The Shape of Music to Come
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The Shape of Music to Come
Following digital music business and how technology, social media and e-commerce will shape the music to come.
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Google Launches Google Music: Songs For Sale And Cloud Storage For Free

Google Launches Google Music: Songs For Sale And Cloud Storage For Free | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Google’s take on online music services evolved Tuesday with the launch of Google Music, a free service that will let users upload 20,000 songs from their current libraries and acquire new music from Google (NSDQ: GOOG).
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Why Would Google Sell Music? 4 Big Reasons

Why Would Google Sell Music? 4 Big Reasons | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"1. Eight years is not too late to figure out digital music.

2. Google wants to be like Apple

3. Music makes Google+ more attractive

4. Google owns the biggest free music site in the world"

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How Music Cloud Lockers & Streaming Services Are Merging

How Music Cloud Lockers & Streaming Services Are Merging | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Yesterday we looked at the three leading "cloud locker" services for music: iTunes Match, Amazon Cloud Drive and Google Music. As a preface to that post, I mentioned that there are two main battles going on in the online music market.
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The 6 ways digital music is being disrupted

As media and entertainment went digital, many looked to the music sector as the canary in the coal mine. Digital comprises over 40 percent of consumer sales, but the whole market was worth only $5.9 billion in 2010.
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Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1, iTunes Match launches today

Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1, iTunes Match launches today | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Apple has today released iTunes 10.5.1 with support for its new iTunes Match service. The update should be available now for all either via Software Update or through the iTunes download ...
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Study: FM Radio Is Still the Biggest Source for Music Discovery...

Study: FM Radio Is Still the Biggest Source for Music Discovery... | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"One of the oldest platforms is still the biggest vehicle for new music discovery, even among more dedicated music fans. In a just-released joint study from NPD Group and NARM, FM (and AM) radio consistently emerged as the most important place for discovery, with word-of-mouth falling second.

You'd think platforms like Pandora and places like Pitchfork would beat out local stations and their repetitive playlists, at least among more dedicated music fans. But here's a look at the ranking for the most dialed-in, 'committed' music fans. This is a group spends an average of $267 per year, plus an additional $139 on live shows."

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Slow Growth for Digital Music.

Slow Growth for Digital Music. | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"A new survey from the Gartner group shows digital music revenues forecast to grow less than 5% per year. This is close to flatlined if you factor in inflation. Not good news for most of the world."

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Spotify wins with Facebook Open Graph, other music services not so much

Spotify wins with Facebook Open Graph, other music services not so much | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Facebook has released early results of Open Graph integration on various social music apps, and although it reports good news for all music...
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For Every Concert Link Shared on Facebook, at Least $2 In Ticketing Revenue Is Generated... - Digital Music News

Live Nation suffered another attendance decline last quarter, and that was based on 2010 - their worst year ever! But can Facebook come to the rescue? Maybe: according to a tranche of music-related stats released by Facebook, every sharedconcert link generates an average of at least $2 in extra ticketing cash.

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Business Matters: Don't Bury the CD Just Yet -- Study Predicts a Slow, Graceful Demise | Billboard.biz

Contrary to some recent reports claiming labels will phase out the compact disc at the end of 2012, a new study predicts a slow, graceful demise for the CD. Also, Shuffler.fm...
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Report Claims Major Labels To Phase Out CD, Abandon Retail By End Of 2012 - hypebot

Report Claims Major Labels To Phase Out CD, Abandon Retail By End Of 2012   - hypebot | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Major labels plan to phase out most physical CD's by the end of 2012 according to Side Line Music Magazine citing multiple unnamed industry sources. Only premium CD's would be manufactured according to the report; with most of those sales...
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Live, at a Field Near You: Why the Music Industry Is Singing a Happy Tune

Live, at a Field Near You: Why the Music Industry Is Singing a Happy Tune | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Says Alan Ridgeway, Live Nation's CEO for international operations: "Festivals are one of the big growth areas of our business."

