Apple Music Has Team Of People Writing Down Song Lyrics

image from cdn.pixabay.comApple is known for its attention to detail, but this revelation takes that to a whole new level. Instead of using less-than-perfect lyric services to provide lyrics alongside its music streams, Apple Music has "a team of people listening to music and transcribing the lyrics."

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CD Baby, Tunecore Add China For DIY Music Distribution

image from upload.wikimedia.orgTunecore and CD Baby have each just added China's largest streaming music service - Tencent Music, its subsidiaries and partners - to their indie and d.i.y. music distribution networks. When users deliver their music to Tencent, they will be available on:

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Tencent Puts Select Music Behind Paywall, Promises More

image from celebrityaccess.comChinese music streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment is experimenting with driving revenue by making some content exclusive and unavailable to its ad-supported users. It's a practice once popular in label circles but vehemently opposed by streaming leader Spotify.

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Shazam Added 78 Million Users Last Year

ShazamShazam finished 2018 with 478 million users, up 78 million from the previous year. The stat came as part of a UK financial filing that also showed that revenue fell 23% to just $38 million USD last year. But the drop didn't really matter since Shazam was acquired by Apple in November of 2018.

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Musicians Union Demands Major Increase In Streaming Residuals with SAG-AFTRA Support

image from www.afm.orgMusicians held rallies across the country calling for streaming residuals for music in television and film even as the American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed negotiations this week.

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Spotify Updates Video Targeting Apple On Same Day As Siri Integration: 'It's time to play fair'

Spotify new[UPDATED] Instead of using yesterday's announcement that Siri now included voice control of Spotify to make nice with Apple, the streamer seemingly doubled down on criticism of its much larger tech rival.

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Apple Music To Emphasize Live Music Programming say Execs Zane Lowe, Oliver Schusser

image from i.ytimg.comLive radio-like shows have always been the cornerstone of Apple Beats 1 programming, including artist-driven shows from the likes of Nicki Minaj. But that's jist the beginning of Apple Music's growing emphasis on live appointment-worthy music programming.

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Apple Says Goodbye To iTunes In Latest Mac Update

image from celebrityaccess.comApple has officially killed iTunes with its latest Mac software update dubbed Catalina. Apple has moved each iTunes service into separate apps - Apple Music, Apple TV and Podcasts - replacing the once-revolutionary iTunes, which launched in 2003, two years after the debut of Apple's iPod.

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Bridging The Entertainment Gap Between China, The US

1While music streaming is undeniably a global business, a lot of artists are missing out on certain international revenue opportunities owing to cultural and geographic differences, such as those that exist between the US and China. Fortunately, Far East Global thinks they have a solution to this problem.

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Apple Wants To Offer A Discount Music, TV Bundle and Record Labels Are NOT Happy

image from www.scormstore.comApple is set to launch Apple TV+ on November 1st, priced at $4.99 (£4.99) per month. Bundling Apple Music with Apple TV+ and perhaps other Apple services at a discount would make marketing sense for Apple.

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Music Business Is Being Re-Defined By Generation Z

4While for years millennials were the target demographic of most music business marketing, Generation Z has since risen up as the primary stakeholder in the contemporary marketplace, which is in turn reshaping how artists, labels, and companies market themselves.

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50 Year After Abbey Road: Two Worlds Of Music Listening

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWith the Beatle's Abbey Road near the top of the charts 50 years after release, MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan explores how older, physical-focused music fans remain the quickest route to high-value, large-scale revenue, as well as, much and how little has changed in the music industry.

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Asks Spotify For Apple Complaint Details

image from pbs.twimg.comThe U.S. House Judiciary Committee has asked Spotify for information about its anti-competitive complaint against Apple, according to Reuters. Earlier this year, Spotify filed a formal complaint in the EU alleging that Apple was limiting access to its customers through restrict practices and high app store fees.

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Spotify Adds Siri Voice Control To iOS App, Launched First Apple TV App

image from www.patentlyapple.comSpotify's much-anticipated addition of Apple Siri voice control officially launched on Monday morning.  Users must first download a new update to the Spotify app as well as have the latest version of iOS 13 installed.

