Issue 617: Spotify’s Grand Plan for Podcasts; Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXM

Blog, Music, Streaming

Spotify’s grand plan for podcasts is taking shape
Spotify’s grand plan for podcasts is taking shapewww.theverge.com
Spotify purchased Gimlet Media and Anchor in a deal worth more than $300 million. The company is now speaking publicly about its big podcast plans.

Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXM
Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXMwww.rollingstone.com

The first episode will feature performances by Dave Grohl, Lady Gaga, Cheap Trick and James Taylor.

Chance The Rapper Celebrates "Coloring Book" Spotify Milestone
Chance The Rapper Celebrates "Coloring Book" Spotify Milestonehiphopdx.com
Chance The Rapper’s reaches 1.5 billion streams on Spotify for Coloring Book mixtape.

Warner Music joins Sony as latest major label to offer legal DJ mixes with Dubset
Warner Music joins Sony as latest major label to offer legal DJ mixes with Dubsetwww.theverge.com
DJs and producers will be able to use songs from Warner Music artists in live sets going forward. Warner Music joins Sony Music in joining Dubset.

Indian streaming service Gaana to hold another US festival
Indian streaming service Gaana to hold another US festivalmusically.com
It’s the second year the festival has been held in the US, following its debut in Mountain View last May.

UMG boss excited by mobile potential for streaming growth
UMG boss excited by mobile potential for streaming growthmusically.com
Universal Music chief Sir Lucian Grainge keynoted the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona this week, stressing the excitement his company feels about the mobile industry globally.

Spotify takes next step towards world domination as it enters India
Spotify takes next step towards world domination as it enters Indiawww.afr.com
The music streaming business is taking on tech giants and major record labels as it goes global with its arrival in India.

Country Blocking Music Releases Has To End
Country Blocking Music Releases Has To Endwww.magneticmag.com
The archaic practice of region or geo-blocking music releases has to end. It only encourages piracy and turns potential fans off from artists. The internet is global and instantaneous.

Castbox CEO: Spotify acquisitions 'validation' for whole podcast industry
Castbox CEO: Spotify acquisitions 'validation' for whole podcast industrywww.androidpit.com
Recently, Spotify went on a major podcast offensive. What does this mean for the dedicated podcast platforms? We asked Castbox CEO to find out.

Here’s how to create your personalized Women’s History Month playlist on Pandora
Here’s how to create your personalized Women’s History Month playlist on Pandorawww.fastcompany.com
*lights a Virginia Slim* You’ve come a long way, playlists.

Can Power Cords Have an Effect on an Audio System's Sound?
Can Power Cords Have an Effect on an Audio System's Sound?audiophilereview.com

Steven Stone looks at two divergent views on power cords…

Issue 612: De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albums; SoundCloud’s Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify, Apple Music

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Legendary Hip-Hop Act De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albums
Legendary Hip-Hop Act De La Soul Protests Streaming Deal for Its Classic Albumsfortune.com
De La Soul’s classic hip-hop records are finally coming to streaming. But the band members claim label Tommy Boy isn’t paying them enough.

SoundCloud's Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify & Apple Music
SoundCloud's Urban Culture Streams Into Spotify & Apple Musicwww.forbes.com
Artist first platform SoundCloud has thrown their hat in the ring for music distribution, by adding its own tools to premium accounts. With the top streaming artist being from the hip hop genre, SoundCloud will need to entice more indie rappers to join its platform.

Spotify’s Official India Debut Includes a World First: Free Mobile App Users Can Play Any Song On-Demand
Spotify’s Official India Debut Includes a World First: Free Mobile App Users Can Play Any Song On-Demandvariety.com
Spotify is letting Indian music fans play any song on-demand from the free smartphone app, a feature it doesn’t offer anywhere else.

This new app finds records using your Spotify playlists
This new app finds records using your Spotify playliststhevinylfactory.com
new app called Record Radar scans your Spotify playlists to find those tracks on vinyl in stores, using Discogs’ database.

iHeartMedia to Acquire Radiojar – Platform & Stream
iHeartMedia to Acquire Radiojar – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

iHeartMedia today announced it acquired Athens, Greece-based online audio technology company Radiojar Information Technology.

