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Spotify Wrapped is more than just a fun feature for users. The year-in-review slideshow boosted app downloads by 21% in December 2020.
Spotify’s recent product moves suggest the company is building a super-app that includes both audio and video features.
Startups are giving artists the music-making and audience outreach tools to blow up on TikTok and Spotify.
Songtradr matches artists with businesses looking to license music. After a flurry of acquisitions, it is valued at $300m+.
Turntable.fm shut down in 2014. Now it’s back after raising $7.5m but has to contend with another identical startup also called Turntable.
Square’s acquisition of Tidal would supercharge its Cash App, among other benefits.
Streaming giants might accidentally be shelling out ~$300m to bot listeners.
After 11 years in relative obscurity, Stageit found a huge audience. The pandemic has delivered ready-made audiences to companies in a few industries.
Spotify uses emotional surveillance tactics to sell data, and brands are cashing in.
The startup Sofar Sounds, which hosts small concerts in people’s homes, raised $25m -- but the artists powering the platform often take home just $100 per show.
SoundCloud announced a new distribution feature to help artists more easily push their songs, while streamlining the process of monetization.