Issue 648: Bandcamp’s Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists; Amazon Launches Free Music Streaming (Alexa Only); Spotify Opens London Research Hub

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Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists
Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artistswww.billboard.com
Sales of vinyl records on Bandcamp have grown 600 percent in the last five years, with roughly 3,500 unique vinyl albums added every month.

Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)
Amazon Music Launches Free Streaming Tier, Through Alexa Only (For Now)variety.com
Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, with access only for Alexa customers in the U.S. (for now).

Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobs
Spotify Opens New Research Hub In London, Adding 300 Jobswww.billboard.com
Spotify has opened a new research and development hub in London — the streaming company’s first major technology centre outside of the U.S. and its home country of Sweden.

Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Time
Beyonce Set to Release 'Lemonade' Audio On All Streaming Platforms For First Timewww.billboard.com
Beyoncé’s landmark visual album Lemonade is coming to all streaming services for the first time, Billboard can confirm.

Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Music
Amazon’s Ad Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Musicmusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Amazon is reportedly close to launching an ad supported streaming music offering.

Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companies
Nashville Metro Council backs songwriters in dispute with music streaming companieswww.tennessean.com
The Nashville Metro Council is requesting music streaming companies drop appeal on a court decision that would give songwriters a raise.

Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Content
Universal Music Group Teams With Podcast Firm Wondery to Develop Original Contentwww.billboard.com
The new partners will jointly develop original podcasts drawing from the major label’s music roster.

YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Market
YouTube Outshines Spotify in This Fast-Growing Marketwww.foxbusiness.com
Spotify made a great start in India, but it could lose momentum thanks to the presence of more established services like YouTube Premium and Amazon Prime.

Inside India’s TikTok Addiction
Inside India’s TikTok Addictionwww.bloombergquint.com

TikTok, crossed 1 billion downloads last month, according to a report by analytics firm SensorTower.

Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artists
Blueprint Radio launches podcast-plugging service for artistsmusically.com

British radio-promotions firm Blueprint Radio has launched a new division called Blueprint Pods, which it says will focus on matching artists “with podcasts that best meet their strategic needs”.

When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?
When, How Long and How Loudly Do You Listen to Your System?audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson outlines when, how long and how loudly a system might be played…

No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Services
No Holding Back: Beyonce's 'Homecoming' Found on All Streaming Serviceswww.billboard.com
Unlike Beyonce’s past releases, Homecoming can be found on all streaming platforms from the start.

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Issue 647: IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French; SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandora; CD Baby, Audible Magic Link Up

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IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French – Platform & Stream
IDAGIO Now Available in Spanish and French – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

IDAGIO is enhancing its app experience for iOS users. In addition to English and German, the app will now be available to classical music enthusiasts in French and Spanish.

SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandora
SiriusXM Unveils Podcasting Venture on Pandoraplatformandstream.com

SiriusXM announced the first initiative in delivering its talk programming to Pandora’s audience. Starting now, content from select SiriusXM shows extending across entertainment, talk, comedy, music, and sports, will be available to all Pandora listeners as podcasts.

CD Baby partners with digital content identification platform Audible Magic
CD Baby partners with digital content identification platform Audible Magicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
CD Baby will use Audible Magic’s RightsRx service to identify content rights conflicts

Spotify’s promise to worried Gimlet fans: We won’t “disrupt” podcast magic
Spotify’s promise to worried Gimlet fans: We won’t “disrupt” podcast magicwww.fastcompany.com
“If you listen to Reply All, and you listen on Apple Podcasts, you can continue to listen to Reply All on Apple Podcasts,” said Gimlet’s cofounder.

Beyonce ‘Homecoming’ Live Album Is Streaming on All Major Platforms
Beyonce ‘Homecoming’ Live Album Is Streaming on All Major Platformswww.rollingstone.com

‘Homecoming: The Live Album’ is another surprise drop, but no longer an exclusive one.

Could TikTok’s new discovery program create a new revenue stream for indie artists?
Could TikTok’s new discovery program create a new revenue stream for indie artists?theindustryobserver.thebrag.com
Independent artists now have a direct line to TikTok’s 500 million monthly active users globally.

