Spotify Introduces iMessage App With Search Function for Sharing Music With Friends – Mac Rumors

Spotify has introduced an iMessage application in its latest update this week. As spotted by iGeneration, Spotify in Apple’s Messages app allows you to search the entire music streaming service for a specific song and send it to a friend. When they receive it, they’ll be able to listen to a 30-second clip, and then tap a button to jump into Spotify to check out the whole track.

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‘They could destroy the album’: how Spotify’s playlists have changed music for ever | Music | The Guardian

Artists are even starting to pull apart the album format and create evolving playlists in their place. Drake’s much-vaunted “playlist”, More Life, was essentially an album given a zeitgeisty rebrand, but in 2016, David Gray released a “dynamic” greatest hits on Spotify where tracks were switched around depending on how popular they were. There were also industry rumours, subsequently scotched, that Calvin Harris was going to abandon the album entirely and instead release singles and EPs on a rolling basis.

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Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends: What Do They Mean For Music?

We’ve come a long way from the days of “Napster Fear”…

One intriguing, unspoken pattern emerges from the report: all of the top six companies by global market capitalization in 2017—Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tencent and Alibaba, a combined market value of over US$3 trillion—are making aggressive investments in music. Apple, Google and Amazon are a handful of the players sparring for market share in the streaming wars, alongside more music-centric competitors Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Tidal and Deezer. Facebook is looking to secure music licensing deals with major labels amidst its growing interest in video, and recently hired former YouTube exec Tamara Hrivnak to lead its global music strategy and business development.

Across the Pacific, Tencent Music Entertainment Group just signed a landmark licensing deal with Universal Music Group, atop its existing deals with Sony and Warner; its music streaming and download service QQ Music has over 400 million monthly active users, over three times as many as those on Spotify. Alibaba Music extended its licensing deal with BMG, and launched an artist-management venture with video site Youku; its parent, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, plans to invest over 50 billion yuan (US$7.4 billion) in new projects over the next three years.

Source: Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends: What Do They Mean For Music?