Issue #187: Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music; Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Labels

Blockchains and the Future of Digital Music
Blockchains and the Future of Digital Musicgowlingwlg.com
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.

Spotify builds collaborative playlist tool for Facebook Messenger to get people talking music
Spotify builds collaborative playlist tool for Facebook Messenger to get people talking musicwww.thedrum.com
Music streaming company Spotify has introduced a social element into the creation of music playlists by integrating a new feature with Facebook Messenger.

Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Record Labels
Apple Said to Seek Lower Rate in New Deals With Record Labelswww.bloomberg.com

Apple Inc. is seeking to reduce record labels’ share of revenue from streaming, part of negotiations to revise the iPhone maker’s overall relationship with the music industry, according to people familiar with the matter.

Taylor Swift's return to streaming earns $400K in 12 days
Taylor Swift's return to streaming earns $400K in 12 dayswww.cnet.com
Swift’s music returned on June 8 to the streaming services she left in 2014 and has already earned her nearly half a million dollars.

Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patience
Looking back and ahead, indie labels preach the gospel of patiencemusically.com
If nothing else, the 2017 edition of A2IM’s Indie Week was a grand, prolonged call for patience from indie labels and their partners.

Spotify Offline Playlist Syncing Arrives For Smartwatches
Spotify Offline Playlist Syncing Arrives For Smartwatcheswww.forbes.com
The Holy Grail for smartwatch users, finally arriving… on the Samsung Gear S3.

Tidal Launches New Podcast Series
Tidal Launches New Podcast Seriesvariety.com
Tidal, the Jay Z-owned global music and entertainment platform, will launch podcast playlists, the company announced Tuesday afternoon.

TuneIn Sues Pandora for Breach of Contract Over Failed Ad Sales Goals, Guaranteed Payments
TuneIn Sues Pandora for Breach of Contract Over Failed Ad Sales Goals, Guaranteed Paymentswww.billboard.com
Radio streaming platform TuneIn is suing Pandora for breach of contract in a deal where the music streaming service failed to meet ad sales goals and guaranteed payments over the first quarter of 2017.

Small Russian Labels Balk at 'Unfavorable' Licensing Deals From VKontakte
Small Russian Labels Balk at 'Unfavorable' Licensing Deals From VKontaktewww.billboard.com
The social network VKontakte — aka “The Russian Facebook” — which recently launched a paid music service and has license agreements with Sony, Warner and Universal, is having trouble signing deals with smaller, local labels.

What Spotify and Apple's figures tell us about music streaming right now
What Spotify and Apple's figures tell us about music streaming right now www.musicweek.com
Here’s the cold, hard truth about music streaming: right now, Spotify can’t seem to make money out of it. Apple, meanwhile, doesn’t need to… Music Week looks at the two streaming giants’ financials and analyses what they mean for the future…

Adult Swim Singles' creative director: 'People don't download music anymore'
Adult Swim Singles' creative director: 'People don't download music anymore'www.theverge.com
For 31 weeks last year, Adult Swim dropped a new track every Wednesday from artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Tim Hecker, and Run the Jewels. This year, the TV network is going to extend Adult Swim…

Me, Otis Gibbs, and the Joy of Discovering New Music

I read a post about John Moreland on Bob Lefsetz’s blog. Later, as I surfed Spotify, Moreland’s name popped into my mind, and I pulled up his latest album.

After sampling a few tunes I checked Related Artists; this is one of my favorite features and a helpful road map to a variety of artists I have a) overlooked in the past, b) just hit the scene that I’m not aware of yet, or c) I have just never ever heard of for whatever reason.

A few clicks later, and I am knee-deep into the musical output of Otis Gibbs. I had never heard of Otis Gibbs. I liked the name, so I figured I would check him out.

But now I really like Otis Gibbs!

Sure, I might have eventually caught up with the singer-songwriter via a blog, Twitter post, or whatever, but more likely I would have continued on having never heard of Otis Gibbs.

And that would be too bad for me because I am enjoying his music.

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Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for May 15 – May 19.

