Why Apple Music is finally starting to win Spotify’s game. — slate.com 
 Because it’s going after serious music fans while Spotify targets low-effort listeners.

Music streams in the US grew by over 118bn in the first half of 2018 — the biggest jump in history — www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Here’s an encouraging stat for the global music business: the amount of music streamed in the United States in the first half of this year grew by the largest volume ever seen.

Declining Audio Quality In Music — medium.com 
 In the early 1980s, I had a friend who was a songwriter. He asked me to play guitar on a few demo recordings he was making. It was my first opportunity to record in a professional recording studio…

Music analytics in 2018: ‘Data will tell you what’s hot, but not what is good’ — musically.com

Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI, an afternoon of presentations and panel discussion on the current state of music analytics / data and their future was held yesterday.

Spotify will open regional headquarters in LA’s Arts District — la.curbed.com 
 The tech company’s Los Angeles offices will be in the new At Mateo complex

The Ujo Platform: A Decentralized Music Ecosystem — blog.ujomusic.com 
 Our vision at Ujo is to empower music through a transparent and open ecosystem and our mission is to build resilient, sustainable and accessible infrastructure for artists, supporters, and…

The state of music streaming in Southeast Asia — theaseanpost.com 
 The digital music streaming business in Asia is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the world.

Why music’s survival means going with the stream — www.fin24.com 
 For a while it seemed the music industry was in critical condition. Then streaming services came along, a natural enough flow of events — but one that finally gave consumers what they wanted, writes Chris Cheetham.