After a suspicious incident where what appeared to be bootlegs of R&B artist Aaliyah appeared on Spotify, evidence is building that bootleggers are now taking advantage of streaming service's lack of policing.
Spotify is testing Siri-like voice control within its music streaming app. Those testing the feature see a microphone icon and tapping it enables voice commands like “play my Discover Weekly,” “show Roger McGuinn,” “play Darlingside” or "play some new folk.”
Legacy entertainment companies have a long and sordid history of burying innovation and applying a stranglehold to companies which create new services in accordance with consumers' contemporary desires, a pattern which may soon repeat with Spotify, writes Mike Masnick of Techdirt.
[UPDATED] Subscription metrics platform ProfitWell collected date from 7000 users and found that the music streamer is leaving some serious money on the table. For example, consumers are willing to pay $19 per month for a family plan that includes five users, according to the analysts, which is $4 or 26.6% more than their current price.
[UPDATED] Apple Music has added 2 million subscribers since the Wall Street Journal reported 36 million in early February. Apple exec Eddy Cue told the crowd at SXSW Monday that Apple Music now has 38 million paid subscribers along with 8 million trial users.
Music is often the proverbial canary in a cold mine, says George Howard. Here, he explores how the rise of streaming led to a full fledged shift to a cloud-based media, making the idea of actual ownership is becoming increasingly antiquated.
"Address Unknown" Notices Of Intent has been a problem in the music industry for some time, with music streamers and big tech companies dodging royalty payments in over sixty million instances. Chris Castle looks at how NOIs have impacted New Orleans songwriters, and what SoundExchange is doing about it.
Apple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018."
There has been a good deal of speculation lately that Spotify is considering launching a series of Spotify branded streaming hardware. As with any such new business venture, there are several pros and cons to this new direction which we explore here.
Gaana has raised $115 million, as the music streamer's home market of India continues to attract new competitors. Leading the round is Chinese internet giant Tencent, who has become a steady supporter of streaming music globally.
Here notable artists Mary Wilson and Darlene Love make a powerful case in favor of shutting the massive loophole which currently allows digital music services to artists and rights owners attached to music recorded before 1972.
While methods of music discovery vary drastically from person to person, we here look at few avenues which avid music consumers commonly turn to in their search for fresh tunes, depending on the demographic in question.
While musicians have been cozy with the video game industry for some time as another supplementary source of revenue, but some indicators suggest that game music could be growing into an entire business all its own.
In this interview Swedish twenty-two year old manager and digital strategist Timothy Collins discusses his company UNLTD, the importance of innovation, and the challenge of breaking through the social media landscape.
Symphonic Distribution has hired industry veteran Peter Wohelski as its Content Development Specialist. Wohelski had been the Senior Label Manager at Beatport after stints as Director of A&R at Astralwerks and General Manager at Planet E Communications.
While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.
In a bit of good news for artists, Spotify recently announced that it will be altering the way in which it tallies streams of remixes, meaning both artists and remixers will both receive more recognition and exposure for their efforts.
As anyone vaguely aware of industry news over the past year has no doubt noticed, Trump's FCC, led by Ajit Pai, hasn't been particularly beneficial to either the internet or the average consumers. I has, however, helped to sooth frightened media monopolies.
Spotify has become necessary tool for artists looking to expand their reach online. In order to optimize the platform's effectiveness, artists are advised to create a customized Spotify for Artists profile, which will allow them to more easily get verified, learn about their fanbase, and more.
Which countries contribute the most to Spotify's bottom line and where is there room for growth? These are important questions as the globe's top music streamer heads towards its highly anticipated initial public stock offering.
Amazon Music users can now tell Alexa to create a new playlist or add a song to an existing playlist with just their voice. While listening to Amazon Music on an Alexa-enabled device users can now say:
While the music industry has long flailed against online copyright infringement in sometimes harmful and often ineffective ways, a new study is out suggesting that shutting down the file sharing sites which are so often havens for this type of infringement would hurt new artists and the industry as a whole.
[UPDATED] Apple Music now has 36 million subscribers, up 6 million since an informal announcement from exec Jimmy Iovine of 30 million less than 5 months ago. Spotify has more than 70 million paid subscribers.
Could It Be Time For Inspector General To Review Copyright Office’s Administration Of Address Unknown NOIs?
In the latest development from the ongoing debacle of 'address unknown' NOIs, Chris Robley here points out the need for the copyright office to further investigate these Notices of Intent by digital music services, as well as a need to bring the Inspector General on board.
EXCLUSIVE: DistroKid To Launch Publishing Administration, 300K Musicians Using Revenue Split Service
DistroKid is launching a publishing administration service. Details are still be worked out, but the new service should be available within weeks, DistroKid founder Phil Kaplan tells Hypebot. Publishing administration joins an expanding set of add-on services offered by the indie digital music distributor.
[UPDATED] SoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks has launched a free database that allows music publishers and songwriters to search more than 60 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) song filings that have been made to the U.S. Copyright Office.
While field recording has existed for over a century, it has changed and progressed along with the rest of the industry. Here we look at ten people working in field recording who are crossing aesthetic boundaries to capture sounds from the outside world.
In this piece music industry vet Seth Schachner weighs in on how he's seen the music industry change over the years, and how it's managed to crawl back from the precipice of destitution thanks to the rising of digital music.
As we move forward in 2018, Bas Grasmayer takes moment to reflect on the leaps and bounds forward which music industry tech has made, and how these advances will shape major industry trends in the coming year.