Producers are going to love SoundCloud and Pioneer DJ’s new partnership

When you slap together a new tasty mix on Pioneer DJ’s tasty DJM-REC app you can now ship it straight off to SoundCloud to share the love with your fans.

SoundCloud have teamed up with Pioneer DJ so that DJs can bring their latest mixes straight to their fans and followers, directly from the app. Use their popular DJM-REC app on your iPhone or iPad to simply start mixing in high quality and then without ever leaving the application send it out to the world for grooves-a-plenty.

SoundCloud say in their release: “We are excited to add Pioneer DJ’s DJM-REC to our growing list of partnerships and integrations available for DJs, including: Apple Garageband, Apple Logic X, Ableton Live, Avid ProTools, Steinberg Cubase, Music Maker Jam and PreSonus Studio One.”

In addition to fast, effortless sharing directly to SoundCloud, the DJM-REC app offers you:

  • Easy connection to DJM series mixers equipped with the send/return feature
  • High-quality audio recordings that minimize clipping and distortion
  • Live streaming mixes
  • Post-production mixing capabilities
  • Tracklist editing

The app gives you control of the peak limiter in your DJ mixer via the app which alleviates digital clipping with the tap of a button. It also means you can record your mixes straight into a digital format without the need for any analogue conversion. Analogue recording while your device isn’t connected to a mixer is simple using an external microphone with the iPhone or iPad’s microphone function.

The DJM-REC app also lets you plug your iOS device into any DJ mixer featuring digital send/return with a simple USB cable that lets you plug straight in and start chopping. To use the app with any digital send/return equipped DJ mixers you will first need to update the mixer’s firmware using the software from Pioneer DJ’s support page.

You can download Pioneer DJ’s DJM-REC app today in the Apple App Store, and try it absolutely free for a 30 days (then purchase for $9.99 after the trial period).

Get your tracks on Spotify’s top playlists with their new beta

Playlists on Spotify have become an amazing way to break rising artists and put them in front of millions of potential new listeners – your chance to be featured just got easier.

Spotify have just launched the beta for a tool that lets artists submit their music for consideration to be included in any of their hundreds of massively popular playlists. The new feature joins the Spotify for Artists and Spotify Analytics hubs which allows artists and labels to share unreleased music with the Spotify team and then their editors and curators will take a listen and see if it fits their awesome playlists.

Everyone will have the chance to test the new feature whether you’re an artist, label, manager or a member of that artist’s team. It’s as simple as logging into Spotify for Artists, or Spotify Analytics for labels, and then you will have the option to select one unreleased song to submit to the team for playlist consideration.

Spotify say: “At Spotify, our goal is to match every listener with the perfect music for them. That’s why we have a team of over 100 editors around the world – music experts and cultural ambassadors whose job is to spread the joy of music discovery everywhere from Brazil to Japan to Turkey. Today, we’re introducing a beta feature as part of Spotify for Artists and Spotify Analytics designed to make it easier for artists and labels to share unreleased music with this team — so our editors can create better playlists and artists have a better shot at landing on one.”

We’ve seen the power of playlists time and time again at RouteNote. We’ve been working with Spotify to send certain tracks uploaded to us for consideration in their playlists and the results have been outstanding. We saw producer Borrtex grow his plays from thousands to hundreds-of-thousands within days after he was added to Spotify’s giant Sleep playlist with 2.2 million followers.

Spotify’s release statement ended on their plans for the future for:

Beta means this is the first step. With more than 75,000 artists featured on editorial playlists each week, and another 150,000 on Discover Weekly, we know how important it is to get this right. We’ll continue evolving this feature based on your feedback, so artists, labels, managers and partners can all help us create better playlists for Spotify listeners.

Independent music is thriving on Spotify and major labels aren’t happy

Thanks to the blossoming and booming world of digital music the playing field has been levelled for artists around the world and major labels are losing their power.

A new report shows that major labels are feeling fobbed off by Spotify as they prioritise more and more independent artists for playlist features. The report from Deutsche Bank says that major labels don’t feel they are getting enough access to Spotify’s massive playlists which bring in billions of plays each week.

Whilst the major labels may be upset we think it’s fantastic news that Spotify are supporting independent artists and their rise considering they have far less opportunities than big, funded labels. We have seen a whole load of the artists who use our website to get their music online independently get featured in some of Spotify’s massive playlists and it represents a major shift in the music industry.

We spoke to Borrtex, a self-made artist who uses RouteNote to get his music on to the world’s top services. His recent track went from thousands of plays from his dedicated fans to hundreds-of-thousands within weeks after Spotify picked up his tune and added it to their sleep playlist with 2.2 million followers and new listeners were presented his music.

