Your weekly playlist news update [Published 11 June 2018]
TIO reports that the streaming giant’s share price on the New York Stock Exchange has climbed to an all-time high, pushing its market cap to more than US$30 billion for the first time. It’s possibly a knock-on from the news that Spotify has begun to ink direct, non-exclusive licensing deals with indie artists and managers. According to an exclusive report published in Billboard, management can now secure advances in the six-figure region for agreeing to directly license a certain number of tracks to Spotify.
In September, Amazon announced it was adding support for Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. However, it was implemented as a tap-to-talk function – something that didn’t quite mesh with the hands-free voice control experience Alexa is known for. According to TechCrunch, Amazon is now addressing that problem by rolling out hands-free listening to the Amazon Music app instead, as a result of user feedback.
Music Ally has noted that if you browse the Apple Music app, you’ll notice it has quietly added a pre-save mechanic for upcoming albums. Except they are not called pre-saves; they’re termed “pre-adds”. At the moment, it appears that the pre-add albums on Apple Music are ones picked by Apple’s own editors – so it is not open to all. At the time of writing, only 11 albums have been singled out by the service for pre-adds, but we can expect this to grow.
Apple has launched a new internal division dedicated to music publishing and music publishers led by respected exec Elena Segal, according to Music Business Worldwide. Segal, who was previously Legal Director of iTunes International, is stepping up to become Apple Music’s Global Director of Music Publishing.
A new survey from Deezer suggests we stop listening to new music at age 30. The music streaming service surveyed 1,000 Brits about their music preferences and listening habits. 60% of people reported being in a musical rut, only listening to the same songs over and over, while just over a quarter (25%) said they wouldn’t be likely to try new music from outside their preferred genres.