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Discovery wars heat up as music services seek to captivate users

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Is music discovery important in a society where most of the stardom and audience are concentrated in a few top acts? Research tells us it is, and new music discovery products tell us that major online music services know it. Music discovery initiatives from Spotify, Pandora, and SoundCloud are bringing music discovery into an era of personalized delivery.

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Study of Indonesian consumers reveals reluctance to pay for music; acceptance of advertising

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A new consumer survey called Indonesian Streaming Music Consumption 2016, commissioned by Australian company Tuned Global, shines light into the music-listening habits and preferences of Indonesian consumers. Tuned Global, which helps major brands connect with consumers via mobile music solutions, gave an early release of the study to RAIN News.

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Rhapsody CEO on the change to Napster and navigating the future

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Rhapsody is the great uncle of on-demand music subscription services. Two months ago Mike Davis took over as CEO, quickly tightening the ship with a round of layoffs. Last week came the announcement that Rhapsody would become Napster across all territories, consolidating its brand. RAIN News dialed up a conversation with Mike Davis to discuss that decision, and talk about steering a music service through a complex competitive landscape.

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New CEO for PodcastOne

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PodcastOne announced that Jim Berk has come aboard as Chief Executive Officer. Berk comes from Participant media, where he was CEO for nine years. PodcastOne founder Norm Pattiz maintains his role as Executive Chairman, and Kit Gray continues as President. the announcement signals further expansion. (Video: Norm Pattiz interview at RAIN Summit West.)

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Matt Graves: Napster’s Improbable Journey

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by Matt Graves

Yesterday's announcement that Rhapsody would rebrand as Napster across its global music service empire caused flashbacks in the minds of digital audio veterans. Matt Graves helped launch Rhapsody in 2001, and has worked in the online media fields for even longer. In this guest column he reviews the astonishing and unlikely history of Napster.

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The Download on Podcasts: Influencers, hall-of-famers, and ratings winners

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When do we know that a media category has attained maturity? Many answers to that, the most viable probably being a thriving and sustainable financial ecosystem. But a more fun answer is when various groups give out awards designed to celebrate excellence and separate cream from crop.

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