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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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Why The Streaming Business Model Is Broken - MTT - Music Think Tank

Why The Streaming Business Model Is Broken - MTT - Music Think Tank | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The more people play stream, the smaller the piece of the pie to be shared with each copyright holder. The availability of unlimited streaming for subscription users makes it impossible to keep revenue in sync with spins.
The per-stream-revenue ratio keeps plunging down as more and more users make the jump and quit physical and even downloads to switch to streaming services. Even if a large fringe a them may subscribe to a plan, may it be Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer or Tidal, the revenue won’t match the huge tidal wave of stream spins - over 200 billions as the industry expects for 2016.
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Streaming Broken Math - The more people play stream, the smaller the piece of the pie to be shared with each copyright holder.
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Pandora’s $5-a-month option could be a game-changer

Pandora’s $5-a-month option could be a game-changer | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The internet radio player is seeking to challenge streaming rivals with a revamped $5-a-month service that will give users added functionality, such as the ability to skip songs and play music offline, sources said.

“The $5 offer will be killer for them,” said one industry insider. “Pandora has 76 million users that listen for free. It will have an easier time to get them to pay $5, so you might see some people switch back to Pandora.”
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Spotify, Apple, watch out! Pandora is coming after you with a $5 offer!
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Don't believe the hype about human music curators

Don't believe the hype about human music curators | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
All signs point to more stuff like this in our future. Apple's big new feature this year is a Discover Weekly knockoff called Discovery Mix. Pretty much everyone is talking about getting deeper into personalized recommendations, which inevitably means recommendations that depend more on AI. Even Pandora has steadily shifted away from human-powered labeling in favor of big data analysis.
Pierre Priot's insight:
I could hardly disagree more with this fellow.
Playlists should not be evaluated based on efficiency and audience acquisition, but on sense, meaning, feelings... human factor.
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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?
Pierre Priot's insight:
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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De La Soul Talk Frustration Over Catalog’s Digital Unavailability

De La Soul Talk Frustration Over Catalog’s Digital Unavailability | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"Do you remember that most glorious Valentine’s Day in 2014 when De La Soul uploaded zip files of their first six albums? I certainly do. It was by far the best Valentine’s Day I ever had (I mostly celebrate Singles Awareness Day) eating chocolates and bumping the eclectic, off-kilter rhythms of De La all evening. Even their best album — the platinum-certified 3 Feet High And Rising — was among the bunch. The links to the zip files were only available for a day, but they caught the attention of Warner Music, which absorbed early hip-hop pioneer label Tommy Boy Records in 2002 and the masters to 3 Feet along with it. Warner obviously wasn’t too happy."

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Ever wondered why De La Soul's catalog ain't available for streaming nor download?
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Would You Let Donald Trump Use Your Song?- IAMA Music News

Would You Let Donald Trump Use Your Song?- IAMA Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
if you were given the chance, would you let Billionaire Donald Trump use your song? If so, which song would you let Trump use? Please leave your comments below.
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Songwriters, IAMA is challenging your ethics!
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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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The Real Value Of The Independent Sector

The Real Value Of The Independent Sector | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Over the course of the last year MIDiA has been working with WIN (the global indie label trade body) on a major study to define the independent sector’s contribution to the global recorded music business. The default accepted wisdom is that the indies account for something like 20% of the global revenue total. However, this study revealed, that figure strongly underestimates the actual share…it is in fact 37.6%.

Pierre Priot's insight:
Know your Indie labels ; facts and figures
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djresse@gmail.com's curator insight, September 16, 11:58 PM

This is Why MIXTAPES are popular in my opinion, Alot of artist want to be their own entity less hassle with record label slavery.

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Major Label CEO Confirms That 'Playlist Payola' Is Real

Major Label CEO Confirms That 'Playlist Payola' Is Real | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
What is 'playlist payola,' and how is it affecting your career? New comments from one of the most powerful major label CEOs offers more clues.
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Baby, What a Big Surprise
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Christopher Coleman's curator insight, May 23, 3:13 PM

This is why Spotify et al should leave it to independents to curate playlists ... like us.

