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Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable

Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable | Music business | Scoop.it
In a recent post, digital music entrepreneur Michael Robertson says he believes Spotify “can never” be profitable. But “never” is probably not the...
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How Spotify's Business Works

How Spotify's Business Works | Music business | Scoop.it
This note is from BI Research, a new tech-industry intelligence service. The service is currently in beta and free. To learn more and sign up, please click here. Spotify, the hot European...
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CDs Set To Be Number 1 Stocking Filler This Christmas

CDs Set To Be Number 1 Stocking Filler This Christmas | Music business | Scoop.it
Sales Of Up To 20 Million CDs Expected This Christmas; Deluxe And Special Editions Account For One In 10 Physical Albums Sales; Christmas Market Gears Up For Key Catalogue And New Release Repackages...
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Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels

Why Spotify can never be profitable: The secret demands of record labels | Music business | Scoop.it
Record labels are the monopoly to end all monopolies. And as Michael Robertson, founder of MP3.com, explains, their over-the-top demands of music subscription services quash innovation, as well as any dreams of profitability.
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Spotify CEO: We Are Not 'Saviors of the Music Industry'...

Spotify CEO: We Are Not 'Saviors of the Music Industry'... | Music business | Scoop.it

"Spotify has declined to respond to our inquiry regarding the Black Keys, preferring a terse statement to Bloomberg instead. And, this very long interview with CNN on Thursday that skips the Keys issue entirely, and only lightly addresses a growing problem with marquee artists and indie labels."

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Why Some of the Biggest Artists In the World Are Now Supporting MegaUpload...

Why Some of the Biggest Artists In the World Are Now Supporting MegaUpload... | Music business | Scoop.it

"These artists aren't just supporting MegaUpload, they're literally singing its praises in a new advertisement. That is, despite very overt efforts by majors labels to clamp down on the upload locker service, and even force governments to shut MegaUpload down altogether."

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Warner Music Group Financial Results, 2001-2011...

Warner Music Group Financial Results, 2001-2011... | Music business | Scoop.it

"This morning, Warner Music Group posted net losses of $103 million during the recent quarter, and $205 million on the year. Unfortunately, that's nothing new for this major."

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Reassessing Spotify

Reassessing Spotify | Music business | Scoop.it

"Though it may aim to become ubiquitous with music consumption, Spotify is quickly becoming a dirty word with musicians and artists. With the news that The Black Keys have joined the likes of Coldplay in restricting their content on the streaming service, it could be time for all artists to reassess how they use the service."

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Digital Album Sales Smash 2010 Total

Digital Album Sales Smash 2010 Total | Music business | Scoop.it

"Sales of digital albums have already smashed the 2010 record, selling 21.3 million copies, two months ahead of the year end, new Official Charts Company data released by BPI reveals today."

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The RIAA Says Suing Individuals Was an Effective Strategy...

The RIAA Says Suing Individuals Was an Effective Strategy... | Music business | Scoop.it

"The RIAA ended its mass-lawsuits against individuals years ago, though the group is now pointing to a successful strategy. In fact, the group now claims that it 'largely succeeded' in containing the piracy problem and fostering a legitimate marketplace. In response to a critical article in the Tennessean regarding the RIAA's multi-million dollar lobbying tab and questionable legal approach, RIAA executive Liz Kennedy fired back with this."

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French Music Sales Slow in 2011, Digital Continues Growth

French Music Sales Slow in 2011, Digital Continues Growth | Music business | Scoop.it
The French recorded music market went down -5.6% in trade value for the first nine months of 2011 to €321.3 million, labels body SNEP (Syndicat National de...
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8 Reasons Sony’s Digital Music Chief, Formerly of Apple, Exudes Optimism

8 Reasons Sony’s Digital Music Chief, Formerly of Apple, Exudes Optimism | Music business | Scoop.it

"Anyone paying attention to digital music over the past ten years might wonder why Sony would ever bother with digital music again."

