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How Will MIDI 2.0 Change Music?; South Korea Has 10M+ Paying Music Subscribers; Sales Boost for Shakira, J. Lo

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An update to a 37-year-old digital protocol could profoundly change the way music soundsqz.com
MIDI 2.0 is live, and it could mean the end of the keyboard’s dominance over popular music.

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Jennifer Lopez, Shakira Super Bowl Halftime Show Yields Music Saleswww.hollywoodreporter.com
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s team-up for the Super Bowl LIV halftime show resulted in immediate sales gains for both superstars.

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iHeartMedia laid off hundreds of radio DJs. Executives blame AI. DJs blame the executives.www.washingtonpost.com
The dominant player in U.S. radio has called AI the muscle it needs to emerge from bankruptcy, but there’s no clear indication that AI will solve a long-running financial challenge of the company’s own making.

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Saarey Music disrupting the classic music industry with technologywww.techjuice.pk
Saarey Music is the first classic music streaming platform for Pakistan. Here you can listen to the legends of the classical music industry.

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Major labels’ billion-dollar payday under fire as Cox Communications challenges ‘shockingly excessive’ damages verdictwww.musicbusinessworldwide.com
“The $1 billion award is a miscarriage of justice,” argues ISP in new motion filing

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Spotify ‘Discovered On’ listener count is now for artists’ eyes onlymusically.com

Spotify confirmed the change on its support forums. “We can confirm that the listeners count under Discovered On has been removed on the desktop app with the latest update for Mac OS.

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South Korea now has more than 10m paying music subscribersmusically.com
Around one in five people in South Korea now subscribe to a music streaming service, as the country’s golden age for music — and for the music industry — shows little sign of abating.

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Rough Trade is now a playlist curator for Apple Musicmusically.com

Apple Music is pressing on with its work to sign up external brands and music companies as playlist curators, alongside its in-house editorial team.

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The right music playlist makes your workouts more effective, study sayswww.cnn.com
Many people turn to music to boost their energy during a workout, but what tempo of music is best? Depends on the exercise.

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Sony Walkman NW-A105 Review: Lousy Battery Life, Great Tunesgizmodo.com

Why would anyone want a Walkman in the streaming age? That’s the question I asked myself when I first fiddled with the small Sony NW-A105.

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How Much Are We Paying for Our Subscription Services? A Lotwww.nytimes.com

The dollars are adding up fast.

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