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» How to Throw a Group Listening Party on Google+

» How to Throw a Group Listening Party on Google+ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"This group-listening feature, part of Google+ Hangouts, draws its music from YouTube — arguably the world’s biggest legal music-sharing service."

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4 formats and services that could save the music industry

4 formats and services that could save the music industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"Although recent reports have pointed to a slightly less bleak outlook for digital music than may have been perceived, it’s still likely that the MP3s role as the primary source of the music industry’s digital music revenue could change in the next few years – hardly a shock when you consider what the adoption of this format and subsequent mass-piracy have done for the music business as a whole.

With that in mind let’s take a look at alternative digital formats and services which could potentially save the music industry in the future."

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Exclusive: Spotify subscriptions surged to 1.5m after free service restrictions

Exclusive: Spotify subscriptions surged to 1.5m after free service restrictions | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

At the end of June, Spotify had more than 1.5 million paying subscribers for its streaming music service, according to a report prepared for a rightsholder and subsequently seen by Music Ally, which outlines the company’s performance between January and June this year. Spotify did not leak the report to Music Ally, and has declined to comment.

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Flavorwire » A Brief History of Litigious Music Industry Idiocy

Flavorwire » A Brief History of Litigious Music Industry Idiocy | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
You might have seen the picture doing the rounds on the web over the last couple of days – a screenshot of a YouTube video of John Cage’s 4’33″, with a whacking big notice at the bottom proclaiming, “NOTICE This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by WMG. The audio has been disabled.” The joke, of course, is that 4’33″ doesn’t have any audio — it’s four minutes and 33 seconds of silence. We’re sure that Cage would appreciate the humor here, but the fact that it’s all too believable that WMG might have actually done this is kind of sad. After all, getting this audio pulled from YouTube would be far from the most ridiculous thing the music industry has done in recent years in its ongoing war-on-drugs style exercise in copyright-litigating futility. Join us after the jump for some key moments in legal idiocy.
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This Anti-Piracy Message Brought to You by The Beatles... - Digital Music News

This Anti-Piracy Message Brought to You by The Beatles... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The Beatles are notorious for their licensing reluctance, and their iTunes holdout was painfully protracted. Which makes the Fab Four an odd choice for an anti-piracy message. But the Estate and living members did authorize the use of recordings within this soft-peddling persuasion piece.

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Google Music Beta Introduces Magnifier Blog – Gives Away Free Music

Google Music Beta Introduces Magnifier Blog – Gives Away Free Music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
It's been awhile since we've heard of anything big from Google Music (still in beta) and it seems in attempt to bring the spotlight back on their Music...

[note: free contents only avalaible for eligible Google Music users, i.e. US residents]

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Behind the music: what's happening to 'on air, on sale'?

Behind the music: what's happening to 'on air, on sale'? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"When Universal and Sony Music announced that they would start making new singles available for sale as soon as they hit the airwaves back in January, the news was greeted with cautious optimism by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC). The two organisations had been campaigning for the move as a way to help combat piracy for quite a while. "When fans hear music and want to consume it we need to provide the legal means to do so. As an industry we need to grasp the nettle of monetising consumer behaviour," said the MMF."

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Music Week - Music Week - Music business magazine - EDITORIAL: Industry comes together to keep indies trading

Music Week - Music Week - Music business magazine - EDITORIAL: Industry comes together to keep indies trading | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Given the countless terrifying events that rampaged through London and other major population centres night after night last week, the fire that destroyed the Sony DADC distribution centre and with it millions of independent CDs and vinyl releases was in many ways simply a footnote to what occurred.
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Music Buyers Have Their Heads in the Cloud

Music Buyers Have Their Heads in the Cloud | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"When LimeWire agreed in May to pay $105 million to settle a copyright infringement suit brought by the major music labels, Wired magazine called it "the end of an era." The era in question, of course, was the roughly decadelong period during which the recording industry litigated aggressively to stop the unlicensed swapping of music online via so-called peer-to-peer networks.

The end of one era, it turns out, means the start of another. Amid an 11-year decline in global sales, the music industry has already turned its attention to what it apparently views as a new threat: cloud-based "music-locker" services launched by Amazon, Inc., Apple Inc., and Google Inc."

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How The Google Motorola Acquisition Helps the Music Industry - Billboard.biz

How The Google Motorola Acquisition Helps the Music Industry - Billboard.biz | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
How The Google Motorola Acquisition Helps the Music IndustryBillboard.bizFor the music industry, this is a significant development given the role that mobile will play on the future of digital music.
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Suppressed Report Found Busted Pirate Site Users Were Good Consumers | TorrentFreak

In June, police across several countries raided the operators of streaming video links portal Kino.to. This massive operation was one of the largest of its type and site admins and users alike were branded as enemies of the TV and movie business. However, it now appears that in respect of the latter group, the opposite was found to be true.
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Lady Gaga, Adele, Others Get Record Industry Back In Black - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV

Lady Gaga, Adele, Others Get Record Industry Back In Black - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Divas like Lady Gaga, Adele and Katy Perry have helped put the record industry in the black for the first time since 2004.
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The Curvy Goddess's comment, August 18, 2011 1:35 PM
People want fresh artists with personality. Not vacant cookie cutter types.
Pierre Priot's comment, August 18, 2011 2:31 PM
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Soltero. Coming soon on Microcultures

