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Internet Radio Rewind #036: Leaks and startups, Android and AMP

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A weekly podcast from RAIN News

Sponsored by AudioBoom


An eight-minute blast of news you need to know in streaming audio.

THIS WEEK: Beats Music leaks; new startup merges listening and broadcasting; new podcast company Amplifi Media; Android Auto hits the road; new AMP bill benefits music producers.

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Loudr Licensing offers mechanical royalty expertise for indies

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Yesterday we looked at the growing number of companies catering to the business needs of independent musicians. Another one appeared on the horizon today. Loudr’s niche is obtaining mechanical licenses for artists and labels that want to monetize song covers through online services. Its new platform for this service is called Loudr Licensing, and it is one of the only options that’s available to any artist interested in getting a mechanical license.

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Songwriters’ guilds pen open letter decrying publishers’ attempts at ASCAP/BMI split

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Several publishers have been vocal about their interest in splitting from the performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI. Their goal is to exert more control over digital rights management, pushing for increased royalty rates from online streaming services for their songwriters. However, a group of professional organizations and guilds centered on songwriting has released an open letter to publishers asking them to reconsider.

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The Orchard adding royalty processing as more indies seek control

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Indie distribution company The Orchard announced that it has purchased RoyaltyShare, a royalty-processing service, and made a strategic investment in a second royalty processor, Korrect. Thanks to the combined elements of those businesses, The Orchard will be providing a standalone royalty processing service for independent record labels. Business management has been a pivotal topic for independent artists as more listening happens in the online space, especially with the popularity of streaming platforms.

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Roger Lanctot: Taking the Measure of Car Radio Listening

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by Roger Lanctot

Roger Lanctot is Associate Director of Strategy Analytics, and a thought leader in the connected-car space. In this guest article, he notes missing metrics for in-car radio listening. "It’s time for researchers to get behind the wheel and plumb the mysteries of in-vehicle listening."

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Germany reportedly has 2.5 million premium streaming subscribers

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New research found that Germany reportedly has 2.5 million are paying for premium streaming services out of about 11.6 million total listeners on streaming platforms. The study, conducted by market research institute GfK for the music trade body BVMI, also reported that 6.4 million German people listen to ad-supported streaming for more than 90 minutes each week.

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