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Indie Labels Face YouTube Block Over Unsigned New Terms For Paid Service | TechCrunch

Indie Labels Face YouTube Block Over Unsigned New Terms For Paid Service | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Looks like YouTube is turning up the heat in its ongoing fight with independent music labels, and some of the most popular artists on the platform. The FT is reporting that Google’s online video portal is planning to start taking down content from artists like Adele, the Arctic Monkeys and thousands of others represented by independent labels, as those labels continue to hold out over new licensing terms that YouTube is putting in place ahead of a new, ad-free paid service that it is launching.

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Youtube to Indie Labels : agree to new terms or get lost.

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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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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.

 

 

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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.
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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, 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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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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Top Ten Vinyl Record Myths

Top Ten Vinyl Record Myths | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Vinyl is dead:

Not even close.
Vinyl is the only physical music medium that is increasing in sales. In 2009, more than 2.5 million vinyl records were sold in the United  States. Best Buy, the third largest music retailer, now has 50 stores that carry vinyl albums.

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10 facts about vinyl. If you ask me, #9 should be #1

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The Numbers Add Up For YouTube's New Music Key Service

The Numbers Add Up For YouTube's New Music Key Service | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
YouTube's new music service will reportedly be called Music Key and attempt to take advantage of the popularity of music on the platform. Just a quick look at the numbers show that the service doesn't have to be a success to be a winner.
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More Youtube Music Key numbers: a 5% paying subscriber conversion would add up to 12M users.

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Rockbot Grabs Funding From Universal Music Group To Bring Its Social Jukebox To More Businesses | TechCrunch

Rockbot Grabs Funding From Universal Music Group To Bring Its Social Jukebox To More Businesses | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Rockbot, a virtual jukebox solution for businesses, has closed strategic investment from Universal Music Group, which is the largest of the major music labels. That funding will be used as Rockbot seeks to expand its business across a wide range of bars, restaurants and other brick-and-mortar locations throughout the U.S.

 

 

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Face it: the next generation's jukebox will be virtual.

No wonder UMG is investing in such projects.

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Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads

Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
On Thursday, as part of a new licensing deal with entertainment companies, SoundCloud will begin incorporating advertising and for the first time let artists and record labels collect royalties.
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SoundCloud is currently issuing invites to try out its new "On Soundcloud" partner program.

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Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, Ian Rogers & Trent Reznor to stay on

Heads rolling at Beats as Apple eliminating redundant positions, Ian Rogers & Trent Reznor to stay on | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

As Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music nears completion this financial quarter, the Cupertino and Santa Monica, California-based companies have begun work on transitioning select employees and technology resources from Beats to Apple, according to sources briefed on the transition. Apple executives have visited Beats’ Southern California headquarters this week and last week to offer groups of employees positions at Apple and to notify some members of the Beats staff that they will not be included in the transition.

 

 

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Redundant positions? So beat it!

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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.

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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
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"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

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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
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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.

 

 

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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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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.

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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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Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The crackle of a vinyl revival has been getting louder this year as dropping the needle on a record becomes ever more in vogue. But what has been championed as a victory for music purists is putting a strain on a creaking industry.
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Right now the record industry most valuable piece of equipment is a record-pressing machine 

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What’s Lost When the Cloud Replaces CDs

What’s Lost When the Cloud Replaces CDs | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Alex Ross on the pleasures and frustrations of Spotify: “There are legitimate questions about the aesthetics and ethics of streaming.”
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Beyond economics, what are the pros + cons of switching to the Cloud?

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Sean Riggins's curator insight, September 13, 10:53 AM

 This article comes from Alex Ross at The New Yorker. He  has been a well known and credible music critic for The New Yorker for almost 20 years. In the article the idea of that by streaming one not only looses the nostalgia of tangible content gained from a CD or record (i.e. liner notes, composer's letter, etc.) but also that the artists or labels don't receive much. He makes reference to an indie-rock musician whose most popular track only brings in two-hundredeths of a cent per play. I included this article and found it interesting because, while the author clearly prefers the tangible media, our industry still gravitates towards streaming services. 

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Album Sales Hit A New Low

Album Sales Hit A New Low | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

This year, label executives finally conceded something there were reluctant to acknowledge last year: Streaming is cannibalizing digital sales.

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It's either physical or digital, baby. 

Streaming or download.

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Sean Riggins's curator insight, September 13, 11:43 AM

 This article comes from billboard.com, a company that tracks album sales. The article talks about the major decline in album sales and suggests that it is due to the growth of streaming services. The author states that "Streaming is cannibalizing digital sales" that not everyone agrees that streaming offsets the decline in digital sales. I included this article because it asks whether or not there will be enough revenue for artist as streaming services continue to grow.

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Tastebuds Acquires Music-Based Dating App Moosify | TechCrunch

Tastebuds Acquires Music-Based Dating App Moosify | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Tastebuds.fm, the app that matches people based on their musical tastes, has found a match of its own. The London-based startup is acquiring U.S. competitor..
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Yet another application for music profiling: dating.

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Exclusive: This Is YouTube Music Key, Google's Upcoming Subscription Service With Offline Support, Background Audio, No Ads, Free Play Music Key

Exclusive: This Is YouTube Music Key, Google's Upcoming Subscription Service With Offline Support, Background Audio, No Ads, Free Play Music Key | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Google has big plans for both YouTube and Google Play Music. We've heard a lot about YouTube's potential subscription music playback service, background audio, and offline playback, and there's been much speculation about what such an arrangement would mean for Play Music All Access. What we've got today gives those rumors and clues some clarity.

 

 

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Here is Google latest attempt at taking over the streaming service biz.

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