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MusicWatch time spent listening data sees Pandora in the lead for 2016

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MusicWatch sent RAIN News a pre-release note with results of its 2016 'Music Streaming Wars' study, and found that Pandora was had the largest share of weekly music listening at 28%. YouTube took second place with a 27% share. Both of those figures include the audio companies’ free and paid tiers.

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BandPage shutters features as YouTube integration continues

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BandPage announced several upcoming changes to its feature set as part of its acquisition by YouTube earlier this year. The video platform bought the direct-to-fan service in February. Starting March 1, 2017, several core features of the BandPage service will be discontinued, including Bandpage.com public-facing profiles and the BandPage store and events.

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Changes of heart: Metallica is on Napster, Radiohead is on Spotify

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Metallica is out with a new album and the band has gone an unusual route with distribution. Hardwired… To Self Destruct has been released on most of the usual digital outlets, but it is also on YouTube in its entirety. Metallica's adoption of streaming distribution contradicts the band's earlier resistence, and contains some irony. Then there is Radiohead, once a hold-out, which is now streaming on Spotify.

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U.S. music industry calls for support of EU law to address “value gap”

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The U.S. music industry is petitioning its European counterparts to make copyright reforms that would address royalty payments made by online music distribution services. Several music industry organizations signed an open letter about the value gap in services that do a great deal of user traffic but make comparatively small royalty payments. It asks U.S. government representatives in Europe to support Article 13 of the Copyright Directive proposed by the European Commission.

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