Issue 605: Apple Music Lets Subscribers Give a Free Month to a Friend; Why Spotify Isn’t Simply a Music Company

Blog, Music, Streaming

Apple Music lets subscribers give a free month to a friend
Apple Music lets subscribers give a free month to a friendmusically.com
Here’s an interesting new tactic for music-streaming marketing: Apple Music is encouraging subscribers to get their mates onto the service too.

Vivendi Jumps as Streaming Boosts Music Business Before Sale
Vivendi Jumps as Streaming Boosts Music Business Before Salewww.bloomberg.com
Vivendi SA said it will select financial advisers in the coming weeks to help with a partial sale of Universal Music Group, where surging streaming income propelled the parent company’s profits higher last year.

Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Company
Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Companywww.hypebot.com

In this piece Cherie Hu looks at how Spotify’s major investments in third party licensing deals and original podcast development are validating investor predictions and causing it to become the Netflix of audio while potentially putting its brand at risk.

Amazon Prime India Greenlights ‘Bandish Bandits’ Music Series
Amazon Prime India Greenlights ‘Bandish Bandits’ Music Seriesvariety.com
Amazon Prime continues its green-lighting spree in India, giving the go-ahead to musical drama series “Bandish Bandits”.

LyricFind expands into Southeast Asia and Middle East
LyricFind expands into Southeast Asia and Middle Eastwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The company has opened offices in Morocco and Vietnam.

Latin Artists Dominate Streaming, But Few Make Festival Lineups
Latin Artists Dominate Streaming, But Few Make Festival Lineupswww.rollingstone.com

Playing the summer festival circuit in the U.S. is a standard audience-building strategy for Anglo acts. It remains off limits to most Latin performers.

Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchor
Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchorvariety.com
Spotify paid €300 million, or about $337 million, to buy podcasting companies Gimlet Media and Anchor FM Inc., the company disclosed.

Mumford & Sons launch ‘reimagined’ songs for Amazon Music
Mumford & Sons launch ‘reimagined’ songs for Amazon Musicmusically.com
British band Mumford & Sons have become the latest artist to produce some exclusive music for Amazon Music.

Garth Brooks On His Amazon Deal and Putting Radio First: 'Country Radio is the 800-Pound Gorilla'
Garth Brooks On His Amazon Deal and Putting Radio First: 'Country Radio is the 800-Pound Gorilla'www.billboard.com
Garth Brooks and Amazon’s Steve Boom discussed their partnership during the Country Radio Seminar.

Dolly Parton's streaming figures rise thanks to Grammys performance
Dolly Parton's streaming figures rise thanks to Grammys performancetucson.com
Dolly Parton has received a boost in streaming after performing at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (10.02.19).

Interscope EVP: streaming spurs creative exploration in urban signings
Interscope EVP: streaming spurs creative exploration in urban signingsmusically.com
The current popularity of hip-hop and R&B on music-streaming services is enabling labels to sign more artists, and thus take more creative risks.

How streaming music could be harming the planet
How streaming music could be harming the planetwww.bbc.com
The plastic and packaging that comes with CDs and vinyl makes them seem worse for the environment, but the popularity of music streaming services may be polluting in other ways.

Issue 603: Million-Plus Downloads for IDAGIO App; 7 Startups Spotify Should Buy; Universal Acquires INgrooves

Blog, Music, Streaming

Over one million downloads for IDAGIO app
Over one million downloads for IDAGIO appwww.rhinegold.co.uk
In January 2019, streaming service for classical music IDAGIO surpassed over one million app downloads worldwide. The Berlin-based streaming serviceRead More

Seven startups Spotify should (try to) buy to better serve artists
Seven startups Spotify should (try to) buy to better serve artistswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Merch, hardware, A&R, crowd-funding and more offered by some impressive young companies

Drake Releasing ‘So Far Gone’ to Streaming Services, 10 Years Later
Drake Releasing ‘So Far Gone’ to Streaming Services, 10 Years Laterwww.rollingstone.com

Superstar rapper posted a lengthy Instagram message to announce that his breakthrough mixtape will finally get a streaming release.

