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Song Downloads Are Down 15%

Song Downloads Are Down 15% | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last year, song downloads on platforms like iTunes dropped 2.3%, the first decline ever for the format.  This year, paid downloads are already down 15%, according ...

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Robert M. Crawford's curator insight, July 4, 2014 9:09 AM

Too many people don't have money for anything but the essentials-- food, clothing, shelter, electricity, and phone to buy much of anything else...we are STILL in a recession in the US regardless of the stock market numbers...those numbers only refer to corporate profits (much of which are the result of outsourcing jobs to save money) and not representative of the health of the economy as a whole...

 

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Sony pulls music from SoundCloud over money dispute

Sony Music is pulling songs from the SoundCloud pages of some of its biggest musicians, including Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Miguel, after failing to reach an agreement with SoundCloud on ...

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Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources.

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Sorry Taylor Swift, but the top YouTube music channel is Little Baby Bum

Sorry Taylor Swift, but the top YouTube music channel is Little Baby Bum | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

In theory, Taylor Swift was the top musician on YouTube last month, with her 355.5m video views making her the third most popular channel on ...

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BBC radio boss calls staff-poaching Apple a ’disruptive monster’

BBC radio boss calls staff-poaching Apple a ’disruptive monster’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

“A huge disruptive monster is coming down the hill,” according to George Ergatoudis, head of music at the BBC’s Radio 1. Speaking at the ...

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A real live Sire: Seymour Stein on half a century in the music business

A real live Sire: Seymour Stein on half a century in the music business | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Seymour Stein, a bona fide music industry legend, turns 73 this month. Get him talking about music he loves, though, and he’ll match the passion of any young industry whippersnapper pound for pound. Stein is still every bit as full as admiration for great bands as he was more than half a century ago, when …

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Google, Amazon and Pandora join forces to fight music industry over royalty rates

Google, Amazon and Pandora join forces to fight music industry over royalty rates | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Pandora’s mission to drive down the royalties it pays artists/labels and songwriters/publishers just got some heavy back-up – in the shape of Google and Amazon.

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Instagram's @Music Community Tries To Succeed Where Twitter Failed

Instagram's @Music Community Tries To Succeed Where Twitter Failed | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Instagram has announced a new community dedicated to music and musicians called @Music, in an effort to leverage the platform’s user interest in the topic. Unofficially, music has always been a large part of Instagram, accounting for an estimated 25 percent of all the platform’s activity. Recognizing this, Instagram executives have ...

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Tom Georgiev's curator insight, May 1, 2:38 PM

The Internet Companies should give some % to film- game- music industries we need a balance when we over do it!

Kate McLaughlin's curator insight, May 6, 6:54 PM

Something I might just have to try....

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Paul McCartney celebrates popularity on Line by selling 'sound stickers' to fans

Paul McCartney celebrates popularity on Line by selling 'sound stickers' to fans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Ex-Wings frontman has more followers on Japanese messaging app than on Twitter and Facebook combined

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Apple made more money in China last quarter than the recorded music industry did in 2014

Apple made more money in China last quarter than the recorded music industry did in 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple’s quarterly financial results last night were a now-familiar tale of massive revenues and profits, although the performance of ...

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Jay Z accuses Tidal rivals of 'smear campaign' as platform hits 770k subscribers

Jay Z accuses Tidal rivals of 'smear campaign' as platform hits 770k subscribers | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

It was surely only a matter of time. Having faced a battering in the media and the music industry in the three weeks following its puffed-up press conference, Tidal owner Jay Z has publicly defended the service – and revealed that it has attracted 770,000 paying subscribers to date.

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Tidal's Woes Echo Those of Beats Music

Tidal's Woes Echo Those of Beats Music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Now that the paparazzi camera flashes have faded and the celebrity endorsements have ebbed, Jay Z’s Tidal music service is finding itself hit by a wave of bad press.