Larry Wilcox's curator insight, August 21, 6:43 PM

Oh, WOW! This is very interesting, I never know of a such thing as "Playlist Payola". Although it's very convincing. It seems as if it is ran by a Mob or something. This seem to be a way to control artist and get them to sign on to a record and if they choose not to than there career would not go anywhere. The fact that it is stated that a host/DJ was injured because he choose one to share the information is what has me leaning toward Mob or Gang. If a artist was welling to sign with the company for exposure that would be a great was is to sign with a company that controls the air. Although if you are trying to finding your way on your won this could be a bad idea. Understanding what you want to accomplish will be the foundation/Blue Print of your succes.

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Radiohead Streams "A Moon Shaped Pool" On Apple Music And Tidal, But Shuns Spotify

Radiohead Streams "A Moon Shaped Pool" On Apple Music And Tidal, But Shuns Spotify | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We thought that digital detente had been reached when the first two singles for Radiohead's new album "A Moon Shaped Pool" appeared on Spotify. But apparently, Thom Yorke is just a tease. Over the weekend, Radiohead self-released it's new album, "A Moon Shaped Pool."

Pierre Priot's insight:
Radiohead releases new album through numerous formats from case bound album (£60) to digital and selected streaming services.
If you were expecting to stream it on Deezer or Spotify, you might as well make the jump to another Yorke approved service.
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Steve Miller: This Whole Industry Is F--kin' Gangsters and Crooks

Steve Miller: This Whole Industry Is F--kin' Gangsters and Crooks | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Steve Miller's gripes against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for which the rocker was inducted Friday night — extended past the podium into the backstage area later that night. "The whole process is unpleasant," Miller told reporters. "The whole process needs to be changed from the top to the bottom." Talking to Rolling Stone, Miller widened his targets, throwing barbs not just at the Rock Hall — though there were many choice words about that — but at his record label rep ("I wanted to pull him by his necktie and kick him in the nuts") and the industry in general.
Pierre Priot's insight:
I don't see anything wrong about Steve Miller's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame speech.
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하석훈's curator insight, April 17, 3:55 AM

Being in a money-making industry doesn't mean you are making money. In this interview, Steve Miller shows the negative view in the recording industry. After reading this, now I think being careful about the 'theives' in the industry is as inportant as to work hard. 

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Music streaming has a nearly undetectable fraud problem

Music streaming has a nearly undetectable fraud problem | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Click fraud—the use of automated digital bots to “click” on payment-generating links and steal money by pretending to be consumers—has long been a problem in the online advertising industry. Websites stand to lose as much as $7.2 billion from fraudulent traffic in 2016, according to a study this January from the Association of National Advertisers.

This is now also a growing problem for the music industry, amid a rapid transition to online streaming services as the primary mode of distributing music and source of royalty payments. In the US alone, the streaming industry is projected to reach roughly $2 billion by 2019. The ascent of services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and Tidal—along with their per-stream payment models—has created an alluring target for fraudsters who need only a few auto-generated dance tunes and a modicum of coding expertise to fashion bots that basically snatch money out of thin air.
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That's basically the contemporary version of Brian Epstein buying thousands of copies of 'Love Me Do'
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Has Kanye West killed off the album as we know it?

Has Kanye West killed off the album as we know it? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
He’s released The Life of Pablo digitally, but continues to tinker with it – much like a computer game upgrade
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One may wonder what's the point of keeping up releasing albums

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YouTube could be forced to pay more money for music

YouTube could be forced to pay more money for music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Artists and record companies could be allowed to demand more money from websites such as YouTube, under new plans to reform European copyright laws published on Wednesday. The draft could force YouTube and others online video-on-demand sites to actively screen content to check for pirated videos. Other proposals would oblige them to be transparent to performers about how much profit is made from their works to help them negotiate better licensing deals.
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Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, weights into the Google vs Record Industry fight "I want journalists, publishers and authors to be paid fairly for their work, whether it is made in studios or living rooms, whether it is disseminated offline or online, whether it is published via a copying machine or hyperlinked on the web."
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Jamar Curry's curator insight, September 15, 8:04 PM

I think this great that artists are actually being paid for all their hard work. As Cory Gonzalez said "I put no blame on any of these musical search engines ... a system should most definitely be put in place for all streaming sites to provide the deserving pay to those who post the content" I could not have said it any better.