Universal Music to Acquire Distributor INgrooves in Move to Strengthen Commitment to Indie Labels
Universal Music to Acquire Distributor INgrooves in Move to Strengthen Commitment to Indie Labelswww.billboard.com
Universal Music Group has agreed to acquire INgrooves, the independent distributor that it has long had a strategic alignment with in addition to holding about a 25 percent stake in that company.

iHeart Launches Podcast Recommendation Engine - Radio Ink
iHeart Launches Podcast Recommendation Engine – Radio Inkradioink.com
iHeartRadio’s new podcast recommendation engine gives listeners podcast suggestions based on their preferences and listening habits.

How Is Playlist Culture Affecting Our Listening Choices? A New York City Experiment
How Is Playlist Culture Affecting Our Listening Choices? A New York City Experimentflypaper.soundfly.com
I spent a day in Union Square, New York City, asking passersby what they’re listening to and how they discovered it, and learned a lot about myself.

The Future of In-Car Radio: Losing All Restrictions
The Future of In-Car Radio: Losing All Restrictionswww.radioworld.com
Fraunhofer IIS explores possibilities raised by intelligent audio-processing technologies

Cramer: Wake up and hear the music—Spotify is an 'incredible' buy
Cramer: Wake up and hear the music—Spotify is an 'incredible' buywww.cnbc.com
Jim Cramer says Wall Street misread Spotify’s guidance even though the music streaming platform has recently made some great acquisitions.

The Knot Inspires Couples Through the Power of Music with Spotify
The Knot Inspires Couples Through the Power of Music with Spotifyplatformandstream.com

The Knot announces the launch of the Spotify playlist “Wedding Songs by The Knot,” which will serve up musical inspiration for couples across the globe.

How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson
How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilsondjbooth.net
Singer-songwriter and producer Spree Wilson pens a guest editorial on releasing a project, or video, in the streaming era on a minimal budget.

Capcom Adds A Ton Of Game Soundtracks to Spotify
Capcom Adds A Ton Of Game Soundtracks to Spotifycomicbook.com

Many video game players enjoy the music that is part of their favorite titles.

Issue 600: How AI is Reshaping the Music Business Globally; Spotify Readies New Podcast About The Clash

Blog, Music, Streaming

How AI is Reshaping the Music Business Globally
How AI is Reshaping the Music Business Globallywww.entrepreneur.com
The fourth industrial revolution is in full effect, and companies, particularly in the music business, need to prepare a new set of strategies if they are to adapt and take full advantage of AI’s wave of change.

Spotify gets Chuck D for eight-part podcast about The Clash
Spotify gets Chuck D for eight-part podcast about The Clashmusically.com
It was clear last week just how much welly Spotify is willing to put behind podcasts in the year ahead, with up to $500m earmarked for acquisitions of tech and content – including its deals for Gimlet Media and Anchor.

Don't bore us, get to the chorus? How streaming is changing songs
Don't bore us, get to the chorus? How streaming is changing songswww.cbc.ca
Streaming has changed the way people consume music, and it may be changing the way songs are written. Researchers and songwriters alike observe that songs that do well on streaming have shorter instrumental intros and get to the chorus faster, to hook the listener as soon as possible.

Musiio Raises $1M To Bring Spotify-Like AI To Other Music Services, Labels, Publishers
Musiio Raises $1M To Bring Spotify-Like AI To Other Music Services, Labels, Publisherswww.hypebot.com

Musiio has raised a $1 million seed round to continue development of its use of artificial intelligence (AI) which brings Spotify-like discovery and curation tools to other music services and AI driven A&R tools to labels and other music companies.

Ariana Grande’s 'Thank U, Next' Sets New Records on Apple Music
Ariana Grande’s 'Thank U, Next' Sets New Records on Apple Musicwww.billboard.com
Ariana Grande’s newest album, ‘Thank U, Next,’ has already set multiple records on Apple Music following its release on Friday (Feb. 8).

Marshmello's Virtual 'Fortnite' Concert Drove Major Streaming, Sales Gains
Marshmello's Virtual 'Fortnite' Concert Drove Major Streaming, Sales Gainswww.billboard.com
Marshmello’s digital concert inside video game Fortnite over the weekend drew upwards of 10 million virtual attendees, according to initial estimates — and the masked DJ’s virtual stint appears to be paying off in reality, too.

Spotify Trounces Apple Music in Competition for Streaming Music Service Paid Subscribers
Spotify Trounces Apple Music in Competition for Streaming Music Service Paid Subscribersfortune.com
Spotify paid subscribers are up 36% over last year. The company also announced the acquisition of Gimlet Media and Anchor.

