Issue 602: SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandora; Qobuz Debuts Today; ‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1M Streams

Blog, Music, Streaming

With Merger Complete, SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandora
With Merger Complete, SiriusXM Must Decide What to Do With Pandorawww.digitaltrends.com
The merger between SiriusXM and Pandora, which has been in the works since September of 2018, is now complete. This means that 2019 will be the year that the combined entity will have to figure out how to make the most of the two audiences. Here’s how it plans to do it.

Hi-res streaming service Qobuz launches in the US today
Hi-res streaming service Qobuz launches in the US todaymusically.com
Music-streaming service Qobuz will go live in the US today: a launch that the company has been teasing for several months.

‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1 Million Streams
‘Green Book’ Soundtrack Passes 1 Million Streamsvariety.com
The official soundtrack to “Green Book” has surpassed one million streams on global music streaming platforms.

Deezer chooses Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi for ‘Next’ promo
Deezer chooses Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi for ‘Next’ promomusically.com
Deezer has announced the next swathe of artists who’ll benefit from its ‘Deezer Next’ promotion in 2019.

Spotify Spends Big On Podcasts, But Ad Revenue Has A Long Way To Go
Spotify Spends Big On Podcasts, But Ad Revenue Has A Long Way To Gowww.forbes.com
Spotify is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on podcast-related acquisitions. But the primary source of revenue in podcasting is advertising, and podcast ad revenue has a long way to go before it catches up to streaming music.

How India's Millennials, Smartphones and Spotify's Entry will Awaken the Music Industry's 'Sleeping Giant'
How India's Millennials, Smartphones and Spotify's Entry will Awaken the Music Industry's 'Sleeping Giant'www.entrepreneur.com
It is clear that every music streaming platform sees India as a golden ticket to growing tenfold. So much so, that streaming services like Spotify will likely come into the Indian market with a limited catalog with the goal of taking on market share holder Gaana.

‘Spotify Teardown’ Is the Book Spotify Didn’t Want Published
‘Spotify Teardown’ Is the Book Spotify Didn’t Want Publishedwww.rollingstone.com

Researchers behind the controversial new book into Spotify’s operations chat with Rolling Stone about their most surprising findings.

Warren Haynes & Stefani Scamardo Announce Valentine's Day Special On SiriusXM Jam On
Warren Haynes & Stefani Scamardo Announce Valentine's Day Special On SiriusXM Jam Onwww.jambase.com
The husband-and-wife pair of Stefani Scamardo and Warren Haynes will host a “Valentine’s Day Love Set” all day on February 14 via SiriusXM’s Jam On featuring Phil Lesh, Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon and more.

Why Don't We have Perfect Sound Yet?
Why Don't We have Perfect Sound Yet?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at reasons why we aren’t yet in sonic nirvana…

The album is in crisis: Streaming services, artists' preference for singles have put the format under threat
The album is in crisis: Streaming services, artists' preference for singles have put the format under threatwww.firstpost.com
Older consumers with a personal fondness for romantic balladeers and people who are buying music for their children are the only ones purchasing albums anymore. Most listeners have migrated to Youtube and audio streaming services

Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances
Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advanceswww.hypebot.com
Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish…

Issue 571: 10 Music Business Predictions for 2019; Mariah Carey’s Big Streaming Day Shows Little Payment

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10 Music Business Predictions For 2019
10 Music Business Predictions For 2019www.forbes.com
There have been many trends in the music business in the last year that point to what might happen in the new year.

Mariah Carey's record-breaking day shows how little musicians make from Spotify
Mariah Carey's record-breaking day shows how little musicians make from Spotifyqz.com
The pop star’s Christmas song has been streamed more than 10 million times today. Relatively speaking, there won’t be a huge payout.

Spotify Stock Could Be Due for Big Comeback
Spotify Stock Could Be Due for Big Comebackwww.barrons.com

The significant selloff in Spotify Technology stock is overdone and driven by pressure from the general market, according to MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson.

How streaming has hijacked our charts
How streaming has hijacked our chartswww.tweeddailynews.com.au
The current ARIA top 50 is a confusing mess of retro classics that have stumbled their way to the top for the first time in years – and this is why.

Comcast to Drop Fuse Music Channel in New Year
Comcast to Drop Fuse Music Channel in New Yearwww.billboard.com
Comcast, the U.S. cable provider, announced that it will be dropping Fuse Music Channel, which is partially owned by Jennifer Lopez, from its services in the new year.