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Why Dropping Music on Friday Is Pivotal (Hint: It’s Not Sales)

Why Dropping Music on Friday Is Pivotal (Hint: It’s Not Sales) | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
For those signed to smaller labels, New Music Friday might actually be a disservice. Tuesday releases, says Matador Records founder Chris Lombardi, allowed a few days for music sites to cover the smaller artists’ offerings before the weekend rush. Now, he says, “it clogs media. You’re gonna be competing with stuff with a massive campaign behind it: lots of advertising, lots of editorial real estate on blogs and newspapers and magazines.”
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Music Friday doesn't seem to work out as expected for everyone
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Lil Poopy, 13, lands a four-year Sony-Epic record deal

Lil Poopy, 13, lands a four-year Sony-Epic record deal | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
He may just be 13-year-old but Lil Poopy - the pint-sized rapper famous for singing about hoes and cocaine aged just nine, has landed his first record deal.

Lil Poopy, whose real name Luis Rivera Jr., has signed a four-year deal with Sony-Epic label which boasts big name artists such as Outkast, Timbaland, P. Diddy and Jennifer Lopez.

The young rap sensation gained notoriety aged nine when he appeared in a music video where he called himself a 'cocaine cowboy' as he rapped about money, hoes and kissed fistfuls of cash.
Pierre Priot's insight:
If we needed more evidence this industry has failed us all
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:35 PM

Its okay to be signed at 13, but to be signed for rapping about drugs is not acceptable. We living in times where this is okay to do. Just to show the younger generation is also lost. Sony signing little boys who have yet to hit puberty rapping about money, cars, clothes and hoes. A disappointment in today's world and music. Music now a days is not the same it was 10 years ago, even 5 years ago.

Krissy Calhoun's curator insight, August 19, 2:09 PM
What message is being seen by our children?
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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.

Pierre Priot's insight:
Camper Van Beethoven's David Lowery is going after Spotify
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Jeremiah Robinson's curator insight, September 17, 6:32 PM

The article discusses a disgruntled artist who has filed a lawsuit against Spotify and other music streaming companies. The reason for the lawsuit is the artist isn't being paid royalties for his music on the service. The article shows a con of music streaming. The article is retrieved from Bloomberg, a reputable source.

Romeo Bush's curator insight, September 17, 8:34 PM

Music Streaming is taking the place of record sales. In today's music industry, their are more consumers streaming music rather than purchasing records. Which shifts the sales of music towards music streaming. A lot of artist are having to renegotiate contracts so that they will receive a larger percentage of their music streaming income and royalties. The artist are filing law suits against the companies.

Javier Vazquez's curator insight, September 18, 10:11 AM

Music streaming is on the rise and I find it convenient to have access to millions of songs for $10 a month. It does come with it's own set of problems though. One of which being the compensation for artists and songwriters being incredibly low. Lowery makes a point that he made only $16 when his song was played over 1 million times on Pandora.  

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BitTorrent - Discovery Fund

BitTorrent - Discovery Fund | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
You create it. You own it. We back it.

We back creators. We don’t buy content. Because fuck content. Because music and film is more than that. Because outside voices need to be heard. The BitTorrent Discovery Fund is an open initiative dedicated to supporting a diverse group of creators seeking global distribution for uncompromising, original work.

Through this initiative, we’ll partner with 25 creators; providing cash grants and promotional resources to help artists unlock new fans and build impactful releases.
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BitTorrent unveils its Discovery Fund program. If you feel like you've been robbed by peer-to-peer, now's your chance to claim some money back!
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Secretly Store

Secretly Store | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
"Secretly Society is our spin on a classic idea - the record club. The pitch is simple. One record, in an exclusive, Secretly Society vinyl color, shipped to your door every month. Oh yeah, and shipping is included."
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Secretly Group unveils "Secretly Society" as many others contemporary labels reboot the record club business model into the digital age.
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The music social network becomes Openwhyd

The music social network becomes Openwhyd | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Today, we're proud to open source Whyd, the music social network. Whyd will now be formally known as Openwhyd. Whyd's previous head engineer Adrien Joly will be leading the project. 

This means that we are giving you the keys to our house. Whyd's social network might see important changes in the future through the work of our community. Designers, engineers and storytellers who are using the platform every day are already joining forces to continue the development of the platform.

