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Streaming Subscriptions Are Now a Billion-Dollar Business, but Music Sales Stall

Streaming Subscriptions Are Now a Billion-Dollar Business, but Music Sales Stall | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Twenty-eight million people are paying for subscription services like Spotify.

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YouTube threatened with legal action for 20,000 videos by Pharrell and more

YouTube threatened with legal action for 20,000 videos by Pharrell and more | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Global Music Rights, which represents the likes of Pharrell, the Eagles and John Lennon, asserts that YouTube does not have the right to host videos from its artists

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An alternative Christmas message to the music industry from Lohan Presencer

An alternative Christmas message to the music industry from Lohan Presencer | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Ministry of Sound chief executive on Apple, YouTube and Spotify: ‘Music has gone from being valued and paid for to being commoditised and free’

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20 Compelling Moments for Digital Music in 2014

20 Defining Moments in Digital Music, 2014 - Cuepoint - Medium

From Taylor Swift’s defiance to U2's forcefeeding, 2014 featured chaotic activity on the front lines of the music biz

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Beatport Aims to Be the One-Stop Streaming Shop for DJs with New Strategy

Beatport Aims to Be the One-Stop Streaming Shop for DJs with New Strategy | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Beatport, the go-to online music store for professional DJs and electronic music obsessives, is adding streaming to its menu.

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The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present ...

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Snapchat wanted to start a music label — until business got in the way

Snapchat should be a perfect fit for music. It reaches the same young, hip demographic that labels are interested in, its ephemeral snaps make piracy a non-issue, and the company's LA origins give ...

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Will SoundCloud’s Subscription Service Flop? Yes, It Will. Here’s Why.

Will SoundCloud’s Subscription Service Flop? Yes, It Will. Here’s Why. | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

According to the Wall Street Journal, SoundCloud “is in discussions to raise about $150 million in new financing at a valuation that is expected to top $1.2 billion.” They may achieve this because of their huge number ...

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Why It Is Time To Make YouTube Look Less Like Spotify And More Like Pandora

2014 has been a dramatic year for the music industry and may prove to be one of its most significant. The brief history of digital music is peppered with milestones such as Napster rising its head ...

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Avicii Has the Most Shazamed Song of All Time

Avicii Has the Most Shazamed Song of All Time | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The DJ's hit "Wake Me Up" withAloe Blacc has collected more than 19 million queries on Shazam to date.

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5 Ways Third Man Records Made Vinyl Cool Again

5 Ways Third Man Records Made Vinyl Cool Again | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Jack White has been influencing rock music for nearly two decades. He clearly has a passion for creating unique sounds, but his newest passion seems to be vinyl records. In 2001 White founded the record label, Third Man Records, which releases singles and albums primarily on vinyl. On April 19th Jack White’s most recently released album, Lazaretto, set the record for the fastest record ever pressed. Now it’s breaking a new record: the one for the coolest vinyl record ever made. (That may not be an actual record but with all of these crazy ...

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Music Consumer Segmentation: From Lagging Indicators To Leading Indicators

Music Consumer Segmentation: From Lagging Indicators To Leading Indicators | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

This week we published our latest report: “Music Consumer Segmentation: From Lagging Indicators To Leading Indicators”.  This report explores how music consumer segmentation needs a reboot for the streaming era.

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New Report on Global A&R Illustrates Some Less-Than-Rosy Facts of the Business

New Report on Global A&R Illustrates Some Less-Than-Rosy Facts of the Business | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last week the IFPI, the global trade organization representing record labels, released its A&R report titled ...

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Spotify’s Secret Weapon

Spotify’s Secret Weapon | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify announced in March the acquisition of The Echo Nest, the industry’s leading music intelligence company. The deal signals the rising importance of big data in the music industry. Founded by MIT Media Lab doctoral students Tristan Jehan and Brian Whitman, The Echo Nest provided intelligence to some of the world’s leading music services including Clear Channel’s iHeart radio, Rdio, SiriusXM, and social media networks such as Foursquare, MTV, Twitter, and Yahoo. This might change as the company moves away from being an open source platform, useful to ...

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Why 2015 will be the end of an era in music

Why 2015 will be the end of an era in music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Yes, 2014 was a big year for the music industry, but 2015 could be even more important. A couple of weeks before it officially begins, it is already shaping up to be ...

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What the Music Industry Could Learn From Digital Marketing

What the Music Industry Could Learn From Digital Marketing | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

By leveraging the innovation seen in digital marketing, music artists could better understand their fanbase.

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Delaying worldwide releases can kill song sales, Spotify data shows

A new study by Spotify shows that "windowing" — the practice of delaying the launch of albums and songs in certain formats or locations - can be detrimental to an artist's success. Spotify analysts ...

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YouTube's next big challenger could be Vessel's 'early access' videos

YouTube's next big challenger could be Vessel's 'early access' videos | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

US startup says YouTubers and media companies will be able to earn ‘20x’ more revenues from its online subscription service

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Why China's Mobile Providers Are a Giant Problem for Its Music Industry

Why China's Mobile Providers Are a Giant Problem for Its Music Industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Back in 2008 and 2009, the debate within the media industries on how to compete with free was raging.

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The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records

The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

More than seven million old-fashioned vinyl LPs have been sold this year, up 49% from last year, largely on demand from indie-rock fans. But the few creaky U.S. factories that still press records are struggling to keep pace.

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Harrells Ferry's curator insight, December 19, 2:29 PM

I don't get this. I grew up with vinyl records. At the time there was nothing better, but they have problems. Why go back?

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Shazam: latest relaunch focuses squarely on music consumption

Shazam: latest relaunch focuses squarely on music consumption | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Shazam may have built its huge audience through helping them identify music, but as the company heads into 2015, its musical focus is as ...

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SoundCloud’s Valuation Could Top $1.2 Billion With New Fundraising

SoundCloud’s Valuation Could Top $1.2 Billion With New Fundraising | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

SoundCloud, a popular music and audio-sharing service, is in discussions to raise about $150 million in new financing at a valuation that is expected to top $1.2 billion.

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Would Spotify really reintroduce limits for free users?

Would Spotify really reintroduce limits for free users? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Friday saw a wave of reports claiming Spotify is planning to introduce limits on its free listeners. Two things common to most of those ...

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Black Friday Brings Rough Sales Numbers for Music Retailers, High Notes for Vinyl and Online

Black Friday Brings Rough Sales Numbers for Music Retailers, High Notes for Vinyl and Online | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

ven though the Black Friday weekend had even more shopping hours this year -- thanks to merchants opening their stores on Thanksgiving ...

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Commerce Vs. Consumption: A Revolutionary Rethink Of Billboard's Album Chart

Commerce Vs. Consumption: A Revolutionary Rethink Of Billboard's Album Chart | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

For decades, the Billboard 200 album chart has measured one thing: the sale of albums. Now that the streaming era is upon us, the chart's formula is changing.

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