Music Biz + Podcasts; YouTube Music Could Be Awesome — But!; How Snapchat Will Change The Music Industry


Why The Music Industry Is Finally Taking Podcasts Seriously — 
 Podcasts may be the missing link for a growing industry looking to invest more in compelling stories and their passionate fans.

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16 months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity — 
 Google’s vast library of rare and live music could be a major selling point for the company’s streaming music service. Instead, it’s a barely-connected footnote.

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How Snapchat Will Change The Music Industry In 2017 — 
 While social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube have a sordid and lawsuit-filled history with artists, Snapchat has taken a different approach and cultivated a much more mutually beneficial relationship, one which will continue to grow and shape the industry into 2017.


Spotify Killed the Radio Star —

Don’t forget about us or the other locally programmed and staffed radio stations. There’s real, live people here with real lives. That’s where I feel like local radio far outweighs streaming and satellite.

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Music streaming just got even better with the Google Home app — 
 Google have introduced ‘Listen’ to the Google Home app, making it easier than ever to find the perfect playlist, album or artist for you.

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Media24 invests in SA music streaming startup NicheStreem —

NicheStreem develops focused music streams, and launched its Liedjie service, dedicated entirely to Afrikaans music, in partnership with mobile communications service WeChat in December 2015.

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A Q&A With Pandora As It Takes on Spotify: ‘We’re Taking The Work Out of Playlists’ — 
 Pandora Premium, an on-demand streaming music service, launches Wednesday. It’s a crowded space, but Pandora says it has years of user listener data on its side.


How to sell your music on iTunes for free and make money — 
 With RouteNote you can sell your music on iTunes and loads of other stores and streamers like Spotify, Google, Tidal and more, and it’s completely free to upload!

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‘India’s Spotify’ rolls out more original programming to lead the music streaming space — 
 Saavn, termed “India’s Spotify,” rolled out its Artist Originals (AO) program for independent artists from India and South Asia.

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TuneIn App Users Can Now Rock Out to KROQ and Other CBS Music Stations — 
 Users of the TuneIn streaming radio app will have more music stations to choose from beginning today. TuneIn and CBS Radio announced an expanded licensing partnership on Wednesday that brings the terrestrial giant’s 80 music call letters, including big names like Los Angeles’ KROQ and Chicago’s WXRT, to the popular radio app.


Pandora Has to Face the Music — 
 A deal with John Malone-backed Sirius makes the most sense, even if the price seems low.

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The Charts are dead. Long live the Charts? —

The UK Top 40 has held a much-venerated position by a certain type of music fan for a long, long time. And while the methods of compiling the chart have increasingly become more sophisticated and more inclusive, the chart’s position in the music world has always been a source of conversation and fascination for many individuals.

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Deezer Aligns With France’s Top Music Retailer — 
 Paris-based streaming service Deezer has partnered with France’s leading music retailer Fnac-Darty, as it looks to strengthen its hold on the European music market.