A new BIAKelsey report is out titled "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived." It was sponsored by XAPPmedia whose XAPP Ads are designed for voice interaction so that mobile listeners on the move can still engage. The report itself is a nice overview of the business of internet radio. With increasing user uptake advertisers are expected to follow. Given that more and more music is supported by advertising, this next stage is crucial not only to radio but to the near-term and possibly long-term sustainability of the music industry.
Sub-$50 music router and wifi hotspot Gramofon has announced that it will also stream Rhapsody and Napster in addition to Spotify. Backed by Fon, the creator of hugely popular free wifi hotspots, Gramofon connects select music streamers to home stereo systems. Mobile devices, including those of visting friends, serve as the remote control.
Apple is working with Shazam to integrate its popular song recognition technology into its Siri iPhone and iPand voice recognition system, according to Bloomberg.
Cupertino's experimentation with Shazam comes as sales of digital downloads have slowed under increased competition from music streaming.
Leading UK music video tv channel Box TV is bringing Spotify to what used to be the small screen aka the television. In what is apparently just the beginning of a partnership, the two are launching "The Official Box+ Streaming Chart" which is described as a "brand new music TV show." What's kind of weird is that they don't really tell you anything about the show leaving me to assume it's all music videos like what I imagine the rest of their channels to be. But that's just a guess.
Deezer has expanded its free music offering and announced a new partnership with Samsung. Its the first time smartphone manufacturer has teamed with a music streaming service. EU based global music service Deezer has said it will launch in the U.S. this year. Along with free unlimited on-demand access on desktop and tablet, Deezer's new features include:
1. The Black Keys, "Fever" (Nonesuch Records)
2. Big Scary, "Twin Rivers" (Barsuk Records)
3. Sylvan Esso, "Coffee" (Partisan Records)
Billing itself the “Switzerland of digital music,” Bop.fm allows you to create playlists and links to songs that source the music from multiple services based on your preference, including Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, Deezer, SoundCloud and YouTube. One rationale for connecting to all these services is the ability to send playlists to friends without worrying about what service they belong to. Now Bop.fm is further connecting things with the ability to import playlists created on streaming services starting with Spotify and Rdio.
Adweek apparently has a Music Issue out, at least that's my guess based on multiple articles appearing online labeled "The Music Issue." While articles do feature an advertising or marketing angle, some step back for the bigger picture addressing topics such as live music on tv and the battle for streaming music supremacy. There's also an aesthetic edge with a feature on sports ads from Beats by Dre and possibly the coolest piece of all, "101 Kick-Ass Music Covers," with examples covering 80 years of popular magazines.
Bette Midler has joined the slowly growing chorus of musicians and songwriters concerned about payments from streaming music services. ".@Spotify and @Pandora have made it impossible for songwriters to earn a living: three months streaming on Pandora, 4,175,149 plays=$114.11," Midler tweeted over the weekend.
Pandora says Midler has the math all wrong.
Y Combinator backed music startup bop.fm has added artist created streams to its versatile music service agnostic platform. First up is former Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings, who chose to curate his playlists on bop.fm in part because his global fan base can listen on the streaming platform of their choice.
ArtistLink made it's initial appearance as an extension of the Topspin Media platform and is now on it's way up the food chain towards becoming a control panel of sorts for artists and the music industry. Knowing the tools that are available to you are crucial to being successful in today's technologically advanced culture.