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Borrtex’s streams exploded after Spotify picked up his track

Playlists are becoming the new radio stations where millions of people will come to a trusted source, whether that be Spotify curators or music influencers, to find the freshest and best music. The difference is, radio was often influenced by the labels who would pay to feature their newest tracks. Spotify decides who they want to feature, and they’ve been massively supportive of independent artists – featuring undiscovered and rising acts.

Deutsche Bank’s report cites an unnamed “25-year music industry veteran, who sat with the analysts and tried to help them understand Spotify’s economic position”. They quoted the source as saying: “Algotorial playlists on Spotify have a lower share of major label content. As this grows in the listening mix the major labels stand to marginally lose share. Our featured speaker noted this as a major thorn in labels’ sides.”

Spotify is providing an amazing platform for independent artists to be heard around the world thanks to the openness of the internet. Their promotion of smaller artists is creating amazing opportunities for so many and finally taking the hierarchy out of music represented by the major labels’ longstanding grip over the industry.

75% of music is streamed on services like Spotify and it’s only getting bigger

In the space of a few years CDs have moved to the rear-view mirror and the world is streaming music online, streaming like crazy.

Music streaming is the popular way for people to listen to music all around the world and it has been for years now. In 2016 a report revealed that 50% of music was listened to by streaming it online, and now 2 years later that percentage has shot up by a half to 75%.

Nielsen’s Mid-Year Music Report revealed the figures as the music industry hit’s a record height for revenues since 15 years ago in what they’re calling a music “growth spurt”. According to their report, On-demand music streaming is up a massive 45% with 268 billion songs streamed so far this year. On-demand video streaming also counted towards the figures, for example music videos on YouTube, which is seeing a similarly impressive 35% growth so far in 2018.

So far this year American’s have streamed 403 billion songs across all streaming platform. That’s for only 6 months, and in 2015 Americans streamed almost 100 billion less songs for the whole year. Additionally, in 2015 music streaming accounted for half of the US music revenue meaning that the impact of music streaming is massive on the increasingly booming industry.

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In many places around the world music streaming services are now the place people go to when they want to listen to music. CDs are dying however the physical music market isn’t being wiped out in a disc-shaped genocide as vinyl record sales have been incrementally rising year-on-year as people retain the physical satisfaction side of music with the most romantic listening format.

Break the chains of audio with Sonos and Apple Airplay 2’s enhanced streaming

Set your audio free from your Apple devices and take your audio to the next level through your Sonos home sound system.

Apple have launched the second generation of their Airplay software keeping their devices connected in this increasingly networked world. They have teamed up with Sonos for an unbeatable audio experience on mobile devices.

With Airplay 2 you can connect up your iOS devices, compatible iPhones and iPads, to your Sonos speakers for all listening. Whether you’re streaming tunes from Apple Music, watching videos on YouTube or binging the latest series’ on Netflix – link up your device and all audio will be streamed through your connected Sonos system.

Airplay 2 will work directly with newer Sonos speakers such as the Play:5, Playbase, and Sonos One as well as any future Sonos releases. You can also link up older Sonos speakers if they are grouped with any of the compatible speaker systems so you can stream your audio all around the house regardless of how old your Sonos is.

Sonos said in their release statement: “As a Sonos owners, you’ve have [sic] grown accustomed to these devices improving over time through software… Many of you have Sonos gear that’s over a decade old and is still getting better every day. But sophisticated new features sometimes require new hardware. For example, adding voice control to the Sonos system required us to build a microphone into Sonos One.

“Thanks to the way we’ve architected the system, adding just one Sonos device with voice capability means you can now control your whole system with voice, including those older devices that didn’t have a microphone built in when we first released them. AirPlay 2 works in a similar way.”

For example, the original Sonos Play:1 has roughly 1/16th of the processing power of it’s latest brethren. Sonos are proud of using their inter-connectivity to avoid retiring older speakers, saying: “This kind of innovation is unique in the technology industry. Through the magic of software, thoughtful system design, and a general disdain for forced obsolesce, we’ll do our best to make sure your investment in Sonos truly gets richer and more immersive over time.”

Apple Music will have 3m more subscribers than Spotify by Christmas, say executives

The Apple Music/Spotify race has been going for years but it looks like Apple Music may finally edge into the lead by the end of the year.

Since Apple Music launched in 2015 they have spent 3 years battling to reach Spotify’s leading numbers. According to a report last week by Digital Music News, citing unnamed sources’ information, Apple Music have surpassed Spotify for US-based paying subscribers.

The report was based on leaked subscriber data and wasn’t officially confirmed by either service however a new report by the Financial Times suggests that Apple Music aren’t yet beating Spotify but will be in the lead by the end of July. Their cited subscriber numbers were different to DMN’s and show Apple Music to be at 21 to 21.5 million subscribers in the US whereas Spotify has a million more with 22 to 22.5 million subscribers in the United States.

