Day: 29 mars 2018

Report claims Apple’s music app has 49.5m users in the US

Research firm Verto Analytics has put out some new numbers comparing Apple Music and Spotify in the US, but it’s important to understand exactly what it’s measuring. And what it isn’t.
“This month’s Verto Index looks at the top streaming music properties, from Apple Music to TuneIn Radio, among U.S. adults (ages 18 and above)” explains the company.
“Despite being a relative latecomer to the scene, Apple Music is the top streaming music property on our Verto Index, with 49.5 million monthly users (most of them paying subscribers). Spotify is a close second, with 47.7 million monthly users, although the two services have been jockeying for the top position over the past year.”
Is this true? It can’t be, for Apple Music.
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Source: Music ally

Apple adds music videos to its Apple Music streaming service

Apple Music is expanding its catalogue… with music videos. From today, Apple will have a catalogue of music videos – including curated playlists – sitting within its subscription service.
Apple is describing this as “one of the most extensive music-video catalogues available” – although without a specific number on that – and will make it available through its iOS and Android Apple Music apps, as well as through its Apple TV box.
The company is kicking off with some exclusive premieres of videos from A Tribe Called Quest, Beck, Kylie Minogue, and Sabrina Carpenter and Jonas Blue, as well as emerging artist Yebba.
The curated playlists, meanwhile, include Today’s Video Hits, The A-List: Pop Videos, and Classic Dance Moves. Apple says its subscribers will also be able to build their own video playlists.
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Source: Music ally

Facebook shuts down its ‘partner categories’ for ad-targeting

Facebook has announced that it’s shutting down its ‘partner categories’ ad-targeting feature. “This product enables third party data providers to offer their targeting directly on Facebook,” explained the social network in a brief blog post.
“While this is common industry practice, we believe this step, winding down over the next six months, will help improve people’s privacy on Facebook.”
The feature had involved using data from third-party aggregators, like Experian and Acxiom, to complement Facebook’s own data from/on its users.
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Source: Music ally

Spotify and Genius team up for Déjà Vu music podcast

Spotify’s latest podcasts move is a partnership with lyrics-focused firm Genius. The companies have collaborated on a podcast called Déjà Vu, which launched yesterday.
It’s a panel-based podcast discussing “the ways that modern hitmakers connect to the iconic musicians from the past who paved the way”, focusing on a different current star each episode.
“Does Madonna’s influence shine through in Rihanna’s music? How is Bruno Mars’ trajectory similar to Lenny Kravitz’s?” and so on, with the first episode asking “Is Kendrick Lamar the new 2Pac?” The first series will consist of eight episodes, debuting every other Wednesday on Spotify.
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Source: Music ally

First BTS ‘Burn the Stage’ episode does 3.9m views in 15 hours

The first two episodes of K-Pop stars BTS’ new ‘Burn the Stage’ documentary series went live on YouTube overnight.
The first episode was made available for free on the band’s own channel, with the second (and future) episodes being kept behind the YouTube Red subscription paywall.
That first instalment is already proving popular: the 21-minute episode has been watched more than 3.9m times in its first 15 hours after going live. (Update: after 20 hours it’s up to 4.6m views).
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Source: Music ally

Indian firm T-Series is adding 3m YouTube subscribers a month

Indian music giant T-Series has long been one of the most popular channels on YouTube, and its growth is continuing apace. Its film-music focused catalogue has just reached a new milestone on Google’s video service: more than 40 million subscribers.
Indian news site RadioAndMusicBiz notes that this is up from 30 million in December 2017, meaning that T-Series has been adding around three million new subscribers a month.
The channel is also now up to 34.36bn lifetime views for its videos, a total that’s well spread out between its catalogue given that the most popular upload – ‘Badri Ki Dulhania’ – has only 380m views. In fact, T-Series has 37 videos with more than 100m views since its YouTube launch in 2011.
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Source: Music ally

More British 15-34s stream music than listen to BBC radio (says the BBC)

British broadcaster the BBC has published its latest ‘annual plan’ report setting out its creative plans for the year, and its wider strategy. There are some interesting bits on music.
Like this: “For the first time, in October-December 2017 we estimate 15-34s listened more to streaming music services than all BBC Radio (5 hrs vs. 4 hrs 30 mins a week)” explains the report, as part of a section on competition from online providers.
Similarly, 16-24s “spend more time with Netflix than all of BBC TV” according to the report. The BBC also claims that “music streaming has gone from around 10% to around 30% of listening” among young adults in the UK.
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Source: Music ally

Pandora starts testing its own personalised playlists

Spotify has Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Mix. Apple Music has My New Music Mix and My Favourites Mix. Now Pandora is launching its own personalised playlists for listeners.
Well, it’s testing them with a “small group” of its Premium subscribers anyway. And Pandora is going bigger with the number of playlists: more than 60 algorithmically-curated mixes from activity and mood-based (Your Party Soundtrack, Your Chill Soundtrack and Your Focus Soundtrack) to genre-based (Your Alternative Soundtrack, Your Reggaeton Soundtrack and Your Hip Hop Soundtrack).
Pandora says the playlists are generated using a blend of human curation and its famous ‘Music Genome’ classification system, and machine learning. Listeners will be able to save their soundtracks to their collections, and also to share them with friends.
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Source: Music ally

A&R’s data moment: Sodatone acquisition and Instrumental funding

Two separate announcements yesterday highlight the fact that big-data and machine-learning for A&R purposes are enjoying a bit of a moment – after years of being mostly seen as a controversial niche when they cropped up in the on-stage conversations at industry conferences.
Music Ally has been to countless panel sessions where A&R veterans scoffed at the idea that any kind of algorithm could ever rival the “gut feeling” of experienced human talent-spotters.
The counter-argument has always been that this isn’t the goal: but that these kind of systems can complement those skills, and perhaps also provide solid support for those talent-spotting guts.
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Source: Music ally

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