Spotify’s Grand Plan for Podcasts; Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXM

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Spotify’s grand plan for podcasts is taking shape — www.theverge.com 
 Spotify purchased Gimlet Media and Anchor in a deal worth more than $300 million. The company is now speaking publicly about its big podcast plans.

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Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXM — www.rollingstone.com

The first episode will feature performances by Dave Grohl, Lady Gaga, Cheap Trick and James Taylor.

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Chance The Rapper Celebrates “Coloring Book” Spotify Milestone — hiphopdx.com 
 Chance The Rapper’s reaches 1.5 billion streams on Spotify for Coloring Book mixtape.

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Warner Music joins Sony as latest major label to offer legal DJ mixes with Dubset — www.theverge.com 
 DJs and producers will be able to use songs from Warner Music artists in live sets going forward. Warner Music joins Sony Music in joining Dubset.

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Indian streaming service Gaana to hold another US festival — musically.com 
 It’s the second year the festival has been held in the US, following its debut in Mountain View last May.

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UMG boss excited by mobile potential for streaming growth — musically.com 
 Universal Music chief Sir Lucian Grainge keynoted the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona this week, stressing the excitement his company feels about the mobile industry globally.

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Spotify takes next step towards world domination as it enters India — www.afr.com 
 The music streaming business is taking on tech giants and major record labels as it goes global with its arrival in India.

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Country Blocking Music Releases Has To End — www.magneticmag.com 
 The archaic practice of region or geo-blocking music releases has to end. It only encourages piracy and turns potential fans off from artists. The internet is global and instantaneous.

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Castbox CEO: Spotify acquisitions ‘validation’ for whole podcast industry — www.androidpit.com 
 Recently, Spotify went on a major podcast offensive. What does this mean for the dedicated podcast platforms? We asked Castbox CEO to find out.

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Here’s how to create your personalized Women’s History Month playlist on Pandora — www.fastcompany.com 
 *lights a Virginia Slim* You’ve come a long way, playlists.

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Can Power Cords Have an Effect on an Audio System’s Sound? — audiophilereview.com 
 Steven Stone looks at two divergent views on power cords…