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Apple Music adds ‘Friends Mix’ personalised playlist

Spotify used to have a ‘Friends’ Top 50’ chart listing the top songs that a listener’s friends had been playing, although at some point it was quietly removed from the service. Now Apple Music is bringing the idea...
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Amazon Prime Music may have overtaken Apple Music in UK

It’s been clear for some time that in terms of music subscribers, Amazon is now the third player globally behind Spotify and Apple Music. Could it have vaulted Apple Music into second place in the UK however? That’s...
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Universal Music launches Peaceful Music playlist on Apple Music

Music for relaxation has quietly (well, it wouldn’t be loudly…) become one of the big playlist genres on music-streaming services. Now Universal Music Group is hoping to capitalise by launching a playlist called Peaceful...
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Tim Cook claims Apple Music leads in North America and Japan

Apple published its latest quarterly financial results last night, for the second quarter of 2018 (the company’s fiscal Q3). Big numbers ahoy: revenues up 17% year-on-year to $53.3bn and a net profit of $11.5bn. Apple...
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Feature.fm debuts ‘Ultimate Pre-Save’ for streaming services

Music-marketing firm Feature.fm has a new tool called ‘Ultimate Pre-Save’, which will help artists and labels run pre-save campaigns for their new albums on streaming services. And yes, that’s plural services: at launch,...
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Sandbox Issue 209: Storylines, Music’s next chapter with Instagram Stories

Lead: There are 400m people using Instagram Stories every day and musicians are among the heaviest lifters here. Until recently, however, it was a curiously music-free set up; but new licensing deals with parent company...
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Internal forecasts flesh out Apple / Spotify comparison in US

We reported last week on claims that Apple Music was about to overtake Spotify for paid subscribers in the US. Now the Financial Times has weighed in after seeing internal forecasts (it doesn’t say where from, but our...
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Report claims Spotify and Apple Music each have 20m US subs

Gossip has been bubbling for a while about Apple Music potentially overtaking Spotify in the US for its number of subscribers. Now Digital Music News is claiming that the moment has come. This is based on a single source:...
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Sandbox Issue 207: God Save The Streams

Lead: Just 18 months ago, pre-saves were a breath of fresh air for marketers struggling to stand above the cattle run of global releases on a Friday. But as they become ubiquitous, it is almost back to square one with everyone...
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Apple Music gets six-month bundle with Etisalat in the UAE

Telco music-streaming bundles don’t always make headlines – indeed, they don’t always get announced by the streaming companies. But they’re an under-the-radar element in the increasingly-global competition between...
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Research firm claims Spotify is tops for millennial ratio

Research firm Verto Analytics has put out some new figures, comparing several music-streaming services on the percentage of their listeners that are ‘millennials’ (which in this definition is 18-35 year-olds). Spotify...
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High-end AirPods tipped for 2019: what about hi-res Apple Music?

Bloomberg claims that Apple is planning to revamp its listening hardware in 2019, with “higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones” tipped to make their debut in 2019. The story has plenty...