Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:
Apple Music shifts focus on exclusive music releases: Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine does a lot of interviews, but this one with Music Business Worldwide had some interesting hints about the streaming service’s future. Exclusive releases had been a central part of the company’s approach, but it may not remain so. “We’ll still do some stuff with the occasional artist. The labels don’t seem to like it and ultimately it’s their content,” he said of the strategy. “But we’re doing exclusive video content now, and putting a lot of money into that.
Amazon building up multiple music strategies: Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 about the music service’s unique spot in the music industry. Music is a core component of Amazon’s strategies for both its Prime and Alexa products, but it is not looking to replace the work done by record labels. “The labels really play an important part in the world, and it’s not really in our interest to displace them,” he said.
Gimlet Media podcast getting a TV season: ABC has ordered a full series for a sitcom based on Gimlet Media’s podcast StartUp. The show is about the challenges of starting a business, something that host Alex Blumberg is familiar with as the CEO and cofounder of Gimlet Media.