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Music - Issue #15

Hello! This week is a short one with holiday weekend but some interesting articles to read when you h
Issue #15  •  September 1  •  view online
Startups and change makers leveraging music and music technology to curate a more creative world.
This week is a short one with holiday weekend but some interesting articles to read when you have a moment away from the exciting plans.
Have a great weekend!
Corey & Josh


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The National and Bon Iver want to fix the streaming economy | The Outline

Fraud a Growing Problem for Music Streaming Sites Like Tidal, Spotify – Variety

The music industry must beware it doesn't get eaten up by phone giants' hunger for growth - Music Business Worldwide

Music-streaming service Napster is on track to record a net profit in 2018, despite its revenues having dropped by nearly 28% since the company’s peak in 2016. Napster recorded net profits of $4.4m and $2.1m respectively in the first two quarters of this year, although its $76.5m revenues for the first half of 2018 compare to $106m in the comparable period in 2016. This is based on Music Ally’s analysis of figures provided by technology firm RealNetworks in its own quarterly and annual financial results. RealNetworks owns a 42% stake in Rhapsody International Inc, having launched Rhapsody as a joint venture with MTV Networks in 2007, before spinning it off as an independent company in 2010. Rhapsody bought Napster in 2011 from its previous owner, US retailer Best Buy, operating it outside the US while retaining the Rhapsody brand in the US – until 2016, when the latter was rebranded as Napster. RealNetworks publishes quarterly financial metrics for the streaming service, as a result of its stake: revenues and profit/loss figures, although not any metrics for Napster’s subscribers.   •   Share

Giphy redesigns homepage to highlight new Story collections | VentureBeat

YouTube has mailed users to alert them to changes in how artist channel subscriptions will now work – part of an effort to pull together all the channels an artist might run/be associated with into one location.   •   Share

Twitch Prime ditches ad-free viewing as it woos YouTube creators

Popular Music Service 'Music Messenger' is Building a Blockchain-Based Spotify Competitor with its Own Cryptocurrency Token - UNHASHED

Netflix joins Spotify in bypassing Apple in-app subscriptions

Amazon Music has launched a new advertising campaign, ‘A Voice is All You Need’, featuring artists including Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Queen, and Kane Brown.

VR music startup MelodyVR's early metrics are ‘extremely encouraging’

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop' • The Register

On Thursday, TuneMoji announced it will be partnering with Snap Inc., making it the first ​MusicGIF provider on the popular social media app.

Spotify is going big on podcasts to help fix its fragile finances. Will it work? - Music Business Worldwide

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Techstars Startup Digest Music is curated by:
Corey Crossfield Corey Crossfield - Music Digest Curator
Josh Ford Josh Ford
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