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Whitecat 6 Hours Ago 09:12 PM
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How the compact disc lost its shine | Music | The Guardian



It’s 30 years since Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms began the CD boom. How did the revolution in music formats come about and what killed it?

GearAndGuitars 7 Hours Ago 07:44 PM
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SoundCloud’s doomed monetization efforts have somehow alienated both small-time



Digital platforms can be divided into two distinct breeds: There are products like Facebook, which despite being immensely popular are rarely described by users as something they “love.” Whereas Zuckerberg’s social network was once a fun way to connect with old friends and stalk the girl who sits behind you in Chem 101, today Facebook is as much a utility as anything. You don’t hear anybody say, “I love the power grid.”
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Whitecat 14 Hours Ago 01:01 PM
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Spotify deja vu: is video killing the radio star again? | Media Network | The Guardia



Spotify is marrying video and music with its new offering - but will the music streaming business avoid the mistakes that have led to the decline of MTV?

Whitecat 1 Day Ago 10:33 PM
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Ornette Coleman Sues Over 'New Vocabulary' : NPR



The titanic 85-year-old jazz saxophonist and composer says two much younger musicians had no right to release a recording with him.

GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 06:36 PM
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5 Reasons The Major Labels Didn't Really Blow It With Napster - hypebot



Pundits are fond of saying that the major labels blew it by suing Napster instead of doing a deal with them. It's as though they're obligated to repeat it as a mantra; they didn't get it, they were asleep, how could they have missed such a golden opportunity, yadda yadda....
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GearAndGuitars 2 Days Ago 06:15 PM
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From The Desk Of Brett Netson: The Internet | Magnet Magazine



Netson: I’d like to get started by getting one thing straight, the Internet is sheer madness!!! Hahaha … LOL. :-) .
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Whitecat 2 Days Ago 03:24 PM
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Never Mind The Buzzcocks to end after 18 years - BBC News



The BBC pulls the plug on music-themed comedy panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks after 18 years on the air.

Whitecat 2 Days Ago 04:15 AM
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Plastic fantastic: the Detroit teenager with his own vinyl record label | Music | The



Jarrett Koral, 17, maybe the youngest entrepeneur in America capitalising on the increasing popularity of vinyl records

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 07:49 PM
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Tinder jumps into music sales with fake Zedd profile



The electronic music artist Zedd now pops up inside Tinder's app with a fake profile.

Whitecat 4 Days Ago 02:54 PM
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How The Music Retail Industry Is Being Disrupted Beyond All Recognition - Forbes



Market Glue means touring bands can outsell traditional ticket outlets, all via a tweet and an email, and at a marketing cost that is close to zero.

Whitecat 5 Days Ago 10:40 AM
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Why can't we all sing well? Eurovision and the science of song | Science | The Guardi



The Eurovision final raises many questions, but here’s a scientific one: why, when we’re all capable of song, are some of us are Abba whilst others are Scooch?

GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 07:15 AM
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Jack White: Tidal is fairer on artists than Spotify and YouTube - Music Business Worl



A streaming service owned by artists is the first step, it’s not about the rich getting richer. it takes artists that can get peoples attention to be able to make a scenario possible for those artists that don’t have a voice to get in a position where they aren’t struggling, and believe me third man records is full of artists the mainstream’s never heard of and have no voice or power in the system.
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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 07:11 AM
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Spotify can’t make money on music, so it’s expanding beyond it –



"We're only at the beginning of something really exciting," Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says. "There is a profound change happening in music." While the first of these observations is perhaps subjective, there's certainly no doubting the second. Streaming services*are rapidly overtaking digital downloads and CD sales to become the most lucrative format*in the music industry....
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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 03:27 AM
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Jack White tries to defend Tidal: “I don’t see people saying we should



Jack: How much did you pay for that last movie you saw at the theater? And how much did that movie cost to make? Don’t devalue musicians man, support them. Making records is expensive, believe us, I don’t see people saying we should go to the movies for free, or Netflix should be free. that state of music is in flux, be on the side of supporting creativity, not taking from it. this gives you that chance.
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GearAndGuitars 5 Days Ago 03:25 AM
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'We tell Spotify no, YouTube does it anyway': The music industry's love-hate relation



At Liverpool's Sound City conference, record business insiders discuss the world's biggest music platform and its "big scary lawyers".
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 03:13 AM
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#IRESPECTMUSIC: A Grassroots Initiative to Give Musicians Their Due | NY Music



For the past year or so I have been following a musical movement that has taken on momentum like a snowball rolling down the mountainside. The movement...
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 02:08 AM
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Transparency is a good thing, unless it's not - Vox Indie



Florida's True Origin of Digital Goods Act will require that website operators engaged in the business of digital downloads provide contact information.
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GearAndGuitars 6 Days Ago 02:05 AM
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Ad sponsored piracy with Google's DoubleClick leading the way - Vox Indie



Ad sponsored piracy remains a problem. When will advertisers and ad service provides stop supporting online piracy?
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Whitecat 6 Days Ago 11:48 AM
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Save The Link | Save The Link



Links are essential to freedom of expression online, and experts warn that censoring links will break the Web as we know it.
Quite an important petition. Imagine if we legally couldn't post links to anything in this sub forum...!
Whitecat 1 Week Ago 09:42 PM
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The lyrics of recent No. 1 singles average at a third grade reading level | Consequen



New study examines lyrics from Beyoncé, Foo Fighters, Adele, Eminem, and others.

