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Rob Wells, Universal Music's Global Digital Prez: 'The Idea That Spotify Cannibalizes Sales is Bogus'

Rob Wells, Universal Music's Global Digital Prez: 'The Idea That Spotify Cannibalizes Sales is Bogus' | Music business | Scoop.it
Despite artists such as Coldplay, the Black Keys and Adele believing differently, Universal Music Group's president of global digital business Rob Wells claims that UMG...
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SoundCloud Story by Alex & Eric

SoundCloud Story by Alex & Eric | Music business | Scoop.it

Soundcloud's founders tell the story behind the creation of their service, that just reach 10 millions users

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Robert Levine interview: How much music is worth?

Robert Levine interview: How much music is worth? | Music business | Scoop.it

"How much is music worth? In the week that the Stop Online Piracy Act hits the headlines Ben Watt interviews Robert Levine, author of 'Free Ride'."

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Vevo In Talks With Facebook, May Leave YouTube

Vevo In Talks With Facebook, May Leave YouTube | Music business | Scoop.it
Vevo is in preliminary talks with Facebook over taking its music video service to the social network after its deal with Google-owned YouTube expires next year.  Though...
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US prosecutors shut down one of world’s largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload

US prosecutors shut down one of world’s largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload | Music business | Scoop.it
McLEAN, Va. — Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.
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Association of Independent Music launches campaign to stop sale of EMI

Association of Independent Music launches campaign to stop sale of EMI | Music business | Scoop.it

Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents a large number of the UK's independent record labels, has launched a campaign to stop the break-up and sale of EMI.


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Record labels criticise Google over illegal downloads

Record labels criticise Google over illegal downloads | Music business | Scoop.it

"Google has failed to deliver on promises to tackle illegal file-sharing, according to an organisation which represents music labels around the world."

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iTunes Match launches in 19 more countries, shows Latin America some love from the cloud

iTunes Match launches in 19 more countries, shows Latin America some love from the cloud | Music business | Scoop.it
Once Apple let the iTunes Match genie out of the bottle it has actually been pretty quick to spread the love to our international friends.
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Grooveshark Done In Germany; Is This The Beginning Of The End?

Grooveshark Done In Germany; Is This The Beginning Of The End? | Music business | Scoop.it
Grooveshark has pulled its operations out of Germany citing high licensing costs demanded by German rights organization GEMA, but with lawsuits from each of the four major...
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Why no more album will sell 1 million copies

Why no more album will sell 1 million copies | Music business | Scoop.it

"Consider this: If Billboard had calculated album sales in 2011 as it will in 2012, no album would have sold more than 1 million copies. In fact, the music industry would have been declared DOA."

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Facebook+Spotify: An 'Unfair, Insider, Anti-Competitive' Relationship...

Facebook+Spotify: An 'Unfair, Insider, Anti-Competitive' Relationship... | Music business | Scoop.it

"If you're a music fan, you probably don't care about this. But if you're not one of Facebook's chosen music partners, it's cold on the outside. Which is the case for Cole Flournoy, the entrepreneur behind LetsListen who's pointing to Facebook+Spotify as an overly-cozy, unfairly insider, and downright anti-competitive alliance - especially after the launch of 'Listen With Me'. Here's his statement"

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Frictionless commerce: YouTube, music labels close to renewing licenses

Frictionless commerce: YouTube, music labels close to renewing licenses | Music business | Scoop.it
Universal Music, Sony and EMI are all in license-renewal negotiations with the video-sharing service, sources say. Preventing piracy is a big issue. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Media Maverick.
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First numbers: How successful are Spotify’s apps?

First numbers: How successful are Spotify’s apps? | Music business | Scoop.it

Are Spotify's new apps the missing piece to the social music puzzle, or merely gimmicks that are ignored by the majority of the company's users?


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iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations - Is Seeking to Add 'A Lot More'

iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations - Is Seeking to Add 'A Lot More' | Music business | Scoop.it
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is again expanding the iHeartRadio platform with the announcement of plans to begin carrying streams from college radio stations on...
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Digital Music Is Now a $5.2 Billion Global Industry...

Digital Music Is Now a $5.2 Billion Global Industry... | Music business | Scoop.it

"But what about the rest of the music industry? That's the issue, though at least digital formats are growing. According to an estimate released this morning by global trade group IFPI, digital formats are now powering a $5.2 billion industry, thanks to an 8 percent lift from 2011."

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The Music Business Is Not Dying

The Music Business Is Not Dying | Music business | Scoop.it

"We read so much doom and gloom about the music business every day that it’s easy to think that pretty soon the whole thing will come crashing down. Cheer up. It’s not as bad as you think."

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Michael Schneider: Six Mobile Music trends to watch in 2012

Michael Schneider: Six Mobile Music trends to watch in 2012 | Music business | Scoop.it

"For app maker Mobile Roadie's CEO, ubiquitous connectivity, location ticketing and social will be huge this year. Mark his words at midem!"

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Rdio, Spotify Race To Launch In LatAm, Germany, Asia

Rdio, Spotify Race To Launch In LatAm, Germany, Asia | Music business | Scoop.it
Music subscription services are about to face off on the global stage.
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A Call to Indie Labels to Take a Stand Against SOPA and PIPA

A Call to Indie Labels to Take a Stand Against SOPA and PIPA | Music business | Scoop.it

"As you are well aware, Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, and many smaller sites across the internet are staging protests against the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills that could, if enacted, entirely destroy the free exchange of information we enjoy today."

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SoundExchange Payments To Musicians, Rightsholders Up 17% Last Year

SoundExchange Payments To Musicians, Rightsholders Up 17% Last Year | Music business | Scoop.it
SoundExchange has announced a fourth quarter 2011 distribution of $89.5 million to more that 18,000 musicians and rightsholders. That brings the year-end estimated royalty payments to $292 million, up 17% from the prior year.
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eMusic: Targeting Opportunities for Digital Music Consumer Segments

eMusic: Targeting Opportunities for Digital Music Consumer Segments | Music business | Scoop.it

"Are your fans "Independent Leaders" or "Mainstream Followers"? Online retailer eMusic offers essential consumer insight"

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German Music Sales Stabilized in 2011

German Music Sales Stabilized in 2011 | Music business | Scoop.it
The German charts showed CD sales down slightly in 2011, but big increases in digital downloads and holiday season business helped overcome the decline marking the first time...
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On Withholding Music From Spotify & The New Economics Of Album Releases

On Withholding Music From Spotify & The New Economics Of Album Releases | Music business | Scoop.it
Guest post is Scott Perry of New Music Tipsheet and entertainment industry marketing and consulting firm Sperry Media.
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Grooveshark Launches iPhone App in Face of Major Label Lawsuits

Grooveshark Launches iPhone App in Face of Major Label Lawsuits | Music business | Scoop.it
The music streaming web site, despite facing lawsuits from every single major label, releases an app in HTML5 that allows its use on iPhone and Android phones, even after...
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Turntable.fm Founder Says He’s Flattered By Facebook Listen With, But They’re Different

Turntable.fm Founder Says He’s Flattered By Facebook Listen With, But They’re Different | Music business | Scoop.it
"I'm flattered Facebook was inspired by turntable.fm and created a listen together feature" says co-founder Billy Chasen about Facebook's new synchronous music listening and chat feature Listen With.
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