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Music Streaming’s Real Value for Most Artists is Data, Not Money; Spotify Ditches Android Homescreen Widget


Music Streaming’s Real Value for Most Artists Is Data, Not

Apple Music for Artists comes out of beta, as rival companies like Spotify and Pandora beef up data analytics for artists as well.


Spotify ditches its Android homescreen

Spotify’s latest Android update has riled some of its loyal users. The update removes the homescreen widget from Spotify’s Android app.

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A user-centric streaming model could save the music

Musicians cannot make a living wage from streaming services. It’s a topic I have written about on numerous occasions, and it’s often cited as the main reason the music industry, despite cheery proclamations from record labels and governing bodies that things are actually on the upswing, is dying fast.

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How Tencent’s Proposed Stake in UMG Could Impact the Wider Music

Such a deal would be good news for other label and catalog owners, especially those looking to cash out or leverage their balance sheet:

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Spotify is still adding more users across Europe and North America than in Asia, the Middle East and Africa
SPOT is reaching less than 1.5% of its potential addressable market outside of Europe and the Americas

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Sirius XM Radio Expands Video

Sirius XM Aug. 12 announced it is expanding video content selections to the satellite radio platform’s 30 million subscribers.


Bango Adds Spotify as Business

Bango and Spotify, have entered into a business partnership to increase access to the audio streaming subscription service. This partnership will enable millions of customers to select a Spotify subscription bundled with their mobile plan, or as a bolt-on.

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Is CanCon Compatible with Streaming?
The music industry wants CanCon regulations

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Troubleshoot Apple Music with Smart
Apple Music Smart Playlists do more than collect your favorite songs. You can even use them to track down and fix problems in your iCloud Music Library.

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D2C Brands Dropps and Indochino Pivot to Podcasts for Engaging Ad
US consumers dig digital audio, and as listenership heats up, so does advertiser investment. For direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands, podcasts are top-of-mind as they provide engaging and influential ad opportunities.

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Shira Knishkowy Exits Matador To Join

Shira Knishkowy has been appointed Spotify’s communications manager, the streamer has confirmed. Knishkowy joins the streaming giant from Matador Records.

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How Making Things Worse Can Improve Sonics

Paul Wilson explains how making his system sound worse actually made it sound better.

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Mac Miller’s ‘K.I.D.S.’ Mixtape Reportedly Coming to Streaming
‘K.I.D.S.’ opened Mac Miller’s fanbase to the mainstream.

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