Apple Music Scores Exclusive Playlist Deal With Ministry of Sound Label

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Apple has established an exclusive playlist deal with the Ministry of Sound label, an Apple representative told Variety this afternoon.

Under the terms of the partnership, Ministry of Sound-created playlists will be available on Apple Music starting on Thursday, October 4.


Owned by Sony, Ministry of Sound currently offers several popular playlists on Spotify, such as "Dance Nation," "Rave Nation," and "R&B Mixtape."

Because of the new deal with Apple Music, these playlists, some of which have hundreds of thousands of followers, will be pulled from Spotify and other non-Apple services over the course of the next few days.

Ministry of Sound, founded in 1993, is one of the largest dance-music recording companies and describes itself as "The Home of Dance Music." Ministry of Sound represents artists that include London Grammar, DJ Fresh, Sigala, Marshmello, Yogi, and more.

As Variety points out, this is not Apple's first exclusive playlist deal, and playlists are yet another area where Apple Music, Spotify, and other services can attempt to one up another.

Spotify is well-known for its selection of algorithmic and mood-based playlists, which many believe to be superior to those provided by Apple, but Apple may be able to draw more subscribers by offering exclusive curated playlist content unavailable anywhere else.

Apple has also worked to provide customers with other exclusives, including early album releases, albums unavailable anywhere else, music videos, documentaries, and more.

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Nozuka

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Because of the new deal with Apple Music, these playlists, some of which have hundreds of thousands of followers, will be pulled from Spotify and other non-Apple services over the course of the next few days.
If i was one of these followers and really liked one of those playlists i would likely be pissed at Apple. This would definitely keep me away from Apple Music.

But thankfully i'm not. And already use Apple Music. ;)
 
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cateye

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Ministry Of Sound is to Dance/Electronica what Velveeta is to cheese. I appreciate that MoS has been a flashpoint for hitmakers over the last few years and has a tremendous back catalog, not all of it forgettable, but again, I'm entirely not impressed with Apple Music's inability to break free of this major label/hitmaker obsession it has. A streaming service should be about exploring boundaries, not just running straight up the middle. For all the risks Apple is willing to take with its hardware initiatives, it's so frustratingly timid as a content company. Just softball after softball. They are so embarrassingly obsequious to the major labels, for no good reason. Especially with Electronica where the real energy is in DJ culture and in the DIY labels that dominate the genre. By the time you get to what the majors pick up, most of the audience has moved on.

Meanwhile, Spotify signed an exclusive deal with Beatport over a year ago.
 
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madmin

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Maybe the company was founded in 1993 but the nightclub opened in 1991, by 93 it was already past it best
 

EdT

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And this is why I won’t ever depend on a streaming service. The winds of business change and you no longer have access, unless you subscribe to a new service.

Until that contract expires and another different streaming service picks up some songs/albums/artists that you like.
 

twistedpixel8

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Spotify subscriber and MoS enthusiast. Not happy. Can’t stand this exclusivity BS. Same with games. Can’t these companies innovate anymore to get ahead of the competition? All these deals do is hurt consumers.
 

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Spotify subscriber and MoS enthusiast. Not happy. Can’t stand this exclusivity BS. Same with games. Can’t these companies innovate anymore to get ahead of the competition? All these deals do is hurt consumers.
I get where you're coming from but money talks...always.
 
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bumbo

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Hang on, the PLAYLISTS will no longer be on Spotify? But the songs will?

Am I going mad? Apple has bought the exclusive rights to MoS putting together a collection of songs? That no-one else can do on any other platform? Crazy days.

I'll just set my own up and go about my day...
 
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Not terribly enthused by Apple's obsession with "curation", honestly. Apple's curators don't know what I like, and I refuse to acknowledge them as some sort of authorative experts on music. They're people with opinions, like any other people.

