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Spotify to Test a More Expensive Version; Qobuz Makes Inroads 6 Months After U.S. Launch; The New Pandora for Podcasters

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Spotify to Test More-Expensive Version of Popular Music Servicewww.bloomberg.com

Spotify plans to sell a more-expensive version of its music service in Scandinavia, a test to see whether it can raise prices around the world, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Hi-Res Streaming Service Qobuz Makes Inroads Six Months After U.S. Launchvariety.com
Qobuz, which launched in the U.S. in February, is dedicated exclusively to high-resolution audio and is quickly growing an audience.

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Pandora opens up podcast submissions to all creatorstechcrunch.com

The battle for podcasters among music streaming services continues. A day after Spotify announced the launch of its podcast analytics dashboard, Pandora is today expanding its own podcasting efforts with the arrival of a self-service online hub for creators.

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Elon Musk finally confirms Tesla cars are getting Spotify, but when?electrek.co

After hinting about it last month, Elon Musk finally confirmed that Tesla vehicles, in North America, are getting Spotify integration, but it’s still unclear when?

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Tidal Offline Streaming Explored, But Not Entirely Explainedaudiophilereview.com

Mark Smotroff takes his new phone for a ride downstream.

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Blockchain music-streaming service Audius gears up for public betafinance.yahoo.com
Blockchain-based Spotify competitor Audius is open-sourcing its code, unveiling an “early incentive program,” as it prepares to open its doors to the public.

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Why Merch Sales Matter More Than Song Streamshaulixdaily.com
Musicians live to write and perform songs they love for their fans. In 2019, however, many are learning that merch sales matter more than song streams.

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Bauer launches seven online-only radio stationswww.campaignlive.co.uk
All are spin-offs from existing brands Kiss, Kerrang! and Heat.

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The New Sound of Electronic Music in East Africadaily.bandcamp.com
A look at the artists making music that goes beyond being a mere “backdrop for flirting.”

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iHeartMedia Digital Revenue Up 33% in Second Quarterwww.billboard.com
iHeartMedia boosted total revenue with the help of its fast-growing podcast segment in its first quarterly earnings report since emerging from Chapter 11.

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Misfit’s Vapor X smartwatch boasts longer battery life and Spotifywww.engadget.com
The latest smartwatch from Misfit is hoping to overcome the pain of limited wearable battery life. Enter the Vapor X, which offers a more power efficient proces…

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How to make your music available to pre-save on Spotify for freeroutenote.com
Spotify Pre-Saves ensure that when you’re building hype for your new music release you’ve got as many listeners tuning in on the day as possible.

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Nintendo seems to be striking its music off YouTube, and that sucksthenextweb.com
YouTubers who’ve uploaded Nintendo soundtracks to their channel are reporting mass copyright claims. Where else can we listen to this music?

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The City & Scene: Hull — The Song Sommelierwww.songsommelier.com

Why Hull? Mick Ronson, Bowie, The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, EBTG, Eliza Carthy and a boat load of new bands — Life (that’s them on the cover), The Blinders, Amy may ellis, vialetters etc. That’s why. Click to listen

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