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A Strong 2011 Holiday Season Could Bring Music Business First Positive-Sales Year Since 2004

A Strong 2011 Holiday Season Could Bring Music Business First Positive-Sales Year Since 2004 | Music business | Scoop.it
Can Black Friday keep us in the Black? Coming into Black Friday, year-to-date U.S. album sales were up 3.2%, according to Nielsen SoundScan, leaving music merchandisers...
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This startup just won the prestigious London MUSIC techpitch competition

This startup just won the prestigious London MUSIC techpitch competition | Music business | Scoop.it
Last week, we reported on the 8 startups that had been selected for MUSIC techpitch 4.5 in London. And last night, following a series of 3-minute pitches and Q&A sessions, Webdoc ...
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Infographic: The Most Valuable Digital Consumers

Infographic: The Most Valuable Digital Consumers | Music business | Scoop.it
These days, Social/Local/Mobile seems to be driving much of the conversation about online opportunities. Nielsen and NM Incite, drawing upon their vast information on consumer intent and behavior, illustrate the most valuable digital consumers.
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Pandora Reaches 40 Million Active Users, Sees No Impact from On-Demand Services

Pandora is a radio station and “one of the largest radio stations” in major U.S. markets, CEO Joe Kennedy said during Tuesday’s conference call for the...
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How We Currently Discover Music

How We Currently Discover Music | Music business | Scoop.it

"Music business association NARM and leading market research company The NPD Group recently released findings of a joint study that examined the ways consumers discover new music. The study was conducted in August 2011. There were a number of surprising elements in this study."

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Pandora Posts Slim Third-Quarter Profit; Shares Slip

Pandora posted a thin third-quarter profit Tuesday as it reported earnings as a public company for the first time. But its outlook for the current quarter was weaker than...
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Grooveshark Responds To Universal Music Lawsuit

Grooveshark Responds To Universal Music Lawsuit | Music business | Scoop.it
As we reported on Monday, Universal Music Group has filed a new lawsuit alleging that the Grooveshark execs conspired to illegally upload more than 100,000 songs. UMG asked the court to shut Grooveshark down immediately and is seeking damages of...
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How Mobile Has Changed The Music Industry

How Mobile Has Changed The Music Industry | Music business | Scoop.it
This much we know: The rise of digital music has completely changed the music industry. "It's upside down," says Dan Teree, a former Vice President of Ticketmaster. "Nobody buys music anymore.
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Spotify, Rdio, And MOG On Artist Payments: Don't Blame Us

Spotify, Rdio, And MOG On Artist Payments: Don't Blame Us | Music business | Scoop.it
In the beginning, music industry watchers hailed subscription streaming services such as Spotify, MOG, Rdio, and Rhapsody as saviors of the industry, an alternative for listeners and labels to the tyranny of the 99-cent iTunes download.
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Are will still in crisis?

Are will still in crisis? | Music business | Scoop.it

"I recently discovered the Music Industry Reconstruction Project, a growing project seeking new ways to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing the music industry as identified through a discussion of professionals on LinkedIn. It is a very exciting project, and while I do not believe each of the project's objectives are still relevant in today's business environment, the underlying spirit is worthy of much attention."

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YouTube, NMPA Reach 'Unprecedented' Deal to Pay Independent Music Publishers

YouTube, NMPA Reach 'Unprecedented' Deal to Pay Independent Music Publishers | Music business | Scoop.it
The independent music publisher agreement with YouTube first reported in August is finally ready to be implemented, according to the National Music Publishers' Association....
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Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox

Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox | Music business | Scoop.it
The Billboard FutureSound Conference wrapped on Friday with the Cost of Content panel and an analysis of EMI and EchoNest's new Developer's Sandbox.
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Music startups test their mettle in Europe

Music startups test their mettle in Europe | Music business | Scoop.it

"Brightcove VP Rags Gupta explains why music start-ups should test the waters across the pond before coming to the U.S.: "According to conventional wisdom, consumer start-ups should move to San Francisco for access to capital, talent, and ideas..."


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How 125 days with Spotify changed my music habits

How 125 days with Spotify changed my music habits | Music business | Scoop.it
Now that I work from home and don't commute as frequently, I have been listening to more music on my main computer.
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Grooveshark Is Now Facing $17 Billion In Damages...

