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Digital music sales are in a free fall, as Spotify does to iTunes what iTunes did to CDs

Digital music sales are in a free fall, as Spotify does to iTunes what iTunes did to CDs | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Why would you pay $9.99 or more for one album on iTunes when for the same price each month you can hear millions of songs on a streaming music platform like Spotify? The concept of digital download ...

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Has music missed its 'Netflix moment'?

Has music missed its 'Netflix moment'? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Subscription streaming movie service Netflix announced earlier this week that it has reached 62m users around the world – almost exactly the same number as Spotify.

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Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music

Revenge Of The Record Labels: How The Majors Renewed Their Grip On Music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

While Jay Z's streaming service grabs headlines, music's majors are quietly hijacking the multibillion-dollar digital revolution.

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CD Money vs. Streaming Money, 2004-2014

CD Money vs. Streaming Money, 2004-2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

*source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); all revenue inflation-adjusted to 2013.

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Apple’s New Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay

Apple’s New Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Apple Inc. has asked Florence and the Machine and more than a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote a revamped Beats Music, and persuade people to ante up for what they’re accustomed to getting pretty much for free.

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Vinyl Sales Charts Launch in U.K.

Vinyl Sales Charts Launch in U.K. | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The U.K.’s charts compiler as begun publishing weekly charts tracking sales of vinyl albums and singles for the first time. 

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SoundCloud partnership with Zefr suggests acceleration of monetisation plans

SoundCloud partnership with Zefr suggests acceleration of monetisation plans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

SoundCloud has partnered with Zefr to automatically scan user uploads for infringing content. The deal, however, is being sold as less ...

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How Finland's Small Streaming Marketplace Beat the United States Last Year

How Finland's Small Streaming Marketplace Beat the United States Last Year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The United States' streaming revenue grew $369.7 million last year. Finland's streaming revenue grew only $5.9 million. Which country can boast of the better performance? Not the United States.

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Spotify may soon be worth more than $8 billion

Spotify may soon be worth more than $8 billion | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify may be raising $400 million, according to a new report.

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Is Sweden still the future of the music industry?

Is Sweden still the future of the music industry? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Did Sweden’s recorded music market really decline in 2014?

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How has the streaming music age changed indie label strategies?

How has the streaming music age changed indie label strategies? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

"For a lot of people who have switched to streaming as their mode of listening, those people are probably not likely to buy records."

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YouTube's paid subscription offering takes shape — and it's almost here

YouTube's forthcoming paid subscription offering is rapidly taking shape, and is expected to become available within the next few months, sources familiar with the matter tell The Verge. The ...

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Kobalt in Wired: Majors and collection societies get a rough ride

Kobalt in Wired: Majors and collection societies get a rough ride | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Kobalt’s much-anticipated cover feature in the UK edition of Wired has arrived. As you could probably have predicted, it’s bound to please Willard Ahdritz and his company – and very likely infuriate his competitors.

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Corner Office: The Orchard's CEO Brad Navin on the Perils of Streaming and What Sony's $200 Million Acquisition Means

Corner Office: The Orchard's CEO Brad Navin on the Perils of Streaming and What Sony's $200 Million Acquisition Means | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

When distributor and marketing house The Orchard spent $4 million at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to outbid competitors for the quirky romantic comedy The Overnight, executive producers Jay and Mark Duplass compared the company to their own career ethos of "doing things our way." Said Mark Duplass: "The Orchard is a group of young, smart pioneers who blew us away with their bold, passionate approach to taking this film into the world."

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The Baffling (and Slightly Insane) World Of Streaming Payments, Explained

The Baffling (and Slightly Insane) World Of Streaming Payments, Explained | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Every time an artist publicly complains about how much money they are making from streaming, the blogosphere goes berserk and I know as sure as God made little green apples, a Billboard editor is going to ask me to analyze it.

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Global record industry income drops below $15bn for first time in history

Global record industry income drops below $15bn for first time in history | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Strong growth in streaming revenues couldn’t stop the recorded music business’s worldwide income dropping under US $15bn for the first time in 2014.

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The vinyl chart: album sales saviour or celebration of a small success?

The vinyl chart: album sales saviour or celebration of a small success? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The creation of an album chart for vinyl releases reflects interest in a niche sector, rather than a seismic change in the record business

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41 Years of Music Industry Change, In 41 Seconds

41 Years of Music Industry Change, In 41 Seconds | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

This is US-based data, and each pie represents 100% of total recording revenue. And, here are the individual year source images, starting with 1973

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Lost in Tidal's splash: Music streaming doesn't pay off for most artists

Lost in Tidal's splash: Music streaming doesn't pay off for most artists | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The buzzwords were many, issued from the stage throughout last week's curiously memorable and well-covered media event announcing the new Tidal music-streaming service: notions of revolution, of changing the status quo and upending the system.

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Viewpoint: There is a need for change in the digital music industry

Viewpoint: There is a need for change in the digital music industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

There have been significant changes to the industry at a structural and legislative level that will have a far-reaching effects ...

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U.S. Music Consumption Up 14 Percent in First Quarter, Streams Make Up Losses in Sales

U.S. Music Consumption Up 14 Percent in First Quarter, Streams Make Up Losses in Sales | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The improvement stems from large increases in streaming activity, which drove music consumption in the United States up 14 percent in the first quarter, according to Nielsen Music. Notably, the streaming gains were able to cover any losses in physical and digital sales.

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The New Music Streaming War Is About Exclusivity

The New Music Streaming War Is About Exclusivity | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Look out, Spotify: Apple is trying to lure artists like Taylor Swift into exclusive deals for online streaming rights.

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10 things we learned from a day of indie labels talking digital music

10 things we learned from a day of indie labels talking digital music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Thom Yorke as King Cnut, Madonna’s ‘ridiculous’ Meerkat debut, potential playlist payola, Spotify, SoundCloud and more from AIM Music Connected conference

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How TIDAL Can Deliver On Its Promises

The continued media feeding frenzy around Jay-Z’s TIDAL demonstrates just how valuable star power is for cutting through the clutter.  What has helped sustain interest is Jay-Z’s vision for deliver ...

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An Infectious attitude: Korda Marshall on A&R

An Infectious attitude: Korda Marshall on A&R | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

One of independent music's true survivors on the difference between majors and indies

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Q&A: Record producer Clive Davis talks past, present, future of music industry

Q&A: Record producer Clive Davis talks past, present, future of music industry | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

One of the biggest trends in the music industry over the last 49 years is not a sound or style, but a man – Clive Davis. Fondly referred to by his industry peers as “the Man with the Golden Ears,” Davis’ ability to identify top-level talent has cemented him as a titan in his industry. He has won four Grammy Awards, the Grammy ...

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