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June News From Our Store Partners

By Stefanie Flamm

The days are longer, the sun is brighter, and our digital store partners are gearing up for a summer’s worth of big updates:

  • Amazon Music plans to release a new streaming service that will compete against Spotify and Apple Music
  • US music mogul Guy Oseary, famous for representing Madonna and Nicki Minaj, has become an investor and partner of Saavn
  • Apple Music responds to negative customer reviews with a total overhaul of their interface
  • Deezer uses a simple, fun advertising strategy and sees their new user numbers triple

Our store partners are working hard to improve customer experience, offer new products, and make it easier for your fans to listen to your music.

Amazon Music is stepping into the streaming arena with a new service planned to rival Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL

Pretty soon, Apple Music, Spotify, et al. will see another competitor in the ring of digital music streaming. A source informed Reuters earlier this month that Amazon Music is planning to offer a standalone streaming service for, in keeping with what has become an industry standard, $9.99 per month. The service is set to launch early this fall.

2. amazon-music-logoCurrently, Amazon offers a curated catalogue of music for
streaming, available only to Amazon Prime members. The new 
service will be available outside of the Prime membership for the monthly cost of $9.99, and will offer a larger catalogue of music for streaming.

Amazon has been making huge strides in its competition with other streaming services outside of just music. Prime Instant Video is in direct competition with Netflix and Hulu, and Amazon recently launched a customer-supported video service called Amazon Video Direct which is a similar service to YouTube. It’s therefore something of a natural progression for the store to invest in a music streaming service to compete with Spotify, TIDAL, and Apple Music. The service is also likely to complement the Amazon Echo device released last year.

We’re excited to check out the service when it launches!

Saavn receives an investment from a major music industry executive. What does it mean for the service?

Legendary music executive Guy Oseary has joined Saavn as an investor and partner, as of earlier this month.

Oseary started his career at 19 years old as an A&R rep for Maverick Records. He quickly climbed through the ranks, now acting as partner and CEO for Maverick, which represents artists like Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Paul McCartney, and Lil Wayne.

8. Saavn-Logo-Horizontal-Green-1000Saavn isn’t Oseary’s first go at tech investment. He joined with Ashton Kutcher and Ronald Burkle to form A-Grade Investments, which has helped finance Airbnb, Spotify, SoundCloud, Shazam, and Uber. In the case of Saavn, however, this is a personal venture and is not associated with A-Grade.

Saavn CEO and Co-Founder Rishi Malhotra is excited to have Gil on the Saavn executive team. “Guy has incredible instincts across entertainment and media. He understands that we are not building the Spotify or Pandora of India. We are building Saavn in India, for India, and we’re thrilled to work with him to build the company for the long term.”

Perhaps, to quote the 1942 movie Casablanca, “this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Apple Music gets a makeover to improve their customer experience.

Between their first year anniversary coming around the corner and their recent announcement that Apple Music is now up to 15 million subscribers, it’s an exciting time to be a part of the Apple Music community.

Another big piece of news from the Apple Music front was apple-musicannounced at their Worldwide Developers Conference that took place between June 13th-17th in San Francisco. Senior Vice President Eddy Cue showed off the brand new Apple Music interface, designed to better employ the feedback received from customers over the last year. The new version of Apple Music is designed to centralize the listening experience and create a fluid transition between streaming and downloaded music.

Since the June 2015 launch of Apple Music, Apple has struggled to consolidate the pre-existing iTunes app with their new streaming service. Both listening platforms were combined into the Music app, but the interface has notably been difficult to navigate, and in rare cases has resulted in thousands of lost audio files. This new overhaul is designed to not only better harmonize iTunes and Apple Music, but it’s also making the interface easier to maneuver.

Cue detailed that the new version of Apple Music will have a mostly black-and-white interface, making the colorful album artwork pop, as well as more detailed song information and a “Recently Added” section to check in on what’s been recently downloaded or saved on the device. The new updates will also affect the desktop OS, with Apple Music sharing available directly through iMessage.

The newly designed Apple Music should be integrated with iOS 10, coming this fall, and we can’t wait to test it out.

Deezer uses their enormous registration increase to revamp their advertising strategy and help close the gap between themselves and Spotify.

Deezer took a leap last year with their first attempt at TV advertising, and it’s paid off big time. The streaming service, available in over 180 countries, has seen a 300 percent growth in daily registrations within the last year. With that momentum, they’re taking on a new strategy with a fresh set of video advertisements.

Deezer-logoDeezer’s first campaign approach is simple: what rhymes with Deezer? The commercials are straightforward and fun, and the bright colors, subtle humor, and “sounds like you” tagline give the store’s branding a friendly and approachable vibe that inspires you to check out the service. Their new campaign takes the silly but candid sentiment that brought them so much success in 2015, only now doubling-down its own absurdity. They even went for a one-two punch by adding puppies, because who doesn’t love a dog jamming out to dance music? The new “flow my music” tagline refers to their recommendation tool, but also implies an easy-to-use interface.

“Our first foray we saw a 300 percent increase in daily registrations. With those results in mind, having demonstrated TV is a success and we’re keen to unlock more of that opportunity. With this new campaign we’re broadening the offering to more audiences and more media channels,” said Christian Harris, managing director for the UK & Ireland.

