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KFC sneaks ads onto Spotify Premium by taking over artist profiles

The campaign, while a gross misuse of the platform, did have some funny ideas, like creating playlists with song titles that spelled out “Discover, New, Kentucky, Burger, Come and Visit, KFC, Get It, Before It’s Too Late.” Artist bios were altered to read like menu ingredients, and upcoming events directed users to visit the nearest KFC locations, though it just looked like the artist had multiple concert dates at one very lucky KFC. – Dami Lee, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2uhVYw9

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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

Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify Claiming Massive Copyright Breach, “Unconstitutional” Law

In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250 of the rapper’s songs on its service to the tune of potentially billions of dollars in alleged damages. The suit also targets the Music Modernization Act, a federal law enacted last October that was intended to make life easier for tech companies and to get songwriters paid. The suit accuses Spotify, the $26 billion Stockholm-based streaming behemoth, of not living up to its obligations under the MMA, while also making a frontal attack on one of the few legislative accomplishments during the Donald Trump presidency. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2Z74Xi7

Spotify Lite for Android gets an official launch in 36 countries

The app is designed to work on patchy or weak internet connections and, at just 10MB, it is small enough to cater to lower-end devices that have limited storage or older phones. Spotify Lite is limited to Android devices running version 4.3 or newer, and it is open to both paying and non-paying users. For those worried about maxing out their data plan, the app comes with an optional limit that can tell you when you are close to hitting that buffer. – Jon Russell, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2NIDNIV

Spotify Shuts Down Ability for Independent Artists to Upload Music Directly

The beta of Spotify’s upload tool will be discontinued July 30, 2019. The original idea with Spotify’s direct-upload test, launched last September, was to provide a simpler way for unsigned artists to get their music on the service and get paid. But the company seems to have determined the complexity involved in monitoring the rights involved — and potential abuse from piracy — made the whole thing more trouble that it was worth. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/JOZoShC

Amanda De Cadenet Adapts Her Lifetime Talkshow ‘The Conversation’ Into Podcast For Spotify

De Cadenet, who is currently CEO of digital media company and foundation Girlgaze, is launching The Conversation podcast on July 2 on the music streaming service and it will air every Tuesday for nine weeks. It will feature one-on-one conversations with female activists, actresses, writers, politicians, filmmakers and feminists. Guests lined up include Amber Heard, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Jameela Jamil, Olivia Wilde and Sophie Bush. – Peter White, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/R7NPSS

Barack and Michelle Obama Sign Spotify Deal to Produce Exclusive Podcasts

Under the multiyear deal between Spotify and Higher Ground Productions, the former first couple’s production company, Barack and Michelle Obama are set to develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts on a wide range of topics. The agreement is with Higher Ground Audio, a new division of the Higher Ground production company, that is housing the Obamas’ move into podcasts. – Todd Spangler, Variety » http://bit.ly/2IshFMT

Spotify officially launches in India, with free music on-demand

The company said that for India, people using the free tier can play any song on demand, while people in other countries can only listen to songs on shuffle in the free mode. Additionally, it has built multilingual recommendations and specially curated playlists for listeners in the country. The streaming service is also offering a 30-day free trial of its premium service. – Ivan Mehta, The Next Web » https://ift.tt/2NunQ5i
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