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Spotify Lite Had 1 Million Users In First Week, India Users Now Top 2 Million

image from static.makeuseof.comUPDATED: Spotify clearly filled a need with the launch of its Spotify Lite app, which takes up one-third of the space on the users mobile, while still maintaining most of Spotify's popular features.  Spotify Lite grabbed more than 1 million global users in its first week.

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Music 'Trigger Cities': Spotlight On Latin America

1In this third part in a series exploring music "trigger cities", Jason Joven pf Chartmetric takes an in-depth look at Latin America's music consumption stats to explore how listeners there are precipitating the exponential growth of Latin music's global popularity.

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WAVE Raises $5.65 Million To Mix Music and Meditation

image from cdn2.shopify.comBreath, body, and beats could serve as the tagline for WAVE, the new subscription-based music-based meditation app and vibrating pillow that has launched with $5.65 million in seed funding. Investors include CrossLink Capital, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Ludlow Ventures.

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Spotify Lite Launches In Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, But Not In North America

image from mspoweruser.comSpotify Lite is now available in 36 countries across Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa for Android via Google Play. But this light version of Spotify is not yet available in key streaming markets in North America and Europe.

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Ridesharing, The New VIP Event Transportation Experience

2When crafting a VIP event experience, it's important to make sure the attendee has an elevated experience from the moment they walk out the door. Luckily, the advent of ridesharing technology has made premium, stress-free transportation an achievable reality.

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Free Social Music Discovery App LÜM Launches To Boost Emerging Artists

image from s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.comLÜM has launched its its iOS app designed to connect merging artists with new fans. The Madison, WI based startup recently closed their $1.2 million seed financing and recently partnered with concert promoters Frank Productions.

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How To Update Your Bandsintown Artist Profile

1An app used by millions of fans, the Bandsintown Concert app can be a great tool for artists working to stand out. Here we look at a step by step breakdown on how to update your profile on platform and increase your discoverability to new potential fans.

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UPDATE: Spotify Is Back Up!

Spotify newUPDATE: Spotify is back up and running. "We’ve made a few tweaks backstage, so everything should be back to normal," the streamer Tweeted around 4PM ET. The outage began for many users around 8:30AM Thursday. Spotify acknowledged the problem by early afternoon and said that it had not been caused by today's major app update.

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Spotify Redesigns 'Your Library' with Artists and Album Sections, Liked Songs Playlist, Podcasts, More

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify has launched a major "Your Library" update. Centered around a sleeker design and putting podcasts on an equal footing with music, the update offers features to please music fans, as well. The update is currently available to Premium users only.

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Spotify Launches Your Daily Drive Music + News Playlist

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify has added Your Daily Drive, a playlist that combines personalized music with news and short features. At launch, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and PRI are providing non-music content. The music mixes old and new based on the user's previous listening habits.

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Siri To Control Spotify, Pandora, Other Streaming Apps

image from cdn.pixabay.comApple has included Siri support for Spotify, Pandora and other third-party music and media apps in the upcoming iOS 13. A new developer tool, SiriKit for Audio, now makes it possible for iOS audio app developers to integrate Siri’s search and play feature.

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Chartmetric Offers Artist Cross-Platform Performance Ranking

1In this in-depth article from Chartmetric, Josh Hayes provides a detailed breakdown of how to utilize the website's data warehouse to instantaneously compare and analyze the general performance of artists across platforms.

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Musicians: Getting The Most Out Of A Podcast Interview

1As journalists seek out new ways to introduce music to the listening public, many have turned to podcasting. A less formal and often more in depth way of interviewing artists than traditional radio. While certainly a good promotional opportunity for artists, there are some things you should keep in mind before entering the studio.

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Why Apple Just Killed Off iTunes [Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comYesterday, Apple announced the end of iTunes on the Mac and its replacement with three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV.  The reason given was feature bloat which slows performance. But top analyst Mark Mulligan says that its really part of "the great unbundling" which has been going on across other digital services for years.

