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How Will Soundtrap Acquisition Change Spotify? The Industry?

How Will Soundtrap Acquisition Change Spotify? The Industry?

Here we look at the implications of Spotify's recent purchase of Swedish cloud-based collaborative creative space Soundtrap as the streaming giant looks to increase the breadth of its offerings by providing consumers with more than just streaming in advance of it's anticipated IPO. Guest post by Tyler Lyon of SongCast On November 17th, 2017, Spotify announced ...

Shazam Is To Apple As The Echo Nest Is To Spotify [Mark Mulligan]

Shazam Is To Apple As The Echo Nest Is To Spotify [Mark Mulligan]

From Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: Shazam finally found a buyer: Apple. Ever since its affiliate sales revenue model crumbled with the onset of streaming (there’s no business in an affiliate fee on a $0.01 stream), Shazam has been trying to find a new business model. It doubled down on providing tools for TV advertisers but never ...

Apple To Acquire Shazam For $400 Million [REPORT]

Apple To Acquire Shazam For $400 Million [REPORT]

Apple is reportedly days away from acquiring music and audio recognition app Shazam for a $400 million. The startup, which had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, DN Capital and IVP, as well as, Sony Music, Universal Music and Access Industries, which owns Warner Music. Apple is ...

YouTube Planning New Spotify Competitor "Remix" [REPORT]

YouTube Planning New Spotify Competitor "Remix" [REPORT]

YouTube is planning a March launch of a music service internally dubbed Remix, according to a new report. The move comes amidst increasing calls for YouTube to return more revenue to creators and rightsholders, and will be the streamer's third attempt at getting users to pay. Google's YouTube is planning a March launch of a new music ...

Inside Music Analytics: Chris Stapleton Has More In Common With Etta James, Van Morrison, Otis Redding Than You Think

Inside Music Analytics: Chris Stapleton Has More In Common With Etta James, Van Morrison, Otis Redding Than You Think

In this piece Glenn Peoples looks at the rise of Chris Stapleton's cross genre success with is cover of “Tennessee Whiskey" and how the soulful country number has been able to capture the attention of audiences typically more focused on R&B/soul legends. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, of Medium “Tennessee ...

Co-Founder Glenn Dicker Talks Seminal Indie Label Yep Roc

Co-Founder Glenn Dicker Talks Seminal Indie Label Yep Roc

In this interview Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Yep Roc records (now in its twentieth year), chats about the origins of the label, the value of genre diversity, suggests some essentials from their catalogue, and more. Guest post by Will Hodge of Noisetrade It’s always an incredibly fun opportunity to chat with the industry professionals that help ...

Music Sustainability: The State Of Streaming

Music Sustainability: The State Of Streaming

As streaming's dominance in the music business to grow, we're taking a moment to look at the current state of streaming, as well as where it might be headed in the near future. Guest post from Rethink Music by Allen Bargfrede, original article on Slush Music “Alexa, play some Tom Waits.” That’s how my children will grow up ...

Geography Of Music: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Geography Of Music: Tulsa, Oklahoma

While not place necessarily associated with pop culture preservation, the University of Tulsa is teaming with a philanthropist to make the city home to an archive of documents and objects belonging to Bob Dylan and others. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange Bob Dylan will remain in Tulsa forever. That’s because philanthropist George Kaiser teamed ...

This North American Indie Record Store Chain Grew From 8 To 82 Stores In 2017

This North American Indie Record Store Chain Grew From 8 To 82 Stores In 2017

Much like the recorded music industry, record stores are making a comeback. While the gains are modest, some new stores are opening successfully with a mix of vinyl, merch, used music and more. One independent chain has grown to 82 stores, fueled by the vinyl resurgence and guided by technology.  Independently owned music retailer Sunrise Records, ...

Amazon Abandons North American Ticketing Plans (For Now)

Amazon Abandons North American Ticketing Plans (For Now)

While it earned a lot of attention over this past summer after its plan to disrupt ticketing in the U.S. was revealed over the summer, Amazon appears to be all giving up on the ticketing platform, at least for the time being. Guest post by Dave Brooks of Amplify Amazon garnered big headlines this summer when ...


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