VNUE and Pro Music Rights team up on new music licensing model
VNUE and Pro Music Rights team up on new music licensing modelwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Pro Music Rights is a privately funded for-profit PRO founded by Jake P. Noch

Yamaha Brings Apple AirPlay2, New Music Streaming And Voice Control Via Free Firmware Updates
Yamaha Brings Apple AirPlay2, New Music Streaming And Voice Control Via Free Firmware Updateswww.forbes.com
Venerable Japanese audio brand is rolling out a comprehensive suite of free firmware updates for many of its products that will see support for Apple AirPlay 2, Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify and smart speaker actions.

Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government order
Google pulls TikTok from Play Store in India following government orderventurebeat.com
Google has pulled popular video app TikTok from the Play Store in India following a local court’s order. Critics say this could set a dangerous precedent.

Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Boost It's High-Margin Ad Business To $7B/Quarter
Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Music Could Boost It's High-Margin Ad Business To $7B/Quarterwww.forbes.com
Amazon is adding rocket fuel to its ad business. And super-charging Echo and Alexa.

How loud do you like your music?
How loud do you like your music?www.cnet.com
How loud you listen to music depends on the circumstances, but there are ways that you can minimize the long-term effects on your hearing.

Issue 644: Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offering; Bytedance Planning Music Streaming App for Overseas Market

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Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offering
Amazon in Talks to Launch Ad-Supported Music Offeringwww.billboard.com
Amazon is readying to launch a free, ad-supported music service as soon as next week, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Data-Sharing, the Future: ‘I Was Never a Disrupter’
Spotify’s Daniel Ek Talks Royalties, Data-Sharing, the Future: ‘I Was Never a Disrupter’variety.com
In an interview with Freaknomics Radio, Spotify’s Daniel Ek talked about royalties, data-sharing, the company’s future and more.

TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas market
TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas marketwww.scmp.com
Move to launch music streaming app comes after major labels ask for higher royalty payments for music used on TikTok video platform

Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with music
Project Wave app aims to blend private messaging with musicmusically.com
Project Wave is a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform with music streaming and distribution service

SoundExchange Takes Music Choice to Court Over Underpaid Royalties
SoundExchange Takes Music Choice to Court Over Underpaid Royaltieswww.billboard.com
SoundExchange has filed a lawsuit against Music Choice, alleging that the music services has shortchanged it in millions of dollars of royalty payment from its business establishment music service. The lawsuit was filed in the Washington, D.C. District Court today.

YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Push
YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Pushwww.billboard.com
YouTube is making a move into interactive programming and has tapped a longtime content executive to lead the push.

Music Streaming: How Much do Songwriters Get Paid?
Music Streaming: How Much do Songwriters Get Paid?www.rollingstone.com

How three U.S. copyright judges set off a war between music-streaming services.

'Songwriters Are Not Treated Fairly': Nile Rodgers On Streaming's Present And Future
'Songwriters Are Not Treated Fairly': Nile Rodgers On Streaming's Present And Futurewww.npr.org
The famed musician and current chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame talks to NPR about a recent letter he and many other songwriters sent to the head of Spotify.

Requestify is the latest spin on social, digital jukeboxes
Requestify is the latest spin on social, digital jukeboxesmusically.com
Requestify is a fully app-driven social jukebox designed to create unparalleled experiences at events and venues around the world

Entertainment One to buy UK's Audio Network in $215m deal
Entertainment One to buy UK's Audio Network in $215m dealwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
‘eOne’s capabilities across Music will be significantly bolstered by Audio Network’s impressive scale and roster of artists, composers and catalogue.’

Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streaming
Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streamingwww.hypebot.com

According to the latest report from the IFPI, the music industry has now seen its fourth uninterrupted year of growth, reaching $19 billion in revenue, a an increase which has been fueled in large part by a major uptick in paid music subscriptions.

Issue 643: Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page; Trey Anastasio’s NYC Webcasts; Apple Podcasts Coming to the Web

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Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page With New Raconteurs Song
Third Man Records Launches Bandcamp Page With New Raconteurs Songpitchfork.com

Jack White’s rock quartet shares their cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)”.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Before
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Beforewww.billboard.com
“I don’t believe that the music industry has to be disrupted. I believe it has to be evolved,” he said in expansive interview with the ‘Freakonomics Radio’ podcast.

