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Facebook fading: where will musicians migrate now? - DIY Musician Blog

Facebook fading: where will musicians migrate now? - DIY Musician Blog | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

We have been using Facebook for our band since almost the beginning of time (at least, that’s what it can seem like at some points!)

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and I believe that pretty soon we’ll need to say adieu to Facebook and move on to whatever happens to be next. This is not because I am anti-facebook, or anti-social, or any of those anti things. It has just become impractical to use it for what we have been using it for – a means of communication with YOU, the fans.

We carefully built our Facebook fan page up from a collection of personal friends to where it is now, at over 10k followers who have “liked” the page in order to become a fan of our music and receive our updates, videos, photos, and random musings.

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Remember this: Facebook is here to make money, not friends.

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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.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

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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Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods

Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Apple deleted music that some iPod owners had downloaded from competing music services from 2007 to 2009 without telling users, attorneys for consumers told jurors in a class-action antitrust suit against Apple Wednesday.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Big Brother is watching you (and your ipod playlist)

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Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry – in full

Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry – in full | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The music producer, Shellac frontman and author of seminal 1993 essay The Problem with Music has turned his frown upside down – read his Face the Music speech in full
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I'm thankful for Steve Albini 

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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
Pierre Priot's insight:

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
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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

Pierre Priot's insight:

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

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

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.

Pierre Priot's insight:

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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Could this desktop DIY cutting machine be the future of vinyl?

Could this desktop DIY cutting machine be the future of vinyl? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

An Australian inventor has launched a crowd-funding project for a tiny machine he says can cut vinyl records in minutes.

Paul Butler Tayar and his team at Machina Pro want to raise AUD$10,000 to bring the Desktop Record Cutter to market. They hope to “democratise the cutting process” with what they call a ‘turn-key’ stereo cutting system, which lets you simply plug in your audio and cut straight to vinyl.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

this is now on top of my xmas wishlist

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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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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. 

Pierre Priot's insight:

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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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.
Pierre Priot's insight:

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.

Pierre Priot's insight:

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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