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March News From Our Store Partners

By Dwight Brown

It’s spring. It’s a time for growth. Change is in the air at our digital stores.

  • New Google Play Music app adds YouTube video search.
  • CÜR streaming launches and targets the tech savvy crowd.
  • Spotify finds a new way to highlight emerging artists.
  • Rhapsody is growing faster than daisies on a spring lawn.

New update pairs YouTube videos. New desktop app saves time.


YouTube-logo-full_color copyA new update to the Google Music app will allow users to search for YouTube videos from within the app, reports Radio & Internet News. The upgrade will only show music-related video hits, such as clips with official audio or a cover of a track. In version 6.4 of the app, video results will appear for all users, including paying listeners and non-subscribers. This comes as other streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal) are also sticking their toes in the video content waters.

In other Google Music news, Huffington Post notes that an updated version of Google Play Music Desktop Player, a third-party app, has launched for Mac and Linux, making listening to the service a smoother desktop experience. Music fans no longer have to open a tab on a web browser to listen to their favorite music. They can use media keys to navigate tracks, utilize voice controls and custom hotkeys, and use less memory.

Well-connected, interactive music fans get a new playground.


CÜR Music launched after a successful round of funding that put cur_logo_blue copy$1.75m in their coffers. Radio & Internet News states that late in 2015, the streaming service was billing itself as “a social, mobile and web streaming music application.” In 2016, CÜR’s identity has been fine-tuned to “a mix of internet radio, expertly curated stations and your own playlists all-in-one.”

A CÜR rep lauded other compelling features: “A ‘CÜR8’ profile allows a select number of on-demand songs that the individual can change daily. Listeners will be able to personalize their experience with photos and videos, as well as sending songs to their friends.” For artists who create their own CÜR8 profile, there is a clear opportunity to showcase songs, interact with fans and send messages. Luckily for everyone, sharing works in both directions.

Spotify shines a new light on emerging, undiscovered artists.


spotifySpotify’s new Fresh Finds playlist is a hybrid of human curation and data-driven algorithms designed to bring music fans the best from both types of playlist creators. Spotify’s programmers will follow blogs and music sites to scout out the latest new talent and use data from listeners that have been identified as tastemakers. Their searches are designed to break the next big act, says Radio & Internet News.

“By analyzing the listening behavior of our top tastemaker users, we’re able to predict new breakout artists and filter their hits-to-be into playlists with the most promising new music out there,” says Dr. Brian Whitman, Spotify’s principal scientist.

Music Business Worldwide lists the five Fresh Finds genre categories: Fire Emoji (hip-hop), Basement (electronic), Hiptronix (vocal pop), Six Strings (guitar driven) and Cyclone (experimental). A new door is opening for emerging TuneCore Artists who want to reach Spotify’s 100m users, 30m of which are now paid subscribers.

Rhapsody now in 34 countries. Subscriber base grows 45% in 12 months.


Rhapsody and TuneCore go way back. It was one of our first digitalrhapsody928 music stores. Back in the day, it was the first streaming service to make it possible to share full-length, licensed songs on twitter using Audio Card. Now it’s stepped up its game big time: 3.5m global subscribers. A presence in 34 countries. A 45% growth in less than 12 months. Additionally, in 2015, it refreshed its core app experience.

2016 comes along, and now gamers can stream music from Rhapsody through their Wii U console, via a free app from the Nintendo eShop. Rhapsody subscribers with Wii U systems can begin listening immediately and Wii U owners who aren’t yet Rhapsody or Napster subscribers can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Game on.

Thanks to a new partnership with BandPage, music fans who are rocking out to a favorite artist on Rhapsody’s mobile app can receive push notifications on their phone that indicate when that artist is playing a gig nearby. There are even links to purchase tickets via third party services. The new feature is available on Android, with support for iOS coming soon.

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It’s springtime 2016, and digital stores are blooming with fresh ideas for our artists. Spring forward.

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New Store Alert: CÜR

We’re excited to announce our partnership with CÜR, allowing TuneCore Artists to distribute to a brand new streaming service and reach a wider audience. Artists and fans alike have a lot to keep up with these days when it comes to music streaming options. At this point you might be wondering about the benefits of getting your music on another streaming service, so let’s take a look at what makes CÜR unique and why you might want to take advantage of it.

CÜR is a streaming platform made just for the ‘sharing generation’ – you know, those music super fans who love to hook their friends and family up with whatever new music they’re digging at any given time. Because everyone wants to be the first in their circle to know what’s new and hot, right?

CÜR is paving the way in social streaming. Users who sign up will CUR Music Mobilehave access to a library of over 10 million songs via the web, iOS and Android devices. With seamless text, Facebook and Twitter integration, ‘influencer’ music fans using the app will be able to message their favorite new music to friends and family, and even include an attached photo or video.

Perhaps one of the coolest features of CÜR lies in the user/artist profile. Known as the “CÜR8”, users pick up to 8 songs that ‘define them’ and can be swapped out daily. They can even add personal photos and videos, and browse their friends’ and favorite artists’ CÜR8s.

For you, the artist, this means adding videos that serve as a way to offer a tidbit about your songs, have fun with your fans, add a personal message, or promote whatever is going on with you at the moment – it’ll play directly before the song (for 8 seconds) and be added to fans’ playlists!

Additionally, CÜR is set on making their platform a place to discover. Each user will have access to an activity stream that allows them to take a peek at what their friends on the app are listening to and what artists they’re adding as a friend.

Got more questions about CÜR? Head over to our Knowledge Base, or check out their website.

Ready to get your music on this hot new streaming and social platform? Get on it!