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Music Streaming & Curation, Circa 2018

Posted by Dario Slavazza & Eric Stensvaag on May 22, 2018 2:31:58 PM

How do you decide what music to listen to? Since streaming is now America’s dominant form of music consumption, we’re guessing Spotify or Apple Music are helping make this choice.

Both these companies and their competitors rely on algorithms to manage an increasingly large variety of music playlists. So…a robot is picking your music? Well, yes and no. Even a tech titan like Apple recognizes that machine learning has its limitations: most streaming companies employ music experts who fine-tune playlists combining computer data with essential context and personal taste.

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, Music Business, Music streaming, streaming services, Music as a Service, Customer Engagment, Music as content

7 Articles You Should Read about Smart Speakers

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Apr 25, 2018 8:09:28 PM

There’s been lots of buzz about smart speakers, voice activation, and AI assistants over the past couple years. It’s a great time to tune in if you haven’t been paying close attention. 20% of U.S. Wi-Fi households currently own smart speakers, and manufacturers are pushing for introduction in the workplace.

As voice activated experiences continue to proliferate, individual users and a vast array of businesses stand to benefit. Amazon and Google are currently investing heavily in smart speaker production and defining the user experience.

With even the terminology still in flux, the following 7 articles should get you up to speed quickly on smart speakers and voice activation.

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, Music Business, Music streaming, streaming services, Music as a Service, Customer Engagment, Music as content

Customer Spotlight: How MoveWith is Reshaping Personal Fitness

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Apr 9, 2018 2:15:05 PM

In 2015, Holly Shelton left her career at Apple to start MoveWith, a digital fitness company that puts instructors front and center. A former ski racer, Shelton understands the motivational power of a great coach, and wanted to make it easier and cheaper for people to connect with the best fitness instructors working today. “For the MoveWith app to succeed, we knew it was essential to capture all the unique elements of our instructors’ classes, from verbal instructions to specific timing to custom music mixes,” says Shelton.

Feed.fm partnered with MoveWith to build out their music integration, handling all the licensing to ensure that Movers get the popular music they love and artists get paid. Our curation team worked closely with MoveWith and their instructors to create playlists that motivate across a wide variety of movement types—from treadmill to yoga.

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Topics: Apps, Feed.fm Blog, Music streaming, Music as a Service, legal music, Customer Engagment, Fitness

5 Licensing Questions on Playing Music for Your Business

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Mar 22, 2018 1:56:42 PM
 We get questions every day about how music licensing works and, to be honest, the waters are muddy. For anyone trying to research the nuances of licensing, the topic can be time consuming and quite confusing. Here are the most commonly asked questions we hear about playing music for business purposes.
 
1. What are the options for digital / streaming background music for workouts, online retail, or other uses? Put simply, there are 3 basic options for your business to consider: you can use royalty-free music, work directly with the record labels and publishers, or let a B2B company like Feed.fm do the work for you.
  • Royalty-free music is cost-effective but unfortunately provides your business with generic, anonymous tracks that none of your customers will recognize. It’s the equivalent of (most) on-hold music, and is unlikely to generate positive results for your business.
  • Working with the labels and publishers comes with significant hurdles and costs, requiring sync licenses that range from $5,000 to $500,000 per song. While some content can be licensed globally, generally each country requires separate negotiations.
  • Your business can hire a company that has experience powering music for users, to guarantee that everything is legal and above board.

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Topics: Music streaming, Music as a Service, legal music, retail music, Music for Retail, Customer Engagment, Music as content

Spotify’s Direct Listing – Why it is Exciting for the Music Industry

Posted by Jeff Yasuda on Jan 9, 2018 6:11:02 PM

Recently, the latest rage in the music world is that Spotify has confidentially filed “IPO” documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, unlike a typical IPO where an investment bank underwrites and allocates shares to institutional investors, Spotify will allow existing investors to sell shares directly on the public markets. Direct listings, which are highly unusual, have often been done by small-cap companies. This is the first time that a company with a multibillion dollar valuation, in Spotify’s case $20 billion, will offer shares in this manner. The direct listing will provide liquidity for existing shareholders and will allow new investors to participate in a pure-play, on-demand music streaming service.  While at first glance, this may appear to be a bizarre strategy, as we discussed in a recent Bloomberg interview, this is an incredibly exciting moment for the music industry.

