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Programmatic advertising dominates digital display; radio and other traditional media on track

Zenith Media shared some results from its 2017 edition of Programmatic Marketing Forecasts. Programmatic already dominates digital display buying, and will to an even greater degree in 2017. Traditional media, including radio, are slower to adopt data-driven buying, but the report says they will.

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Nielsen brings Music Connect to Canada; will it shake up radio?

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Nielsen has launched its Music Connect data product in Canada. This rollout offers clients more in-depth listener data, including for streaming and broadcasting. It covers 72 metropolitan areas across Canada, and has analytics including airplay, sales, and social media activity. According to Canadian music industry specialist Alan Cross, it could "shake up" what listeners hear on Canadian Radio.

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Google Play Music relaunches, smarter about you and your soundtrack

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Google Play Music relaunched today, announcing an update that makes machine learning a bigger part of its listening experience. That means the platform will combine listeners’ individual music tastes with contextual information such as time of day and location to offer improved song recommendations. It all happens behind the scenes, based on Google's understanding of the user. Another step closer to the "Me Button."

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iHeartMedia confirms: On-demand, two flavors, January launch

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The rumor mill was buzzing earlier this week about iHeartMedia’s plans to enter on-demand streaming. Now, America's biggest broadcast group has announced that it has two such services in the works, both due to launch in January 2017. Details are scarce, but there is one important feature.

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Test Drive: Spotify launches Release Radar, an extension of Discover Weekly

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Spotify has launched a new personalized playlist feature, Release Radar, which appears in every user's Browse section. Release Radar is Spotify's first expansion of the technology which powers Discover Weekly, an unquestionable hit with users and a triumph of algorithmic music curation. RAIN's Anna Washenko and Brad Hill take Release Radar for a spin, and share their impressions.

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