via Real Life Mag: What is lost when we “watch Netflix” rather than shows and “listen to Spotify” rather than songs?

Real Life Mag: Books increasingly don’t have covers: The rapid rise of tablets and e-readers has led to more books being read on screens, which de-emphasize the cover as both a visual identifier and a physical delimiter. A cover once…

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via Midia: Independent Labels Grew Global Market Share To 39.9% In 2017

MIDIA: The global independent label trade body WIN has just published the third edition of the Worldwide Independent Market report. You can download the entire report for free here. As regular readers will know, MIDiA Research has conducted this study…

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We are excited to announce our involvement in the just-announced Netflix competition series, “Rhythm & Flow” which our CEO Jeff Pollack will be executive producing along with John Legend, Jeff Gaspin, Jesse Collins, Nikki Boella, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius,…

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via Recode: Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’

Recode: “You can soon, if you insist, talk to your microwave — and it will listen. Amazon recently announced a $60 voice-activated microwave, along with 10 other new products using its Alexa voice assistant. Roll your eyes if you’d like,…

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via Music Business Worldwide: Apple in talks to buy a stake in iHeartMedia

MBW: Apple is looking at ways to boost its presence in US radio. The Cupertino technology company is in early-stage talks to acquire a stake in US radio giant iHeartMedia, according to a Financial Times report. An iHeart tie-up might…

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via TechCrunch: What’s next for podcasting?

TechCrunch: “The podcast market will discover the answer to a foundational question about its future in the next few years. Will it continue along the path of music streaming, where all podcasts are available everywhere on free, ad-supported tiers? Or,…

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via NY Times: Netflix’s Cash-Fueled Road to Streaming Dominance

NY Times: Here are some notable numbers from Netflix: 130 million paying customers as of September $14.9 billion in revenue in the last 12 months $1.3 billion in profit for the same period 7.6 million more paid subscribers expected to…

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via Midia: Sirius XM Acquires Pandora: Greater than the sum of its parts?

Midia: In the latest example of media acquisitions, though one less likely to flood the headlines as Comcast’s purchase of Sky, Sirius XM has announced it will be purchasing streaming service Pandora for $3.5 billion. The deal, which is all-stock…

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via Midia – State of the YouTube Music Economy 2.0: A Turning Point for All Parties

Midia – “YouTube is the most widely used streaming music app globally but it is also the most controversial one, locked in a perpetual struggle with music rights holders, with neither side quite trusting the intent of the other. 2018…

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via Variety – Media Giants Rev Up Streaming Services to Compete With Netflix

Variety – “The Netflix effect across the entertainment business has taken root in deep and meaningful ways this year. The turmoil caused by Netflix’s meteoric rise is all that media moguls could talk about last month during their annual conclave…

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