Soltero. Coming soon on Microcultures | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
From micocultures.fr: "You might not know him yet (nobody’s perfect), but Tim Howard, under the moniker Soltero, has already released five albums—including the luminous You’re no dream, which is not unconnected to Microcultures’ birth. This sixth album has now a title, 1943, and you can already listen to a couple of demo songs.
A crowdfunding and preordering drive will begin in the next 48h to cover the costs. We’ll keep you posted if you subscribe to our newsletter."
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Mobile music find$ stream

"Apple, Google, Amazon, Rhapsody, Research in Motion and Spotify are taking different shots at changing the way you listen to music on your smartphone, and — they hope — at changing the way you pay for it.

The era of heavily controlled music is coming to an end because the labels are realizing these models have to be a part of their revenue streams,” said Strategy Analytics analyst Josh Martin. “I think it’s a good thing for consumers. You can listen to any song you want for the cost of a CD a month. That’s a pretty good deal even if it’s not for everyone."

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Rhapsody challenges Muve, pitting music streaming vs. downloading

Rhapsody challenges Muve, pitting music streaming vs. downloading | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
It's long been the ambition of music-subscription services to make their monthly fees disappear into some other charge, such as your ISP bill. This week, Rhapsody -- the granddaddy of music subscriptions -- accomplished that feat. It will be bundled into a new MetroPCS offering that costs $60 a month, the same amount the company had been charging for its 4G unlimited data plan.
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YouTube Signs Major Music Licensing Deal | Rolling Stone Music

YouTube Signs Major Music Licensing Deal | Rolling Stone Music | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"YouTube have ended a four-year legal battle with over 3,000 independent music publishers by agreeing to pay licensing fees to the National Music Publishers Association."

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Scoop: RIM in talks for BlackBerry music service

Scoop: RIM in talks for BlackBerry music service | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"At a time when Research in Motion needs to sex itself up, the Canadian smartphone maker is in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of BlackBerry Messenger, the company's instant-messenger service, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations told CNET."

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How the Legal Fight Over 'Y.M.C.A.' Could Change the Music Industry (Analysis) - Hollywood Reporter

How the Legal Fight Over 'Y.M.C.A.' Could Change the Music Industry (Analysis) - Hollywood Reporter | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In what may be the beginning of a major shake-up in the music industry, Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for 32 of the band's songs, including the hit "Y.M.C.A.."
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PRS for Music 2010 figures show revenues down 4.8%

PRS for Music 2010 figures show revenues down 4.8% | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Plummeting CD sales, the continuing toll taken by digital piracy and a lack of big-name acts on tour fuelled a £189m drop in UK music revenues last year.
The music industry saw revenues decline 4.8% to £3.8bn in 2010 as the post-party hangover kicked in after a bumper 2009 driven by Susan Boyle's record-breaking debut and big-selling albums from Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson.
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Music’s New Frontier | The Music In Hand, Inc – Blog

Music’s New Frontier | The Music In Hand, Inc – Blog | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Clearly at a crossroads, the music industry is looking increasingly at the mercy of what has been blamed for its demise over the last decade: technology. And as new business models for music delivery continue to emerge, it is apparent that music’s future is linked to new technologies and devices.

But with record labels now embracing new platforms such as Apple’s iCloud Match service, what does this future hold for artists who have largely been ignored while the greater music industry unsuccessfully tried to hold back the digital tide?

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Indie Artists In Brazil: Making Music In Spite Of Significant Labels And Producing It Work

Indie Artists In Brazil: Making Music In Spite Of Significant Labels And Producing It Work | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
For the duration of the MIDEM conference, I had an chance to speak with David McLoughlin of Brasil Musica E Artes,( i.e. the Brazilian Music Export Office). David had a lot of fascinating info to share about the Brazilian music market, particularly how independent musicians discovered a very innovative way to make their voices (and music) heard – literally, with out the major record labels.
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Springsteen and Others Soon Eligible to Recover Song Rights

Springsteen and Others Soon Eligible to Recover Song Rights | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
A little-noted provision in copyright law of the mid-1970s allows artists to regain control of their work after 35 years.
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Ampeater Music

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Ampeater Music is a web­site devoted to bridg­ing the gap between unsigned (or just plain under­ex­posed) artists and music lovers every­where. Every day we fea­ture a dif­fer­ent artist on what we call The Ampeater Review. Each fea­tured artist sub­mits a “dig­i­tal 7-inch” which we then com­ple­ment with a detailed review and offer as a free down­load. Our mis­sion is to help music lovers every­where con­nect with new artists, and in turn help artists reach out to new listeners.
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» Music Bloggers Hack Record Industry by Launching Indie Labels

» Music Bloggers Hack Record Industry by Launching Indie Labels | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Tastemaker music blogs are getting into the record biz, releasing lovingly crafted music with enticing extras that make the most of the publications' personal relationships with the artists.
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Are Google Music and Amazon's Cloud Player illegal?

Are Google Music and Amazon's Cloud Player illegal? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Amazon.com made waves in March when it announced Cloud Player, a new "cloud music" service that allows users to upload their music collections for personal use.
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