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Spotify Ends Direct Music Uploads for Indie Artists; Epidemic Sound Raises $20M; LÜM Debuts Music Streaming, Discovery App

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Spotify ends direct music uploads for indie artistswww.engadget.com
Indie artists will no longer have the option to upload music directly to Spotify — not that they’ll necessarily mind. Spotify is shutting down the upload beta…

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Epidemic Sound raises $20M at a $370M valuation for its soundtrack music discovery and licensing platformtechcrunch.com

The rise of streamed video has seen the market for licensing streamed music boom in the last few years, with not only consumers using video as a medium to listen to tracks but video creators also extensively using music as part of their own productions.

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Spotify to stop displaying playlist follower counts…possiblyhere.org.uk

Yesterday I noticed that the Spotify Windows desktop app had changed and instead of a “follow” button under a playlist there was now a heart icon.

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LÜM Delivers New Music Streaming, Discovery Experience with Launch of Mobile Appplatformandstream.com

LÜM, the Madison-based tech startup that recently closed their $1.2 million seed financing, announced the launch of its new app for iOS devices.

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Karaoke is coming to Teslas, and a music streaming service could be on the waywww.techradar.com
The Sketchpad app is also getting a boost, so you’ll have no excuse for getting bored while your car’s charging.

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Netflix needs music, but music doesn’t need Netflix haulixdaily.com
The streaming wars are upon us, and Netflix needs to take action before a competitor steals one of the biggest niche audiences.

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China silences podcast and music apps as online crackdown widenstechcrunch.com

Audio apps are flying high in China. In 2018, online listeners in the country grew 22.1% to surpass 400 million, at a rate far exceeding that of the mobile video and e-reading populations, according to market researcher iiMedia.

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The True Importance of Metadatawww.anarapublishing.com
Metadata is a term you’ve probably heard a lot of people in the music industry talk about. Here we discuss why it’s so important for you to get this right.

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Primephonic Wants to Save Classical Music, 1 Stream at a Timewww.pcmag.com

In the US, only 1 percent of the total music consumed is classical, and an even smaller percentage of that is streamed, in part because music-streaming services are not set up to reward 20-minute classical pieces.

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Live radio playback hits some HomePods and iPhones ahead of iOS 13venturebeat.com
Testing in Germany reveals that one of iOS 13’s new features, playback of live radio stations, is already partially working on iOS 12.3 devices.

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Nielsen Counts Half-a-Trillion Music Streams — In Just the First Six Months of This Yearwww.digitalmusicnews.com
In Nielsen’s Mid-Year Music report for 2019, music streaming rose to over 507 billion streams, and movies and documentaries led to more catalog consumption.

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Audio streaming growth fell by 5% in the United States in the first half of 2019www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The party’s definitely not over — but it might be showing its very first signs of winding down.

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Spotify’s Big Data Spinseekingalpha.com
A legal remedy to big data continues to flummox regulators across the developed world. In the meantime, revenue from digital advertising continues to swell Goo

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Film soundtracks are still 80% of music consumption in Indiamusically.com
Spotify India’s MD Amarjit Singh Batra said that film-music still generates 80% of the music industry’s revenue in India, with the majority of this coming from Bollywood soundtracks

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