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eMusic and The Echo Nest Partner for Streaming Radio

eMusic and The Echo Nest Partner for Streaming Radio | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Digital music retailer eMusic and music discovery platform The Echo Nest partnered to launch eMusic Radio, a new streaming music service.
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The music industry is dead. Long live the Music Industry 2.0.

The music industry is dead. Long live the Music Industry 2.0. | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"Like most club-dwelling denizens of the Nashville rock scene, Kyle Andrews works without an entourage. He changes his own guitar strings and tunes his own instrument.

The difference is, he doesn't have to. Unlike other local club dwellers swelling the ranks of the Great Unsigned, Kyle Andrews made more than six figures last year from his music career."

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Business Matters: Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now | Billboard.biz

Business Matters: Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now | Billboard.biz | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now
-- Did Spotify make a profit in 2010? It's a nice question, but ultimately one that doesn't matter much. The company is growing quickly and it no doubt has enough capital to keep the pace for a few years. If a music service is operating legally and paying rights holders, there are far more important metrics than net profit and net loss to measure its progress.

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Intermission: Watch the Recording Industry's Demise in 30 Seconds - Technology - GOOD

Intermission: Watch the Recording Industry's Demise in 30 Seconds - Technology - GOOD | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
An animated look at how music sales have changed over the past 30 years...
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Lawyers: Grooveshark May Have Just Defeated UMG... - Digital Music News

Lawyers: Grooveshark May Have Just Defeated UMG... - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"It's a tiny footnote that could save Grooveshark from a 'legal jihad'. And, one that could finally give Grooveshark the legitimacy it needs to draw more funding, repair its relationships with Apple and Google, and truly rival Spotify.

And, according to legal sources, an opinion that may already be pushing Universal Music Group towards an embarrassing defeat."

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Peter Wants to Pay for Music. Can You Help Him? - Digital Music News

Peter Wants to Pay for Music. Can You Help Him? - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

There are plenty of fans who want to do the right thing, but almost always end up getting frustrated by catalog gaps, high prices, or other restrictions. But why aren't there better options for people who absolutely love music, and want to support the artists they love? Introducing Peter... who wants to pay but like so many others, winds up frustrated at one point or another

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Federal Judge Finds Cloud Music Lockers Do Not Violate Copyrights

Federal Judge Finds Cloud Music Lockers Do Not Violate Copyrights | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
A federal judge in New York ruled today in the defendant's favor on a copyright infringement case brought EMI and 14 record companies against cloud music locker service MP3tunes. Judge William H. Pauley III found that cloud-based music lockers are, for the most part, legally in the clear. The judge found that "MP3tunes did not promote infringement" by offering an open cloud storage service for music, meaning that it, as well as big-name services like Google Music and Amazon Cloud Drive, are on the right side of the law.
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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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Stax's Legacy Is Reborn After School

Stax's Legacy Is Reborn After School | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
A nonprofit group is preserving the legendary label's history with an educational program that helps underprivileged high-school students.
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How Facebook Will Save The Music Industry

How Facebook Will Save The Music Industry | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"There have always been social networks, but until now there haven't been any massive ones like Facebookwith its 850-million-plus users. This is likely why we're seeing a ton of new digital music startups that look like they could grow into real businesses, and with the blessing of the labels. Because word of mouth marketing at scale is priceless promotion for record labels."

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5 reasons Spotify poses a threat to iTunes

5 reasons Spotify poses a threat to iTunes | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Spotify is every music pirate's dream made legal. It's free (sometimes), open sharing of music from around the world with peer-to-peer exchange of playlists (via Facebook ) in a format that also compensates the artists (if only a penny per play).
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5 Reasons RIM's BBM Music Service Will Flop

5 Reasons RIM's BBM Music Service Will Flop | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"Desperate times call for desperate measures, and desperate is just about the only word to describe RIM's new bound-for-failure cloud-based music service, BBM Music.

BBM Music, which is based on BlackBerry Messenger, has very little going for it, if anything at all. It's expensive, it's restrictive, and it's not at all innovative. Here's a closer look at the five reasons BBM Music will be dead before you know it."

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Mailbag: User-Uploaded YouTube Videos, Music Industry Chart, Peachfuzz | Evolver.fm

Mailbag: User-Uploaded YouTube Videos, Music Industry Chart, Peachfuzz | Evolver.fm | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

"Can you upload any song you want to YouTube?

 

Yes, user-uploaded YouTube videos are legal even if they contain songs by famous pop stars that are used without permission. YouTube uses ContentID technology to identify the songs in user-uploaded videos, and then figure out whether the rightsholders have designated that song as one that is allowed to be on YouTube accompanying a user-generated video. If so, the user’s video appears on the site. If not, it doesn’t."

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Revamped MySpace to Go After iTunes, Spotify, Vevo | Digital - Advertising Age

Revamped MySpace to Go After iTunes, Spotify, Vevo | Digital - Advertising Age | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Al Dejewski, MySpace's newly appointed senior VP-global marketing, talks about the social network's new direction and life under Specific Media.
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Court Ruling Could Hurt Cloud-Based Music Services

Court Ruling Could Hurt Cloud-Based Music Services | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In a case with potential implications for the new wave of “cloud” music services, EMI has won a partial victory against MP3tunes, a company that lets its customers store music files in online lockers.
MP3tunes, founded in 2005 by the digital music pioneer Michael Robertson, allows users to buy songs online as well as add to the collections in their lockers by searching for songs being offered free elsewhere on the Internet. EMI sent the company several notices to take down links to sites with unauthorized music, and in 2007 sued MP3tunes and Mr. Robertson personally when the company removed the links to those files but did not delete the songs from users’ lockers.
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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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