Issue 604: Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019; Qobuz Takes on Spotify, Tidal by Banking on Sound Quality

Blog, Music, Streaming

Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019 – Rolling Stone
Five Things Spotify Needs to Fix in 2019 – Rolling Stonewww.rollingstone.com

The company finished 2018 with its first ever quarterly operating profit but still faces a few stark challenges.

Qobuz takes on Spotify and Tidal by banking on sound quality
Qobuz takes on Spotify and Tidal by banking on sound qualitywww.cnet.com
Streaming music service Qobuz launches in the US with high-quality music streams and a unique download store.

SiriusXM radios standard on all International on-highway trucks
SiriusXM radios standard on all International on-highway truckswww.trucker.com
SiriusXM radios are now standard equipment for all International Truck’s on-highway tractors including the LoneStar, LT Series and RH Series trucks.

Beatport & DJcity Team Up to Form Beatsource for Open-Format DJs
Beatport & DJcity Team Up to Form Beatsource for Open-Format DJswww.billboard.com
Leading DJ music source Beatport and subscription-based digital DJ record pool DJcity announced on Wednesday they would be combining their resources to launch Beatsource, a new digital music retail experience for open-format DJs.

Deezer NEXT 2019 Announces Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo as US Priority Acts
Deezer NEXT 2019 Announces Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo as US Priority Actswww.billboard.com
Global music streaming service Deezer has revealed its 2019 Deezer NEXT edition, including Latin singers Manuel Turizo and Cheyo Carrillo in the roster.

How to make the most of a song or album premiere
How to make the most of a song or album premierehaulixdaily.com
With competition fiercer than ever, artists and journalists alike need to be sure their next premiere has a meaningful impact.

Symphonic Distribution launches sync licensing arm, Bodega Sync
Symphonic Distribution launches sync licensing arm, Bodega Syncwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Bodega will act as a standalone sync licensing agency

Radio Gaga: The story of in-car entertainment
Radio Gaga: The story of in-car entertainmentwww.motoringresearch.com
Adventures in Hi-Fi: from its roots in the 1920s to Apple Carplay, we chart the history of in-car entertainment

Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones
Study: Spotify is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphonesmusically.com
Spotify’s app is now installed on 33% of Dutch smartphones. Apple Music, on 5%, is some way behind.

Drake's 'So Far Gone' Is Heading to Streaming Services
Drake's 'So Far Gone' Is Heading to Streaming Servicesnoisey.vice.com
The mixtape will be available on digital platforms for its 10 year anniversary.

Issue 601: Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?; Boca Juniors Tune in with Spotify; TIDAL Lets Users Mute Artists, Tracks

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Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?
Will Record Labels Soon Have a Sirius Problem?www.billboard.com
SiriusXM’s $3.5 billion purchase of Pandora, finalized Feb. 1, will create a digital-radio behemoth with customized radio playlists, a contract with Howard Stern and an estimated 100 million listeners who tune in from cars, smartphones and laptops alike.

Boca Juniors tune in with Spotify
Boca Juniors tune in with Spotifywww.sportspromedia.com
Argentinian soccer giants create music playlist for fans.

TIDAL lets users mute Artists and Tracks
TIDAL lets users mute Artists and Tracks www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Tracks and artists can be blocked from appearing in My Mix and Artist and Track Radio playlists

A Music Startup Is Paying Artists For Their Future Royalties
A Music Startup Is Paying Artists For Their Future Royaltieswww.rollingstone.com

Swedish startup Amuse debuts Fast Forward, a new service that projects artists’ future earnings using machine learning.

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business
Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound businesswww.computerworld.com
Spotify began a buying spree in an apparent bid to dominate podcasting. Here’s what it knows that others don’t.

Spotify's Acquisition of Gimlet & Anchor Does to Podcasts What It Can't Afford to Do to Music
Spotify's Acquisition of Gimlet & Anchor Does to Podcasts What It Can't Afford to Do to Musicwww.billboard.com
Now Spotify can finally bring its vision of becoming a “two-sided marketplace” to life — just not for music first.

Georgia Wants to Add a Tax on Netflix, Digital Music
Georgia Wants to Add a Tax on Netflix, Digital Musicfortune.com
Legislators in the Peach State are considering a new 4% tax on digital video, books, music, and games.

¡Más volumen! Mexico City is a new capital of the digital music business
¡Más volumen! Mexico City is a new capital of the digital music businesswww.marketplace.org
Spotify says the world’s largest market for its streaming service is not NYC or London: it’s Mexico City. And this metropolis is becoming a huge hub for those who create, produce or monetize digital music.

