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What happens when a record store owner takes on Spotify’s Discover Weekly?

What happens when a record store owner takes on Spotify’s Discover Weekly? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the second of a five-part series pitting music experts and tastemakers against Spotify's algorithm-generated Discover Weekly playlist, Spencer Hickman meets designer and music photographer Rachel Lipsitz and creates a tailor-made Spotify playlist for her. The question is, can Spencer's picks compare with Rachel's Discover Weekly playlist?
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Playlist war: Man vs Algorythm
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Beazy Da StarSkater's curator insight, August 16, 10:27 PM

The thought of accessible music and frequent updating can cause a lot of eyebrows to go up. Hard copy records are the sole of the audio industry. With more artist going independent, record stores are having trouble consolidating actual revenue.

Kirsten Gruenberg's curator insight, August 21, 7:01 AM

David Lowery used to be in a group, now he is standing up for musicians.  He now is known for his role with activism for musicians rights, and has taken on the streaming industry.  David Lowery has filed a class action copyright infringement lawsuit against Spottify for failing to secure the rights from artists or their publishers and that makes Spotify potentially responsible for approximately $150 million in royalties. David Lowery wants to make the business of downloads fair to the artist and or publishers.

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Spotify’s Latest Algorithmic Playlist Is Full of Your Favorite New Music

Spotify’s Latest Algorithmic Playlist Is Full of Your Favorite New Music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
I’ve been testing the new playlist for two weeks, and Release Radar has been terrific so far. It’s showed me new albums from little-known favorites I never would have noticed otherwise. I’ve even discovered a couple of new debuts before all my friends did. (Which is, of course, the goal of music: to know the cool stuff first.) It’s not quite as horizon-expanding as Discover Weekly, and it’s probably not going to create the near-religious devotion that playlist has engendered. But it’s a great way to start the day on Friday. And it’s further proof that Spotify just gets me.
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Wired praises Spotify's latest Release Radar feature
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Here's why Spotify thinks 'free' music is actually worth billions - Music Business Worldwide

Here's why Spotify thinks 'free' music is actually worth billions - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The New Audio report makes strong pitch for $8bn audio ad market in EU
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"The New Audio Report" discloses Spotify's evil plan for global ad-powered radio domination aka "Attention Grabbing" as the report puts it.

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Exactly what you need to know to choose Apple Music or Spotify in one infographic

Exactly what you need to know to choose Apple Music or Spotify in one infographic | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Now that Apple Music is on every iPhone, it's time to see how the on-demand streaming service stacks up against its main competitor, Spotify.
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A Spotify vs. Apple Music comprehensive feature list

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Flipside Media 's curator insight, August 10, 2015 11:06 PM

A Spotify vs. Apple Music comprehensive feature list

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How Spotify can become profitable - Music Business Worldwide

How Spotify can become profitable - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Spotify’s €1.08bn revenue haul in 2014 will have given Daniel Ek plenty to cheer.
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I have no doubt Spotify will eventually turn out to be profitable - I'd be more interested in data proving it will get profitable for musicians

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Jay Z defends TIDAL: "We are here for the long haul ... Please give us a chance to grow & get better"

Jay Z defends TIDAL: "We are here for the long haul ... Please give us a chance to grow & get better" | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
This afternoon, another TIDAL owner, Jay Z, responded to critics in a series of tweets. He defended TIDAL’s early success (“We have over 770,000 subs. We have been in business less than one month … The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful…”), and also addressed payout rates for artists (“Tidal pays 75% royalty rate to ALL artists, writers and producers – not just the founding members on stage.”)

“We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better,” Jay Z wrote, adding, “We are human (even Daft Punk ha). We aren’t perfect – but we are determined.”
Pierre Priot's insight:

770,000 subscriptions after one month is far from being a failure ; that's Spotify sub figure by the end of 2010 (and this was only achieved thanks to their free plan).

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Maya Jackson's curator insight, December 1, 2015 12:03 AM

Legendary rapper and part owner of Tidal, Jay-Z, took it to Twitter to respond to the criticism and negativity against Tidal. I would most definitely agree with him on the fact that major companies take years to successfully thrive and the same rule will apply to Tidal.

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Triple J Unearthed Winner Wants You To Think Twice About Stealing Music

Triple J Unearthed Winner Wants You To Think Twice About Stealing Music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The raging verbal battle over royalties generated by music streaming services has recently been thrust into the headlines with the ongoing dispute between Spotify, one of the world’s premier streaming services, and Taylor Swift, one of the highest-selling artists of the modern era. 

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If you won't take Taylor Swift word for it, hear it from Abbie Cardwell

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Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED

Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The abhorrently low rates songwriters are paid by streaming services—enabled by outdated federal regulations—are yet another indication our work is being devalued in today’s marketplace.
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As Aloe Blacc brilliantly puts it: "if songwriters cannot afford to make music, who will? "

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Dallas Mason's curator insight, June 18, 12:37 PM

This is basically describing the different sites where music is found and takes money away from the songwriters and composers. Stating how low the composers and songwriters are paid from these websites and other places.

