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Amazon Prime Music Free Streaming Adds Universal Music Group

Amazon today announced that Prime members in the U.S. and U.K. now have free streaming access to tracks from Universal Music Group. Like Amazon’s music streaming deals with other labels, Prime Music will feature very little current product, focusing instead on catalog. – Bruce Houghton, Hypebot

Are The Beatles About To Join The Streaming Music Revolution?

Fan speculation varies wildly online. But industry insiders – citing rumors earlier this year that a deal with Apple had been cut – are betting that “1” will be released to the streaming music services soon, as a way for The Beatles to test the waters or the first step in a carefully timed campaign. – Bruce Houghton, Hypebot

Does Unlimited Streaming Cost Too Much?

The majority of people who do use streaming—which itself is still a relative minority, when taking into account all of those around the world who are willing to spend money on music—are taking part in free tiers. Even a behemoth like Spotify has only managed to turn about 20% of their users into paying customers, while the rest put up with ads interjected in between songs. It appears that no matter what they are being offered, or at least what they’ve been offered so far, the public has spoken, and there is a ceiling that they don’t want to pass when it comes to what they’ll spend on music. – Hugh McIntryre, Hypebot

Live Nation & Yahoo Renew Concert Streaming Partnership

According to Billboard, Yahoo and Live Nation online concerts logged 135 million live streams from 225 global markets, with an audience demographic that skewed heavily millennial, with each viewer spending an average of 24 minutes watching the stream. That works out to approximately 369,000 viewers per concert. –  Bruce Houghton, Hypebot

College Students ARE Willing To Pay For Streaming Music

The study revealed that 3 out of 4 college students (77 percent) found some feature that would motivate them to pay for a premium music streaming service compared to 46 percent of overall streaming users. […] Despite the perception that college students might only be streaming music, the study showed that they are actually engaging in a variety of ways. Yes, they stream, but they also listen to CDs or their collection of digital downloads. One in five full-time college students bought a CD last year, and 25 percent are still buying paid downloads. – Russ H. Crupnick, Hypebot

Why Every Artist Should Be Live Streaming (And How to Do It)

Music expert Cortney Harding wrote on Hypebot that live streams of concerts are a great way to draw in a bigger audience. Fans love to sit at their computer or in front of their television to watch live performances, but at some point they’ll want to trade up and actually feel the live experience. Live streaming is your opportunity to prove that you’re a great musician to the undecided. – Oliver Cox, Sonicbids via Hypebot

South By Southwest Posts SXSW On Live Streaming Schedule

SXSW On live streaming will begin on Friday, March 13 with Interactive Featured Sessions and Keynotes. Beginning Wednesday, March 18 broadcasting will go live for 12 hours (between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m. CT) with Music and Film programming, followed by a repeat of the previous 12-hour broadcast. SXSW On will be available at sxsw.com/on, YouTube and on Roku® players in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of Ireland, as well as Roku TV™ models in the U.S. – the first streaming players and smart TVs to feature the SXSW On streaming channel. – Laura Schneider, Hypebot 
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Equal & Transparent Streaming For All – A Proposal For Our Industry

Another major win for the industry that I feel is all too often overlooked by larger entities, is Bandcamp. $97 Million USD has flowed through Bandcamp’s platform to date (When I initially wrote this piece in December, it was $92M; a $5M increase in just 3 months!). However, I am constantly battling and educating labels on what Bandcamp is and why we should have our artists’ music there. Here we have a platform in which an artist said to me and her label recently “Why would we prevent a fan from giving $100 to my album if they want to? Why limit the price point of downloads to $9.99?” – Emily White, Whitesmith Entertainment via Hypebot

Labels start making more money from streaming than downloads

Streaming is starting to overtake digital downloads as a source of revenue for independent labels, according to a new blog post from British indie music heavyweight PIAS (hat tip to Hypebot). The company, which runs a couple of indie labels itself but also provides funding and distribution services to other indies, saw higher revenues from streaming than downloads in 24 markets last year, including countries like France, the Netherlands and Spain. – Janko Roettgers, Gigaom
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10 Major Acts Missing From Every Streaming Music Service – Jan. 2015 Edition

  • Taylor Swift – New music only available on YouTube
  • Jason Aldean – Unavailable on Spotify
  • Prince – Unavailable on YouTube
  • Garth Brooks – Unavailable on all services
  • Bob Seger – Unavailable on all services
  • Tool – Unavailable on all services
  • King Crimson – Unavailable on all services
  • Pete Townshend – Unavailable on all services
  • Thom Yorke – Unavailable on all services
  • The Beatles – Unavailable on all services
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