Music publishers say Peloton stole even more music, ask for $300 million

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has asked the courts to allow it to double its claims against exercise bike and treadmill startup Peloton, after discovering more unlicensed music — including songs by Taylor Swift and Kesha — being used in workout videos that play on the bikes’ built-in screens. It’s now seeking $300 million in damages, as reported by Forbes. The original complaint, filed in March,…

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Spotify acquires SoundBetter, a music production marketplace, for an undisclosed sum

Spotify today took another step in its efforts to build out services for artists to help diversify itself away from a business model predicated on paying music streaming royalties to labels: it has acquired SoundBetter, a music production marketplace for artists, producers, and musicians to connect on specific projects; and for people who are looking to distribute music tracks to those who want to license them. SoundBetter has about 180,000 registered users and has paid out…

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Spotify users can now share music and podcasts to Snapchat

Spotify users can now share their favorite music and podcasts with friends on Snapchat, the company announced this morning, with added support for sharing a song, playlist, artist profile or podcast either directly to your friends on Snapchat or to your Snapchat Story. Snapchat is now one of several destinations that Spotify users can share to, along with WhatsApp, Messages, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram Stories and, as of just last week, Facebook Stories. Using the new…

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Paid streaming music subscriptions in U.S. top 60M, says RIAA

Streaming music subscriptions continue to drive the U.S. music industry’s growth and revenues, according to a new report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released this week. The organization said total music revenue grew 18% to $5.4 billion in the first half of 2019, with streaming music accounting for 80% of industry revenues. The report also noted the number of paid subscriptions topped 60 million in the U.S. for the first time. Streaming…

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Pandora now lets you share music and podcasts to your Instagram Stories

Pandora today announced a new integration with Instagram that will allow users to share to their Instagram Story their favorite music and podcasts. The feature comes well over a year after Spotify launched a similar integration with Instagram Stories, and only days after Spotify introduced sharing to Facebook Stories, as well. In Pandora’s case, accessing the feature is also a quick and easy process — you just tap the “Share” button from the Now Playing…

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CHEAP: Bring CDs back with $200 off Bose’s Wave music system IV

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! CDs have a bad rep. While vinyl and even cassettes have gone through a bit of a revival, very few people give a single, solitary fuck about CDs. Which is a massive shame. CDs are a great format. They’re hardy, easy-to-use, long-lasting, and produce brilliant-sounding music at a higher quality than the majority of streaming services. On top of…

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You can now share music from Spotify to Facebook Stories

Spotify this morning announced a new way for you to share music with friends (or fans, if you’re an artist) — by way of a new Facebook Stories integration that includes 15-second song previews. Viewers can also optionally tap on the “Play on Spotify” button in the Story to be redirected to the Spotify app to hear more. The feature is designed largely with artists and their teams in mind, as it gives them another…

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Nintendo seems to be striking its music off YouTube, and that sucks

After apparently resolving its troubled relationship with YouTubers, Nintendo‘s now coming down on those who upload music from its games. At least two popular channels have been hit, and if this starts a trend, there aren’t a lot of alternatives for listening to this music. The channels GilvaSunner and BrawlBRSTMs3 have both reported Nintendo issuing copyright claims on videos with their music. BrawlBRSTMs3 was terminated last night, though the owner says on Twitter they’d planned to shut…

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