Issue #304: Deezer Bets on Hi-Fi Audio with Japan Debut; Netflix for Jazz?; Dua Lipa is the Most Streamed Woman of 2017

Deezer Betting On Hi-Fi Audio as Streaming Service Launches In Japan
After years of trying, Deezer is about to launch in Japan, partnering with audio hardware companies Onkyo Pioneer and Yamaha to deliver lossless CD quality streaming to the world’s second biggest music market.

How Dua Lipa became the most streamed woman of 2017

Her smash hit New Rules gave relationship advice to an army of young women, making her more popular than Beyoncé and Rihanna – and her carefully nurtured rise could change the music industry for good.

Take my money: Why you’re paying for free media willingly
Take my money: Why you’re paying for free media willinglywww.cnet.com

When it comes to what we watch, read and listen to online, we’re setting up ways to continually pay for what we could get for free. Why?

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital
Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital www.nytimes.com
The jazz impresario’s latest project will offer high-definition streaming of jazz concerts and documentaries.

News Corp CEO: 'YouTube Is a Toxic Waste Dump'
News Corp CEO: 'YouTube Is a Toxic Waste Dump'www.billboard.com
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson is on record as a critic of the big tech platforms, which he’s said have sucked money away from journalism companies like his.

Blockchain browser Brave makes push to reward content makers and YouTubers
Blockchain browser Brave makes push to reward content makers and YouTuberstechcrunch.com
Brave, the blockchain-based browser initiative that raised $35 million in an ICO earlier this year, is making its first major move to build an ecosystem that..

Gareth Emery Wants to Disrupt Music Labels With Blockchain-Based Company Choon
Gareth Emery Wants to Disrupt Music Labels With Blockchain-Based Company Choonwww.billboard.com
He teamed up with his friends and blockchain technologists to create a platform that gives artists complete control over their product as well as a platform upon which to share that product direct to consumers for proper compensation.

Spotify's Most-Streamed List Is Free Of Surprises
Spotify's Most-Streamed List Is Free Of Surpriseswww.npr.org
Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Luis Fonsi take top spots in Spotify’s year-end roundup of streaming stats.

SourceAudio Launches PodcastMusic.com; Provides Music Licensing for Podcasts
SourceAudio Launches PodcastMusic.com; Provides Music Licensing for Podcastsplatformandstream.com
SourceAudio has announced the launch of PodcastMusic.com. The new subscription-based service simplifies the difficulties of obtaining the licenses necessary for podcast use by bundling the master use, synchronization, mechanical and direct performance licenses into a single monthly transaction.

Zambia: Vodafone Zambia's Music Streaming Service 'Is Different to Everywhere Else'
Zambia: Vodafone Zambia's Music Streaming Service 'Is Different to Everywhere Else'allafrica.com
Music streaming services have had some success in Sub-Saharan Africa but it has tended to be in the larger country markets.

Let the music stream in — Margazhi is for everyone
Let the music stream in — Margazhi is for everyonewww.thehindu.com

The digital stage is bigger and the options endless for artistes, who want to reach out.

How to give the gift of Spotify this holiday season
How to give the gift of Spotify this holiday seasonwww.cnet.com
Music is a universal gift anyone can appreciate. Here are three ways to give the gift of Spotify.

Issue #303: Spotify’s Wrapped Feature Now Live; Music Biz Reacts to Amazon Australia; Deezer Coming to Fitbit

Spotify’s Wrapped feature is now live to break down your 2017 listening habits
Spotify’s Wrapped feature is now live to break down your 2017 listening habitstechcrunch.com
Spotify’s annual Wrapped feature is now up to give users insights into what they streamed over the past twelve months. While obviously a promotion for the..

Fitbit's Ionic will let you stream Deezer from your wrist
Fitbit's Ionic will let you stream Deezer from your wristwww.engadget.com

Deezer, coming in 2018 will run on the Ionic without a smartphone, lightening the load for runners and other athletes.

Artificial Intelligence and Music
Artificial Intelligence and Musicaudiophilereview.com

Steven Stone speculates on how Artificial Intelligence could change human’s musical habits.

Tidal now supports Apple CarPlay
Tidal now supports Apple CarPlaywww.theverge.com
Tidal is now compatible with CarPlay, the streaming service announced today.

Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, an interesting startup that makes podcasts more searchable
Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, an interesting startup that makes podcasts more searchablewww.niemanlab.org
Plus: Public radio deals with a new wave of harassment allegations, Reddit and WBUR team up, et l’industrie du podcast au Québec.

