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SoundHound adds automated Rdio playlist, following on Shazam’s heels

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SoundHound announced that it has launched a new feature called Connect to Rdio. This update automatically adds all songs that a SoundHound user discovers to a special playlist within Rdio. Before this update, SoundHound already had tie-ups with several streaming platforms. This particular Rdio news, though, is similar to an announcement made by Shazam in July.

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Mixcloud shifts business model with addition of paid account options

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Mixcloud has updated its membership options, adding two paid subscriptions. CTO Mat Clayton said the goal of adding paid tiers was to diversify and smoothen the company’s revenue. “We think it’s important to have a product that allows our users to pay for the Mixcloud service,” Clayton said. “This sets the precedent that content and services on the internet are valuable.”

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Jelli’s RadioSpot ad service rolls out to seven new stations

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Earlier in the summer, Jelli announced plans to suspend its social radio service in favor of its programmatic ad platform. The promising Q1 growth for that service continued on Tuesday, with the company’s announcement that its RadioSpot platform will be deployed at seven more radio stations across the U.S.

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StreamLicensing’s online stations to get mobile apps thanks to deal with Nobex Partners

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Mobile music is on the grow. Studies by comScore/Millennial Media and AYTM have shown increasing interest in streaming on tablets and smartphones. The latest demonstration of this push into mobile is the just-announced partnership between Nobex Partners and StreamLicensing. Under the new deal, Nobex will help create custom apps for StreamLicensing’s 1,200 radio stations.

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Growing Radio’s Digital Share Is The Answer

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In this guest column, RAIN Enterprises CEO Jennifer Lane explains why it’s crucial to focus on digital platforms. Core spot revenue is still important to the industry, but recent news developments indicate that broadcasters would be well served to be aggressive in growing their share of the digital pie.

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Bridge Ratings research finds little listener interest in adding news to pureplay streams

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Do you want to hear more than music on your favorite pureplay streaming service? The findings from a study by Bridge Ratings indicate that many people are content with the status quo of songs only. "Adding news or commuter traffic content is likely not going to enhance the experience for most users of these services," said Dave Van Dyke, Bridge Ratings’ president.

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Market research pegs digital music revenue at almost $14 billion in 2019

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Juniper Research projected that revenue for digital music will be slow to rise from an estimated $12.3 billion in 2014 to about $13.9 billion in 2019. While listeners are likely to gravitate toward cloud-based services, Juniper’s report projected that pureplay streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora will be tested by the growth of personalized music services from Apple and Google.

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