Spotify Music Head on Muting Artists and That R. Kelly Debacle: "Our Intentions Were Good"
Spotify Music Head on Muting Artists and That R. Kelly Debacle: "Our Intentions Were Good"www.hollywoodreporter.com
Ahead of Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Spotify Music Head opens up about muting artists and the power of the curated playlist.

The four types of music subscription models in 2019
The four types of music subscription models in 2019www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
What music fans are spending money on every month – and how it’s going to evolve

What's the secret to Spotify's success?
What's the secret to Spotify's success?www.rappler.com

Rappler talks to Spotify Southeast Asia’s top execs about the streaming platform’s success, Filipino music, and why love songs matter.

Israel and Wales get new local-focused music-streaming services
Israel and Wales get new local-focused music-streaming servicesmusically.com
Shiri is a new music app launched by the National Library of Israel, with a catalogue of more than 400k tracks by Israeli artists.

Issue 599: An Ode to Napster; Spotify Shows Why Delivering Music is Very Expensive

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An Ode To Napster, The Site That Broke The Music Industry (And Maybe For The Better)
An Ode To Napster, The Site That Broke The Music Industry (And Maybe For The Better)junkee.com
Napster wreaked havoc across the music industry, and changed the way we listen to music forever. We take a look back at the iconic site.

Spotify Shows Why Delivering Music Is Very Expensive
Spotify Shows Why Delivering Music Is Very Expensivewww.forbes.com
Profitability remains challenging.

SpongeBob got a bigger streaming bump than Adam Levine after Super Bowl 2019
SpongeBob got a bigger streaming bump than Adam Levine after Super Bowl 2019nypost.com
It really is a sweet, “Sweet Victory.”
Streams for the song SpongeBob Squarepants and the gang performed at the Super Bowl 53 halftime show jumped…

Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Service
Spotify bans ad blockers in updated Terms of Servicewww.theverge.com
Spotify sent out its updated Terms of Service today, and among the changes are some updates to User Guidelines. The new guidelines explicitly ban third-party ad blockers, bots, and fraudulent streaming activities.

Steve Dempsey: 'Streaming and a podcast boom may kill the radio star'
Steve Dempsey: 'Streaming and a podcast boom may kill the radio star'www.independent.ie
The music streaming company Spotify isn’t happy with its 200 million users, 96 million of whom are paying subscribers. It wants more. It wants to become the world’s largest audio platfo

How Amazon Is Betting on Voice to Drive Up Prime Music Adoption in India
How Amazon Is Betting on Voice to Drive Up Prime Music Adoption in Indiagadgets.ndtv.com
Amazon is slowly building up its voice capabilities in an effort to make sure consumers spend more time listening to music.

Siri co-founder Tom Gruber's new music startup LifeScore joins Abbey Road Red tech incubator
Siri co-founder Tom Gruber's new music startup LifeScore joins Abbey Road Red tech incubator www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
LifeScore is an adaptive music platform

Calm raises $88m: should meditation be on Spotify’s audio radar?
Calm raises $88m: should meditation be on Spotify’s audio radar?musically.com
Investor interest in the space is clear: yesterday another mindfulness startup, Calm, raised an $88m funding round valuing the company at $1bn.

Sonos Sold Close to $500 Million in Smart Speakers During Holiday Quarter, Posts Record Profit
Sonos Sold Close to $500 Million in Smart Speakers During Holiday Quarter, Posts Record Profitvariety.com
Sonos is now generating nearly half of its revenue from home theater products.

How Streaming Saved The Record Industry
How Streaming Saved The Record Industryfijisun.com.fj
Although things are looking up at the moment, the music business is an unpredictable animal, but even so, will investors be able to resist a stake in the number one music company?…

Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018
Streaming Music Revenue Up, But Per Song Rates May Have Dropped In 2018www.hypebot.com

Bobby Owsinski breaks down some complex recent streaming data, which highlights the disparity between the royalty rates paid out by major streamers.

Issue 598: SiriusXM Hopes Pandora Will Push Biz Beyond Cars; Why Spotify is Betting Big on Podcasting; Vodafone Idea to Launch Music Streaming App

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SiriusXM Hopes Pandora Will Grow the Company Beyond Cars
SiriusXM Hopes Pandora Will Grow the Company Beyond Carswww.hollywoodreporter.com
SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer has big plans for the now-largest audio entertainment company in the world.