Is Spotify Stock the Next Pandora, or the Next Netflix?
Is Spotify Stock the Next Pandora, or the Next Netflix?investorplace.com
Spotify stock has pulled back sharply amid a market sell-off and mounting risks. Is SPOT like NFLX, or will competition take it down?

Alexa gets support to stream over 350 radio stations in India
Alexa gets support to stream over 350 radio stations in Indiawww.businesstoday.in
With over 350 radio stations supported, the list includes a live broadcast of 17 All India Radio stations in 14 Indian languages.

Issue 597: Spotify Hits 96M Paid Users, Buys 2 Podcast Startups; Fine Young Cannibals, Dean Martin See Post-Super Bowl Streaming Gains

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Spotify Hits 96 Million Paid Users, Scores First Operating Profit in Fourth Quarter
Spotify Hits 96 Million Paid Users, Scores First Operating Profit in Fourth Quarterwww.billboard.com
Spotify announced on Wednesday that it ended 2018 with double-digit revenue growth and 96 million paid subscribers, as well as a major, previously elusive milestone: the company’s first operating profit to date.

Spotify Buys Podcast Startups Gimlet Media and Anchor, Plans Up to $500M in Acquisitions in 2019
Spotify Buys Podcast Startups Gimlet Media and Anchor, Plans Up to $500M in Acquisitions in 2019variety.com

Spotify is best known as a music-streaming service — but it’s placing a big new bet on building a podcasting empire.

Nas, Mass Appeal and LiveXLive Partner to Create Original Urban Content
Nas, Mass Appeal and LiveXLive Partner to Create Original Urban Contentwww.billboard.com
Hip-hop mogul Nas is building his urban lifestyle empire through a new partnership with LiveXLive Media, the West Hollywood-based streaming specialist and Slacker Radio operator.

Eric Carmen, Fine Young Cannibals & Dean Martin See Post-Super Bowl Streaming Gains Thanks to T-Mobile Ad
Eric Carmen, Fine Young Cannibals & Dean Martin See Post-Super Bowl Streaming Gains Thanks to T-Mobile Adwww.billboard.com
The gains come following reports of similarly sizable digital downloads gains for the music.

Swizz Beatz on streaming: ‘The creatives should be 50/50’
Swizz Beatz on streaming: ‘The creatives should be 50/50’ musically.com
Producer and artist Swizz Beatz has called for artists to get a bigger share of streaming royalties.

There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echos
There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echosmusically.com
Research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has issued its latest estimates on the smart-speaker market in the US. It claims the number of speakers in use grew from 37m at the end of 2017 to 66m at the end of 2018, including 13m bought in the fourth quarter of the year

A 44% streaming royalty rise is now locked in for US songwriters - so long as the likes of Spotify don't 'declare war'
A 44% streaming royalty rise is now locked in for US songwriters – so long as the likes of Spotify don't 'declare war' www.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Streaming companies will ‘declare war on songwriters’ if they appeal the streaming royalty rise, says David Israelite

Sonos outdoor, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers spread streaming music
Sonos outdoor, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers spread streaming musicwww.slashgear.com


Music through your Sonos system can now follow you outside, with the arrival of new Sonos by Sonance speakers that include an outdoor version of
the streaming

Paid Streaming Will Surpass Free This Year
Paid Streaming Will Surpass Free This Yearwww.hypebot.com

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and other paid music streaming services hare doing a better job of converting free users to paid, according to new figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Songwriters, publishers unveil bid to run nation's music licensing
Songwriters, publishers unveil bid to run nation's music licensingwww.tennessean.com
The Mechanical Licensing Collective will be overseen by professional songwriters and publishers, including several from Nashville.

10 Reasons Why CDs Are Still Awesome (Especially for Radio)
10 Reasons Why CDs Are Still Awesome (Especially for Radio)www.radiosurvivor.com

Quite a lot of shade is getting thrown at CDs in the press these days.

Issue 595: Spotify’s Model & Music’s Middle Class; SoundCloud Thinks Streaming is the Future of DJing

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Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?
Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?www.theringer.com
Fans may assume the $10 they pay for a monthly streaming subscription goes to the artists they listen to most. That’s not the case. Now, a growing number of musicians and industry players want change.

SoundCloud Thinks Streaming Is the Future of DJing
SoundCloud Thinks Streaming Is the Future of DJing5mag.net
The internet wants to be in everything, including your DJ set. SoundCloud is preparing to repackage itself as a streaming service for pro DJs.

Why is SiriusXM buying Pandora in a $3.5bn deal
Why is SiriusXM buying Pandora in a $3.5bn dealwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

And what’s it going to do with a music streaming platform?

