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If Daniel Ek wants to frighten the major labels, he should step back in time
The majors love owning catalogue not only because it’s a banker in terms of market dominance, but also – as Warner Music Group’s quarterly earnings filing attests- “sale of [catalogue] material is typically more profitable than that of new releases, given lower development costs and more limited marketing costs”. Even with runaway successes, doing battle with labels in the world of frontline A&R is only ever going to mean paddling in the shallow end of the entire commercial music business. If Daniel Ek really wanted to scare the major record companies, he should set his sights on stealing premium catalogues from years gone by.
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3 days ago by motiveunknown
Google is letting celebs speak directly to fans via search results
Google is going to allow sports teams and celebs to “Post” status updates directly into search results. The company today announced it’s opening Posts up to organizations. Specifically, it’s including “museums, sports teams, sports leagues, movies” and in Brazil: musicians. Posts are an experiment to allow participants to post updates directly in Google’s search results. If you think you’re about to see Google turn into a social site, you’ll be disappointed. Posts seem to have been designed for public figures to communicate directly with people who are searching their names:
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SoundCloud Secures $70 Million Round of Funding
In a statement obtained today by Billboard, SoundCloud announced it had secured a flexible $70 million credit line from Ares Capital, Kreos Capital and Davidson Technology. “This new funding," the statement read, "will enable SoundCloud to strategically grow our technology and personnel resources to fuel our expected 2.5 times year-over-year growth in 2017, while building a financially sustainable platform on which our connected community of creators, listeners and curators can thrive for years to come.” The story was first broken by UK Business Insider after it found documents filed with Companies House in the UK.
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How iTunes built, and then broke, my meticulous music-listening system
My system is unsustainable and arguably insane. I am the edgiest of edge cases. But I’m that way because iTunes allowed me to be. And for the better part of a decade, that let me stay connected to incredible music that likely otherwise would have disappeared from my life. The great thing about desktop computing is not just that it allows nerds to be nerds but that it encourages them to do so. The decline of sync is a small thing, but a revealing one. On the desktop you control your own destiny. On mobile you subscribe to it, for $10 a month.
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Why Drake’s More Life Is The New Normal In Streaming
One theory why Drake has positioned the More Life as a playlist, is that the release acts as an acknowledgement of where mainstream music consumption patterns are heading. MIDiA Research surveys indicate that 54% of music consumers agreed with the statement that ‘playlists are replacing albums for me’. Additionally, 40% have said they are using curated playlists through Spotify and Apple Music more than they did six months ago. By working around these patterns, Drake is not fighting the tide but simply considering what it means to release music in this context. In the modern streaming context, the album not only exists as a playlist in itself but also emerges within the playlists of aficionados of these disparate genres.
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Why Spotify Might Need to Steal a Page From Netflix's Blockbuster Script
Yet if Spotify can't lower those rates, it may be forced to diversify its revenue stream. That could mean acquiring or building a concert ticket service comparable to Pandora's (P) TicketFly, or acquiring more original video content along the lines of the Drawn & Recorded series of music-focused documentaries it launched in November. So far, though, Spotify has given no indication that its would actually get directly into the music label business. A Spotify spokesman declined to comment for this story outside of saying the company remains focused on growing its user base. Spotify, which is domiciled in London, lost 173 million euros ($186 million) in 2015.
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This Brazilian Streaming Music Player Is Challenging Spotify, Using Chatbots
We started building chatbots for SuperPlayer so people could tell the player how they were feeling or what they were doing, and we could provide a soundtrack right away. This was very cool and very innovative, so some record labels asked us to build bots for them and for their artists. Now we’re providing chatbots for artists that can send their concert schedule, their music videos, and also playlists that take users to our streaming service. Besides being beneficial for the artists, we’re benefiting from using that to acquire users, and it has been a nice strategy.
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Tool to Finally Put Catalog on Streaming Services: Report
But according to a new report from Bloomberg, that might all be about to change. According to “people with knowledge of the matter,” Maynard Keenan and his cohort have been talking to Spotify and Apple Music about making their catalog -- including albums like Lateralus and Undertow -- available to stream, for the first time ever. This would happen ahead of the impending release of the band’s new album, according to Bloomberg. (The band didn’t comment.)
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Facebook introduces a new ad format — product-focused ‘collection’
So the ad shows up in users’ News Feeds — it leads with a video or image, followed by four product images below. If someone taps on the ad, it opens up a broader catalog of up to 50 different products. Then if they tap on a specific product, they’ll go to the advertiser’s website or app to make the purchase. Sharafi said that while the advertiser can choose the initial four products that show up in a collection, the rest are automatically selected by Facebook, based on the merchant’s preferences and on user targeting, aiming to create an experience that’s “as relevant as possible for the consumer.”
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3 days ago by motiveunknown
Twitter is being unbundled before our eyes
On one level, big social platforms borrowing features from one another has a long history in software development. Facebook alone took the “like” from Tumblr, the “check in” from Foursquare, “trending” from Twitter, and the “story” from Snapchat. But on another level, the recent moves to integrate real-time public posts show the internet not copying Twitter so much as they are absorbing it. Twitter is being unbundled before our eyes, and the implications are fascinating.