Apple Podcasts Are Coming to the Web
Apple Podcasts Are Coming to the Webvariety.com
Apple has been testing a full-featured web interface for its podcast directory.

Wiz Khalifa Docuseries to Launch on Apple Music
Wiz Khalifa Docuseries to Launch on Apple Musicvariety.com
“Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam,” a five-part docuseries looking back at the rapper’s career, will launch April 17 on Apple Music.

Trey Anastasio Announces Ghosts Of The Forest New York City Webcasts
Trey Anastasio Announces Ghosts Of The Forest New York City Webcastswww.jambase.com
Live webcasts of Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts Of The Forest shows at the United Palace Theatre in New York City are available.

iHeartMedia's IPO Plans: Industry Skeptics, Optimists Weigh In
iHeartMedia's IPO Plans: Industry Skeptics, Optimists Weigh Inwww.billboard.com

Bob Pittman, the chairman/CEO of iHeartMedia, likes to compare his broadcast-radio empire — which reaches 275 million listeners each month and is saddled with nearly $6 billion in debt — to a house.

Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming Advertising
Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming Advertisingplatformandstream.com

OpenText announced Pandora selected OpenText Media Management as the asset storage and management application for its audio and display advertising.

MicTurn takes the idea of open-mic concerts online
MicTurn takes the idea of open-mic concerts onlinemusically.com
If you’ve ever been to an ‘open-mic’ concert, you’ll know how they work: musicians turn up with their instruments, sign up to take part and then wait their turn to play a few songs. Now there’s a startup trying to do that in the online world. It’s called MicTurn.

dotBC teams with Digimarc to merge Blockchain and Digimarc Barcode for rights management solutions
dotBC teams with Digimarc to merge Blockchain and Digimarc Barcode for rights management solutionswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

DotBC seeks to modernize media rights management.

Bose brings audio AR shades and festival content to Coachella
Bose brings audio AR shades and festival content to Coachellawww.mobilemarketer.com

Bose collaborated with festival organizer Goldenvoice to add the audio AR feature to the core Coachella smartphone app.

Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?
Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?variety.com
In this guest post, NMPA chief David Israelite argues that songwriters have turned the tide of public opinion against big tech.

Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetization
Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetizationplatformandstream.com

Triton Digital announced today that Stingray has selected Triton Digital to power the monetization of the streaming audio content on its Stingray Music mobile application.

Issue 639: Is Apple Music Really Beating Spotify with U.S. Users?; King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotify; Boomplay Raises $20M

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Is Apple Music really beating Spotify with U.S. users? WSJ report says yes
Is Apple Music really beating Spotify with U.S. users? WSJ report says yeswww.usatoday.com
Apple Music may have gotten a nice win in its battle with Spotify, the title of most popular streaming service in the U.S.

King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotify
King Crimson to Stream All Studio Albums on Spotifywww.rollingstone.com

All 13 of band’s studio albums will hit Spotify and other services in time for upcoming 50th anniversary tour.

Boomplay, Africa's Biggest Streaming Platform, Raises $20M in Funding
Boomplay, Africa's Biggest Streaming Platform, Raises $20M in Fundingwww.billboard.com
Boomplay Music, a leading music streaming and download service in Africa, has raised $20 million in Series A funding to continue its rapid expansion on the continent, the company announced Friday.

Nipsey Hussle Music Streams Increased 1,773% Following His Death
Nipsey Hussle Music Streams Increased 1,773% Following His Deathwww.complex.com
Nielsen Music reports the rapper’s catalog garnered 101.5 million on-demand streams Sunday and Monday.

Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?
Have Songwriters Turned the Tide Against Big Tech?variety.com
In this guest post, NMPA chief David Israelite argues that songwriters have turned the tide of public opinion against big tech.

TikTok Offering 'Spotlight' to Indie Artists Looking to Get Meme'd By the Masses
TikTok Offering 'Spotlight' to Indie Artists Looking to Get Meme'd By the Masseswww.billboard.com
TikTok has launched a new artist discovery program called “Spotlight” that will give independent artists a direct line to the app’s legion of content-hungry users.

