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The problem with Pandora and why it's time to clean up the digital music mess

The problem with Pandora and why it's time to clean up the digital music mess | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

A court ruled that Pandora should pay songwriters about the same amount as AM/FM stations. The ruling may seem fair, but it disguises the much deeper problems of an outdated system for compensating musicians.

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A response to ‘Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift’ in the New York Times

A response to ‘Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift’ in the New York Times | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Have you read Dan Brooks’ opinion piece about streaming music in the New York Times yet? If not, you should: it’s already sparked plenty

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Dice gambles on shaking up gig tickets: 'We're getting rid of the friction'

Dice gambles on shaking up gig tickets: 'We're getting rid of the friction' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

British startup’s app aims to take tickets out of the hands of touts and put them into the phones of fans. By Stuart Dredge

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Is 2014 the year the platinum album dies?

Is 2014 the year the platinum album dies? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Aside from huge sales of Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, no artist’s studio album released in the US this year has sold over 1m

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Spotify curation startup Playlists.net gets bought by a major label

Spotify curation startup Playlists.net gets bought by a major label | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

British website will now sit within Warner Music Group’s WEA division, as labels get serious about playlists. By Stuart Dredge

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Warner Music Group’s WEA buys streaming playlists startup Playlists.net

Warner Music Group’s WEA buys streaming playlists startup Playlists.net | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

British startup Playlists.net, which aggregates and recommends playlists created on streaming music service Spotify, has been acquired by ...

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What the Numbers Tell Us About Streaming in 2014

By the end of 2014 streaming revenues will account for $3.3 billion, up 37% from 2013. However headline market value numbers only ever tell part of the story. Just as important are the numbers on ...

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Time To Pay Attention: Creators On Patreon Now Receive Over $1,000,000 Per Month From Patrons

Time To Pay Attention: Creators On Patreon Now Receive Over $1,000,000 Per Month From Patrons | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The movement has begun. It’s official. Patreon’s model works. Crowdfunding 2.0 is here to stay. The idea that fans would like to support their favorite ...

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SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak

SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the "Frozen" soundtrack is the year's best-seller so far with a robust 3.12 million units.

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SoundCloud's negotiations with major labels reach stalemate

SoundCloud's negotiations with major labels reach stalemate | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Labels reportedly unhappy with licensing terms

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J.d. Kidmobile Davis's curator insight, October 12, 7:06 PM

I think that this is right in some ways. Soundcloud should not be able to make money off of other companies copyrighted work even if that was not there initial intentions. They didn't intentionally mean to make money this way but i can see how this effects the three major record label. this process will put a lot more revenue back into the three record labels .

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Note To Struggling Bands And Singers: Sorry But Most Of Your Fans Don’t Care

Note To Struggling Bands And Singers: Sorry But Most Of Your Fans Don’t Care | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The plight of artists and songwriters grappling with download dollars transforming into streaming cents is well documented and a series of long term, sustainable solutions are needed ...

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Spotify is now profitable in the UK, but what does that mean?

Spotify is now profitable in the UK, but what does that mean? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Amid the regular arguments about whether streaming music pays off for artists, another important question sometimes gets forgotten: does ...

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Australian music: indie labels become the new mainstream

Australian music: indie labels become the new mainstream | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

With four out of five Aria nominations for album of the year coming from indie labels, are major record labels still relevant in 2014?

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Neil Young's Pono: is it the future of sound?

Neil Young's Pono: is it the future of sound? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Fans have pledged in their droves for the new soundsystem, masterminded by Neil Young, which aims to improve audio quality in the digital age. Eamonn Forde is one of the first to try it

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Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift

Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Now that nearly every song is as easy to find as any other, what are we music snobs to do?

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Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings

Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Promises new crackdown on ‘some of the most notorious sites’ in effort to win over music and movie rightsholders. By Stuart Dredge

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Twitter teams up with SoundCloud and iTunes to play audio within tweets

Twitter teams up with SoundCloud and iTunes to play audio within tweets | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

New Twitter Audio Card feature brings streaming music and podcasts to social network’s Android and iOS apps. By Stuart Dredge

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UK Vinyl Sales on Track to Cross Million Mark

UK Vinyl Sales on Track to Cross Million Mark | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

For the first time since the mid-1990s, vinyl sales in the United Kingdom look set to cross the one million mark in a calendar year.

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Twitter launches new Audio Card for in-tweet listening

Twitter launches new Audio Card for in-tweet listening | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There’s a new way to listen to music – and, indeed, other kinds of audio – on Twitter. The social network launched its latest ...

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Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands

Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Think LinkedIn, the business-minded social network, but for the millions of musicians in the United States and around the world.

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How To Fix Streaming Music's Business Model

How To Fix Streaming Music's Business Model | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Op-ed by David Lowery of The Trichordist. It’s not that streaming can’t work. It can. It’s that Spotify is a bad business model that has unsustainable economics and exploits artists because it is a wall street financial instrument and not a music company. We’ve previously published a couple posts on streaming music where we explore how access models and windowing are working for the film industry and could serve as a guide to the record business. We’ve also shown how transactional music purchase ...

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SoundCloud Posts $29 Million Loss in 2013 on $14 Million Revenues

SoundCloud Posts $29 Million Loss in 2013 on $14 Million Revenues | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As SoundCloud is amidst focused efforts to build a profitable business from its 175 million users a month, the popular online music streaming and sharing platform has posted a loss almost twice that of its revenues in the past year.

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Is Streaming Service Grooveshark Finally Dead in the Water?

Is Streaming Service Grooveshark Finally Dead in the Water? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

On Sept. 30, Grooveshark seemed all but sunk when a Manhattan court ruled in favor of Universal Music Group (UMG), which first sued the music streaming service for copyright infringement in 2011.

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Streaming music usage has doubled in the UK this year, says BPI

Streaming music usage has doubled in the UK this year, says BPI | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

British music fans have streamed more than 10.2bn songs so far this year on services like Spotify and Deezer, nearly doubling the 5.4bn ...

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New report digs into direct-to-fan music platforms

New report digs into direct-to-fan music platforms | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There are dozens of direct-to-fan (D2F for short) platforms available in 2014 for artists and labels wanting to sell music, tickets, ...

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Spotify's UK revenues rose 42% in 2013 as music service turned a profit

Spotify's UK revenues rose 42% in 2013 as music service turned a profit | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Streaming firm’s UK income up to £131m as it turns 2012’s £11m loss into a £2.6m profit in 2013. By Stuart Dredge

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