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Apple Beats 1 chief wants to rekindle the record-store romance
What's the model now? Streaming. We try to make as much noise and create as much context and tell stories for records and artists, within a place where the music is. Imagine Apple Music as a store. We're the front window. We're the thing you see by the counter. We try and put music into a frame that makes you more excited about it, more than just its existence. You could put the record in a playlist, put it in a library, just let it exist and hopefully we find it. But culture is what the artist wants it to be. They want to create layers of thought, excitement and vision, and tell you how the record was made. They want to share that experience with you. That's what Beats 1 really is designed to do. It was to keep pace with the culture, so that it goes perfectly with the commodity.
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Is Spotify Leading the Way to an Ownership-Free Society?
An evident advocate of this societal shift, Chris Forrester, UK country manager at streaming giant Spotify, points to a piece of Spotify’s market research from last year: “58% of people generally prefer access to something to ownership”; a statistic backed up by his son requesting an Uber account rather than a car for his 17th birthday. According to Forrester, the main thing driving the 100 million active users of the global music streaming service are the possibilities for personalisation, rather than just convenience. In Spotify’s case, the main draw has been putting the curation of the music people listen to into the customers’ hands. “Very quickly it’s become personal. Everything is there to broaden your musical taste, but also to broaden your enjoyment.”
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5 days ago by motiveunknown
Viagogo a No-Show at U.K. Hearing Into Secondary Ticketing
Viagogo was instead represented by an empty chair at the hearing, which saw Ed Sheeran's manager Stuart Camp, Kilimanjaro Live CEO Stuart Galbraith and See Tickets CEO Rob Wilmshurst shine a light on what they viewed as the complexities and injustices of the secondary ticketing market. "It is a considerable disappointment to us that Viagogo have decided not to send a representative," said committee chair Damian Collins at the start of the two-hour hearing into ticket abuses. "Given that other companies that operate in the primary and secondary ticketing space, like Live Nation and eBay, have given evidence to the committee it's a considerable disappointment that Viagogo don't feel that they have any evidence that they can contribute."
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Snapchat: How the Snap IPO Ended Up a Huge Flop
And as the haze has lifted what's become clear is this: The Snap IPO was an epic fleecing, made even more glaring by the past two weeks. The lone big winner is the maestro that orchestrated the entire travesty and should be no surprise to anyone: Wall Street. The three other groups involved in the Snap IPO—the inside institutional buyers; the folks who were seduced by the first days' euphoria; and the company itself—have been huge losers. Let's count the ways.
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Italy's recorded music market growth stalls as streaming jumps 39%
Italy’s recorded music market grew just 0.4% last year – although streaming and vinyl both reached record highs. The annual revenue in the market in 2016 reached €149m, according to data collected by Deloitte for FIMI. It was the fourth consecutive year of growth, but in the previous 12 months (2015), Italy posted a 21% increase. In 2016, the decline of physical market was more evident although sales of CDs remain the largest source of revenue with a market share of 54%.
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Spotify users are more than happy to splash the cash for their favourite artists, YouGov data shows
The key question for Spotify – and its rivals such as Tidal and Deezer – is how many of those that currently stream free of charge will look to sign up to the monthly fee. In the past, Spotify’s bosses have allowed free use anticipating that it will act as precursor to a full sign up at a later date. YouGov profiles data suggests there are reasons for both optimism and caution. Among Spotify’s current users (both free and paid for), 66 per cent say they are happy to spend money to support their favourite musicians and even among those that would think about using Spotify this figure is still 60 per cent. This highlights one argument Spotify can deploy when communicating the change to its users.
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Apple Music and Spotify go head-to-head with Drake More Life stats
Drake’s ‘More Life’ album has been breaking records on Spotify and Apple Music, with the two streaming services engaging in a public battle of the stats yesterday. This time round, Cupertino emerged on top: Apple announced that ‘More Life’ racked up 89.9m streams on Apple Music in its first 24 hours, while Spotify said that the album totalled 61.3m streams on its first full day (i.e. Sunday) on Spotify. It’s not a direct time-period comparison, but it’s close enough to fuel some #SpeculativeMaths, based on the most recent public subscriber figures for the two services: 100m listeners on Spotify and 20m subscribers for Apple Music.
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Spotify urges brands to embrace 'streaming state of mind'
The streaming service, which presented the results of its Understanding People Through Music research at Advertising Week yesterday, is focused on highlighting the new marketing opportunities afforded by the new wave of audio. In effect the Spotify playlist has become a consumer segmentation in its own right. For example brands can not only target consumers’ exercise playlists but track when they become dormant and target lapsed fitness fans. Lee urged brands to abandon cookie-based technology and leverage insight not just from devices but from persistent identity. She said: "I’m the same person when I’m listening to music in my car as I am on the go. We can create a clearer, vibrant and emotionally rich view of who someone is through their music."
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Apple’s new Clips app makes social videos for other social networks
The Clips app has a simple photo- and video-capture interface, but has a surprising number of features, some that feel borrowed and others that are new and Apple-y. The main page of the app has a capture screen (square, like Instagram), with Photo, Video, and Library options below it. At the top, there are four options for styling or customizing the video: Live Titles, Filters, Overlays, and Posters. And at the very bottom of the screen there’s a timeline, because while you can technically shoot single photos or videos with Clips, Apple has designed it in a way that encourages stringing together a sequence of clips.
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