Grooveshark Is Now Facing $17 Billion In Damages... | Music business | Scoop.it

"Grooveshark had better hope their defense stands up in court. According to court documents obtained by Digital Music News early this morning, the latest lawsuit from Universal Music Group would saddle Grooveshark and its executives with more than $17 billion in damages if proven correct. And, just like the Limewire case, that likely includes punishing personal liabilities against top Grooveshark employees."

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The Revolution Will Be Amplified: Is the Occupy Movement Liberating Music?

The Revolution Will Be Amplified: Is the Occupy Movement Liberating Music? | Music business | Scoop.it
Forty years from now, people will be writing books on the art and music, literature and culture that came out of the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Everything movements.
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Spotify hits 2.5 million paying subscribers

Music Week is a music industry website offering a weekly music magazine dedicated to music industry news. View our online b2b music business magazine now.
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Streaming Music Companies: If The Artists Are Starving, Look To The Labels

Streaming Music Companies: If The Artists Are Starving, Look To The Labels | Music business | Scoop.it
The distributive potential of the internet has done its part in disrupting the music industry, most visibly via iTunes. But iTunes was always a sort of simulacrum of a record store. Its icon was even a CD.
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Grooveshark EVP Paul Geller on Company's Success, Challenges and 'Data Lining Backbone'

Grooveshark EVP Paul Geller on Company's Success, Challenges and 'Data Lining Backbone' | Music business | Scoop.it
Grooveshark EVP of Strategic Development Paul Geller speaks on Grooveshark's new database Beluga and the success of his company.
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Spotify: "The Overwhelming Majority of Our Label Partners are Thrilled With the Revenues"

Spotify: "The Overwhelming Majority of Our Label Partners are Thrilled With the Revenues" | Music business | Scoop.it

"Spotify is now assuming its strongest stance against accelerating artist and label departures. That includes the recent pullout of more than 200 labels represented by STHoldings, and the rumored threat of more Coldplay-like licensing refusals."

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What’s Next For Spotify? Powering Music Apps

What’s Next For Spotify? Powering Music Apps | Music business | Scoop.it

November 22, 2011 at 10:59 amby Eliot Van Buskirk
What’s Next For Spotify? Powering Music Apps

For whatever reason, some of the neatest announcements in digital music history have been surrounded by an air of mystery. Call it the iPod effect. The latest player in this game: Spotify, which is summoning reporters to a Nov. 30 “Global Press Conference” with the tantalizing teaser, “What’s next for Spotify?”

People are talking, which is of course the point. All Things Digital thinks Spotify will announce a digital music store. PC Magazine doesn’t know. VentureBeat agrees with All Things Digital: Spotify plans to launch an MP3 store.

We respectfully disagree, because we think we’ve already broken this story.

If our theory is correct, Spotify will announce a commercial API (application programming interface) on November 30 that lets app developers for iOS, Android, and other platforms build — and sell — music apps that draw on Spotify’s catalog of 15-million-plus songs.

That last bit is crucial. Developers can already build apps on top of Spotify – they just can’t sell them, removing a substantial incentive for making cool stuff, especially when so many other app developers have struck gold on the app stores.

Spotify will make its API available to commercial developers — even one-person operations operating on shoestring budgets — and we suspect that it will also announce big improvements to that API development tool.

Our guess: These "special guests" will be third-party app developers making stuff out of Spotify's music


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Why I Shut Off Facebook's Spotify Integration

Why I Shut Off Facebook's Spotify Integration | Music business | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of discussion lately over Facebook's so-called "frictionless sharing" and whether it's manipulative and somewhat bad for the social Web or simply a redefinition of how things get shared online.
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Are Music Tech Companies A Better Investment Than Traditional Music Businesses?

Are Music Tech Companies A Better Investment Than Traditional Music Businesses? | Music business | Scoop.it
Just glancing upon the Nasdaq share prices yesterday it seems very apparent that investor confidence in traditional music business is very l...
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Blu Mar Ten, Spotify payouts and iTunes Europe

Blu Mar Ten, Spotify payouts and iTunes Europe | Music business | Scoop.it
This week's big digital music story is Spotify and streaming music payouts. Again.
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Spotify to announce 'new direction' next week

Spotify to announce 'new direction' next week | Music business | Scoop.it
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