Judas Priest's Rob Halford On Music Streaming: 'You Have To Accept It Since You Can't Turn Back The Tide'
Judas Priest's Rob Halford On Music Streaming: 'You Have To Accept It Since You Can't Turn Back The Tide'www.blabbermouth.net

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford spoke to Digital Journal about the impact of technology on the music business, especially with streaming services.

YouTube Music makes new play for independent artists with latest round of Foundry development program acts
YouTube Music makes new play for independent artists with latest round of Foundry development program actswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
11 new artists added to program with additional set to be added later this year

The Radio Giant iHeartMedia Prepares for Possible I.P.O.
The Radio Giant iHeartMedia Prepares for Possible I.P.O.www.nytimes.com
The largest radio broadcaster in the United States says radio offers “companionship” to compete against streaming music services.

Streaming music is going to officially take over the world this year
Streaming music is going to officially take over the world this yearwww.cnet.com
Streaming already makes nearly half of the money for recorded music worldwide.

Spotify and chat come to Windows 10 Game Bar
Spotify and chat come to Windows 10 Game Barventurebeat.com
Microsoft announced today that you can now access Spotify, chat, and other features with the Windows 10 Game Bar.

Gaana powers seamless music streaming experience in MG Motors
Gaana powers seamless music streaming experience in MG Motorswww.radioandmusic.com

Popular Indian music streaming app, Gaana will now power the in-vehicle infotainment system of UK-based carmaker MG Motors’ upcoming, Hector SUV.

Issue 636: Every Music Company Morphing Into the Same Thing; Global Recorded-Music Revenues Hit $19.1B; Pandora Tests AI-Powered Voice Ads

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Every Music Company is Morphing into the Same Thing
Every Music Company is Morphing into the Same Thingwww.rollingstone.com

Record labels are becoming streaming services; talent management companies are becoming record labels; distributors are having a go at becoming managers. And artists are stuck in the middle.

Driven by Streaming, Global Recorded-Music Revenues Soar to $19.1 Billion
Driven by Streaming, Global Recorded-Music Revenues Soar to $19.1 Billionvariety.com
Driven by streaming, global recorded-music revenues soared nearly 10% to $19.1 billion, according to IFPI’s annual report.

Pandora to Start Testing A.I.-powered Interactive Voice Ads
Pandora to Start Testing A.I.-powered Interactive Voice Adswww.digitaltrends.com
If you spot someone in the street talking to ads on Pandora in the coming months, then no, you’re not going mad. It’s part of a trial by the music streaming service that will use interactive voice ads to encourage responses from listeners so brands can learn what elements of a product they’re most interested in.

Mixcloud Select subscription service adds new features and creators
Mixcloud Select subscription service adds new features and creatorswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Service was launched in December 2018

Troy Carter and J. Erving Reunite to Launch Q&A Music/Technology Company
Troy Carter and J. Erving Reunite to Launch Q&A Music/Technology Companywww.billboard.com
Troy Carter has revealed his next move after vacating the role of Spotify’s global head of creator services in September: He’s reuniting with former Atom Factory co-president J. Erving to form a new music and technology company called Q&A.

Comment: Spotify hasn’t killed off music obsessives — just the thrill of the hunt
Comment: Spotify hasn’t killed off music obsessives — just the thrill of the hunt montrealgazette.com
Bernard Perusse used to spend countless hours seeking hard-to-find albums. Now streaming services have made a mockery of that work. But the music geek of yesteryear and the modern-day version aren’t so far apart.

How streaming services impact independent artists
How streaming services impact independent artistswww.cavalierdaily.com
Charlottesville’s local artists have found success navigating the new frontier of streaming platforms. 

Benefits and drawbacks of cheap music streaming
Benefits and drawbacks of cheap music streamingwww.shsoutherner.net

With the rise of the internet and easy access to music streaming platforms, many problems and benefits have come to light.

Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming Service
Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming Servicewww.hypebot.com

In this piece, Gimme Radio’s Tyler Lenane outlines why they felt compelled to start another streaming service in an already crowded sector and how Gimme Radio differentiates themselves from other platforms by focusing on serving the passionate fan.

