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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
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How streaming affects the lengths of songs

Today, songs are down to three minutes and 42 seconds, because of the difference in how artists are getting paid now. Instead of getting paid by physical sales, you’re getting paid in a stream, which only counts if someone listens to 30 seconds of a song. It actually makes sense if you can have more songs streamed at a time, which means that you want to pack your album full of much shorter songs. So if you have an album like Drake’s Scorpion, which is a really long double album coming in at almost 90 minutes, he’s got a ton of really short songs on there, because he gets paid for every song you listen to, whether or not you listen to the whole album. – Charlie Harding via Zackary Mack, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2MhZdMp

One-Third of the World Is Still Pirating Music

The most popular form of copyright infringement is stream-ripping (practiced by 32 percent of all consumers), followed by downloads through cyberlockers or P2P (23 percent) and obtainment via search engines (17 percent); Those results come out of a study that the IFPI conducted, earlier this year, among a representative sample of 16- to 64-year-olds in 18 countries — including the U.K., U.S., Brazil, France, South Africa and South Korea — that make up the vast majority of global music consumption, according to the report. The annual study was also conducted in China and India this year for the first time, but results from those two countries are not included in the “global” figures. – Amy X. Wang, Rolling Stone https://ift.tt/2IKGSly

Wake up with your favorite Spotify playlists in new Google Clock update

This new update will let Spotify Free and Premium users integrate the music streaming app into the alarm sounds section on Google Clock. There, they will be able to select between two tabs for picking alarm sounds, including the familiar alert tones and now an entirely separate set of options for Spotify. – Makena Kelly, The Verge https://ift.tt/2mZQxuI

Pandora matches Spotify and Apple Music with new $15-a-month family plan

The family deal looks like Pandora’s latest effort to try and convert some of its 80 million monthly free listeners to paid subscribers (and keep pace with its rivals in the process). The company launched its Premium service last March after acquiring key assets from Rdio, but has a way to go to catch up with the likes of Spotify, which had 70 million paid users as of this January compared to Pandora’s roughly six million. – James Vincent, The Verge https://ift.tt/2seWkPK
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