Top iOS Apps For Songwriters, Music Makers

1With many in the music industry using tech advancements to help them in their creative process, a variety of smartphone apps have become more and more popular with bands ands. That said, their abundance has made choosing the right one daunting. Here we look we look at the top ten best iOS apps that can help in the creative process.

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Spotify Says 2 Million Used Hacked Apps To Block Ads

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify says that 2 million users of its free ad-supported music service have used hacked apps to block ads in the last few months. The revelation came in a Friday morning SEC filing that also included lower user and total hours streamed counts than it previously reported.

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Music Distribution In The Age Of Smartphones

image from www.lavamobiles.comSound recording is younger than you might think - it was only invented around 130 years ago. Over this time, it has evolved from physical to magnetic, then digital, ultimately losing the need for a physical medium. Today, the majority of sound recordings, no matter if they are speeches, noises or online slots to fit music genres, exist as strings of ones and zeroes in cyberspace, so to say. 

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Creating Meaningful Fan Interactions: Why Every Facebook Page Must Use Messenger

1Keeping a handle on the vast and ever-changing world of social media enough to capture your fans attention is no easy task, and in the case of Facebook, their recent alteration to the algorithm only makes things harder. With the correct usage of messenger, however, artists can get ahead of the social media game.

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Spotify Television Turns Playlists Into YouTube Stream

SpotifyTVSpotify Television is a web app that turns Spotify playlists into a stream of YouTube videos. In our test, the app worked well and felt like watching a personalized version of MTV from back in they day when the channel still played videos.

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How To Give Fans What They Want With Facebook Messenger

1Most music consumers, be they young or old, are often pressed for time meaning that, as an artist, it's important to get them what they want quickly and painlessly. Here we look at how to do so through automated messenger bots, quickly getting fans where they want to be.

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Michelle Brook Of Sour Mash, Ignition Records Talks Industry, Marketing Strategies [INTERVIEW]

1In this interview Michelle Brook, the digital manager at Ignition Records talks about her work in the industry, and share her opinions and experiences on the value of marketing using messenger bots, and where such types of technology might be headed in the future.

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10 Best Social Media Management Tools

2As the social media landscape continues to shift, promoting your events on social media, be it a tour or a merch sale, has grown increasingly difficult, particularly where organic reach is concerned. Here we look at ten of the best social media management tools that can help you up your promotional game.

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Why Does Apple Want Shazam?

2The recent acquisition of Shazam by Apple for a relatively modest 400 million has left many wondering what the tech giant could want with the music identification service. Given that Apple has had similar infrastructure for some time, it seems the purchase was likely motivated more by interest in Shazam's historical user data.

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Live Streaming Music App Spotlite Raises $10 Million

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comSpotlite, "a direct to fan app that caters to the artist," has raised $10 million in a round led by Sequoia Capital China and BlueRun Ventures. The free app is often described as,“American Idol meets musical.ly.”  Spotlite's nearest direct competitor is Smule, but artists don't earn money on that platform. 

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Apple Has Acquired Shazam [OFFICIAL]

ShazamApple has acquired Shazam, the company confirmed on Monday. The deal for the music and audio recognition app is reported to be worth $400 million. Shazam had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and music groups Sony, Universal and Access Industries, which also owns Warner Music.

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4 Reasons You Should Use LinkedIn To Advance Your Music Career

3While most musicians take the time to actively develop their presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram, many artists may not bother with what the perceive as the more 'corporately oriented' LinkedIn. This could be causing them to miss out on a number of beneficial connections, however.

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Musical.ly Has become An Essential Proving Ground For Digital Natives

1Often described as a lip-syncing app, Music.ly is notable for a number of reasons. The app is the first Chinese-created social media app to break into the US, is independent of any major US company, and has captured the attention of Generation Z in big way. Here we look at what's behind the app's success.

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