The Music Artists Coalition (MAC) and the Songwriters of North America (SONA) have filed an amicus brief with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a recent Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruling that raised the rates of music streaming royalties. This year, the CRB raised the compulsory license fee that music streaming services […]
Deezer has announced that its HiFi service is now available on mobile and web platforms. In 2014, Deezer first offered its HiFi service, which lets users listen to lossless FLAC-based audio files, exclusively on connected speakers. Then, three years later, it expanded the service to desktop apps. Now, it is finally available for both iOS […]
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Amazon Music has announced the launch of a free, ad-supported version of its music streaming service that it hopes will compete with Spotify’s free version, which has close to 140 million users. An ad-supported version of the service has reportedly been in the works since April of this year, after the company came to an […]
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Jamendo has teamed up with Vodafone Germany to offer Vodafone customers free data usage on its music platform and increase the visibility of its artists. The following article comes from Jamendo, a proud partner of DMN. With the “Vodafone Pass” service, included in every major postpaid rate, customers can select one Vodafone Pass in accordance with […]
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Spotify is testing a new feature in its mobile app that provides real-time lyrics in sync with the music it is playing. The feature, which is powered by Musixmatch, scrolls a song’s lyrics in time with the music. The company is testing it in select, yet unnamed international markets, which are said to include Canada, […]
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Apple Music has announced that Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez has been selected as the latest artist to be featured in its monthly Up Next program, which is an initiative aimed at identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. Reyez is the first Canadian female singer to become an Up Next artist. As part of the program, […]
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Fresh allegations of a ‘Spotify blacklist’ are surfacing, with artists still excluded from editorial playlists if their music debuts elsewhere. Initially, we thought this was primarily a reaction to Apple Music exclusives and pre-release promotions. But the ‘Spotify blacklist’ now seems to go beyond competing streaming services, and includes blogs, music publications, radio, or, according […]
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Major streaming services appear to be growing increasingly frustrated with the as-yet-unformed Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC. Just this morning, a top executive at one of the largest streaming platforms in the world — who wished to remain anonymous — shared this statement with Digital Music News. It describes a disheartening situation around the Mechanical […]
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The format that started it all is now getting ditched by hi-res platform Qobuz. The move is part of a broader streamlining of the service. In audiophile-speak, two terms often pop up: ‘lossless’ and ‘lossy,’ with the latter being the inferior, compromised version of the former. The MP3 format, which emerged as a revolutionary codec […]
Two years ago, independent songwriters and publishers agreed to a $43.5 million settlement with Spotify over unpaid mechanical licenses. Now, the payout process doesn’t seem to be working. Back in 2017, Digital Music News broke the story that Spotify had agreed to settle Ferrick, et al. v. Spotify USA Inc., a massive copyright infringement lawsuit with independent […]