Quick Hits: Overview of NYC Summit; music service review; Saavn’s original content

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Overview of RAIN Summit NYC: Barnaby Marshall posted a thoughtful summary of RAIN’s Online Audio Advertising Summit at FYI Music News. “The subject of how to make money in online audio is one that a lot of smart people have been thinking about, as a series of lively and wide-ranging panel discussions revealed.”

Best Music Streaming Service 2017: Best-of reviews are sometimes poorly informed, in our opinion. In this Stuff.TV overview, the writing is sharp, amusing, and to-the-point. Nothing too lengthy. Spotify, Tidal, Napster, Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon Music go under the microscope. SPOILER: Spotify wins. but good things to say about all of them. A worthy read, and no clickbait photo-gallery presentations.

Is Saavn becoming a record label?: The question has been asked many times: Why shouldn’t a music service cut out the middlemen, to some extent, and become the originator of music? If Netflix and Amazon Prime can do it for TV shows, why shouldn’t music get with that model? A profile in Billboard looks at India-focused Saavn’s new focus.


Brad Hill