Category Archives: Music Stream

Supreme Court Denies Retrial to Adnan Syed, Subject of ‘Serial’ Podcast

Serial” launched in 2014 as a spinoff of NPR’s “This American Life” and became an overnight podcasting hit. In the first season, Sarah Koenig investigated Syed’s murder conviction for the death of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in Baltimore. “Serial” raised questions about the evidence against him, including an account of Asia McClain, who claimed she saw Syed at a public library during the time of Lee’s murder. That led to a 2016 ruling granting Syed a retrial; last year the Maryland Court of Special Appeals found that Syed had received ineffective legal counsel for not calling McClain as a witness and that his conviction should be vacated. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/BvM4HCK [photo: Serial]

Amazon makes its music streaming service free with ads

Instead, Amazon’s free music service serves more as a way to upsell consumers by encouraging them to join Amazon Prime in order to remove the ads from their music. (Prime Music’s 2 million songs are an added perk of a Prime subscription.) This is Amazon’s true motive: lock in more customers to Amazon Prime, ensure they realize the value of the free shipping and other benefits, then get them to renew every year. Once a Prime member, people will shop more often from Amazon, which is where the retailer’s profits lie. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2s15FOd

Marvel Creating ‘Substantial’ Number of Exclusive Podcasts for SiriusXM

Included in Marvel’s slate of upcoming programming are four new scripted series, each 10 episodes, based around Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star-Lord, as well as a fifth series in which all four team up. Unscripted podcasts will look at Marvel’s history through a modern-day lens of pop culture, along with podcasts dedicated to popular Marvel franchises and regular talk shows. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/vXdIHOm [photo:Marvel]

You should ditch Spotify until it ditches its latest policy

As of September 5 (in the U.S.), in order to keep your Spotify Premium family account, you need to allow the app to track your location, or check-in “from time to time” once again via Google Maps. Spotify says this is required to make sure you’re following silly rule number one outlined above. It also means Spotify wants to check in on you because it assumes you’re being dishonest. That’s not how this should work. That’s not how anything should work. Spotify knows this because it had already tested this “feature” and customer backlash forced it to stop. Jerry Hildenbrand, Android Central » https://ift.tt/2LV3dz4

Netflix Sets Ben Platt Concert Special (Exclusive)

Ahead of the launch of his show The Politician later this month, the streaming service is announcing a concert special with the actor-singer. The feature-length special will document the final stop on Platt’s debut tour, and be filmed live from his sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 29. An airdate and title for the special have yet to be determined. – Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/yOMBsu

Spotify’s Still Gaining Share in the U.S. Music Streaming Market

[While] ad-supported listeners only grew 8% in North America during the second quarter, there are still about 32.6 million free listeners on the continent — and more coming in every quarter. That’s still a massive opportunity to grow premium subscribers and take more market share from the competition. – Adam Levy, The Motley Fool via Yahoo Finance » https://ift.tt/2HUrB2t

Members of Congress Question Google CEO about YouTube’s Content-ID System

This week, a group of eight members of Congress, including Sen. Marcha Blackburn, Sen. Christopher Coons, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and Rep. Adam Schiff, invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai to a roundtable discussion specifically about Content ID. The members explain that they are quite content with Google’s copyright enforcement efforts, but they are also concerned that smaller content creators are being left out. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2PRndYv

YouTube Sued For $720K Over Alleged Copyright Strike “Retaliation”

DJ Short-E, a popular YouTuber who claims to have earned $310,000 from the platform, is now suing the company. The case is extremely unusual and centered around claims that YouTube not only failed to promote his videos, but also “retaliated” to the threat of a lawsuit by not processing copyright claims properly, resulting in his channels getting shut down for repeat infringement. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://torrentfreak.com/youtube-sued-for-720k-over-alleged-copyright-strike-retaliation-190829/?fbclid=IwAR3W9TPMAeUdfOJE_lhLBoxSqfb2xNa3a-WB7V2S9AukVRj0gcH0mjAI76k

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