Amazon Australia launches: The music industry reacts
Amazon Australia launches: The music industry reactswww.theindustryobserver.com.au
What does it all mean for Australia’s music industry? The Industry Observer checked in.

Bandsintown Giving Emerging Artists a 'Big Break' With New Spotlight Program
Bandsintown Giving Emerging Artists a 'Big Break' With New Spotlight Program www.billboard.com
Concert discovery platform Bandsintown is looking to give some emerging artists their “Big Break” with a new data-driven spotlight program.

Does the music industry's definition of 'catalogue' need an upgrade?
Does the music industry's definition of 'catalogue' need an upgrade?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Meat Loaf has a lot to answer for. It’s thanks to him that we still have two terms which affect how the music industry functions: frontline and catalogue.

The former focuses on the creation of demand, and soaks up the vast majority of the marketing budget. The latter responds to demand and gets the minority of the marketing dollars.

Spotify Took K-Pop Global, But Could Do More To Help Other Genres
Spotify Took K-Pop Global, But Could Do More To Help Other Genreswww.hypebot.com
K-Pop is hardly a niche genre, but until recently, its fans were found primarily in Korea, neighboring Asian countries and Korean immigrants in the US and elsewhere. Spotify, with its global footprint, helped change that two years ago with the launch of its Korean pop genre hub.

Stationhead allows anyone to become a streaming radio DJ, with live listener calls
Stationhead allows anyone to become a streaming radio DJ, with live listener callstechcrunch.com
Streaming services like Spotify have turned playlists into one of the main ways to discover new music, but I’d argue that they’re missing some of the..

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Offers Free Webcast Of Las Vegas Show
Chris Robinson Brotherhood Offers Free Webcast Of Las Vegas Showwww.jambase.com
Watch Thursday’s Chris Robinson Brotherhood concert live from Las Vegas.

Pandora Reveals Top Thumb Hundred Rankings For 2017, Drake Lands 9 Spots in Top 100
Pandora Reveals Top Thumb Hundred Rankings For 2017, Drake Lands 9 Spots in Top 100www.billboard.com
Pandora’s Top Thumb Hundred spans all genres, but was ruled by hip-hop in 2017.

Issue #301: Your Discover Weekly Playlist Might Be Getting Smarter; The Fantasy of the Trickle-Up Audio

Spotify is quietly testing a new feature to make your Discover Weekly playlist even smarter
Spotify is quietly testing a new feature to make your Discover Weekly playlist even smartermashable.com
Spotify is testing a like/don’t like feature for its Discover Weekly playlist.

How Music Streaming Sites Can Compete For Users With Personalized Content
How Music Streaming Sites Can Compete For Users With Personalized Contentwww.ibtimes.com
Streaming services are about more than just the music.

The Fantasy of the Trickle-Up Audio
The Fantasy of the Trickle-Up Audio audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at “old-school” audio’s future.

Our in-house music lovers put together the ultimate music enthusiast gift guide
Our in-house music lovers put together the ultimate music enthusiast gift guidewww.complex.com
Our in-house music lovers put together the ultimate music enthusiast gift guide

5 Royalty Streams Every Indie Artist Should Know
5 Royalty Streams Every Indie Artist Should Knowflypaper.soundfly.com
Make sure you’re taking advantage of every possible royalty stream with this thorough guide to collecting publishing monies and more!

How Spotify Makes Its Data-Driven Outdoor Ads, and Why They Work So Well
How Spotify Makes Its Data-Driven Outdoor Ads, and Why They Work So Wellwww.adweek.com

It’s usually British TV spots that are wowing people at this time of year. But for our money, the most entertaining holiday ads of 2017 so far have been Spotify’s global out-of-home ads, which crunch user data and cleverly transform it into witty headlines—riffing on the ups and downs of our suddenly unhinged world.

Jimmy Iovine Warns Of The Limits of Streaming Revenue
Jimmy Iovine Warns Of The Limits of Streaming Revenuemusic.mxdwn.com

Jimmy Iovine, the head of Apple Music who has spoke about the New Beats Electronics’ Project, has recently stated that music streaming services have their limits as the revenue as they “aren’t making money”.

SiriusXM Radio gets CarPlay support in latest update
SiriusXM Radio gets CarPlay support in latest updatewww.theverge.com

SiriusXM Radio has updated its iOS app today, adding CarPlay support, 9to5Mac reports.

27 Days Until Microsoft Exits Streaming Music for Good
27 Days Until Microsoft Exits Streaming Music for Goodwww.digitalmusicnews.com
After several years in the music streaming market, Microsoft Groove Music will officially shut down at the end of this month.