GearAndGuitars 1 Week Ago 07:11 PM
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This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify | The Verge



Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels, and streaming services jockey over the best way to build the future of their business. Taylor Swift pulled her catalog...
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:45 PM
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Lee Ryan becomes fourth and final Blue member to file for bankruptcy | Music | The Gu



Despite selling 15m records and having 40 No 1s around the world, each member of the boyband Blue has subsequently gone bust
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Whitecat 1 Week Ago 09:52 AM
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Starbucks making baristas the DJ in deal with streaming service Spotify - BBC Newsbea



Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 04:46 PM
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Guitar solos are getting the ax in country music songs - LA Times



There's a disturbing new trend in country music: Producers are cutting out instrumental sections to make the songs fit certain broadcast formats.

Whitecat 1 Week Ago 01:56 PM
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Apple Beats Music Vs. Spotify: Free streaming limited to 3 months | BGR



It seems that Apple is getting part of its wish and Spotify will at least severely restrict users' ability to stream songs for free.*Digital Music News' sources claim that Spotify is planning to limit users' ability to stream music for free to just three months.

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:29 AM
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Ministry of Sound boss: major labels have ‘f***ed everybody up the arse’ on streaming
| Music Ally




Does the phrase ‘fireside chat’ conjure up a vision of warm cosiness? Not when Ministry of Sound boss Lohan Presencer is one of the chatterers, it doesn’t.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 02:28 AM
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Digital downloads are now declining faster than CD sales in the UK - Tech News - Digi



Digital downloads are hit hard as music streaming in the UK surges.
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Old Goat 2 Weeks Ago 02:17 AM
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McLean: 'The music business as we knew it is dead' - BBC News



Singer-songwriter Don McLean tells BBC HARDtalk the music business as he knew it was 'dead'.

GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 04:17 AM
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NME News Billy Corgan: 'Music industry is run by feckless idiots who tell artists the



Smashing Pumpkins News. The Smashing Pumpkins singer speaks about Tidal and the music business in a new TV interview
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 11:01 PM
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David Byrne Joins SoundExchange Board Of Directors - hypebot



As the debate over copyright and royalty reform heats up, its essential to have thoughtful artists engaged in discussions at the highest level. Today SoundExchange smartly gave David Byrne a seat at the table. _____________________________ SoundExchange has added David Byrne to its Board of Directors. Byrne is a singer, songwriter,...
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 11:00 PM
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"If you want to use music, you've got to pay for it": Music's crisi



Why the music industry should be tackling three major problems: infrastructure, transparency, and technology.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 12:51 AM
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Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree : The Record : NPR



The Department of Justice is exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 12:50 AM
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The Most Popular Keys of All Music on Spotify - hypebot



Each day, approximately 20,000 new songs appear on Spotify, which now has over 30 million tracks. As the Beastie Boys maintained, there are “only twelve notes, well a [hu]man can play.” They were right, at least when it comes to Western music at least (rock, rap, classical, country, and many...
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 12:49 AM
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Spotify plans to enter Web video business: WSJ - Yahoo News



From Yahoo News: (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify is laying plans to enter the Web video business and has been in discussions with several digital media players about potential partnerships, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The company has been reaching out to companies that specialize in making content for Google Inc's YouTube to discuss both acquiring their material and co-creating original video series, the Journal said. Spotify could announce its video plans as early as this month, the report said. Spotify declined to comment.
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GearAndGuitars 2 Weeks Ago 12:48 AM
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Why We Can't Protect Artists in America | William Buckley Jr.



Online piracy is an epidemic that knows no boundaries, impacting film, television, music, books, photography, software, video games and all works that can be copied, digitized and distributed over the internet.
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Whitecat 2 Weeks Ago 11:54 AM
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Pressed to the Edge: Why vinyl hype is destroying the record



A close examination of the problems facing the vinyl manufacturing industry in 2015.

Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 03:04 PM
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Noel Gallagher attacks Tidal: 'Do these people think they're saving the world?' | Mus



The songwriter branded the stars promoting Tidal as ‘Jay-Z’s minions’ in interview before quashing hopes of an Oasis reunion

Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 09:13 AM
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Hip Hop hailed as music pinnacle - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk



For some it was the unforgettable tunes of the Beatles; for others the intricate "prog rock" arrangements of Yes or the thunderous melding of blues and folk that was Led Zeppe

Whitecat 3 Weeks Ago 09:10 AM
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Beatles did not revolutionise music, study claims | Music | The Guardian



British bands such as the Fab Four and the Rolling Stones only followed existing musical trends, researchers using data analysis say

GearAndGuitars 3 Weeks Ago 11:25 PM
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Can Russia's anti-piracy law revive the global music business? - Music Business



“If torrent site owners are not interested in legal business, the response of the state will become quite obvious.” - Sergei Zheleznyak
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