Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWith the album on the wane and attention spans shorter than ever, the first 30 seconds of of a song matter more than.  Not only do they need to capture the listener's attention, but in streaming, they determine if the songwriter is going to get paid at all. 

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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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Spotify Bites Back, Calls Apple Monopolistic [Full Text Of Statement]

Apple-logo Apple-logoUPDATED: The war of words between Spotify and Apple shows no signs of abating, with the streamer issuing its latest rebuttal calling out Cupertino as "monopolistic."  In a statement, Spotify said that "Apple’s response to our complaint before the European Commission is not new and is entirely in line with our expectations."

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Jaxsta Adds Warner Music To Global Music Metadata Platform

image from www.jaxsta.comWarner Music Group has granted music metadata platform Jaxsta permission to tap into its massive song and recording database.The deal marks Jaxsta’s 28th licencing data agreement in the last 18 months, including The Recording Academy and Sony Music Entertainment.

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Spotify’s New Hulu Bundle Could Hurt Musicians - Here's Why

1In a new move towards bundling, Spotify made waves this week in announcing that Spotify Premium will also include a subscription to the ad-supported tier of Hulu. Spotify, however, already in the doghouse for opposing higher royalty rights for artists, could be further harming artists with its new package deal.

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How To Pretend You're At SXSW 2019 Edition plus The Official #SXSW 2019 Playlist

image from yzclient.comSXSW 2019 is in full swing, but perhaps you blew your conference and travel budget donating funds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood or your local Premium Tequila Society. Or maybe the chaise lounge at your Austin hotel pool is so damn comfortable that you can't bear the thought of waiting in line to see Buzz Band 2019.

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Apple Attacks Spotify For 'Trying To Squeeze Musicians, Songwriters' As App Dispute Escalates

Apple-logo Apple-logoUPDATED: Apple has attacked Spotify for "making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters - even going so far as to take these creators to court." in an escalating battle that began over app store fees and practices. In a lengthy and strongly worded statement, Apple pushed back after Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission.

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Full Text Of Apple's Statement Blasting Spotify With All The Nasty Bits Highlighted

AppleNewApple Music has gone on the offensive with an uncharacteristically strong statement "Addressing Spotify’s claims," after the streamer filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple App Store fees and practices.To make sure you that you don' t miss the many nasty parts, we've added some highlights.

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Facebook Expands Spotify Integration, Watch Party, More

image from fbnewsroomus.files.wordpress.comFacebook has announced several new music and video improvements including expanded integration with Spotify, a new look for its Watch Party shared viewing function and expansion of all its music features into more countries.

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#HowWeListen: Amber Horsburgh/Deep Cuts [INTERVIEW]

2In their interview series "How We Listen" Byta sits to to chat with artists and other music industry professionals about their listening habits, and how they discover music both new and old. In this edition, they speak with Amber Horsburgh, who works as marketing consultant for a number of major artists.

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Ted Cohen Joins MediaTech As Head Of Corporate Development

image from celebrityaccess.comMusic industry and music tech veteran Ted Cohen has been named Head Of Corporate Development at MediaTech Ventures, an investment fund and incubator focused on the nexus of music, entertainment and technology.

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YouTube Music Launches In 13 New Markets plus India

YouTube Music logoFresh off its announcement that Google's YouTube Music and YouTube Premium had launched in India, the ad-free streaming service have added Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, South Africa, and Uruguay.

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Ditto Music Launches Management Division

DittoIndependent distribution and marketing company Ditto Music announced the launch of a new artist management division. Ditto Management will operate as a stand-alone company and will be helmed by Matt Dodds, former A&R manager with the UK-based Jem Music.

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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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Spotify Files EU Anti-Trust Complaint Against Apple

Spotify new Apple-logoSpotify announced Wednesday that it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint is centered 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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YouTube Launches In India Priced 20% Under Spotify, With Licences From All 3 Majors

image from lh5.googleusercontent.comYouTube Music has launched in India just days after Spotify's controversial launch there. YouTube Music Premium subscriptions are priced at 99 rupee, or 20% lower than the 119 rupees / $1.67 per month that Spotify charges for similar Premium subscriptions in India. Add in ad-free YouTube videos and the price rises to 129 rupees.

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Bandsintown Data-Driven Big Break SXSW Showcase Returns To Austin Wednesday

BandsintownConcert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW on Wednesday with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street in Austin.

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Austin's Prism Raises $2.2M For Live Music Booking And Management Software

PrismAustin-based music tech startup Prism has raised a $2.2 million seed round. Prism's software simplifies the booking and management of live music events. Last night, Prism hosted the Annual Music Tech Mashup and is hosting the SXSW Official Live Music Meet-up at Empire Control Room from 4-7PM on Wednesday, March 13th.

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Video’s Rise Can Lift Music's Fortunes, But Only If Music Clearance Catches Up Technologically

3As the availability of content continues to balloon and the streaming technology on which it's accessed continues to advance, the process of clearing music for picture remains stuck in the year 1989, even as the demand for synced, pre-recorded music is ever-increasing.

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All Spotify Premium Subscribers Now Get Free Hulu

image from campaigns.scdn.coSpotify subscribers now get Hulu as part of their $9.99 Premium memberships, expanding their existing partnership.  The promotion, which extends to all U.S. Spotify Premium individual subscribers adds Hulu's ad-supported plan at no additional cost.

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IMPALA, AIM, PRS Join 200+ Groups Supporting Article 13 Copyright Directive

UnnamedEU independent music trade group IMPALA. AIM, PRS For Music and more than 200 organizations from across the cultural and creative sectors have united in calling on the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. "This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed level playing field," the groups argue.

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I AM Pop Raises $2.2M As BMG, Orchard Sign On To Fan Messaging Platform

image from namepr.co.ukFan messaging platform I AM POP has secured $2.2 million in funding to integrate I AM POP’s chat editor into other messaging apps beyond Facebook Messenger. With social media newsfeeds now delivering engagement rates as low as 2%, I AM POP boasts average open rates of 94%.

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From Azoff To Slipknot, Music Biz Condemns Spotify, Google Attack On Songwriter Rates Increase

Decision-1697537_960_720Late last week Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon announced they were teaming appeal the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board ruling increasing streaming payouts to songwriters by 44%. The four will file a action with the D.C. Court of Appeals. Now, artists and the industry are reacting, condemning the tech giants and praising Apple Music for not supporting the court action.

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