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Taylor Swift is out with a new album called “Reputation”, but it won`t be available on Spotify or Apple Music

Taylor Swift is out with a new album called «Reputation», but it won`t be available on Spotify or Apple Music. Not so far. This is the long-awaited sixth album with singles like «Look what you made me do», «Gorgeous» and «Ready for it.»

So, what are fans gonna do if they want the new album? The new album will be available at Walmart, Target, iTunes store and her own official store. Streaming will be possible at the iHeart Radio All Access Powered by Napster app.

Taylor Swift is not only a great artist, but also a smart business woman. She had previously pulled her own music from streaming services like Spotify in protest against low royalty payments.

She protested before the release of the new Apple Music streaming service in 2015, when she threatened to withhold her music from the service unless artist were paid fairly for their own music.

Adele did the same when she released her album «25». She waited for about seven months to release it to streaming services, and she can afford to do it like that. So can Taylor Swift. They are both famous enough to do it.

Spotify is probably years away from profitability. Last month they reported better deals with music labels with a 40% growth in revenue but they are still losing money. Investors estimate the value of Spotify to be about $16 billion, which is up from $13 billion earlier this year.

Spotify`s revenue for the first six months of the year is $2,2 billion. Gross margin is 22%, which is up from 15% in all of 2016. Operating loss is between 100 million and 200 million euros ($118,4 million and $236,8 million), according to the Information.

Spotify has about 140 million active users and more than 50 million are paid subscribers.

Taylor Swift`s new songs can all be found at YouTube. Not only the music but also the videos.

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YouTube is dominant in the music streaming market and a new case for the European Commission

Consumer behaviour is very important for the music industry and a new research by IFPI contains key findings on changing consumer behaviour and provides valuable insights on the «value gap», which is the music industry`s most pressing priority.

«The value gap» is the massive mismatch between the growing consumption of music worldwide and the disproportionately small revenues that are returned to rights holders. It is caused by a market distortion allowing some major digital services to circumvent the normal rules of music licensing.

This denies musicians, artists, composers and investors fair compensation for their work; lowers investment in and diversity of new music; and skews competition among digital services. IFPI sees today`s proposal as a good first step in the process.

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Notably, the proposal confirms that user uploaded content services that promote and monetize music should be covered by the same copyright rules as other on-demand services.

Commenting on the proposal, IFPI Chief Executive, Frances Moore said:

«The music industry has transformed itself in recent years, licensing hundreds of services, widening choices for consumers and investing in new, creative ways to bring artists to a global audience.

But to achieve sustainable growth, the music sector needs a level playing field.

This means creating an environment where copyright rules are correctly applied so that creators and producers can be confident to invest and license. It also means allowing digital services to compete on fair terms and enabling consumers to enjoy access to diverse sources of licensed music.

«Today`s proposal is a good first step towards creating a better and fairer licensing environment in Europe. Importantly, it confirms that user uploaded content services such as YouTube, which are the largest source of on-demand music, should not be able to operate outside normal licensing rules.

However, there is a lot more to do to make this a workable proposal. We look forward to working on this in the coming months with the Parliament and Member States.»

The music consumer behaviour is changing, and this is the key report highlights:

  • Paid audio streaming is growing: 71% of internet users aged 16-64 access licensed music. Paid audio streaming services are growing in popularity, especially among under 25`s. One-third of 16-24 year old now pay for an audio streaming service.
  • YouTube is the most used music service: 82% of all YouTube visitors use it for music. More people use YouTube to consume music they already know than to discover new content.
  • Copyright infringement remains a significant problem: more than one-third (35%) of internet users access unlicensed music content. infringement is changing, with half (49%) of 16-24 year olds using stream ripping services to download music.
  • Young people are highly engaged with music: with 82% of 13-15 year-old listening to licensed music and the majority willing to pay for music.
  • Smartphones are moving towards replacing computers as the most used device for music consumption; especially in developing countries. Users of paid audio streaming services are particularly likely to listen to music on a smart phone.

