New York Times: Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.

New York Times: Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.. “My colleague Ben Sisario says that musicians complain about streaming economics that can translate millions of clicks on their songs into pennies for them. Last week, a group of musicians protested outside Spotify offices for changes in how they are paid from streaming. Ben spoke with me about why streaming music has been a letdown for many musicians. The challenges reflect a larger question: What happens when the promise of making a living online from music, writing or building apps doesn’t match the reality?”

Engadget: Streaming music made up 83 percent of the record industry’s revenue in 2020

Engadget: Streaming music made up 83 percent of the record industry’s revenue in 2020. “The coronavirus pandemic may have made it nearly impossible to check out live shows last year, but the music industry still found a way to grow despite all the hardships. According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s annual year-end report, overall recorded music revenue increased by 9.2 percent to $12.2 billion in 2020. That growth was primarily sustained by more money coming from streaming services, with the format generating $10.1 billion in revenue in 2020, up from $8.9 billion in 2019. 2020 marked the fifth consecutive year of growth on that front.”

CNN: Spotify got a big boost this year from an unexpected audience

CNN: Spotify got a big boost this year from an unexpected audience. “One of the undisputed winners of 2020’s work-from-home transition has been Spotify, and it’s not just because of all the new Taylor Swift albums and addictive true-crime podcasts. As the streaming platform looks back on the biggest trends of 2020, one thing is certain: people are playing lots and lots of video games. People streamed music from their gaming consoles 55% more this year compared to last year, Spotify told CNN Business.”

Rolling Stone: Social Media, Not Streaming, Is the Music Industry’s Future

Rolling Stone: Social Media, Not Streaming, Is the Music Industry’s Future. “What’s the fastest-growing profit center in the record business? For years, there’s been one easy answer: streaming. Yet that’s not the case anymore, according to someone in the know — Steve Cooper, the CEO of Warner Music Group. Warner generated over $3.8 billion in recorded music revenues in the last year, with some 63% of that coming from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. But Cooper made an oddly-under-the-radar revelation to analysts when Warner released its latest financials on November 23rd.”

MakeUseOf: Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps

MakeUseOf: Stream Music for Free With These 5 Little-Known Apps. “Right now, the top two free music streaming apps are Spotify and YouTube Music. Each offers a few features for free, with ads, and you can upgrade to a premium plan for more features like offline playback. But you might be surprised to know that you don’t need to pay for anything to get a good music streaming experience.”

The Guardian: Streaming spells the end of the ‘ownership’ era of music, but are we ready to let go?

The Guardian: Streaming spells the end of the ‘ownership’ era of music, but are we ready to let go?. “Apple’s announcement late last year of the end of iTunes as we have known it is a symbolic bookend to the ‘ownership’ era. While streaming services are now the norm, these platforms can feel disconcertingly ephemeral to people who are used to the sense of control and emotional connection that comes with having a physical copy of a song.”

CNET: 7 best scary Halloween music playlists you can stream for free on Spotify

CNET: 7 best scary Halloween music playlists you can stream for free on Spotify. “Like Christmas, Halloween has its own tunes to get you in the spirit of the season. No matter what you’re into — classic movie soundtracks, family-friendly kids songs, chill lo-fi beats or metal — there’s probably a Halloween-themed playlist for it. While there are dozens of playlists, albums and podcasts available across platforms to get you amped up for spooky season, here are seven Spotify playlists to get you started, no matter what mood you’re in or what kind of Halloween party you want to throw.”

Pitchfork: How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services

Pitchfork: How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services. “Suspicious bootlegs and fraudulent uploads are nothing new in digital music, but the problem has infiltrated paid streaming services in unexpected and troubling ways. Artists face the possibility of impersonators uploading fake music to their official profiles, stolen music being uploaded under false monikers, and of course, simple human error resulting in botched uploads. Meanwhile, keen fans have figured out where they can find illegally uploaded, purposefully mistitled songs in user playlists.”

BBC: YouTube users can’t stop streaming Latin Pop

BBC: YouTube users can’t stop streaming Latin Pop. “There is no better measure of the world’s listening tastes than YouTube. The site reaches more than 1.9 billion people every month, more than any other music steaming service, and most of those users are listening to Latin Pop. Spanish-language songs make up half of YouTube’s Top 10 for the year so far, led by Daddy Yankee’s Con Calma, with 1.15 billion views.”

TechCrunch: Nielsen reports a record half a trillion on-demand music streams in U.S. so far this year

TechCrunch: Nielsen reports a record half a trillion on-demand music streams in U.S. so far this year. “Music streaming services have already delivered a new high of half a trillion (507.7 billion) on-demand streams in the first half of 2019, according to Nielsen’s mid-year Music Report released this week. This record number — an increase of 31.6% over the first half of last year — was attributed to the success of singles and albums from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, BTS, Lil Nas X, and Bad Bunny, among other factors.”

The Guardian: Spotify trends could help us gauge the public mood – Bank of England

The Guardian: Spotify trends could help us gauge the public mood – Bank of England. “Central bankers seeking to understand what’s really happening in the economy might want to forget about market research surveys and get hip to the number of Taylor Swift downloads instead, the chief economist at the Bank of England has suggested. Andy Haldane said researchers were increasingly looking at music download sites such as Spotify and studying the lyrics of songs to gauge the public mood.”

NPR: Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other

NPR: Sweeping New Legislation Highlights Just How Much Music And Tech Need Each Other. “…the bill will establish a public database of compositions, who owns those compositions, who wrote them and who administers them. This will be accomplished by establishing a new non-governmental organization called the Music Licensing Collective (but is rumored to eventually be named SongExchange, a sister to the similarly situated SoundExchange) to run that database, with a board made up of representatives from the major publishing companies and songwriters themselves.” The legislation has not yet been passed.