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A Royalty Pain: Making Sense Of Music's Compensation Issues

A Royalty Pain: Making Sense Of Music's Compensation Issues | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

From the outside, it looks simple: Terrestrial radio and Internet-based music services play the songs, the creators and performers ...

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Will Jay Z’s Aspiro acquisition be the blueprint for streaming success?

Will Jay Z’s Aspiro acquisition be the blueprint for streaming success? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

It's a good day if you like streaming music surprises: Jay Z is buying Aspiro, the Scandinavian company behind streaming services WiMP and Tidal.

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Jay-Z takes on Beats and Spotify with acquisition of music-streaming services Tidal and WiMP for $56M

Jay-Z takes on Beats and Spotify with acquisition of music-streaming services Tidal and WiMP for $56M | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

International rapping superstar Jay-Z is on the verge of buying Swedish company Aspiro AB, the firm that owns the recently-launched Tidal music-streaming service, as well as Norway-based WiMP Music.

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Can Sony / Spotify finally make streaming music a success on consoles?

Can Sony / Spotify finally make streaming music a success on consoles? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Sony’s decision to can its Music Unlimited streaming service in favour of an exclusive deal with Spotify is a feather in the cap ...

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Sony axes PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of Spotify

Sony axes PlayStation Music Unlimited service in favour of Spotify | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Streaming service will be exclusive partner for new PlayStation Music brand across consoles, smartphones and tablets

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Musicians Are Coming Up With Original Ways to Make Money

Musicians Are Coming Up With Original Ways to Make Money | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

From PJ Harvey and TLC to Wu Tang, Run The Jewels and Nipsey Hussle— it's becoming less about “how much is this?” and more “how much do I fucking love this?”

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Tunecore Artists See Big Streaming Gains, Bring In Over $130 Million in 2014

Tunecore Artists See Big Streaming Gains, Bring In Over $130 Million in 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Last year's numbers from digital distributor TuneCore, released Tuesday, is a snapshot of the music industry's search for a sustainable future.

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Jim Beanz, the Music Man Behind ‘Empire’

Jim Beanz, the Music Man Behind ‘Empire’ | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

While Timbaland puts the final touches on the songs for the TV hit ‘Empire,’ they are written by 34-year-old producer Jim Beanz, who also plays a rapper on the show.

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Song Catalog Finances - The Future Of Music Publishing

Song Catalog Finances - The Future Of Music Publishing | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

By Luiz Augusto Buff from Berklee College of Music's Music Business Journal. After the music industry was shocked in the early 2000s by the growth of piracy and file sharing, many investors were skeptical about the future of music publishing assets, worried that the value of songs would decrease ...

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Shazam: from text-based service to $1bn app in 15 years

Shazam: from text-based service to $1bn app in 15 years | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Founded in 2000, the song-recognition service claims to be responsible for a tenth of all downloaded music

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Piracy has been 'virtually eliminated' in Norway

Piracy has been 'virtually eliminated' in Norway | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Less than 1% of people under 30 say file-sharing is main source of music

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Australia's recorded music business declined 10% in 2014

Australia's recorded music business declined 10% in 2014 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Money generated by subscription streaming services more than doubled in Australia in 2014 – but it couldn’t stop the value of the country’s recorded music business dropping by a fifth since 2012.

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Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500%

Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500% | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Shazam wants a five-fold increase in monthly mobile users. Already a must-have app for identifying songs, Shazam is betting different types of identification, and new markets, will help it reach that goal.

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iHeartRadio catching up in music streaming race

iHeartRadio catching up in music streaming race | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The music streaming service says it has more than 60 million registered users, up from 50 million last June, as it takes on competitors like Spotify and Pandora.

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Google Play growing at 'unprecedented speed', reaches 58 countries

Google Play growing at 'unprecedented speed', reaches 58 countries | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Google posted its fourth quarter results last night, with net profits hitting $4.76bn but revenues slightly missing their targets at $18bn.

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Apple makes more money every 3 weeks than the entire recorded music industry does in a year

Apple makes more money every 3 weeks than the entire recorded music industry does in a year | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As the world comes to terms with Apple posting the biggest quarterly profits in Wall Street’s history, it’s surely worth asking this question: just how much bigger is the iPhone giant than companies that the music industry considers ‘major’?

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'Old' albums now outsell new albums on iTunes in America

'Old' albums now outsell new albums on iTunes in America | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

They don’t make ‘em like they used to: MBW has discovered that ‘new’ albums were outsold by ‘old’ (catalogue) albums online in the US for the first time in 2014. The feat of catalogue albums outselling frontline releases was first achieved back in 2012, but that was a momentary blip; it’s never taken place over a whole year before.

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Spotify is coming to PlayStation soon, as Sony pulls the plug on its own music-streaming service

Spotify is coming to PlayStation soon, as Sony pulls the plug on its own music-streaming service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Spotify is adding game consoles to its list of supported platforms, with the news that it's launching on PlayStation "soon." While the music-streaming company hasn't provided many details ...

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Streaming now makes more money than iTunes in Italy

Streaming now makes more money than iTunes in Italy | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Streaming now at 22% of the market, according to MBW analysis

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Snapchat Launches 'Discover' Feature with Warner Music, Big Media in Tow

Snapchat Launches 'Discover' Feature with Warner Music, Big Media in Tow | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Today Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging service fresh off a $485 million Series D round of fundraising, announced the launch of its new media platform Discover. It is a built in feature on the Snapchat app that offers daily refreshed content from select and disparate group of major media players like Vice, The Daily Mail, Comedy Central, Warner Music Group, Cosmopolitan, People, Yahoo!, and National Geographic.

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Zoe Keating v YouTube: key sticking points in Google's latest music row

Zoe Keating v YouTube: key sticking points in Google's latest music row | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Content ID technology is key to independent musician’s contractual dispute with online video service, as well as other restrictions

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Canada: Album sales down 5% in 2014 as downloads tumble

Canada: Album sales down 5% in 2014 as downloads tumble | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Album sales in Canada were down for the third year in a row in 2014, as digital download sales fell for the first time in history.

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The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead

The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Whether or not music purchases are dead depends on your definition of dead. But just know that music purchases aren't dead.

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Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music

Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

All of the leading providers of streaming music are now in the scorching hot legal zone involving pre-1972 music after seven lawsuits were filed on Thursday against Apple's Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Escape Media Group (operator of Grooveshark).

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YouTube under fire from musician Zoe Keating over Music Key contract

YouTube under fire from musician Zoe Keating over Music Key contract | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Google’s video service may have agreed music deals with indie labels, but DIY artist says she’s still being pressured to sign unfair terms

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