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Bobby Owsinski Looks At Apple Music For Artists

1Although Apple Music has consistently taken home the gold for paying artists the most per stream, but was coming up short in other artist services. In an effort to close that gap, the platform is now launching its 'Apple Music for Artists' feature, giving bands valuable insights into their audience.

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iHeartRadio Adds Artist Assets From Muzooka To Charts

Muzooka rectangle Muzooka and iHeartMedia have partnered to integrate Muzooka’s artist assets including photos, videos, bios and more into the iHeartRadio Music Charts powered by Mediabase.

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Spotify Tests More Expensive Subscriptions as Labels Complain About Falling Per Listener Revenue

Spotify New $Spotify will test raising subscription prices in Scandinavia with an eye towards taking the increases worldwide, according to a new report. The test comes at a time when labels are complaining about falling per listener payouts from the steamer.

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Major Labels Earn $16K Every Second From Streaming, But Will It Last?

2Major labels are now pulling down over $16,000 per second in streaming which, while an impressive number, is somewhat tempered by the fact that the growth of streaming itself seems to be slowing down.

 

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Apple Music vs Spotify In One Easy Infographic

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify and Apple Music are the two biggest players in music streaming.  But how do they compare in size, availability, cost, features and more?  This infographic provides some answers.

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Are Merch Sales More Important Than Song Streams?

1While streaming is the new normal for music consumption, the income that many artists receive from it is far less than needed to sustain a career. But, as some artists have learned, merch sales, remain an excellent way to net much larger profits.

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Tencent Music Reports Revenue Growth As UMG Acquisition Talks Continue

Tencent musicWith Tencent in open talks to acquire a 10-20% stake in Universal Music Group, its Tencent Music's earnings report is receiving additional scrutiny.

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Apple Music For Artists vs. Spotify For Artists: A Side By Side Comparison



Apple - SpotifyLate last week Apple Music For Artists exited beta and became available to any artist with music on the platform. Since this is Apple's overdue answer to Spotify For Artists, we wondered how the two platforms compared.

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How To Embed Metadata In Music Files And Why It's So Important [Video]

1Living as we now are in the digital age, it has become increasingly important for artists to attach metadata to their work, and by doing so providing key information like artist name, copyright holders, and contact info. Here we break down the fairly straightforward process of attaching this info to your music.

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Apple Hi-Res Streaming Has Arrived With Apple Digital Masters

1After sitting on a stockpile of high-resolution audio masters for a while now, Apple has finally decided to launch its often rumored hi-res streaming service, joining the ranks of other platforms like TIDAL and Deezer, who also provide this premium quality tier.

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Apple Music For Artists Exits Beta, Available Free To All With Enhanced Analytics, Shazam

image from artists.apple.comApple Music For Artists has long lagged behind Spotify and Pandora with the tools and analytics that it offers artists.  That changed overnight with the public launch of a toolkit that insiders have been playing with for months.

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Tencent Would Be The Real Winner In Any Deal With UMG

1Chinese media giant Tencent is in talks to buy a 10% chunk of Universal Music Group, with an option for an additional 10%. This acquisition by a massive tech company benefitsTencent more than UMG and implications for the music industry as a whole.

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Spotify Wants To Enable Fans To Tip Artists

image from cdn.pixabay.comMany sites empower users to make micropayments to creators. China's Tencent Music already has a massive tip-like program returning revenue to artists. Based on a recent earnings call, Spotify wants to get into this business, as well. Exactly how they'll do it, however, remains a question, writes music attorney and artist advocate Chris Castle.

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How An Old Game Boosted A 2019 Streaming Hit

Screen Shot 2019-08-07 at 4.55.56 PMThis piece explores the marketing genius of the Flappy Bird-esque old-school online game Billy Meets World, launched in conjunction with Lauv's latest release and engineered to help casually grow the artist's Spotify followers.

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'Apple Digital Masters' Launches As Apple Music Tests HI-Res Streaming At No Extra Cost

image from themusicuniverse.comApple Music has announced the launch of 'Apple Digital Masters,' which brings its “Mastered for iTunes” offering into its global streaming catalog.

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The Importance Of Spotify Save Rates, How To Get On Discover Weekly

3Here we look at why save rates on Spotify are so important, and how the work to increase your music's odds of landing on game-changing playlists like Release Radar and Discover Weekly.

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Amazon Prime Student Members Get Music Unlimited For $.99 Per Month

Amazon musicThe streaming price race to the bottom continues. Following on the heels of new partnership deals and discounts from Spotify and Apple Music, Amazon Prime Student members can now get Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 per month.

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You Can Now Edit Your Soundcloud Profile On Mobile

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has added mobile profile editing to its iOS app. Profiles are used by SoundCloud creators to showcase work to potential collaborators and the industry, as well as to connect with fans in real-time.

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Best Best Industry Reads Of 2019, So Far (That Aren't On Hybebot)

Screen Shot 2019-08-01 at 9.28.53 PMWith 2019 barely reaching the halfway point, the year has already delivered some outstanding pieces of music journalism, with scoops and hard-hitting data on music consumption, metrics, metadata and more.

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Apple Music Relaunches Flagship Alt Playlist As ALT CTRL

HaimApple Music has relaunched its flagship alternative playlist as ALT CTRL. Formerly known as The A-List, the refreshed global playlist spotlights new music from across the alternative genre, hand-picked by Apple Music curators.

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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Record For Most Weeks At #1 On Streaming Chart

image from celebrityaccess.comMove over Post Malone, Miley Cyrus, The Chainsmokers and Drake, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has broken yet another record, this time for the most weeks atop the Streaming Songs charts.

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Why Music Artists Must Be Verified On Spotify – What To Know

Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 8.16.10 PMSpotify has done wonders for allowing artists to share their music with the world, and having a Spotify presence right from the beginning can do a lot to help artists reach their intended audience. Unfortunately, many artists neglect getting verified on the platform - something which has a number of perks.

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Playlist Placement Does Not A Marketing Strategy Make

1While playlist placement has become the holy grail for many artists and their promoters, this new case study of sorts from Kieron Donaghue, looks at how playlist placement alone is not in and of itself sufficient as a marketing strategy.

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Spotify Q2 Financials Point To A Profitable Future

Spotify New $Those who believe that Spotify will never be a profitable company may soon be forced to reevaluate their position. Today, the streamer reported that its second-quarter operating loss shrunk dramatically to just $3.3 million in Q2 2019, down from $90 million a year ago; and its operating loss fell to $84.7 million from $439 million last year YoY.

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How To Make Collaborative Playlists On Spotify, Apple Music

1One of the best parts of listening to music is getting to share it with your friends, and thanks to the magic of modern playlisting, collaborative playlist creation can is now a reality. Here Randy Zimmerman walks us through how to create group playlists on both Spotify and Apple Music.

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Spotify Has New Deals With 2 Majors

image from cdn.pixabay.comUPDATED: Spotify has completed deals with two of its major-label partners in what were expected to be contentious licensing renegotiations.  EK did not elaborate as to which of the two - Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group Sony Music Entertainment and perhaps indie licensing giant Merin - had signed new agreements during an earnings call Wednesday.

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