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53M+ smart speaker owners in U.S.: NPR/Edison Research Smart Speaker Report

Fifty-three million American adults own smart speakers. Because some people and households own multiple speakers, that adds up to 118.5-million devices — a 78% increase in overall device ownership year-over-year. This, and much other data, come from the NPR/Edison Research Smart Audio Report, released in a webinar today. Continue Reading

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Spotify says it overpaid publishers in 2018 and wants to recoup funds

Spotify’s interactions with publishers and songwriters have gotten even more complicated, with the streaming service claiming that it overpaid on mechanical royalties in 2018. The Copyright Royalty Board issued its mechanical royalty payment rates in December 2018 after the music platform had already paid out almost a full year under a different rate scheme. Continue Reading

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James Cridland’s International Radio Trends: New Heart Breakfast; the Global Player; and Rova

by James Cridland

James Cridland’s International Radio Trends is a column by the Australia-based radio futurologist. THIS WEEK: A few big UK developments, including Heart launching a new breakfast show and ITV partnering with Global. Continue Reading