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Justin Timberlake Made a Fortune Giving His Album Away

Justin Timberlake Made a Fortune Giving His Album Away | Music business | Scoop.it
The 20/20 Experience had the best debut week in the history of iTunes, thanks to free online streaming services
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What cannibalisation? iTunes music downloads are accelerating

What cannibalisation? iTunes music downloads are accelerating | Music business | Scoop.it
You've hopefully already seen yesterday's story on Apple announcing the iTunes Store's 25bn music-downloads milestone. So what more can we l
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eMusic to start selling standalone downloads

eMusic to start selling standalone downloads | Music business | Scoop.it

"eMusic, one of the longest established operators in the digital music domain, will start selling individual downloads to all, the company has announced a the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas."

 
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BPI's Q1 Numbers Suggest Subscription Services Aren't Hurting Purchases in U.K.

BPI's Q1 Numbers Suggest Subscription Services Aren't Hurting Purchases in U.K. | Music business | Scoop.it
BPI's first quarter numbers suggest that the theory that streaming services cannibalize album sales doesn't hold much water -- at least in the U.K. Elsewhere, Slacker Radio...
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Nielsen: No evidence of on-demand music streams hurting download sales

Nielsen: No evidence of on-demand music streams hurting download sales | Music business | Scoop.it
Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems released a chart Wednesday suggesting that there's no evidence that on-demand streaming kills digital download sales.
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Rhapsody, Spotify, Netflix, And The 28-Day Waiting Game

Rhapsody, Spotify, Netflix, And The 28-Day Waiting Game | Music business | Scoop.it
"Windowing," says Rhapsody CEO Jon Irwin," [is] fundamentally the wrong thing to do."...
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Google Music Offers One Click Download of Your Music Library

Google Music Offers One Click Download of Your Music Library | Music business | Scoop.it
Google Music users can find their entire libraries two ways, via the Music store or Music Manager app. This applies to music users have uploaded to the site or purchased.
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It’s Time For Transparency On Music Streaming Rates

It’s Time For Transparency On Music Streaming Rates | Music business | Scoop.it
Major labels may be hoping that new-wave digital music jukeboxes can make up for slowing downloads growth.
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Study: Spotify Is Detrimental to Music Purchasing...

Study: Spotify Is Detrimental to Music Purchasing... | Music business | Scoop.it

"Spotify and similar access models are discouraging other forms of music purchasing - not encouraging them - according to a recently-released finding from NPD Group and NARM. In fact, access has been deemed 'most detrimental' to monetization across nearly all demographic categories."

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eMusic Launches A La Carte Downloads

eMusic Launches A La Carte Downloads | Music business | Scoop.it

"eMusic has launched an a la carte download store, a move that opens up the download store a new swath of consumers who are not ready to sign up for one of eMusic's paid download tiers."

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iTunes has sold over 25 billion songs, Apple says

iTunes has sold over 25 billion songs, Apple says | Music business | Scoop.it
Apple has just announced that customers have purchased more than 25 billion songs from iTunes, a figure that reaffirms the company's position atop the digital music market. "We are grateful to...
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It Was 2012. And Streaming Hadn't Yet Gone Mainstream...

It Was 2012. And Streaming Hadn't Yet Gone Mainstream... | Music business | Scoop.it

"Apple sells billions of downloads a year, but the iTunes Store has been around since 2003. And before the iPod debuted in 2001, pioneering competitors were peddling to the niche. It just takes time for things to go mainstream, no matter how compelling, life-improving, or game-changing a new product or service seems."

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Streaming and downloading: Where the music is going

Streaming and downloading: Where the music is going | Music business | Scoop.it
To stream or to download, that seems to be the question around digital music these days.
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"Digital downloads are dead" says Numecent CEO Osman Kent

"Digital downloads are dead" says Numecent CEO Osman Kent | Music business | Scoop.it

Always interesting to see what's going on in other industries: here, Numecent's CEO prophesies the death of download for softwares. 

 

"We can take any Windows applications--Photoshop, Office, whatever, you name it--and we have a magic piece of software that can cloudify these applications on our servers. But there's even more magic: We are able to bring [these applications] back to you 20 to 100 times faster than what a digital download would have taken, and we execute them on your machine without installation--and it even works offline."

 

Sounds a bit like music streaming to me.

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74% of Lana Del Rey's First Week Album Sales Were Digital...

74% of Lana Del Rey's First Week Album Sales Were Digital... | Music business | Scoop.it

"Coldplay waited 100 days to license Spotify, and their iTunes album sales were stellar! But wait: would they really have sold less - and made less - if Spotify was licensed from day one?"

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'Spotify is not worth bothering with': The debate rages on

Gary Smith added, “About time - why don't all record companies do it? Surely the revenue isn't worth it. If an album isn't available to stream people will buy it either digitally or physically. They won't if it's free to stream - simple.”


That simple? This statement supposes that people would buy albums if they are not available to stream. But... Did they when streaming didn't exist and illegal downloading was the only alternative?


The question is: is streaming  an alternative to illegal and legal downloading? 

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Distributor Pulls 234 Labels From Spotify, Napster, Rdio After iTunes Payments Drop 24%

Distributor Pulls 234 Labels From Spotify, Napster, Rdio After iTunes Payments Drop 24% | Music business | Scoop.it
Electronic music distributor STHoldings has pulled all its distributed labels from streaming music services Spotify, Simfy, Rdio and Napster.

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Coldplay's Digital Strategy Pays Off: Group Breaks iTunes Record With 500,000 Downloads in a Week | Billboard.biz

Pointing to an increasingly equal digital vs. physical playing field, Coldplay’s latest album, “Mylo Xyloto,” which was released on Oct. 24, has broken a...
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