Spotify plans to add interest-based targeting to its self-serve platform
Spotify plans to add interest-based targeting to its self-serve platformdigiday.com
The focus on growing its ad business comes as most of Spotify’s revenue comes from the ad-free, subscription product.

Brand Intimacy...For Radio
Brand Intimacy…For Radiojacobsmedia.com
12 steps for creating an intimate radio brand.

Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018
Major labels made $19m an hour from streaming in 2018musically.com
With all three major labels having published their financial results for the final quarter of 2018 – and thus for the year as a whole – we can get a picture of how their digital businesses grew.

Spotify Game 'Top Of The Spots' Is Truly Addictive - hypebot
Spotify Game 'Top Of The Spots' Is Truly Addictive – hypebotwww.hypebot.com
Top Of The Spots has a simple premise: choose which of two randomly chosen tracks on Spotify got the most cumulative plays. Playing this free game is truly addictive, particularly for us music junkies, and far harder than you’d think. Play Top Of The Spots here.

MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startups
MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startupsmusically.com
AudioCoin, Musicoin, Opus, Aventus, Musiconomi and more… Music Ally has written about a variety of startups exploring the crossover between blockchain technology and the music industry, with several of these companies having launched their own ‘tokens’.Now there’s a site for keeping track of AND trading those tokens. It’s called MyMusicTokens.

Streaming Revenue Is Impressive, But Will It Ever Make Up For Physical Product Losses?
Streaming Revenue Is Impressive, But Will It Ever Make Up For Physical Product Losses?www.forbes.com
Music streaming revenue is way up and growing, but will it be enough to offset the loss of physical sales?

Issue 611: Pandora Stories Debuts; Spotify Launches In India; iHeartMedia Makes it Easy to Create ‘Pop-Up’ Radio Stations

Blog, Music, Streaming

Pandora Stories launches, combining music and podcasting in a new format
Pandora Stories launches, combining music and podcasting in a new formattechcrunch.com
In an effort to one-up Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora this morning announced the launch of a new marketing tool for artists, called Pandora Stories. The feature allows artists to build music playlists combined with voice tracks, where they can add a narrative and deeper insights – explainin…

After Legal Challenge, Spotify Launches In India
After Legal Challenge, Spotify Launches In Indiawww.billboard.com
The popular global streaming brand has flicked the switch on its service in India, boasting a premium product priced at just INR 119 ($1.67) per month and a library of 40 million songs.

iHeartMedia will make it easy to create ‘pop-up’ radio stations
iHeartMedia will make it easy to create ‘pop-up’ radio stationswww.engadget.com
Radio giant iHeartMedia, which runs more than 850 stations throughout the US, is expanding into the world of “pop-up” broadcasting following its acquisition of…

The Orchard, Audible Magic Partner to Address Industry-wide Problem of Verifying Music Rights Ownership – Platform & Stream
The Orchard, Audible Magic Partner to Address Industry-wide Problem of Verifying Music Rights Ownership – Platform & Streamplatformandstream.com

Audible Magic announced two new services, Rights Audit, and Rights Rx to address the industry-wide problem of distribution conflicts between rights owners and their respective music catalogs.

Spotify and podcasts: Stuck in the middle without you
Spotify and podcasts: Stuck in the middle without youmedium.com

This raft of M&A represents an earnest push into the podcasting market by a company heretofore known as a streaming music trailblazer. Spotify is pulling no punches about its strategic ambitions in this space,

Spotify vs. Warner: What's really going on?
Spotify vs. Warner: What's really going on?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The word’s biggest digital music service angrily berated the world’s third biggest music rights company for its alleged “abusive behavior”.

When Do We Lose Interest In Discovering New Music?
When Do We Lose Interest In Discovering New Music?jacobsmedia.com

Believe it or not, I still have friends in the record label community, despite my lurid past as “The Classic Rock guy.”

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discusses podcasts and competing with tech giants
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discusses podcasts and competing with tech giantswww.cnbc.com
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discussed the company’s podcast acquisition plans and investment in original content in an interview with CNBC.

