary Genius' Rick Rubinwww.hypebot.com
Spotify will honor super producer Rick Rubin as the first recipient of the Legendary Genius Award at its inaugural Secret Genius Awards. It will be presented to him by singer-songwriter, Frank Ocean.

Issue #276: Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts; The Odd History of Music Formats

Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts
Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Effortswww.bloomberg.com
Spotify is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music service searches for ways to make money that don’t involve recorded music and costly royalties, people with knowledge of the matter said.

From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formats
From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formatsblog.landr.com
Mapping the march to streaming through yesterday’s physical formats and today’s demand for digital discovery.

Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?
Is YouTube Secretly Vying to Become the World's Dominant Music Platform?nesthq.com

Years ago, Google started building towards this destiny with a first key move: pairing Google Play Music with YouTube Red upon its release.

Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017
Grateful Dead Renews '30 Days Of Dead' Free Download Series For November 2017www.jambase.com
A yearly tradition will continue next week, when the Grateful Dead start rolling out free tracks from the archives for this year’s ’30 Days Of Dead’ collection.

Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-on
Apple Watch update adds streaming music and radio: hands-onwww.cnet.com
Watch OS 4.1 adds new Radio and streaming music features to Apple Watch Series 3. It feels great, but you’d better get used to using Siri.

Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?
Is Billboard Taking a Step In the Wrong Direction With Their New Chart Update?pigeonsandplanes.com
Billboard’s new chart calculations may hurt their chances to accurately identify the most popular songs in the country.

A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industry
A Digital Ecosystem for the Live Music Industrybitcoinmagazine.com
It’s no secret that the digital economy relies on user engagement. Recently, industries such as pharmaceuticals, information technology and finance have …

Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platform
Auddly Adds Manager Access to Metadata Business Platformwww.billboard.com
Swedish music metadata platform Auddly announced on Wednesday a new section in its business vertical specifically for music managers.

It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced Radio?
It's 2027. Has Spotify Replaced Radio?www.digitalmusicnews.com
A study found that in just a few years, Spotify has emerged as one of the most used audio services, worrying radio executives.

Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to boot
Spotify tipped to go public with a $20b value, and wild user-base predictions to bootwww.theindustryobserver.com.au
Rapid growth will see Spotify’s valuation hit $55 billion by 2020.

How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming business
How GQ’s Digital Don Rishi Malhotra redefined the music streaming businesswww.gqindia.com

He’s the reason why you wouldn’t call Saavn just another app.

Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme music
Pinoy Rock Radio Online provides a voice for underground, extreme musicnews.abs-cbn.com

Pinoy Rock Radio Online is a 24/7 independent online radio that plays mainstream but also a healthy chunk of independent, underground, and extreme music from bands throughout the entire Philippine archipelago.

SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Florida
SiriusXM Wins Appeal Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings in Floridawww.billboard.com
SiriusXM continues to make a comeback on a legal topic that at one point seriously threatened the satcaster and others.

Issue #269: Deezer, Fnatic Sign Partnership; Spotify Launches New Playlist-Pitching System for Labels

Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnership
Deezer, Fnatic Sign New Partnershipwww.esportsinsider.com

esports organisation Fnatic has signed a new partnership with music streaming service Deezer. Fnatic’s first-ever music partnership will give fans the chance to connect with their favourite players and see the music they’re listening to.

Fnatic’s team members will have the chance to connect with fans in real time, sharing all of their personal playlists across Europe.

Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labels
Spotify launches new playlist-pitching system for labelsmusically.com
Spotify has moved to formalise the process by which major and independent labels pitch for slots in the Browse section of its service.

Blockchain meets the challenge
Blockchain meets the challengewww.itproportal.com
The music industry is both excited and cautious about emerging technologies, and blockchain is no exception.

Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?
Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?www.abc.net.au
CD players are becoming rarer in homes and cars, as the take-up of streaming continues to surge. But like we did with the recent vinyl revival, will we come to regret getting rid of our CDs — and everything they say about us?

How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Gold
How Apple Music Helped Daniel Caesar Go Goldwww.complex.com
"Get You" is a milestone for the unsigned R&B artist, and owes some of its success to Apple's curation efforts that pushed it to the top of the playlists.

Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’
Fox Enlists iHeartMedia to Boost Musical Competition ‘The Four’variety.com
Fox is teaming up with large radio broadcaster iHeartMedia to generate notice for its new music-competition series “The Four”

Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fans
Spotify Now Lets Musicians Get Real-Time Data From Fanswww.psfk.com
Spotify for Artists leverages real-time data with demographic information to help musicians understand their audience.

10 Principles Of Great Music Web Design
10 Principles Of Great Music Web Designwww.musicthinktank.com

It’s no secret that in order to appear professional, your own website with your own .com address is essential. So what ingredients make for a great musician website exactly? You’ve got the music of course, some images, videos, and show dates

Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challenges
Music 4.5 and CMU Trends put the spotlight back on data challengeswww.completemusicupdate.com

The lack of a decent publicly accessible music rights database that tells streaming services what songs are contained in what recordings, and who wrote and published those songs.

VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusic
VNUE Acquires Set.fm From PledgeMusicwww.hypebot.com
Just one year after PledgeMusic finalized its acquisition of Set.fm, it has now sold it to live event recording and release platform VNUE for an undisclosed sum.

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