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TUE. BRIEF: Audioburst Raises $10M • Muso Adds $4.5M • Streamers Drink Beyonce's Lemonade • More

TUESDAY 4.23. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Twitter Stock Up 15.7% On Strong Revenue Growth But Weak Monthly User Stats

UPDATED 2: The last monthly user stats that Twitter says it will ever share showed a social media channel struggling to grow. Twitter added monthly users for the first time in a year - 330 million monthly users vs. 321 million in the previous quarter. But that's still lower than the 336 million in the same quarter last year. Twitter had announced that they would no longer share monthly users stats.  The company's new  preferred metric - monetizable daily active users - were 134 milli...
Tags: Marketing, Social Media, DIY, DIY musicians, Indie, Music Business, Music Industry, Music Tech, Musician, Musicians, Social Media. Music, Twitter, Bruce Houghton


Founder of music tech forum has died; outpourings of support for Mike McGrath

One of the largest forums for music tech nerd-kind this week reports the loss of its founder: Muff Wiggler’s creator, Mike McGrath, has died. The Internet responds. I want to first say, my heart goes out to all of you who have lost a friend, a family member, a personal connection, or even a far-off but meaningful Internet connection. Muff Wiggler, the forum, has for more than a decade been the single most influential online community for people interested in modular synthesis, as well as a ra...
Tags: Modular-Analog, Music tech, Stories, Tech, Web, Analog, Community, Create-analog-music, Eurorack, Hardware, Mike McGrath, Modular, Muff Wiggler, Obituaries, Synthesis, Synths


AM BRIEF: Audioburst Raises $10M • Muso Adds $4.5M • Streamers Drink Beyonce's Lemonade • More

TUESDAY 4.23. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


FRI. BRIEF: Amazon, YouTube Launch Free Music Streamers • Youth Abandon Radio • TikTok India Ban • More

FRIDAY 4.19. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Tech, Music Think Tank, Bruce Houghton, Amazon YouTube


Spotify Passes 500 Million Installs, Far More Than Other Streamers

The Spotify app has passed 500 million installs on Android. In its last quarterly report, Spotify reported 207 million monthly active users, so the 500 million stat includes  people who are no longer using the app and reflect how Google calculates downloads and installs. Pandora, Amazon Music, Deezer, YouTube Music, JioSaavn, and Gaana are each on 100-500 million Android app download category. Tidal, Apple Music, and Anghami sit in the 10-50 million range. H/T Android Police ...
Tags: Google, Android, Spotify, Music, App, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Pandora Amazon, Anghami


AM BRIEF: Amazon, YouTube Launch Free Music Streamers • Youth Abandon Radio • TikTok India Ban • More

FRIDAY 4.19. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Tech, Music Think Tank, Bruce Houghton, Amazon YouTube


AKAI’s cute little MPK mini keyboard now has internal sounds

AKAI’s MPK mini was already something of a sleeper hit – a simple MIDI controller keyboard that was small enough to be irresistible. But the latest revision makes it useful even all by its lonesome. MPK mini play is what AKAI are calling the latest edition. It’s actually the second major revision of this unassuming little keyboard. The gamepad-style pitch/mod joystick had already packed in a bit more control features, in addition to the handy pads, banks, and a built-in arpeggiator. But all ...
Tags: Mobile, Music, Keyboards, China, Tech, Usb, Gear, Stories, Midi, Music Tech, Controllers, Northern Hemisphere, Akai, Battery-powered, Akai Pro, MPK mini


Free Downgrade turns Ableton Live into lo-fi wobbly vaporwave tape

Fidelity? High-quality sound? No – degradation! And if you don’t have a ragged VHS deck or cassette Walkman handy, these free effects racks in Ableton Live will sort you out. Downgrade is the work of Tom Cosm, long-time Ableton guru. There are five effects: Fluffer Corrupt Hiss Morph Flutter — plus if you give him literally US$1 or more (you cheapskate), you get an additional Stutter rack. Basically, you get loads of controls for manipulating downsampling, tape effects, saturation, distorti...
Tags: Downloads, Music, Free, US, Tech, Freebies, Software, Fidelity, Effects, Retro, Max, Ableton, Ableton-live, Music Tech, Tom, Vaporwave


CD Baby Partners With Audible Magic To Identify Copyright Infringement

CD Baby has partnered with Audible Magic to identify content rights conflicts prior to delivery to Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, ensuring that CD Baby remains a trusted distribution partner. CD Baby is currently one of a handful of distributors named as "preferred" partners by both Spotify and Apple Music When a CD Baby artist or label uploads a new music file, Audible Magic's RightsRx checks a registry of 30 million media assets. RightsRx then indicat...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Diy, Youtube, Music Industry, Copyright, Pandora, Indie, Musicians, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Cd Baby


