Spotify Says Ads In Premium Were A Mistake

Spotify new rectangleYesterday we reported that a number of  Spotify users were upset about an ad showing up in their playlists., even though they had paid for ad-free Premium service.  The ad was for Spotify's own podcast, but that didn't matte.  "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped cable and I will dump you too," wrote one.

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Just One Music Co. Ranks Among World's Most Admired Entertainment Businesses [Hint: It's Not UMG]

image from fortune.comFortune Magazine has released its annual list of the World’s Most Admired Entertainment Companies. While there are many awards ranking companies, climbing this list is particularly meaningful since it’s determined by 4,000 entertainment executives, analysts, company directors and experts. Only one music company made the list.

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How To Make Your Stage Presence Memorable

2As anyone familiar with the music industry knows, 'the look' can often be huge part of not only and artist's stage presence, but also their personal brand. While musicianship and ability are certainly important, an artist's stage presence can also make or break their success.

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Qobuz To Bring Ultra Hi-Res Audio Streaming To U.S.

Hi-res-audio-logoSpotify, Apple Music and other music streamers have been eyeing high resolution streaming music as a way to charge some users more.  While they consider following Tidal and Deezer's lead into Hi-Res, French streamer Qobuz, which calls itself “ the highest resolution music streaming service in the world,” is launching in U.S.

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Spotify Adds 'Spotlight' Multimedia Format

spotify spotlightSpotify is rolling out a new multimedia format, Spotlight, which adds visual layers to complement the listening experience for select me podcasts, audiobooks, news, and other audio content.  Spotlight is designed to give users "deeper insight" into their favorite artists, playlists, books and publishers offering contextual visual elements including photos, video and text.

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8 Tools That Can Multiply Your Instagram Marketing Effectiveness

1Instagram's spiking popularity has caused artists to flock to it as a primary promotional channel, and amassing an engaged set of Instagram followers has become an essential part of any musician's online presence. Here we look at tools for increasing the effectiveness of your Instagram marketing.

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Is Now Actually A Good Time To Invest In Music Royalties?

1While shelling out cash in the music industry is nothing new when it comes to purchasing merch or paying for Spotify, the idea of a more traditional investment has also been gaining traction of late. Here Cherie Hu explores the viability of investing in music royalties, and one sort of ROI one might see for doing so.

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Spotify Premium Users Report Ads In Playlists

Spotify adSpotify is adding one minute audio ads to playlists; and even though have only been for Spotify's own podcasts, so far, some users who pay monthly for ad free listening are not happy. "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped cable and I will dump you too," wrote one user.

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What's Driving The Music Business? VR, AI, Blockchain, Smart Speakers, More [Bas Grasmeyer]

1As 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.

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Department Of Justice’s 100% Licensing Scheme Goes Down The Drain

2A recent ruling by the Department of Justice that ASCAP and BMI should be required to license the entirety of works that they were only partial owners of. The legal powers that be, however, recently ruled against the DOJ of this issue.

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NME Awards 2018 Nominations Announced

NME Awards 2018 logo“Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing twelve months it’s been for music," NME Editor Mike Williams said in a statement. 

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YouTube Changes Rules, No Monetization Of New Artists

YouTube SadYouTube has yet again raised the threshold that a creators and musicians must meet to make any money on the videos they post. YouTube says that the changes are designed to "prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube." But the result is that it will take musicians and creators a lot longer to make a dime on the video service.

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Do You Really Want A Record Deal? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

1As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.

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Lyrics Drive 'Lean Forward' Streaming Music Consumption [MIDiA Survey]

image from pixabay.comStreaming is taking over music. Discovery, consumption and monetization are now all dominated by a delivery system that barely existed a decade ago. We're just starting to understand how consumers interact with streaming, what delights them, and what makes them want to dive deeper. A new MIDiA survey for LyricFind offers insights.

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5 Techniques For Leveraging Music Press

1After spending countless hours reaching out to the bloggers, podcasters, and other powerful tastemakers in the music business, being met with deafening silence can be frustrating to say the least. Here we look at five techniques for leveraging the press in your favor.

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Spotify Launches Indie Label Spotlights On Facebook

image from img.discogs.comSpotify has launched a new series that spotlights independent record labels with a short Warp Records video history lesson from artist and record producer Nightmares On Wax posted on Facebook.  “Lots more label stories to come,” shared Lucy Blair from Spotify's label services team. WATCH:

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States, Congress Battle FCC Over Net Neutrality End

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwDozens of attorneys general filed a petition Tuesday challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s recent decision to roll back net neutrality rules. A coalition of major tech companies has also promised court action; and Congress appears ready to take action, as well.

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