Commenting on the report, Frances Moore, CEO, IFPI said:

«There are many positives for the music industry in this research: streaming services have revolutionised the experience of the music consumer, with growing numbers paying for audio streaming services;

listeners are responding to the benefits offered by on-the-go, on-demand access to music by moving more and more to the world of mobile, especially in emerging markets; and young fans are showing passion and engagement with music.

«Record companies, and the investment they make in music, are at the heart of this change. That investment is all the more important in the digital world, driving the creation of new music and helping artists connect with their fans.

«There are also key insights informing the policy debate on musics «value gap», the biggest problem for todays music sector. The research highlights the dominant position amongst music services of YouTube, as well as the fact that the site is used by consumers primarily to access music they know, on-demand.

Yet YouTube can get away without remunerating fairly artists and producers by hiding behind ‘safe harbour’ laws that were never designed for services that actively engage with and make available music enjoyed by the vast majority of its users.»

YouTube use a loophole in international copyright laws. The pay much lower licensing fees the music industry than services such as Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube considers itself a hosting platform rather than a content distributing platform.

This is a practice that has repeatedly been dismissed as unfair by record companies and competitors. YouTube say it is mostly a promotional platform for artists and record companies.

Spotify is twice as big as Apple Music. Spotify has 40 million paid subscribers, while Apple music has «only» 4 million. Spotify has 100 million of total listeners while Apple Music has 78 million.

To put that in perspective; YouTube doesn`t have any paid subscribers, but they are more than 8 times bigger than Spotify with its listeners.

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Amazon are fighting with Netflix and YouTube

Amazon continue to rise up and the average 12-month price target is about $750, which means the company has the potential to jump another 20%. Not a surprise for bullish investors were about 90% is bullish on that stock.

The e-commerce giant will post first quarter earnings on Thursday 28 April after market close, and it`s expected to post EPS of $0,64 on $28 billion in revenue which is three cents higher than Wall Street on the bottom line and around $60 million higher on top.

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Since the start of the quarter, estimates have fallen 6% for EPS but increased 2% for revenue. Despite the decline estimates, profits are anticipated to increase and so are revenue. Amazon have been posting losses, ut is coming off three straight quarters of profitability.

Amazon Prime and the dominance of Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expected to carry the retailer this year. They have doubled it membership in Amazon Prime for the past two years, and that is up 54 million, and almost half of all adults in the U.S have Prime subscriptions.

AWS is the leading in the cloud infrastructure industry, representing about 30% of the market, and large enterprises such as Netflix have migrated to AWS to be its platform provider which validates their credibility and reliability.

A study showed that Amazon had a better catalogue of Prime Video movies on TV shows compared to Netflix. According to Barclays, Netflix`s overall catalog has experienced a slide of up to 28% over the past year.

Mark Fahey revealed that Amazon offered a better deal in terms of amount and quality of video streaming compare to Netflix. Additionally, it had more titles with high ratings from users, and quality is of more importance than quantity.

Having a platform with a great library is not enough while quality that is offering constantly refreshed content will be vital in the future. it`s a shift from licensing non-exclusive content to original series and movies that one can get anywhere else.

Netflix has a budget of $5 billion on content in 2016 and that number will rise to about $6 billion in 2017. That doesn`t mean the entertainment value will increase. While Amazon and Netflix are fighting we can see a third player in this game, and that is YouTube with its amazing content.

Amazon has expanded its web services in five new regions this year, including China, India, and the U.K. Heavy investments in global expansion on top of Google and Microsofts ascension in cloud computing will put pressure on Amazons margins.

Expected growth in cloud computing and IoT should make a great outlook for Amazon as they continue to expand their web services.

 

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The Search giant can soar thanks to a growing number of searches and YouTube

I have been watching Google since day one. The stock price was around $50 in 2004, but take a look at it now. The stock price is nearly $800! What a ride since 2004, and it doesn`t want to stop any time soon.

The name Google is still there and people are familiar with that name, but for traders, the new name is Alphabet Inc. A newly founded holding company for the Google group of businesses. Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android to name a few.

