Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:
The Secret to Free Music Is Internet Radio: The more things change, the more they stay the same. With increasing attention placed on interactive music services, and more money flowing through them to the music industry, non-interactive internet radio might seem to be in the back seat. But it’s still the most popular way to stream music, and this Gizmodo article circles back to review several platforms. One of our favorites, Radio Garden, is highlighted.
“Streaming Needs to Get a Lot Easier for Consumers”: That’s the word from Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, in an interview with Music Business Worldwide. He covered all the big talking points of late, including the perennial question of free versus paid listening. “I do think paid streaming has gotten to a size and level of consumer awareness and acceptance now that it didn’t have a few years ago,” he said. “The goal should now be to accelerate the growth of paid streaming so that the industry as a whole grows – and that means more money for songwriters and recording artists.”
Breaking Up via Spotify Playlist: “Genius and utterly brutal” is how The Sun describes the way college student Kirsten Titus delivered the bad news to now-ex-boyfriend Wyatt Hall. Creating a Spotify playlist for Wyatt, Kirsten chose songs whose titles would deliver the message: Do You, Still, Want To, Kiss Me, Because, I Am, Kinda Lovin, Someone Else, But, We Can Still Be Friends. “I wanted to do it in a creative way,” she said.