.music Domains Are Coming and DotMusic (Not Google) Will Control Them

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has named the DotMusic as the sole provider of the coveted .music domain extension, beating internet giants like Google and Amazon. .music joins other top level domains like .com, .net and .gov and descriptive domains like .blog and .info. DotMusic founder Constantine Roussos tweeted on Friday that his foundation had been selected as the successful bidder after a decades long battle. Excited to announce that after more th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Music, Icann, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Recording Academy, ASCAP BMI SESAC, D.I.Y, DotMusic, Constantine Roussos


If Audio Is Hot, Why Isn’t Radio Partying?

While the massive uptick in the popularity of audio seems like it should be good news for traditional broadcast radio, the reality is that much of this resurgence has manifested in the form of podcasts and new forms of tech like smart speakers. _____________________________ Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategies You'd have to be a 40 year radio veteran to remember the clever slogan depickted above.  It was actually a mega-effort for the RAB circa 1980, created by the f...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Music, Podcasts, Audio, Nbc News, Radio, Guest Post, Streaming, Oprah, Dick, Alexa, Grand Rapids, Music Business, Music Tech


iHeartMedia’s IPO May Demonstrate Future Of Music Radio

In an effort to pay down its massive debts, iHeartMedia is set to file for an IPO, a move by the bankrupt internet radio company which could be indicative of what the future may hold for other music companies involved in radio, and specifically internet radio, may do moving forward.   _______________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 iHeartMedia is about to file an IPO that’s meant to pay down its massive debt, but could show what the future of music radio in...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Ipo, United States, Mtv, Guest Post, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Major Labels, Broadcast & Satellite, Bobby Owsinski, Bob Pittman, iHeartMedia’s IPO


Festify Uses Spotify To Create Your Dream Music Festival

Festify takes the users most listened to Spotify artists and creates a visual line-up that they can share with friends.  Connect a Spotify account and the Festify program uses play counts to bill favorite artists as headliners and ranks others as openers. There are options to use just the last month’s listening habits, the last six months or all time. Try out Festify here and don't forget to hydrate.   [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Spotify, Music, Festivals, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Live & Touring, Concerts, Bruce Houghton, Festify


Reason 10.3 delivers on VST performance promises

We’ve been waiting, but now the waiting is done. Propellerhead has added the VST performance boost it had promised to Reason users – meaning plug-ins now benefit from Reason 10’s patchable racks. I actually flew to Stockholm, Sweden back in the dark days of December to talk to the engineers about this update (among some other topics). Short version of that story: yeah, it took them longer than they’d hoped to get VST plug-ins operating as efficiently as native devices in the rack. If you want ...
Tags: Music, Sweden, Mac, Windows, Tech, Optimization, Software, Upgrades, Performance, Plug-ins, Music Tech, Vst, Stockholm Sweden, Superior-swedish-engineering, DAWs, Hosts


MON. BRIEF: Free Amazon Music Service • Hipgnosis + $185M • Record Store Day Recap • Coachella • More

MONDAY 4.15. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Reaktor adds front-panel patching, plus a modular you can use for free

For the first time in Reaktor, you now get patching right on Eurorack-style modules – and there’s even an edition you can use entirely for free. Blocks Base is a free edition; Blocks Prime is included with the full version of Reaktor. Here’s a first look: There are 50 pre-built racks, but this one steals our hearts – a Buchla Easel-inspired creation. BLOCKS PRIMES – Blocks Easel. A higher level for Reaktor Native Instruments got its start building a modular, building-block tool for making...
Tags: Music, Tech, Stories, West Coast, DSP, Native Instruments, Music Tech, LFO, Reaktor, Reaktor Blocks, Ni, Ableton Live, West coast East coast, Monark, Reaktor User Library, Reaktor Native Instruments


AM BRIEF: Free Amazon Music Service • Hipgnosis + $185M • Record Store Day Recap • Coachella • More

MONDAY 4.15. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


Vevo Uses A Simple Tactic To Increase Music Video Views and You Should Too

Major label owned music video platform Vevo has discovered a simple tactic that leads to an average double digit improvement in engagement. This tactic works particularly well for videos released years ago, many of which were getting lost within YouTube’s massive and always growing catalog. What is Vevo's secret sauce?  Improve the thumbnail that represents each video.  Tell the story of the video with a brighter and more eye catching image and the results can be dramatic, repor...
Tags: Video, Music, Diy, Youtube, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Diy Musicians


AM BRIEF: Songwriters Slam Spotify, Eilish Breaks Records, Souncloud Adds Virtual DJ and More

