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Billboard charts to distinguish between free and paid streams starting in 2018

Billboard announced that will adjust how it weights streaming equivalents for its charts. Under the current system, Billboard only distinguishes between streams from on-demand platforms and streams from programmed services, with more weight given to the on-demand plays. Beginning in 2018, Billboard will begin weighting paid streams more heavily than free listening streams. Continue Reading

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European lawmakers still hearing conflicting demands over safe harbor in Copyright Directive

European leaders are hearing continued pressure to create stronger solutions in securing the safe harbor clause. The latest move centered on a number of groups that lobby on digital rights sending a letter to Parliament calling for the clause to be eliminated from the draft of the European Copyright Directive. Continue Reading

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Audioburst lands RSS feed integration, bringing online radio to Inoreader

Content feed company Inoreader announced that it is integrating Audioburst’s API. This brings Audioburst’s curated “bursts” of audio programming into six of Inoreader’s RSS feeds: tech, entertainment, sports, U.S. news, world news, and business. The integration offers an audio counterpart to the company’s text news items. Continue Reading

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XAPPmedia adds Google, Microsoft voice support with One Voice AI

XAPPmedia announced a new platform for creating voice skills across multiple systems called One Voice AI. The service is now operating more than 450 voice apps, up from 119 at the company’s previous update in early September. At last month’s announcement, the company was mostly focused on supporting the Amazon Alexa system. One Voice AI offers expanded reach that includes Microsoft Cortana and Google Assistant. Continue Reading

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Survey: Radio leads music discovery, but on-demand is closing the gap in select groups

Integr8 Research released a third blog post with research into the role of radio for today’s listeners. This installment reflected on radio’s long-standing position as a driver of new music discovery. Traditional broadcast did still post the highest discovery rates across many demographic groups, the lead was much narrower for a few key consumers. Continue Reading