Apple is Going to Kill Pandora

There have been a lot of reports over the last few days about Apple developing a direct Pandora clone.

The WSJ’s sources point to a service that will run across iOS devices and Macs, and “possibly” on PCs, but suggest that licensing negotiations with labels have only just started.

Apple doesnt want to go down the compulsory licences like Pandora, because this would restrict interactivity and licenses across different countries.

Its understandable that Apple dont want to produce a Spotify competitor at the moment, because it would diminish the power of the iTunes store. This is a nice step forward for Apple who only want to slowly moving into this market.

I think Pandora really have to start to innovate their product and finally get direct licensing deals with Labels and move into new countries. This needs to happen within the next 6 months or they will be left behind and they will slowly start to become yet another pointless music service.

Digital Music News are losing the plot: Streaming Services Look Strong

When I read DigitalMusicNews it just seems they are trying to cause controversy. There most recent article was about Music streaming and how they dont have hope in the music streaming business model.

I’m sorry: I want to be open-minded, I’m trying to be part of the future. But was is that future, exactly? Unless something changes drastically, I’m not sure it’s a very rosy one.

I think you are all missing the point here. Spotify is in user acquisition stage, which means they are going to lose money as they have huge capital to back them up. The best sign is that revenues are rising fast and proportionately against losses it looks very good for them as a business.

Pandora is in a much tougher spot, because they are locked to the USA, which means they only have limited revenue growth potential. Pandora needs to think about how they are going to expand internationally or they are going to be forgotten.

pandora and spotify music streaming stats revenues

Yamaha Launch Their own in-House Record Label – Sign Leogun

It seems as though Yamaha are the latest brand to launch their own record label. Yamaha has announced their new in-house label, Yamaha Entertainment Group.

British rock act Leogun is the label’s first signing, and a five-song EP will be released Oct. 16, with the debut single, “Let’s Be Friends,” out Sept. 11. (A full-length LP is tentatively due in February 2013.) Warner’s Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) is handling marketing, promotion and releasing.

via – Billboard

Universal Music Purchase of EMI Should be Approved This Week by European Commission

There are lots of reports this morning that the Universal purchase of EMI will be approved this week by the European Commission.

The combined company is being forced to divest itself of Parlaphone. Additionally, there have been reports that Richard Branson is keen to buy back Virgin Records.

p.s. At the moment its also not clear if the Parlaphone sale is UK only and if it includes the Beatles catalog.

Deezer Now Available in Homes via Philips Partnership

Deezer announced this week that they have managed to close a global partnership with Philips. This will allow users to directly stream the Deezer catalogue into their home via the Philips Fidelio Wireless Hi-Fi range.

This is great news for Deezer as they really need penetration into the home. It will be amazing if they could sign up even more television manufacturers, such as Sony, LG, etc.

How to Monetize Your Free Music

Here at RouteNote we have been really trying to think of ways we can help artists who give away their music for free. The best way to do this is to signup for a RouteNote account (which is free) and upload your free content and select the streaming stores as partners (Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, etc). This will allow artists to monetize their free content and build their fan base at the same time. This doesnt cost the artist anything upfront and they keep 85% of the royalties.

Deezer Launching in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and more.

Deezer has announced that they will be soon available throughout Asia later this week. Deezer will first become available in Thailand, rapidly followed by Singapore and Malaysia, ahead of its upcoming launch in Indonesia and the Philippines within the coming weeks.

It is worth noting that Deezer is partnering with mobile carrier dtac on its Thailand launch, on the same model it used with Orange, T-Mobile and Belgacom in other markets.

Deezer will now be available in over 91 countries, which is a long way ahead of Spotify and Rdio.

p.s. You will notice in the coming months some big changes here at RouteNote with Deezer.