Instagram's IGTV Allows Artists To Post Longform Videos, As Long As They're Vertical

1In this piece Chris Robley walks us through exactly how artists and bands can set about utilizing Instagram's new IGTV in order to easily upload longform video - provided its in vertical form.

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Bandsintown Adds Int'l Partners, 35% Users Now Outside Of North America

BandsInTown new logoConcert discovery and marketing app Bandsintown has announced key partnerships in Japan and France to further expand its international reach. 35% of Bandsintown's 130 million monthly active users are currently from outside of North America.

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Facebook Takes Swipe At YouTube, YouTube Strikes Back

1Facebook owned Instagram's launch of it's new long-form IGTV has been one-upped with YouTube's launch of several new features including channel sponsorships and direct-to-fan merchandise sales. Regardless of who comes out on top, the competition seems to be benefitting creators, at least for now.

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AT&T Adds Free Pandora Premium, Amazon Music To Select Mobile Plans

Pandora + AT&TJust days after the AT&T Time Warner merger, the combined company is rolling out new video and music offerings to its mobile subscribers. Starting Tuesday, June 26, 142 million AT&T subscribers will have access to Pandora's on-demand music service and Amazon Music Unlimited.

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Botletter: Impressive Facebook Messenger Fan Communications, Marketing Tool

image from pbs.twimg.comVeteran Music marketer and Music Biz Weekly podcast co-host Mchael Brandvold explores the Facebook Messenger tool Botletter, which provides artists with an exciting new way to effectively communicate with fans in a style similar to email.

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Facebook Finally Gets Serious About Music [Watch Out Musical.ly]

image from fbnewsroomus.files.wordpress.comFacebook has announced the first set of features that build on the recent licensing deals it has made with all three major label groups, Merlin and other rights holders. Most notable is a live lip sync feature that borrows liberally from the popular Musical.ly app.

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#1 iPhone App Is About Music and You've Never Heard Of It

Tik Tok[UPDATED] The most downloaded iPhone apps globally is dominated by Facebook and its owned apps Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. But new Sensor Tower data shows that the most downloaded app globally for the last 3 months is music related. but you've likely never heard of it.

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Music Industry Moves Past Site Blocking, Looking To Get Into App Blocking

1While site blocking has long been employed as a nuclear (albeit often ineffective) option for preventing copyright infringement, the entertainment industry is now taking things a step further by blocking certain apps.

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How People Are Listening To New Music In 2018 [Infographic]

1As music PR companies and labels strive to get their artist’s music placed in popular places, it is becoming more and more clear that the industry has changed, with NME stopping their print edition the focus has changed on the digital landscape and how people consume media. But how has this changed for music and influenced the way people consume their music?

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Top iOS Apps For Songwriters, Music Makers

1With many in the music industry using tech advancements to help them in their creative process, a variety of smartphone apps have become more and more popular with bands ands. That said, their abundance has made choosing the right one daunting. Here we look we look at the top ten best iOS apps that can help in the creative process.

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Spotify Says 2 Million Used Hacked Apps To Block Ads

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify says that 2 million users of its free ad-supported music service have used hacked apps to block ads in the last few months. The revelation came in a Friday morning SEC filing that also included lower user and total hours streamed counts than it previously reported.

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Music Distribution In The Age Of Smartphones

image from www.lavamobiles.comSound recording is younger than you might think - it was only invented around 130 years ago. Over this time, it has evolved from physical to magnetic, then digital, ultimately losing the need for a physical medium. Today, the majority of sound recordings, no matter if they are speeches, noises or online slots to fit music genres, exist as strings of ones and zeroes in cyberspace, so to say. 

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Creating Meaningful Fan Interactions: Why Every Facebook Page Must Use Messenger

1Keeping a handle on the vast and ever-changing world of social media enough to capture your fans attention is no easy task, and in the case of Facebook, their recent alteration to the algorithm only makes things harder. With the correct usage of messenger, however, artists can get ahead of the social media game.

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How To Give Fans What They Want With Facebook Messenger

1Most music consumers, be they young or old, are often pressed for time meaning that, as an artist, it's important to get them what they want quickly and painlessly. Here we look at how to do so through automated messenger bots, quickly getting fans where they want to be.

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