Category Archives: Music Stream

Spotify Lite for Android gets an official launch in 36 countries

The app is designed to work on patchy or weak internet connections and, at just 10MB, it is small enough to cater to lower-end devices that have limited storage or older phones. Spotify Lite is limited to Android devices running version 4.3 or newer, and it is open to both paying and non-paying users. For those worried about maxing out their data plan, the app comes with an optional limit that can tell you when you are close to hitting that buffer. – Jon Russell, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2NIDNIV
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Netflix released a podcast director’s commentary track for Always Be My Maybe

Thus far, Netflix has released two episodes: one for the film Someone Great (featuring director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson), and another for the recently-released Always Be My Maybe which features director Nahnatchka Khan and actor Randall Park. You can access the podcast via Apple Podcasts or Spotify. – Andrew Liptak, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2JjIN1e

Spotify Shuts Down Ability for Independent Artists to Upload Music Directly

The beta of Spotify’s upload tool will be discontinued July 30, 2019. The original idea with Spotify’s direct-upload test, launched last September, was to provide a simpler way for unsigned artists to get their music on the service and get paid. But the company seems to have determined the complexity involved in monitoring the rights involved — and potential abuse from piracy — made the whole thing more trouble that it was worth. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/JOZoShC

Streaming is secretly fixing your mainstream taste in garbage music

The “optimism index” at indies hit its highest level this year, according to this month’s annual membership survey by Merlin, a group representing more than 2,000 independent labels and music companies. Eighty-five percent of its members were optimistic about the future of their businesses, coinciding with their digital income swelling thanks to streaming. – Joan E. Solsman, CNET » https://ift.tt/322j460

Amanda De Cadenet Adapts Her Lifetime Talkshow ‘The Conversation’ Into Podcast For Spotify

De Cadenet, who is currently CEO of digital media company and foundation Girlgaze, is launching The Conversation podcast on July 2 on the music streaming service and it will air every Tuesday for nine weeks. It will feature one-on-one conversations with female activists, actresses, writers, politicians, filmmakers and feminists. Guests lined up include Amber Heard, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Jameela Jamil, Olivia Wilde and Sophie Bush. – Peter White, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/R7NPSS

YouTube and Universal to upgrade 1,000 music videos

YouTube and Universal Music Group are committed to fully upgrading nearly 1,000 music videos, remastering some of the most important works in the history of the format to the highest possible standards. Each week over the next year, more titles will be added, with all 1,000 titles expected to be available before the end of 2020. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News » http://bit.ly/2x6HHA3
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