UK music retailer HMV sold to Canada's Sunrise Records
UK music retailer HMV sold to Canada's Sunrise Recordswww.cnbc.com
HMV, the music retailer that collapsed after Christmas, has been sold to the owner of Canada’s Sunrise Records in a deal that will save 100 stores and 1,487 jobs.

Frank Ocean Denies That Endless Is Coming to Streaming Platforms
Frank Ocean Denies That Endless Is Coming to Streaming Platforms pitchfork.com
Frank, responding to a report about the album’s wide streaming release: “⚡️⚡️ Fake news ⚡️⚡️”

Rhapsody makes two senior hires and 'formally' launches Powered by Napster service
Rhapsody makes two senior hires and 'formally' launches Powered by Napster servicewww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
Angel Gambino joins as Chief Commercial Officer and John Law as VP, Head of Product

Why Press And Radio Outlets Haven't Caught Up To Music Streaming
Why Press And Radio Outlets Haven't Caught Up To Music Streamingblog.reverbnation.com
Music streaming continues to dominate the way people listen to music. Find out why press and radio outlets haven’t caught up to music streaming.

Digital tax on tech giants will 'create a harmful legal precedent', warns Spotify boss
Digital tax on tech giants will 'create a harmful legal precedent', warns Spotify bosswww.telegraph.co.uk
Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek has pleaded with European Union policymakers to scrap a tax on digital revenues, claiming it would set a "harmful legal precedent" for companies that are not yet profitable.

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.

If you're going to focus on one thing this year, make it audio branding
If you're going to focus on one thing this year, make it audio brandingadage.com
More than ever, brands must leverage audio to reach consumers. Here’s what you need to know about defining your audio branding.

Why I hatefully love Apple Music’s Android app
Why I hatefully love Apple Music’s Android appthenextweb.com

I’ve been using Apple Music since it launched nearly four years ago – even after I subsequently switched to Android devices. While I love its music library, and appreciate the curated dashboards, its Android app has frustrated me constantly.

Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State 
Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State lifehacker.com

Every morning Flow State emails subscribers a set of background music, mostly wordless, to soundtrack your work day.

Issue 591: Apple Music Subscribers Hit 50M; SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%; The New Radio 2; SoundRoyalties Opens Nashville Office

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Apple Music grows to 50 million subscribers
Apple Music grows to 50 million subscribersappleinsider.com
During Apple’s quarterly conference call, the iPhone maker reported its highest quarterly music revenue ever thanks largely to Apple Music, while its overall services business grew leaps and bounds.

How Spotify Expanded its Web in Asian Markets
How Spotify Expanded its Web in Asian Marketswww.entrepreneur.com
Launched on 7 October 2008, Spotify monetizes its music through advertisements in addition to selling music subscriptions.

Roger Lynch Out As Pandora CEO As Stockholders Approve SiriusXM Acquisition
Roger Lynch Out As Pandora CEO As Stockholders Approve SiriusXM Acquisitionwww.billboard.com
Roger Lynch, who has served as CEO of Pandora since August 2017, will be stepping down from the company, according to a press release. The news comes as Pandora stockholders approved the company’s $3.5 billion acquisition by SiriusXM, which was first reported in September.

Four Ways The Business Of Music Videos Will Transform In 2019
Four Ways The Business Of Music Videos Will Transform In 2019www.forbes.com
Technology is transforming the business of music videos along the axes of aesthetics, delivery and monetization—with artists like Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Tierra Whack and Chantel Jeffries already moving the needle.

SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%, Tops $100 Million
SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%, Tops $100 Millionwww.hypebot.com
SoundCloud, the Berlin-based music streaming platform, made good on its promise to bring in more than $100 million for the 2017 calendar year, according a filing with UK Companies House this week. According to the filing, SoundCloud’s global revenues hit $102M in 2017. That’s an increase of 80% over the…

'You're Probably Going To Be Replaced' Digital Music Pioneer Issues A Stark Warning For The Industry
'You're Probably Going To Be Replaced' Digital Music Pioneer Issues A Stark Warning For The Industrywww.forbes.com
What does a music industry look like in a post-fan, post-genre, post-streaming world? The Orchard co-founder Scott Cohen unveiled his disruptive technology-powered vision at European music conference Eurosonic Nooderslag.

What can Blockchain do in the Music Industry?
What can Blockchain do in the Music Industry?www.cryptonewsz.com

Blockchain has been attributed with the ability to bring such a significant amount of progress in many enterprises. Anything that handles digital information, contracts, cash, and transactions could discover applications for this technology.

