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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

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

Spotify no longer streams music in Apple’s Safari web browser

Mac Generation suspects that the decision might have something to do with the Widevine copy protection plugin. Spotify wants to use that for web-based music streaming, but macOS may flag it over concerns that its security isn’t sufficiently airtight. And without reliable access to Widevine, Spotify can’t guarantee that Safari will play properly even if it’s technically possible. – Job Fingas, Engadget http://engt.co/2vN1YZo

Spotify Moves In On Soundcloud, Will Allow Streaming Mixes

The arrangement comes through a partnership between Spotify and Dubset Media. The deal will allow DJs to upload and legally stream original long-format mixes as well as single remixes. Dubset will use their MixBANK distribution platform to properly identify and credit artists whose music is used in the mixes. The news was broke at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. – Maurice Garland, HipHopWired

Spotify upgrades its family plan to match Apple Music’s

photo: The Verge

Spotify has upgraded its family plan, now allowing up to six Premium accounts per family for $14.99 a month. The new plan is a direct match to Apple Music’s family plan — which Google Play Music also matched back in December — and is a dramatic improvement over Spotify’s old family offering, which would’ve cost users $30 a month for family of five (there was no six-person plan available before today). – Micah Singleton, The Verge

How Prince and Bowie started streaming music services

Case in point: When members complained about heavy traffic on the [NPG Music Club], which limited their access, Prince lowered the price from $7.75/month ($100/year) to $2.50/month ($25 for a lifetime membership). In 2006, The Webby Awards’s acknowledged the strong community Prince had built with a lifetime achievement award, saying: “Prince’s leadership online has transformed the entertainment industry and reshaped the relationship between artist and fan.” – Tien Tzuo, TechCrunch

If the Music Industry Did This One Simple Thing, You’d Save Money and They’d Make More

Right now, at $9.99 a month, streaming platforms are marketed toward music aficionados. “Only about 10% of music buyers spend $10 or more a month on music (across all recorded music formats) and most of those have already been converted to subscriptions,” Mark Mulligan wrote on the Music Industry blog in January 2015. Maybe people won’t pay $9.99 because it just seems like too much. After all, spending $120 a year on a streaming service is something only people who have money and also really like music can afford to do. – Kelsey McKinney, Fusion

Music Industry Extends High-Res Logo To Streaming Services

The music industry’s logo designates downloads and streams that deliver better-then-CD quality sound at a minimum 48kHz sampling rate with minimum 20-bit resolution. The files and streams must be sourced from studio masters meeting the same minimums. The masters include digital masters created from analog masters. The logo program has been adopted by almost a dozen download services offering high-res music, RIAA said. – Joseph Palenchar, TWICE Magazine

Apple Music is growing, but it’s not putting a dent in Spotify

No matter how it all plays out, it seems quite clear that both Apple Music and Spotify aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As Apple Music continues to grow, thanks in part to exclusive deals the company has struck with music A-listers like Drake, Spotify’s place among streaming services seems more than secure. In fact, Spotify is currently the second top-grossing app in Apple’s App Store, across all categories. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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