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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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California's Amoeba Music turns 25: 'We’re like an art museum'

California's Amoeba Music turns 25: 'We’re like an art museum' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

First record sales collapsed; now even downloads are declining – but passionate staff and customers at Amoeba Music in California have weathered the storm

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Data Mining the Digital Gold Rush: 4 Companies That Get It

Data Mining the Digital Gold Rush: 4 Companies That Get It | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

For decades, the music business ran largely on instinct: magic ears, gut feelings, weird hunches. Success had a thousand fathers, as well as a certain mystery. Label executives knew a hit when they heard one, and they promoted it until the public agreed -- or not.

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Universal, Warner, Sony and indies license 'WhatsApp for music'

Universal, Warner, Sony and indies license 'WhatsApp for music' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Toronto-based music messaging company Rithm has been licensed by all three major labels, as well as indie reps Merlin and The Orchard, to launch a new US $3.99-per-month streaming service.

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European regulators scrutinise Apple over music streaming plans

European regulators scrutinise Apple over music streaming plans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

European regulators are scrutinising Apple’s dealings with record labels, amid an intensifying battle over the future of free, ad-supported music streaming services such as Spotify. Several labels and digital music companies have been contacted by ...

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Jay Z's 99 Problems: Music Stars Aren't Very Good at Launching Startups

Jay Z's 99 Problems: Music Stars Aren't Very Good at Launching Startups | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

If Will.i.am, 50 Cent, and Justin Timberlake's past ventures are any indication, Tidal's all-star owners aren't necessarily an asset

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BMG grew 20% in 2014 as Bertelsmann revenues hit €16.7bn

BMG grew 20% in 2014 as Bertelsmann revenues hit €16.7bn | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The growth of music publishing and recorded rights company BMG was a highlight of parent Bertelsmann’s results in 2014, as the German media giant’s sales grew 3.1% to reach €16.7bn.

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Jay Z's Tidal Is Great for Artists, But Maybe Not for Fans

Jay Z's Tidal Is Great for Artists, But Maybe Not for Fans | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Tidal, the new streaming service backed by hip-hop mogul Jay Z, is being touted as an "artist-owned" endeavor. But is it any good for fans?

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Carlos Jorge Garcia's curator insight, April 14, 2015 6:51 PM

This Wired Magazine article tries to balance in some form the advantages Jay Z's Tidal service will bring for the musicians in terms of copyright and ownership, with the possible disadvantages it could bring to the fans. To make a long story short, Tidal is a new music streaming software launched two weeks ago by New York's rapper Jay Z; Beyonce's husband got support from the top artists on the industry: Madonna, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Jack White, Rihanna, Nicky Minaj, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and Alicia keys, among others. Tidal will offer high fidelity sound and videos for 20$ a month, or not so hi-fi sound for only 10$, meaning that the service will not provide free streaming of any kind. Jay Z is also offering three times the profits on hits than Spotify does, so, it sounds really pretty for artists, but in the other hand, fans will not get that first hand- free samples that the streaming world offers. The author, Jon Snyder, gives an interesting point of view when he writes that if Tidal beats Spotify and gets stablished as the number one streaming service, is not going to be any different than the previous ones because it will have the monopoly of the industry, and only the artists that are a part of it will get the chance of being played and recognized. Even though the author does not use any statistics whatsoever, he claims that real fans use streaming services to hear a preview of a song or album to go buy. I have to disagree with this statement, once again without any statistics or numbers, because I do believe something is wrong in the way business is being done by services like Spotify, Pandora, or even YouTube. As a musician myself, it is hard to see news about colleagues like Pharrell Williams getting more than 45 million hits on his single "Happy" and only getting paid around 3,000$. Nevertheless, as a consumer interested in getting the latest music, the streaming services have worked more than good for me when researching for new music; the problem is that I will only buy around the 5% of what I hear so the rest is just sort of giving me their music for free and I am tossing it to the side. One might even say that so much access to something takes that interest on it, making it less attractive in consequence. I agree with the author at the end, is to early to say if Jay Z succeeded or not, but sadly, people will always dictate how the music industry evolves and not the artists.

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INSIGHT: Can TIDAL Really Make Waves In Music Streaming?

INSIGHT: Can TIDAL Really Make Waves In Music Streaming? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As rapper Jay-Z prepares to relaunch his recently acquired Scandinavian music streaming service, TIDAL, he’s turning to his high-profile friends to build hype, in hope of disrupting the space. Jay-Z acquired TIDAL as part of his purchase of Swedish ...

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Sony launches Spotify-powered PlayStation Music streaming service

Sony launches Spotify-powered PlayStation Music streaming service | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

‘It’s a third-party service given first-party priority on the platform,’ says Sony of new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 partnership

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'Streaming will double the music industry by 2020 - and Universal must go it alone'

'Streaming will double the music industry by 2020 - and Universal must go it alone' | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The global value of the recorded music industry will nearly double over the next five years thanks to the worldwide explosion of streaming – and Universal needs to shake off Vivendi’s ownership to take full advantage.

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Online music videos get age ratings

Online music videos get age ratings | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Fans watching music videos on YouTube and Vevo will be presented with cinema-style age certificates from Thursday.

