Breaking new ground for Snapchat, popular electronic dance musician, Goldroom, will be debuting their new EP as well as four videos exclusively on Snapchat Discover. Snapchat worked directly with Goldroom to produce top quality vertical videos optimized for their massive mobile audience. A new video will be released daily beginning May 22nd.
Spotify today added audio and video content from dozens of major sources along with new personalization options to its music streaming service. To introduce the new offering, Spotify created two videos.
[UPDATED] "Today music discovery and collection have converged.... radio and the record store are converging (online)," said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek during his introduction to today's launch event. But music was just the jumping off point, as Spotify added audio and video content from a variety of major sources.
Yesterday the 2011-2013 contract between Sony Music and Spotify leaked online. Fascinating reading, it offers as many questions as answers. David Lowery took a look at the deal and noticed, among other things, how much it differs from that given to indie artists.
Digital music deals and launches are accelerating ahead of next months Apple music relaunch. Spotify hit a solid double yesterday with multi-faceted Starbucks deal that includes 200,000+ free Spotify Premium accounts and marks a shift for the ubiquitous retailer away from a longterm relationship with iTunes.
The final chapter in the long, sordid story of the pirate site, Grooveshark, finally played out in a New York Courtroom last week. The principals, after years of litigation, have finally shut down their website and signed an agreement stating they will never own or operate a pirate site again or face millions of dollars in fines.
The question of just how to distribute the royalty dollars from music services has moved from a back-office thought exercise to an out-in-the-open debate. Moving forward in this debate is the argument that it would be fairer—particularly to emerging, independent, or less “popular” artists—to distribute royalties on an each pair of ears basis (i.e., per subscriber) rather than on an all pairs of ears basis (i.s., all subscribers).
Many in the music industry are concerned that income from streaming will not adequately fund artists and the music industry. With the shift to streaming accelerating, should record labels and other rightsholders force streaming music services to limit their free offering or will that just drive fans to piracy?
The internet exploded with 'Spotify Is Killing Free' headlines after Digital Music News quoted "multiple unnamed sources" that Spotify was succumbing to label pressure to end its free music service. replacing it with a 3 month free trial.
Communication is always a priority, you can never seem to have enough of it. It’s no wonder that messaging apps and services are continuing to see a growth trend. There are many to choose from, some you likely already use to stay in touch with friends and family. Let’s start by looking into a few platforms and ways to connect and engage with your fans through them.