Just as the music industry gets comfortable with playlists as a marketing and revenue generation tool, come words of caution from the analysts at MIDiA. A playlist ‘hit’ often does not do much to help long-term artist brand building, they say, and then there are the challenges and opportunities caused by surging interest in podcasts.
What their new direct upload features means for you and the music business.
Spotify’s acquisitions of Gimlet and Anchor signal ambitious plans to disintermediate the music industry.
This image keeps getting shared around, and it’s a really incomplete picture of a complicated system.
Late last year the headlines were that Apple Music was gaining on Spotify. Spotify is now widening its lead.
Daniel Ek, Spotify’s chief executive, predicted that around 20 percent of all Spotify listening would eventually involve something other than music.
For the first time in the company’s history, operating income, net income, and free cash flow were all positive.
Spotify finished 2018 with 96m paying subscribers around the world, up by 25m year-on-year.
While Spotify has been a fairly polarizing company in the music industry since its inception, with many in the business feeling that it's financial practices are less than fair, this piece looks at how the platform (and its new 'block' feature) is actually beneficial to both artists and consumers.