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Google Wants Label Licenses. But Do They Deserve Them? - Digital Music News

Google is said to be negotiating with the 4 majors to get licensing deals, a few months after launching its cloud-based music service without finding agreement. This situation led to a poor user experience that Google is trying to improve, through licensing deals that might make music uploads easier.

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Apple's New 'Music' App Replaces 'iPod'...And Deletes Music? | Billboard.biz

Apple's New 'Music' App Replaces 'iPod'...And Deletes Music? | Billboard.biz | Music business | Scoop.it
Say goodbye to iPod -- say hello to Music. As suspected, Apple changed the name of its music player app, found on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, during its recent iOS...
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Spotify Loss Widens Despite Higher Revenue

Spotify saw its revenue more than quintuple last year, but the company says it still lost more than $40 million.
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On Spotify, File-Sharing & Incomplete Statistics - hypebot

On Spotify, File-Sharing & Incomplete Statistics - hypebot | Music business | Scoop.it
This guest post by Steve Lawson first appeared on New Music Strategies. Lawson is a musician, teacher and writer. His music and writing can be found at stevelawson.net. Since Spotify finally launched in the US, the discussion has reignited about...
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Spotify Launches in its Ninth Country: Denmark

Spotify Launches in its Ninth Country: Denmark | Music business | Scoop.it
Spotify's freemium streaming music service is now available in nine countries.
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Facebook’s Music Sharing Partnerships Aren’t Helping Musicians Gain Fans

"Facebook has yet to create an easy and obvious way for users to Like the Pages of musicians they listen to, costing artists significant marketing opportunities."

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TechCrunch | BMW Demos MOG

TechCrunch | BMW Demos MOG | Music business | Scoop.it
Earlier today we ventured to downtown New York for a demo of a BMW equipped with MOG's music streaming app. MOG has been working with Mini and BMW on this app for a while.
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Pandora Learns The Hard Way, Mobile Ads Are Still Far From Being A Cash Cow

Pandora Learns The Hard Way, Mobile Ads Are Still Far From Being A Cash Cow | Music business | Scoop.it
Being the most popular is not a good enough business model, it seems, when it comes to music mobile apps.
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Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio: When Will Subscription Music Pay Off For Artists? | Fast Company

Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio: When Will Subscription Music Pay Off For Artists? | Fast Company | Music business | Scoop.it
"It sucks that right now that artists are getting paid so little money by subscription services, but it sucks that artists are getting paid so little money by everyone," says MOG exec Anu Kirk.
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Warner Music UK launches Sync iPhone app

Warner Music Group's UK arm has released a new iPhone app called WMUK Sync, based around its professional creative services for the film, TV, advertising and games industries.
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Coup de froid sur le secteur de la musique vivante

Coup de froid sur le secteur de la musique vivante | Music business | Scoop.it
Après le disque, c'est au tour du spectacle musical de broyer du noir. Ses recettes de billetterie ont baissé de 5% en 2010, à 600 millions d'euros.
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Inside the Most Successful Digital Music Licensing Service You've Never Heard Of

Inside the Most Successful Digital Music Licensing Service You've Never Heard Of | Music business | Scoop.it
How did one tiny music company from Scandinavia overtake the Billboard Charts using only digital distribution?
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Deezer prépare son lancement dans 130 pays - Bizness - Les News - Musique info - Le magazine de la filière musicale

Deezer prépare son lancement dans 130 pays - Bizness - Les News - Musique info - Le magazine de la filière musicale | Music business | Scoop.it

Le site de streaming français Deezer entend bien profiter de son intégration poussée à Facebook, aux côtés de toute une brochette de services de musique en ligne, pour accélérer son développement à l'international.