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VEVO Will Expand Beyond Music Videos -- Just Like MTV Did 20 Years Ago

VEVO Will Expand Beyond Music Videos -- Just Like MTV Did 20 Years Ago | Music business | Scoop.it
Our exclusive Q&A with VEVO CEO Rio Caraeff.
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Spotify's New Radio Features Bring Out Investors' Doubts About Pandora

Spotify's New Radio Features Bring Out Investors' Doubts About Pandora | Music business | Scoop.it
Pandora Media shares had dropped 5 percent in midday trading Monday in the wake of music-streaming service Spotify’s unveiling of upgraded radio features. The broader...
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The Music Business Looks Forward: 5 Social Media Predictions For 2012

The Music Business Looks Forward: 5 Social Media Predictions For 2012 | Music business | Scoop.it
Guest post by Shore Fire Media, a boutique public relations, online marketing, and digital strategy firm specializing in music and entertainment.
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LeWeb 2011 Sean Parker, Shervin Pishevar & Alexia Tsotsis

Sean Parker, General Partner, Founders Fund, Shervin Pishevar, Managing Director, Menlo Ventures & Alexia Tsotsis, Writer, TechCrunch...
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Has the Music Industry Bubble Already Popped? Take a Look...

Has the Music Industry Bubble Already Popped? Take a Look... | Music business | Scoop.it

"Maybe the next $100 million round is right around the corner. Or, maybe those outrageous ransoms are just a memory."

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Rightsflow Acquired by Google...

Rightsflow Acquired by Google... | Music business | Scoop.it

"The deal is sealed, and it looks like the initial focus is YouTube. According to initial details tipped by Rightsflow president & CEO Patrick Sullivan, Google now has a shiny, new royalty backend processing company. That's a big part of growing Google Music properties, and YouTube is arguably one of the biggest nodes ofr music consumption today. "We're pleased to now be taking a momentous step with the team at YouTube, that shares in our vision of solving the really challenging problem of copyright management," Sullivan shared."

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Muzine: Edit Your Own Music Magazine

Muzine: Edit Your Own Music Magazine | Music business | Scoop.it
This guest post is by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. Traditional music publications printed on shiny, real paper… staples in the middle… maybe you’ve seen one? They’re on the decline for a number of reasons, the most obvious being the...
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RIAA Says Without Them, Music Would Not Be "A Flourishing Legal Marketplace"

RIAA Says Without Them, Music Would Not Be "A Flourishing Legal Marketplace" | Music business | Scoop.it
In a Nashville's Tennessean op-ed, Liz Kennedy, Director of Communications for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) set out to defend their history of lawsuits and lobbying. "We never expected to “end” piracy...," she wrote.
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TriPlay Launches Custom MyMusicCloud App To Conduit's Network Of 260,000 Publishers And 250 Million Users

TriPlay Launches Custom MyMusicCloud App To Conduit's Network Of 260,000 Publishers And 250 Million Users | Music business | Scoop.it
New MyMusicCloud App, Powered By Conduit, Enables Users To Play Music Collections Directly From Their Browsers...
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How music service Senzari plans to take on Pandora and traditional radio

How music service Senzari plans to take on Pandora and traditional radio | Music business | Scoop.it
Would you drop Pandora for another service? If you're in the US, the answer may be yes, but in many other territories, you may not even have access to Pandora and the likes. This is ...
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Marty Bandier, Sony ATV CEO, Reveals Plans for EMI Music Publishing, Keeping Name: Report

Marty Bandier, Sony ATV CEO, Reveals Plans for EMI Music Publishing, Keeping Name: Report | Music business | Scoop.it
Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier has reveailed plans for EMI Publishing, including keeping the EMI name should Sony's acccepted bid for the second largest music publisher be...
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Deezer Takes On Spotify In 200 Countries, But Not U.S. & Japan

Deezer Takes On Spotify In 200 Countries, But Not U.S. & Japan | Music business | Scoop.it
Four years after launching in France followed by Belgium and the UK, music streaming service Deezer will roll out in new territories every week starting December 8th, reaching 200 countries by June of 2012.
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Spotify 'won't have digital music to itself'

Spotify 'won't have digital music to itself' | Music business | Scoop.it
Spotify is not going to dominate the digital music market in the future as
they will be lots of ‘leaders’ say senior executives from two of the major
record labels.
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