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Every Final Fantasy soundtrack is now on Spotify and Apple Music

Square Enix has suddenly made the soundtracks to every main Final Fantasy game available for free to listen to online. Just log into Spotify or Apple Music and search for “Final Fantasy original soundtrack.” – Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2Wdnjri

Kurt Cobain’s friend posts unreleased Nirvana demos to YouTube

The demos date back to 1988, and they feature early versions of songs that would eventually appear on Nirvana’s debut album Bleach, which was released in 1989. In the comment sections of [John Purkey]’s videos, Nirvana diehards have discussed the numerous differences between the demo versions of particular tracks and their album counterparts. – Sam Gutelle, Tubefilter via The Daily Dot http://ift.tt/2Dq0Mjd

Spotify upgrades its family plan to match Apple Music’s

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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

The 10 best selling albums in the world in 2015 – and UK artists released half of them

Music consumption in 2015 increased 12.9 per cent including streaming of music videos, [British Phonographic Industry] numbers show, but income from sales and streaming fell 0.9 per cent to £688 million. Ad-supported streaming platforms, of which YouTube is the main one, contributed only 4 per cent, or £24.4 million, of total United Kingdom record industry revenues even though they have grown 88 per cent year-on-year to make up a fifth of all streamed music. – Hazel Sheffield, The Independent

RIAA chief says DMCA is “largely useless” to combat music piracy

photo: Jeremy Yoder/Flickr, Ars Technica

Copyright law provides a ‘notice and takedown’ system theoretically intended to deal with such theft,” he said. “In exchange for a legal ‘safe harbor’ from liability, online service providers must deal with instances of theft occurring on their site or network when notified. Unfortunately, while the system worked when isolated incidents of infringement occurred on largely static web pages—as was the case when the law was passed in 1998—it is largely useless in the current world where illegal links that are taken down reappear instantaneously. The result is a never-ending game that is both costly and increasingly pointless. – CEO Cary Sherman, RIAA via David Kravets, Ars Technica

Prince is still using Spotify to promote new music, one song at a time

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Prince may have pulled his music from nearly every streaming service, but that’s not stopping the artist from using them for promotional purposes. He has a new single, titled “Stare,” that’s available for streaming as a Spotify exclusive. Don’t get your hopes up, though, as the new track is the only song you’ll be able to stream from the service. […] Despite revoking access the full collection of albums, it seems the musician still sees value in those other services as he’s certainly using them to circulate new music. – Billy Steele, Engadget

Music streaming is up 80% in the UK with 11.5 billion songs streamed so far this year

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According to new data from the Official Charts Company, music streams are up 80% year on year through services such as Spotify, Deezer and Google Play. This added up to a grand total of 11.5bn streams listened to by Brits in the last six months, compared to 14.8bn for the whole of 2014. […] The most-streamed track of the year to date was Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk, which has been played 45 million times on streaming services so far this year. – The Guardian via Business Insider

How Streaming Is Changing Music

Streaming, at least the label-sanctioned version, puts the genie back in the bottle. Every time you click play on a streaming service, from Pandora to YouTube to Spotify, you’re licensing the right to listen to the song in that particular moment, whether you pay a subscription or sit through an ad. Ownership is never even an option. You listen, you license. If you want to listen again, you license again. In this way, streaming music suggests the passing of two eras: the digital download, but also the concept that fans might possess music itself. – Jacob Ganz, NPR

Look out Spotify: CD-quality streaming service Tidal hopes to make a splash this fall

When [TIDAL] launches sometime this fall, new subscribers to Tidal will be greeted by a $20/month subscription fee — twice the cost of most low-res services. For the heftier investment, Tidal users will get commercial-free access to 25 million lossless audio tracks streamed in FLAC or ALAC format, over 75,000 HD music videos, and “tailor-made editorial” from music journalists. Along with its impressive list of audio partners, Tidal will also be available for both iOS and Android devices, as well as offering Web players for Mac and PC. And the company claims its first 16 partners are just the start. Tidal will look to garner more audio partners in the future and is looking to expand to as many as 50 countries worldwide. – Ryan Waniata,Digital Trends 
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