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 — 
 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.


Howard Stern Launches ‘Saturday Soundtrack’ Music Series on SiriusXM —

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 — 
 Chance The Rapper’s reaches 1.5 billion streams on Spotify for Coloring Book mixtape.


Warner Music joins Sony as latest major label to offer legal DJ mixes with Dubset — 
 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.


Indian streaming service Gaana to hold another US festival — 
 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 — 
 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.


Spotify takes next step towards world domination as it enters India — 
 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 — 
 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.


Castbox CEO: Spotify acquisitions ‘validation’ for whole podcast industry — 
 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 — 
 *lights a Virginia Slim* You’ve come a long way, playlists.


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