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Backstreets.com: Springsteen News

Backstreets.com: Springsteen News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

In this first phase covering South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, the method by which concert recordings can be purchased is via a “special USB wristband” onto which a single show can be downloaded "approximately 48 hours after the show." The price point of the wristband, according to Springsteen's official merchandise store, is $40.

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$40 for a lossy live recording that on a ridiculous usb wristband, Bruce Springsteen, are you serious?

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Mixmag | UK VINYL SALES AT HIGHEST SINCE 1996

Mixmag | UK VINYL SALES AT HIGHEST SINCE 1996 | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
UK music shops have shifted one million records this year and the amount of wax units sold is expected to rise even further over Christmas.

It's the first time this amount of sales has been achieved in a year since 1996 and follows last month's estimation that the figure would be reached.

As a result of the wax resurgence, the Official Chart Company (OCC) is set to launch a weekly vinyl chart, revealing that the vinyl industry is now worth around £20 million, and sales are estimated to hit 1.2 million after the festive period.
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Party like it's 1996

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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The abhorrently low rates songwriters are paid by streaming services—enabled by outdated federal regulations—are yet another indication our work is being devalued in today’s marketplace.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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Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival — MusicTank

Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival — MusicTank | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The unexpected sales success of music formatting last year has been labelled ‘The Vinyl Revival’.

Laura Creed, Superfi has delved into how and why the cult following for vinyl has resurfaced in this booming digital age.  Alongside this, she questions the popularity of digital and what this could mean for the music industry.

Below is an explanatory info graphic into the research findings.  Following the info graphic is further commentary to compliment the graphical representations of the study.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Don't call it a comeback. Vinyl's been here for years.

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Trevor Parks's curator insight, November 6, 12:21 PM

Music Tank in my opinion is a very reliable source, considering the fact that it is a sector based network for the University of Westminster in England. As for the article itself, it contains many charts, graphs, and infographics that relate to the recent popularity and rise in sales of vinyl LPs. 

Clae Wilson's curator insight, November 9, 5:40 PM

The infographic in this article is really cool, as it gives a lot of great visual representations of how music sales have been shifting in past years. It shows that, while vinyl is still only a small sliver of total units sold, it's growing by leaps and bounds and has a very promising future.

Ryan Kowalkowski's curator insight, November 11, 10:42 AM

There is a desire for music fans to own copies of their albums, but the debate over physical copies vs digital downloads if a finer line.

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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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Comparison Of Two Best Kickstarter Clone Script

Comparison Of Two Best Kickstarter Clone Script | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Both the scripts have a responsive front-end design, which will automatically adjust itself to the screen resolutions of various mobiles and browsers. Agriya’s script has simple yet classy designs. Even VfundU is minimalistic in designs.

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Why don't you launch your own crowdfunding service?

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Bob Rempel's curator insight, October 27, 6:47 AM

Who will help those needing funds sort through the crowdfunding maze and ensure results?

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Breaking: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement... - Digital Music News

Breaking: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

If you’re a Grooveshark user, you should probably start backing up your collection.  In a decision released Monday, the United States District Court in Manhattan has found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement based on a preponderance of internal emails, statements from former top executives, direct evidence from internal logs, and willfully deleted files and source code.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

The trickiest part of the case: Grooveshark employees were asked to upload unauthorized material onto the service.

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How to make money from your music on SoundCloud

How to make money from your music on SoundCloud | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Similar to YouTube's Partner Program, On SoundCloud will allow artists to monetize the content they upload to SoundCloud through paid advertisements.
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CDBaby reviews On Soundcloud's tiered services.

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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, 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, 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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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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Mark Mulligan addresses Daniel Ek
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Ask John Schaefer Anything: Which Format Sounds Better -- Vinyl, CD's Or MP3's?

Ask John Schaefer Anything: Which Format Sounds Better -- Vinyl, CD's Or MP3's? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

By most anyone’s standards, John Schaefer knows a lot about music. Yet despite his two radio shows and various other music-related projects, we get the feeling he's withholding some of that knowledge. So now's your chance to ask Soundcheck's famously brainy host anything as long as it has something to do with music.

Pierre Priot's insight:

For you fools still believing in the so-called "digital quality"

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Ryan Kowalkowski's curator insight, November 11, 10:48 AM

Weighs the differences between each. Emphasizes the personal preference of the debate.

Nigel Ticknor's comment, November 12, 1:15 PM
Woah. I never realized the true quality of the vinyl record. I think I will start carrying around a record player instead of an mp3 player from now on.
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Grooveshark CEO [EXCLUSIVE]: The future of Grooveshark and the rise of social streaming

Grooveshark CEO [EXCLUSIVE]: The future of Grooveshark and the rise of social streaming | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We are committed to license every bit of audio ever made. We have agreements with hundreds of independent labels and publishers and are working to settle and put all current litigations behind us so we can focus on serving our community of 30 million strong.

Pierre Priot's insight:

I'm still wondering how Grooveshark can achieve proper licensing while keeping up with a user upload feature (which is great actually).

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Gracenote Buys Baseline For $50 Million - TechBeat

Gracenote Buys Baseline For $50 Million - TechBeat | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

In case you were not aware, Gracenote is the firm behind providing the metadata for your media.  The firm has just expanded their reign by buying rival Baseline for $50M to enhance their movie & TV data service presence. For those who provide the metadata for movies and TV shows (cast list, plot descriptions, etc.) is very big business as you may imagine.  It’s so good in fact, that Gracenote wants to be the leader of the pack

 

 

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There's a (metadata) war going on

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Music Technology Comes Full Circle

Music Technology Comes Full Circle | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
According to industry watchers, the renewed popularity of record players reflects a dissatisfaction with the diminished quality of free music.
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So people turn back to vinyl 'cause they want the real thing? Makes perfect sense to me.

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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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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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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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Pressing plants feel the strain with vinyl records back in the groove

Pressing plants feel the strain with vinyl records back in the groove | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The commercial revival of vinyl records is good thing for many people: Record labels, recording artists, audiophile collectors, independent record shops — all for whom the increase in sales each year is considered a jolt of life in what otherwise is considered a growing public disinterest in owning tangible music.

Pierre Priot's insight:

The vinyl revival is powered by aging vintage presses.

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BitTorrent talks Thom Yorke: 'Major labels have given up on selling music'

BitTorrent talks Thom Yorke: 'Major labels have given up on selling music' | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Matt Mason on Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes: ‘People misunderstand BitTorrent and think it’s something just for piracy’. By Stuart Dredge
Pierre Priot's insight:

"Major labels have given up on selling music", says BitTorrent.

Correct. They rely on selling the shittiest crap.

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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

Pierre Priot's insight:

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

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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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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.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

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

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Marvin Gaye's Children Use A Mash-Up To Convince Judge Robin Thicke Ripped Off Their Dad

Marvin Gaye's Children Use A Mash-Up To Convince Judge Robin Thicke Ripped Off Their Dad | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The heated legal fight between Marvin Gaye’s estate and Robin Thicke has been going on for over a year now due to the alleged similarities between “Got To Give It Up” and last year’s song of the summer “Blurred Lines.” Most recently, the Gaye children have filed summary judgement papers that base their case around media interviews and depositions that Thicke and co-writer and producer Pharrell Williams gave that mention the influence Gaye’s song had on writing “Blurred Lines.” They also submitted an audio mash-up that is meant to demonstrate “concrete musical illustrations of the substantial similarities” between the two songs.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Cause when it comes to copyright infringement, obvious plagiarism always needs a rock solid demonstration.

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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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