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Anton Newcombe hassled by Apple | Music News | Crack Magazine

Anton Newcombe hassled by Apple | Music News | Crack Magazine | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Anton Newcombe has taken to Twitter to expose Apple’s bullying tactics. In a series of tweets he has condemned the ‘satanic corporation’ for threatening to take him off iTunes if he didn’t let them use his music for free on their new streaming platform, Apple Music.
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Apple Music's evil kick start plan: a 3 month royalty fee.
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With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple's innovative iTunes music service is still the market leader in music downloads, but after more than a decade of growth, sales of music tracks on iTunes have been declining. Last year saw the largest drop in sales — 14 percent. The drop is attributed to the increasing popularity of streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora and YouTube. These services give fans access to millions of tracks from any Internet-connected device for a monthly fee or in return for listening to commercials.
Pierre Priot's insight:

If the Internet eventually kills iTunes, I won't feel sorry for Apple!

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Taylor Swift Just Went to No. 1 on iTunes Canada With Eight Seconds of Static

Taylor Swift Just Went to No. 1 on iTunes Canada With Eight Seconds of Static | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Taylor Swift Just Went to No. 1 on iTunes Canada With Eight Seconds of Static
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The digital revolution hasn't changed a thing: people will purchase anything as long it's popular.

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U2 releases its new album for free today exclusively on iTunes

U2 releases its new album for free today exclusively on iTunes | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Rumors have been flying for the better part of the week, and now it's confirmed — Tim Cook just name-dropped U2 on stage and the band is jumping on stage now to perform a new song entitled "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" from its brand-new album Songs of Innocence. After performing, Bono joked that the band has made "several albums" in the last few years but hadn't made one that it felt was worth releasing — until today.

 

 

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iTunes music stores users, whether you like it or not, you've just purchased U2 latest album.

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Dr. Dre could soon become an Apple executive

Dr. Dre could soon become an Apple executive | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

According to Billboard, Apple may introduce both Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in their new high-up executive roles at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference event next month. Apple is reportedly pursuing an acquisition of Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, though neither company has gone on record about the deal since it was first publicized last week. The Financial Times originally reported that Apple and Beats could announce the buyout as early as this week, so the companies may choose to wait until the purchase is formally completed before they share more about any influence Dre and Iovine will hold at Apple moving forward. What we know right now is that Dre will be made very rich if the acquisition gets done, though its less clear what his exact duties at Apple will be.

 

 

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Is Jimmy Iovine  about to sit on top of the world?

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Digital Music News - Developing: Apple Threatening to Yank iRadio Holdouts from the iTunes Store...

Digital Music News - Developing: Apple Threatening to Yank iRadio Holdouts from the iTunes Store... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Looks like Apple's onerous licensing demands on iTunes Radio could be going to that crazy place.  According to multiple sources to Digital Music News, Apple is considering penalizing any iTunes Radio holdouts by removing them from the iTunes Store.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Apple to ban iRadio reluctant artists from iTunes music store? Smooth move..

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Why iTunes Radio could be worth a small fortune for Apple

Why iTunes Radio could be worth a small fortune for Apple | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Charles Arthur: Streaming music system ties in users, supports iPhone and iPad sales and is likely to lead to more music buying
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Basically, iTunes Radio is an iTunes/iOS supported biz accelerator for iTunes/iOS. Apple expects snowballing revenues.

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Google Play marks subscription music service for internet giant

Google Play marks subscription music service for internet giant | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Google Inc. upended the Internet with its search engine.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Google Play Music All Access announced Pandora and Spotify features for $10 per month.

The undisclosed figure is: how much of this money will end up in artists' pockets?

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Microsoft wants an iTunes app for Windows 8, but it's not coming 'any time soon'

Microsoft wants an iTunes app for Windows 8, but it's not coming 'any time soon' | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple's popular iTunes app might be available for the desktop mode of Windows 8, but Microsoft wants the company to create a "Metro" version. In an interview with CNN Money, Windows CFO Tami Reller...
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Meanwhile at Microsoft HQ... 

