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Spotify adds select on-demand options to freemium tier

Spotify has unveiled a new version of its mobile app that adds select on-demand features to its freemium tier. Free listeners will get on-demand access to 15 of Spotify’s personalized discovery playlists — such as Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and the Daily Mixes — and its popular curated collections — including RapCaviar and Ultimate Indie. Continue Reading

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Podcast Consumer 2018: Share of ear doubles, smartphone dominance, and smart speaker success

Podcasting has come a long way in attracting a dedicated, passionate audience with several unique traits, but there is still progress to be made in reaching the mainstream American listener. That’s the narrative laid out today in the Podcast Consumer 2018 report from Edison Research and Triton Digital. Ever the congenial host, Edison VP Tom Webster presided over the presentation. Continue Reading

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Musical.ly starts $50 million Creator Fund as its acquisition closes

Musical.ly announced the start of a fund to support its users. The short-form music video and lip syncing app will invest up to $50 million into a Creator Fund over the next two years. The money will go toward a range of programs, from college scholarships to co-development deals to a “creator marketplace” where users can trade creative assets or instruction. Continue Reading

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Survey: Radio ownership is dwindling and there’s no clear replacement (yet)

Integr8 Research conducted a survey to explore radio ownership trends and whether the emerging smart speaker product segment is growing into a replacement for radio sets. The company surveyed more than 3,000 radio listeners aged 15 to 39 who are dedicated to a local genre station. Ownership of radios appeared shaky. Continue Reading

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Amazon’s Alexa available in Amazon Music app on iOS and Android

Amazon’s Alexa voice control system can now be used to control the Amazon Music app on both Android and iOS mobile devices. This mobile integration is being rolled out in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria. Alexa can respond to the same range of queries as on the smart speaker of an Amazon Echo: asking for music from a certain artist, album, genre, time period, or activity will bring up songs that meet the criteria. Continue Reading

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SoundHound announces update with music playback and voice controls

SoundHound has revamped its mobile app to place a heavier focus on music playback and voice controls. The company’s software was a long-time rival to Shazam, but more recently SoundHound doubled down on the development of its Hound voice assistant program. The new features still complement its core function of identifying audio. Continue Reading