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AOL to shut down Winamp

AOL to shut down Winamp | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Winamp, the once-popular MP3 player, will be shuttered later this year.
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So long winamp. My very first step into "Kill The Record Industry" was installing a winamp beta back in '98.

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Jay Z relaunches Tidal with music's biggest artists as his co-owners

Jay Z relaunches Tidal with music's biggest artists as his co-owners | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
At a press conference in New York City this afternoon, Jay Z and a huge group of musical stars took the stage to officially relaunch TIDAL, the streaming music service he recently acquired as part of a $56 million deal. The rallying cry was a service that would "turn the tide" and restore the value to music by launching a service owned by artists. Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Jack White, Madonna, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, and Beyoncé joined Jay Z in the owners circle. He is reportedly offering millions of dollars and an equity stake to artists who join him.
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Now we've got something new: a streaming service owned by artists (or at least artists who can afford to invest)

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Influential Record Retailer Insound is Reportedly Shutting Down

Influential Record Retailer Insound is Reportedly Shutting Down | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Internet music retailer Insound will reportedly shut down at the end of March.
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Established 1999, took over by WMG in 2008, shut down in 2015 - don't call it a crisis, it's nothing but consolidation

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YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin

YouTube just put the final nail in the Loudness War’s coffin | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

This is HUGE. It may not look like much, but if you’re involved in music production, recording, mixing or mastering, this image could be the most important thing you’ll see all year.

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The loudness war keeps on roaring. This time YouTube pulls out the ultimate mastering engineer nightmare 

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Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under

Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

At Amoeba Music, the hangar-size rock 'n' roll Mecca on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, something ­surprising happened just before Christmas in 2013. After a few years of ­moderate growth, vinyl records started flying off the shelves in serious quantities for the first time since CDs took over in the late 1980s. Powered by Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and ­classic rock reissues, LP sales "exploded" that November, ­according to Amoeba GM Rik Sanchez. "It's just continued since -- it's substantial, a really heavy spike," he says. "Having a record in your hand is just way cooler than having a file in your iPod."

 

 

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Profiling the vinyl enthusiasts

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Music industry to announce Friday as global release day

Music industry to announce Friday as global release day | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Music industry "on the verge" of announcing Friday as global release day
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I urge all indie labels to announce Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday as indie global release days.

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Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why?

Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Pandora is currently suing BMI songwriters over the rate it will pay for the next 4 or 5 years.

Pandora wants to pay 1.75%.  BMI songwriters would like them to pay 2.5%. In 2014 Pandora paid BMI $16.1 million dollars.   So basically Pandora is using the entire apparatus of the federal courts to get a reduction of less than $7 million dollars in 2015.  If it’s a 4 year deal that means Pandora saves $28 million dollars (Pandora growth has virtually stopped).  Court cases like this have typically cost the parties tens of millions of dollars.  This does not include the millions it costs taxpayers.

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Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

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Europe’s largest turntable manufacturer posts record sales; plans huge expansion

Europe’s largest turntable manufacturer posts record sales; plans huge expansion | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Czech turntable manufacturer SEV Litovel, reportedly Europe’s largest producer of hi-fi quality gramophones, has revealed they will be boosting production by 20% to keep up with burgeoning export demand. The company sold a staggering 96,000 gramophones in 2014, almost three times its 2010 output.

 

 

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Now you wish you hadn't ditched that good ol turntable of yours don't  you?

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Latest ARIA Figures Reveal Streaming And Subscription Services Revenue Doubled In 2014 | Brag Magazine

Latest ARIA Figures Reveal Streaming And Subscription Services Revenue Doubled In 2014 | Brag Magazine | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Subscription service income jumped twofold to $23 million. Revenue from streaming services was up 111% from 2013. Digital subscription and free ad-supported models now make up 10% of the total market. The message from music fans continues to be clear: give us an inexpensive alternative, and we won’t download illegally.

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Streaming doubles revenue in Oz but fails to save the overall industry balance

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Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris

Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the first half of 2014, officially registered sales of vinyl in the US stood at around 4m, confirming an increase of more than 40% compared to the same period in 2013. In the UK, this year’s accredited sales will come in at around 1.2m, more than 50% up on last year. That may represent a tiny fraction of the industry’s estimated sales of recorded music, but still, a means of listening to music essentially invented in the 19th century and long since presumed to be dead is growing at speed, and the presses at Optimal – along with similar facilities smattered across the UK, mainland Europe, the US and beyond – are set to grind and pump on, into the future.
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Great story about the Optimal vinyl pressing factory (Röbel, Germany) and in-depth analysis of the wax comeback 

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An alternative Christmas message to the music industry from Lohan Presencer

An alternative Christmas message to the music industry from Lohan Presencer | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

In ten short years, music has gone from being valued and paid for to being commoditised and free. Industry revenues have declined from $30bn to $15bn. Profits have been even harder hit.

We in the business only have ourselves to blame. And long-term the trend looks dire. Add Spotifiers to YouTube’s one billion users to countless millions using other free music services, and what do you get? A generation who’ve never paid for music.

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Lohan Presencer speaks words of wisdom, especially the "generation who’ve never paid for music" part.

Bringing back that generation to pay for music will be the toughest part of the job!

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Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora | WIRED

Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Shazam has been helping people identify the music they're listening to since long before iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify ever even existed. But despite its early lead, and the fact that it's app has amassed 500 million downloads, the company still owns a comparatively small piece of the digital music industry pie. Now, it's angling for a bigger one.
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Shazam is doing the best move by turning its new app into a complete music discovery entry point ; which basically is every streaming service fantasy.