How different music streaming platforms use AI
How different music streaming platforms use AIwww.androidpit.com
The music industry continues to integrate new technologies and streaming music services are no exception. The collective goal is to make further progress in the customization of music, achieved largely by some platforms thanks to the implementation of artificial intelligence.

Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classics
Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classicsthemusicuniverse.com
Sampling, streaming brings unintentional rebirth to music classics including Santana thanks to a sample in Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts.”

Even in the streaming music era, the box set endures. Here are some of the year's best
Even in the streaming music era, the box set endures. Here are some of the year's bestwww.latimes.com
Even in the anything-and-everything streaming era, the world of music boxed sets is showing plenty of life. After all, sometimes you need a curator. Before we focus on 2019, here are some archival releases not to be overlooked.

Neil Young Launches Personal Streaming Service That Could Actually Work
Neil Young Launches Personal Streaming Service That Could Actually Workwww.hypebot.com

While the prohibitive costs of the necessary music licenses has made launching a new streaming service next to impossible, Neil Young is trying a different approach by rolling out a platform that only offers his own music, in joint venture with Warner music that might actually be successful.

With Amazon Echo Deal, Apple Music Is At A Crossroads
With Amazon Echo Deal, Apple Music Is At A Crossroadswww.forbes.com
As smart speakers go mainstream, the walls between the tech giants’ walled gardens are starting to come down.

HMV: Did streaming cause retailer to fail?
HMV: Did streaming cause retailer to fail?www.bbc.com
The rise of Netflix and rental streaming services seem to have caused a plunge in DVD sales.

Issue #440: SoundCloud Focused on Creators in New Marketing Campaign; Tech Companies as the New Record Labels?

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SoundCloud ‘redoubles focus’ on creators in First On SoundCloud campaign says CEO
SoundCloud ‘redoubles focus’ on creators in First On SoundCloud campaign says CEOwww.thedrum.com
SoundCloud is among one of the largest streaming sites in the world, claimed its chief executive, but unhappy with that, he is keen to differentiate it by redoubling its focus on championing the creative talent that helped build the open music platform in the first place.

Tech companies are the new record labels? Get the popcorn in!
Tech companies are the new record labels? Get the popcorn in!www.pias.com

Labels, recording studios, and radio still matter, but in a cluttered landscape artists’ biggest challenge is now navigating this complexity, noise and disruption to get heard.

Spotify, Amazon Used CMA Fest as Platform to Woo CD-Loving Country Fans
Spotify, Amazon Used CMA Fest as Platform to Woo CD-Loving Country Fanswww.billboard.com
The hundreds of artists appearing at the CMA Fest this past weekend weren’t the only ones trying to court new fans. Streaming music providers had a larger presence at this year’s festival, hoping to convert country music fans, who have been slower to adopt streaming compared with other genres.

Russia's VKontakte, Former Haven for Pirated Music, Reports 1.5 Million Subscribers for Its Legit Streaming Service
Russia's VKontakte, Former Haven for Pirated Music, Reports 1.5 Million Subscribers for Its Legit Streaming Servicewww.billboard.com
VKontakte, the so-called “Russian Facebook,” formerly notorious for fostering user-generated illegitimate music content, reported 1.5 million of subscribers to its legitimate music streaming service, launched a year ago.

Minds, machines, and centralization: AI and music
Minds, machines, and centralization: AI and musiccdm.link
Far from the liberated playground the Internet once promised, online connectivity now threatens to give us mainly pre-programmed culture. As we continue reflections on AI from CTM Festival in Berlin, here’s an essay from this year’s program.

Four Indie Ventures Marking Major Milestones In the Music Industry
Four Indie Ventures Marking Major Milestones In the Music Industrywww.billboard.com
Two independent labels, a retailer and a distributor celebrate staying power.

YouTube Music rolls out: ‘Leading with audio is the key for us’
YouTube Music rolls out: ‘Leading with audio is the key for us’musically.com
YouTube Music Premium, the new subscription tier for Google’s video service, is launching fully in 17 countries today, including 12 additional markets to the five that were announced in May.

Your Spotify History Could Help Predict What’s Going On With The Economy
Your Spotify History Could Help Predict What’s Going On With The Economywww.fastcodesign.com
New research suggests that what you listen to mirrors economic boom times and recessions.

After revenues dropped last year, can Napster really compete in the streaming music space?
After revenues dropped last year, can Napster really compete in the streaming music space?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Napster chief executive Bill Patrizio has big plans for the future.

