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In the digital deluge, what distinguishes one music streaming service from the other?



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Music writer Randall Roberts delves into the features and perks that differentiate the big players in the streaming industry - Apple, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon.

This article originally appeared on LA Times

A digital deluge of music. (Illustration by Michael Glenwood / For the Times)

This winter, hip-hop frontiersman Chance the Rapper made music history when he earned seven Grammy nominations for a release that is not available for purchase.

The Chicago artist issued his “Coloring Book” as a stream. That’s it. You couldn’t buy it if you wanted to.

His feat was the most recent indication of yet another seismic shift in online music retail. From instant downloads to all-you-can-stream plans, the state of digital music consumption has been in flux. Whether or not it receives trophies on Feb. 12, ”Coloring Book,” with its nominations, portends a new norm.

Streaming music on audio and video platforms now represents 38% of total audio consumption, according to Nielsen Music. That’s a jump from 23% in 2014...


... Read the full article by Randall Roberts at latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-m...





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