How Spotify Can Suck Less For Streaming Than YouTube

1New numbers have revealed that YouTube is more popular than every other streaming service combined, and while there's some suspicion regarding these numbers, there remains a great deal that Spotify could do to make itself a little more user friendly to consumers.

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A Musician’s Guide To Creating Community – 9 Steps to Nurture Your Super Fans [Cyber PR]

image from cyberprmusic.com"I spoke on an incredible panel for AIMP here in New York City a few nights ago all about branding and marketing," writes Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR, "and in a roundtable discussion after, an artist asked me what my history was in the music business. he asked, “How do you know so much about locating super fans and building?”

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With US IPO, Tencent Is Set To Become Next Big North American Streaming Company

1Chinese streaming company Tencent Music is rumored to be headed for an Initial Public Offering in the very near future, with a valuation high enough to make it the fourth biggest streaming company in North America.

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Streaming Habits Mirror Purchasing Habits: The Big Lie Of Spotify [David Lowery]

1A theory often perpetuated by Spotify maintains that streaming will yield more revenue than downloads or traditional retail sales, as it generates money for the artist with every play, as opposed to a one-time purchase. Unfortunately, streaming is a lot more like traditional sales than Spotify is letting on.

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5 Ways Music Modernization Act Could Be Fairer For All Creators

1The Music Modernization Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and while much of the bill's content seems positive on the service, there are a number of ways in which it could be altered to favor all music creators.

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MondoTunes Offers Free Distribution To Lure Back Musicians

image from globenewswire.com[UPDATED] In 2015, MondoTunes offered something revolutionary - free music distribution to the major services. Months later, the company came under fire after it changed the terms.  Now MondoTunes, which has rebranded as an affordable flat fee distributor, is working to bring back early customers.

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Blockchain Music Startup VEZT Adds All Star Advisors, CSO

VEZT logoVEZT, the blockchain powered marketplace that lets fans share ownership with artists in their favorite songs, has announced an advisory board packed with music industry leaders and the hiring of Swedish producer and music tech investor Andreas Carlsson as Chief Strategy Officer.

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Music Modernization Act Sails Through House Judiciary Committee

1While copyright and licensing law have a lot of catching up to do to be brought into the digital age, the Music Modernization Act's passage by the House Judiciary Committee brings reform much closer. Here we look at what's inside this package of bills.

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How Much Does Streaming Earn U.S. Record Companies? [CHART Year To Year]

Arrows upRevenues from recorded music in the United States grew from $7.5 billion in 2016 to $8.7 billion in 2017.  In 2017, subscription and ad-supported accounted for 65% of U.S. recorded music revenues, up from less than 10% in 2011. 2017 was also the first time in years that physical sales eclipsed download revenues. 

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How Fast Are U.S. Download Single Sales Declining? [CHART]

Down arrow redThis chart from Statista shows the decline in digital music single downloaded sales in the United States from 2004 to 2017. Last year, 553.5 million digital music singles were downloaded in the U.S., down from 743 million a year earlier.

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AMP Act Bill Finally Gets Producers Paid For Streaming

1While producers used to get paid as a result of physical sales, music's decline in the retail sector has mad it difficult for producers to see a return on their work. This could all change, however, with recently the reintroduced AMP act stipulating that producers get paid for streaming.

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Meredith Gardner Exits Capital, Named Maverick SVP Digital

Maverick ManagementMaverick Management has appointed veteran label exec Meredith Gardner to the role of Senior Vice President of Digital. In her new posting, Gardner will lead the company’s digital team as well as consult on digital marketing strategies for Maverick’s client roster. 

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Taking The Music Industry Monopoly Seriously

2As weakening antitrust laws and consolidation of businesses continue, virtually every corner of the music industry is now controlled by a choice few companies, whether its streaming or live music, writes Will Meyer. Here he explores why these monopolies must be taken seriously.

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Do Spotify's Investors Lack Confidence In The Platform? [Bobby Owsinski]

2Spring is in the air, and Spotify is headed for a direct listing on the NY Stock Exchange on April 3rd. Unfortunately for the streaming platform and its IPO, investors don't seem too confident about its future.

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Spotify Tests In-App Voice Assistance: See It In Action

spotify voiceSpotify 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.”

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How The Copyright Stranglehold Dooms Spotify [Op-Ed]

2Legacy 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.

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Spotify Losing Millions On Underpriced Subscriptions, Analysis Of 7000 Users Reveals

Spotify New $[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.

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