'Radio 2 reimagined': Head of music Jeff Smith on the new music policy at Britain's No.1 station
'Radio 2 reimagined': Head of music Jeff Smith on the new music policy at Britain's No.1 stationwww.musicweek.com

BBC Radio 2’s new schedule has got off to a flying start. But, while most of the media attention has focused on the presenter line-up, there have also been changes to Radio 2’s music policy.

Did Radio Dodge The Digital Bullet?
Did Radio Dodge The Digital Bullet?jacobsmedia.com
While the TV, newspaper, and motion picture industries are being disrupted, radio may be dodging the digital bullet.

SoundRoyalties Opens Nashville Office, Networking Space
SoundRoyalties Opens Nashville Office, Networking Spacewww.hypebot.com

Sound Royalties has added a Nashville location. To oversee the expansion of the music industry specialty finance firm, Sound Royalties’ CEO and Founder Alex Heiche is now operating full time out of Nashville.

Create Music Group Now Offering Clients Daily YouTube, Apple Music/iTunes & Spotify Revenue Reports
Create Music Group Now Offering Clients Daily YouTube, Apple Music/iTunes & Spotify Revenue Reportswww.billboard.com
Los Angeles-based indie startup Create Music Group unveiled a new function on Monday for its distribution platform that allows clients to access streaming revenue figures from YouTube, Apple Music/iTunes and Spotify on a daily basis.

Issue 588: Spotify Scoops Up Indie Artists, Edging In on Label Territory; Revelator’s Original Works to Handle Rights, Payments

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How Spotify Is Scooping Up Indie Artists & Edging In on Label Territory
How Spotify Is Scooping Up Indie Artists & Edging In on Label Territory www.billboard.com
The latest streaming revolution? Direct-to-artist tools that could give traditional labels a run for their money.

Revelator's Original Works to handle rights and daily payments
Revelator's Original Works to handle rights and daily paymentsmusically.com
Revelator is launching a new spin-off called Original Works, whose ambitions include processing and paying out streaming royalties on a daily basis.

How Gaana became India’s top audio-streaming music service
How Gaana became India’s top audio-streaming music servicemusically.com
There has been some debate over the title of India’s top music audio-streaming service, with multiple companies staking their claim.

R. Kelly may have been 'dropped' – but he's still making nice money from streaming
R. Kelly may have been 'dropped' – but he's still making nice money from streamingwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

What may seem like a major blow to Kelly’s career, or at least a significant victory in the popular movement to diminish his influence, is actually neither.

Rumblefish extends 7digital partnership 'to help music streaming services to launch and expand'
Rumblefish extends 7digital partnership 'to help music streaming services to launch and expand'www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The extended partnership will see Rumblefish and 7digital collectively power and provide rights clearance and royalty administration services for gaming, AR/VR, mobile apps and other audio visual uses.

Dubset launches API that enables direct distribution of mixes to music streaming services
Dubset launches API that enables direct distribution of mixes to music streaming serviceswww.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Dubset claims to be enabling ‘a new golden age’ of legitimate distribution of unofficial remixes and DJ sets.

Eminem Is The Only Artist To Have Seven Albums Reach 1 Billion Streams On Spotify
Eminem Is The Only Artist To Have Seven Albums Reach 1 Billion Streams On Spotifywww.forbes.com
Eminem’s 2000 classic ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ becomes his latest album to join the 1 billion club.

‘Music is the new yacht’ – trends in music/tech investment
‘Music is the new yacht’ – trends in music/tech investmentmusically.com
The recorded-music industry has returned to growth, but what impact is that having on external investors like VC funds and high-net-worth individuals?

Is this the end of owning music?
Is this the end of owning music?www.bbc.com
CD sales slumped to 32m in 2018, as streaming asserts its dominance over the music industry.

Spotify Is Working On A Brilliant Feature That Will Stop Your Tears From Falling
Spotify Is Working On A Brilliant Feature That Will Stop Your Tears From Fallingwww.cosmopolitanme.com
Slight exaggeration but, it will be amazing!

iHeartRadio Broadway launches new streaming option for 24/7 Broadway
iHeartRadio Broadway launches new streaming option for 24/7 Broadwaywww.app.com
New digital station, website iHeartRadio Broadway offers streaming music, interviews, news

Music.iLuv Launches Augmented-Reality Social Musical Platform that Focuses On the Next-Generation Artists

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Music.iLuv, the brainchild of powerhouse female entrepreneurs, Melody Khair and Moji Ghodousi, announces the launch of its new mobile augmented-reality social musical application that enhances kids’ learning, creativity, problem-solving skills, musicality, and real-life interactions. Usable on an iPad and iPhone, Music.iLuv is a next generation music application for future artists to create, practice and play music in a fun, engaging, collaborative, and affordable AR environment.