RouteNote and TikTok partnership puts independent music on the world’s biggest craze

RouteNote has partnered with TikTok to take your music to the world’s biggest new video craze with over 1 billion users worldwide.

We have partnered with TikTok so that you can upload your music to be used in videos across the world on the new social media sensation taking the world by storm.

TikTok has taken the world by storm with millions around the world creating and uploading their own short video to more than 1 billion people using the app around the world. There are 500 million users on TikTok and 500 million on the Chinese equivalent Douyin. 96 million users are in the US alone.

TikTok lets users upload short videos between 3-15 seconds and share them across 150 markets in 75 languages. It has become an online phenomena with people all around the world sharing videos of them lip-syncing to music and short skits. TikTok creators have massive followings and videos get millions of views every single day.

Send your music to TikTok today for free and let users around the world use your music in their videos. Get paid every time your music is used in a TikTok video.

Your music will be automatically uploaded to TikTok if you have uploaded it to RouteNote. If you would like to opt-out then get in touch at support@routenote.com.

MixCloud (Radio Stations, DJ Mixes and Podcasts) Strong Revenue Growth but Growing Losses

Mixcloud has always been a very interesting platform and it seems like they have been able to consistently grow revenues, but that has also meant big spending to fuel growth.

2018 Revenues – £2.44m (compared to £1.67m in 2017) – 45% growth YOY

Adminstrative expenses rose from £1.06m in 2017 to £4.01m in 2018.

Mixcloud raised its first ever funding round in April 2018: reported as $11.5m from US media group WndrCo.

You need to watch this phenomenal live session with Bonetired! (video)

The Bonetired boys came down to the Parlour studio and let the RouteNote Sessions team and all of you feast on those tasty riffs.

Make sure you’re sitting comfortably when you start this session up. The alt rockers combine sultry melodies with some of the fattest bass tones to melt our faces in a long time.

They performed their latest single ‘Embers’ as well as a re-invented cover of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Say Something’.

Find each track from Bonetired’s RouteNote Session on all major streaming services and download stores.

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How should your album artwork look? (video)

You need to make sure your artwork meets a few standards so that it can be used to take your music around the world. This simple video explains all you need to know to get your music online with your own, unique cover art.

Apple speaker/headphone hybrids could change the game

Apple could be looking at headphones that double as speakers so you can switch between an intimate listening experience and a party in a pinch.

Headphones are just small speakers designed to sound good quiet and close to your ears. A new patent from Apple shows that they might be taking advantage of that fact for a unique design on upcoming headphones.

A patent secured by Apple this week states it is for “Dual mode headphones and methods for constructing the same. The patent essentially says that it is for headphones that can be reversed and used loudly as speakers, interchangeably.

With the attached figures it seems that the headphones would work reversible ear cups that can be turned away from the inside. When turned outside they will switch their circuit modes to output music louder when they’re tilted outwards.

Apple headphones that can be turned into speakers

This should mean that there is no chance of the headphones working at speaker volume when placed against your head, which will be a very important safety feature if Apple follow through and create this product.

It’s not the first time the concept has been raised. Apple secured a patent for the same concept in 2017, however it has been slightly refined this time around.

Whilst the concept would be interesting, and if created well with quality sound would likely be highly sought after, Apple’s stagnancy on the product suggests that they are just securing the rights to it rather than having a focused push on making it happen.

Eco plectrums for the environmentally conscious guitarist

Environmental concerns are pervading into every industry now and musicians are getting more options with their equipment as the world changes.

The climate is pretty much an unavoidable topic now, so product alternatives are coming out left, right, and centre to help us feel a little better about our own impact. It’s easy to think that playing music doesn’t have much of a footprint, but every little helps – as they say.

Rombo Picks are a German plectrum manufacturer who have developed a new series of eco-plectrums. The Eco-Black series is made from 100 percent recycled materials in response to growing concerns about the amount of plastic created and wasted around the world.

Rombo claims that their Eco-Black series reduces their CO2 emissions by 90%, decreases energy consumption by 65% and reduces their total resources used by 61%. Each size pick in the series features micronodules for grip and high-mirror polished tips.

The series comes in four thicknesses: 0.45mm, 0.75mm, 1.25mm, and 2mm. Check them out and try out a taster pack with one of all four thicknesses from their website.

Fender unveils their most advanced series, updating all the classics

Fender promise that with their new line of their most popular models, you will “never play a Fender the same way again”.

Fender have unveiled the American Ultra Series, the latest versions of all their biggest and baddest models in possibly their most exciting form yet. The series will replace the 2016 American Elite Series launched in 2016.

The American Ultra Series features 4 guitars and 3 basses from the most iconic of the axe manufacturers creations. They’ve all been enhanced with new design elements to enhance playability and take their sound to the next level.

Ultra Noiseless™ Pickups

American Ultra features two new types of hum-free pickups: Ultra Noiseless Vintage pickups deliver authentic Fender single-coil sound while Ultra Noiseless Hot pickups offer high output and modern performance.

Newly-Designed Body Contours

New back body curves offer hours of gigging comfort while a super-sculpted neck heel gives you unparalleled access to the upper registers of the fingerboard.

