Spotify Pledged Free-To-Paid Conversions, But All-Paid Apple Music Is Growing Faster

convertSpotify has battled to make all music available on it's free ad-supported music service with the argument that it served as a funnel to paid subscriptions. But a new report puts Apple Music's U.S. monthly growth at 5% more than twice Spotify's 2% growth rate. In this op-ed, Chris Castle explores the implications. 

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Lino Raises $20M To Build A Blockchain Driven YouTube

Lino logoCupertino, CA based Lino has raised $20 million to build a blockchain driven YouTube competitor.  Many analysts believe that the delivery, tracking, transparency and micro-payments enabled by blockchain offers the perfect platform to build a more open and egalitarian YouTube alternative.

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Michelle Brook Of Sour Mash, Ignition Records Talks Industry, Marketing Strategies [INTERVIEW]

1In this interview Michelle Brook, the digital manager at Ignition Records talks about her work in the industry, and share her opinions and experiences on the value of marketing using messenger bots, and where such types of technology might be headed in the future.

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Music Streaming Services Offer Artists Two Gifts

1When comes to getting your music to consumers, putting it on major streaming services has by this point become essential, and while the royalty payouts have been getting a lot of negative press, there are a number of other less direct benefits to have your work on major streaming services.

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Yonder: On The Rise Music Streamer You've Never Heard

image from pbs.twimg.comFrom the ashes of the Beyond Oblivion, the flashy yet unlaunched $174 million music tech startup, comes Yonder, a free music service that's gaining traction, in large part because it is building in markets that are off streaming’s beaten track, writes MIDiA's Mark Mulligan.

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Spotify's “This is:” Playlist Series Is A Hidden Gem

1A service known for its carefully curated playlists, Spotify's 'This Is' playlist series, each one focusing on a different legendary artist, often slips under the radar, but the series does an important service for fans and is one of the better products to emerge from the streaming revolution.

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Why Building More Rights Databases Won't Solve The Music Industry Metadata Problem

1In this piece Niclas Molinder takes a long look at the music industry's ongoing metadata problem and how the music industry as a whole needs to wake up and shift its focus if they hope to solve the issue effectively.

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What Is The Music Modernization Act and Who Supports It?

Music Modernization ActThe Music Modernization Act is poised to reshape music copyright and compensation for a generation. But what exactly is the MMA, and how will it impact songwriters and publishers?  We will be exploring these questions all this week on Hypebot with "The Music Modernization Act: Peril Or Promise?,"  a series of articles and guest posts designed to explain and dissect the legislation. We begin with this simple question: What is the Music Modernization Act and who supports it?

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EXCLUSIVE: DistroKid To Launch Publishing Administration, 300K Musicians Using Revenue Split Service

DistroKid logoDistroKid 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.

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Music Modernization Act: Peril Or Promise? - All This Week On Hypebot

Music Modernization PerilFrom the RIAA to the NMPA and Google to Spotify, nearly every major music and technology trade group and company is urging Congress to pass the Music Modernization Act. But as the legislation, which closely matches a similar bill in the House, works its way through the Senate, some smart voices are urging caution. 

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn last visit to a crowded week of music industry news before moving on, we look back at major net players' endorsement of the Music Modernization Act, a lawsuit against UMG by Enrique Iglesias for unpaid streaming royalties, Jack White's banning of all phones at gigs, and much more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts: Spotify IPO Worries • Free NOI Lookup • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiTopping the charts on Hypebot this week, we had frequently read articles covering the arrest of rapper Kodak Black following an Instagram post, the fear instilled in the music industry and Wall Street following Spotify's IPO, the same streaming platform's ominous path to profitability, and more.

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How The Internet Has Been A Game Changer For DIY Artists

Internet-headerHere Robert Lanterman explores some of the major ways in which the pervasive take-over of the internet has changed the game for DIY artists everywhere when it comes to almost every aspect of the industry, be it travel, promotion, or networking.

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This Week's Pandora Trendsetter Chart Standouts

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Each week Pandora shares  highlights from its Trendsetters Chart. Compiled using data obtained from Next Big Sound, this chart shows the top 20 artists listeners have been using to create the highest number of stations from over the past week, and reflects which up-and-coming artists are currently trending on the platform. 

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