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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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Amazon Music Introduces Lossless, High-Definition Streaming — Spotify Says It’s Not What People Want

Amazon Music HD launched today, undercutting several other high-definition streaming services. A new HD streaming plan has been rumored to be in the works for a few months now. The new plan will cost $14.99 a month for the HD tier, or $12.99/monthly for Prime subscribers. By comparison, Tidal’s Hi-Fi plan starts at $19.99/monthly and […]

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Spotify Increases User Surveillance to Crackdown Against Family Plan Abuse

Spotify’s Family Plan members are now subject to random location verifications. The change was included deep in Spotify’s terms of service update in August.  Now, everyone who signs up for a family plan must show proof they share the same address — and will be subject to random location checks throughout their memberships. The goal is […]

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Deezer Introduces a New Payment System to Better Reward Artists — Can It Work?

Deezer launched a new website today touting the benefits of a ‘User-Centric Payment’ system. The music streaming service is hoping to get rights holders on board to create a new payment structure for artists.  The user-centric payment system will start as a pilot in France early next year.  If that pilot program goes well, the […]

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After a Massive Backlash From Android Users, Spotify Re-Adds the Widget

Spotify is bringing back the Android home screen widget after an outpouring of protest. Back in August, Spotify removed support for the Android home screen playback widget. The justification for the removal was that Spotify wanted to “pour resources into the things that make the best experience.” Spotify has long ignored the generic Android widget, […]

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Sirius XM Slashes Prices for Students With a $4 Monthly Plan

Sirius XM has joined a bevy of other music streaming services offering cheaper prices to students. The satellite radio provider has introduced a new ‘Student Premier’ subscription for its services, with the aim of keeping students subscribed after they leave the nest.   The student plan allows access to 200 talk & music channels for a […]

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