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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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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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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Concert Crowd-Funding Platform Weeshing Launches In US

weeshing logoSeveral startups have tried to launch crowdfunding concert services in the U.S. and failed to gain traction. But Weeshing, which has already found success in South and Central America and attracted $9 million in funding, has just entered the American market.

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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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Live Nation, Songkick Settle Lawsuit For $110 Million

Songkick_logoLive Nation and its Ticketmaster subsidiary have agreed to pay a reported $110 million for the remaining assets of Songkick,  ending a longstanding lawsuit between the two companies. Last year, Warner Music Group acquired the Songkick name and portion of the technology dedicated to concert discovery.

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QUICK HITS: Leiberberg To Head Sony Music EU, Africa • Nuclear Blast To ADA • SoundExchange • More

Daniel Lieberberg has been named President, C image from www.thenorthwestleaf.comontinental Europe and Africa, Sony Music Entertainment. Previously, Lieberberg was at Universal Music Germany where since 2014 he oversaw the company's domestic business in Berlin, including the Vertigo/Capitol & Polydor/Island labels.

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