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Grooveshark Tries To Go Legit With New Pandora-Like Radio App - hypebot

Grooveshark Tries To Go Legit With New Pandora-Like Radio App - hypebot | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

After years of fighting the system and losing, online music service Grooveshark is taking a new route - playing by the rules - with the launch of a new Pandora-like digital radio app. Previous Grooveshark apps for both iOS and Android have been released only to be later banned from Apple and Google's app stores after complaints from labels and rightsholders. 

This time, Grooveshark will be launching what even they are calling their "first compliant app" in January. For 99 cents a month it will offer ad free "Broadcasts".  Users can text chat with others within the app while listening to custom radio stations created by users instead of algorithms.

Because its a radio-like app, Grooveshark does not need to seek special licences from the record labels to launch. It need only pay SoundExchange and their follow rules.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Grooveshark turning into a radio-like app will sure help'em going legit, but it will ruin everything that made Grooveshark stand out among other services.

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Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora

Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to crush Pandora | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Pandora had been seeking to lower the amount it pays to publishers in royalties to be in line with that paid by terrestrial radio stations —  1.7% of gross annual revenue. Pandora’s argument was that its service is radio-like: Yes, you can personalize what you listen to, but you cannot play songs on demand, at your will, or offline. ASCAP had been seeking to increase rates to as high as 3% of Pandora’s gross revenue, citing the much higher rates paid by other digital services, such as Spotify. The court ended up ruling last month that the rate would stay unchanged at 1.85%.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Great piece about Pandora and composition vs. performances rights.

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Hope Hausman's curator insight, October 30, 2014 9:55 AM

Why would you want to crash Pandora!?! Pandora is a great music app that I adore. My family even uses it for Christmas sometimes. Why would you want to crash such a fantastic app that's extremely popular? 

Josh Granese's curator insight, November 4, 2014 11:52 AM

I honestly don't even believe that 3% is enough money to pay back to the people who make Pandora what it is. Without the artists, Pandora wouldn't make any kind of money at all, it wouldn't exist. People made Pandora the size it is today through word of mouth and networking. But we never see a check. The artists that actually do get their music on Pandora deserve to be compensated WAY more than what they are.

Jamie McConnell's curator insight, March 15, 2015 6:53 PM

This case proves how complicated the greed is in the music industry.  Pandora won't pay the rights deserved by the artist, and the record labels demanding more money from art they didn't create. 

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Digital Music News - The Following Music Organizations Will be Dead or Dying In 5-10 Years...

Digital Music News - The Following Music Organizations Will be Dead or Dying In 5-10 Years... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
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Kill the middle men!

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Hack Your Craft's curator insight, February 20, 2013 2:20 PM

When I was starting in the business deciding which Performance Rights Org to affiliate myself with was a matter of who catered to the independent or who favored one genre over another. ASCAP was about the big players on radio, where as BMI did better with college radio. BMI, according to some insiders, favored country, rock or pop as oppose to urban (race issues within the industry is for an entirely different post or book, rather). Now it seems technology may neutralize this strategy. Technology may allow for licensing and performance royalties to be collected directly from venue to artist, API or possibly a centralized site or app.

 

Just as Spotify has centralized P2P sharing, arguably in favor of the labels, a new start up may centralize performance licensing.  Unlike Spotify, this may be a good thing for the independent if royalties are not compromised in the shift, as they have been with Spotify. I write this with dampened hope because currently the PROs  collect say roughly 30cents for every radio play of a song where as Spotify collects a fraction of a fraction of that for every stream.  

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Mixcloud | US licensing seeking rules

Mixcloud | US licensing seeking rules | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

You cannot scrub or rewind backwards within a Cloudcast, only forward

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Be Kind Don't Rewind. Mixcloud license deals make it illegal to rewind backward.

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How Does iTunes Radio Pay Artists? | Future of Music Coalition

How Does iTunes Radio Pay Artists? | Future of Music Coalition | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

For consumers, iTunes Radio may feel a lot like another version of the popular “predictive” radio service Pandora. Plug in an artist or genre, and an algorithm spits out sonically related tracks. But while the experience for listeners may be similar up to a point, the revenue flow behind the scenes is very different.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Believe it or not, iTunes Radio intends to pay artists., 
Find out how. 

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Taylor Porter's curator insight, October 14, 2014 9:22 PM

This article is saying how iTunes is unlike other streaming websites when it comes to paying the artists and label. Artist are payed a certain amount but unlike pandora when an artist gives pandora their music, it is uploaded to three platforms so the artist get's a chance to make additional money as well. 

Jason Smith's curator insight, August 22, 2015 5:15 PM

Good article on how artists are getting paid by ITunes Radio

Rusolo No Sleep's curator insight, October 11, 2015 3:32 PM

Apple iTunes Radio helps put money into the artist hands by going deep into apple's pockets. There are two copyrights that brings deals directly to the labels. This the future of how Artist will be paid. The Artist still should invest in CD's. That's the original way of making this purchase smoother.