Spotify & Netflix: Are They Really In the Same Boat? — Our Latest Podcast

Both are stand-alone, dominant streaming platforms in their respective arenas, with more than 100 million subscribers each.  But Spotify and Netflix are ultimately similar fish swimming in very different ponds. What?  You’re not subscribed to the Digit… Continue Reading

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Doubling Down Again on Podcasts, Spotify Acquires Small Studio Parcast

Spotify has dug down deep on podcasts. For months, Spotify has made strategic moves into the booming podcast market. Last October, for example, the streaming music giant unveiled Spotify for Podcasters.  The service would allow podcasters to quickly li… Continue Reading

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Spotify Continues Podcast Push With Parcast Acquisition

Spotify continues its major push into podcasting with the acquisition of Parcast, a storytelling-driven podcast studio. The deal comes just weeks after the streamer acquired podcast giants Gimlet and Anchor. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. Since… Continue Reading

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Our Latest Podcast: Now That the Music Modernization Act Has Passed, Who’s Gonna Run the Damn Thing?

Maybe passing the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was the easy part. What?  You’re not subscribed to the Digital Music News Podcast?  We’re available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and pretty much everywhere else.  Or, simply listen to the em… Continue Reading

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Measuring Return On Investment, Defining Success In The Music Business

This week Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss a question sent in by Music Biz Weekly podcast listener Ashworth Wiltshire: “Can you guys talk about another dirty subject, Return On Investment (ROI), as related to the budget.” The co-hosts added a… Continue Reading

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Pandora Launches Stories, Allowing Artists to Add Commentaries onto Playlists

With competitors unveiling new podcast and spoken-word features, Pandora has unveiled a new podcast-like feature. Pandora has unveiled a new feature for artists. The digital radio service has launched Stories, a new format which pairs songs with podcas… Continue Reading

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Song Stories: The Future of Virtual Reality and Music Experiences w/ Cortney Harding [PODCAST]

After a several year hiatus, Hypebot’s Music Biz Podcast is relaunching as Song Stories. The show, hosted by long-time contributor Kyle Bylin, will explore how music changes people’s lives and impacts the places they live. This week’s episode features Cortney Harding, the founder of Friends with Holograms, an AR and… Continue Reading

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Spotify Says It Paid $340 Million for Its Podcast Expansion

We now know how much Spotify paid to acquire Gimlet Media and Anchor. A little over a week ago, Spotify published great news for investors. In its Q4 2018 report, Premium subscribers reached 96 million, up 36% year-over-year.  Monthly active users (MAU… Continue Reading

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Spotify Isn’t Wasting Time on Its Podcast Expansion – Chuck D Among the First to Be ‘Signed’

Spotify hasn’t wasted any time rolling out more exclusive podcasts. Last week, during its Q4 2018 earnings call, Spotify confirmed two new acquisitions. Betting big on podcasts, the streaming music giant has acquired Gimlet Media and Anchor. Financial … Continue Reading

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Spotify Reportedly in Talks to Purchase Gimlet Media, a Podcasting Company, for $200 Million

Spotify may have just pushed its attempt to capitalize on the booming podcast market into overdrive. Several weeks ago, in a note trimming Spotify’s price target to $170, Morgan Stanley maintained the company’s Overweight rating. Explaining how the str… Continue Reading

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