Let’s get physical: How independent artists are reinventing the physical release format
Let’s get physical: How independent artists are reinventing the physical release formatmixmag.net

We talk to the artists and labels innovating with their output.

Streaming Can Take Local Music Global, But Branko Won’t Compromise
Streaming Can Take Local Music Global, But Branko Won’t Compromisewww.rollingstone.com

Lisbon-based producer’s new Nosso album is due out on Friday.

Issue 607: IDAGIO, muvac Partner to Simplify Audition Preparation; LANDR Brings Music Mastering to the Cloud

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IDAGIO, muvac Partner to Simplify Audition Preparation
IDAGIO, muvac Partner to Simplify Audition Preparationplatformandstream.com

IDAGIO, the leading streaming service for classical music, and muvac (music vacancies), the leading platform for organizing auditions, are joining forces to offer musicians around the world a new tool to optimize their audition preparation.

LANDR Brings Music Mastering to the Cloud, Helping Major Labels & Bedroom Acts Alike
LANDR Brings Music Mastering to the Cloud, Helping Major Labels & Bedroom Acts Alikewww.billboard.com

As Gwen Stefani prepared to debut the video for her single “Make Me Like You” at the 2016 Grammy Awards, her team needed the track mastered — fast.

Spotify's quest to become the king of podcasts
Spotify's quest to become the king of podcastswww.engadget.com
Today, Spotify announced that it was finally making a profit, and it would use its cash to go on a spending spree. The streaming music platform was buying block…

EMI.com: ‘It would have been the first real streaming platform…’
EMI.com: ‘It would have been the first real streaming platform…’musically.com
A new book by Music Ally’s Eamonn Forde digs deep into the demise of EMI as a standalone major-label, following its £4.2bn acquisition by private-equity company Terra Firma in 2007. This extract details the ambitious – but ultimately unfulfilled – plans to relaunch the EMI.com website as a digital-music service (something Music Ally covered at the time).

Spotify users left unhappy by frustrating new update
Spotify users left unhappy by frustrating new updatewww.hitc.com
They’ve made some really poor changes to the Spotify app

Carnegie Library launches new digital music streaming platform
Carnegie Library launches new digital music streaming platformwww.pghcitypaper.com
Artists receive a one-time $200 stipend for albums of at least 10 minutes long, or four tracks

How Much Money Should You Invest In Digital Audio?
How Much Money Should You Invest In Digital Audio?audiophilereview.com

Jerry Del Colliano looks at the cost of high-performance digital…

Facebook's Chief AI Scientist Backs Music Startup In $4.5 Million Funding Round
Facebook's Chief AI Scientist Backs Music Startup In $4.5 Million Funding Roundwww.forbes.com
The music startup is called Antescofo and its Metronaut app helps classical musicians.

What’s next after streaming music? Look to the tech industry for clues
What’s next after streaming music? Look to the tech industry for cluesglobalnews.ca
Streaming music services give us access to 50 million songs with a couple of taps at our phones. But what’s next?

What Spotify’s $230 Million Gimlet Deal Means for the Podcast Industry
What Spotify’s $230 Million Gimlet Deal Means for the Podcast Industrywww.vulture.com
Spotify just took a big swing on podcasts. The streaming music giant is buying Gimlet Media for $230 million, as well as acquiring Anchor, an audio tool startup. Is the podcast industry’s Wild West era officially over?

Weezer To Perform Exclusive Concert For SiriusXM In Washington D.C.
Weezer To Perform Exclusive Concert For SiriusXM In Washington D.C.www.allaccess.com

Weezer will perform an exclusive concert for SiriusXM on Wed, Feb 27th at The Black Cat in Washington D.C.

Dubsmash has relaunched as an app focused on dance challenges
Dubsmash has relaunched as an app focused on dance challengesmusically.com
The last time Music Ally wrote about social-music app Dubsmash was in December 2016, when it had just raised a $9.6m funding round in order to fight back against fast-rising rival Musical.ly, which was gaining more traction with a similar app for shooting and sharing lip-sync videos.

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

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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.