Spotify: Don’t Compare Us to Napster; How is New Music Friday Doing? BE-AT.tv Boss Talks Livestreams

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Spotify: Don’t Compare Us to Napster — www.billboard.com 
 Spotify, facing a lawsuit claiming “staggering” copyright infringement, is attempting to distinguish itself from illegal file sharing services of yore and putting an issue front and center that will likely command notice throughout the entertainment and tech sectors.

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Two Years Later, Is New Music Friday Doing Its Job? — www.forbes.com 
 Initially a campaign to combat piracy and make consumers happier, New Music Friday now seems to be straddling identities between a crucial marketing tool and a glitzy costume for an outdated industry rulebook meant to be broken.

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Do bootlegs matter? What Discogs’ new crackdown means for the site’s future — thevinylfactory.com

Since its inception 16 ago years, Discogs (short for Discographies) has transformed from a kind of Wikipedia for vinyl into the world’s biggest facilitator of buying, selling and cataloguing physical music releases online.

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Streaming services can find growth in AM/FM’s 176 billion annual listening hours — medium.com 
 After being the only game in town for decades, broadcast radio is now battling Internet services that offer better features and vastly different listening experiences.

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What’s it like to intern at Spotify as a Product Designer? — medium.com 
 I recently completed my product design internship at Spotify in NYC. Although my time here was limited, I’d like to share my experience.

How the facebook of music is using big data to find the next pop star

How ReverbNation uses big data, human curation to find next pop star — www.businessinsider.com 
 ReverbNation gave rise to popular music acts like Imagine Dragons. Now it has evolved to become an A&R-type farm system for record labels seeking new talent.

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Universal Music Rides The Growing Streaming Wave To $1.5 Billion in Q2 Revenue — www.billboard.com 
 With streaming leading the charge, Universal Music Group enjoyed a 15.6 percent increase in revenue to €1.382 euros ($1.49 billion) for the second-quarter period ending June 30, 2017, the company announced.

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Stream Gregg Allman’s Final Album ‘Southern Blood’ — www.jambase.com 
 NPR Music’s ‘First Listen’ series has made the late Gregg Allman’s final album ‘Southern Blood’ available to stream.

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The Moto X4 has Alexa and a multi-device music streaming feature — techcrunch.com 
 LG’s V30 is clearly the most hyped handset at this year’s IFA, but Motorola’s got a surprise contender for the most interesting. While the Lenovo-owned..

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Canada Dry Pilots A Converged Programmatic Audio-Video Ad Buy On Spotify — adexchanger.com

Many advertisers want reach, but when Canada Dry executed a campaign with Spotify and Adobe, it optimized against a softer metric: mindset.

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BE-AT.tv boss talks livestreams, big-tech platforms and ‘exploding’ Mexico — musically.com 
 BE-AT.tv was founded in 2008 as a livestreaming website specialising in electronic music. Since then, it has seen a number of competitors emerge.

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Spotify Names Most Streamed Songs Of The Summer Of 2017 — www.hypebot.com 
 Spotify has shared the songs that listeners streamed most this summer.