Analysts have upgraded their price target to $930 per share.

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In addition to YouTube and Play, they will benefit from Enhanced Campaigns and other products like app install ads and higher ad loads on mobile and desktop SERP. Cloud on top of that can make greater and greater contributions in the future.

The internet behemoth came out with incredible Q4 2015 results. Earnings per share increased 26% and their sales went up 19%. And we are not talking about a small-cap company. We are talking about a company with a market cap of $538 billion! Can you belive that?

The fourth quarter release was the first to break out Alphabet`s Other Bets division, made up of self-driving cars, health care, Google-X and smart homes, among other things, which grew 37% YoY. In addition to YouTube and Play, search and programmatic advertising is the drivers for Alphabet.

The stock market had a terrible start of the year and investors are not expecting a good first quarter. According to FactSet, Companies in the S&P500 are projected to report a 9,1% decline in first quarter profits. That would be the worst YoY decline since 2009.

But some companies will continue to rise up, and I think Alphabet is one of them.

Alphabet can beat-the-Street with positive earnings results on Thursday. The Search giant can soar thanks to a growing number of searches on mobile devices and the continued success of YouTube, plus keeping a lid on costs.

The Estimize consensus calls for EPS of $8,03 compared to the Streets expectation for $7,92. Revenue are estimated to come in at $16,612 billion vs. the sell-sides $16,499 billion. Since last report, estimates have only increased by 2% on the bottom-line and 1% on the top. Compared to the same period last year this represents a projected 22% for EPS and 19% for revenues.

Alphabet Inc will report on April 21, after the bell.

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Fan Fund is the new business on YouTube

You have seen it many times on different web sites; Donate. Donate. Donate. I don`t like that word. It sounds like a charity situation. Google is a great company and they are the owner of YouTube. So far YouTube has been a site you can use for free.

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YouTube will still be free for the customers, but now it`s going to be business. After last months VidCon, YouTube released their new idea called Fan Fund, wich is open only for a few to test out the new program.

People around the world will start to earn money on their (sometimes) crazy and wild videos. People who watch the videos can transfer money to the YouTuber they like, because they want them to earn money and keep on doing what they are doing.

It will be shown a small icon in the top left corner of the creators video. You can hover over the icon, and the banner will pop up, asking you to support the content creator of the video. YouTube will take a small donation and in the U.S this amounts to 21 cents plus 5 percent of the total amount.

You have probably paid some books online from your favorite author, or a song from your favorite band and you might thing that this is actually the same thing. But it`s not. This is voluntary. The owners of YouTube have to opt-in to the program.

It is by invitation only right now. The owners of YouTube doesn`t want different people to build channels for the sole purpose of raising money. They wouldn`t make money but it will dilute the effect if every channel has a «support me» button. The opposite is happening right now.

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Let`s say you pay $10 for a video you were looking at. The one you are a fan of will make $9,29, and the rest ($0,71) are fee, so YouTube gets a small percentage of the Fan Funding Payment amount. Oh, by the way; you can`t transfer by PayPal. You must transfer by Google Wallet. Of course.

And this is only for U.S, Mexico, Australia and Japan right now. Remember; you can`t ask for charity or political donations and you can`t ask people to fund a specific project. Now, you can start to fund strangers so they can live their dreams.

Some people will probably stop working and work with the new videos fulltime and this will help a lot of vidders out there. This will take off in a very short period of time. I think it will be open for other people at the end of this year.

 

Reports today;
08:15 a.m USD ADP Non-farm employment change
08:30 a.m EUR ECB Press Conference
08:30 a.m USD Trade balance
08:30 a.m USD Unemployment Claims
08:30 a.m USD Revised Nonfarm Productivity
10:00 a.m USD ISM Non-manufacturing PMI
11:00 a.m USD Crude Oil Inventories
12:30 p.m USD FOMC Member Mester speaks
07:00 p.m USD FOMC Member Powell speaks
08:15 p.m USD FOMC Member Fisher speaks
09:00 p.m USD FOMC Member Kocherlakota speaks

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