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Bandsintown, CMT Partner To Drive Artist Discovery During CMT Music Awards Week

image from i.ticketweb.comBandsintown has again partnered with CMT to help music fans discover rising country artists in the run up to the CMT Music Awards, this Wednesday June 5th in Nashville. CMT Music Awards Week is taking over Nashville with free performances spotlighting the best up-and-coming artists in country music.

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Spotify Stations Free App Has Launched In US

image from cdn.vox-cdn.comSpotify’s like lean-back listening Stations app is now available in the U.S. for iOS and Android devices. The app had previously been tested only in Australia. Spotify Stations offers a minimalist approach that most closely mimics Pandora and broadcast radio.

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The Musician’s Guide to Pandora Promotion

PandoraAmpWhile Spotify deserves kudos for its free Artist toolkit, no music service has provided more opportunities for artists to connect with fans than Pandora. Pandora AMP (Artist Marketing Platform) is an offering that its competitors can learn from.

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How Cameo App Can Jumpstart Music, Tour Promotion

1Celebrity endorsements have long been a powerful force in the music industry, helping to propel certain releases on to massive success. Now, thanks to Cameo, these gold stars of approval are easier (and cheaper) to get than ever before.

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LiveXLive Adds Slacker To App

Slacker NewLiveXLive Media, the music tech company focused on live events, has launched a redesigned app that brings live streams from more than 35 global music festivals together with its Slacker recorded music streaming platform.

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LÜM Raises $1.2M, Partners With Frank Productions For New Music Discovery Platform

image from lum.fmSocial music app LÜM has closed its seed round, bringing the Madison, Wisconsin based startup's total investment to $1.2 million in less than a year. LÜM has also partnered with concert promoters Frank Productions to explore ways to bridge the difficult divide between live and digital music consumption.

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Move Over Music, Spotify App Update Highlights Podcasts

Spotify new rectangleThe Spotify mobile music app has been renamed Spotify - Music and Podcasts, as the company brings its $500 million bet on podcasting to the forefront of its entire ecosystem. The new design is be available to some users, but the streamer has offered no date for a full roll out.

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Move Over Music, Spotify App Redesign Spotlights Podcasts

Spotify new rectangleSpotify's $500 million investment in podcasting is driving a new version of its app that will give podcasts more prominence. The goal is to make it easier to find and listen to podcasts.

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8 Amazing Web Resources Designed For Musicians

1As social media promotion becomes increasingly difficult for artists to to do for free, band websites have now become one the most important marketing resources you have. That said, maintaining and customizing a website can be touch trickier than social media platforms - luckily there are a number of great resources out there designed specifically to help artists do just that.

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Fan Data Drives 5 New Bandsintown Big Break Artists

BIT FistConcert discovery leader Bandsintown has named five new developing artists to its Big Break fan-driven emerging artists program. An early identifier of success, Bandsintown's live music insights identify acts who have seen a notable increase of trackers on the platform within a six month period.

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Free SPLITS App Makes Songwriter Splits Super Simple

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comThe new free SPLITS app from Create Music Group is designed to eliminate songwriting disputes between writers, producers and artists.by generating a free split agreement - the document music publishers use to clarify individual contributions to a song.

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BandsInTown: How To Message You Trackers

2For artists looking to communicate directly with their most tuned-in fans, BandsInTown now allows bands to post newly released music, upcoming shows, or simply share a personal messages with tracking fans. Here we break down how it's done.

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Tinder Adds ‘Festival Mode’ To Enable Music Fest Hookups

image from celebrityaccess.comHookup app Tinder has added “Festival Mode” which effectively connects users at music festivals who are looking to 'connect.' The new feature allows users to add badges to their  profile to show which music festivals that are attending over the summer.

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EU Begins Probe Of Spotify's Apple Anti-Trust Complaint [Report]

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwThe European Commission has begun an official probe of Spotify's anti-trust complaint against Apple, according to a new report. The complaint centers on the 30% that Apple charges for in app purchase and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

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