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Documentary: How Napster Effected The Record Industry

Documentary: How Napster Effected The Record Industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Napster just speaks for it. At the dawn of Napster, the music industry took a hit it thought it would never see. Even though they were able to shut it down, people still found ways to download free music and continue to do so now. Here is a short documentary about how Napster has effected the music industry since it’s start

 

 

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Napster was just the kickstart, then Apple brought in mass destruction weapons.

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Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here's What We Know | WIRED

Pirate Bay Has Been Raided and Taken Down: Here's What We Know | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The popular file-sharing service Pirate Bay was taken down today following a raid in Sweden by police who seized servers and computers.

The Pirate Bay portal went down Tuesday morning after Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm over alleged copyright violations. In addition to its file-sharing section, Pirate Bay’s forum Suprbay.org was also down.

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Raiding the Pirate Bay server room is a spectacular move from the Swedish police, but this will not stop the Pirate Bay torrent file sharing nor come close to stop piracy in any way.

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FOR THE RECORD

FOR THE RECORD | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

How your music data is tracked and how Gracenote plans to make music sharing more possible

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Good point Gracenote, we need reliable metadata to keep songs & playlists service independent & bring cross-service sharing.

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Exclusive: Record Store Day responds to accusations of “betraying” small labels

Exclusive: Record Store Day responds to accusations of “betraying” small labels | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

As we reported last week, two UK indie labels Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral have denounced Record Store Day for harming small indie labels, branding the day a “marketing stepping stone” for major labels.

Deploring Record Store Day for betraying its original intent, the labels lodged a complaint against the rules and regulations of RSD – like minimum pressing quantities and no direct sales to customers – which they argued work against the small indies. And they blamed the event for clogging up pressing plants with gimmicky, mediocre records.

The statement from the two labels revealed plans to release a split single and, rather than limiting it to the one day, one copy would be released every day for 365 days since “every day should be Record Store Day”.

 

 

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Every day should be Record Store Day

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Great, Now “Blurred Lines” Has Ruined the Entire Music Industry

Great, Now “Blurred Lines” Has Ruined the Entire Music Industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
No matter how much you may hate "Blurred Lines" and Robin Thicke, you don't want to come down on the side of the jury's verdict in the Marvin Gaye lawsuit.
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Blame it on lawyers. Such law suits wouldn't occur if music hadn't turned into a business. If it wasn't for royalties who would care about anyone crossing the "influence" line and getting into plagiarism?

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Google Ventures leads $60m funding round for music firm Kobalt

Google Ventures leads $60m funding round for music firm Kobalt | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Backing for publishing and rights company as it tries to bridge gap between music industry and Silicon Valley – and get songwriters paid
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Kobalt clearly plans to storm the publishing business the Google way: offer artists and labels the best rates ever until the competition is dead.

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YouTube: 1 Billion Viewers, No Profit

YouTube: 1 Billion Viewers, No Profit | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
YouTube accounted for about 6% of Google’s overall sales last year, but the video website doesn’t produce a profit—despite a billion monthly users. New efforts to build ad revenue include tapping into Google’s search data, subscriptions for non-music content and other changes.
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Google's not making the money it would expect from Youtube?

Blame it on copyright holders and bloody artists! 

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Declaration of a New Alternative - MTT - Music Think Tank

Declaration of a New Alternative - MTT - Music Think Tank | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"No Pop (noun) - short for Not Popular. Meaning anti-commercial, non-chart-friendly, also inferring there is no expiration date on music nor is it limited by geographic or regional boundaries”

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This call for "No Pop" and a new alternative is stating a fact: we're facing two music worlds, one rule by market & profit, one ruled by emotions & artistry. Pick your side.

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Neil Young calls vinyl revival “a fashion statement” – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.

Neil Young calls vinyl revival “a fashion statement” – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Neil Young has dismissed the boom in sales of vinyl records as “nothing but a fashion statement”.

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Grand-pa Neil has a good point: what's the point of pressing vinyl out of digital masters?

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Apple buys the UK startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric

Apple buys the UK startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple has acquired British startup Semetric, which runs the Musicmetric analytics tool, as part of its plans to relaunch its Beats Music streaming music service later in the year.
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Analytics... are the opiate of the record industry

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

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Is the Internet Really a Record Store’s Enemy? 5 Shops on Existing in the Digital Age - Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade

Is the Internet Really a Record Store’s Enemy? 5 Shops on Existing in the Digital Age - Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The music industry has not been the same since Napster. Or iTunes. Or YouTube. Or Spotify. It seems that every couple years the distribution model for music is taken for another digital turn. Recently, the rise of streaming has allowed services like Spotify and SoundCloud to instantaneously collect vast swaths of information on listeners. Just a few weeks ago, The Atlantic published an article looking at how the music biz utilizes these listener stats to grow their businesses. Some feared that it would lead to widespread homogenization of popular music. Fortunately, artists still seem to rely more on tried-and-true creative inspiration when writing music than on aggregated stats for geo-targeted listeners.
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Five great records owners: five gospels about this noble business 

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Industrial band Skinny Puppy demand payment after music is used in Guantánamo torture

Industrial band Skinny Puppy demand payment after music is used in Guantánamo torture | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

A Canadian electro-industrial band is asking for thousands of dollars in royalties after learning that the US military used their music to torture prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Skinny Puppy claim they filed a $666,000 (£368,000) bill with America'd defence department.

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Only a fool like Lars Ulrich would approve such use of music. 

Please take time to make a stop at: 

http://www.amnesty.org/en/stoptorture

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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.

 

 

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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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