'Austin City Limits' Announces Anderson East Webcast
'Austin City Limits' Announces Anderson East Webcastwww.jambase.com
Singer-songwriter Anderson East will take the ‘Austin City Limits’ stage for the first time on June 22 with a free webcast of the taping available.

Issue #408: Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ing; 20 Hot Music Tech Startups

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Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ing
Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ingmedium.com

You’ve read the stats: music download sales are in a free-fall as acceptance of music streaming continues to grow. If you’re in the dance music industry, you might feel some immunity as DJs are your primary customers.

The 20 hottest music tech startups of 2018 (according to Midemlab)
The 20 hottest music tech startups of 2018 (according to Midemlab)musically.com
Midemlab has become one of the most well-established features of the annual Midem conference in Cannes, providing a forum for music/tech startups to pitch their wares to an industry audience.

A YouTube Music refresh is slowly rolling out to some users
A YouTube Music refresh is slowly rolling out to some userswww.theverge.com
A Reddit user has posted images of a redesigned version of the YouTube Music app, which YouTube has since confirmed is real to The Verge.

Music streamer inks exclusive distribution deal
Music streamer inks exclusive distribution dealwww.shine.cn

NetEase Cloud Music is teaming up with B2 Music to distribute Billboard, VIBE and SPIN series in China.

Reinventing Radio for the Alexa Age
Reinventing Radio for the Alexa Agemedium.com
As a teenager my Saturday afternoons were taken up walking between three record shops in the high street of my small home town.

Spotify looks to launch its music streaming services in the UAE
Spotify looks to launch its music streaming services in the UAEwww.thenational.ae

Job listings have indicated that candidates would work from the company’s “Dubai office”

Will Music Modernization Copyright Bills Extend Copyright Term Up To 144 Years?
Will Music Modernization Copyright Bills Extend Copyright Term Up To 144 Years?abovethelaw.com
Let’s hope that the Senate figures out how crazy it would be to add to the mess of copyright term and fix the bill.

Tesla is only the beginning of Spotify's plan to stream music to your car
Tesla is only the beginning of Spotify's plan to stream music to your carmarkets.businessinsider.com

Automakers could get a huge boost from selling subscription services through their in-car infotainment systems, like Tesla’s 17-inch screen.

Industry Insider: ForTunes Co-Founder, CEO Florian Richling On Aggregating & Using Artist Data Smarter
Industry Insider: ForTunes Co-Founder, CEO Florian Richling On Aggregating & Using Artist Data Smarterwww.magneticmag.com
Having all of your data in one place can be a huge timesaver and incredibly convenient for busy musicians.

Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technology
Blockchain-Powered Music Platform Soundeon Files New Patent-Pending Technologyplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Soundeon continues to gain momentum and establish its position at the forefront of blockchain innovation as Soundeon inventors have filed a nonprovisional utility patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Creative Smart Contract technology underlying the platform.

Spotify’s Programmatic Business Grew 94% This Year
Spotify’s Programmatic Business Grew 94% This Yearadexchanger.com

In its first earnings report as a public company on Wednesday, Spotify said its programmatic revenue was up 94% year over year. It didn’t give a figure, however.

Issue #393: Is Windowing on Spotify Worth It for the Labels?; Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record

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Windowing on Spotify is finally happening – but is it worth it for the labels?
Windowing on Spotify is finally happening – but is it worth it for the labels?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

It’s been just over a year since Universal Music Group issued an announcement of its new deal with Spotify – revealing that the major had won the concession to ‘window’ major artist releases on the service’s premium tier.

Streaming Era Challenges Creators to Retain Fans & Diversify Income
Streaming Era Challenges Creators to Retain Fans & Diversify Incomestem.is
A collection of tips, tricks, and insights to help build a diversified business that supplements income derived from Spotify, Apple Music, and other DSPs, highlighting simple steps artists can take in the streaming economy to maximize the value they create for fans and vice versa.

Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Record
Cardi B Smashes Taylor Swift’s Apple Music Recordvariety.com
With more than 100 million streams worldwide in just a week, Cardi B’s new album “Invasion of Privacy” has shattered Apple Music’s record for most-streamed album by a female artist in its first week.

Is Spotify the Next Netflix or the Next Pandora?
Is Spotify the Next Netflix or the Next Pandora? www.theringer.com
The streaming giant’s unusual Wall Street debut was one of the largest tech IPOs of all time. But it’s hard to shake the anxiety around its money-losing business model.