Monday: Guvera Shuts Down; Is The MP3 Officially Dead?; Long Live the Spotify Inbox

Tuesday: Spotify, Blockchain and the Future; Sound Royalties’ $100m Bet on Unlocking Artist Income; LiveXLive Acquires Wantickets

WednesdayCompeting With Paid; The MP3 Is Not Dead; Universal Partners with Tencent

ThursdayIt’s Demo Day for Techstars Music Start-Ups; Apple Music Shifts Away From Album Exclusives

Friday: Spotify Acquires AI Start-Up Niland; SiriusXM Circles Back to Pandora

 

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I’m Streaming… But I Can’t Stop Buying Music!

I’m currently way down the rabbit hole with The Motels.

I’ve always loved the ‘hits’ (“Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer”), but I never really took a deep dive into their catalog.

Until now. And what usually happens when I fall into the deep end of an artist’s catalog, I freak out and start consuming music content like a mad man.

I get a massive thrill when I discover music I missed the first time around, whether it’s from last year or 20 years ago. It’s like stumbling upon a pot of gold.

So here I am with The Motels.

And I want to know why “Little Robbers” is not available on Spotify or iTunes?

Why is that one album not part of the streaming/download deal for The Motels? Same thing with Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.” Awhile back all of his catalog – thankfully – returned to the world of music streaming, but not “Tupelo Honey.”

Anyway…. So I have Spotify open and I’m streaming away with old school Motels.

“All Four One” was released in 1982. I was 10. What I know of the album is “Only the Lonely,” which is a classic.

But now I’m loving tracks like “Art Fails” and “Change My Mind,” which I am listening to over and over again.

But I have my iTunes open and selectively picking a few Motels songs to purchase.

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Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for May 8 – May 12.

Monday: Warner, YouTube Renew Licensing Deal; Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Not OK with Streaming; Spotify Expands in London

Tuesday: Spotify, Deezer Back Call to Regulate App Store Owners; Kobalt’s Big Funding; Pandora Nabs $150 Million Investment

WednesdayWhy the Entertainment Industry Needs Blockchain; Inside The Ongoing Quest To Get Music Curators Paid

Thursday: The New eMusic; Pandora is Running Out of Options; Spotify Partners with Capital One; Drag City Announces First-Ever Streaming Releases

Friday: Music’s Quantitative Methods; iTunes Headed to Windows Store; Study Defends YouTube’s Value To Music Biz; 20 Music Startups at Midem

 

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Scout Boats Becomes First Marine Manufacturer to Offer 3-Months of SiriusXM’s Top-Tier Marine Weather, Info & Audio Services

SiriusXM and Scout Boats announced today that Scout is the first boat builder to provide its customers a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered marine weather, information, and audio services.

Scout is a leading independent boat manufacturer in the recreational marine industry, specializing in luxury sport fishing center console, dual console and bay boat models.

Scout customers who purchase a boat equipped with a SiriusXM receiver will get three months of SiriusXM Marine Offshore Weather, SiriusXM’s top-level weather package, as well as three months of the SiriusXM All Access programming package, which offers the full spectrum of SiriusXM audio entertainment. This mirrors the successful SiriusXM program offered to millions of consumers each year as they purchase new cars and trucks.

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Music Streaming | The Week in Review

In case you missed all the great music streaming news we featured this week, here’s our Platform & Stream Week In Review for May 1 – May 5.

MondaySpotify’s Blockchain Acquisition is a Big Deal; Heard Well Radio

Tuesday: How Streaming Music Has Changed Music Banking; How to Use Spotify Like a Pro; VKontakte Debuts Music Streaming

Wednesday: How The Music Streaming Boom Is Growing; New App qWaqq; SiriusXM Launching Beatles Channel

Thursday: Analog vs. Digital; Too Many Music Blockchains? OMI Chief Says ‘No‘; ‘The Last Songwriter’ Looks at Downside of Streaming

Friday: How The Music Industry Is Putting Itself Out Of Business; New ‘Purple Rain’ Concert Film, Documentary Pitched to Streaming Services

 

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