Does Anyone Listen To Beats 1? Zane Lowe Won't Say

Zane_lowe_pressApple a master at dribbling out music users stats at just the right moment, like during a product launch, investor call or just as the media seems ready to crown Spotify the winner of the streaming wars. Buts it has never even hinted at how many people actually listen to its much touted Beats 1 live DJ powered streaming radio station.

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CD Baby Distributes 50% Of New North American DIY Tracks, Publishes 1 Million Songs

Cdbaby[UPDATED] CD Baby, a company best known as a distributor of and advocate for independent musicians, now also administers the publishing of more than a million songs for 160,000 songwriters in over 50 countries. Their core distribution business is booming, as well.

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23 Prince Albums, New 'Anthology' Available On Spotify, Apple Music and Other Streamers For 1st Time

PTwenty three Prince albums are now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other music streamers for first time. The superstar singer/songwriter was a vocal critic of music streaming, with YouTube a particular target.

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Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Label Relations Head For United States

image from celebrityaccess.comAmazon Music has hired veteran label and digital executive Andre Stapleton as Head of U.S. Label Relations. He will be based in New York with a focus on label relations including the key markets of Los Angeles, New York and Nashville.

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Pandora Offers Free Year with T-Mobile, Just For 1 Day

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has partnered with T-Mobile to offer a free one year Pandora Plus subscription. But the promotion only last a single day - August 28th.Pandora Plus is an ad-free music streaming service that allows unlimited skips, replay songs and offline stations.

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Spotify Adds Songwriter, Producer Credits To iOS App, Promises Corrections, More Data

Spotify hardware headphonesAfter adding songwriter and producer credits to its desktop app in February, Spotify has finally added them to its iOS app, amid increasing pressure to improve the accuracy of its metadata and add additional credits.

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Deezer Adds $185M, Strategic Partner That Should Make Spotify and Record Labels Very Nervous

DeezerEarlier this month Deezer added $185 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion. New investors include a top Middle Eastern music and media company poised to give the streamer a distinct competitive advantage on the region.

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Will Payments Fall As Spotify Tests Unlimited Ad Skips?

skipSpotify continues to look for ways to make its free music tier more appealing both to users and advertisers. To that end, the streamer has begun a test that allows all free users to skip audio and video ads as often as the want and get back to listening to music.

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Streaming Music’s Third Wave: Emerging Markets

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusic and media industry analysts MIDiA have just published a report that dives deep into how streaming is, and in some cases is not, gaining traction in emerging markets. The report, summarized here, focuses on Russia, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, China and India. 

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Spotify, Samsung Counter Apple Music's 2 Top Advantages

image from newsroom.spotify.comA major Spotify and Samsung partnership makes the streamer the prefered music partner across all of the company's consumer products. The South Korean tech giant manufacturers phones, tablets, computers, smart watches, speakers and other popular consumer electronics. Samsung is seen as Apple's top rival.

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Musical.ly Investor Bets $17M On Internet Radio

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netEarly investor Goldwater Capital is betting a substantial hunk of the profits it netted when ByteDance acquired Musical.ly on internet radio.  Korean based Spoon Radio will recieve $17 million from Goldwater and Korean investors Softbank Ventures and KB Investment.

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Musicians Income Rises Even As Streaming Takes Its Toll

image from openclipart.orgThe music industry is undergoing a major resurgence as measured by all indicators except one, according to an extensive study published by Citi GPS. Left behind are the musicians, whose creations make the rest of the music industry possible, but who are receiving less than 12% of the annual revenue.

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Calling 'Bulls**t' On Tim Cook's Anti-Spotify Rhetoric

image from www.hypebot.comApple CEO Tim Cook clearly had Spotify and its algorithmically driven playlists in mind when he said: “We worry about the humanity being drained out of music, about it becoming a bits-and-bytes kind of world instead of the art and craft.” But are Cook's anti-Spotify comments fair?

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Audius Raises $5.5M For 'SoundCloud On The Blockchain'

image from cdn-images-1.medium.comAudius has raised a $5.5 million to use blockchain and cryptocurrency to assure that artists are paid fairly. It's a pitch made repeatedly by numerous startups in recent months, but Audius now has the capital to actually move this game-changing concept forward.  

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CEO Tim Cook Is OK That Apple Music Loses Money, Slams 'Bits-And-Bytes' Streaming

image from pbs.twimg.com“We’re not in it for the money,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook about the tech giant's loss leader Apple Music service.  While these are enough to concern Daniel Ek, it is Cook's dismal of 'bits-and-bytes' streaming that the Spotify CEO will likely find the most upsetting.

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