YouTube Lifts Blackout in Finland Amid Royalty Rate Dispute
YouTube Lifts Blackout in Finland Amid Royalty Rate Disputewww.billboard.com
YouTube has restored hundreds of music videos to its service in Finland after temporarily blocking them as part of an ongoing dispute over royalty rates.

Issue #300: Spotify, Tencent Music May Team Up Via Stock Swap; Neil Young’s Massive Online Archive Is Open

Spotify and Tencent Music May Team Up Via Stock Swap
Spotify and Tencent Music May Team Up Via Stock Swapvariety.com
Spotify is in talks with Tencent Music for a stock swap, which would also come with a significant capital injection for the music service.

Neil Young’s Massive Online Archive Is Open
Neil Young’s Massive Online Archive Is Openpitchfork.com
“Don’t forget to have a good time, and try not to get lost”

Why live streaming is not a solution for orchestras in a digital world
Why live streaming is not a solution for orchestras in a digital worldmedium.com
In the twentieth century, people went to concert halls to hear the greatest classical music performed by orchestras like the New York Philharmonic or Boston Symphony.

Biggest tracks could be main losers from user-centric streaming payouts
Biggest tracks could be main losers from user-centric streaming payoutsmusically.com
Research being conducted in Finland into a ‘user-centric’ payments model for music-streaming suggests that the biggest tracks may be the main losers.

The music industry should be dreaming of a white Christmas
The music industry should be dreaming of a white Christmaswww.economist.com

Weather and daylight hours affect the consumption of festive songs.

Kobalt inks licensing deal in China with NetEase Cloud Music
Kobalt inks licensing deal in China with NetEase Cloud Musicwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Unlike the three major music companies (Universal, Sony and Warner), Kobalt has taken a different path in the key emerging territory. The company’s publishing division and its AWAL recorded music operation have signed a deal with NetEase Cloud Music to license and distribute its music catalogue.

What does Chris Stapleton have in common with Etta James, Van Morrison, and Otis Redding? Plenty.
What does Chris Stapleton have in common with Etta James, Van Morrison, and Otis Redding? Plenty.medium.com

“Tennessee Whiskey” plays well with songs in the country, Americana, singer-songwriters, rock, R&B, and soul genres.
• Stapleton’s music has a close relation to Etta James and other R&B/soul…

iHeartMedia Promotes John Ivey to President of Top 40 Programming Strategy
iHeartMedia Promotes John Ivey to President of Top 40 Programming Strategywww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia’s national programming group has promoted 40-year veteran programmer John Ivey to the position of president of CHR Programming Strategy, effective immediately.

A Colorado Company who Sued Netflix and others is now Targeting Apple's Streaming Products like Apple Music, iTunes & more
A Colorado Company who Sued Netflix and others is now Targeting Apple's Streaming Products like Apple Music, iTunes & morewww.patentlyapple.com

Realtime Adaptive Streaming has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in the District Court of Colorado. The company had previously sued Cisco, Netflix and Hulu and yesterday the company filed a six count lawsuit against Apple.

Rights clearance startup Dubset partners with indie distribution label Merlin
Rights clearance startup Dubset partners with indie distribution label Merlinwww.theverge.com
Merlin’s members include Sub Pop, Warp, and Mad Decent

Spotify Premium gets discounted to $99 for a year
Spotify Premium gets discounted to $99 for a yearwww.theverge.com
The same price as Apple Music

Issue #299: Deezer Puts Focus On Difference; Stationhead Integrates Apple Music; 7 Podcasts for Music Lovers

From Startup To Challenger – Streaming Pioneer Deezer Puts The Focus On Difference
10 years ago, Deezer was a music tech startup, operating from a garage in France. Today the company has 12 million active users, but with developments in digital music distribution moving ahead at speed, the company is seeking to answer the question: Why choose Deezer?

Streaming App Stationhead Integrates Apple Music
Streaming App Stationhead Integrates Apple Musicwww.billboard.com
Social radio streaming app Stationhead has integrated Apple Music, making it platform-agnostic and opening it up to Apple’s 30 million subscribers.

How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era?
How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era?musically.com
“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed”

7 Podcasts for Music Lovers
7 Podcasts for Music Loversppcorn.com

If your podcast lineup is feeling a little stale, why not shake it up with these seven podcasts, all designed for music lovers. The formats range from traditional host interviews to storytelling and incorporates people from all walks of life. The common thread is something everyone loves: the power of music.

