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RAIN Poll: What do you think of music exclusives?

Exclusive album releases have become one of the most interesting and controversial tactics that musicians and labels use to drive income and sales. While the music industry tries to maximize revenue, and participating music services hope to attract and retain subscribers, music-lovers who have shifted their consumption to on-demand streaming are left out. What is your response to music exclusives? Take the quick RAIN Poll.

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James Cridland’s Future of Radio: how the iTunes podcast chart works, and how the BBC checks your licence

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by James Cridland

James Cridland's Future of Radio is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: Insights into the inner workings of the iTunes podcast chart. Responses to BBC licences and 'snooping'. Much more from around the world.

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Spotify reportedly up to 39M subs, still not interested in exclusives

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One of Spotify’s latest hires announced that the streaming service now has 39 million paid subscribers. Troy Carter, global head of creator services, told Billboard that Spotify has added 9 million paying customers since the last audience update in March. The interview also touched on the streaming sector’s current race for exclusive releases.

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