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Roger Lanctot: Free Radio @ Risk

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Could wireless carriers take over the broadcast of radio content, removing a vital source of free, over-the-air content and information delivery? Guest Columnist Roger Lanctot of Strategy Analytics examines the question in the context of a Teracom report which denies it could ever happen. Lanctot didn't think it could either ... until he heard the report.

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Spotify’s Lowlands research: Streaming supports and extends the value of live music

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The inverse relationship of streaming music and music sales is well known: Streaming up, sales down. A similar symbiotic relationship exists between music concerts and music sales. But how do streaming and concerts interact? Is the relationship mutually beneficial? That's what Spotify's Director of Economics Will Page set out to discover in a new study.

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Beatport buys, closes social listening app Listn

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Beatport purchased a social listening app called Listn for an undisclosed price, then promptly decided to shut down the service. The app allowed its members to explore their friends’ music libraries, with connections to several popular streaming services: YouTube, Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud. Listn will no longer be available starting Oct. 30, but the app’s employees will be joining Beatport.

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Patrick Reynolds talks about the “meaty middle” of the FM sandwich

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Patrick Reynolds, Chief Strategy Officer of Triton Digital and a featured speaker at the upcoming RAIN Summit Europe in London on November 4, says that streaming could be the meat of the FM sandwich. That tasty analogy came up in a phone conversation with RAIN recently, in which Reynolds previewed the panel discussion he will moderate in London: "Measuring and Monetizing FM's Online Audience."

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Programmatic ad buying in streaming audio is increasingly important

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Programmatic ad buying is established in web display, but still a fairly new alternative for online radio and streaming audio. "It is a very important that we offer it as part of the mix," Alexis van der Wyer, CEO of ad-tech company AdsWizz told RAIN. "I strongly believe that although it's small in volume today, it will continue to grow. It will be an important component." We spoke with the AdsWizz CEO before he takes the stage at RAIN Summit Europe.

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Millicom partners with Deezer for streaming music service in Africa

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Telecom company Millicom announced that it is expanding its partnership with Deezer into five new markets across Africa. The firm's Tigo brand will be working with Deezer to launch its Tigo Music streaming service in Ghana, Chad, DR Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania over the coming months. Tigo will market and distribute the music service by bundling it with mobile data packs for its growing smartphone population.

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Pandora launches free audience tracking for musicians

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Pandora has launched a new online service that delivers audience analytics to musicians and their managers. Called Pandora AMP, the “Artist Marketing Program” includes data pulled from the many billions of hours people spend listening to the online radio platform. Any artists currently playing on Pandora can sign up for the free service at the AMP website. This initiative marks the first time pandora has turned its data firehose toward musicians.

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Songza acquisition shines through in new Google Play Music All Access update

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The latest update to Google Play Music All Access reflect some of the features that entered Google’s hands when it purchased Songza. The streaming platform has adopted music stations to its Listen Now page that cater to particular moods or activities. This riff on Songza’s Concierge service considers the time of day, device used for listening, and other signals to assess what your state of mind or current actions might be, then supplies the appropriate music.

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