Nathan Dickinson's curator insight, August 21, 12:22 PM
Aloe Blacc is on of many songwriters that believes they should be paid more from streaming services.
Blacc believes that writing a song deserves more payment from streaming services. The more people buy a song the more royalties he gets but streams is a much less generous industry.
The streaming services don't make money for the individual songs, they make money from their users subscribing to the service. There's not a direct divided for the artist or songwriter s to be paid because that's not how the service works.
In my opinion, if your a songwriter then write your own songs. They shouldn't be allowed to write songs or other musicians. Then the truly talented writers get the money they deserve. There is such an abundance of writers because groups of people get together to write songs thinking they're going to make all this money when even if the song you worked on has 200,000 streams they have to pay the other 50 people that worked on the song. Its not a profitable business for songwriters to work in that way.
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Radiohead Demands Government Intervention to Open Spotify Contracts... - Digital Music News

Radiohead Demands Government Intervention to Open Spotify Contracts... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Which also means that it’s nearly impossible for major label bands like Radiohead to know what they should be getting paid, or IF they should be getting paid.
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A non disclosure agreement means making sure that artists won't know shit about what they will be paid. #hailtothethief

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Can musicians survive on streaming income?

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says the majority of royalties to artists in Sweden come from people streaming the music online. He thinks the same will happen around the world.
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Daniel Ek claims it's only a matter of time before musicians can make a living out of their Spotify fees

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Sean Riggins's curator insight, September 13, 2014 10:26 AM

 This story comes from the credible cnn.com in an interview wight he CEO of Spotify. It talks about the rise in streaming services and how it accounts for a majority of swedish artists income (about 70%). The CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek, also talks about how he feels that this will be the primary way, worldwide, that artists will collect revenue. This is major to our industry because it is where the industry is moving in terms of music sales.

Evan Bernstein's curator insight, October 9, 2014 5:58 PM

The video is an interview of Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek, regarding royalties and the future of how artists will make a profit within the music industry. The video is from the technology section of the website for CNN Money, and the interview is conducted by Jordan Malter, a reporter, producer, and editor for CNN Money. In the video, Daniel Ek talks about the ideal conditions for artists to make a living through Spotify royalties. He thinks that Spotify benefits the industry as a whole, accommodating for the spreading consumer base. He believes that streaming will become the primary source of income for artists in the future.

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Spotify for Brands creates two new ad products: video takeover and sponsored session

Spotify for Brands creates two new ad products: video takeover and sponsored session | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Spotify for Brands has rolled out two new video advertising products - video takeover on desktop and sponsored sessions on mobile – with Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Ford among the launch partners.

 

 

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New Spotify Ad-driven business model: it's getting ugly.

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Spotify - Charts

Spotify - Charts | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Spotify's most streamed and most viral charts by country
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Spotify introduces Charts email notifications. 

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Spotify International Pricing Index

Spotify International Pricing Index | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The Big Mac Index for Spotify Premium pricing internationally
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The worldwide map of Spotify pricing

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This cranky rocker is taking on Spotify and the entire music streaming industry

This cranky rocker is taking on Spotify and the entire music streaming industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Lowery initiated a potential class-action copyright-infringement lawsuit against the company. The headline-grabbing federal suit, filed on his behalf by the law firm Michelman & Robinson, involves the rights to compositions, as opposed to recordings, and asserts that Spotify failed to secure the “mechanical rights” from songwriters or their music publishers that it needs to reproduce works by Lowery and an unspecified number of others. Spotify could potentially be liable for up to $150 million in royalties.

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Camper Van Beethoven's David Lowery is going after Spotify
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:42 PM

Spotify is lined up for a copyright-infringement lawsuit liable for up to $150 million in royalties. Seems like as long as peopple make great music or compose, and as long as music is around (which will be forever) there will always be room for lawsuits.

Kaysha Banks's curator insight, August 21, 7:59 PM

This is compelling and I believe the artist may have a valid point. They might actually win. Bloomberg is definitely a viable source so I believe this article is legit. 

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Spotify Is Ready to Move Music Way Past the Jukebox Model

Spotify Is Ready to Move Music Way Past the Jukebox Model | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The streaming music giant's latest acquisitions are a recognition that having 30 million tracks in your library isn't enough.
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Now Spotify is building a complete ecosystem upon its streaming service

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Spotify and Apple Music should let you tip musicians

Spotify and Apple Music should let you tip musicians | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Apple Music and other streaming music services should take a cue from mobile payment systems like Square and let users offer tips.

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We sure need new revenue streams for artists ; but should we rely on Spotify & Apple for providing them?