Soon more Brits will pay for streaming than listen for free
Soon more Brits will pay for streaming than listen for freemusically.com
The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association has predicted that the British music industry will see a new tipping point later this year: the moment when the number of paying music subscribers overtakes the number of free music-streamers.

Goldman Sachs Bets On Hip Hop And Millennials For Music Revival
Goldman Sachs Bets On Hip Hop And Millennials For Music Revivalwww.forbes.com
Streaming platforms take center stage in Goldman Sachs latested forecast that music revenue is going to more than double to about $131 billion by 2030. Currently music streaming sales are dominated by top R&B and hip-hop artists and black listeners are the largest streaming user group.

Vodafone Idea to Launch Music Streaming App, Will Rival JioSaavn
Vodafone Idea to Launch Music Streaming App, Will Rival JioSaavn www.thequint.com
Vodafone Idea will shut down Idea Music app and will look to partner with existing music streaming apps to offer content to consumers.

Gov't launches new Hebrew music streaming app
Gov't launches new Hebrew music streaming appwww.jpost.com
‘Shiri’ is available free worldwide and includes more than 40,000 Hebrew songs.

Why Spotify is betting big on podcasting
Why Spotify is betting big on podcastingtechcrunch.com

Podcasting revenues hit $314 million in 2017, according to a third-party survey released last summer.

Scooter Braun launches music tech investment group
Scooter Braun launches music tech investment groupwww.iq-mag.net
Scooter Braun and Zach Katz’s Raised In Space Enterprises investment vehicle aims to forge “proactive collaboration between music and technology”

Troy Carter Signs With UTA
Troy Carter Signs With UTAwww.billboard.com
Music industry veteran and tech investor Troy Carter has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Spotify posts second consecutive quarterly profit, but projects big losses for 2019
Spotify posts second consecutive quarterly profit, but projects big losses for 2019venturebeat.com
Spotify’s revenue grew to $1.7 billion for the fourth quarter, up 30 percent from one year ago, with a profit of $503 million for the quarter.

Music industry tackles illicit challenge to streaming services
Music industry tackles illicit challenge to streaming serviceswww.computerworld.com.au

Stream-ripping sites in crosshairs.

Spotify-Gimlet Deal: Podcasting Is Not a Small Business
Spotify-Gimlet Deal: Podcasting Is Not a Small Businessfortune.com
Contrary to popular belief, there’s a lot of money to be made in podcasting.

Issue 596: Tidal Now Accepting Venmo; Vivendi May Sell Universal, Now a Music Streaming Behemoth

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Tidal is the first music streaming service to accept Venmo
Tidal is the first music streaming service to accept Venmowww.engadget.com

Tidal now lets subscribers pay using their Venmo balance. It’s the latest in a slew of partnerships for the PayPal-owned p…

Vivendi May Sell Universal, Now a Music Streaming Behemoth
Vivendi May Sell Universal, Now a Music Streaming Behemothwww.bloomberg.com
As streaming surges, Vivendi is mulling a sale of Universal that could value the music group at $25 billion.

How Bandsintown Built A Music Community Of 50,000,000 Users
How Bandsintown Built A Music Community Of 50,000,000 Userswww.forbes.com

With 500,000 registered musicians and 50,000,000 users, Bandsintown, the website that brings together touring artists and concertgoers, is one of the biggest resources for musicians.

Paid streaming set to overtake free music services for first time
Paid streaming set to overtake free music services for first timewww.irishexaminer.com

Paid music streaming looks set to overtake free services for the first time later this year, as more people opt to pay for the likes of Spotify and Apple Music

Unprecedented Platforms: A Flux in Music Acquisition
Unprecedented Platforms: A Flux in Music Acquisitiontheaggie.org
Streaming outlets provide musicians with means for true recognition

Last year was good for the hip-hop supergroup Migos. Their most recent al

Startup Steereo pays Uber / Lyft drivers to promote music
Startup Steereo pays Uber / Lyft drivers to promote musicmusically.com

We know that in-car radio has historically been a key source of music discovery. And we also know that rideshare services (Uber and Lyft included) are very-popular ways to get around cities.

Music Modernization Act: Labels and publishers back NMPA's bid to run new mechanical rights society
Music Modernization Act: Labels and publishers back NMPA's bid to run new mechanical rights societywww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Universal, Sony and Warner, as well as indies, support publisher org’s application

Time for common sense in online streaming
Time for common sense in online streamingwww.ejinsight.com

The advent of streaming online was a godsend for many DJs and Hong Kong joined the worldwide craze over the last two years.