As Deezer grows in strength, they hope to close the gap between themselves and Spotify. With a campaign this naturally enticing and their consequential success over the last year, it looks like Deezer is quickly becoming a huge asset to artists around the world.

Deezer is available in almost every territory, and listeners can apply for the beta in the United States.


August News From Our Store Partners

By Dwight Brown

As summer ends and days at the shore dwindle, several digital music partners are making waves you won’t see at the beach.  

Digital music stores are doing their best to live up to expectations, embrace radio play, take advantage of music fans’ incessant love of streaming and stake out their niche territory in an ever expanding music market. See how…

1. itunes-logo-png-transparent-8Based on numbers from MusicWatch, (a company dedicated to marketing research and industry analysis for the music and entertainment industry), Billboard Magazine thinks it’s possible that Apple Music could become a top-three subscription service (behind Spotify and Deezer) and could quickly reach number two. They came to that conclusion after a difference of opinion between MusicWatch and Apple Music spilled over into the pages of their magazine.

A MusicWatch 5,000-person survey produced findings that don’t jive with Apple Music’s assertions, especially regarding the number of Apple Music users. MusicWatch: 8.6 million.  Apple Music: 11 million. Turns out the MusicWatch’s figures were only for the U.S. and Apple Music’s figures are global, hence the disparate figures. The article delves into the habits of Apple Music users who are not giving up on Spotify as they toy with the new Apple streaming service. Considering Billboard’s prediction, artists who make sure their tunes are in Apple Music are preparing themselves for the future.

 rdioA MusicBusinessWorldWide article has made the observation that Apple Music isn’t the only streaming music service to boast a traditional radio element. Rdio has introduced nearly 500 broadcast radio stations into its US offering, driven by US-based network Cumulus. Popular stations that will now be featured on Rdio include Indianapolis’s 93.9 The Beat, LA’s 95.5 KLOS, Nashville’s 95.5 NASH Icon, New York’s NASH FM 94.7, San Francisco’s KFOG and more. Additional radio stations will launch later this year in the US and in a number of other international markets. Though solid user numbers are yet to be confirmed, it’s believed that Rdio offers streaming across more than 35 million songs in 85 countries.

Bollywood movies aren’t the only8. Saavn-Logo-Horizontal-Green-1000 universally liked form of entertainment in India. Streaming is getting a lot of love too. According to the Times of India, based on a study conducted by market research firm JuxtSmartMandate, listening to music online is the third most preferred activity of urban internet users in the country. (If you’re curious how emails and social media stack up, read the article.) As many as 97.4 million people in urban India listen to music online which is close to 63% of the 168 million total urban internet users in the country and around 75% of this traffic comes from mobile phones. With a total app download of 25.6 million, and an active user base of 14.1 million users, the digital distributor saavn is a co-market leader.

2. amazon-music-logoMusic streaming in the UK has almost doubled over the last 12 months; hence Amazon has entered into the UK streaming market with Prime Music, a service available to Amazon Prime customers as part of their annual £79 subscription. The service provides access to one million+ songs and about 500 specially created playlists. So what’s the big deal, if Apple or Spotify offer more than 30 million tracks? Let’s call it a unique holistic approach. Paul Firth, head of music for Amazon UK, told the BBC News, “Being the one place where you can buy CDs and vinyl, you can buy downloads or you can stream – I think that’s the best place to be right now.” For artists, that means their music can be sold in any format with Amazon Music. Soup to nuts music sales? Great for music fans. Even better for artists.   

Summer beach days are concluding.  But digital music sales opportunities never die.

If you’re a TuneCore Artist, our store partners want your music. Add your new music today! Or for more convenience add Store Automator and every time we add a new store we will add it to the releases you selected.

If you are not distributing your music through TuneCore yet, this summer is the perfect time to start.

iTunes Holiday 2014 Closures & Delays – Plan Ahead!

Just like the rest of us, our friends at iTunes, Amazon Music, and other stores need some time off for the holidays, too! It’s important to plan ahead of time to ensure that your music makes its way to iTunes & other stores for the largest music-buying season of the year.

  • Between November 23rd and December 1st, there will be delays getting music onto iTunes.
  • Between December 22nd and December 29th, iTunes will shut down for new music distribution and no new music will go live. (This includes pre-orders, which need to be scheduled for release before 12/22.)
  • Between December 20th and January 4th, there will be delays for all stores.

In order to make sure that you don’t miss the release date for your song or album, plan ahead and distribute your new music as soon as you can to avoid getting caught in holiday closings/delays. The earlier you get your new music on iTunes and other stores, the more time your fans will have to buy it!

Feature considerations for all releases with release dates through 12/16 should be submitted to TuneCore by 11/19. Feature considerations for all releases between 12/17 and 1/6 should be submitted to TuneCore by 12/1. These dates are subject to change without notice.

If you’re not ready to release that album just yet, we always recommend releasing a single early to garner some excitement!

Regardless of how your fans celebrate the holidays, give them the chance to use your music as a soundtrack – distribute your holiday music today!