In the same report the Financial Times wrote that “music industry insiders who are privy to the data” expect Apple Music to have 3 million more paid subscribers than Spotify before 2018 ends.

When it comes to the rest of the world Apple Music still have a way to go to catch up to Spotify’s world-leading numbers. The latest report in April suggested that Apple Music have surpassed 40 million subscribers via a leak. Whilst impressive and no doubt a larger number now, Spotify have over 70 million paying subscribers (not including their free tier) and have done since before that leak.

We will have to wait for an official announcement from either of the services themselves but it seems like the streaming war is heating up and Apple may finally overtake the long-standing kings of music streaming.

Soundtrack your life on Instagram with new Music mode

Music makes everything more powerful. You can’t say you’ve never wished your life had a soundtrack? Well Instagram are making dreams come true adding music to your life.

Instagram has over 1 billion monthly users of which 400 million come to add and view Instagram Stories every single day, providing a one-time snapshot of their life that day. The Facebook-owned app have just launched their awesome new feature which provides a soundtrack to the millions of videos and photos added to Stories each day.

Their new Music mode lets Instagram users add popular music licensed by Facebook following their slew of deals with labels and rights organisations. They say that they will be adding music to their library every single day to keep a fresh selection of tunes available for users to add to their finest moments.

Instagram say:

We’re introducing music in Instagram Stories. Now you can add a soundtrack to your story that fits any moment and helps you express how you’re feeling. Instagram Stories is now used by 400 million every day, and we’re excited to give our community new ways to feel closer to their friends and followers.

When you tap to add a sticker to a photo or video in Stories, you’ll now see a music icon. Tap on it to open a library of thousands of songs — you can search for a specific song, browse by mood, genre or what’s popular and tap the play button to hear a preview. When you’ve selected your song, you can fast-forward and rewind through the track to choose the exact part that fits your story.

You can also choose a song before capturing a video. When you open the camera, swipe to the new “Music” option under the record button. Search for a song, select the exact part you want, and record a video as the song plays in the background.

When your friends are watching your story, they’ll hear the song playing as they’re viewing your photo or video. They’ll also see a sticker showing the song title and artist name.

We’re adding new songs to our music library every day. The music sticker is now available as part of Instagram version 51 in select countries, and the ability to choose a song before capturing video is available on iOS only, with Android coming soon. We know that music can play an important role in how you share your moments and express yourself with friends and we’re working hard to bring it to the global community in the future.

Instagram are clearly trying to get more involved with music with their moves lately. Jaden Smith, the actor-cum-rapper son of Will Smith, just debuted his new album Syre: The Electric Album on Instagram. This is the first time an album has ever been released on Instagram and could represent the social media platform taking an ever-growing focus on music as well as pictures and video.

WhoSampled now listens to your music to give you it’s ‘DNA’

Music lovers know the joy of finding out crazy facts about your fave tracks or the inspirations that allowed them to happen – WhoSampled’s app takes you deeper than ever with new features.

WhoSampled have prided themselves on being the number one place to find – you guessed it – who sampled a track or which samples are in a track. With the boom of hip-hop more and more people are coming to find the beats that made their favourite tunes sound so dope.

WhoSampled have an app that takes their fascinating database mobile and offers a bunch of extra cool goodies. The app now comes with a subscription option which gives you Shazam style song identification so you can quickly scan whatever you’re listening to and take a deep dive into it’s roots – samples, covers, and remixes.

The new subscription costs just $9.99 for a whole year of song-recognition and all the fascinating knowledge that comes with it. The award-winning app also lets you scan your own libraries in Apple Music, Spotify, and iTunes for samples, covers, and remixes for each song.

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The whole app is full of wicked features:

  • Go on a journey of musical discovery built around your own music collection. Scan your Apple Music, Spotify or iTunes music library and discover amazing connections for the songs in it
  • Identify the music that is playing around you and immediately see its samples, covers and remixes. Available as an in-app subscription for just $9.99 per year (or your currency equivalent)
  • Easy access to the world’s largest and richest database of music DNA, with over 500,000 tracks, 200,000 artists and continuous daily additions. Search for any artist or track even if it is not in your music library
  • Beautiful, ad-free, clean interface. Simple and intuitive navigation makes music exploration easy
  • Compare tracks side-by-side and listen to full‐length tracks, streamed through YouTube (where available), Apple Music (if you are a subscriber) or Spotify (Spotify Premium accounts only). Please note that your iPhone must not be on silent/vibrate mode in order for audio to play
  • “Now Playing” feature – switch from your music player to WhoSampled to discover all the musical connections for the song you’re listening to right now (Apple Music and iTunes only)
  • Highly detailed information on any sample (sample timing, sample type, part sampled) lets you pinpoint where the sample was used and compare it with the original
  • Share your amazing finds with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers
  • Deep and unique music charts that show you trending and top rated content as well as the all-time most influential artists and tracks
  • Engage with the WhoSampled community from within the app; comment on and rate any entry in the WhoSampled database
  • A host of other features and functionality including links to buy tracks from iTunes, personal favorites list plus contextual recommendations from every sample, cover and remix

The WhoSampled app is available on the Apple App Store now for $3.99.