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Our favorite playlist aggregator service is turning open-source!
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Music Consumption and the "Swipe Left" Culture | The Best Schools

Music Consumption and the "Swipe Left" Culture | The Best Schools | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
However I did it, it wasn’t that easy or affordable to get new music. So you can be sure that if I paid money for something, I was going to listen to it. And if it didn’t speak to me at first, I was going to listen to it again and again until it did. I was going to get my money’s worth.
Pierre Priot's insight:
The Internet didn't just bankrupted most of the Music Industry, it actually ruined a whole generation's attention span. Welcome to the Vine/goldfish music consumption era.
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Led Zeppelin: why lawyers must not dictate the future of rock‘n’roll

Led Zeppelin: why lawyers must not dictate the future of rock‘n’roll | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
As Led Zeppelin head to court to defend accusations of plagiarism, isn't it time to recognise that rock'n'roll has always borrowed from its past?
Pierre Priot's insight:
Lawyers these days are fighting the wrong fights
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 1:09 PM

Another music related lawsuit. This one for plagiarism. 

Can they just accept the fact the music is about being creative. you can give the same sheet music and notes to 5 different people. Guaranteed to receive 5 different types of music with little to slight similarities. Of course this can be avoided 90% of the time, but they know what they are doing when they use the sample or whatever piece they take. Still its just abuse to be having lawsuits, ill say it again we are creative beings, that is what being a human is. We compete and always strive for better while creating. We all create.

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Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies

Record breaker: a brief history of Prince's contractual controversies | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
From his first album with Warner Music in 1978 to his current ambivalent relationship with digital, the Purple One, who has compared contracts to slavery, has a nearly 40-year history of battling for control over his music
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Guess whose records are now being shipped to a store nearby?
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nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:57 PM

Another yet great artist, Prince. You know, its  really sad to see artist fight for the rights to their music. $40 years of battling for his control over his music is crazy! The music industry really enslaves one and captures you so beware. Indie is the way. Don't be fooled!  This is similar to Michael Jackson. Another legend. may they be at peace.

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The real price of a music stream? It just keeps going down and down... - Music Business Worldwide

The real price of a music stream? It just keeps going down and down... - Music Business Worldwide | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Brace yourself.

The average amount of cash generated by an on-demand music stream in the US last year fell by 24%.

Each play across official premium and ad-funded platforms in 2015 – including Spotify, YouTube, TIDAL, Apple Music and Google Play Music – generated an average of $0.0051 for recorded music rightsholders.

MBW has calculated the figure by contrasting the volume of music streams in the US last year (as measured by Nielsen) with the amount of cash these plays generated, as published by the RIAA.

This figure has fallen dramatically over the past three years, since Nielsen began breaking out specific streaming consumption figures.
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Here's why this business model is broken: the increase of streaming consumption doesn't provide revenue growth, but lowers the per stream revenue share.
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하석훈's curator insight, April 17, 3:42 AM

Isn't the streaming industry a new born area? I was amazed after seeing how fast the industry changes. I know that people are going to use streaming service for a long time, but revenue is falling down! I wonder how the streaming industry is going to be change and solve this problem.

 

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SoundCloud Has a New Revenue Chief Position so It Can Finally Start Making Some $$$

SoundCloud Has a New Revenue Chief Position so It Can Finally Start Making Some $$$ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Can SoundCloud compete with the big guns? It’s debatable, as there are a lot of factors at play here. The first aspect of this service will be the price point; music labels believe that charging $10 a month is decent enough. However, that is only the case if all 30 million songs are being offered. On the other side, SoundCloud has way more music, now if it goes in contract with labels then the company will have a competitive advantage over rival services.
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Soundcloud hiring a Revenue Chief and planning to evolve into a paid service, good news or bad news?
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Natural Records Studios's curator insight, March 9, 11:40 AM
Soundcloud hiring a Revenue Chief and planning to evolve into a paid service, good news or bad news?
nestor sanchez's curator insight, August 19, 12:51 PM

Ah! Something new. This has both its pros and cons. Like all things in life. The pros in my opinion would be the discovery of many artists. With so many out there but few with real talent, its good to see soundcloud step it up. I feel like it would be the better service. Versus Pandora or Spotify. Soundcloud will let users not only stream and search for the music they want, but to also let artist upload their work. Whether is a song or a beat, this will make soundcloud very unique. No doubt this will make revenue. Fast too.