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Rumours of Google music store hotting up again

Rumours of Google music store hotting up again | Music business | Scoop.it
The New York Times' headline 'Google Said to be Planning an MP3 Store' raised our eyebrows, given that Google itself did the saying at its I/O conference back in 2010, and even showed a demonstration.
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Spotify Crosses a Quarter Million Subscribers In the US... - Digital Music News

Spotify Crosses a Quarter Million Subscribers In the US... - Digital Music News | Music business | Scoop.it

"That is, paying subscribers, not just 'users'"

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Why music ID resolution matters to every music fan on Facebook

Why music ID resolution matters to every music fan on Facebook | Music business | Scoop.it

An interesting article about metadata for music and their importance in the success of a strong social service. Facebook has been experimenting some issues regarding the compatibility between two different services, where song IDs weren't not the same. This might (and actually does) lead to a situation where users are redirected to wrong songs and artists, downgrading their experience.

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The Most Successful Music Models Aren't 'Freemium'... - Digital Music News

The Most Successful Music Models Aren't 'Freemium'... - Digital Music News | Music business | Scoop.it

"If you want a song from the iTunes Store, you have to buy it, just like an iPod or iPhone. If you want a piece of vinyl, the same rules apply. Just like they do for CDs, which are responsible for tens of billions in revenue over the past decade."

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Pandora Slow to Lure Mobile-Ad Dollars Even as IPad Listeners Flock: Tech

Pandora Slow to Lure Mobile-Ad Dollars Even as IPad Listeners Flock: Tech | Music business | Scoop.it
Pandora Media Inc.’s online music service is so popular among smartphone users that it’s the most- downloaded free music program on Apple Inc.’s and Google Inc.’s app stores. So far that hasn’t won over mobile advertisers.
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iTunes Great for Apple, But Was It For Music Biz? | Billboard.biz

iTunes Great for Apple, But Was It For Music Biz? | Billboard.biz | Music business | Scoop.it
The entry of Apple and its leader, Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, into the music world was more than a success — it was a phenomenon. Today, iTunes is the largest...
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The Bastards Of The Digital Age | BeHyped

The Bastards Of The Digital Age | BeHyped | Music business | Scoop.it

This great article presses artists to reinvent themselves through new technologies, not only use Twitter or Facebook for marketing purposes.

 

It takes time for "bastards" - people that dare changing the way things are - to impose their view.

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MOG: "Subscription Services Are Paying Out What They Can..." - Digital Music News

"This is a tough business to be in," MOG executive Anu Kirk told an audience at Digital Music Forum West on Friday. "It sucks that right now artists are getting paid so little money by subscription services, but it sucks that artists are getting paid so little money by everyone. Subscription services are paying out what they can, but there's just a lot of music."

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Time for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to Step Down?

Time for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to Step Down? | Music business | Scoop.it

A great article about Netflix by Mashable: even though cinema is not our main topic here, it is pretty interesting to see how difficult it might be for a contents company to move to a new and more sustainable business model without making its customers angry.

 

Trying to split digital and dvd activities proved to be a major failure, showing that instead of replacing each others, the two business models might need to work together.

 

It also probably means that Reed Hastings is going too straight forward, forgetting what its customers want, right now.

 

In a previous article, we wondered if the CD would definitely disappear in the years coming - here might be one answer. It's not about if it's going to be obsolete but when. Reed Hastings saw it coming faster than its customers.

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Spotify's Big Losses in 2010 Are Evidence Freemium Models Need Time to Grow | Billboard.biz

Spotify’s just-released 2010 financial statements show a company with huge growth and far more expenses than profit. The losses are to be expected – the company...
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Netflix Kills Plan To Split Off DVD Movie Rentals From Streaming Business | Billboard.biz

Netflix Kills Plan To Split Off DVD Movie Rentals From Streaming Business | Billboard.biz | Music business | Scoop.it

Always interesting to see what's happening in the other digital contents industries: this time, Netflix renounces to split its DVD and Streaming activities, after huge mobilization from subscribers.

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Rhapsody to Acquire Napster From Best Buy | Billboard.biz

Rhapsody to Acquire Napster From Best Buy | Billboard.biz | Music business | Scoop.it
Rhapsody today announced it signed an agreement to acquire Napster, a competing music subscription service owned by retail giant Best Buy. The value of the deal was not...
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