Fender’s “Fastest Playing Necks”

With enhanced rolled edges, 22 medium-jumbo frets and a smooth Ultra Satin back finish, our “Modern D” neck shape and 10”-14” compound-radius fingerboard make for comfortable chording and effortless soloing.

Here are all the new models in the American Ultra Series:

THE AMERICAN ULTRA STRATOCASTER HSS®

Designed for a thick and burly tone, the American Ultra Stratocaster HSS features an Ultra Double Tap™ humbucking pickup for a fat double-coil tone or a clear, powerful single-coil sound.

  • One Ultra DoubleTap™ humbucking bridge pickup; two Ultra Noiseless Vintage single-coil pickups (middle and neck)
  • “Modern D”-shaped neck profile
  • 10”-14” compound-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets

THE AMERICAN ULTRA STRATOCASTER®

A true icon, the American Ultra Stratocaster features sleek updated contours, articulate single-coil pickups and advanced switching options.

  • Three Ultra Noiseless Vintage single-coil pickups
  • “Modern D” neck shape; 10″-14″ compound-radius fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • S-1 switch adds neck pickup to positions 1 & 2

THE AMERICAN ULTRA TELECASTER®

Engineered for high performance and fresh new sounds, the American Ultra Tele® retains that classic Tele twang while adding advanced wiring options for a hotter output and fatter tone.

  • Two Ultra Noiseless Vintage single-coil Tele pickups
  • “Modern D” neck shape; 10″-14″ compound-radius fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • S-1 switch for series/parallel wiring

THE AMERICAN ULTRA JAZZMASTER®

A left-of-the-dial legend, the American Ultra Jazzmaster combines articulate tone and a stylish offset body with sleek new curves and fresh wiring options.

  • Two Noiseless Vintage single-coil Jazzmaster pickups
  • “Modern D” neck shape; 10″-14″ compound-radius fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Dual volume phase circuit inverts pickup phase/activates trim pots

THE AMERICAN ULTRA PRECISION BASS®

Pure and powerful, the American Ultra Precision Bass delivers all the tone and versatility of its iconic P Bass® predecessors – with updated features for modern playability.

  • One Noiseless Vintage split-coil P Bass middle pickup; one Noiseless Vintage single-coil Jazz Bass bridge pickup
  • “Modern D” neck shape; 10″-14″ compound-radius fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Redesigned preamp with Active/Passive switching; HiMass bridge

THE AMERICAN ULTRA JAZZ BASS®

Comfortable and fast, the American Ultra J Bass® features a powerful active-passive preamp for sweeter highs, focused mids and lots more usable bass.

  • Two Noiseless Vintage single-coil Jazz Bass pickups
  • “Modern D” neck shape; 10″-14″ compound-radius fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Redesigned preamp with Active/Passive switching; HiMass bridge

THE AMERICAN ULTRA JAZZ BASS® V

By adding a B string to the venerable Jazz Bass design, the American Ultra J Bass V delivers high-speed playability and a thunderous low end.

  • Two Noiseless Vintage single-coil Jazz Bass pickups
  • “Modern D” neck shape; 10″-14″ compound-radius fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Redesigned preamp with Active/Passive switching; HiMass bridge

Check out the Fender store to find out more about each guitar.

Pandora adds full song credits

The people that make music matter and to ensure no one is left without recognition Pandora have added full song credits on web and their desktop app.

Sometimes it can be easy to be left behind in the new world of music streaming. If you contributed to another artist’s tracks then you don’t have the benefit of an album sleeve to pull out featuring your liner notes contribution credits when you’re listening on Spotify.

Streaming services like Spotify and Tidal have added full credits to tracks and albums where applicable, making the full roster behind the music available at a click. Pandora have added full song credits to their web player and desktop app so that everyone gets the credit they deserve.

The credits will list everyone involved in the creation of a song from the people in front of the microphones to the people behind the studio and the writers. On a song’s details page Pandora will display the first few credits and with a click will display all of a song’s available credits.

When you upload your music with RouteNote make sure that you credit the people involved within your metadata to make sure that they show up when people want to see who was behind the tunes on Pandora and other streaming services.

Spotify Premium subscribers growing quicker than free listeners

Spotify are one of the world’s favourite music streamers and their Q3 report for 2019 shows paying users are finally growing the fastest.

Spotify have released their report for the third quarter of this year. It shows their music streaming platform still has consistent growth even over 10 years later with a 30% year on year increase in users.

2019 has seen Spotify shift their focus away from music streaming to expand their platform. Whilst music remains the focus, Spotify have pushed hard on podcasts this year adding over 500k overall, purchasing podcast production companies, and creating new tools just for podcasters and their listeners. Podcast growth has been 39% on just the last quarter.

With an emphasis on diversifying themselves Spotify have no doubt helped to draw in new users as well as keep existing users dedicated. With 248 million reported users in their Q3 report, that’s 30% up from the same time last year when Spotify announced 191 million users.

Since launching, and particularly in recent years upon pressure from investors, Spotify have been focusing on driving Premium subscribers with their free streaming meant to be more of a promotional feature. Now paying subscribers are growing faster than overall monthly active users.

Premium Subscribers grew 31% on last year, from 87 million to 113 million. Spotify have credited this years enhancements to their family plan as well as strong performance in their student offerings as driving the growth.

You can see Spotify’s summary of their Q3 report here with the full report available.