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Can Vessel weaken YouTube's stranglehold on the music business?

Can Vessel weaken YouTube's stranglehold on the music business? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Top execs at Universal and Warner will be watching Vessel’s progress very closely this week, after they pledged to give the subscription service – which launched yesterday – exclusively ‘windowed’ content before they release it onto Google’s video platform.

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1.5 Million Activated The New Spotify-Backed "Playstation Music" In One Day

1.5 Million Activated The New Spotify-Backed "Playstation Music" In One Day | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Early this year, Sony announced a partnership between its Playstation brand and Spotify, and it looks like gamers everywhere are responding positively. In just one day, over 1.5 million users logged into the new music app on their consoles during the first day of availability, according to the company. How ...

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Tidal: 10 things you need to know

Tidal: 10 things you need to know | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As Jay Z, Madonna and other leading acts launch their music streaming rival to Spotify, we answer the crucial questions on the future of digital music

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How much do musicians really make from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube?

How much do musicians really make from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Plus Tidal, Deezer, Rhapsody, Beats Music, Google Play and other digital services, as Information Is Beautiful updates its 2010 infographic

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Music teenagers: 60% are streaming while 21% buy downloads

Music teenagers: 60% are streaming while 21% buy downloads | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Research firm GlobalWebIndex has been tapping its global panel of teenagers to find out what they’re doing online and how they’re ...

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Derek Hoiem's curator insight, April 9, 2015 3:57 PM

yes, i agree with this. this is what i'm seeing:

Justin Hildreth's curator insight, April 14, 2015 5:13 PM

As the compact disk and the FM radio become obsolete there is a demand for new forms of music distribution. With 24/7 access to the internet, streaming formats are on the fast track to popularity surpassing even social media and video streaming. This site had good credibility and detailed data to support its claims. 

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Could Apple's iTunes add 75m paying subscribers to music streaming market?

Could Apple's iTunes add 75m paying subscribers to music streaming market? | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Research firm’s survey of Americans finds 20% say they’d be ‘likely’ to pay $7.99 a month for an iTunes subscription – with Spotify at risk

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JD Gorecki's curator insight, May 15, 2015 1:33 PM

Based in this article is a survey completed by "Midia Research," that studied 1,000 Americans and "whether they would subscribe to an Apple music streaming service for $7.99 a month." The article provides a step by step insight of how the survey was conducted, including its outcome, then overall impact. This is also a valuable record for the industry to maybe look back on in the near future providing reviews of what worked and what did not work regarding prices and technologies. 

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The internet took the album away, and now it's giving it back

For decades, the album was the primary form in which music was delivered to the masses. But ever since Apple introduced iTunes back in 2001, the album has been on the decline. When online piracy ...

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Here’s how Jay Z’s Tidal can be more than just a rich musicians’ club

Here’s how Jay Z’s Tidal can be more than just a rich musicians’ club | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

As things stand, there are three ways to make meaningful revenues from streaming music: First, be an artist popular enough to rack up ...

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What Tidal Means for the Freemium Vs. Premium Debate: The Industry Weighs In

What Tidal Means for the Freemium Vs. Premium Debate: The Industry Weighs In | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Jay Z’s Tidal is a lot of things: a star-studded streaming service with 17 of music’s biggest names as key stakeholders; an ambitious new player in a still-nascent but increasingly competitive marketplace that includes iTunes, Beats, Spotify, Pandora, Rdio and Deezer; and a $56.2 million bet on the future of high-definition “lossless” audio, a technology in which fellow musician Neil Young is also heavily invested.

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Lihle's curator insight, April 19, 2015 8:21 PM

This article shows why this debate of Lossless audio vs Lossy audio is still relevant today. It is important to know what the connections are between all the different aspect of the music business are. I selected this article because it reflected the relevance of the debate even today and why the people should care.

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Jay Z aims to rival Spotify with relaunch of music streaming service Tidal

Jay Z aims to rival Spotify with relaunch of music streaming service Tidal | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Musicians including Beyoncé and Madonna show support for rapper as he overhauls service designed to make ‘more money for the artist’

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Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk

Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

The dispute between the activist fund manager Peter Schoenfeld and Vivendi is not just a row about money and whether it should be spent by corporate managers or returned to shareholders. The US investor is also unhappy about the French media group’s ...

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Trent Reznor to be 'point man' for iTunes relaunch

Trent Reznor to be 'point man' for iTunes relaunch | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Music industry sources say Apple has yet to convince labels that it should undercut streaming rivals on price

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RedGuerilla music's curator insight, March 28, 2015 5:37 AM

Not sure if I'm happy for the guy or wanna shout "Sellout" But if there's one guy who's made his bones over and over and can sell out, it's him.

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Forget Daniel Ek or Lucian Grainge: this man may have more impact on the music business this year than anyone

Forget Daniel Ek or Lucian Grainge: this man may have more impact on the music business this year than anyone | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

Mario Draghi might not have the Nordic cool of Daniel Ek, the cigar-assisted self-assurance of Marty Bandier or the win-at-all-costs panache of Lucian Grainge.

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