Analog, Digital, and Live Music
Analog, Digital, and Live Musicaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone asks what is the ultimate goal of a recording?

Spotify's Mute Function Feels a Lot Like Ghosting a Problematic Ex
Spotify's Mute Function Feels a Lot Like Ghosting a Problematic Exstudybreaks.com
In response to recent controversies surrounding R. Kelly and other musicians, Spotify unveiled its mute function, the latest iteration of cancel culture.

Deezer appoints Tarek Mounir as CEO of MENA
Deezer appoints Tarek Mounir as CEO of MENAwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Entertainment veteran Tarek Mounir is joining Deezer on April 1 as CEO for the MENA and Turkey region.

Music distribution for Indian record labels
Music distribution for Indian record labelsroutenote.com
Starting a record label is easy with RouteNote as we make it simple to upload your artists for free to all the top streaming services and music stores around the world.

Issue 594: Spotify in Talks to Buy Gimlet Media; SiriusXM App to Add Pandora Music Channels

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Spotify in Talks to Acquire Podcast Startup Gimlet Media
Spotify in Talks to Acquire Podcast Startup Gimlet Mediawww.billboard.com
Spotify is in talks to acquire Gimlet Media, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, as it sets its sights on becoming a bigger player in the podcasting space.

Pandora-powered channels will come to SiriusXM’s app this year
Pandora-powered channels will come to SiriusXM’s app this yeartechcrunch.com

SiriusXM this week offered a few more details on how it plans to leverage its newest asset, Pandora, following its $3.5 billion acquisition of the streaming music service last year, which officially closes on Friday.

Jennifer Hudson Removes R. Kelly-Penned Songs From Streaming Platforms
Jennifer Hudson Removes R. Kelly-Penned Songs From Streaming Platformswww.hollywoodreporter.com
Jennifer Hudson has removed two R. Kelly-written songs from streaming platforms as artists denounce and refuse to perform songs by Kelly, following resurfaced sexual misconduct claims against him in the Lifetime documentary series ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’

Streaming threatened music label but it sold for $100m
Streaming threatened music label but it sold for $100mwww.businesscloud.co.uk
Ministry of Sound chairman Lohan Presencer reflects on impact of digitalisation on music industry and sale of label to Sony Music Entertainment

YouTube promotes Carletta Higginson to Global Head of Music Publishing
YouTube promotes Carletta Higginson to Global Head of Music Publishingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Exec has spent five years at Google/YouTube

PledgeMusic in discussions with 'several interested parties' over acquisition or partnership
PledgeMusic in discussions with 'several interested parties' over acquisition or partnershipwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

“These conversations, if successful, would lead to a transaction which would allow us to meet all of our outstanding obligations.”

English-Speaking Artists are Losing Their Global Pop Dominance – and YouTube’s Leading the Charge
English-Speaking Artists are Losing Their Global Pop Dominance – and YouTube’s Leading the Chargewww.rollingstone.com

Repertoire from outside America or in a language other than English isn’t just dominating key individual territories; it’s also taking over the world.

This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge form
This techno album was made on a Sega Genesis, and you can buy it in cartridge formwww.theverge.com
DJ Remute’s forthcoming LP, Technoptimistic was programmed entirely using the sound chip for ‘90s game console Sega Genesis. And, it’s being released on a Sega Mega Drive cartridge.

Could China be the model for music-streaming growth in Japan?
Could China be the model for music-streaming growth in Japan?musically.com
Japan may be the world’s second-largest recorded-music market, but in terms of music-streaming, it is still early days for a country where CD is still the prime format.

The new phase of music streaming to come on the back of voice: Sahas Malhotra of Amazon Prime Music
The new phase of music streaming to come on the back of voice: Sahas Malhotra of Amazon Prime Musicwww.businesstoday.in
The number of Prime Music listeners adopting voice to listen to music is growing day by day – over 3.5 times.

Spotify sued by IP company which claims streamer infringed Yahoo! patents
Spotify sued by IP company which claims streamer infringed Yahoo! patentswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify is being sued by a professional IP representative for allegedly infringing on its patents.

Sony 360 Reality Audio could change music forever
Sony 360 Reality Audio could change music foreverwww.mirror.co.uk

At CES 2019 Sony showed an amazing audio demo that could be a sign of great things to come