Evolving exit strategies for music startups
Evolving exit strategies for music startupsmusically.com
We’ll be blunt: for many music startups, the ‘exit’ is either shutting down when nobody wants their product or service, or an ‘acquihire’ of their team.

Music 360 Report Finds That More And More People Create Their Own Playlists
Music 360 Report Finds That More And More People Create Their Own Playlists music3point0.com
Nielsen Music’s annual Music 360 report looks at the consumption habits of U.S. music fans and listeners.

Crunch Digital Launches New 'Sandbox' to Help Startups Navigate Licensing Music From Record Labels
Crunch Digital Launches New 'Sandbox' to Help Startups Navigate Licensing Music From Record Labelswww.billboard.com

Keeping the digital music business booming requires encouraging more startups to enter a market that’s generally perceived as difficult and complicated. Could one new company provide the answer?

Amazon to push ‘U2 experience’ out to music streaming apps
Amazon to push ‘U2 experience’ out to music streaming appswww.completemusicupdate.com

Taking note of what a massive success it was when Apple snuck a free U2 album onto everyone’s iPhones, Amazon is going to push out a collection of interviews and live performances by the band to users of its streaming service.

Exec: Spotify Skip-Rates Aren't as Important a Playlist Metric as Many Believe
Exec: Spotify Skip-Rates Aren't as Important a Playlist Metric as Many Believewww.billboard.com
Turns out all the hype around Spotify “skip-rates” — when a listener skips a track less than 30 seconds into listening — might not be such an important metric in the service’s playlist placements as previously thought.

Buying music vs. streaming: What you need to know
Buying music vs. streaming: What you need to knowwww.windowscentral.com
You might consider buying music to be a thing of the past now that streaming services are more popular and feature-rich than ever before. But which approach is best for you?

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ to Hit Streaming Services Friday
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ to Hit Streaming Services Fridayvariety.com
Three weeks to the day after its release, Taylor Swift’s new album “Reputation” will be available on major streaming services Friday.

Issue #298: How Billboard’s New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Charts; iHeartRadio Launches Podcast Network

How Billboard's New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Charts
How Billboard's New Streaming Rules Will Affect the Chartswww.rollingstone.com
Billboard’s new rules mean that free streaming services like YouTube will affect the charts less than paid ones. Will rap and other genres suffer?

Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'
Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'www.billboard.com
It’s been three and a half years since Jimmy Iovine left his role as CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M to run Apple Music, but that doesn’t keep him from thinking about the problems facing labels today — or the rest of the industry for that matter.

iHeartRadio launches podcast network targeting Middle America
iHeartRadio launches podcast network targeting Middle Americawww.axios.com

iHeart sees a business opportunity in bringing podcasting to a more diverse audience the center of the country.

U2 & Amazon Music Team Up for Immersive Online Radio 'Experience' Leading Up to New Album Release
U2 & Amazon Music Team Up for Immersive Online Radio 'Experience' Leading Up to New Album Releasewww.billboard.com
U2 has partnered with Amazon Music for a new online radio broadcast leading up to the band’s new album, ‘Songs of Experience,’ release on Friday.

A Year in Music Streaming, in 5 figures
A Year in Music Streaming, in 5 figuresblog.midem.com
Streaming went from strength to strength this year. Here’s how, in five key stats!

Spotify talks playlists, skip rates and NF’s Nordic-fuelled success
Spotify talks playlists, skip rates and NF’s Nordic-fuelled successmusically.com
Spotify’s Nordic head of shows and editorial Daniel Breitholtz was keen to make something clear in his speech at the Slush Music conference in Helsinki

Colorful Data Visualizations Made from Famous Classical Music Scores
Colorful Data Visualizations Made from Famous Classical Music Scoresmymodernmet.com
Nicholas Rougeux’s ‘Off the Staff’ is a set of colorful data visualizations made from parsing the sheet music of famous classical music scores.

Symphonic Distribution Raises $4M in Funding
Symphonic Distribution Raises $4M in Fundingwww.billboard.com
Digital music distributor Symphonic Distribution, Inc. has secured a $4 million investment led by Ballast Point Ventures, the company announced earlier this month.

What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?
What is the ROXI Entertainment device, how much is it and what can it do?www.pocket-lint.com
Music streaming services are nothing new anymore, there are plenty of options on the market, each with their own unique features to try and grab your attention.

All Ears
All Earsreallifemag.com
Streaming music services have made record reviewing superfluous. But are we really better off without it?

Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform
Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reformwww.euractiv.com

Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.

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