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Quick Hits: Mixcloud turns five; another Ek interview; China’s music and mobile mix

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Mixcloud’s anniversary data: In honor of its five-year anniversary, Mixcloud released statistics for the Internet radio service. The site has seen more than 6 million shows uploaded in that time. Cofounder Nico Perez said that about four hours of content is uploaded each minute. [Hypebot]

Daniel Ek on misunderstood streaming: Spotify’s role as a whipping boy for artists unhappy with the state of online music has been one of the big stories of 2014. In an interview with Billboard, CEO Daniel Ek reflected on the past year’s bumpy road. “What it has highlighted for us is we need to do a better job explaining to artists how streaming benefits them,” he said. “The point that’s been lost is that Spotify’s the fastest-growing revenue source the industry has.”

How China’s telecoms rule music: Another interesting read from Billboard, this time focusing on China and its mobile providers. According to the article, 90% of total recorded music industry revenue in the country comes from services run by telecoms and tied in with phones. That has created an imbalance in both power and profits for the music industry in that market.

Anna Washenko

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