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Apple Music Inks a Major Deal With the NBA, Urban Indie Artists Stand to Benefit

Apple Music just announced a new deal with the NBA, starting with an exclusive playlist. The war for music streaming services to differentiate themselves is on. Yesterday, Spotify announced a playlist generator for pet owners everywhere. Today, Apple is responding with something far more substantial: a partnership with the National Basketball Association. Apple Music will […]

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Despite $7 Million in Funding, 8tracks Is Shutting Down

The founder of 8Tracks, David Porter, has announced in a blog post that the company will cease operations at the end of the year. The company launched back in 2008 as a social media platform that offered user-curated playlists of at least eight songs. Playlists were available through both a free tier and a subscription service. At […]

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Spotify Is Now Advertising ‘High Quality Sound’ ⁠(Just Don’t Tell the Audiophiles)

Spotify is now advertising its 320 kbps bitrate as ‘high-quality sound’ to its Premium subscribers. Meanwhile, Amazon Music HD tracks have an average bitrate of 850 kbps. Back in 2017, Spotify tested offering lossless audio for an additional $5—$10 cost. That’s around the same price services like Tidal, Amazon Music, and Qobuz charge for their hi-res audio […]

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The Top 40 Most Popular Songs of All Time, According to YouTube

The 40 most popular songs on YouTube have been revealed. Unsurprisingly, songs released in the 2010s took the top spots for ‘most popular songs’ on the list. Interestingly enough, only one song from the ’80s and ’90s crossed the one billion YouTube streams threshold ⁠— both songs by Guns N’ Roses. Every single song on […]

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Tidal Tries Algorithmic Music Video Playlists ⁠— ‘My Video Mix’

Tidal is trying its hand at an algorithmic-based music video playlist. The new ‘My Video Mix’ creates a personalized video playlist based on listening history. Tidal says its editorial team influences the playlist’s recommendations. The mix is divided up into eight different video playlists in a dedicated video tab. Each playlist will feature a mix […]

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Apple Music Is Producing a Short Film for Miranda Lambert’s Latest Release

Apple will release a new original short film showcasing the making of the latest studio album from Miranda Lambert. Wildcard is Lambert’s seventh studio album and will release later this week. Apple released a teaser for the upcoming short film today. ‘Behind Miranda Lambert’s Wildcard‘ gives fans a taste of Lambert discussing laying down tracks. […]

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YouTube Layers Merch and Vinyl Records Alongside Official Music Videos

YouTube has announced a partnership with Merchbar to showcase official artist merchandise and vinyl records.  Will this finally help artists sell more stuff? The merch will appear alongside official artist videos on the platform. Merchbar says they carry over one million items from 35,000 artists. Only YouTube artists with an Official Artist Channel can promote […]

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Spotify Expands Its Podcast+Music Combo Playlist Strategy Into Germany

Spotify is launching its personalized mix of music, news, and podcasts in Germany. Will the strategy be successful? Last month Spotify announced that US users can combine music and podcasts within their playlists. Users can add podcasts to existing playlists or start a new one. The feature gives podcast promoters access to playlists, but it’s […]

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Google Doubles Down on Its YouTube Music Transition — Three New Personalization Playlists Introduced

Google/Alphabet’s notoriously scatterbrained music strategy is finally getting some focus.  Now, YouTube Music is taking some cues from Spotify and Apple Music. Just last week, Google and its Alphabet parent finally started its long-rumored transition away from Google Play Music.  On Android 10 devices, YouTube Music is now the default standard, instead of Google Play.  […]

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Spotify for Artists Gets an Overhaul ⁠— Now Shows Real-Time Listening Stats

Spotify has released a redesigned Spotify for Artists app with real-time listening stats. The new app displays the total number of people who are listening to the artists’ tracks worldwide. Those stats will continue to update for the first week the app rolls out live.  The update is rolling out now to iOS and Android […]

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