Alibaba Announces Music Division, Streaming Service Alizila

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This news might not mean too much on the international front, especially in the United States, where users can choose between new options Apple Music and Tidal, as well as other streaming mainstays such as Spotify and Pandora. China is a market that calls for streaming options perhaps more than any other however. Reports in recent years have indicated that as much as 99 percent of music acquired in the country is done so by piracy. Although Western markets debate whether streaming pays the musicians behind the work enough, the possibility that performers will be paid anything in China has to be considered a huge step forward. – Ryan Book, Music Times