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5 Trends Reshaping Music Marketing [Keith Jopling, MIDiA]

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusic marketing has never been easy or straightforward and that's particularly true in this time of fractured media, shifting consumption and an overabundance of new music. MIDiA analyst Keith Jopling found five shifts and a hint of possible solutions that will reshape modern music marketing.

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TIDAL Ups Tony Gervino, Elliott Wilson To Executive Roles

Tidal logoTIDAL has announced two executive-level promotions - Tony Gervino has been appointed to EVP, Editor-in-Chief and Elliott Wilson to Chief Content Officer.

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Indie Music Publisher: 'We Are Not Blind To The Harsh Economic Realities Of Streaming'

2In this anonymous interview, Chris Castle/Music Technology Policy speak with an independent publisher about their role in a streaming-based music economy where money is made in percentages of pennies, and what the future looks like for both publishers and artists trying as they try to cultivate a career in the music business.

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Spotify [SPOT] To Hold Earnings Call Oct. 28th

image from townstages.comSpotify Technology S.A. (NYSE: SPOT) will share its Q3 2019 financial results and letter to shareholders on Monday, October 28th before market opens. The streamer will hold a question and answer session to discuss financial results at 8AM Eastern Time.

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What Streaming Services Pay Per Stream

2Even to industry insiders, determining what exactly each streaming service pays out per stream can be a confusing and complex process, with each platform having its own unique formula for calculating what an artist actually earns. Here we break down some of the numbers in a more digestible format.

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73% Of Fans Never Listen To An Album In Order That The Artist Intended

image from cdn.pixabay.comEU based music streamer Deezer surveyed UK fans and found that 49% are listening to fewer full albums than they were just 3 -5 years ago. The survey found that 42% were putting favorite songs on shuffle or playing individual tracks. Under 25, the stat rises to 55%.

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A Critical Look At Spotify PR Firm Virtuoso Music

1In this review, Brian Hazard of Color Theory walks us through his recent experience using the Spotify PR service Virtuoso Music, whether the service delivered on it's promises, and whether or not it might be right for you.

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RIAA To Host Key Streaming Policy Panel At Mondo.NYC

image from mondo.nycThe RIAA promises to cut through the complexities of consent decrees, the Mechanical Licensing Collective and other issues related to streaming in an intensive 60 minutes session at the Mondo. NYC conference later this month.

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David Lowery Reminds Musicians To File For Share Of $10M Rhapsody, Napster Songwriter Settlement

image from cdn.pixabay.comDavid Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker led a class action lawsuit against Rhapsody (aka Napster). The case, which alleged the streamer had unlawfully reproduced and distributed copyrighted compositions, has preliminarily settled, and musicians may be entitled to compensation.

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Paperchain Advances $60K Spotify Royalties In 30 Minutes

CashMusic analytics and fintech startup Paperchain and Centrifuge, a decentralized platform that connects the global financial supply chain, has advancedmade its first advance based on future Spotify royalties.

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Death Metal Remix Of Greta Thunberg's UN Speech To Benefit Greenpeace [You have to hear it!] #GREENMETAL

image from despotz.seA powerful death metal remix of young climate activist Greta Thunberg's moving speech at the UN Climate Summit will benefit Greenpeace,  Despotz Records announced on Tuesday.

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30% Of Beatles Spotify Streams Come From Fans Who Weren't Born Before John Lennon Died

image from pbs.twimg.com30% of the Beatles' plays on Spotify are coming from the 18-24 year old age group, the streamer revealed. The Fab Four have been streamed an impressive total of 1.7 billion times on Spotify, so far this year.

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11 Common Music Advertising Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

Screen Shot 2019-10-01 at 7.43.34 AMHere AWAL speaks with several veterans of the digital marketing space about some of the most common (but by no means all) marketing mistakes advertisers make when attempting to promote their music across social media and streaming platforms.

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