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...
August 8, 2018
Daniel Ek ‘would have killed’ Discover Weekly before launch
We reported on Fast Company’s profile of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek yesterday, but the magazine’s website has since posted a longer transcript of its interviews with Ek. One of the illuminating anecdotes about Spotify’s...
August 8, 2018
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...
August 2, 2018
iHeartRadio launches ‘Your Weekly Mixtape’ personal playlist
A weekly playlist personalised to each individual user of a streaming service? Where on earth could iHeartRadio have got that idea? Okay, so the ‘Discover Weekly’ format is now almost a standard feature for streaming,...
July 31, 2018
Spotify adds feature for pitching unreleased music to its playlist curators
Spotify has added a new feature to its back-end: the ability for artists and labels to submit unreleased songs for “playlist consideration” by its in-house team of curators. The feature goes live today in beta, as...
July 19, 2018
Australian collecting society calls for streaming quotas
Should music-streaming services be legally required to devote a certain percentage of their programmed-playlist slots to local artists? That’s the argument being made by Australian collecting society APRA AMCOS, in a submission...
July 17, 2018
Deutsche Bank claims major-label unrest over Spotify playlists
Analysts from Deutsche Bank have suggested that major labels are unhappy with their share of slots on Spotify’s curated and algorithmic playlists. However, the caveat is that according to Business Insider, their note...
July 16, 2018
Middle Kids get a ‘Found Friends’ Spotify playlist-matcher
Australian indie band Middle Kids have a new album called ‘Lost Friends’ which is being promoted via a nifty Spotify playlist-matching microsite called ‘Found Friends’. The site gets fans to log in using their...
July 2, 2018
Drake Scorpion takeover risks reminding Spotify users of Apple’s U2 overreach
“Drake’s new album Scorpion is currently being streamed over 10 million times per hour,” chirped Spotify’s official Twitter account on Friday. There hasn’t been an updated-stats tweet since, which is possibly...
July 2, 2018
Study: Spotify Today’s Top Hits placement ‘worth up to $163k’
The latest study of Spotify claims that placement on the streaming service’s Today’s Top Hits playlist can be worth between $116k and $163k to an artist. The study was carried out by Luis Aguiar and Joel Waldfogel of...
June 25, 2018
Spinnin’ Records rebrands playlists with smart-speakers in mind
Fresh from being acquired by Sony Music, dance label Spinnin’ Records is experimenting with its streaming playlists – with a particular focus on how they’re accessed through smart speakers. “While curated music...
April 3, 2018