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YouTube’s Music Growing Pains - A Look Inside Music Key

YouTube’s Music Growing Pains - A Look Inside Music Key | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As YouTube turns 10 years old today, Google is putting the finishing touches on an on-demand music streaming service as an add on to its video service. With Spotify, Apple, and Deezer and others, YouTube’s significant foothold in the industry, a YouTube streaming service seemed almost inevitable.

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Spotify is out-grossing Candy Crush Saga in the App Store in several countries

Spotify is out-grossing Candy Crush Saga in the App Store in several countries | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There's a lot of debate online today spurred by a report showing streaming music service Tidal's app has plummeted down Apple's US App Store ...

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Kobalt changed the rules of the music industry using data -- and saved it

Kobalt changed the rules of the music industry using data -- and saved it | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Songwriters have never had such transparency about music revenue -- until Kobalt changed the rules

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Can Russia's anti-piracy law revive the global music business?

Can Russia's anti-piracy law revive the global music business? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Home to an estimated 144 million people, Russia is the world’s ninth biggest country. It should be of massive importance to the global music business.

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Billboard Money-Makers List: Music's Top Earners of 2014

Billboard Money-Makers List: Music's Top Earners of 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The measure of artistic success isn't easy to pin down -- and its not easy to quantify, either. Ten of Billboard's top reporters drilled down on artists' primary music-based revenue streams to determine who, from newcomers to legends, brought home the most bacon in 2014.

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Grooveshark shuts down: ‘We apologise. Without reservation’

Grooveshark shuts down: ‘We apologise. Without reservation’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Controversial streaming music service Grooveshark has shut down, as part of a settlement with major labels following its most recent legal defeat.

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Exclusive Q&A: Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz Is Demanding a Better Music Industry

Exclusive Q&A: Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz Is Demanding a Better Music Industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz is not known for his shy and retiring nature. Nor is the gregarious New York-based, Swedish-born exec afraid to make big, bold statements about where the music business is going wrong and what Kobalt, the music publishing company he founded in 2000, is doing to fix it.

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The Problem With Streaming Exclusives

Jay-Z’s ambitions for TIDAL has triggered a lot of discussion about how streaming models can evolve.  One focus has been exclusives with a number of references to TIDAL ‘doing a Netflix’ by commiss ...

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'Spotify for concerts' app gets $8m boost from funding round

'Spotify for concerts' app gets $8m boost from funding round | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

An app which charges a monthly Spotify-style premium subscription to attend an unlimited number of local live shows is the recipient of a new US $8m seed funding injection.

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It's too soon to write off Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal

It's too soon to write off Jay Z's music streaming service Tidal | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Critics of the business are ignoring the emerging artist strategy behind the service, which could be a game-changer for the industry, writes Seth Schachner

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Downloads down 12% in UK, albums down 5% - but streaming soars 81%

Downloads down 12% in UK, albums down 5% - but streaming soars 81% | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The UK recorded music market saw a painful decline in single-track downloads in the first three months of 2015, but the number of tracks streamed almost doubled.

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For Nielsen, A New Push Amid The Growing Music Data Boom

For Nielsen, A New Push Amid The Growing Music Data Boom | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Long known primarily for quantifying the success of all sorts of entertainment content, from its much-ballyhooed television ratings to its SoundScan and BookScan tracking systems for music and publishing, Nielsen has been expanding its purview in recent years.

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The suspense! The slaughter! What we learned from the download chart

The suspense! The slaughter! What we learned from the download chart | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

It’s the anniversary that nobody is celebrating – the download chart’s 10th birthday. Here’s a rundown of its impact on the industry, and the way we buy and listen to music

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The hottest 30 music tech startups of 2015 (according to Midemlab)

The hottest 30 music tech startups of 2015 (according to Midemlab) | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Is 2015 a good year for new music tech startups? In June we'll get a good chance to find out with Midemlab. The annual startup pitching ...

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