WEDNESDAY 4.10. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


TUE. BRIEF: TikTok vs Labels, UMG Licences uduX, Spotify Adds Ad Metrics and More

TUESDAY 4.9.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Tiktok


AM BRIEF: TikTok vs Labels, UMG Licences uduX, Spotify Adds Ad Metrics and More

TUESDAY 4.9.19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Tiktok


MON. BRIEF: Billie Eilish #1 Debut, Third Man Adds Partners, Dueling MLC Events and More

MONDAY 4.8. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Billie Eilish


This Week In Music Commentary

This week, music business insiders shared their insights on whether streaming's 'pre-saves' replacing pre-orders is a good thing for artists, how tech is reshaping the music business, and why cultivating a strong personal brand is key to long-term industry success. Pre-Adds, Pre-Saves Are The New Pre-Orders - Is That A Good Thing? ‘Making the Brand’ For A Lasting Career In Music [Tunecore's Shelby Kennedy] Techstars Music's Bob Moz On The Music Business, How Tech Is Resh...
Tags: Music, Bob, Music Business, Music Tech, Owen Davie, TuneCore, Shelby Kennedy


FRI. BRIEF: $6.5M Ticketmaster Suit • Apple Music India Price Cut • Pandora NOW • ↑Australian Record Biz↑ • More

FRIDAY 4.5. 19 Music Business News From Around The Web Updated continuously under the More News tab [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton


450,000 Deleted MySpace Tracks Saved, Including Early Katy Perry, Danny Glover

After learning last month that MySpace had "lost" millions of tracks and photos uploaded before 2016 in a data transfer, collectors went into action.  Now an archive of 450,000 form MySpace have found a new home within the Internet Archives. Called the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, the 450,000 songs include early work from now-famous artists including Donald Glover and Katy Perry.  ANNOUNCING THE MYSPACE MUSIC DRAGON HOARD, a 450,000 song collection of mp3s from 2008-2010 on MySpace, g...
Tags: Music, Diy, Social Media, Music Industry, Katy Perry, Indie, Musicians, Internet Archives, Myspace, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Donald Glover, Jason Scott, D.I.Y


Green Takeover: Spotify's Podcast Play Pays Off, Beating Apple In Multiple Markets

Spotify's $500 million move into podcasts appears to already be paying off for the audio streamer. New data shows Spotify has surpass Apple to become the dominate podcast player in Mexico, Spain and Italy and all of South America. A Green Takeover While Apple's dominance remains in the US and Europe, Spotify's podcasting strength in Latin markets, alongside the growing global influence if Latin music could lead to some interesting synergies.  "A demonstration of the platfor...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Podcasts, US, Spain, Italy, Podcasting, Streaming, South America, Latin America, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Latin, Bruce Houghton


'Hey Google, Talk Like Johnny Legend'

Google is rolling John Legend’s silky voice as a cameo on Google Assistant, available for a limited time in the U.S.  Want to experience it yourself? Just say, “Hey Google, talk like a Legend," and you’ll hear Legend's voice for select content when you ask Assistant for jokes or for answers to questions like “What’s the temperature outside?” or “Why is the sky blue?” You’ll also hear John’s voice when you ask about his personality and affinity for music with questions like: "...
Tags: Google, Music, John, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Google Assistant, Google Home, Johnny Legend


iHeartMedia Files For $100M IPO As It Nears Bankruptcy Exit

iHeartMedia, the dominant player in US radio broadcasting, has filed a $100 million IPO offering of Class A shares, just as it nears exiting bankruptcy. With 855 stations and numerous digital properties, iHeartMedia estimates a monthly reach of 275 million listeners over the age of 6, outpacing Google (251 million) and Facebook (215 million) in terms of digital U.S. audience, as measured by Comscore in February of this year. “We believe our advantage is driven by our unique ability t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, US, Comscore, Music Business, Music Tech, Broadcast & Satellite, Bruce Houghton, Clear Channel, Clear Channel Communications, Startups & Funding


Pre-Adds, Pre-Saves Are The New Pre-Orders - Is That A Good Thing?

Much as streaming has replaced traditional album sales, Spotify and Apple music 'pre-saves' have replaced pre-orders. While these pre-saves are certainly good news for artists as a metric of gauging listener interest, there is concern that artists are missing out some valuable listener data as a result. ___________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Consumers are replacing pre-orders with pre-adds and pre-saves, but is something important being lost along the way...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Streaming, Music Business, Music Tech, Digital Music, Billie Eilish, Publishing & Songwriting, Oliver Schusser, Schusser, James Shotwell, Haulix