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Songwriter says he made $5,679 from 178 million Spotify streams

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That means Nashville songwriter Kevin Kadish, the co-writer of the hit 2014 Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass,” made close to $31.90 for every million streams. According to a report by The Tennessean, Kadish didn’t clarify to the roundtable’s five members of the House of Representatives exactly how the songwriting proceeds were split between himself and Trainor (who shared songwriting credits on “Bass”), but he did allege that the average streaming-service payout for a song’s songwriting team is roughly $90 per million streams. – Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica

Nintendo will pull plug on Wii U’s TVii service August 11

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In an announcement at both TVii’s official support site and its Miiverse page, Nintendo confirmed that TVii, a TV Guide-style interface meant to help users sort through live and streaming video listings, would no longer function after August 11. “Every service has a life cycle, and it is time to focus our resources on other projects,” the support site’s FAQ read; we suppose that means Nintendo thinks a full three years is pushing it in terms of “life cycle.” – Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica

Xfinity Games beta: Surprise, Comcast and EA can’t solve streaming games services

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If Comcast is controlling the pipeline for its games service (which avoids the Wi-Fi issues of other streaming services thanks to the X1’s direct wall plug), it’s doing a lousy job so far during the beta. We’re already losing precision thanks to these inexact controls where moves don’t trigger until our gesture has finished. Now we have a whole half-second delay—the worst delay of any modern game-streaming service we’ve tested, if only by a hair or two—to account for, as well? Thanks but no thanks. – Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica

Report: YouTube Live will launch in 2015 with focus on game streaming

[A] Tuesday report alleging that Google’s YouTube arm is moving ahead with a game-streaming backup plan. The Daily Dot, quoting “sources within the streaming industry,” reported that a “new-look YouTube Live” will launch in the foreseeable future, and that service will target live gaming and e-sports content in particular. As proof of its seriousness, YouTube has already hired over 50 streaming-savvy engineers, the report said, and it hinted to “promotions and partnerships” designed to encourage more e-sports viewing on the main YouTube site. – Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica

Netflix: Offline video watching is “never going to happen”

Update: We sent questions to Netflix about the technological and licensing hurdles to building an offline viewing platform, but a Netflix representative cut us off at the pass: “We have never changed our position in the years we have been asked this question—we are not providing offline caching.” The rep also called the idea of offline video viewing “transitional,” then added, “there are plenty of other options if people want offline playback.” – Sam Machkovech,Ars Technica  
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