Verizon Wireless Adds Free Apple Music, Adding Millions Of Subscribers To Streamer

Apple music cardsVerizon has added free Apple Music subscriptions to several of its Unlimited wireless data plans. The carrier had been offering 6 months or free Apple Music, but the move to permanent subscriptions potentially adds millions of subscribers to Apple Music.

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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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Spotify Passed 200 Million Active Users At End Of 2018

Spotify new[UPDATED] Spotify passed 200 million monthly active at the end of 2018, Dustee Jenkins, Spotify Head Of Global Communications shared during an interview at CES yesterday. Jenkins promoted the streamer's push into podcasts and shared that podcast listeners also consume more music than average on the platform.

 

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YouTube Music Poised To Replace Google Play As Android Default Audio Player

YouTube-icon-full_colorA look at the under the hood of a recent YouTube Music app update shows strong evidence that Google may be about to make it the default music player within its Android operating system. The move could help catapult YouTube Music from also-ran to top tier music streamer.

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Amazon Adds 1 Million Reasons Not To Use Your Car Radio

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comAmazon is bringing Alexa voice control to the car. Announced in September, the Echo Auto is finally shipping to the more than one million drivers that pre-ordered it. To boost sales farther, the Echo Auto is on sale for $24.99, a 50% savings. Add free Spotify and TuneIn accounts and any advantage held by broadcast radio and SiriusXM virtually disappears.  

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Think You Can You Make Spotify Better? Here's A Job For You

Spotify newThere are no shortage of opinions as to how to make Spotify better for users, artists, record labels and music publishers. If you're one of those folks that's really convinced you have the answers and the experience, Spotify has a job for you.

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Will Robot's Top The Chart? Musician's Voice In Age Of AI

1Here Marc G Tan looks ahead to future where artificial intelligence has become an integral part of the creative music process, and why it may or may not be the creative machine apocalypse which many people in the music business seem to fear.

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CD Baby Artists Earned $100 Million In 2018

Cdbaby[UPDATED] CD Baby has revealed that it's artists earned more than $100 million in 2018. That impressive number includes income from digital distribution (streaming and downloads) along with YouTube, music on Facebook and Instagram, music publishing, sync and direct CD sales.

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How Music and Video Will Rescue Apple [Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusic saved Apple’s business back in 2003 when a new  iTunes Music Store boosted iPod sales and the entire company, paving the way for the greatest ever period in Apples history. As Apple stock struggles, MIDiA's Mark Mulligan sees a repeat performance coming with music, along with video and maybe games poised to come to the rescue again.

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Sony Adds New Streaming Music Format '360 Reality Audio'

image from celebrityaccess.comSony has announced a new music format called “360 Reality Audio” that gives listeners the feeling of being immersed in sound from all directions.  It is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology and makes it possible for artists to create a 360-degree musical experience by mapping sound sources such as vocals, chorus, and instruments with positional information of distance and angle to suit their creative and artistic purpose.

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When Economic Theory Fails: A Critical Look At Waldfogel’s Digital Renaissance

1In this piece, Neil Turkewitz digs deep into the recently released book by Joel Waldfogel entitled "Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us About the Future of Popular Culture, a work which explores how the entertainment industry is fairing in the current explosive digital age with regard to the quality of content being produced.

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Deutsche Bank Raises UMG Valuation 45% To $33 Billion As Sales Search Continues

UMG squareDeutsche Bank has raised its valuation of Universal Music Group 45% to $33.19 billion, up from a previous  $22.86 billion. That values UMG higher than the market capitalization of its parent company Vivendi, which currently sits at $32.35 billion.

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Top Analysts Cut Spotify [NYSE: SPOT] Stock Price Target, See Rough Ride Ahead

Spotify New $Four top stock analysts have shifted to a bearish outlook for Spotify (NYSE: SPOT). Monday, Guggenheim, Deutsche Bank, Stifel and Nomura reset their target prices to $120, $135, $170 and $188 respectively. All are above Spotify's current $119.36 price at close of market Monday.

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