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Pandora adds a continuous listening mode with AutoPlay, while considering a Sirius XM investment

AutoPlay — a feature carried over from Rdio, which wasbought by Pandora in 2015 for $75 million — was saidto be in the works when Pandora first launched its Spotify competitor in March of this year. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/2sjnoie

After London Bridge Terror Incident, Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Still On: ‘We Will Sing Loudly’

The show is set to begin around 7 p.m. and some 50,000 people are expected. [Music manager Scooter Braun] assures that the event has “the full support of Greater Manchester police and the government” and that “the safety of all those attending is the highest priority.” – Shirley Halperin, Variety http://ift.tt/2sDdZOT

Electric Jukebox aims to bring online music to people who find streaming too ‘niche’

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Launched at an event here in London today, Electric Jukebox‘s device plugs into your TV, a little like Google’s recently launched Chromecast Audio plugs into your stereo system. Electric Jukebox’s device, though, comes with built-in streaming that’s free for the first year. It’s operated with a simple Nintendo Wii-like wand remote with a microphone on top for voice control. […] UK-based Electric Jukebox believes it’s found a gap in the market. In research the company sponsored, pollster YouGov found 52 percent of people listen to music over the radio at home and 42 percent use CDs. By turning your TV into a music hub for the home, the company hopes to cater to an audience who have yet to adopt streaming. – Katie Collins, CNET

Pandora opens Minneapolis office to pull local advertisers to streaming music service

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Pandora has had a small local sales team since 2012. It’s now formalizing its presence with a 5,000-square-foot lease in the city’s most recognizable office tower, IDS Center, for about 20 people, with room to grow. The primary function of its Minneapolis location is to land new contracts, or renew existing ones, with local advertisers. About 77 percent of the company’s total revenue comes from ad sales, which experienced 30 percent year-over-year growth in the latest quarter. – Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune

Push Notifications On Streaming Platforms Are 50 Times More Effective Than Banner Ads

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Recently, BandPage began working with streaming service Rhapsody on seeing just how far they could take the idea of presenting real fans with purchasing opportunities in the correct moment, as all marketers aim to do. Those listening on Rhapsody might be served a push notification via Bandpage with offers from their favorite artists, which look like pop up ads, but aren’t nearly as annoying (I promise), as they are coming “from” the listener’s favorite artists. In order to make this new idea successful and authentic, Bandpage developed an algorithm that could identify “superfans”, differentiating between those just casually listening versus those who truly loved an artist. – Hugh McIntyre, Forbes

People streamed over one trillion songs in the first half of this year — 1,032,225,905,640 to be…

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Next Big Sound has provided us with some astounding context to streaming’s rise in popularity. In the first six months of 2015, the company, which is now owned by Pandora, tracked over one trillion online plays in total. The exact figure is 1,032,225,905,640 streams. […] those streams spanned YouTube, Vevo (minus overlap), Vimeo, Spotify, Rdio, SoundCloud, and, of course, Pandora. […] That number is well beyond all the streaming data Next Big Sound tracked for the entirety of last year, even without Pandora’s data (which they only included this year). – Nathan McAlone, Business Insider

There’s one thing about the future of streaming that could totally change the way we consume music

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The general reception of music streaming has been good. But there is one thing very likely to happen in the future that consumers should be cautious about: artists who choose to stream exclusively with one platform. It might not sound scary, but such a move could cause a lot of listeners to miss out. In some cases, even encourage illegal downloading. – Travis Lyles, Business Insider

Two Numbers: Streaming Killed the CD Star

Streaming now accounts for 27 percent of U.S. music industry revenues, up from 21 percent in 2013. Total music industry revenues clocked in at just under $7 billion, down 0.5 percent from 2013. While digital downloads still lead the pack with 37 percent of revenue, that’s a shrinking business too: Digital downloads dropped 8.7 percent last year, from $2.82 billion in 2013 to $2.58 billion in 2014. If current trends persist, streaming is well on its way to leading music industry revenues altogether—a mere six years after Spotify, the major online subscription service, launched in beta mode. – Paula Mejia, Newsweek
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Jay Z Launches Tidal Streaming-Music Service

Jay Z, the stage name of Shawn Carter, in January acquired Sweden-based Aspiro for $56 million. The artists announced onstage at the New York event Monday were introduced as co-owners of the company, representing the first artist-owned digital-music service — a salvo lobbed against companies like Spotify and Pandora. […] TIDAL will not offer a free version of the service; the standard-audio version (Tidal Premium) will be $9.99 per month and the high-def audio version (Tidal HiFi) will be $19.99 per month. Both tiers are free to try out for 30 days, according to the company. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Taylor Swift Albums Currently Streaming on Jay Z’s TIDAL

As of Tuesday morning (March 24), most of Taylor Swift’s albums (save 1989) are now streaming on TIDAL, the music streaming service Jay Z recently purchased via S. Carter Enterprises after putting in a $56.2 million bid. […] TIDAL is marketing itself as a higher-quality streaming service than the competitors, but the price tag is more substantial: After a seven-day free trial, TIDAL has a $19.99 per month subscription service. But hey, can you put a price on Swift gratification? Swift’s catalog is also available for streaming on several other non-Spotify (Rhapsody, Beats Music) services. – Joe Lynch, Billboard via The Hollywood Reporter
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