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AT&T no longer selling Beats Music subscriptions

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Demonstrating how blockbuster business deals can quickly change, AT&T has stopped offering new Beats Music subscriptions to its customers. Existing Beats subscriptions that were launched within the AT&T phone plans will continue unaffected. What directional guidance does this news offer on the question of how Apple will incorporate Beats Music?

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Digitally Imported announces content partnerships for comprehensive new interactive service

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Digitally Imported (DI.fm) announced details and partnerships related to its upcoming platform overhaul, which RAIN News previewed two weeks ago. The ambitious plan to build interactive features on top of a renowned electronic-music pureplay radio site is now fleshed out with key content partnerships.

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Journal Broadcast Group launches new digital extension

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We have liked Journal Broadcast Group's digital initiatives since the launch of its breakthrough Radio League app in March. Radio League is a pureplay Internet radio outlet; one of its stations is called Now Trending Hits. Journal has launched a Now Trending website wich complements the pureplay station, and delivers a BuzzFeed-like assortment of newsy items.

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Editor’s Notebook: David Lowery’s attempt to unwind music streaming

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by Brad Hill

David Lowery, musicians' advocate and the foremost critic of streaming music, posted a column in which he prescribes solutions to "fix" the streaming music business model -- or, more accurately, his issues with it. Lowery's arrows are pointed at Spotify, and his suggestions are surprising. Along the way, he misses some reality points.

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adStream: The benefits of pre-roll

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Pre-roll commercials, which play before the first song when a custom station is launched in a music service, make a lot of sense. This might seem counter-intuitive to radio listeners, every one of whom has endured the experience of tuning into a favorite station at the start of a long spot set. But a single short ad before the music starts can grab attention without pushing away the user. We find a good one in this edition of adStream.

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Charting NextRadio adoption: 1M downloads; new features coming

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NextRadio announced an adoption milestone: one-million downloads of the NextRadio app. With the announcement of one-million downloads comes an update of the app (scheduled for this Friday, October 17), that will put new, more interactive features into the NextRadio experience. We tracked and charted the history of NextRadio's key adoption metrics.

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RAIN Poll results: Should streaming subscriptions cost less?

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Recent news that Apple is pushing back to labels about licensing fees, with the possible intent of lowering the monthly subscription cost of Beats Music, sets the stage for this week's RAIN Poll. We asked readers: Is Apple right? Would a lower subscription cost stimulate the subscription side of the streaming business? Or doesn't it matter? The result was conclusive in an unexpected way

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Internet Radio Rewind #016

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A weekly podcast from RAIN News

An eight-minute blast of news you need to know in streaming music and online audio. The weekly update of news you need to know in streaming music and online audio, from RAIN News. This week: royalty arguments in high gear; The Turtles chase Pandora, iHeartMedia and Omnicom; UK streaming doubles; dot-RADIO controversy; Apple and the labels; surprise for an Alabama radio station.

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SoundCloud brings website to par with mobile apps; creators disgruntled

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SoundCloud announced an upgrade to its browser experience that brings a more visual music player onto the screen. The large-format player displays an expanded version of the thumbnail image associated with each track. We found some beautiful results, and some ineffective ones. Soundcloud creators, who stock the site with uploaded music, are complaining.

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