Posted in Digital Music on March 24, 2018
Spotify’s stock market debut, Google puts artist posts directly in search results, Apple and the possible future of iTunes, iHeartRadio files for bankruptcy and a stumbling block for Apple’s Shazam acquisition
Spotify’s approaching, and much trailed, stock market debut that will see it next month undertake a direct listing rather than a traditional IPO has thrown some light on the streaming service’s performance to date. Such as the $1.4bn losses (on revenues of around $4.6bn) it saw in 2017, or the fact that with 159 million average monthly users the firm (whose CEO Daniel Ek is pictured above) estimates it’s twice as popular as its nearest competitor Apple Music. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Health and Pharma on March 7, 2018
Earlier this year a media roundtable event in London laid bare the all too real, and hydra-headed, threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) returning us to the dark ages of medicine.
Despite nearly two decades as a pharmaceutical journalist I’ve generally managed to avoid developing any hypochondriac tendencies.
But Getting Things Done To Tackle Superbugs and the scale and complexity of the issues it outlined really gave me pause for thought. Not least when the $2bn invested in AMR research was acknowledged to be inadequate to tackle ‘a silent killer that threatens millions’. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Media on February 22, 2018
Reuters has launched an online community for those in publishing and broadcasting. Free to join, the aptly-named Reuters Community will offer industry insights, research, advice and complimentary access to industry events.
That said, it’s not a community in the sense of anything especially social, but it does bring to the table a wealth of resources for those in publishing and communications, not least by collecting some of the excellent outputs from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
In addition to that there’s a wealth of insider views on topics such as digital strategy, data-driven transformation and the ubiquity of podcasts.
Posted in Digital Music on February 4, 2018
Facebook adds new music deals, Napster partners on smart soundbar, SoundCloud denies quality loss, UK and US streaming market growth
Facebook has followed up on its recent a rights deal with UMG, with a spree of further deals, this time with music publishers Sony/ATV, Global Music Rights, SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish and Kobalt Music Publishing. Covering Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus, the agreements cover areas such as music use within user-generated content, as well as more ways to “be your favourite artist’s biggest and best groupie”.
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