I get the feeling that Apple with their curation is just a defensive reflex to hide a deficiency or unwillingness to delve into algorithmic suggestions, or maybe simply a blatant marketing trick. By "curating" playlists they attempt to dictate to people what they should be listening to, drive traffic towards preferred tracks and artists, for commercial purposes. Neither possibilities seem particularly attractive to me, honestly.
 

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Between this nugget of Who Cares, and the fact that Apple keeps breaking iTunes for those of us that don't want to subscribe to anything, it's time to do something I've been meaning to do for awhile and research Plex.

I think the final straw for me was (again....I don't purchase via iTunes, but simply use it for storage / synching) was when I went through the efforts to import my own album art...and iTunes took it upon itself to substitute whatever thumbnail it felt like on my iPhone / Ipod. Gross. Damn.....I just want cover art.....that I imported. Not whatever you feel like letting me have.
 
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DeepIn2U

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I’ve been into House music for a very long time , long before mainstream coined it Dance. Uggh.

Enough of that I honestly just came here to say .....


YES!!!!! Finally as I just began subscription again. Works perfect for mobile only Apple Music listeners.
 
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If i was one of these followers and really liked one of those playlists i would likely be pissed at Apple. This would definitely keep me away from Apple Music.

But thankfully i'm not. And already use Apple Music. ;)
Honestly the last thing Apple should care about is annoying someone who chooses not to use their products. They are focused on enhancing their own offering and the market will sort out the rest.
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I think you mean 'omniscient'.

Rest assured I will from now on ask your permission prior to posting my opinions.
I think he meant omnipresent. After all you popped up in multiple places and he was not at all implying that you are all-knowing.
 

threesixty360

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wow... This is pretty big news to be honest.
The way to win in music now is to control the playlists. Thats how most people know of new music. So major labels have been quietly buying up playlist brands so that they control distribution like they used to do with trucks back in the day.

So to start using the playlist is a way to sell your streaming service is a big deal. Yes, the music is all on both services but curation is really important when there is so much new music produced.

Also, this is going to effect artists who are going to see less plays (therefore less money) as the playlists only cover one streaming service. So will that extra money Apple are paying for exclusivity be shared amongst the artists who's songs will get less play? I doubt it...

I wonder if this sets of a playlist war?
I think also it would only make sense if Ministry offer exclusives that cant be had on Spotify as well. That could be a part of the plan.
 

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And this is why I won’t ever depend on a streaming service. The winds of business change and you no longer have access, unless you subscribe to a new service.

Until that contract expires and another different streaming service picks up some songs/albums/artists that you like.
Unless I misunderstand the article, all Apple has the exclusive rights to is this human curated playlist. The tracks within the playlist are still available on Spotify, and I'm sure somebody will write a bot that looks at the playlist on Apple Music and produces it on Spotify each week, so you could just follow that new copy-bot playlist instead, if you cared.
 

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Unless I misunderstand the article, all Apple has the exclusive rights to is this human curated playlist. The tracks within the playlist are still available on Spotify, and I'm sure somebody will write a bot that looks at the playlist on Apple Music and produces it on Spotify each week, so you could just follow that new copy-bot playlist instead, if you cared.
Agreed. Evidently the music can still appear on other streaming services.

For now.
 

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I guess Apple's own curators weren't good enough, so they had to poach MoS for exclusive playlists? As a Spotify subscriber, it's annoying. But at the same time, it is what it is.

We have the ability to switch music streaming providers anytime we want. Fortunately we aren't tied down by signing long term agreements. I'm paid up with Spotify through April 2019, so I may go back and explore AM to see if they have improved any since I left.
 
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TsMkLg068426

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Yeah just playlist how about MoS albums for streaming either way current MoS sucks nothing like their older stuff which was really about the club scenes. Apple how about making a deal with Godskitchen or other UK Electronic music labels less of that EDM crap.
 

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To sweeten the deal, there's also an exclusive 60-minute DJ mix bundled in, that was never a feature on Spotify.

If you were into it before, you could easily just set up your own playlist. Maybe a Siri shortcut could come in handy in the future for this?
 
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