UK Top 40 singles chart will now count video streams towards rankings

As the world catches up to the fact that music has found it’s primary home online and around the world through the wires, the UK Charts are updating to show that.

The charts are catching up with how people listen to music these days as the world has slowly gone digital in the past 20 years. All the way back in 2004 the UK Official Top 40 Charts integrated digital downloads as online stores started offloading MP3s like hotcakes, and then in 2014 streams from services like Spotify and Deezer were added as the streaming revolution started full steam.

The UK Charts have just announced that they are integrating stream counts from videos into the charts as well, so that every music video view counts towards a track’s position. Like music streaming a formula will be implemented that counts a number of streams as the equivalent to a single pure sale, and this formula will differ between Premium (paid) video services like the newly launched YouTube Music and free, ad-supported video streaming.

Originally in 2014 the charts counted 100 streams as the equivalent of one track sale but as the prominence of music streaming in modern music consumption became more evident they had to adjust the calculations and raised the sale equivalent of streams to 150 at the start of 2017. Their new conversion metric for video streams which will commence on the 6th July will see 100 Premium streams and 600 ad-supported streams equal one sale.

Other European countries such as France, Germany, Italy, and Spain have excluded free, ad-supported streams from the figures but the UK’s Official Chart Company (OCC) felt they should be included. OCC chief executive, Martin Talbot says: “We think it is important to count the free streams as there are people who cannot afford to pay for a subscription or may not have access to credit cards. They could be young kids or teenagers who don’t have credit cars – or it could be low-income families. It could count against certain genres of music if we stripped those out completely.

“It’s not like suddenly there will be load of Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones in the chart. That is not what will happen. Yes, there are young people who use free streaming services; but there are also young people who use video which we haven’t previously been counting. Free services like YouTube are a significant part of their discovery of music so we are including all of that.”

User-generated content such as fan videos, un-official lyrics videos and other videos featuring the music that haven’t been uploaded by an official source will not be included. The OCC say that they may re-consider the use of user-generated videos in the future but are wary of the charts being affected by anomalies such as ‘memes’ featuring music in them.

Talbot adds: “In the modern era, artists are increasingly multi-faceted creators, with a highly developed visual sense running in parallel with their music. The addition of video ensures that the Official Singles Chart reflects the creativity of the artist in the broadest way possible – and music fans’ engagement with that vision.”

Get free Pandora Premium and Amazon Music with AT&T

AT&T customers can start their music streaming journeys for free soon with their new bundled partners including Pandora and Amazon Music.

Following a recent merger between AT&T and Time Warner, the network provider have revealed their new offerings for mobile subscribers. Their new WatchTV service allows subscribers to choose one of their 8 Premium services for no extra charge on top of 31 live TV channels to watch.

The new offering is cheaper than their popular DirectTV Now offering and comes with their unlimited data package for watching endlessly on the go. On top of more than 30 live TV channels and over 15,000 TV show and movies to watch on demand subscribers can choose any of the following services for a Premium subscription:

  • HBO
  • Cinemax
  • SHOWTIME
  • STARZ
  • VRV
  • Amazon Music Unlimited
  • Pandora Premium

AT&T Mobility and Entertainment president, David Christopher said: “We were the first wireless provider to bring entertainment and unlimited data together, and, once again, we’re redefining what that means. This is no longer about including one channel or service with your wireless plan, but an incredible lineup of content that delivers more of what you care about – over 30 live TV channels and more than 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand, as well as premium movie channels, music streaming with more to come!”

Pandora’s CEO, Roger Lynch says: “Forging strong relationships with leading brands across multiple categories is a key focus for Pandora as we look to drive user growth. Teaming up with AT&T makes perfect sense – we have the opportunity to introduce Pandora Premium to AT&T’s massive subscriber base and provide them with the added-value of our on-demand music service.”

How to Get WatchTV

WatchTV is available with our two latest unlimited wireless plans:

Sign up for AT&T Unlimited &More Premium and get:

  • Option to add WatchTV
  • Option to add one of several premium services
  • $15 monthly credit toward DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and U-verse TV
  • 15GB of high-speed tethering
  • High-quality video

Sign up for AT&T Unlimited &More and get:

  • Option to add WatchTV
  • $15 monthly credit toward DIRECTV NOW
  • Up to 4G LTE unlimited data

At launch, full details on our wireless plans will be available on att.com/unlimited. Details on WatchTV as a $15/month standalone service are also coming soon.