Streaming Music’s Biggest Holdouts Are Caving In; How Amazon’s Echo Is Making Major Labels Rethink Their Tunes

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It’s Not Just Taylor Swift — Streaming Music’s Biggest Holdouts Are Caving In — www.fastcompany.com 
 Even with the economic model still uncertain, more artists are realizing they have to get on the streaming bandwagon or face irrelevance.

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Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends: What Do They Mean For Music? — www.forbes.com 
 From interactive gaming to the rise of voice-controlled devices, Meeker’s annual report lays out a compelling blueprint for where the music industry should be looking and investing.

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Spotify’s average subscriber is paying $30 less a year than they were in 2013 — www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The average amount of money being paid for an annual Spotify subscription has fallen by more than US $30 since 2013. According to Spotify’s latest annual report, its subs revenue rose by over $1bn in 2016 — up 52% year-on-year to €2.64bn ($2.9bn).

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Momo joins four music labels to sprinkle stardust on video streaming hosts — www.scmp.com 
 China’s millennials are spending US$5 billion on phone-based entertainment, a revenue that almost equals to the country’s movie box office.

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How Amazon’s Echo Is Making Major Labels Rethink Their Tunes — www.billboard.com 
 As voice-activation technology from Amazon, Google and Apple goes mainstream, labels are looking to adapt to — and capitalize on — the latest frontier.

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Groovebox, a music app rigorously designed to give you a place to start — cdm.link 
 The latest app from Novation (Ampify) adds a drum machine and synths — and makes it uncommonly easy to get started. But there are advanced features, too.

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Raise Your Hand If You Still Like Music Downloads — www.digitalmusicnews.com 
 Music downloading is far from dead, according to a just-released study. But why are these people not moving on to streaming?

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Spotify will start promoting Eventbrite concerts in its app — www.theverge.com 
 Eventbrite just announced a new Spotify integration that will promote its events to users based on their listening preferences and location. The recommendations will appear in an artist’s…

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Jay Z’s new album ‘4:44’ will stream exclusively on Tidal — www.businessinsider.com 
 Customers of US carrier Sprint are in luck, too.