Apple Homepod Sales Reportedly Below Expectations
Apple Homepod Sales Reportedly Below Expectationsvariety.com
Apple stores are said to sit on excess inventory for the company’s Homepod smart speaker.

Spotify's Auto-Mix Is the Robot That Replaces Party DJs
Spotify's Auto-Mix Is the Robot That Replaces Party DJswww.digitalmusicnews.com
Spotify might just put an end to the careers of party DJs. A new feature allows for songs on shuffle to be properly mixed together.

Ingrooves' New 'Trends Now' Tool Helps Labels Sort Through Streaming's Data Dump
Ingrooves' New 'Trends Now' Tool Helps Labels Sort Through Streaming's Data Dumpwww.billboard.com
The amount of data coming from streaming services is growing exponentially, but as more information floods in it’s becoming harder for music marketers to see what’s important.

Where do you see Independent Record Labels heading in the future?
Where do you see Independent Record Labels heading in the future?medium.com
I have no idea where other Independent record labels are headed in future. Perhaps I can give you an idea of where I may take Iron Man Records if anything goes to plan. Which often, it doesn’t. But…

Soundpruf to use cryptocurrency to pay artists/fans for Spotify streams
Soundpruf to use cryptocurrency to pay artists/fans for Spotify streamsmusically.com
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music.

Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engine
Music Audience Exchange Unveils MAX Artist Matching Engineplatformandstream.wordpress.com

Music Audience Exchange today unveiled its MAX Artist Matching Engine, the result of a three year project from a team of engineers and data scientists.

MoviePass Bundles Subscription With iHeartRadio Streaming Service
MoviePass Bundles Subscription With iHeartRadio Streaming Servicewww.hollywoodreporter.com
The promotion offers access to cinemas and on-demand music for $29.95 over three months.

Australia’s Recorded Music Market Posts Highest Annual Growth Since 1996
Australia’s Recorded Music Market Posts Highest Annual Growth Since 1996www.billboard.com
ARIA announced the market grew by 10.5% in value last year to A$391 million ($303 million), thanks largely to the “continued consumer uptake” of streaming services.

Steve Aoki Loves Streaming Music
Steve Aoki Loves Streaming Musicm.chron.com

The Grammy-nominated DJ says streaming makes music easily accessible, which is crucial for the industry today.

Pirate Site-Blocking? Music Biz Wants App Blocking Too
Pirate Site-Blocking? Music Biz Wants App Blocking Tootorrentfreak.com
With thousands of websites blocked all around the world on copyright grounds, pirates are continuing to innovate.

Issue #386: Is Spotify Going to Kill Jazz, Soul and Classical Music?; MelodyVR Set to Launch VR Music App

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Spotify could kill Jazz, Soul and Classical music. Really.

This problem is more than theoretical. It is the immediate dilemma facing artists, and it has an inordinate impact on jazz, soul, classical, blues and other similar genres with older audiences.

Some artists are leaving the industry, some are changing their music to appeal to younger ears, and thousands of others have decided not to release any new music because they simply can’t make money recording anymore.

Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix It
Information Is Power: Why the Music Business Is Still Broken For Artists, And How to Fix Itwww.billboard.com
The music industry may have regained its financial footing thanks to streaming. But there’s still a lot broken in the business, and it stems from one fundamental problem.

Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your car
Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your carwww.theverge.com
Back in February, some Spotify users received a notification about an upcoming in-car device that supports voice commands.

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like
How to Find New Music You'll Actually Likelifehacker.com

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are 50 ideas.

Licensing and Publishing / Genius Stories
Licensing and Publishing / Genius Storiesmedium.com
Genius and YouTube have joined to launch Song Stories, an audiovisual, interactive experience for fans to interact more deeply with music by their favorite artists.

This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh music
This new digital music platform at Carnegie Library will spotlight Pittsburgh musictheincline.com
It’s a collaboration with a Pittsburgh company.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Savior
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Once the Music Industry’s Slayer, Now Its Saviorwww.wsj.com
As Spotify is about to go public, CEO Daniel Ek faces the daunting task of making his company profitable while fending off streaming competition from tech giants such as Apple, Alphabet’s Google and Amazon.com.

Sonos Gets Ready for an IPO
Sonos Gets Ready for an IPOvariety.com
Connected-speaker maker Sonos is looking to fill key legal and accounting roles with people with public company experience.

TuneGO Partners with Priority Records
TuneGO Partners with Priority Recordsplatformandstream.wordpress.com

TuneGO has announced a partnership with Priority Records. The label, responsible for launching the careers of Eazy-E, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and many others, will provide distribution for TuneGO content in the United States and its parent company, Universal Music Group will handle the global market.

Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability
Expect the unexpected: The only strategy for continuous availability www.information-age.com

The digital world has made accessing goods, services and information possible within a matter of seconds. From ordering a pizza to the front door to having a taxi arrive at the tap of a button.

8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi" Audiophiles
8 Best Music Streaming Services In India For "Desi" Audiophilesfossbytes.com
India’s music streaming market is still sprouting and taking people away from piracy. Some of the best music streaming apps include Saavn, Gaana, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Prime, etc.

Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists properly
Estelle: Music streaming services should pay artists properlywww.cnbc.com
“The labels and streaming services can fight, but the artists will keep on making music, and they want in on the music, so they would have to figure it out,” Grammy award-winner Estelle said.

MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’
MelodyVR to launch its VR music app ‘in the coming weeks’musically.com
After a lengthy beta-test period and a succession of licensing deals with music companies, VR music startup MelodyVR is preparing for its commercial launch.

Issue #385: Streaming Fuels Music Industry’s Growth; Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers; 8tracks Returns to Free Streaming

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VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growth
VC & Finance Veterans Move In as Streaming Fuels Music Industry's Growthwww.billboard.com
Many of the music industry’s most influential executives have dabbled in or even fled entirely to the worlds of tech, finance and VC. But now, thanks in part to the growth of streaming, the moves are increasingly also moving in the other direction.

Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71M
Apple Music Just Hit 40M Paid Subscribers, Gaining Ground On Spotify's 71Mwww.forbes.com
In a very quiet announcement on Twitter, Apple released some very significant news today.

As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming era
As Spotify goes public, a look at the winners and losers of the streaming erawww.washingtonpost.com
As streaming giant Spotify goes public, a look at what types of music do the best (and worst) online.

8tracks removes weekly free listening limits
8tracks removes weekly free listening limitsblog.8tracks.com
Thanks to our much-appreciated 8tracks Plus subscribers and the recent introduction of new audio ads, we’re beyond excited to say goodbye to the loathed weekly free listening limit for people in the US.

SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloud
SoundCloud Invests In the Rappers Who Love SoundCloudwww.dailydot.com
SoundCloud alums are responsible for 14 Grammy nominations, 41 albums landing on the Billboard charts, and 122 Billboard Hot 100 singles. Now SoundCloud is taking steps to support its homegrown talent.

King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fm
King’s X to Offer Instant Live Recordings Via VNUE’s set.fmplatformandstream.wordpress.com
VNUE will be recording the upcoming West Coast run from veteran American hard rockers King’s X and making the shows available for download instantly via VNUE’s set.fm app, web site, and at each show with all new Limited Edition VIP laminates.

Introducing: Spotify Hard Mode
Introducing: Spotify Hard Modemedium.com
I for one miss the days of spending at least 30 minutes at every party going through the host’s CDs for the ones I knew, the ones I knew I wanted, and most of all; the ones I didn’t know I wanted…

The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Lovers
The Small Streamer With A Big Sound And A Finger On The Pulse Of The Next Generation Of Music Loverswww.forbes.com
This amazingly compact streaming device offers 70w of power and a sound big enough to fill most rooms. It works with virtually all music streaming services and is incredibly versatile. Best of all, it sounds great.

Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spin
Spotify’s trading debut sends recording industry into a spinwww.theglobeandmail.com
Giving up on a traditional initial public offering builds on the streaming service’s past decade of challenging old ways of doing things

Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In History
Is Radio Really Dying? NPR Reports Its Highest Ratings In Historywww.digitalmusicnews.com
Radio is not dead as NPR records highest numbers. The NPR One app is available for smart speakers from Amazon, Google Home, and Apple.

12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labels
12 Albums to Start Your Obsession With One of Indie Rock’s Weirdest Labelsnoisey.vice.com
Though you should probably own their LPs already, Drag City has done you a favor and joined Spotify. Now you can stream records by the Silver Jews, Ty Segall, and more.

How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music
How to sync your local iTunes library when you’re subscribed to Apple Music9to5mac.com

Apple Music is one of the best music streaming options when you have a local library of unreleased songs, live concerts, or remixes. But this method will also allow you to sync hi-fiedlity music such as ALAC to your iPhone.

Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trends
Spotify and Netflix Are Experiencing Opposite User Engagement Trendswww.midiaresearch.com
Monthly hours per subscriber is on the rise for Spotify, while declining for Netflix.