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A more complete picture of the iTunes economy

A more complete picture of the iTunes economy | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
As it did yesterday, on occasion Apple reports the cumulative total downloads and payments to developers. Since this is done in variable time intervals, it makes analysis of the value of the app st...
Pierre Priot's insight:

iStats

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Whitney Houston album price hike sparks controversy

Whitney Houston album price hike sparks controversy | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Sony Music under fire after cost of greatest hits set on iTunes rises by more than 60% after singer's death.
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Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music | WIRED

Everything You Need to Know About Apple Music | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple Music is coming June 30th, for $10 a month. It'll be available on Mac, iOS, Apple TV, Windows PCs an Android devices.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Don't get fooled by Apple's announcement ; this new service is nothing but a revamped version of Beats.

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Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods

Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple deleted music that some iPod owners had downloaded from competing music services from 2007 to 2009 without telling users, attorneys for consumers told jurors in a class-action antitrust suit against Apple Wednesday.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Big Brother is watching you (and your ipod playlist)

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U2's Apple launch: what it means for the band – and the company

U2's Apple launch: what it means for the band – and the company | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The fact that U2 are letting people hear Songs of Innocence for free speaks to their diminishing powers – but the launch also suggests Apple fears for iTunes
Pierre Priot's insight:

is this the record industry latest attempt at selling music as an "album"?

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Can Beats get Apple back in rhythm with the music industry?

Can Beats get Apple back in rhythm with the music industry? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Ahead of any sort of Apple-branded relaunch, it’s difficult to say whether the company ultimately has any plans that might legitimately disrupt the music industry yet again. But for the time being, this deal stands in contrast to past acquisitions given the prominence and price of the acquisition. On the face of it, the deal looks less like Apple reaching out to save an ailing music industry, and more like Apple attempting to saving itself. As public interest has shifted from paying by the song or album to paying by monthly subscription, Apple needs a subscription to offer. 

Pierre Priot's insight:

When it comes to music Apple used to be ahead of its time. Remember the itunes/ipod haist?   

Now with the streaming revolution, Apple has lost its edge and is trying hard to get it back by buying Dre's Beats.

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Do Musicians Really Benefit From Streaming Services? #INFOGRAPHIC

Do Musicians Really Benefit From Streaming Services? #INFOGRAPHIC | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Music streaming sites seem like an obvious way for musicians to gain exposure and earn compensation for their work. However, things aren't always as they seem.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Streaming Services,  But Were Afraid to Ask

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Wes Ottem's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:08 PM

This article shows some numbers detailing how low the compensation has become, 5 dollars for 1000 streams.  It is harder than ever for an artist to make money from music.

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Digital Music News - The Average iTunes User Buys $12 Worth of Music a Year....

Digital Music News - The Average iTunes User Buys $12 Worth of Music a Year.... | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

If this was writing on the wall before, it's now a giant, pornographic mural on the largest billboard in town. According to research just published by Asymco analyst Horace Dediu, the average iTunes user now spends just $12 on music, a year, down from $42 five years ago.

Pierre Priot's insight:

I guess there's room for improvement. I also wonder how much spends the average vinyl user?

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The Problem With Streaming Albums On iTunes

The Problem With Streaming Albums On iTunes | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
You can download them for free. But it's not that easy.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Remember this simple rule before putting anything online:

once it's out on the internet, it is actually out on the internet.

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iTunes users spending at the rate of $40/yr.

iTunes users spending at the rate of $40/yr. | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the latest quarter the iTunes top line grew by 32%. Additional newly reported items: Quarterly revenues topped $4 billion (a new high) and the company suggests that this rate is maintainable by ...
Pierre Priot's insight:

Like it or not, music download purchases rates are going through the roof.

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A decade of iTunes singles killed the music industry

A decade of iTunes singles killed the music industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
For better or worse, iTunes dragged the music industry into the digital era.
Pierre Priot's insight:

I bet you didn't see that coming, CNN blames it on iTunes when everyone still hitting on Napspter

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Julia Quantrill's curator insight, August 22, 2014 12:11 AM

This article from the US Cable News Network will provide financial statistics for my presentation to demonstrate why digital downloading of music is great for consumers but a major threat to the viability of the music industry.

 

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iTunes Is A Bigger Business Now Than Apple Was In 2004

iTunes Is A Bigger Business Now Than Apple Was In 2004 | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The iTunes Store is coming up on its 10-year anniversary in April.

How many businesses pull in $12 billion a year after a decade?

Pierre Priot's insight:

They make $12 billion, and yet we're getting cents. Brillant.

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nathan miller's curator insight, October 13, 2014 1:48 PM

Itunes is the number 1 product by Apple today, with the Iphone not far behind.