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, Music Business, Music streaming, Music as a Service

Music Curation Drives Today’s Listening

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Apr 17, 2017 5:11:26 PM

The widespread concept of music curation is extremely new, an unexpected outcome of the internet’s collision with music industry and media. With the introduction of Napster’s MP3 file sharing platform in 1999, an incredible, ever-growing amount of free music became available to the public. In response, music gatekeepers such as radio and television programmers, record stores, and the music press were forced to consolidate and rethink their revenue models. The result of these tectonic changes is that today's listeners have more music options and fewer traditional go-betweens than ever before.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Music curation emerged as a way to fill this gap and help people decide what music should I listen to now? Answering this question can be surprisingly complex. While YouTube now accounts for 1 in 4 music listening hours, the majority of us select some type of playlist—possibly powered by YouTube itself—or digital radio station to deliver a sustained listening experience.

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, Music Business, Music streaming

Celebrating Coachella at 18 Years: Ultimate Headliners Mixtape

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Mar 24, 2017 5:35:02 PM

I remember first learning about the Coachella Music Festival in the early-2000s, probably through a full-page ad in my coveted Spin magazine. Then there was the self-titled documentary film, which brought viewers impossibly close to Bjork, Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, and other music heroes performing in a gorgeous setting. When I decided to relocate to San Francisco, Coachella was definitely part of the draw and my first festival delivered on all expectations.

From the start 18 years ago, Coachella succeeded by taking the best elements of other music festivals—principally Lollapalooza and the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival—and delivering a consistently awesome experience. The isolated desert location was selected so that people would surrender fully versus going back and forth from their homes.

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, Music streaming

Valentine's Day Mixtape

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Feb 10, 2017 12:18:42 AM

Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions that got us wondering, “What makes for a great love song?”

As it's true that opposites often attract in matters of the heart, we were inspired to create a 2-hour playlist with love songs of contrasting styles. Some of these songs are modern classics, but many are quirky hidden gems from our favorite recording artists.

Consider this our custom-made Valentine’s Day mixtape to you, with love…We hope you enjoy!

Featuring Fiona Apple, Mos Def, the White Stripes, the Talking Heads, the Shins, Caribou, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more 

Listen below or here

 

 

 

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, Music streaming, Music as a Service

Winter Wellness Mix

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Jan 25, 2017 4:55:57 PM

As with many of you, we started the New Year resolving to take better care of our health. Being music lovers, our thoughts quickly turned to songs and what would make the perfect soundtrack to support this resolution. Something up-tempo and soothing in equal parts to help get through the short winter days.

Without further ado, sharing our winter wellness mix with you. While we can’t promise that you’d hear all of these songs in your favorite yoga studio or spa, we hope this 1 1/2-hour mixtape may be a helpful companion as you pursue your own goals this winter.

Featuring Little Dragon, Solange, Paul Simon, Grimes, Four Tet, J Dilla, Stereolab, and more

Listen below or here

 Image Credit: BetterListen

 

 

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, Music streaming, Music as a Service

Going Beyond the Initial Hook: Creative Customer Retention Strategies

Posted by Eric Stensvaag on Dec 13, 2016 8:15:31 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for the bottom line. As retailers prepare for the final push of Q4, all of the usual sales drivers are carefully in place. Witness the festive store decorations and holiday music in malls across America, discounting galore, and omnichannel tactics to ensure customers have a consistent experience whether in store or online. But that’s not all: most bricks-and-clicks retailers are building engagement digitally through relevant offers, and increasingly pushing in-app messaging and exclusive offers and products. You may be one of them…

These days it’s not enough to just sell sell sell. Meeting your customers’ life-on-demand preferences is needed to stay relevant beyond the holidays. If you want to stand out from the competition and earn your customers’ long-term loyalty, consider the following unexpected ways to strengthen customer relationships:

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Topics: Apps, Feed.fm Blog, Music streaming, Retail, Music as a Service