Digital Music Industry News

Digital music, including streaming music, is a fast-moving industry. For professionals, consumers, artists and others involved, it can be hard to know what developments to pay attention to. Wiser has created a free daily digital music news digest to keep you informed of the latest in digital music. Ever since the launch of Napster in 1999, the music industry has faced a massive shift from physical imprints to online delivery. Now companies offering streaming music apps are competing to shape how music is delivered and consumed in the future. These companies include Spotify, Rdio, Beats, Apple (with the iTunes store), Google (with YouTube and the Play store), iHeartRadio, Deezer, SoundCloud and others. Meanwhile, the “big four” major record labels — Sony, Warner Music, EMI and Universal — are actively involved, and negotiations around digital rights management restrictions are crucial to the success or failure of new services. As consumers shift increasingly to mobile apps to stream music on the go, digital music companies must now compete for listeners not just across geographies but also with comprehensive cross-platform experiences. Whatever your favorite music app, the digital music space is in the midst of a fascinating evolution that requires savvy professionals and onlookers to pay close attention to the headlines. Keep updated on the most recent developments in the digital music industry. Subscribe to Wiser’s free digital music news digest today.

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How We Listen: IFPI Finds Global Uptick in Both Legal Streaming and MP3 Ripping
Billboard Biz • Marc Schneider
Roku Amazon Echo Rival Reportedly In The Pipeline
Ubergizmo • Adnan Farooqui
Roku expects IPO to raise $252 million
San Francisco Chronicle • Associated Press
How to watch Louisville football vs. Kent State on Saturday
Courier-Journal • The Courier-Journal
Cutting the cord: Roku sets terms for $204 million IPO
nasdaq.com • Renaissance Capital
Los Gatos-Based Roku Aims To Raise $252 Million With IPO
CBS St. Louis • Cbs San Francisco
Against Talent
The Urbanophile • Aaron M. Renn
Slacker Radio agrees to be acquired by LiveXLive for $50 million
Los Angeles Times • Mike Freeman
Recording Academy Urges Songwriter Activism to Ensure Music Industry's Future
Billboard Biz • Paula Parisi
Roku Ultra 4K Streaming Media Player now $59 (Cert. Refurb, Orig. $130)
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How We Listen: IFPI Finds Global Uptick in Both Legal Streaming and MP3 Ripping
Billboard BizMarc Schneider
There's good news and bad news in "Connecting With Music," the IFPI's just-released music consumer insight report. One of the main takeaways of the report -- here -- is that music consumers across the globe are increasingly choosing licensed audio streaming services,...
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Digital Media, Digital Music
Roku Amazon Echo Rival Reportedly In The Pipeline
UbergizmoAdnan Farooqui
FollowingAmazon’s runaway success with the Echo smart speaker, many companies jumped on the smart speaker bandwagon. There are countless options available to customers now that want a smart speaker with an artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant. If a new report is to be...
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Roku expects IPO to raise $252 million
San Francisco ChronicleAssociated Press
NEW YORK — Video streaming pioneer Roku hopes to raise as much as $252 million in an initial public offering as it tries to expand into more households. The Los Gatos company said Monday that it would offer about 16 million to...
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How to watch Louisville football vs. Kent State on Saturday
Courier-JournalThe Courier-Journal
Scott Utterback/CJ No. 20 Louisville vs. Kent State When: Noon Saturday. Where: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium TV: CSN Radio: WKRD-790 (Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Alex Kupper, analysis; Jody Demling, sideline). Live stream: Video at WatchESPN, audio only at gocards.com/watch. Series: Kent State leads,...
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Cutting the cord: Roku sets terms for $204 million IPO
nasdaq.comRenaissance Capital
Roku, which sells TV set-top boxes used to stream subscription and ad-supported content, announced terms for its IPO on Monday. The Los Gatos, CA-based company plans to raise $204 million by offering 15.7 million shares (43% insider) at a price range of...
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Los Gatos-Based Roku Aims To Raise $252 Million With IPO
CBS St. LouisCbs San Francisco
LOS GATOS (AP) — Video streaming pioneer Roku hopes to raise just over $252 million in an initial public offering as it tries to expand into more households. The Los Gatos, California, company on Monday said it would offer about 18 million...
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Against Talent
The UrbanophileAaron M. Renn
My colleague Steve Eide joins me to talk about his contention that attracting high wattage talent into politics in small and medium sized cities isn’t necessary, and may even be counter-productive. Listen to find out why that is. If the audio doesn’t...
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Slacker Radio agrees to be acquired by LiveXLive for $50 million
Los Angeles TimesMike Freeman
Slacker Radio, an online music streaming outfit, has agreed to be acquired by LiveXLive Media Inc. for $50 million. The deal is contingent upon LiveXLive completing a pending public stock offering, where it expects to generate proceeds of at least $100 million....
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Recording Academy Urges Songwriter Activism to Ensure Music Industry's Future
Billboard BizPaula Parisi
Leon Bennett/WireImage Streaming, which has made tech companies rich and benefited labels, has become an apt metaphor for songwriters' and artists' revenues going down the drain, according to a panel of experts pushing for political activism at the Recording Academy’s Thursday night...
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Roku Ultra 4K Streaming Media Player now $59 (Cert. Refurb, Orig. $130)
9to5ToysTrevor Daugherty
Newegg offers the certified refurbished Roku Ultra 4K Streaming Media Player for $59.49 shipped when promo code EMCRKBF33 is applied during checkout. That’s good for $40 off the new condition price at retailers like Amazon and the lowest that we’ve tracked. Ships...
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