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Shaun Smith's curator insight, October 11, 2015 8:02 PM

This brings a good point out that we as fans are not able to truly show our thanks through direct funding to an artist. Although, I can imagine most people aren't aware how these artists aren't making what they think. With the media attention and the image of these artists you'd think they've hit jackpot right from day 1. Most of their money is made from touring once they've hit it big and have a catalog of tunes for you to demand. Putting money straight into their pockets should've been like buying their CD but then again some "talent" of today is simply a Wizard of Oz facade of writers and producers rather than truly talented artists and musicians.

Aaron Williams's curator insight, November 6, 2015 12:29 PM

Like an earlier article showed us, the artist on these music streaming services aren't being paid a large amount. So this article brings up the idea of being able to tip these artists, we are listening to their songs for free so why shouldn't we be able to show our support and pay them through these services?

Brian Garcia's curator insight, November 11, 2015 10:56 PM

Artists should get more money for their piece of work instead of bring underpaid

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This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify

This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels, and streaming services jockey over the best way to build the future of their business. Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify; Tidal launched a new platform owned by artists, not record companies; and Apple is preparing to muscle in on the market with its own offering. The one thing missing from much of this discussion has been the details on how deals get done between these groups, but that is no longer the case.
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So you thought Spotify would treat majors and indie labels just the same? You couldn't be any wronger.

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Spotify Data Proves You’re Not As Cool As You Used To Be

Spotify Data Proves You’re Not As Cool As You Used To Be | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
If you’re over the age of thirty, you’re a musical dinosaur. You probably don’t understand the garbage those “damn kids” are listening to and you don’t want to. You’re not cool. When did this happen? Spotify may have just figured it out.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Data proves that It's better to burn out than to fade away

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Andrée Laforge's curator insight, April 28, 2015 6:08 AM

C'est cool ce que l'on peut faire avec du data...

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The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop

The numbers don’t lie: Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

To make matters worse for Tidal, its main rivals are now surging. On April 20th, Pandora and Spotify occupied positions No. 3 and No. 4 on the U.S. iPhone revenue chart, respectively. This was the first time two music streaming services have hit the top 4 in sales simultaneously. In order to achieve the feat, Pandora and Spotify had to push Candy Crush Saga out of U.S. iPhone top 4 revenue chart, which is a remarkable achievement.

 

 

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Sadly, it seems Tidal only made Spotify &Pandora stronger

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If Streaming Is the Future, You Can Kiss Jazz and Other Genres Goodbye

If Streaming Is the Future, You Can Kiss Jazz and Other Genres Goodbye | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Indie artists may only constitute 38 percent of market share, but they represent well over 90 percent of working musicians, and a great majority of works released.
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Basic math from Marc Ribot: no, Spotify doesn't provide a sustainable future.

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Taylor Swift Pulls Her Music From Spotify

Taylor Swift Pulls Her Music From Spotify | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

What do Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, and Patrick Carney have in common? (Aside from being three of the richest, most famous, most influential musicians in the world, that is?) All of them are keeping their music off Spotify. As Spotify announced in a blog post today, Swift is the latest superstar to pull her catalog from the streaming service. The company noted that nearly 16 million of its 40 million users have streamed one of Swift’s songs in the past 30 days and that she’s part of 19 million Spotify playlists, then tried to win her back:

Pierre Priot's insight:

Are Taylor Swift & Big Machine (label) better that Spotify? I doubt that. This take down looks more like a strategic move than an ethics issue

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Spotify is now profitable in the UK, but what does that mean?

Spotify is now profitable in the UK, but what does that mean? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Amid the regular arguments about whether streaming music pays off for artists, another important question sometimes gets forgotten: does streaming music even pay off for the companies that provide it?

 

 

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Profitable? Is it for musicians? I doubt that.

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The Problem With Audiences (A Letter To Daniel Ek)

The Problem With Audiences (A Letter To Daniel Ek) | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
So thank you once again Daniel for helping highlight the importance of audiences and hopefully I’ve gone some way to explaining why MIDiA decided to measure YouTube in the way we did. Though I have to say I am intrigued as to why you showed so much interest in the ad supported audience over all others? I do hope this doesn’t hint at a stronger focus on ad supported to come for Spotify. You have done a fantastic job at kick starting the subscription market and I know it is hard work, but if anyone can make premium subscriptions work at scale it is you. Though I totally get that you also need to highlight how much oxygen YouTube is sucking out of the marketplace – something I think you and I are in violent agreement on.
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Las escuchas de canciones de Ramones aumentan un 300% en Spotify | Industria Musical

Las escuchas de canciones de Ramones aumentan un 300% en Spotify | Industria Musical | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Desde el anuncio de la muerte de Tommy Ramone el número de escuchas del grupo en Spotify ha crecido un 300%.

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Hey ho, let's stream!

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Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users | TechCrunch

Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Just over a week ago, Shazam updated the free version of its mobile apps for iOS and Android so that users in the UK (and Germany, Mexico and Brazil, as it happens) could now open and play tracks that have been identified and ‘tagged’ by the app, in music streaming service Deezer.

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If you were still wondering why all services are looking after Shazam...

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