✖️ Niche streaming opportunities 🔼 The word of mouth economy 🤑 Connecting FB Groups to Pages 👩💻
🤝 Since its inception, MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE has always been like a community to me. However, I realise if you’re on the receiving end of these newsletters, it may not feel like that. To change that, I’ve now created a MxTxF backstage on Facebook in order to facilitate more discussion about the topics of this newsletter.
⚙️ If there are any (QA) engineers or product people at Spotify reading: there’s a rare glitch on backend or db-level and I can’t get your customer support team to escalate it (empties out user library, while playlists are still somehow accessible to subscribers & through search). If you work there, get in touch for more details.
Really starting to look forward to the c/o pop convention in Cologne this August! I’ve helped put together some panels & hope to see some of you there.
Have a great week!
From me, for you
One line by a teacher 15 years ago changed the way I write, and it’s at the heart of what I do every week with this newsletter.
What comes after the Soundcloud and Spotify generation of music startups? My latest and last piece in the run-up to the c/o pop convention.
Bob Lefsetz: “Your catalog lives forever online. Forget the big album build-up, the hype. It’s ignored. Almost everything is ignored up front. The money is in what lasts. And if someone likes one cut of yours, they’re going to check out more. Your success is based upon cumulative streams, not sales of albums, and the streams go on forever.”
You may have heard of The Internet Archive. These people are building the digital equivalent to a library in order to preserve our collective culture, which is now mostly expressed online.
Spotify’s Tuma Basa walks Billboard through the process of pitching and placing artists and songs on playlists at the world’s largest streaming service.
At Empac, musicians and technicians are learning to work with sophisticated advances in spatial audio technologies.
The fact that we’re always connected means livestreams, social interactions, and virtual parties are increasingly viable.
Hype Machine, a small but beloved music streaming site, attempts a comeback without selling out.
As viral fame becomes more attainable, summer camps may be the next classroom for kids.
Facebook is now “becoming the de facto near-monopoly mobile choice for brands and direct response (i.e., lead-gen) advertisers.”
I’m a long-term subscriber, so I’ve never actually experienced Spotify with ads, but for those who have, I’ve been assured this will be familiar. 😉
Recording A Spotify Ad - YouTube
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