Digital Downloads and Streaming in the Music Industry
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Digital Downloads and Streaming in the Music Industry
As the music industry evolves with emerging technology, the presence of music downloads illegally, or legally, and the streaming of music online is changing the way consumers get their hands on the industry's products. Is this change good or bad?
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BBC - Newsbeat - Newsbeat meets the team tackling music piracy online

BBC - Newsbeat - Newsbeat meets the team tackling music piracy online | Digital Downloads and Streaming in the Music Industry | Scoop.it
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This BPI Team brings up a very valid point in the music industry. Like the article states, they are not attacking people who are downloading tracks at home. What many consumers do not realize when downloading things illegally is that while they get the music they want, not only are they denying profit to those artists and record labels by not purchasing it properly, depending on where they got the files, someone could still be making a profit from the work, just not the right people. 

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Can NoiseTrade's Free Downloads Still Save Music?: Why Derek Webb thinks his 6-year-old music site still beats the streaming services.

Can NoiseTrade's Free Downloads Still Save Music?: Why Derek Webb thinks his 6-year-old music site still beats the streaming services. | Digital Downloads and Streaming in the Music Industry | Scoop.it
Why Derek Webb thinks his 6-year-old music site still beats the streaming services.
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This is a very interesting approach and a rarely seen side of digital downloading, and while the albums Webb gave away were free, they required some effort. It could be seen as slightly concerning that the dowload required some vague personal information for distribution purposes, however, this was clearly a success in Webb's over all career, and it sheds new light on the pros of digital downloads, as long as they are not illegal. It turns out they can be beneficial when done properly. One must now wonder in today's  industry if another ploy like this would work, or if the illegal downloads and free streaming of such albums would make this type of project any less of a success.

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Idea users can free download songs from Dhingana

Idea users can free download songs from Dhingana | Digital Downloads and Streaming in the Music Industry | Scoop.it
Its a good news for music lovers. The Indian telecom operator, Idea has recently partnered with popular music streaming website Dhingana to offer its...
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This may seem like a positive step forward for music lovers, however, once we understand that the users of this app will only be able access their free music downloads, we see the downside. Also, because these users are getting to download music for free, we must wonder what this means for the sales and distribution of music through more conventional avenues. Could this damage the purchases made by consumers to the music industry?

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Illegal Downloading & Streaming Aren’t To Blame For Poor Music Sales, Actually Helping Industry

Illegal Downloading & Streaming Aren’t To Blame For Poor Music Sales, Actually Helping Industry | Digital Downloads and Streaming in the Music Industry | Scoop.it
It’s widely acknowledged that the sales of recorded music have experienced a major drop in the last 10 years, with
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This article outlines the pros of illegal music downloading and free streaming services. While it is acknowledged that traditional physical record sales may suffer, the upside to all of the music sharing, illegal or not, can boost revenue in other areas. It is a very hard question to answer, and we can only wait to see what in store for big record companies down the road if this information holds true.

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Yaqaja Brown's curator insight, December 4, 2015 6:34 PM

This article outlines the pros of illegal music downloading and free streaming services. While it is acknowledged that traditional physical record sales may suffer, the upside to all of the music sharing, illegal or not, can boost revenue in other areas. With that being said, music streaming is not all bad, if you streaming networks, label, and artist can find a leeway to the problems every one should be satisified and making money together.

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YouTube is rumored to be working on a music streaming service to rival Spotify

YouTube is rumored to be working on a music streaming service to rival Spotify | Digital Downloads and Streaming in the Music Industry | Scoop.it
YouTube might be all about videos, but it's that audio component that it's working on monetizing now.
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If streaming music is for you, and you don't mind not owning your tracks and albums as long as you have access to them, this YouTube revolution may be a great thing. The fact that YouTube understands the market enough to take this step, add features, and rival the largest online music streaming service means that for those who chose to stream may now have many more competitive options than before. Plus, this service may help curb the illegal download of music from YouTube and online sites as well, even still making it more versatile and accessible, which is very impressive.

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