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Who Are Your Biggest Fans? Quiz Your Instagram Followers To Find Out

1As part of a great new feature, Instagram is now offering its users a 'quiz' option. Similar to their Question Sticker, this new aspect of the social media platform will allow users to ask multiple choice questions, with up to four answers to choose from.

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SiriusXM Launches Low Cost Streaming Only Plan

SiriusxmSiriusXM has added an "Essential" subscription streaming only plan, making its multi-channel service available on mobile, tablet, desktop and other connected devices. Essential subscribers get 300 channels from SiriusXM's lineup of music, comedy, news, sports and entertainment.

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Eventbrite Expands It's Useful App Marketplace

Eventbrite_wordmark_orangeIndie ticketer Eventbrite has relaunched its Spectrum app store as the Eventbrite App Marketplace with 100+ vetted apps to help save time, run events more efficiently and, of course, to sell more tickets.

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Major Labels Demanding 'Guaranteed Money' From TikTok Owners

1Spring will shepherd in the cancellation of numerous music contracts, and with renegotiations on the table, three of the industry's biggest labels are eager to see if they can squeeze some additional revenue out of the rapidly growing social media platform TikTok.

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Amazon's Twitch Takes On TikTok With Karaoke Game and Deals With All The Majors

image from assets.help.twitch.tvAmazon online gaming service Twitch has launched Twitch Sings, an interactive karaoke game aimed straight at the wildly popular TickTok app. The huge difference is that Amazon actually bothered to licence all the music it's using.

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Festify Uses Spotify To Create Your Dream Music Festival

image from salty-beach-42139.herokuapp.comFestify takes the users most listened to Spotify artists and creates a visual line-up that they can share with friends.  Connect a Spotify account and the Festify program uses play counts to bill favorite artists as headliners and ranks others as openers.

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TikTok Launches 'Spotlight' to Support Indie Musicians

TikTok_Spotlight_Japan1Hugely popular short video app TikTok is launching "TikTok Spotlight," a program to discover and support independent and unsigned artists. TikTok Spotlight will offer an opportunity to build a community of followers and showcase music to a global audience.

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Apple Music App Now Installed On 40 million Android Devices

image from support.apple.comThe Apple Music app has been installed on 40 million devices running on the Google Android operating system. Of course, installs and paid subscriptions are two different things, with Apple Music only having a total of 50-55 million subscribers worldwide.

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Eat, Sleep, Write: 5 Apps For Every Musician, Songwriter

2Apps have been integrated into all aspects of the creative process for some time now, and songwriting is no exception. Beyond simply facilitating the technical aspects of composition and recording, several apps have now been released designed to help spark inspiration in composers.

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How Fans Are Building A Vibrant Gimme Radio Community

2In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community.

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Spotify Condemns Apple's New "App Tax," But Could It Be A Cover For A Price Hike?

1Spotify is up in arms over the 30% cut Apple is charging developers for the privilege of being part of its app store, going so far as to lodge an anti-trust complaint, as well as threatening to raise its price in order to cover the cost. Such actions, however, could be playing right into Apple's hands.

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Tools For Managing Music Merch

1Being an artist is hard enough without having to manage the mini-department store that is your merch - luckily there are a number of tools out there designed to lessen the headache of keeping up with orders and streamlining sales.

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XITE, Music Video Streaming App, Makes US Debut

1 A free app already popular on the international scene, XCITE has officially been rolled out in the US, and may be the first streaming  service solely dedicated to music videos.

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Napster Turns A Profit, Partners With Univision

Napster logoThe latest financial filings from Napster proves that music streaming - at least, the all paid variety - can be profitable. From 2017 to 2018, Napster moved from a net loss of $13.1 million to a net profit of $10.3 million.

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Statement On EU Anti-Competition Complaint Against Apple [FULL TEXT]

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint centers on the 30% Apple charges for app store subscriptions and purchases and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

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Move Over Spotify, YouTube Has A Major Samsung Deal Too

Youtube_logoSamsung Galaxy customers will a free limited YouTube Premium! subscription which includes ad-free access to both YouTube and Google's latest streaming service, YouTube Music. The news came on the same day that Spotify announced that it will come pre-loaded on millions of Samsung phones and other devices.

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Spotify To Come Pre-Loaded In Millions Of Samsung Phones

SpotifySpotify and Samsung are expanding their partnership. Starting today, Spotify will be pre-installed on millions of new Samsung mobile devices globally. In addition, new Spotify users in the U.S. with select Samsung Galaxy mobiles will qualify for six months of free Spotify Premium, redeemable in app.

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Fortnite Hosts Weezer-Themed Island

Weezer-FortniteMarshmello isn't the only artist to capitalize on the popularity of Epic Games' Fortnite. Now Weezer has pulled their own digital promo stunt with the launch of their own band themed island in the popular game to accompany Weezer's new album release.

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Truth: The Next Big Data Opportunity

1As the reality of data harvesting settles in among consumers, music tech companies are forced to choose where they in the coming privacy war, a where in which honesty and transparency could provide the greatest competitive advantage.

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Bandsintown Relaunches Facebook Event Export

image from pbs.twimg.comBandsintown and Facebook have partnered to relaunch the popular concert discovery platform's Facebook Event export feature. Once a day, Facebook scans Bandsintown events and automatically populates the Events tab on artists' Facebook Page as part of the Facebook Events service.

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THE PITCH: FeedFM - Music For Fitness and Wellness

The pitchIn response to a new wave of interesting music tech startups, we're bringing back THE PITCH, a semi-regular feature that allows promising apps and services to share a very short "pitch" about why we should all be paying attention. First up is music + fitness app Feed.FM.

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What Do People Listen To While Driving?

1The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.

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Tinder Adds Spotify Song Sharing So You Can Soundtrack Your Hookup Pitch

image from s3.amazonaws.comTinder is testing the ability to share Spotify songs in chat with potential hookups. Tinder and Spotify first hooked up in 2016 with the ability to share favorite songs in user profile pages. This data also became part of the algorithm used to surface potential partners.

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Spotify Adds Car View: Helpful But Not Voice Control

Spotify newSpotify is rolling out 'Car View,' a simplified larger print view designed to make it easier for users to control basic functions while driving. The feature is rolling out slowly Android devices. No word yet on when it will be added to the iOS app.

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Pandora Adds In-App Voice Control

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, only Pandora and Amazon offer it within their own app.

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Instagram Secret Menus, New Trends Decoded

InstagramIn this edition of Decoded, our fiends at AWAL look at the trends and hidden tricks shaping entertainment inside the Facebook owned and operated social media crown jewel that is Instagram.

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