Online music streaming leads Canadian music industry growth in 2017
Online music streaming leads Canadian music industry growth in 2017mobilesyrup.com

Canada’s music industry is growing on the back of online streaming, with its almost 50 percent market share of how people listen to music.

AC/DC Logo Designer Creates New Apple Music Playlist Art
AC/DC Logo Designer Creates New Apple Music Playlist Artloudwire.com
We salute you.

Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Cardi B & More Songs Earn iHeartRadio Titanium Award for 1 Billion Spins
Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Cardi B & More Songs Earn iHeartRadio Titanium Award for 1 Billion Spinswww.billboard.com

iHeartMedia announced on Tuesday the 32 artists who received the company’s Titanium Award for reaching a threshold of one billion total audience spins of their hits throughout 2018.

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Issue 623: Will the iPod Return in 2019?; Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV; The Role of Data Metrics for Independent Artists

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Will the iPod return in 2019?
Will the iPod return in 2019?techcrunch.com

2019 could mark a sort of return for the final iteration of the beloved music device — which, toward the end more closely resembled a cellular-free iPhone than any of its predecessors.

Apple Music is on Amazon Fire TV
Apple Music is on Amazon Fire TVwww.engadget.com
Apple Music users in the US can now listen to their tracks on Amazon Fire TVs (or sticks). The news comes only months after Apple Music became available on Echo…

The Role of Data Metrics for Independent Artists
The Role of Data Metrics for Independent Artistswww.thembj.org

Since the rise of social media and other online platforms like YouTube and Facebook, artists have been able to reach their audiences with more ease and efficiency than ever thought possible.

SoundCloud expands partnership with Global-owned DAX to Canada
SoundCloud expands partnership with Global-owned DAX to Canadawww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
DAX is already SoundCloud’s exclusive sales partner in the UK

Happy birthday, the internet. Here are 30 ways you changed music forever
Happy birthday, the internet. Here are 30 ways you changed music foreverwww.nme.com

If you grew up during or before the early noughties, the words ‘dial-up’ will strike you with one of two emotions: either extreme dread or the rosy twang of nostalgia. Back then, going on the internet was a laborious undertaking.

Why do musicians keep using Pornhub as a streaming service?
Why do musicians keep using Pornhub as a streaming service?hhhhappy.com
Pornhub, albeit a fantastic alternative destination for banned music like Drill, often isn’t an alternative at all, but the first place artists go to publish their work.

What’s Next For Playlist Innovation?
What’s Next For Playlist Innovation?www.midiaresearch.com
In this era of access to all music and everything about it, I do enjoy reading artist interviews, and pay attention to artists’ views on the modern music industry. What…

The key factors behind K-pop's global success
The key factors behind K-pop's global successqz.com
For decades K-pop has thrived in Asian markets and places like Latin America. But there was always one pop market it couldn’t quite penetrate—the US—until now.

Spotify Celebrates First Anniversary In South Africa After Coming "Home"
Spotify Celebrates First Anniversary In South Africa After Coming "Home"www.forbes.com

Spotify – the streaming service which has just filed a complaint against Apple with the European competition authorities – is celebrating its first year in Africa.

Can Radio Achieve Brand Intimacy?
Can Radio Achieve Brand Intimacy?jacobsmedia.com
There are companies we feel we can’t live without, but there are others that achieve brand intimacy.

Spotify CEO blasts Apple's 'unfair' policies that forces a 'tax' on rival subscription services
Spotify CEO blasts Apple's 'unfair' policies that forces a 'tax' on rival subscription serviceswww.cnbc.com
Music streaming giant Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission’s antitrust regulators.

2018 Global Label Market Share: Stream Engine
2018 Global Label Market Share: Stream Enginemusicindustryblog.wordpress.com

Recorded music revenues grew in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, reaching $18.8 billion, up $2.2 billion from 2017. Streaming was the engine room of growth, up 30% year on year to reach $9.6 billion.

Pandora offers more granular targeting, including smart speaker-specific ads
Pandora offers more granular targeting, including smart speaker-specific adswww.mobilemarketer.com

Pandora is letting advertisers target more specific device types with their messages, including voice-powered smart speakers like Google Home or Amazon Echo, along with gaming consoles and smart TVs.