 

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OpenEMI, An Innovation Files Case Study

OpenEMI, An Innovation Files Case Study | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"EMI today announced an interesting developer initiative that aims to revolutionize the way in which developers work with EMI. Securing licenses from record labels is a notoriously resource intensive and time consuming process that can leave some apps still born: many smaller developers – especially the one man outfits – often simply can’t spare the resources, time (and money) that can be required."

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The App Is the New Album (Or Something Like That...)

The App Is the New Album (Or Something Like That...) | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"If you think the album is dead, then maybe you're not truly living! Just look at the millions of vinyl devotees, or digital album sales surges for signs of life!
But wait: these are mere islands in a surging sea of disaggregated singles and snippets, YouTube clips, Pandora stations and Spotify playlists. The nostalgic newness of vinyl seems more exciting than the songs themselves, and the single-tasking album listener is a dated animal."

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Sony Music Entertainment also reportedly on board for Google Music Store

Sony Music Entertainment also reportedly on board for Google Music Store | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Google is expected to launch its new music service tomorrow and it's becoming clear that the company intends it to be a real competitor to iTunes....
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Reselling of Music Files Is Contested

Reselling of Music Files Is Contested | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"ReDigi calls its new system a legal way for people to get rid of unwanted music files and buy others at a discount. (...) Last Thursday the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major record companies, sent ReDigi a cease-and-desist letter, accusing it of copyright infringement."

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Heavenly Music in The Clouds: iTunes Match, Amazon Cloud Drive & Google Music

Heavenly Music in The Clouds: iTunes Match, Amazon Cloud Drive & Google Music | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Continuing our series about the Consumer Cloud, today we compare the three leading music cloud services: Apple's iTunes Match (just launched today), Amazon's Cloud Drive and Google Music.
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Twitter Not A Top Source For Music Discovery [STUDY]

Twitter Not A Top Source For Music Discovery [STUDY] | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
According to a recent NPD Group/NARM study, Twitter was found not to be a top source of music discovery, nor was it even found to be a common outlet that people turn to after making a discovery. This does make...
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Music album sales up for the first time since 2004, but why?

Have you bought more music this year than in 2010? Americans did, Bloomberg reports: 255 million albums have been sold in the US in the first months of the year, versus 247m for the ...
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Pandora CTO Reveals Half of The U.S. Pays $0 For Music - TechCrunch

Pandora CTO Reveals Half of The U.S. Pays $0 For Music - TechCrunch | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
Today at GigaOm's RoadMap conference in San Francisco, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad revealed that his company aims to monetize the vast majority of listeners who pay little or nothing per year for music. Conrad explained that "Over half of the U.S.
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1.5bn tracks shared via Facebook in just two months - Music Week - Music business magazine

1.5bn tracks shared via Facebook in just two months - Music Week - Music business magazine | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

Facebook users have shared the music they are listening to more than 1.5 billion times with their Facebook friends since the company took its first serious steps into the world of digital music at its f8 conference in September.

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Gartner: Global Online Music Sales Up 7% in 2011

Gartner: Global Online Music Sales Up 7% in 2011 | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
The tech research firm Gartner expects global online music revenues to rise by 7% this year, Reuters reported today. According to Gartner, online music revenues may reach $6.3 billion ...
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The Failure of Free Music

The Failure of Free Music | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

The last time we heard from our friends at doomed free music service Qtrax was last March when they launched for the fourth time in about as many years.

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RootMusic Boosts BandPage Virality By Adding Like Buttons to Songs

RootMusic Boosts BandPage Virality By Adding Like Buttons to Songs | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it
RootMusic's BandPage, Facebook's most popular music app, just upgraded to HTML5 and now includes a powerful new viral channel.
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Musicians Turn to Turntable.fm to Connect With Fans

Musicians Turn to Turntable.fm to Connect With Fans | The Shape of Music to Come | Scoop.it

"With the online musical landscape growing bigger by the day, artists are turning to music-nerd site of the moment Turntable.fm as a unique way to connect with fans and promote their projects."

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